Alex McCord

Alex talks about her unlikely friendship with Ramona, the speakerphone sneak attack, and Hamptons party drama.

on Mar 11, 20100

 

This was the first episode in three years that Simon and I had to pause so that we could regroup and prepare ourselves for the next scene. Wow!!

We had a great dinner with Mario and Ramona, and we all nearly died when Simon and Mario showed up looking like twins – gotta love John Bartlett! I didn’t remember whether Ramona had invited us to lunch or not, as I had opened two stores for STA the week before Labor Day, but as I’d been having such a good time with her we were happy to say yes. We all hoped that Jill and LuAnn would join the party, and with a little encouragement Mario called LuAnn and left a voicemail.

When Jill called Ramona from LuAnn’s cell, I thought she should have announced that LuAnn was listening as well. One of my biggest pet peeves is lurking eavesdroppers, and anytime I have to put someone on speaker, I let them know who’s in earshot. Wow. Just….wow.

Cut to the next day at Ramona and Mario’s – you could have blown me over with a feather when Bethenny addressed the logo I’d done for her. I was really surprised for a number of reasons. First, if it had only been about the logo she didn’t owe me an explanation. Companies sometimes try out one idea and then go in another direction – sometimes they come back to you and say, “Can we try it this way instead,” and sometimes they don’t. What had angered me last year was not really about the logo at all. In the off season we’d disagreed about something behind-the-scenes, and rightly or wrongly she was really mad at me and also at Simon. I felt that because she was angry, she borrowed the fact that my logo wasn’t the one she went with, and used that as a weapon to attack me professionally and Simon personally. When B apologized for not using the logo, I tried to explain that I wasn’t really upset about the logo not being used but all the drama surrounding it. That didn’t really come across; however, I did appreciate her desire to clear or at least start clearing the air. After the discussion we proceeded to have a great afternoon.

 

156 comments
JeannieB
JeannieB

You know what double standard ways that Jill and LuAnn. Stay the way you are they are the ones with the problem. Everyone is wrong about Bethenny. You know always know where she is coming from. I like that about her. You are the one that has all the class. Keep it up and love those precious little boys.

Lillie39
Lillie39

Alex...I know how hard it is to raise 2 little boys while having a high pressure career. Its very hard to have it all but not impossible, & I believe you are proof of that. I dont think Jill meant to be judgemental of your sons its just so easy to point out others shortcomings.

Jill is really having a hard time dealing with the whole Bethenney thing so have a little patience with her, and watch out for Ramona...shes getting as pushy and catty as her husband.

regards to Simon

Kirstie
Kirstie

Alex, you rock, girl! You are the only one on this God forsaken show that I think I could even stand to be in the same room with. You're not a drama queen, you're secure in yourself, in your marriage, etc. and that speaks volumes! Do NOT trust these women! Being friendLY with people is not the same as being FRIENDS. They're not your friends! Stay out of the taking sides nonsense. How Jr. High of them to say any of that stupidity to you! Don't fall for it! Remember, if they'll do it WITH you, they'll do it TO you! You're more forgiving than I am because if someone said they didn't believe a word I said (Ramona), there's no way in hell I'd go to their house. You're so above the nonsense and I hope you don't let them feast on you. Also, I love Simon. I think he's a hoot! Don't allow those catty bitches to rip into him. Put them in their place! He's your husband and he deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Your boys are just being boys most of the time, but seriously, some discipline wouldn't hurt (wink!)

Roma
Roma

Alex...you are Simon are my new heroes. I was not a big fan the previous season but this season you guys are the best. It is kind of funny how everyone is fighting over you. It kills me that Luann berates Bethany for being snarky when she can sometimes be the Queen (or should I say Countess) of Snarkiness. It was not nice of Jill to ask you to leave one party to go to another. I admire your integrity. Also, I have seen tons of children do that walk up the leg and flip over thing. They are boys for goodness sakes. I am sure if it bothered the person he would have said something. Sheesh! It was hilarious that Mario and Simon were the Bobbsy Twins. Too funny! Ramona still bugs me a little bit but you have been very gracious and kind to her. Kudos!

cheria
cheria

Alex I like you and think the world of you and Simon's relationship.I think that you are one the more mature ones on the show and please don't join some of the other ladies with their childish ways.

frankie girl
frankie girl

Dear Alex,

I just want to say how much I enjoy you on the show !!!

Nancy0109
Nancy0109

I was so excited when you announced at Ramona's labor day get together that you were not going to choose sides and then you ruined it when you went outside to call Jill and then filled her in on the gossip at Ramona's. How is filling her in on the gossip remaining neutral?

Lucy's Apple
Lucy's Apple

Alex- Love you, love you, love you.. you are by far the most classiest woman on the show and you are acting like a grown woman who has a life and family that is not only your own but one that you are comfortable with so you don't have to get caught up in all the drama. I love how after all the mess the other ladies talked about you and your marriage they are now all scrambling to get you on their side. I will say this be careful with that because there is a war brewing and of course both sides are going to want the neutral party, let's see how much they want you once everything is said and done and they make up, I guarentee it will go back to hating on you and Simon. I thought you handled the whole Bethanny situation with class and grace, while it it was evident you were surprised at how Bethanny came at you you handled it like a true lady, you accepted the apology, saw it for what it was and then kept it moving. I also agree with you on how Jill handled the phone call with Ramona while LuAnn sat and listened. I thought how high school of Jill and ultimatley how sneaky, it was like she was setting Ramona up, if she was a woman with true integrity then she would have made it known that LuAnn was there, she really escalated the tension between them all in the guise of calling herself a friend. This is a whole new side of Jill and it's very unflattering. I also don't think that Jill or Ramona should have put you in the position of choosing sides when it came to the parties. You are a grown woman and should be able to hang out with who you want without there being tension. If the two hosts of the respectibe parties don't get along then that is an issue between them, it should not extend to their guests. Again, high school behavior. I was in a situaton a few months ago where there was someone at my job that had it out for me, did whatever she could to make my life while on the job hell and talked alot behind my back, we had a mutual friend in common and while the little girl in me wished that she would just hang out with me, the grown woman in me would never expect something like that because I understood that my beef with the other girl had nothing to do with her and it wasn't fair for me to say don't hang out with her because she hates me. Instead I just didn't mention the other girl when I was around my friend as not to make her uncomfortable and to leave the beef where is should be and that was between us. So I applaud your efforts to smooth over the situaton and I really appreciated the fact that you called LuAnn and was very upfront with her, LuAnn should have respected that instead of thinking that you chose Ramona over her, but that just goes to show her level of maturity. Just keep doing what you do and don't let these women bring you down.

Judy Beth
Judy Beth

Alex, I think you are the greatest. Just started watching the show last year, or the season before, can't recall, maybe the middle of the season before. Anyway, I think you are great. Sometimes you come across as the nicest person in the bunch. Truly. And Simon is great! I love the way he dresses!

Yes, your friendship with Ramona is amazing. What happened to bring her and her husband around to even deigning to talk with you? They were so hostile previously. Oh well, it just goes to show.

Anyway, lots of luck!

JB

Burning Question
Burning Question

Alex, You are looking better than ever! Kudos! Are you going to share your nip/tuck secrets this season?

MsGina
MsGina

I have to disagree with most of the previous blogs regarding the Labor Day parties. Ramona invited you and Simon as an after thought and even said as much during one of her cameo spots during the Labor Day show. Secondly, you should have told Jill you already had plans and couldn't attend her party instead of accepting invitations to both. That would have been the proper thing to do. Alex, are responsible for creating even more tension between Jill and Ramona.

Real Housewife Fame
Real Housewife Fame

Alex...omg! LUV YOU! you are the most composed woman on this show. I love your values and truely believe there is jealousy towards you because you live your life the way you want to. I love you on this show, and your husband is hillarious. I tend to think when the other woman "always" have a comment about him, i truely believe they are lacking that closeness in their own relationship. Although Bethenny has found her match and I am very happy for her. Keep doing your thing because you are awesome!! :)

AngelinainSC
AngelinainSC

Alex, I love you! I have to admit that during the first season, you were my least favorite, but now, I am starting to realize that you are the most real of all! Thank you for being you! You are the most intelligent and articulate of them all.

Team Alex
Team Alex

You are a fine example of the way a lady should conduct herself. Thank you for being the "adult" in the group. I love watching you mix with the other wives and keep your integrity which is so very lacking with the others. Jill has turned into a "mean girl", Bethenny has made a mission of talking about everyone, Luann whines about her divorce. A lot of us have been divorced and while it is sad, she needs to quit fishing for compliments and being a martyr. Ramona is Ramona. Kelly is different, not sure I get her at all. Keep being the standard bearer in this group. They can all learn a great deal from watching you. You make the show and if Bravo is smart, you and Simon will have a show of your own.

TX Mimi
TX Mimi

Alex, I think you are FAB!! You are always the level head in the storm. You are the one saying on a sinking ship "You can talk about that later, but get in the lifeboat!!" I am watching last season today due to being home ill from work. I was so glad you didn't care what people thought about your home, you loved it ... I do too!! I have decorated my home for us and if you don't like it don't come over. Also, THANK YOU for calling Jill to say you weren't coming ... that's the grown up thing to do. Jill should have never invited you KNOWING you had plans already. From what I know of you, you would not have cancelled on Jill either. Jill is very self-centered!! I do agree that Bethenny should have told you about the logo, and I do think you would have been fine with it.

You are the grown up in the room!!

Ashley Gray
Ashley Gray

I love your style. You and your husband bring such energy to the show. Like you my man is British and I am American, so I get his whole vibe. The producers often want people who inflame and create madness, but intelligent viewers want real people they can relate to as well....not everyone is a twenty something. I can't wait to get your book and I wish you the best of luck!

VA Mom
VA Mom

You shouldn't have to leave any party to attend a party that was put together to tear another one apart! It's fine that LuAnn and Jill decided not to attend, but they shouldn't invite guests from a party that was planned well in advance! That was a very "highschool" thing to do! Besides all that, you are the most mature and articulate housewife on the show. I don't know what the season will unveil, but I hope you continue to outshine the others!

Victoria Katie
Victoria Katie

Hi Alex, This is Vicki Haynes from FACEBOOK, who writes to you and Simon. ( someone else has already used " Vicki " ). After reading all the comments, I agree with almost all of them, especially the ones who remark that you are the classiest and smartest housewife on the show. But, I do think it is so sad and childish that the other women, whom most have teen-ager's or grown children of their own ( Bobby and Jill ), and are so desperate to set a perfect example for the viewers,and Bethanny, who is just starting out, who will be high strung for sure, do nothing but scream at each other, and then try to make YOU feel bad because YOU " did not choose a side, OR, YOU chose poorly." I think most of us was past that nonsense BY middle-school.

What is really sad, is that they discuss all of this mayhem with their children. Can you just imagine the expression on the little chums face's explaining the labor day fiasco and Kellys silly Playboy magazine attempt to look like something youthful again? Or air-brushed!!! AFTER ALL OF THEM, INCLUDING MARIO, BLASTED YOU FOR YOUR PICTURES? HYPOCRITES!!!!! At least you ARE and WERE 100 times more beautiful than Kelly.

OK, sorry for the long post. Obviously, we all love you and Simon. Take care.

wishing
wishing

Alex..I would have to say ditto to many of the other blogs! YOU OOZE CLASS! Looking back years from now, your children will be very proud of the way you conduct yourself! Can Luanne, Ramona, Jill or Kelly say the same??? Hmmmmmm....no!

Vern
Vern

You and Simon weren't very likable the first season but you have grown into very likable people. I think you are classier than the other housewives but I didn't like it when you decided to stay at Ramona's. Watch your back with that one, she will turn on you in a nanosecond!

It's whatever
It's whatever

I really enjoy watching you and your hubby this season, you seem, to be coming in to your own. Very Classy, no longer superficial.

luvYa!
luvYa!

Alex/Simon, I'm so glad folks have already said what I wanted to say! Thank you for sharing your life with us! You and Simon are by far my favorites. Stay true and don't sell out by being so obviously petty and over-dramatic..the others are competing for the NOW audience. When this is over your business ventures will have the "forever" audience.

Arabus
Arabus

You are the epitome of class! None of the other housewives come close to you. Luann tries hard and fails miserably. With you its au natural. Kudos to you and your family!

Jcoo
Jcoo

What is hard to watch on ALL of the housewives shows it the utter lack of humility in most of you. That being said, watching you Alex is the easiest, I don't know if what you posses could be called humility but you definitely conduct yourself on a much higher level of class. You are kind to everyone even when they are being catty and rude to you and/or Simon. You just don't create drama, you handle things with calm dignity, you are the easiest to listen to and you are kind, something that can never be overrated. When I watch scenes with the other housewives I have to change the channel because they humiliate themselves in so many ways and its humiliating to watch, I mean these are grown women! I never feel that way while watching you,keep cultivating your good qualities and don't change!!You are someone I could see being friends with, stay sweet:)

fanofbravo23
fanofbravo23

Alex, I wasn't a fan of yours the first season, I didn't get you and Simon. I glad you are still around, because Silex makes for great TV. Looking forward to watching more of Silex.

Montauk Nellie
Montauk Nellie

I made a mistake, earlier. Poise suits you (not suites you). Bethenny should confront herself on occassion, instead of those all around her. She should have explained what her vision was with you on that ad design and given you at least one more op to transmit that concept to her. Using the 'My business partner...' excuse way after the fact just illustrates how thoughtless she can be. Keep a safe distance until her personal growth catches up with her professional/career speed. Hopefully it will. I knew you had class in that taxi ride with your husband. I could not have contained myself as you did. The evening might have been ruined. Either you truly have restraint or you avoid confrontation like the plague because going there is an even worse discomfort. Curious to know what your childhood was like. Either way, you manage to navigate with great thought. Something all the others should take heed of. I hope you are happy in your marraige & receive a good portion of what you give. Loved those earrings on you!

BostonWife
BostonWife

ALex,

You certainly have a forgiving heart! Or you really don't care what anyone else does or says about you. Good for you. Bethenny and Ramona trashed you and Simon from here to Pookeepsie. Conversely, Jill offered her assistance (re: for F to gain entrance in a private school) and Luann was friendly to you guys when the others dissed.

Bethenny explained that she didn't use your logo because of a mythical "partner's" refusal. That doesn't cover the fact that you weren't given the opportunity to submit another one. Something smells nasty about that lame excuse. Clearly, Bethenny is running out of friends. Good luck with these "ladies" and their false friendships.

Deshawn
Deshawn

Alex, Denisse couldn't have said it any better, "you ooze class".

Liz1199
Liz1199

Alex, I've always been a fan of you and Simon, probably because neither of you seem to be going after someone else's character. People are who they are, and sometimes a little bit of "acting" for the camera is fun, but I'm sad about how these relationships look on camera. Congrats to you and Simon, and many happy moments to you and your kiddos!

spikey
spikey

That was a nasty twitter re: Jill, Alex. High school, much? You and Simon are having a wonderful time taking down Jill Zarin.

Denisse
Denisse

You ooze class Alex!!! I adore watching you and you did the right thing all the way around! I also LOVE Simon this season! I hope he does not get dragged down by that pinhead Mario! Keep it classy Simon & Alex, you are fabulous!!!!!

Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee

Glad to see one of you ladys in the group act mature! Kudos to you & Simon. Its apparent Bethenny is getting worse. I use to be a fan of hers, but...not anymore!

Good luck with those girls, just don't lower yourself to their standards...which isn't much

Tammy from St Louis
Tammy from St Louis

Alex you go girl!!!!! you are in a class by yourself, the other wives can not compete with !!!

martag
martag

Alex: When you said that you and Simon were leaving and you were confronted with that "attitude" - then and there, I would have left. You told Jill you were coming - and knowing that Jill had such a bad time of it with Bobby's illness - I think that you should have gone. It was childish of Ramona to do that - bottom line. After the way you and Simon have been treated in the past, you, of all people, should take into consideration other people's feelings. Bad move.

Melissa Siqueiros
Melissa Siqueiros

Hi Alex & Simon, I must say I have always enjoyed watching you both on the show. The love you have for one another and your family and friends is so wonderful to see. I really like to see how you both can be very loyal and neutral with all the petty dramas that go on around you.Even when your being attacked,you both carry yourself so well with such class and dignity.You both are my favorite couple. Simon, I love the way you dress you take risks and have fun with your wardrobe and thats a good thing! I am a divorced mother of 6, and my 4 that are still at home with me all agree that you, Alex and Simon are the best! Congrats on your book. I wish you both the best in all that life brings you.

jessica c
jessica c

alexa you said that you were not taking sides but i seems like you kind of were because you stayed a romanas instead of going to luanne

Lavine
Lavine

Awesome job in being mature in all of your dealings with these women. They are so shallow and immature! You prove to be different. Finally somebody with brains on this show!

CP
CP

I love that you can continue to have good relationships with everyone on this show. That is how friendships go, my girlfriends have said things that have hurt me on occasion but really they are entitled to their opinions and it is my life and I run the show. Backseat drivers, well who cares I'm driving this bus.I love that your family is really your compass for your life. Good to see you and Simon back. Take care.

Montauk Nellie
Montauk Nellie

Out of all the cast of characters (both genders), you appear to have the most class.

Poise suites you. I hope it rubs off.

Terrisa
Terrisa

Alex, I am pleased to see how the women are reaching out to you this season instead of attacking you. You have always been friendly and considerate to the others and deserve the same in return. I was saddened to see the phone call made to Jill from Ramonas luncheon. You sharing gossip from the conversation with them seemed very junior high school and deceptive. Ive never seen you act this way and was very disappointed. Otherwise Im glad to see you receive the courtesy and respect you deserve good for you. Good luck to you and your family with everything you do!

Monica
Monica

KUDOS TO YOU ---- ALEX!!! you are one classy lady. so far, i think you are the most mature and intelligent housewife. it was terribly wrong of jill not to announce that luann was in the room when she called ramona on the cell. it is rude in poor taste. i further think that you did the right thing as far as staying at ramona's labor day bar-b-que. I absolutely love you and Simon. Don't get caught up in the drama of these housewives; they are off the hook. as for bethennany; she definitely bears the brunt of the blame for just up and dropping jill when she found a new boyfriend and success in business. the first two seasons; she was all over jill; staying at her home in the hamptons and just clinging to her every move. i really don't like how bethanny has changed this season; she's much more self-absorbed.

IRG
IRG

I just want to know what will Ramona's reaction be when she finds out that Kelly will pose nude for Playboy. THe others were very quick to judge you when some private nude photos were revealed back during season 1. Now that Kelly will take very public nude pictures, Louann and Jill said nothing negative to her. What double standard!!!

From TPA
From TPA

Dear Alex - I am excited to see your fan base growing, in the blogs, at least. Last season, I saw a lot of criticism, and hey, everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. But with that said, I, as many others, I'm sure, have always been a fan of yours. And I agree with all the viewers that have stated how mature and classy you are. I think the other word that comes to mind is diplomatic, particularly in this heated state of "battles" in this season. One final thought, one which I hope the other housewives read, with regards to your cancelling on Jill's and Luann's Labor Day party. You could have easily lied your way out of it and made up a story as to why you had to cancel on them at the last minute. But you told the truth, faced the criticism, and that took a great deal of class and courage.

sfryer
sfryer

Alex, Damn you are just too mature for this Group. You often remind me of Deshawn for the housewives of Atlanta. I really liked her classy approach to the ladies and willingness to get alone and stay clear of trouble. Honestly, I think that Simon offers a little more flare that you and I can see why you enjoy him so much.

Please remain the reasonable person that you are and much success with those little men!!

V3
V3

I wrote to your husband about how I loved that you two are always and have remained REAL! I love that you two are who you are -- you are great poeple and I admire you two for it.

I hate that Jill and Bethenny both have a tendency to be nice to you two and then not be -- but I have to say, at least Ramona is being honest, she was mean at first but then she got to know you and realized, wow, these people are actually kinda cool. LuAnn is odd. I think she is nice, but like Jill, extremely easily influenced. They clearly had it tough growing up and so now they only care about being around the in-crowd. and I don't get that feeling from Ramona.

Ramona gave you a genuine apology before the drama, and Jill only wanted to use you two to "win" like last season in tennis. Granted Jill is nice, sometimes the way she treats you two seems to me like she takes advantage of your easy going-ness.

I wish the best for you and Simon and I hope to see more of you this season

XOXO

Kimberly from Fl
Kimberly from Fl

Alex, I love the way you carry yourself. Always classy and respectful towards everyone, and sensitive to their feelings. I wish the others would take note and follow your good example!

donna hogan
donna hogan

Alex you are more of a woman than any on the show . Your intelligence and grace are so refreshing . I think you are the better parents on the show and I love how you handle career and family and social balancing it all and doing it well. You are a woman and a happy one it shows.

Alex has tact
Alex has tact

You seem to have more tact then Luanne. Seriously you did the right thing. You have to admit that it was rude of them to invite you when they know that you were going to Ramonas already, and to put you in the middle wasn't fair of Jill. Why did she have to ask you what was being said? She is a drama queen. I am with you on the speakerphone bit also. Who does that? They are not true friends if they put you on speaker and don't tell you.

Penny Lane
Penny Lane

I really felt for you in this episode, Alex. That was a really tough position for you to be in, and I don't think it was fair for anyone to put you on the spot and try to make you choose a side. I see you as the mediator of the group - you try to see things from everyone's perspective and try to keep peace all around, and it seemed like in this situation pressure was really being put on you to pick a side.

That was hilarious that Simon and Mario wore the same suit! Simon's definitely one to stand out with his fashion sense. Maybe Mario's reinventing himself and trying to take a page from Simon's book!

That speakerphone sneak attack wasn't cool. You're all grown women, and there are a lot of things happening that remind me of pre-teen behavior. It'll be interesting to see how everything continues to play out.

It seems like a lot went down off-season that we don't know about, particularly regarding Bethenny. I guess I'll have to watch and see if any of that comes out.