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We needed to address a little Jill fallout. Let me explain exactly why. It was Thursday. Jen’s party (from last week’s episode, death, mean girl, high school, etc.) had taken place on Monday. Everything had happened in the space of four days, and we were all still reeling from it. It wasn’t as though we wanted to dredge up the past for fun; it was still the present and we hadn’t had a chance to sit down with Bethenny, who had just flown in from LA. So when the debriefing began, Kelly became really uncomfortable, and I understood that as she and Jill had become close. Again, no problem. It became weird when she started to narrate a different version of events. And then wouldn’t let us speak. And then said we were making lemonade out of lemons. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? I understand she was uncomfortable, but that’s when she should walk away and let us finish so she doesn’t have to hear it. Luckily, she did – she gave herself a timeout and came back to a better place. Temporarily.
Why did no one follow me to the fish? I think Ramona’s noodle was scaring them away. The only thing I was sorry about on the trip was that I didn’t have time to do a proper dive, but no one else was scuba certified and it was too much trouble. I did however swim several hundred yards alongside a beautiful stingray.
We had dinner, and Kelly brought us shots. I needed one while sitting between Kelly and Bethenny. Did Kelly really believe that a one-night-stand equals unprotected sex? In whose universe? I don’t recall Bethenny saying she slept with everyone in America. Somehow that’s what Kelly heard, and called her a ho-bag. Chef, author, ho-bag. Can you get business cards for that? Bethenny hightailed over to us and the Hooters Patrol, and I felt badly that we abandoned Sonja, though she got herself over quickly enough. Champ looked horrified that he’d allowed crazy people on his yacht, and after Ramona kissed him a few times and Sonja got her Hooters fix, we decided to call it a night. Almost. Not yet. It’s TURTLE TIME!!! Tune in next week for even more craziness…it only gets better.
Fast forwarding to this weekend, Simon and the chums and I had a great Mother’s Day weekend in Boston – a book signing, a Duck Tour and lots of fun. Check out www.mccordvankempen.com to see our next book tour dates – we’ll be up and down the east coast and in Chicago soon.
I love you, plain and simple. Your Alex-isms are wonderful! I love your take on the Kelly situation on your vacation because your take is REAL, not made up like Kelly did. I'm not sure where Kelly was getting her information from but she's an effing nutball.
I loved the funny moment you and Bethenny shared waiting for the others to get ready. Hysterical, clearly Kelly only went to Columbia the country!!! Beautiful scenery and a refreshing moment. :)
I have to say Alex " thank god" It is about time that you defended yourself and Bethenny! Your Children are Beautiful and you have a REAL relationship with your husband! Everyone would love to hav perfectly behaved children but lets fave it those would be robots not little boys! You are beautiful SO intellegant and REAL! You are kicking A*% and taking names this season and it is about time- at least you have the nerve to say it in front of everyone and spare Jill the time of repeating it 10 time to "inform" her friends! Keep going!
Love your values, morals, relationship with your family, husband, and you are down to earth. Keep them! You are so real.
I am glad you took a stand.. you have been the one to put up with the BS and try to keep the peace. But you contradicted yourself on tonight's episode. You said you wanted away from the gossip but when everyone started gossiping about Jill you jumped right in.. Ramona made it way worse then it was and you in no way helped. But I wish you the Best.
Thank God for you Alex, the intelligent, rational, fun-loving lady. I really don't understand why Kelly even came on this trip. She doesn't fit in, has some real issues that need counseling sessions,and comes off as a "very mean girl". I wonder if she has ever lost a family member and how she would react to rude comments during such a time. Bethany, whom I adore, really needs some peace for the good of her health and the baby's health...as much peace as a chef/Bravo celebrity can get. You, Alex, are a solid friend for Bethany. I think you will be of great support to her during pregnancy and first time motherhood. I love you and your family.
Alex, I appreciate you on the show. You are quite refreshing. You are real and I feel that you are very genuine. I don't see you trying to be something that you're not as some of the others. I also think it is great that you and bethany have become good friends. I think a lot of the ladies misunderstand Bethany and she needs someone like you to confide in because you are real with her - you aren't telling her what she wants to hear just to be her friend. Any way, I think you are great.
I really think Jill is not a true friend to Bethanny and will turn on her too and may be the one who posted her pregnancy
You are so funny when you narrate the scenes. Crack me up. Looks like Kelly goes off the deep end next week.....
I think Jill just wants attention and is jealous because Jill and Bethanney were so close. so, she wants to come between them and keep them apart and wants to be the center of attention.
Alex, I want to be you when I grow up. Maybe I will be you for Halloween and my boyfriend could be Simon. I just don't know where we could find the leather pants though! Cheers! = )
Don't bother commenting on the inner workings of Kelly's mind. It's like trying to solve The Mystery of the Sphinx, or thinking about a tree falling in an empty forest, or fathoming the beginning of time.
You've been incredibly classy this season! Keep it up! :)
Who really noticed Alex until now..certainly being Bethanney's friend bring attention to her. Alex and Bethanney were brutal to Kelly and outright mean. Sonia is really out for herslef thou this is someone who needs to be somebody's friend other than the person in the mirror
Alex -- I LOVE you this year! It is about time that you name it! Some of these women need a wake up call!
By the way you should wear royal blue more -- BEAUTIFUL!!
Alex...you have a great heart and yet have been walked over so many times by certain, ahem, women? in the group. I am so thrilled that you stood up for yourself and a friend!
Alex is really the one in high school she still wants to be the popular girl because she never has been. So, hooray she thinks she's in the popular circle because she teamed up with Bethanney to be team nasty. But, we all know it's all Romano the buzz girl
Love the scene with you and Bethenny laughing. Such a great moment between friends. You both are beautiful.
Let's just face it if we had to name a character boring it would be Alex unless she was being the fetcher for someone like Beth otherwise there would be no point in showing her
The trip on the yacht looked like it would have been so much fun, if...you had thrown Kelly overboard!
Alex, i love that you are being you.....I totally get what your trying to say and PLEASE don't change!!! Keep up the good work. Even though it didn't come across the right way..."the message" thing, I get what you were trying to do! And anyone with a brain did too. And your boys are just beautiful!!!!! God Bless them and your family.
Alex, you and Simon are one of the biggest reasons I watch NYC Housewives. Thank you for what you and your family bring to the show!
Alex is write Contess is no Barry White she's more like Madonna of the Social World. Top choice I think she will be a hit...good call thou Alex
Better all hit the Itunes
I think u and Bethenny r awesome I'm so glad u guys r on the show can't wait to see next week episode Kelly is on crazy girl!!!!!!
good for you for keeping a level head about everything! and it was nice to see you having fun with the girls
You rock! I like how you summarized the episode. My reaction to Kelly's behavior on the yacht: wow -- and it isn't a "I'm impressed" kind of wow. Jill and Luann must love her.
As for Luann's voice, OMG! I'm less and less impress with Luann by every episode. She really has no clue, does she? And the guy she was making out with on camera? Oh, brother. Daaarling, you have no business criticizing anyone.
As for Jill, I'm so glad that we hardly saw her on this episode.
Alex, you are so much fun and seem like such a good friend. I am anxious to read your book, ( next after Dan Brown's latest), and I enjoy your blog. I also have to say I look forward to reading Simon's POV and missed it last week. His sense of things seems spot on to me, and his humor puts a smile on this old face. best to your and your precious family
Alex, Jill wasn't the only one that talked about your house, kids or husband! All of the Housewives did! So why are you singleing Jill out?
It is so sweet to see Bethenny and you chatting as girlfriends do throughout the last couple episodes. The "Turtle TIme" was awesome. Bethanny and you gave Ramona a GREAT time...that is what bachelorette parties are all about and I hope when I get married next year I have that same experience with my REAL girls. I saw some true colors tonight. Bethenny and you continue to be class acts and the only part of the show I like to watch. oh and Kelly insulting a pregnant woman...That is terrible and she should be embarrassed. I think she came for TV time...The joke is on her.
Ramona, thank you for being a true and sincere friend to bethenney and thank you for waking up and realizing you did not have to take Jill's nonsense. I have to say the scene with you and Bethenney while you were waiting for the girls to come up for dinner had me rolling. It's refreshing to see you settling in to who you really are. You really are my favorite housewife. Keep it up girl!!!
Hi!!! I think that finally we are knowing the real Alex...and we love it!!! You are a great mother, wife and friend!!!
You are such a easy-going, fun gal! I hope you enjoyed yourself on your little getaway...Even though crazy Kelly was there!! I hope you stay close to Bethanny! She needs a good friend like you in her life!!
Say hi to Simon for me!!
What I don't understand is all the drama that everyone says is enough and yet it never is. You stated to Jill last episode no more gossip and yet I see it spouting from your mouth. I know gossip is what this show thrives on so let it be and don't act like you don't do it. Jill is no different than you , Ramona or Bethany...
LOL! Oh, Alex...your blog had me cracking up. Love your re-cap of all the "Kelly-isms" from the trip...and I also enjoy seeing you speak up for yourself this season ~ hives and all! ;)
Thank you for telling like it is. You are such a breath of fresh air. Call it editing or whatever...Kelly looked and behaved like a crazed animal!!! It was crazy. What is endearing about you and Bethenny is you both acknowledge your flaws and keep it moving. No BS...or distorted realities. The problem with Lou Ann, Kelly and Jill they never, never, I mean NEVER ever accept responsibility for their behavior!! It can not all be blamed on editing.
Kudos to you Alex. I am so proud of you for sticking to your guns with all the issues with Jill and really being a true friend to Bethanny. She needs one at a time like this.
Shame on Kelly for jumping on the "Jill Bandwagon"...Kelly started with Bethanny the minute Ramona brought up what had happened at the party between her and Jill. Kelly....MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS !!!!!! Bethanny didnt even say a word to you, so stop being so hateful and nasty. Who calls anyone a "ho-bag" anymore, and of all people to be called one she picks Bethanny....Please..
And Alex...I think you and Simon are raising beautiful, well educated , handsome little boys. So what if they crawled up someones leg....They are little boys!!! (I have 3, so I know) They climb everything! LOL
xoxoxoxo Keep it up Alex!!!!
You are so funny with this blog. I'm always entertained with the way you put things. You say exactly what I'm thinking. I really like you and have been so proud that you have been speaking up on the show. It is time some of the others stop talking and let you express yourself. You are spot on everytime. It looks like they aren't listening,but they hear you. Keep up the good work. You have been blessed with a great husband and beautiful boys. Oh your laugh is the best!
Hey Alex, you have been a great friend to Bethenny. A person cannot get along with everyone, but I think you have picked the right people to include in your life. Keep up the good work standing up for yourself. I am not a big Dr. Phil fan, but I do believe he has a point when telling people you teach people how to treat you. I think because you have held back, Jill was under the impression that she could 'bully' you. Jill is a bully, and she is all about herself. Anyway, you have come along way, and you are very genuine. Keep being strong. All the best.