Jeana Keough

Jeana describes the differences between NYC, OC, and Atlanta housewives!

on Apr 28, 20090

This week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York is my favorite episode so far. Seeing all the girls dressed in costumes - Roller Girl, Elle from Legally Blonde - I loved it! Kelly looked amazing as a Playboy Bunny. Bethenny's impersonations of Simon and Jill are so funny - do me next Bethenny! The girls seem to be getting along better and I really like that - women picking at each other bugs me. I love the closeness and caring the OC girls have for each other. It appears that the New York girls are starting to emulate us and realize how childish it is to not be supportive of your colleagues. Maybe all that time together filming the A-List Awards has rubbed off! We had the best time trailer-hopping and hanging out with all the other housewives. We are all so different. The New Yorkers tell it like it is, the Atlanta girls kill you with charm, and as for the OC, we are...what can I say...perfect!

Tamra Barney’s son Ryan has been struggling with painful broken bones and insurance issues, Parents should make sure that their children, if they're not in college, have insurance. The minute they aren’t taking 15 hours worth of classes, they aren’t covered by mom and dad! Of course all of us know a wonderful insurance agent, Vicki Gunvalson, to help us get the best possible insurance for our kids. Forget the Xbox and clothes - give the a gift of security and buy your kids health insurance.

Gretchen and Slade call me once a week to check in and update me on events for Gretchen’s charity for Jeff Bietzel. Gretchen has been exposed in the press a lot lately due to her stalker ex-friend. I would hate it if someone stole my college pictures and put them online. I always tell my kids, don’t let people take your picture in situations that you might not want to see 20 years from now when you are running for a position in office or working for a large company. Human resource heads are going back to Facebook and MySpace to get a feel for potential employees. Your reputation is all you have - so protect it! This is character building stuff for Gretchen and she is handling it with grace and humor - I am not sure I would do the same. I think my friend Guido would be out looking to break noses for me!

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4chan v

Truly inspiring, touching and moving true stories. Every human being is a bunch of different life stories. Let us keep knowing and learning.

Derailedpoet
Derailedpoet

Jeana, I love you, Gretchen and Lynne! I miss you Sweets! I do wish you all of the best. You have grace and dignity that a certain loudmouth never had. I hope that you are well. Janet from TX xxx

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Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article.

Jaimee
Jaimee

Jeanna, I Just found this blog and was brought to tears when I saw that you mentioned Zach & Mark's accident. I was best friends with both of them so reading this made me sad & happy. Thank you for helping spread the message that life is short & we all need to slow down.

God Bless.

Peggy Ex Wisconsinoite
Peggy Ex Wisconsinoite

Jeana, I really miss seeing you and your kids on the show. Forget about it Tamara, Jeana is the hottest housewife!!

Sasha Louise
Sasha Louise

Dear Jeana:

Boy! It's taken forever for me to figure out how this Blog Facility works; I'm no spring chicken. Anyway, I think you look absolutely amazing! If you choose not to interface with the wives of course that is your prerogative. Why walk on quick sand? I don't understand why are women allowed on the show who have never been married? When you left the show, you did it in a classy way & your fans knew you were bowing out; however, what happened to the former OC HW who was called a "cougar" sorry I can't recall her name but she just melted away & I don't know what happened to her or why.

You don't need any good luck wishes because you are just so gorgeous & smart: I know all your dreams will come true,

Sasha

mmc
mmc

Jeana, I would hate it if you did not return next season...you are the lady with a heart.Too much sometimes in the case of your kids....let them talk nicer to you or don't do a damn thing for them until they do. Kids have a way of taking advantage if we let them!I'm guilty too. Good luck to you.

Wendi
Wendi

I must say Jena, as a southern gal here you have more class than so many others I won't name. I see such an inner strength in you and know these days times are hard on all of us. Just wanted to say you inspire me to be stronger as a woman and mother.

Viewer
Viewer

Hey Jeana, I thought "Roller Girl" was from "Boogie Nights"?....Slade is a Tool.

Anne from MA
Anne from MA

Jeana, I heard you won't be coming back next season. If this is true, I won't be tuning in because I really can't think of a reason to if you're not on. However, I don't blame you for leaving. The show did get really bad last season with all of the gossiping, backstabbing and mean girl behavior. I noticed you often tried to mediate.

By the way, my husband and I, who are both in our 40s, think you are the most beautiful of all the women on the show and that you look better now than when you were in your 20s!

Pagano
Pagano

Have you been dating woman!? Get yaself out there, you're too awesome to be alone.

Kay
Kay

You are soooo real...I love you! You are my absolute favorite.You are by far the prettiest, most naturally beautiful, kindest, gentlest, least judgemental and I just want to say I am truly rooting for you and hope you will get to meet a wonderful kind man who will take good care of you, like you so deserve. Thanks for adding class to the show.

dc
dc

When you received the presidential award for your volunteer service you stated that it was the highest civil honor given. The highest civilian honor given by the president if the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a high honor given personally by the president which you have not received. I applaud your volunteer work, but you should set the record straight.

Heather
Heather

JEANA , I love your lipstick in the reunion show. Do you remember what it was?

Lee
Lee

Jeana you should stop being a doormat. Your children treat you like crap. That episode with your son when he was playing ball and he treated you and Vicky like vermin. The son in the stand wasn't any better. Even at dinner he continued to belittle you; they acted like they hated you. I was embarrassed for you. That's the day I would have left the show. So be mindful of what advice or what you say about others. Your life is already a train wreck. When your children treat you like that in front of the world that says a lot about you (no matter how innocent and sweet you try to be). Maybe that's your problem; stand up for yourself and tell them what part of your ass to kiss and I bet you will get some respect.

Viewer
Viewer

When is your next season airing?

Vegas Housewife
Vegas Housewife

OMG, Jeana, I just read that you're not coming back for the new season!!! Say it isn't so; I won't watch if you're not on, and neither will my friends. What can all of us fans do to let Bravo know we need you???????

LGA
LGA

You are the best. Down to earth and what to mother all. Do not change.

Lisa
Lisa

Jeana....Tamra spilled the beans that you are leaving the show. Was she supposed to tell us that? Well....I will miss you Jeana...REALLY!! Who will be the referee now? Too bad it wasn't Tamra or Vicki leaving. Blah...

carolee
carolee

CANADIAN women dont have good teeth because of clorine in the water?? i have heard racist comments on your show as well about asians and others!!! really is this the real housewives or the real hitlers??? i see you trying to dicipline your children SOMETIMES but your not teaching or correcting the real wrongs!! you know that tweens probly watch your show? oh and speaking canadian???? you people are rediculas!!! i was born in the states but ill gladley stay in canada if it means that amount of ignorence!!! i cant believe your supose to be the elite!!!

Lizzie
Lizzie

Hi Jeana,

You are my fave of all the OC housewives. I watched the last reunion recently. I think Vicki has really turned into a witch. Vicki plus Tamra equals a hot mess. They seem like mean old hags, pretending to be young. They're happiest talking trash and making people feel bad. At the reunion, they were full of excuses. When you get caught making rude comments and talk behind someone's back, like they did, just say I'M SORRY! I liked the original cast. Tamra and Gretchen were bad additions.

maria
maria

JEANA, you are my fav! You just carry yourself better than the rest. Also you are by far the most beautiful.When you look in the mirror take a second to see the wonderful, beautiful strong woman you are.

Viewer
Viewer

Hey Jeanna! I absolutely love this show and you in particular. You are such an amazing mother and person. I cannot wait for the next season to start! I love that you are from the midwest as I am, I feel like I can relate to you in some respects. Hey I just started a new jewelry business, http://www.amablebeads.com check it out! I would love to send you something and who knows, maybe I'll see it on the show? Love You Jeanna!

Christine
Christine

I love you, Jeana. You are the nicest housewife of all the "Real Housewife" shows. I don't think the other women know they are being watched and judged. Maybe they don't care. But with you its "what you see is what you get". Vicki and Tamra are just plain wicked! Why do they treat Gretchen and Lynne so badly. I could care less of Gretchen was really dating Jeff. Do Vicki and Tamra think berating Gretchen will endear them to viewers? The smirks and "we know something" glances between them on the finale wasn't even high school, more like jr. high. Its really hard to watch Tamra and Vicki in action. I wonder if they sleep at night.

Besides you, there is Alex in NYC. She is the smartest one and gets slammed more than anyone. I think you need to be mean in order to get respect or some darned thing. I like Bethenny, think her one-liners are hilarious. I like Jill, she tries to be fair. LuAnn needs her Countess Crown to feel worthy, I think. Kelly isn't articulate enough to make sense to Bethenny or anyone! I couldn't figure it out until Alex explained it on the Reunion Show and she made sense as always! I look forward to seeing you next season. I guess I just have to wait and they will announce on t.v. when the OC season starts again. Don't like Atlanta or NJ

In one of the blogs someone mentioned seeing you in church. I knew you had to have a spiritual core in order to be so nice. Love you, Jeana!!!

Aaron fo Nor. Cal
Aaron fo Nor. Cal

A Comment to Classy lady

"Jeana- To me in my expert housewife opinion only, I see the OC Housewives to probably be the most genuine and closest to their real lives." I agree with ur statement jeana is a good person.

"Atlanta Housewives- Black trash with money." This statement on the other hand is over kill, new money maybe, but Lisa and Deshawn I feel are classy women. Passing such harsh judgemanet is very unlady like of you.

As far as the other statements just rude. You didn't like something don't waste ur time watching.

Stacey Woodruff
Stacey Woodruff

Hi Jeana!

I think you're great! One of my all-time favorite "Housewives"! I read your blog on macular degeneration. It runs in my family. My grandmother died a few months ago completely blind. My father has it too. He went to the doctor when he started noticing problems. I'm writing to you to let you know that there's an experimental shot available that reverses the process. IT WORKS!!! My father has seen a vast improvement in the past few months. Do some research, especially about the side effects. There is a possibility of separation of the retina but they monitor everything very closely. I hadn't been to the eye doctor myself in 17 years and my father really pushed for me to get checked out. My eyes are very healthy and there's no sign of macular degeneration! But, it turns out I needed glasses! Just wanted to let you in on the procedure in case you hadn't heard about it. Stay healthy and happy!!!

Viewer
Viewer

Very interesting how you managed to weave some of Gretchen's personal battles into your post here, so "matter of fact" like. Let me just paraphrase her:

Oh life's great. The kids are great. I went to church. Gretchen's got nudie pictures floating around... People knew me at church. They were friends of Gretchen's. So glad they didn't have any pictures with them. NOT OKAY.

Having seen many an episode of RHOC, I seem to remember the back-handed compliment being your weapon of choice most often ;) You are very proficient, my dear, in the way of trashing and bashing others while not appearing to do. Perhaps a few more trips to Mr. Warren's and several more to Mr. & Mrs. Olsteen would do you well!

Derek888
Derek888

Jeana - You are fantastic!

Viewer
Viewer

I am now convinced that Bravo does not pay any of you for being on the shows.. just lets you all hawk your wares/businesses/products.. The Bravo shows have turned into one long infomercial. Everyone on these shows/blogs is selling something......... We pay enough for cable TV and there is nothing to watch from midnight to 8 a.m. other than infomercials. Do they have to force more advertising on us during the other hours in the day? The fact that many of you are pushing a diet drug is amazing.. It probably isn't even properly approved after seeing what is in the ingredients. It will take one of you to have a heart attack before they stop it.

Viewer
Viewer

Jeana i have only 3 words for you - YOU ARE FANTASTIC!

Viewer
Viewer

I love you, but let's face it the OC wives are not the most supportive.

Viewer
Viewer

Jeana, you are fabulous! The O.C Ladies are the best!!!

Viewer
Viewer

i love you jeana! you seem really sweet.

EWill
EWill

Hi Jeana, This isn't related to NY, but did you know that Bulldogs should not be in water?? Their bodies are too heavy and their short faces make breathing harder, not to mention when treading water. Be careful!!!!

Viewerelizabeth bennett
Viewerelizabeth bennett

Obama healthcare will be rationed..if you are of a certain age you will not be worth spending the State's money on your treatment.

No thanks Obama....Britain's horror stories are enough for me.

Viewer
Viewer

Jeana, I think you are the only housewife I could be friends with. You have a sweetness and grace the rest don't have. I am looking forward to your return. I watch the other shows on Bravo and cannot believe how almost all those ladies are so self-important in NY. I am here in L.A....nearly bought a house near you but settled in Woodland hills. You are the very best of the housewives, glad you are feeling better. Bev

Viewer
Viewer

Could you please post the name of the show that features all these close and caring housewives? Having watched Vicki constantly insult you and Vicki and Tamra sabotage and attack Gretchen and everybody (with the possible exception of Gretchen) slam Lynne I know it can’t be the Housewives of the OC show to which you are referring.

Bev in LA CA
Bev in LA CA

Jeana, You have been my favorite from the beginning. I wish I could have a warm, sincere, thoughtful girlfriend like you. Bev

banana92692
banana92692

Dear K

You're an idiot for thinking Obama will save the healthcare system. Remember a little thing called "Hillary Care" back in the liberal-Clinton days? That didnt work out too well for you, did it.

Leave Jeana alone. Get a life!

K
K

I can't read anymore. I had to stop at your paragraph about health insurance. It was people like you who voted people like Bush into office. And it's people like Bush who ignored health care for all.

I always love how Republicans are against something the Democrats are for until affects one of them.

Julia
Julia

By the way - I think you're great. You are the only OC housewife I could possibly see myself hanging out with. All the rest are just WooHoo girls.

Classy Lady
Classy Lady

Jeana- To me in my expert housewife opinion only, I see the OC Housewives to probably be the most genuine and closest to their real lives.

NYC Housewives- Catty middle-age teenagers with money.

Atlanta Housewives- Black trash with money.

New Jersey Housewives- White trash with money.

janet
janet

Jeana, I love reading your blog, you are a classy, positive woman. And you are real and honest (not insecure and jealous like tamra, she is awful).

I'm glad you and your family are doing well.

kathy
kathy

Jeana, I miss seeing you on OC Housewives, I hope another season comes on soon again. You, Gretchen and Lynn are the best.

I wish Tammy Knickerboker and Kimberly would come back on the show so it could go back to being all nice ladies on the show.

allie
allie

Jeana, You rock! When is the next season of OC Housewives coming on? Please, please tell me that Tamra and Vicki won't be back, I can't watch the show anymore is they are on it.

I love you, Lynn and Gretchen. You are positive, classy ladies. I love reading your blog.

Raychelle
Raychelle

Jeana,

I love how you always have nice things to say about everyone....but really? I love the OC girls, though I don' think they're perfect, I do feel like they are more down to earth then any of the other housewives on tv.I'm sorry but I can not stand the NYC housewives and I really don't know why. LOL. I have tried to watch the show and can not bring myself to stay put and watch a whole episode. I can't wait until the OC team is back on air! Glad to hear that everyone is doing good. Take care.

Tiffy B
Tiffy B

Jeana, I think you are a good person at heart but I totally disagree with what you are saying about how the OC Wives Care for each other....NO THE HELL THEY DON'T! Especially Vickie and Tamra. They've got to be the biggest haters and high school acting old snooty botox beotches I've ever seen on the shows! Sooo unneccessarily mean to Gretchen and Lynn. They were just very snide and I think its because they are jealous. If you don't like someone than don't like them and keep your conversations minimal...but that rudeness was uncalled for. Tamra is two-faced and Vicki is just wrong...but I do admire her work ethic to some extent...Anyway, good luck Jeana! I was in the OC last week for the first time. Nice place.

Billye
Billye

You are a very, very, nice person. And you are also very attractive. You do not see yourself as so but I believe all of us at a time of our life think that. But you are, and a lot of it has to do with the goodness in your heart. God bless!!

The Texas men would pick you up in a heart beat!