Jill Zarin

Jill refuses to stoop to the level of her castmates!

on Apr 15, 20090

First, I want to apologize to all the fans who tried something new with me on starcam.com. As those who were there witnessed, it crashed before we started when thousands of you signed on. Though this is by no means an excuse for them, they are truly sorry and when they figure this all out we will try again. Technology is frustrating sometimes, but I was so upset last night you have no idea. So I beg you, please stop yelling at me and let's move on.

I can't decide what to do right now. Do I tell you what I really think without any regard for feelings or do I listen to my Bobby, who says if you have nothing nice to say... So, I will do a little of both, but save the good stuff for the reunion we are filming next week!

I laughed OUT LOUD at the TV when Kelly walked in saying "Hi....Hiiiii... HEYYY!" and then Bethenny did her imitation. Priceless.

As you know or should know by now, we have no control over editing. The show is there to entertain and highlight drama. I too find the self-promoting a little obnoxious and will tone it down next season if I have any control. Last night was internally called the "work" episode and as such it focused on all of our careers, including Alex. (Bethenny was very kind to include her since her last employer, would not let Alex be filmed at work.) I won't say I was unhappy when the opening scene was at my store (I won't say the name for fear of self-promoting again.) As for the little pillow scene, well let's just say " I don't remember" that part. Brad...how funny was BOOBBBYY? Sipping the honey wine? What is that? I guess that shows our age difference or the fact that I don't drink too often.I laughed OUT LOUD at the TV when Kelly walked in saying "Hi....Hiiiii... HEYYY!" and then Bethenny did her imitation. Priceless. Did you think that was as funny as I did? Max was never "properly" introduced. In other words, I didn't know if he was her boyfriend, brother, college roommate? So, me being me, I asked her if he was a friend with benefits. I didn't mean to embarrass her, but I sometimes take on the role of narrator and try to get questions answered in the conversation that I think will come up later on in editing.

434 comments
JohnQTaxpayer
JohnQTaxpayer

Rebecca--

What makes you think this woman would actually want to play with you? Go do something more productive than obsess about some stupid reality TV show star. Who cares if you are some washed up pro?

You're biggest fan... Trust me, I am.

Viewer Marilyn
Viewer Marilyn

You and Bethany are my favorites. I love your accent! The best! Bethany is a riot! I hope that the two of you are friends and stay that way. Can't wait to see more.

Shel
Shel

Possibly the finale didn't appear to be on a level playing field. It was obvious the class and intelligence was strictly on the couch shared by you, Bethenny,and The Countess. However, Alex is showing to be more fitting on your side of the set! Shockingly, that doesn't say much for the two remaining, on the "other" side! Thanks to you and the girls for all you give, laughs and all!

From NY to WI
From NY to WI

As I sat and watched the reunion show I was imagining all my "Housewives" girlfriends and who could I relate to the most and who they would be. I had my own thoughts but asked my husband first who he thought I was more like and he confirmed to me that we are alike in many ways. Except the fact that I am not as fortunate (financially) as you are, and the last purse my husband bought me was maybe $65 but hey, I'm not hating on you my sister! Your an awesome woman, wife and mother and also a friend to ALL of these ladies on the show. You fight fair. You work hard. And you have a heart the size of NYC! I enjoy your input on everything from fashion to tennis... Your the best! Good luck with your business, creakyjoints and every other thing you put your hand too. Be blessed Jill Zarin!

Viewer Nancy Lauer
Viewer Nancy Lauer

I have never once commented on someone's blog entry but I could just not let this go. I want to be adopted by Jill or at least Gloria. I do not have any money but I am educated and I think I received some of their genes anyway. If I can ever figure out a way to meet you and Bobby, and your parents, it would make my life complete. And Allison is a true sweetheart and beautiful. I never had a father-could I maybe borrow yours?

san Francisco
san Francisco

JIll, you're a sweetheart. You're obsessive, but you wouldn't be able to help people on so many levels if you didn't have that gene. I know to be social you cannot express your true feelings of people, but I'm curious. Do you like Kelly or do you just put up with her? Ramona's strange, but seems to have some good qualities, as hard as she tries to hide that fact. Are you really close to her or is she part of the circle and have to get along, when you can. That's about it, by the way, your whole family, all of them are so great and warm. You are truly blessed.

Viewer
Viewer

Jill- I love you, I think that you have a really big heart and try to do the right thing however I was a little appalled by your reaction to the luxury car that Bobby went out of his way to give you for your birthday even going so far as to consilidate the other family cars that you have so you can have what you want. Instead of remaining grateful (because you did seem really appreciative in the beginning) that you have a wonderful man in your life that wants to make you happy (as evidenced by purchasing a 16,000 purse) you almost immediatley started complaining about the car as soon as you got inside. I think that reveals something about your personality and in all truthfulness it comes across as really spoiled especially in an economy where people are losing their jobs, cars, houses etc... I know that it is not your job to fix the economy and yes I believe that if you have the means to splurge then do so because as you said life is short but also be appreciative of what you have realize that some people can only hope to have what you do. But otherwise Jill, you are great.

susan short
susan short

jill you are wonderfull person. I wish i had more friends like you. you tell it like it is. I think Romona's little green monster comes out a lot more when it comes to you.I noticed the uglyer face she makes the more the monster comes out.The day of the rematch when she saw Simon that was priceless' No matter what she says she was very mad and I'm putting it nicely.

Viewer
Viewer

Jill, you are my favorite! -Totally captivated in Texas

penny
penny

Jill you are the favorite I wish you would have hit Mario to treat a women like he did you makes him a very ugly person have Bobby teach him to be a real man

mom2six
mom2six

Team Jill! Bethenny has been completely loyal to you and Ally. You should remain loyal to her regardless of what manipulations Ramona tries to plant in your mind.

Also, do not trust Kelly at all. She is nothing more than a twisted opportunistic.

Be true to those who you know have been with you through thick and thin.

Sonia
Sonia

Jill:

Love your energy. You are my favorite housewife. Spending 16,000 on a purse is extravagant, but you are allowed extravagance. Everyone has their extravagant spending weaknesses.

If anyone complains about your spending, it is out of pure jealousy. Also, I am embarrassed for Mario and Ramona, who profess that they are Christians. Honestly, they are far from being Christians. Christians are forgiving, non-judgmental, and loving of others. This is not Ramona and Mario. Keep on spreading your love.

Nicole
Nicole

Jill, you are one of The main reasons I watch the show. Promote your business all you can! One thing I want to say regarding your comments (on camera and in your blog) about the behavior of Alex's sons in your store: lighten up just a bit. Yes, they were running around... but they are LITTLE boys, and boys (and girls) can bounce around. If you don't want that kind of overexuberant activity in your store, then why do you bring your dog to the store? Some children are a little more active (i.e., hyper) than others. My son is one of those; my daughter (I thank my lucky stars) is more calm. Just a thought I had...

Long Island Native
Long Island Native

As a Oceanside native - transplanted to New Orleans -- I LOVE to hear you speak. You remind me of home. You are the real deal, and Bethanny could be your sister. Ally is precious and Bobby seems like a very patient, gentlemanly fellow. You are the GLUE for this show. With best wishes for a long run.

Viewer
Viewer

Sell promote- If you don't then who will? And spend, it helps our economy when citizens not our government spend, it is the trickle down effect, which I am sure you already know.

Shari
Shari

I have to totally agree on your mention of Bethenny's mocking of Kelly......I still laugh when I think of it. Bethenny is priceless herself. You two make a great pair. Hope the scenes of next week do not mean you two have come to odds. You are too good of friends. I have been following you on twitter as well. You and Bethenny are my very favorite on the Housewives.

Viewer
Viewer

Jill, You make the show!

I was so upset watching how Mario spoke to you at the party. I summed it up for his need for air time. You and Bobby handled the whole situation with class! I honestly don't think Ramona and Mario like anyone. I can't believe what they say about people. They are so jealous of others. They seem to be very jealous of you and Bobby!

I'm glad that you got Simon as your partner for the tennis match. Mario and Ramona deserved what they got after how you were treated. Please,Please don't have another tennis match with Ramona. It's time to go enjoy a match with someone that isn't so petty and a sore loser.

I really enjoy when you and Bethenney are together. The two of you are so much fun!!! That's friendship

Former city girl
Former city girl

Hey, Jill ~

Real Housewives is my guilty pleasure and I try to watch it every week, but I have to say that you are just the nicest housewife on the show. One gets the feeling that, no matter how much money you had, you would be equally warm toward everyone.

I notice that next week they're airing an episode wherein you and Bethany get into a disagreement and you ask her to leave the charity event. So sorry to see that because if anyone needs a friend, it's Bethany.

I know Bethany can be a little cold, but I get it. If you're raised without a lot of love it's really hard to model warmth and love and express those things.

People are like animals when it comes to the formation of personality, don't you think? Have you ever seen one of those animal rescue shows on the Animal Channel? In the beginning, when they rescue a dog or other creature, the animals are often nasty, fearful, snappish. They don't know how to behave because they've never had any love or care. A few months later, after they've been loved up and fed and trained, that viscious dog is romping in a grassy yard with a bunch of kids.

Hey, don't tell Bethany i compared her to an abused dog. I'm just trying to make a point about nature and love. You seem like a really loving, honest person with some ethics and warmth. You'll be a good influence on Bethany. So love her up a little more and try to continue to cut her some slack.

And don't you think she handled herself well with that Kelly person? Jeez, I don't know what i would do if someone told me they were "up here" and I was "down there." Yikes! Bethany held it together, though, and behaved like a lady. Whatever poise she had, she taught herself, evidently, and you gotta hand it to her, right?

anyway...you're a doll. Keep being that great, warm person. You and Bobby are lucky to have love, comfortable finances, children and a generally happy life. Wish you the best of luck always.

Melody
Melody

I just love you Jill. I think you do everything just great no matter what Ramona and Mario says. I am also glad you and Bethenny are truly friends. I don't think you could ever be rude to her because you are her friend. Kelly is another story. I do not like her. She's an air head that seems to wake up in a new world everyday. The producers did an injustice to the show bringing her on. She thinks she rules the world and she doesn't have any time or kind words for anyone. Thank you for being you. You are very sophisticated yet appreciative of others. Keep up the good work and your style.

Jane
Jane

Stop the self promoting and defending yourself. I never like you until you and Betheney became such good friends. All of a sudden you became softer. I hope you don't blow it with Betheney. She is the star!!!!

marge in Charleston, SC
marge in Charleston, SC

I must have that one necklace you wore on the show. It reminds me of a star..looks like silver with brilliants, but it's probably platinum with diamonds. I really wish we could meet; I like you and admire your ethics, standards, morals, outlook, beliefs, love your Mom, love Bobby but enuff with the little snippy doglet. Ginger can stay at home where she is obviously peeing on your carpet. Let us have a great bonding since I am so opinionated and correct in my observations. I volunteer to be your aged woman sounding board. I'm your mother's age bracket. Just email with your inquiry and I will respond. You need some grounding from someone at the lower income bracket. Someone such as I, who was raised as if I were "upper crust" but am actually very much in the poverty level. Email me and we will really have a great time. I can converse on many subjects and am an authority on many more. You need a laugh.

Viewer
Viewer

Hello Jill...You are such a Great Person...so sweet...I think you and Bethenny are like sisters-closer than BFF's...Your so fun to watch!!! :)I just watched that one preview of you taking Kelly to your friends~ Jeri's Jewelry store...Depressing!!!... Not Jeri (she seems very sweet) Kelly(Very Depressing), please watch out for her Jill...I get very BAD Fibes from Kelly...Becareful Jill...She's only with you because whe wants Something...and It was very mean how she treated Bethenny, your daughter and you also...Very disrespectful!!! And I do agree with when you said... "Kelly must have thought it over and realized that if she didn't get involved somehow (with the charity), how could she stay on the show?"...Right,Jill~Kelly is a user... Kelly is a USER and very Manipulative and a Big Liar... ... And it does Not Surprise me that the other items Kelly was supposed to donate Never materialized...except for the item that so called cost $25,000 but you got $6,500 for it...(who appraised this piece???) Kelly Herself??? Jill I know your intentions are good but I know that Bethenny was sticking up for you and your daughter when Kelly was so rude at your charity meeting...That Kelly just makes me Sick... I really Hope NY Housewifes are back for another season WithOUT Kelly!!!

Viewer
Viewer

Go Jill!!!! You [Gloria] and Bethenny are the reason I watch Housewives of NYC...I LOVE you!

What happened between Alex and Bethenny? Bethenny and Alex elude to something...but, I must have missed it.

I love your style, your wise advice...your family! I can't wait to see next episode.

Love from one of your Team Jill admirers!!!

Viewer
Viewer

I find you very interesting, but enough with the "promotion"..it is annoying! Watch out because you are turning into Star Jones...of course you are way hotter...

karen
karen

omg....when bethenny did the kelly imitation it was more than priceless! i couldnt stop laughing about it.even reading it on here makes me hysterical. jill and bethenny together are a fabulous team and should remain the best of friends forever-you compliment each other well,and keep us viewers highly entertained!

Single in St Louis
Single in St Louis

Jill

You & Bethenny are my favorites on this series. I feel that you should not have to apologize for being financially bless. You stated that in so many words you & your hubbie earn your money by the sweat of your brow. The guy from the BBC should have ask you to offer some advice to people as to how not to be a victim of a recession. I wanted you to so bad set Miss Ramona in her place. I'm sick of her cattiness towards people that she socialize. I'm not brash to people who I consider an friend or an acquaintance.

Viewer
Viewer

Jill,

Just wanted to say that you looked really beautiful and pretty in the lavender color dress and your hair down when you were making comments afterward.

Viewer
Viewer

Wow,Jill, how reassuring to know that you actually WILL hold an elevator door open for anyone in your building, making JillZarin the nicest person ever. Are you kidding, that's what you had to say in regards to being charitable? You came across as such an airhead. You and Bethenny deserve each other. Mean to others, while tripping over each other complimenting yourselves. Humble pie for two?

Viewer
Viewer

Jill, So, you give credit where credit is due???? It sure didn't seem that way, when they asked you, if they could take a picture of Brad. What harm would it have done, to give him credit where credit was due? Shame on you!!!! He worked very hard and did a fine job. I'm sure his feelings were very hurt when he heard you say NO, to the question. You have always been my favorite, along with Bethenny. You dropped on my scale, of my opion of you. The $16,000.00 bag was anothe faux pa. Oh well, I still think you are a good person, just a little confused at times.

Linda in Reno,Nv
Linda in Reno,Nv

Jill, I just wanted to let you know I love your personality! I applaud your honesty which most people cannot accept these days for unknown reasons other than their breeding. Some would rather be lied to and continue to live in a fantasy world while you just "Come out with it"! Bethany is also a favorite for me. I have no idea why the other housewives seem to think she is hopeless on the subject of dating. She is beautiful, talented, successful and with a similar personality to you. I can understand why you and Bethany are friends. I also believe that Bethany has been absolutely correct in her opinion of Kelly from the very beginning because I felt the same about Kelly! She is in some type of "Lunar Orbit" that doesn't exist in our Solar System!(laughing) Poor Pathetic Thing!!! On the subject of Ramona and her husband.........you must remember the saying "Give them enough rope and they will hang themselves"? Well, perhaps you may consider making a gift to them of a very very long fabric and one day when they are at their natural "Catty and Backstabbing Ways" and they do not have you around to feed on they may hang each other with the fabric!!!

Jill, I also wished to say I loved the episode where you described selling and stated...."Selling is from the Soul" and no one will buy anything from someone they do not like. I have felt that way my entire lifetime and you have been the only other person who has also stated it that way! Good for you! Stay real just like you are and please tell Bethany I also applaud her honesty. The only difference is.....I wouldn't waste my breath on a pathetic and pitiful fool such as Kelly! I think the only one that is impressed by Kelly is KELLY!!! All my best to you and Bethany ........my two favorites. Linda

MO.
MO.

Jill, Keep on spending! it's not your place to fix the economy. The Prez keeps asking people to spend spend spend to help the economy, so you are doing just that. I wish I could afford to spend $16.000 for a Birkin bag, I would have been first in line. It's your money, do what you want with it and ignore everyone who critisizes. I'm a Brit. and the Beeb should take a look at some free spending Londoners------You've got nothing on them. God Bless you & Bobby.

RJ Junior
RJ Junior

Jill, You are fabulous! You tell it like it is- straightforward -and no pretentious facade. You come across as confident, and still gracious. I must say this season you and Bethenny have really emerged as the most REAL of all the "housewives". You both come across in sharp contrast to Kelly. I don't get her at all...she must have self esteem issues. Keep up the good work, Jill... and just continue "taking the high road"!

Tristin's Momma in VA
Tristin's Momma in VA

TEAM JILL!! YOU NEED YOUR OWN SHOW (ALONG WITH ALL OF YOUR FAMILY, YOUR MOMMA & BOBBY, WE ALL LOVE EM)!

YOU & BETHENNY ARE A GREAT PAIR!

DONT LISTEN TO THE HATERS... (SPEAKING OF HATERS...) WHO THE HECK IS KELLY? SERIOUSLY, WHO IS SHE?

Viewer
Viewer

Bobby is the best ! He is a great asset to the show .Class act all the way ! Team Bobby!

Viewer
Viewer

Jill,The repoters for the bbc were great! I loved it when they were not impressed with how much money you have.The money you spent on that stupid and ugly purse was really sad!To say that you gave to Africa really pissed me off ,when there are children living on the streets and in tents all over the states.My neighbor just lost his job and has three small children to feed ,what about that?You women aren't even representing the real houswife anyway.A real housewife don't have a job she takes care of her family 24-7,and puts herself last most of the time.You all have a twisted way of looking at things and it really bugs!Please stop with the brag fest! It's so unatractive!P.S. The apartment redo has already been done I've seen it a hundred times already!

Viewer
Viewer

The countess wants to know if you're going to have a lot of retouching when your apt in on the cover!

Viewer
Viewer

Jill, to heck with the people who complain about what you spend. Yes, the economy is crappy right now, but it is not your responsibility to help fix it just because you have the means to do so. Hell, if I was able to afford it, I would do it, too! Bloggers, if you don't like it then write your local Senate representative and do something about it! If not, then shut up! You cannot tell people what to do with their money. TAKE NOTE: Everyone is not you, and people will not make the same decisions you may make in life. Live YOUR life as best as you can, the right way, and you have fulfilled your life's meaning!

Viewer
Viewer

Jill, I think your nice on the show and I love your Mom but spending 16,000 on a Birkin bag. God! That amount is sometimes what most people now make in a year. Its almost poverty level to some people making that a year. I think you should have gone to the mall and bought a knock off and no one would have been the wiser. Some of my brothers and sisters have a lot of money and dont spend their money like you do. Curb your spending because when you dont have it you'll wonder where it all went. Whats with the expensive costumes. Bethenny had the right idea. Reuse!

tennessee girl
tennessee girl

Jill I just want to say you are by far the prettiest and funniest housewife ever!! You are my absolute favorite! And I love how you don't let people get the best of you, you always have a plan! Thats so cool! People make fun of me because i'm a freshmen in college and watch this show! And you are the only reason I watch it!! You are a great friend, mother,wife, and a very admirable person!! Your're the best!!!

Viewer
Viewer

Hey Jill, With every episode that I watch, I like you more and more! You crack me up...You are so down-to-earth. I'm a former Long Islander too like you (Bethpage). What town are you from? During the show, I constantly find myself nodding along with everything you say :) I want to hangout with you and Gloria!!!! I'm 25...I need som guidance, lol Can she adopt me too? P.S. I don't think you self-promote at all. (I usually pick up on that stuff quickly). I will be shopping at Zarins next trip to the City! :) You're the best one on the show...All my girlfriends that watch agree wholeheartedly!

Mary
Mary

Hi Jill! I have to say, with respect to the BBC, they are notoriously anti-American. No wonder I call them the London bureau of Al-Jazeera! You're the best!!

Mary from Long Beach

viewer from NC
viewer from NC

For God's sake keep spending! I'm an artist and my job depends on people that are successful in other areas spending their money. Tons of jobs depend directly or indirectly on the wealthy spending their money. We love you and never feel guilty for working your butt off and then enjoying the American dream.

Nebviewr
Nebviewr

You and your husband are a class act. Gracious, smart and very well mannered. Your cast mates could learn a lot from you.

Dawna J
Dawna J

Hi Jill, Love you and Bethenny you two are the greatest. I did find it funny about Bethenny doing the Hi Hi Hey. hehehehe, I laughed so hard. When I come yo NYC I will be shopping at Zarins. You are so cool love you.

Tracy Crane
Tracy Crane

Jill, you handled the British interviewers with class and style. Your remarks were totally on!! I have always thought that you and Bethenny were the best but I gotta tell you that my respect and admiration jumped way up when I saw how well you handled yourself!! Way to go girl.... "Don't spend more than you have" is SMART!! Also, loved your parents when they were on. Make sure you see them soon!! Girl power!! I don't think you brag too much at all, I haven't seen you being mean. Some people just don't get scarcasm and think you are being "ill" or "ugly'' as we say in the south- but I get it. I have never watched a reality show before and am proud to say I have never seen an episode of Survivor or Idol or any of the others, therefore, I can't believe I watch ya'll but I have the recorder set for Bravo and can't wait till next week!! Be true to you!!

Sandra
Sandra

Jill you are one of my favorites. I have to ask however... did you really pay$16,000 for a purse?

Inoki
Inoki

Jill, One question-for an intelligent, no BS woman like yourself how could you be so stupid to purchase a handbag for SIXTEEN THOUSAND dollars? America is in serious trouble, think about what you did! You "claim" to be serious about charity work, do you have any clue at all what $16,000.00 could do for any of them? I'm ashamed of you...oh, and when someone buys you a thoughtful, expensive birthday present the first thing out of your mouth shouldn't be about what you don't like about it. You're blessed on earth but think about the kind of after life you're heading for!

csp
csp

some people are rich and some are poor. These are the facts of life. Jill is rich, but does not act spoiled or like she is unaware that others have less or are poor compared to her. So dont be jealous if she can have a 15k handbag. what else is she supposed to do with the money. Do you think that she has to give all of it to charity? none of us now how much she gives to charity, but it does appear that charity is a vary vital part of her life. also from watching the show you can tell that she is a nice and caring person. If I had the same resources to work with as Jill- would I be doing all of the good work that she does or would I come across looking like Kelly? So give Jill a break- its not easy to come across looking good on a TV show like this. She does a really good job of being the kind of person I would be proud to now. If Jill could save the world with her 15k handbag I am certain that she would donate it to the cause. Dont expect Jill to save the world- give her a break...

Miss Mimi
Miss Mimi

Jill, You are adorable. I could watch you for hours. Maybe they'll spin off the Jill Zarin show. I especially love watching you and Bobby together. What a CUTE couple!!!

Your daughter is a gem. I hope she gets more time in front of the camera. Your mom and your sister come across as real warm, friendly people as well.

You've got more money than God and you like to spend it on yourself. So is that a crime or even a bad thing? Maybe, maybe not. Since I do not now have that kind of walking around money, I'll not attempt to speak from authority. I cannot wait until my business goes sky high and I can buy my first $16k purse!!! I'll buy two of them and donate one to my own favorite charity.

That might be what I love about you: your charity work. Lots of people do charity work but many people with money act more like Kelly and just talk, not do. You're a doer and go getter. The thing about charity work is that there is nothing to be gained from it except that feeling of having done something good for someone else. I'm not sure that those who accuse you of being spoiled understand all that goes into hosting a charity event. It is H A R D work! Or, you can take short cuts and end up with nothing for your time (see the Real Housewives of Atlanta for more on that topic).

Stay sweet, stay a redhead and keep rocking those outfits. I didn't love your hair up, either, but I thought you looked amazing in your photoshoot dress. I'll bet Gloria was darned proud of her baby girl.