Jill Zarin

The NYC Housewives are back, and Jill dives right back into the drama!

on Feb 17, 20090

We're back! Hi everyone! I CANNOT believe it has been 9 months since we were last on TV! I could have given birth! The pain was excruciating at times. You will see how we lived our lives last summer and fall and watch Allyson grow into the young lady she has become. We are so proud of her. I also re-launched my website: www.jillzarin.com. You can see exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and stories there. I also do frequent interviews on www.livewithlisaradio.com after each episode, so check there for new audio!

Now, onto the juice you all want to hear. I have to say the NY Magazine article was very hurtful to me at the time. They never talked badly about anyone before and now they talked badly about me, or so I thought. When I spoke with Cindy Adams for The Post, I took the opportunity to address Simon and Alex. I can't say I was right, but that was how I dealt with it at the time. We both were offended, but we were able to get past it and move on. I should be weary of the press, as some take advantage of my words, but I am who I am, and will continue to talk.

We're back! Hi everyone! I CANNOT believe it has been 9 months since we were last on TV! I could have given birth!

The charity event you saw in episode one is called Help For Orphans. My dear friend Sarah Ehlich is the founder and chair of this charity. She has been to Kenya many times and asked me last summer to help. She is not as connected socially in the Hamptons and I loved the idea of funding a vocational school in this region. I met Peter, the Headmaster, of the school this past summer. Though he was not able to come to event, he will be excited to see it online from Africa. If you would like to help the school and learn more about it, please go to www.jillzarin.com and click on charities

57 comments
lene foget
lene foget

Hi. I think you are so cool :) where in the Hamptons, are the bedst hotels? Yours sincerely Lene

Robin F.
Robin F.

I'm dying to know who designed that dress you're wearing in the "Jill" intro clips (leather pieces, bandage style sort of). I love it!!!

HELP AMERICA WITH THE ECONOMY
HELP AMERICA WITH THE ECONOMY

TO JILL ZARIN AND "ALL" OF THE VERY WEALTHY WOMEN ON THIS SHOW

"STOP BEING SO SELFISH!"

YOU SHOULD BE "INVESTING" "IN NEW BUSINESSES" "IN AMERICA" "FOR AMERICA" PROVIDE "JOBS AND CAREERS FOR AMERICANS"

HELP THE ECONOMY BY CREATING JOBS. WHITE COLLAR JOBS THAT HAVE BEEN OUTSOURCED FOR YEARS NOW TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

DO NOT SHOP IN OTHER COUNTRIES EITHER AND "HIRE" AMERICANS WITH THE BUSINESSES YOU HAVE NOW AND "START "NEW BUSINESSES" AND PROVIDE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHERS "IN AMERICA ONLY"

NOT EVERYONE GETS TO MARRY RICH LIKE ALL OF YOU DID.

YOUR HUSBANDS GAVE YOU THAT LIFESTYLE YOU DID NOT EARN IT!

Viewer
Viewer

the word is CATTY people, not CADDY. over and over people on these blogs type CADDY and it's driving me crazy. if you dont even know how to pronounce it, find another word!! use a dictionary, a thesaurus, anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Viewer
Viewer

Hi, Jill! I am thrilled that you are back! You are the Best! You really steal the show! You look great! You are everyone's favorite! Can't wait to tune in each week. Thanks for brightening up our day!

Didi
Didi

Jill I

I understand that words can be taken out of context and that reactions and hurt feelings can get the best of anyone. I thought you handled the situation well promptly apologized. What was with the "your jealous" accusation? If there was anything coming from left field - it was that accusation.

Also just an observation o mine... I found it odd that Alex insisted you smooth things over with Simon separately. They're usually the "2 for 1" deal so it was weird that all the sudden they're separate individuals that you need to address.

Anyways - love you and all the best to you!

Kelly
Kelly

Jill, I think you and the ladies on the show are absolutely fabulous!!! I adore watching you every week!! Keep up the fabulous work and don't listen to the haters!!!

Deanna
Deanna

I think the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK is an awful show. I cant stand any of the characters and their caddy comments. Obviously, these housewives arent generating any buzz, and I depressed that the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC is over. The RHOOC is the best show over...and this show can never compare...it's tragically sad...so BRAVO please do a GRETCHEN or LYNN spin-off please!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would like to comment on the person who said that the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK IS AN AWFUL SHOW...In Bethenny's words "OH NO YOU DID IN", If you think that the real housewifes of orange county is better than the HOUSEWIFE'S OF NEW YORK, You dont know a real show unless it bit you in the A** with injections, boob lift, snob wannabee wanting to be young again!. I look forward to the housewifes of new york every season! It would be better if Alex and Simon were not in it...I cant stand them if want to complain about the show complain about them they SUCK! I liked the OC but Tamera and Tickie showed their A** for what they did to Gretchen...I dont care for it much anymore...they B**** and complain all the time...they should be thankful for what they have and stop worrying about everyone else!...I want to tell the housewife's of New York I love you guys and keep up the good work....

Lady K
Lady K

Jill, you ladies are a class act. I love the show. I am available to make gift bags anytime please email me. Love what you did for charity.

Bob
Bob

Jill,

You pretty much tell it like it is, that's what I like about you. Same for Bethenny. Thanks for making the show enjoyable, I don't think I could watch it if you two weren't on it.

Cheers, Bob

Viewer
Viewer

You are my favorite!

jackielea
jackielea

I think out of everyone last season you were the nicest to simon and alex so I really don't understand why they would point you out. I thought this was housewifes not househusbands so why is simon act like he's one of you? wierd!!!

Lynsey
Lynsey

Hey Jill, LOVE you, Love the show. I honestly don't think you did anything wrong. Those two are the creepiest, most self-absorbed people I've even known about. You had every right to react the way you did. I'm glad you did the classy thing and apologized but those two are ridiculous and needed to be called out. Don't sweat skelator and the closet gay husband.

Julie
Julie

I LOVE you. You appear to be so thoughtful and caring. Your forthrightness is unpretentious unlike other members of the cast. Love you, love you, love you

A Real Housewife
A Real Housewife

Hi Jill,

I cannot understand why you would want to perpetuate any sort of relationship with A & S. They are takers and users and add nothing to any party setting. Prancing around in party duds and talking about shopping and who they can meet via you, does not a friendship make. In addition, Simon's remark about you and your Long Island roots really was not meant to be a compliment. I felt the hoops that Alex forced on you on behalf of her Simon was ridiculous. They rarely feel empathy for anyone on the show except themselves. They truly are self-centered snobs. Simon is a glorified motel manager (who never seems to work) and Alex and is a glorified secretary (who leaves child rearing to her au pair). They are hangers-on who are actually quite boring. btw: Ramona's aversion to them is understandable. She simply wears her heart on her sleeve and, like you, calls 'em like she sees 'em.

Muriel
Muriel

Jill-

I am so glad you and Bethany are back.

I absolutely loved the Post article. Simon & Alex are fake with a capital F. You jealous of them... they would kill for your house in the Hamptons, hell they would kill for your fabulous apartment. Sim-ex (my new name for them because they are joined at the hip) are total frauds, I mean explain how these two made the cut for the show...

I can't wait to see more... best wishes to you, Alli and Bobby.

Danielle
Danielle

So I'm a huge fan of the show but now that I'm over seas I cannot watch it and it's making me crazy!!! Is there anyway to post the episodes online like they do with Project Runway???

howdy folks
howdy folks

I'm watching the episode with Jill having the apology conversation with Alex over the phone. Alex is sitting on a hideous couch - so bad I paused Tivo for a closer look - it's a futon! So what am I missing? Here's Alex and Simon - who supposedly aspire to climb the NYC social ladder. Can you really be part of NYC social elite and have a futon in your living room?

Viewer
Viewer

Jill - thanks for defending us Long Island girls! Simon is a rude snob who needs to put other people down so he can feed his pretension. You are awesome, classy, and most of all - REAL!

Jonathan
Jonathan

I love you Jill! You are my favorite housewife out of OC, Atlanta, & NYC. If you ever need a new or extra gay husband let me know. You & Bethenny crack me up! XXOO, Jonathan

P.S. - My Mom is from LI too.

Rita
Rita

Just a comment in general,

I think the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK is an awful show. I cant stand any of the characters and their caddy comments. Obviously, these housewives arent generating any buzz, and I depressed that the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC is over. The RHOOC is the best show over...and this show can never compare...it's tragically sad...so BRAVO please do a GRETCHEN or LYNN spin-off please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pjk
Pjk

Jill, Hope you e-mail me back, you look wonderful this season, did you lose a little weight. How do keep your figure while eating out so much and living in New York where is so much wonderful food. You make me laugh and your real, keep up the charity work. Love Bethenny too.

dawn
dawn

Jill I love you!! You are great! You keep this show on it's toes because of who you are. You are entertaining, funny, smart & just damn genuine. Bethany & yourself could just run the show and everyone else can make an appearance. This show has become the MY "Sex in the City". My husband has even become hesitantly involved in the show...lol Can't wait to see what the new season has in store for us. Good luck to you and your husband with your business. Dawn Bethany we love you too!!

Beth
Beth

Let me just say -- Housewives of NY is the best Housewives show. Glad you guys are back on the air -- you're very entertaining.

Jill, you are so nice of you to apologize. Alex and Simon are two very strange people. Their kids behavior is out of control, yet they're out hitting all the parties instead of staying home and disciplining them. I still can't get over that he went to a "girls" night out with her -- bizarre.

I also love Bethany and think you two are the only normal ones on there. The other ones are so pretentious and think they are higher than every one else. LuAnn needs to get a dose of reality if she thinks she is not stuck up - she's a total snob. When she had the older house maid carry her bags down the stairs. How awful was that. Although I suppose all the drama makes for good TV -- which is why they are on the air.

Anyway, at least I feel really good about myself when I watch the show. Bethany and Jill, thanks for restoring my faith that people with money can be normal.

Valerie
Valerie

Hey Jill, I am so happy that almost all of the blogs are so positive about you! You, my dear, are just simply LOVED! You are real! You are real with who you are, your parenting skills, your marriage, your friends, you are a people's person! You would be an awesome best friend, because you are honest, and oh my, so much fun!!!!! You have me laughing at times so hard! I love that about you! You need to simply ignore that Ramona TWIT; she has issues, other than caffeine! If you sit back and watch her, you could laugh at what she does and says, don't let her bother you! You are much too good, too classy, and too mature for her caffeine, jealous fits! Oh, one more thing, I love the relationship between you and your hubby! You have it all! God Bless! Valerie

Cin
Cin

I love you - You and Bethany are quite the team - I just hope the two of you don't wind up in a squabble.

Amy Lidster
Amy Lidster

Love you Jill! I missed you SOO much these past nine months! Ramona? Not so much......she would be a better fit on the OC:)

Holly
Holly

Jill I love you and Bethenny you crack me up. Ramona I kinda of like but I think she feels threatened by you? Why I dont know but I think she is jealous of your life. The Countess needs to relax and where is her background from. I dont think she comes from a well to do I can tell she is pretending. Alex and Simon are just strange and they need to see a therapist. Kelly actually seems to be very centered and well balanced. We will see as the audience gets to know her. Cant wait to see the shows and I hope I dont have to wait 9 months for the next one. You guys are the best.

Viewer Christine
Viewer Christine

Am I crazy, or was that "artist" at Jill's charity event, the one that worked "with tomatoes", actually Quentin Tarentino in a black wig?

Jessica
Jessica

Last season you and Bethany were my favorite, but I must say that I was quite disappointed by your remarks in the Post. I just figured that you were much more mature than some caddy high school drama, but thats just my opinion. I'm also getting sick of the countess and her title that she's obsessed with; she seems like white trash that happened to marry into money. I live on the Upper East Side myself and I must say I think that my group of friends (and I'm in my 20 somethings) has way less drama than you all..granted it is TV...I'm hoping most of this is for show. Stay true xo

Maureen
Maureen

I am a New Yorker but after watches these women, I want to move to Orange County. Give me a break. You're not what you think what you are ladies. hahahaha

Carolyn
Carolyn

I'm happy that the new season has begun, it's been way too long since last season ended. Sorry you had to deal with the Simon issue, but hey I know you'll handle it just fine. It's going to be so good to see you and Beth in action this season. Your both fun to watch.

CONNie
CONNie

JILL, I ADMIRE THAT YOU CALLED ALEX AND APOLOGIZED FOR THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. THAT WAS DEFINITELY TAKING THE HIGH ROAD. IT SURPRISED ME THAT THEY RENTED A HOUSE IN THE HAMPTONS SINCE THEY SAID THEY DON'T LIKE THE HAMPTONS FOR A VACATION SPOT. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THEY STEAR THROUGH THE UP AND COMING EPISODES. YOU AND BETHANNY CRACK ME UP, BECAUSE YOU REALIZE YOU ARE HUMAN AND MAKE THE BEST OF EACH SITUATION YOU ARE IN. I LIKE GINGER TOO.

eve
eve

Jill - you look great this season - you must be working out a lot - what's your secret??? AND you totally took the high road by not pointing this out to most of the viewing population who doesn't realize this, but the truth of the matter is that Simon's criticism about you being "from long island" was really an anti semetic slam. Notice how Alex doesnt speak when her husband is around - why does she worship him so much - he's disgusting. xo another girl from LI

maureen
maureen

JILL FIRST OF JUST WISH I HAD A FRIND LIKE YOU ,YOU SAY IT THE WAY IT IS AND THATS OK IN MY BOOK , I AM OR WAS A HAMPTONS GAIRL SO NOW TO BRING OUT MY FANGS ALEX AND SIMON THE FACT HE MY BE GAY IS NOT OF CONCERIN FOR ME ITS WORKING YOU ALL SO THEY CAN MEET THE WHOS, WHO WHEN THEY DONT KNOW ENEYBODY AND LOOK LIKE THEY NEED ?????? BEFOR THIS IS ALL OVER SIMON WILL KING WITH HIS QUEEN OF THE HAMTONS ,THIS IS THE FIRST SHOW BUT I BET THEY GO TO ALL THE INVITS AND COME BACK EVERY WEEK , DEAR I HAVE SEEN IT ALL I AM ENGLISH SO DARLING JUST KEEP BEING JILL ZARIN SORRY NOT RIGHTING THIS VERY WELL THE HANDS NOT SO GOOD , BY THE WAY YOU HAVE A LOVELY BOBBY.

Colleen
Colleen

Hi Jill, I had to post a comment because I just love you on Housewives/NYC. You are the most real one on the show, but at the same time caring and warm to everyone that you come into contact with. I love Bethenny also and am SO happy that you are such good friends...and you look out for her like a big sister would too. I really can't stand Alex or Ramona...and Simon? Wow..we don't have enough space for me to comment on that dysfunctional relationship. Talk about WANNABE's. I feel sorry for Ramona's husband and her daughter too. I really used to like Luann but am not really warming up to her in the first episode and I really don't like Kelly. She thinks she is all that and a bag of chips..money doesn't give you class, let me tell you what. Keep up the great work with your charities and raising your beautiful daughter Allison. You are awesome.

Jess
Jess

I love how honest you are, you are my favorite!

Marjan
Marjan

Jill, I really love you on this show, You seem to be a good friend to the other ladies. I think the charity event you threw was excellent. I have an art gallery in San Francisco, and I would like to donate a Hourian original to your next charity event. Please email me and inform me when the next event will be.

Sherri Tucker
Sherri Tucker

Jill: I am so glad that you and the gang are back . It takes a really big person to admit that they were wrong and you are that person. You have such a great heart and spirit; don't ever change. Love you, the Countess and Bethany. Come to New Orleans sometime and pass a good time.

New Orleans Lady

amber
amber

I love love love you Jill! You are my favorite aside from Bethenny! You two are amazing beautiful women and so damn funny :) Glad to see you all are back! Hope I can run into you in NY!

Denise
Denise

Alex and Simon are a bit odd. Wasn't it Alex who said she couldn't wait to meet you to add to her contacts and up her social standing???

Their house is scary??? Instead purchasing 2 or 3 gowns, why not spend it on some home improvements?

Jill, I thought you were a class act how you called Alex as soon as you saw the Cindy Adams article. I am sure you maybe, secretly, knew she would write a story. It was the right and hard thing to do and being able to admit I could have handled it better.

Plllleeeeaaassseee, explain why you like Ramona?? You seem to be leaps and bounds better than her?? I look forward to another tennis match this season! LOL. Go "Team Jill - From LONG ISLAND"!

Love From Another LI Girl, Denise

FanFare
FanFare

Hi Jill, You remind me of a younger Lee Grant (as a very ballsy redhead). You seem part snappy broad and mean teen. The Bethenny-Jill pair is supportive, silly yet very caddy. Basically, your reaction to Simon's printed remark was understandable. Frankly, he certainly forgot that you welcomed he and his Stepford wife with dinner and assistance to tour your friend's private school. They repaid your kindness with allowing their rambunctious kids to run amock at your holiday party at 21... How quickly that effort was forgotten. They are so very repulsive, I cannot fathom why you want to perpetuate any relationship with them. Cut them loose - they're celebrity seeking losers and social interlopers. You don't need them as much as they used you.

Mina
Mina

Are you KIDDING me! "the countess doesn't drink beer from a bottle" How good is the third person discussion. WOW! These woman need a serious douse of reality. Maybe they should spend more time with their kids and less time cat fighting.

Stacy
Stacy

You have always been my favorite housewife of all three shows (I watch them all!) but you are the most down to earth with a lot of natural class. I think you handled the situation with Simon and Alex perfectly. You owned up to the situation, explained it, apologized for the hurt feelings it caused and were ready to move on. Again, you handled it like a class act! Simon is also to be commended because he was ready to move on as well (and I noticed you both did hug!) I wish Ramona would take a lesson from you and Simon. If she would just own up to her mistakes, she could put things in the past and move on. Instead she just keeps making the same mistakes, can't own up to them and runs and hides when she is confronted by the people she has embarrassed herself in front of. Don't let her bother you, she isn't worth it.

Sheila from Charlotte
Sheila from Charlotte

OMG! What a way to start the season! I love that you and Alex and Simon got into right from the start. I can say it must have taken a lot of nerve to call them that morning! That was classy! They should have given credit to that! And the whole jealous thing...was Good TV. I was laughing! They really take themselves too seriously. You are right about Ramona. Loved the irony of "You don't say mean things about someone and have it printed"..but apparently you just question their sexuality on National TV. I love that you girls are back!

Catrina/ohio
Catrina/ohio

I love you Jill! You and bethenney are just like the mean girls in high school and i love it. Childish or not, it's tv, would everyone really watch if there wasn't drama? Keep doing what you do, we love you!

producernyc
producernyc

Jill, I am a producer here in Manhattan. When I was in film school Alex came to an audition for a student film and she got the part. Would you guys like to see the film? I have it.

Staci
Staci

Jill,

You are the best! Keep being you!

L.I. Lucille from SC
L.I. Lucille from SC

Jill: OMG !! Just at the beginning of the show (TiVo'd) and wanted to jot a note...First & foremost YOU babe are the classiest of the Ladies! & My favorite! That Alex woman (nicer than I want to say) is trash, and was last season also. Being from Long Island esp. Nassau County, gives us all more clout than any other County as far as I am concerned!! So you go Long Island Girl! Can't wait to see the season unfold.

Liane
Liane

Hi Jill ~ You should not have apologized to Simon and Alex; they weren't worthy of your apology. Alex sure has some gall to call you jealous. It's quite painful to watch Alex and Simon. They think they're so superior and yet their house is in shambles, and their kids behavior is atrocious. Ramona is another joke. When I heard her say that what you did was not nice, I almost fell off my chair! She's the queen of "not nice" behavior. I had to look at her face to see if she was joking when she was talking about you. She wasn't.

You keep being yourself - I love the show!