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I would never have thought that a remark of mine that was not even made on the show would start a war between the Housewives. I think LuAnn and Jill's reaction and continued obsession was overkill. I can recall a lot worse being said by others on the show. One thing I know is that I did not say "BRING IT ON BITCH." I called LuAnn in the hopes that she would come to our Labor Day luncheon and we could discuss what was bothering her about what she overheard me say many weeks ago at Polo. Looks to me like it is Jill who is not having "normal thoughts." Why did Jill get involved anyway? She just wanted to add fuel to the fire and make it into much more than it should have been. Perhaps if LuAnn came to the luncheon, she would have received the apology from me she wanted. I found it somewhat strange when Jill made the comment about how happy she was that the Count was not there. Surprising that LuAnn did not take offense to that remark as well, but acted as though she never even heard it.
When we arrived on Friday in the Hamptons a good friend of ours had a wonderful dinner party. Jill and Bobby came sans LuAnn. I guess Jill’s excuse about not leaving LuAnn alone because she was her house guest only pertains to Ramona. Since our lunch was on Monday, Jill could have certainly come as she was heading back to the city and our home was on the way back. Her weekend with LuAnn was at an end so that was a pretty lame excuse on her part.
As you can see Alex, Simon and Ramona and I have come a long way since last season. Not only are we getting along, but Simon and I are now on the same wavelength about the way we dress. Guess we should not go to the same designer. We are enjoying one another's company and they seem much more at ease now that they have gotten past social climbing and are just being themselves. Alex was honest enough to let us know that LuAnn had invited them to her house. I must have missed the chapter in LuAnn's etiquette book about declining an invitation for an intimate lunch but then inviting guests of the party you did not attend to your home. It seems LuAnn can get away with that kind of behavior because she wrote the book on bad manners and as such does not have to be "a countessable."
Bethenny finally has it all with her new love Jason. He is a great guy and I am very happy for all her success, unlike some of the other housewives on the show. I look forward to their marriage and birth of their child.
Kelly is posing for Playboy but since it is the 40th anniversary it is not really like posing for Playboy. She did say that, right? She cannot understand why Bobby collects and enjoys Playboy. That’s why they call it a men’s magazine. Funny that she would be surprised that guys she knows would want to pick up a copy of the issue. I have to think about that logic for a while...
Mario, well said. I felt that you calling Luann to come to your party was reaching out. Did she expect an apology through voice mail. That would have been classless. I agree with you enough already. She should have gone to your house and I'm sure you would have apologized. I agree with you about Jill, I'm starting to really see that she loves to insert herself in drama. As far as Kelly is concerned, I'm also at a loss for words. I don't think anyone is home there.
I keep hoping each episode you'd behave like a gentleman. Instead you show yourself to be immature, hypocritical, petty, and mean spirited. I'm surprised you behave as you do knowing your business clients, employees, vendors, etc. are watching! Your snarky comment about LuAnn spoke volumes about your lack of compassion for not only her, but also her children who are going through a heartbreaking time. Talk about kicking a person while they're down. The title of Countess was important to LuAnn because she worked hard to honor her husband's status and be a credit to his family throughout their marriage. Your glee in LuAnn's divorce is appalling and shows your true colors. If looking like a donkey to all of NY society was your goal, you've certainly succeeded. A true gentleman would never stoop to insulting or offending a lady. P.S. Let Ramona fight her own battles. She's more than able.
Stop being such a girl-girl, Mario! Your snide comments about Jill & LuAnn make you seem more of a catty woman than a man. You reek of jealousy towards Jill. Get over yourself, please.
Your wife Ramona has gotten it right time and time again. LuAnn is the only person who thinks her wealth and "Countess" title should demand respect from others. What I wish I were there to tell LuAnn is: “Your place on God’s green earth is no more important than your garbage man’s! Get a grip on REALITY! Stop trying to overcompensate for being raised poor, and understand we are all equal human beings despite our fortune or misfortune.” LuAnn is ridiculous.
you and your wife obviously have a problem with luann's title "countess". for you to make a remark about her being countLESS while she is suffering a divorce from the count was uncalled for, petty, and spiteful. then you press alex choose "sides". i have to wonder why you would even bother to involve yourself in this catty business. grow up, mario
Dude, get a new picture -- it is not a flattering picture (looks like it came from a cellphone). It looks nothing like you once someone watches an episode of the show.
Mario, This is Real Housewives of New York - not Real Housewives and Husbands of New York! Go away - you are as bad as Ramona acting like you never say anything bad about anyone and your personally attacked all the time. You and Ramona trash everyone! Please take yourself and Wild Woman and go away!! You remind me of Slade from Orange Co. - kinda of slimy and dishonest!
Who would have thought that Ramona and Mario would have the most informative, and coherent blogs! The Countess who wrote an entire book can't even write a blog that makes any sense. Thanks Mario!
While you are aware of the Zarin's whereabouts on Friday, do you actually know LuAnn was left home alone contrary to Jill's excuse? Perhaps she already had plans as well.
Love your blogs and love that you're on the show.. you are spot on with everything and not to mention easy on the eyes! ... Jill and Luann are drama queens for sure.. Glad to see you and Ramona have made friends with Simon and Alex.. they seem to be very genuine and classy.. Cant wait for more episodes!
I don't think you have anything to apologize to LuAnn for. She was the 4th (?) wife of a much older man. She knew what he was when she married him. Did she really think he wouldn't go looking around for younger/greener pastures? LuAnn needs to get a life without him and Jill DOES need to get a hobby, or a job!
Take the high road..........you have a wonderful life, marriage, child, career and health...clearly you have it ALL. Congrads!!
I agree with you about Jill and LuAnn and the party. They should not invite your guests once they decline to attend. They should not put another guest in that situation and then make a big deal when the guest actually does the proper thing.
As for Kelly, I didn't see anything wrong with what she said. She just responded to Bobby's comments without any drama and said it felt weird. She gets ripped apart for the smallest things while Bethenny is given a free ride with all her nasty comments.
Just because you like Bethenny doesn't mean you have to hate "her" enemies just to be friends. She does a great job on her own trashing everyone behind their backs with all the cruel and unnecessary comments.
I like Ramona and think it's great you always have each other's back, you seem like a very happy couple which is nice to see. Best of luck.
You seem alot better this season as far as creating drama, putting your two sense in and egging on other women in this show. You could have easily apologized but at the same time, Luann should have realized there was going to be comments like that after the divorce and the way their relationship is. Keep up the good mood and spirit.
LOL. Mario, your hilarious! Keep on blogging, I always get a kick of what you have to say. Kuddos to you for defending your wife about the snide remark LuAnn said last season about Ramona's eyes. Very valid point!
Mario - you hurt someone. A simple "I'm sorry" is so easy, very easy for a confident person. Two little words can create huge changes. Own it and let everyone move on. Save the "catfights" for the women...???
Mario, Mario, Mario. Just apologize, already. Thank goodness that the Texan men of my acquaintance know how to be polite to the ladies! You could learn a lot from them!
~Great to see a "blog" from one of the husbands & their point of view on all the "Drama"~
~And..don't blame yourself for the "early war"..I don't think your comment started anything..there will be a "war" amongst these women even if you never said a word..loooooool~ ;)
Mario, I'm glad to see you blog since you inadvertently started much of the drama at the beginning of this season! I think you secretly take much delight in that. I like seeing the drama being added by the out-spoken husbands and not only the NYC women. I'm certain Simon will be adding some of his own soon enough. Good to hear your side of the story.
I really enjoy reading your commentary each week and hope it will continue.
What I found most offensive this week was the fact that Jill would call Ramona and have her on speaker phone, not tell her she is on speakerphone, and have Luann listen to the conversation. That is unforgivable and classless.
I don't have a proverbial horse in the race, but it is blatantly obvious to even the most casual RHONY viewer that both Jill and LuAnn enjoy goading Ramona. Time and time again Ramona declined to involve herself in the "countless" debacle, but Jill and LuAnn appeared as sharks smelling blood. They kept pushing Ramona to the point where she was in tears. They do this often and repeatedly with everyone from Bethenny to Kelly to Alex. It's akin to eavesdropping on two seventh graders. If LuAnn was so insulted and embarassed and insulted by your off-the-cuff comment, why would she mention it repeatedly on-camera and on national television? Jill just has too much time on her hands, apparently. In this economy, most of us regular people are too busying working to make the time to initiate clandestine speakerphone conversations designed to feature others in a poor light. One sometimes wonders how the "other half lives". After watching the impropriety of both Jill and LuAnn, I'm thankful that I grew up middle class in Northern New Jersey, and not within the New York City social scene. It's wholly apparent that money and a title cannot buy class, maturity, and manners. If anything, they owe you and Ramona an apology, not the other way around.
Enjoyed the blog - I agree with you about Jill stirring the pot and Luann forgetting her etiquette. It's pretty pathetic that you all are split between being on one team or another. I do hold out hope that someday the lights will go in in Kelly's attic and someone might be home.
Oh Mario, you know you wouldn't have apologized to LuAnn. Why risk Ramona going into a tailspin of tears and rants, victim that she is, it would have spoiled your little impromptu gathering of what, 8 people? Of all the others in the cast, both you and Ramona really are the ones with not so normal ways of thinking.
Mario - I was so pleased to hear and see your actions resolving this LuAnn thing. I am someone that can speak from experience when it comes to a friends husband offending you. I have actually lost my best friend because her husband insulted me. However, he did it repeatedly over 2 yrs and enough is enough. I think LuAnn is making a mountain out of a mole hill. I wish my friends husband was more like you because I miss her very much. You make me smile because you are so funny!!
Much Love, Ramosa
Yes, you and Ramona and Alex and Simon are one big happy- You're the modern day Bob & Carol, Ted and Alice. You and Simon are the Bobsey Twins dressing like bookends and talking like a couple of harpies. Gossip much? I was surprised how you've aged since last season. Now you look as old as your wife. Maybe, it's from living with menopausal Ramona and her mood swings. Your take on things is quite stilted because it's always in your favor or for the people you like for the moment.
Hey There Mario, First of all I want to say I get you. We have the same sense of humor. That being said, I know we all are guilty of making comments that may be considered rude or hurtful. Please remember that when you say something that hurts someone, no mater what, a sincere apology is always in order. ASAP! I hope you were able to do so since this happened a while ago. Luv Ya. Jul
In the very least you should have spoken with LuAnn so she would get off your wife's back about the issue.
Mario, you should apologize. It was mean and totally unnecessary to criticize Luann for not having a husband. You continue to blog about how it wasn't a big deal and Luann is merely creating drama. Now you've got Jill in your sights. If it wasn't a big deal then why is it impossible for you to say you are sorry for hurting her feelings? You're not making any sense here.
I agree with you 100% that Luann just needs to get over it.. pple say things all the time. .she can't let every little thing get to her.. its actually pretty funny! ha!
Mario, The one thing you didn't do is apologize. You said, "let's discuss it". Why is it so hard for people on these shows to just say "I'm sorry. I made an insensitive remark and I hurt your feelings. Please accept my apology." But somehow you think it's okay for you to say these things.
So you called her count-less within earshot. While it was insensitive and perhaps not very gentleman-like, LuAnn is making a much bigger deal out of this than is warranted. You did call her and leave a message indicating you regretted saying it and that you would like the opportunity to square things with her. She did say that is what she wanted and yet it seems what she really wants is to continue to be mad. Kelly on the other hand is nuts. She is posing for Playboy and is put off by the thought of Bobby ogling it? I guess she just thought it would be teenage boys and lesbians.
It was very "countless"like for her to invite Alex & Simon knowing that she was invited by you & Ramona, everything that she has said or done this season so far, has been countless and having no etiquette. She's really grasping for straws when she is begging for compliments from Rosie like she did. No wonder Rosie left. I can only imagine what she heard and saw during the break-up/divorce. Jill shouldn't have have the phone on speaker, but I love it that Ramona called it like she saw it. I always thought LuAnn had something shady going on in her private life but I had no clue of so many infidelities!!! I'm glad to see that you & Ramona and Simon & Alex are getting along. Love the matching Bobsey Twin outfits that you and Simon were wearing to dinner!!! Can't wait to read next week's blog!
I like you, I really do. BUT! I foresee you going down that catty road of housewife politics. One piece of advice: Turn around and hit the accelerator!
Your blog seems very defensive, and frankly, very rude and tacky. You should NOT be defending your words about LuAnn. In-fact you should not only be apologizing for the snide remark you made but also for the comments your wife made over the phone about her. On that note, LuAnn should not have to enter the lions den to receive "the apolgy she wanted." You are a grown man, now start acting like one and apologize for hurting her feelings--as I am sure it was NOT your intent to upset her, right? It may kill you to bite your tongue and do such a thing but remember, you have to lose some battles to win the war.
Furthermore and since you touched on it, Jill did the what any respectful house-guest would do. She opted not to attend an event that her weekend host was not comfortable attending herself. Respect her decision as you would wish for yours to be, had the tables been turned. And, for Pete's sake, it was Labor Day weekend--millions of families entertain on this glorious weekend. LuAnn was not being spiteful by having a few friends over for a casual meal.
Well, I think I have said enough for now. Remember, don't get wrapped up in the drama. What has been recorded and is ready to air cannot be changed. However, at this point, you CAN choose to be gracious and humble (possibly even apologetic)in your blogs. I wish you the best.
Dude you need a new picture for your blog -- not only is it not current, it has the quality of a cell phone picture.
you are right on!!! especially this part: I must have missed the chapter in LuAnn's etiquette book about declining an invitation for an intimate lunch but then inviting guests of the party you did not attend to your home. It seems LuAnn can get away with that kind of behavior because she wrote the book on bad manners and as such does not have to be "a countessable."
Thank you for saying what every person in America was thinking!!!!!
Your blog is too funny; you must continue to blog through out the season.
I can't believe Jill and LuAnn interpreted your phone message as "BRING IT ON BITCH".
Nice to see you blog this season. It's good to see the NYC men instigating some of the drama! Keep it up.
OMG, this is the HOUSEWIVES of X...this is the one reason I think that the show is NOT better off with husbands blogging or on the reunion show. If we wanted their input, I think Bravo would start a The Real HUSBANDS of X. I get Simon (NY), he's one of the housewives but I am over Mario, Jim, Simon (Orange Couty) and hello...Slade is not even a husband of a housewife, well if Gretchen was a housewife if would make sense but Gretchen is not a Housewife so you tell me what she's doing on the show.
I didn't hear the Count comment either. Look, Mario, you should have said, I'm sorry." Instead you're playing a tennis match with the ball. You are wrong.
I just want to know why you couldn't just apologize!? Why couldn't you just call her up and say sorry instead of doing it at the luncheon? Then again, I guess you like the drama. You really would not have to deal with Jill if you just apologized.
Mario, I found your comment about LuAnn being 'countless' spot on. I thought it had a good deal of humor in it. And it's true. Why she got so bent out of shape is beyond me. Big deal! she probably is alot of other things and we don't know about it. Jill called you an 'ass' on national TV because you wouldn't apologize to LuAnn and I thought that was extremely rude of her. Did she apologize to you for that comment? I felt that was worse that your comment. I hope you and Ramona don't bother with them anymore other than a coy hello as an acknowlegement. They call themselves new yorkers? I have another name for them. LuAnn tries to be someone she isn't and it ain't working for her. Her book is joke because she doesn't even abide by her own rules. Life goes on and I hope for your sake without them...