Simon van Kempen

Simon addresses his run-in with Ramona at Fashion Week.

on Mar 24, 20090

Yes, Kelly, we know that you get invited to a lot of shows, guess what so do we now, but today she tells us that it’s 99% of them. Bethenny’s invited by Jill Stuart’s publicist and ends up sitting next to Kelly and the stage is set for this long brewing hoo-ha. Bethenny says they’ve met 75 times and Kelly says twice – they have what some might call a conversation but is more like a monologue as Bethenny may have well been talking to a wall. Didn’t know women have pissing competitions too – thought that was a man’s game!

It’s another meeting for the Creaky Joints event and Kelly is seen joining them all (due to her then work constraints Alex got there even later than Kelly) and Kelly (again forgetting what brought her to the meeting) declines to be a co-chair and not have her name on the invitation. Bethenny says her piece, Kelly says hers and then it’s the previews for next week’s arguments and does Jill get out her boxing gloves!

Lastly, I am so sad that you didn’t get to see Malan Breton'sfabulous Spring collection held in the tent’s last September. Alex & I had a lot of fun catching up with him both before and after his show.

To be continued…

204 comments
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Viewer

Simon, Whats the point of your blog. From what I have read all you do is recap the shows. I don't understand what purpose they serve. I am o a Simon hater but did feel I had wasted my time reading your blogs.... dissapointing...

Viewer
Viewer

Hello Simon and Alex, I love you guys, and I am jeleous of your relationship.:) You guys love each other so much, wonderful, and that is the reason you two are the "richest" people on the show. Your children are beutiful. You have ben missjudged , verbally attacked by the all housewives, but you always handeled everything with dignity and respect. Ramona is the worst, she is a frieking snake, I have never seen or met somebody like her, and I have lived through the Bosnian war!!!! Can you imagine?! Simon, you should have not invited her for the housewrming party, she did not show up on purpose...She is mean, mean lady,,,mean...Don`t even talk to her, who cares..??I wish the two of you all the best, and take good care of yourselves and the boys..

mmc
mmc

Hello Simon, I haven't always liked some things you and Alex have said and done, however I'm starting to like you a lot more.I want to commend you for doing the tennis match with Jill. And doing it while you were sick. Well done! And as far as everyone saying you're pretentious, me included,Mario was far more pretentious with his comments. Who cares what you wore. They fit , were clean, and covered you up. And yes I even liked the sweat band. Thats what its for...sweat. A word of advice, don't pretend not to be social climbers...you are and there's nothing wrong with bettering yourself. I think people dislike when you lie that you're not.

Deb
Deb

You were a stand-up guy to fill in on the tennis match, you were not feeling well, and did all you could for Jill. I enjoy watching you and Alex.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Simon I don't know you other then how you portray yourself on the show but I feel the need to correct on some statements you made regarding Williamsburg, Brooklyn. First let me say my family has lived in Williamsburg since they came from Italy in 1900. Williamsburg is a VERY FAMILY ORIENTED AND DIVERSE area of Brooklyn. If you have spent any time there other then to shop you would see that. Over the last few years it has changed becoming more artsy. The area is changing no doubt about that but to say that it is only for 30-35 year olds with no families is completely false. I am a 31 year old stay at home mom. My husband is 32. We live in Williamsburg. My brothers and their families live in Williamsburg. Our friends ( who have children) live in Williamsburg. We own property in Williamsburg and guess what we rent to families. Take a walk to McCarin Park or down Bedford Ave or Berry Street, or Driggs Ave and see the families. Come down in July for the Dance of the Giglio and see all the generations of families that have lived in Williamsburg their whole life. I feel that your statement was a generalization and NOT FACT!!!

cleo the happy otter mom
cleo the happy otter mom

Hey Simon and Alex. well after tonight's show you and your Alex have officially won me over. I too, am no longer a fence sitter. By Golly I like the 2 of you...I really do.

You showed such class and dignity and a willing spirit whilst helping out someone else (Jill's tennis match)

just wanted to say...love y'all....... and to Alex...you are so very classy.....even if you had the chance, I do not think you would gossip or stab another in the back. same goes for Simon. no matter what else is written about any of the folks on the NYC show.... the 2 of you show class and style and Simon is a nice guy and married a nice girl. you guys are great together.

my opinion....... yeah, I am proud to be a Simonette and Alexette.

Symbasmommy
Symbasmommy

Simon...you are a very nice and classy gentleman...you and Alex are wonderful....some people just cannot appreciate true and refined class....Carole

Jean
Jean

Hey Simon, you're okay! I enjoy your bit!!

Jack
Jack

Simon,

You seem like a decent enough guy, but why are you and your wife so intent on acting like you were both born with a silver spoon in your mouths.

Viewer
Viewer

I have to admit, Simon, I was not a fan last year (although I love the show). However I have recently (last two shows) decided that you are really a cool person and I have become a fan.

Ramona is so opinionated that she has turned her negative opinion about you opposite of what she probably wants........you looking like the 'good guy' and she like the shallow person she said you were!

Loved the Huckabee interview of Alex. Truly have put a different spin on the whole NY franchise of Housewives knowing that you and Alex were the first cast mates and all the others have been added.

I also admire your intervention at the party. Ramona's husband should get a grip!

#3
#3

Simon, Good for you for putting the best foot forward and trying to have a civil conversation with Romona and her husband (show airing 3/31/09). Once she took it to the whole...I can't believe I introduced you...and then found out your wife posed topless, you held a mirror up to her face. You are right...why does she call a centerfold her friend and has issues with Alex?

Charlie
Charlie

Simon,

I appreciate your grammar, reflection, and nice voice when you speak. You and Alex seem like best friends. I am also close with my husband who likes to shop for clothes with me, so I am not afraid of you. You're a metrosexual and are comfortable in areas that we're not used to seeing men in.

Texasviewer
Texasviewer

I was glad to see that you finally stood up to Ramona and Mario. I don't know what everyone's problem is with you and your wife. At least you and your wife are not rude or snobbish. I think that you both put forth an effort to get along with everyone. Man, I don't know how you are surviving among all those catty pretentious women. They are a trip. Anyway, beside Betthany, I like you two. But, seriously Dude it will be nice to see your apartment remodeled. You can't live like that and run in the circles that you want. Forget trying to make amends with Mario and Ramona, their not worth it and their so full of themselves that it's annoying.

lulu
lulu

I don't see why some viewers are upset over your presence because you aren't a "housewife", you are a major part of your wifes life , much more than the other husbands.If you get technical about it, Bethany is not a housewife either, she isn't married and doesn't have eany children, so how does she fit the profile? I do love her though and she adds so much to the show. Ramona is totally rude & classless, as her husband is also proving himself to be. My opinion on Alex & Simon has definitely improved, they are who they are & are not trying to act otherwise. Jill (& Bobby) & Bethany also are honest & don't come across as fake. Everyone else is just full of themselves because of who the think they are & who they know.Luanne totally overreacted to Ramonas remark about her husbands age, & Ramona just doesn't know enough to keep her comments to herself! Kelly is just full of herself, & I have no idea why - who is she anyway?!Anyway, I guess it keeps it all interesting to have these "real" shallow people on! The only other thing is Simon please! Don't wear those shorts (w/ jacket etc) it really looks silly! ( sorry Alex, it does!)

Giovana
Giovana

Simon and his wife are are one of the few on the show that show any class whatsoever. No matter how rude others are, they always kill them with kindness. I love watching the wonderful relationship they share.

Ramona, Jill and Bethany need to be more aware of the things they blurb, they constanly hurt people's feeling I call that "less than zero attitude".

Marsha
Marsha

Well, of course I have to be in your corner as I am a fellow Aussie... I enjoy seeing you both and as it is a reality show, you have to have some excitment. However, perhaps the next time Ramona "attacks" you could say "I am so sorry you feel like this, you look great and it is nice to see you" that takes the air out of people. You two have fun but as the country is in downgrade and the show aired a year later so it does not look good when spending so freely but have fun and enjoy your renovated home....

teambethenny
teambethenny

Why do you have a blog?? Why do you talk to the camera?? This is the real HouseWIVES of New York City!!

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, you're a little nuts, aren't you?? If someone clearly doesn't like you, like Ramona, why do you stand there and demand they tell you why? Walk away. Ramona's crazy, for sure, but she is right about you.

Viewer
Viewer

You poorly clarify the fact that you are NOT the owner of the Chandler hotel? THANK YOU. So what do you do there? Wait tables, take reservations, haul bags? We still don't understand why you even have a blog - non of the other husbands do. Get a life of your own Simon.

Viewer
Viewer

Just be real, you and Alex are fake...and you try to "fit in" to hard. Don't you realize that the socialites in NY are laughing behind your back?

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Viewer

Simon: I appreciate the fact that you are honest and up front about the things you want, including status. I think it is rather funny that Ramona and some of the others fault you for wanting what they have. Ramona apparently has a personality disorder; don't worry about her.

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Viewer

How many times am I going to read that "you two are growing on me"? I think Silex are writing their own blog posts. Scary!

ZaZa
ZaZa

Oh my! Simon you ramble on and on! But I do enjoy you and Alex simply because you are both able to keep your cool, so to speak. Ramona...PFFFF! She is a classless, lost little soul. I think you handle her beautifully! Perhaps it's the European upbringing that gives you your swagger...nothing lost on me, as my husband is from Belgium and a very fine upbringing. I adore the understatement (in your manner) that you and your wife exhibit! Cheers!

helen
helen

I really like you and Alex. You and your wife never say anything bad about your castmates. You and Alex seem to enjoy your life, doing what you enjoy.

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Viewer

Rock on, Simon, for coming clean here!

Kelly
Kelly

Will we be seeing more of your renovation? Can't wait. Cheers!

Lori
Lori

I just seen on TMZ where you pulled up Alex's dress exposing her thong for the world to see....real class Simon.

Krissy
Krissy

Hey Simone, Ilove you and your wife, in life your gonna meet people like Ramona. I dont understand why but, there are some god people out there too. Find some real friends to hang with, the ladies have dubbed you and Alex and you will always be looked at funny.

Maura
Maura

Hey, Simon You know at first I wasn't too sure about you either, I thought you were just playing Alex, and that's why I didn't like you, but reading your blog gave me a little more insight to who you are. So maybe you're not like "most guys", well neither was Einstein, nor was Valentino, nor was Socrates. The point I am making is that people don't always have to fit in- and I think you are a great example of a circle in a sqaure world-- and I mean it in a sincerest way of a compliment. You are a good father, and a loving husband. I just think, that you and Alex shouldn't try so hard, you two are awesum people, stop going to them, let them come to you-- and if they don't it's their loss-- not yours--trust me, just do you and the rest will take care of itself-- you're on the show for a reason right?-- and that reason is that you two are interesting, I don't think they would have casted you two if they thought you fit in--besides fitting in is overrrated!;)

Viewer from California
Viewer from California

Simon, Well this is actually my first blog. I would like to say as the show/seasons progress I gradually start to really enjoy watching you and Alex. You both by far out of all the shows have the most class. You are both not loud and obnoxious. OC ladies are extremely superficial. OMG the Atlanta ladies are straight out of the gutter.. I won't even go there, I am embarassed for them. Anyway, you two stay true. Your both adorable, somewhat odd sometimes but genuine. :-) Remarks on the others: I like Jill; Ramono is honest but obnoxious and loud; Kelly is a boring get rid of her; Bethany is hilarious; The Countess...boring!!!!!!

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Viewer

Simon- I have to agree with Ramona. You are shallow and pretentious, and now, hungry for approval. It's sad to see a seemingly grown man toss all dignity aside to pursue a smite of recognition.

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Viewer

I think you and your wife are the most real people on the show. Ramona is mean and so is her husband. She says your "feminine" but her husband is the one who gossips with her like a woman. I was upset to see Ramona attack your wife for staying home with your kids while you were away for work. Any REAL housewife knows this is the way real mothers act. I cant' believe the other women get so mad because you go places with your wife. I think they just want to get her alone and give her a hard time. The other housewives like what their husbands money can buy, but then want them to leave them alone so they can do what they want. That's obvious, they are hardly ever together.

Laur
Laur

GO SIMON!! I really enjoy you and Alex. I think you guys are great, and it's silly how the other women get so bent out of shape over your relationship. Keep your heads up and hang in there. I've really enjoyed you guys on the show.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon why did you just blog about every event that just happened on the show? Do you think we have memories of a hamster or something? We just say the damm show and you are commenting about scenes that you were not even in! I dont understand nor do I want to read about it. Im not even sure why you blog....I think you should just be in the background and let your wife shine on the show.

Southern Housewife
Southern Housewife

I think your GREAT!! You and your wife are top notch and have a great family and wonderful relationship..all men could learn from you especially regarding your attention to detail involving your wife.. BRAVO..best wishes

Mircea
Mircea

Dear Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord, I'm organising an event @ Italian Cultural Institute regarding the creative workshops for kids ideated by Bruno Munari (www.munlab.it / www.brunomunari.it). I would like to reach your publicist / PR to send you the invitation it would be a great honour having you that are so involved in kids educational field.

Sincerely

Billye
Billye

Simon, I am so glad to see so many wonderful comments on the blog (good ones). Because I still believe that you and Alex have class. Remember be yourself and ignore those who are negative.

rootietoot
rootietoot

Hi Simon good for you for coming on in to these shake infested waters. I saw Bethenny and Alex on Tv last night Huckabee's show, Your Alex was introduced as Alex McCord, and also in the show I hear that, Why doesnt she have the same last name as you? I don't know what aperson has to do to get a post on here, I 've been one of the nicer ones over and over,and they aren't getting posted, so you know should somehow this by fluke reaches you, many of us love you and Alex! Be true to yourself!

Ruth

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Viewer

seriously.. why is the show called real house wives if most of them have nannys.. honestly, maybe the show should be called rich baby makers.. these women have no idea what life is really like being a house wife.. and bravo tv.. maybe you need to get real people...

Viewer
Viewer

HEY MAN I LOVE U ON THE SHOW ....STILL DONT UNDERSTAND WHY U THERE SINCE IT CENTERED ON THE HOUSEWIVES! LOLL ROMONA IS SWEET LADY BUT IT DOES SEEM LIKE ACTING, HOPE U TOO MAEK IT OUT OK..PLUS I HOPE THEY HAVE ANOTHER GIRLS NIGHT OUT AND U DONT SHOW UP SO IT MAKES IT KNOWN U ARE OK WITH ALEX GOING OUT?

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Viewer

HEY! I can't believe I'm starting to understand and like you! Shame that people are cutting you down and insulting you. Keep your chin up and keep the blogs coming please!

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Viewer

Why in the world do you have a blog?? Are you a housewife??

kris
kris

I do have to say that the couple doing a full house renovation with small kids in the house, filled with dust (most likely, lead dust), nails, construction debri, etc. are the most selfish couple I have ever seen. Their vanity to have yet ANOTHER refurbished home (they claimed they improved other properties as well) is bottomless. No consideration given to their small children's health whatsoever. Makes me sick.

JerseyGram
JerseyGram

Simon, the program is "Real Housewives", not "Real Husbands Who Wish They Were Housewives". Yes, you are quite effeminate, but that does not entitle you to a blog as a "housewife". You and Alex do seem happy together, so whatever your arrangement is, it apparently works. I do wish you would just let the show be about the women, the real women, which does not include you.

Nikki
Nikki

Simon, I actually find your role on the show to be quite refreshing. The fact is, yours and Alex's friendship is the only one on the show that is genuine. Every other "friendship" is put on just for the show. I am sure when filming is not going on, that any of the cast members really hang out with one another. You and Alex are the only real part of the show. And coming from a woman who is best friends with her husband, I totally get it. When you are married to your best friend, you really don't have much need for many other relationships and friendships. I get you. I admit last season I thought you were annoying, but after seeing how much fake drama is created this season, I find the scenes of you and Alex to be quite refreshing.

P.S. I agree with so many other viewers that Kelly needs to go. She is completely boring and arrogant and brings absolutely nothing to the show.

Rob
Rob

Simon, I do think you and your wife have depth. You obviously are a successful man so you must have depth. One thing that confuses me is how can you and your wife spend thousands of dollars on clothes and vacations yet you have your kids living in a construction zone? I saw boards with nails hanging out and I thought "You've got to be kidding me!"

Please Stop
Please Stop

Simon,

This show is about the housewives of NYC. What are you trying to be, a housewife? You pick a fight with Ramona so you will have airtime and now this blog, talk about desperate.

You wonder why Ramona thinks you're feminine? You're writing a blog as if you are the new housewife! It's weird...I would be very concerned if my husband acted in this manner.

DJ
DJ

SIMON, WHAT AN EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY AND MARRIAGE YOU HAVE! THE INTIMACY AND AUTHENTICITY IS REFRESSING! EVERY COUPLE SHOULD BE SO BLESSED :O)

Jacki
Jacki

I think you and Alex are wonderful. I watch the show just to see the pettyness of the others and here you and Alex are, and you absolutly are above the others. You do not talk abou the others like they do, as they seem to like to put each other down, where as you might say one thing to Alex then it's dropped until you run into that person and you do want to clear things up. Ramona just handled the "no depth" situation like a child. However I could see that you were trying to make nice. Feminine? Um, you are British, you have manors and you LOVE to shop, not on;y shop, but you love to do it with your wife, which you can see how close the two of you are. You take care of your children(not sure if there is a nanny in the picture) and so what if you stay in your house during your renovation... I would, who wants to waist money no matter how much you have... in this economy. And I think the moldings you found in the house are beautiful, so what what othesrs think.. you are better than them and it shows without you saying a word... Makes me wonder if the others are as close as you and alex are or if they are as close to their children as you are. Sometimes when a person has money, it is all about themselves and their spouses and children come last, which is not your case in the least.

BostonWife
BostonWife

Simon/Simone or Victor/Victoria;

You have now gone from the ridiculous to the sublime...

Your prissy prancing in a toddler outfit at the fashion show set up your confrontation with castmate Ramona. You proclaimed that you had your say. Not true. You launched into an interrogation of her! If that is YOUR say, you really don't have much depth or character. The previews show you continuing your tirade toward her more. If someone expresses that they don't care for you, let it go and hang out with the ones who do like you (if you can find anyone at all)... The rest of the wives all give a knowing sigh when you enter the area. They quietly tolerate you for the show. Otherwise, it is clear, you & wifey would not be included in the rest of the groups events because YOU cause the tension and chaos. As Ramona put it, you are bad energy.