So Bravo manages to squeeze some more out of our season as well as another little dose of the 7-hour Reunion Special. I failed to blog the finale as well as the first 2 Reunion Specials, so while I intend to keep this short, I will touch on the high(low)lights of those episodes too.
So let’s go in reverse chronological order and start with Gloria’s review of the catfight, which kicked the season off. Funnily enough, Gloria’s retort about me being from Australia was exactly what I had said when we filmed that scene when Alex and I were reading the NY Post column. Honestly the “and it shows” was not meant to come across as badly as it did, but lesson learned and we’ve all moved on. What was very funny though was Gloria’s surprise that Alex and I have separate last names. I’ve always found it amusing that while we are continually lambasted as co-dependent that this is the first time that someone has referenced the fact that Alex kept her last name when we married back in May 2000. When I met Alex in May 1999 we fell in love very rapidly and when 5 months later we decided to get married, I wasn’t the least concerned that she wished to remain a McCord. Let’s face it that’s who she is and I never felt that by her not taking my last name she loved me any less or was showing less commitment to our union. She’s certainly not my possession but is an equal partner in our marriage and I think it’s right that she kept the name with which she’d come to be identified.
Alex and I were both so glad that the scene we filmed with her college buddy Rod, his husband Lindel and their adorable son Hugh finally made it to air. When we film for four months or so, so much is taped it really is a crapshoot over what will make the final cut. Equal marriage rights is much in the news lately and so in a way it was great timing that we were able to address this and that my interview statements about men marrying men and women marrying women were included too. As someone who grew up in a single parent home I can say it would have great to have had two loving parents (but am very thankful that I had one) and it annoys me that this equal rights issue gets pulled off on tangents to be equated with bigamy and other silly comparisons. Anyway off my soap box now and Rod no you can’t have my shoes! ;-)
Just love you. The show wouldnt be half as much fun without you. I think your wife has the most grace and restraint of any of those other loud mouthed spoiled brats. xoxoxo
Hi Simon, I am one of the straight husbands who enjoys watching the show - and yes, there are a LOT of us out there! My boss, a former motorcyle-body-builder hoodlum, now in his late 40's, also watches with his wife and loves Real Housewives of NYC!
I was just watching season one last night (we bought from iTunes) and I can't tell you how moved I was at the birthday party/boat trip you through Alex. In fact, you can see the love the two of you have, and how genuine it is. If only others out there could really have what you and Alex, and I and my wife do...
Screw the naysayers - great job this season! You've got some fans and yes, I'm one of them now! Best to you buddy!
OMG.....WHY ARE YOU BLOGGING??????
You are amusing and I LOVED the red pants and your style choices but PLEASE, leave the show to the ladies!
Also, favor..... NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER wear that speedo on camera or show us your erect, pink, hairy nipples again. Thats was really TMI!
Your wife is charming and who we tune in to see okay.
Last, your kids are cute but really need a serious time out. I know and like kids but yours are out of control!
Bye Simon, for real bye :)
simon...i was happy-happy-happy to see that you had posted a blog...but sad-sad-sad that it was so short...you are my favorite housewife...blog more! ~cate
Thanks for your blog!! Na Nu Na Nu right back at you and your family. I'd watch you and Kelly going thru your closet, she does have an amazing closet herself. Loved the red pants on you, good for you to have such a interest in great clothing. You do bring out the best in people. You and Alex have made a great addition to the show and I look foreward to seeing you both next season.
What can I say? The squeaky voices, the dirty looks, the pretense of having manners, the backstabbing, the shopping, the unruly kids, the parties where no one looks like they are having fun.
Lord, give me the strength NOT to watch this show anymore. By the way, there is power in numbers, folks. Join me.
Simon & Alex, Thanks for staying head and shoulders above the rest of that motley crew for the season. How vindicated you must feel that, after being their target for much of season one, you two are the ones the public now recognizes and appreciates as being adult, considerate, empathetic, intelligent and well-mannered. It's also been nice to see that you haven't joined that spiteful gang as they attack Kelly. Kelly surely gets her thoughts and words tangled, and is undoubtedly emotionally immature, but jackals are kinder to their prey than those women have been to her. It hurts to watch, and it's remarkable that grown women can act like 11-year-old mean girls. And please, both of you, laugh off the snide gay remarks. They're not worth a response. Those broads are so provincial they think an Australian accent means someone's gay. And they pose as enlightened Manhattanites when they make derisive comments about a man who likes hip fashion. Please... they're all rubes. Best, Stephen
You and Alex are the best! I truly admire you both for your integrity, patience and wit. Thank you for the warm wishes for the rest of the year, and the same for you!
Simin you are who you are and do not stop. People can think what they want. All that matters is you, Alex and the boys. Hopeto see you back.
You and Alex have really taken a beating by both the Real Housewives and Bravo's editors. The whole speculation about your sexuality is just plain rude. Their continual questioning about whether you are gay makes the viewer wonder if maybe Bravo thinks that there is something wrong with being gay. [Furthermore, if the Real Housewives had any sense, they would have cross referenced the dates written on your beach scene t-shirt. Now, that would have given them something to talk about.]
Anyway, Alex presented herself very well on the reunion shows. She was a lady. She rose above the fray.
I hope you all are back next season.
I think alot of us are confused. You state, "Bravo manages to squeeze some more out of "our" season, "Our"? Are you considered a castmember? Why not I guess? Bethanny and Kelly aren't "housewives" and yet they're both on this show. Doesn't anybody at Bravo know what a housewife is?
Hi Simon, I must say I fully understand now how the audience is lead to believe the worst. We the audience don't think about filming so many hours of footage and cutting enough to "make it fit" into the viewing hours available which sometimes leaves characterization up to the editors. Since the show is primarily about the women, the men receive so little airtime that what they do and say can oftentimes become misconstrued - we don't always see the reason for or the build up of the blow up. Maybe, in addition to the reunion, there should be a "making of" showing the fun and goofy side with the "cast" interacting with the camera staff or the gaffs that don't make the cut. I hope Bravo keeps RHNYC. Of the now four shows, yours is the most fun. Congrats on your 2nd season!
I really enjoyed you and Alex this year. I did notice that during the tumultous reunion special, Alex did seem to be the one that had the most cool head and I liked the fact that she seemed fair and objective to Kelly. After the first season, you and Alex took a lot of flack and I thought it was classy of Alex not to jump on the attacking Kelly bandwagon during this second season reunion. You guys are a blast to watch and I loved seeing Alex's friends on the lost footage. Have a great 2009! And keep wearing that wacky fashion!
Simon, great blog. Good points and I look forward to seeing you and Alex next season. Have a great summer!
Simon, Millions of women keep their maiden name after they marry. What a stupid thing for her to jump on. I love how the producers showed how you two were very likable while the rest are the total opposite. (I actually like Kelly.) But the behavior of the rest of them (I guess it's their real personalities) was dreadful this time around. They made me too angry to watch so I had to change the channel for some of it. The most off-putting theme, hanging like a miasma over it all, was the all-revolting-Bethenny-all-the-time theme this season.
As I watched the (several) finale shows one thing did stand out and that was Alex. She is just one classy lady and the way she kept her poise and her decorum when all around her were turning into four year olds fighting on the playground was admirable. Both you and Alex consistantly "rise above" the fray. I personally hope there is another season, just so I can see those red pants again! You kinda have a David Bowie thing going in those...and that is not a bad thing at all. ;-)
Bravo Simon, Alex, Francoise and Johann...you are a class act family with a wonderful creative edge!! I love you all!!
I would love to see the ever-classy Jill's response if someone constantly "joked" that Bobby was gay.
You and Alex are the only 2 people on the show who are consistently classy and consistently take the high road. The other "wives" behaviour this season proves the old saying "you can't buy class, you either have it or you don't." You and Alex definately have it.
Simon, I love your take on things! I'd love to see you continue to blog and give us your take on Real Housewives of NJ too.
Simon you are my favorite on the show! I loved those red pants in the season finale they were so awesome! Your family is very sweet and kind. I hope to see you and Alex back next season.
My 20 year old daughter and I watch the show together. We have never once thought you were gay, co-dependent or whatever else the negative comments were. We think you and Alex are great! Your little boys are adorable. I can tell that you wanted to be liked by Ramona, I would have felt the same way myself. No one wants to be disliked so openly. At this point, I would save your dances for all your true friends, though. Hope you and your family have a great summer. God Bless You All!
Dear Simom~ I was as stunned as anyone at the closing scene! I found it to be, to me, a full circle moment! Somehow it seemed to be a very dear, sweet, very real end to Season 2! Enjoyed that moment immensely! Alex was incredible during the Reunion shows. She is well spoken, succinct and spot on. Your fashion sense is a joy! More men should wear the clothing you wear! LOVED the pants in the Finale! I have thoroughly enjoyed another season! Thanks to you ALL or we would not be so delightfully entertained! Until Season 3~"Kadooz" to you, Alex and the Chums!
Ofcourse Simon is a cast member. He has his own blog in the RHONYC cast blog section, so clearly he's a cast member - Doy! :P Also... OTHER PEOPLE have to be in this show not just the actual "housewives," otherwise these women would be talking solely to each other. That would be kind of boring, I'd think. :P As for Simon and Alex... I think they're great, and pretty friendly. Probably the most easy going and approachable people on this show. :)
Jill, Bethenny and Luann should have taken a lesson from Alex and Kelly. The shrill, harpies that is: Jibelu (short for Jill, beth and LULU)was intolerable. I think they are not the Spencer and Heidi of Housewives reality TV. Annoying as heck. Those harpies did themselves in at the reunion show and now are the butt of many jokes. (no pun intended with regard to Bethenny showing us her's at a recent charity event-when you mother says always go out with clean underwear Beth wasn't listening) Anyway, praise to Alex for her maturity and ability to communicate on a decibel that didn't hurt the ears of all the dogs in the area.
I agree with you about Alex keeping her last name. Many women need to do that if they have a career and resume..etc. with which they are identified before they are married. I had difficulty after I got married, as, my maiden name was on my Master's degree and certifications for my job/career and it was a pain to have all of that changed.. Then, however, I actually had to do the same in my divorce. I kept my "married" name, as, my career/resume, bills, etc., were all in, then, in my married name and I have 2 sons who, even if they marry ..will have children with that last name, so, I kept it. It's only a name and we all have to do what's best/easiest/most comfortable for us at that time. I actually have friends, who, after a divorce, actually, made up or took new last names totally unrelated to their maiden or married name!! So, who cares?? We can all take any name we wish to and it is nice that women have that choice to consider which fits them and their family, best. I am tired of hearing the cast talk about your sexuality. Who cares? You and Alex are married, have 2 beautiful sons, and just because you like fashion and have a foreign accent, they peg you as homosexual? And, if you were.. that's still none of their business and they have no reason to question that or your chosen family lifestyle. Families come in all shapes/sizes/colors/genders now.. The important thing is what works for each family and if the kids and parents are happy and well cared for..then. who is to judge what is correct? I still do not think you are homosexual, just because you like to dress up and dabble in the arts, but, if they do, then, who cares? None of them have perfect relationships/families..so, why are they so concerned about what you and Alex do and have? They are just too concerned with being the carbon copy NYC women with the rich, indulging husbands.. They may someday be surprised if their "perfect" marriages fall apart, as, LuAnn, sadly found out. You and Alex seem happy and relate so well to each other.
I absolutely LOVED that you were kind enough to indulge Ramona in her Alien blabber, yet, .. you were a real sport and danced with her. That just shows how nice you and Alex are.. You ignore the ignorant comments and both of you are too classy to indulge them in confrontation.. They wouldn't listen anyway.. or understand your lifestyle and way of thinking.. I thought the "Last Waltz" with you and Ramona was a GREAT end and just showed how nice/intelligent you and Alex are.. It was great... and put a nice spin on, hopefully, the cast be nicer/kinder to you and Alex.. Enough of the rude ways of these women when everyone isn't a carbon copy of them.. They live in NY!!! They need to learn and accept millions of different kinds of families and lifestyles!! Not everyone is married, rich and live their way?????????
When the show first aired, I wasn't crazy about you. You are definitely not the "norm" as most people would define norm, but I think that is what finally made me see you as the funniest husband on the show.
I like that you dare to dress with no fear. Not that I would want my husband to dress that way, but it works for you. I wish my husband would take the time for a spa treatment or two - it would probably make him feel better!
And as far as you and Ramona, she's as strange as they come too. I could do with out both her and Mario and Kelly too. The three of them should be sent to nut island!
I think its wonderful how you support your wife, and I think you're good for TV, so Im happy they showed you this season. You're a trend-setter. 1st you were mocked for being on the show, then 2nd season comes around and "all of a sudden" other husbands get air-time too. Hmmm???? Whatever, you two are good, fun spirited people, and there should be more people like you two out there! :) Good luck with everything!
Last season I will admit you drove me crazy. This year I really enjoyed watching your family. You don't take life seriously and roll with the ups and downs life throws at you with humor and class.
I think the way you handle Ramona and the bitterness (yes you Bethanny) is amazing.H as anyone ever thought maybe Bethanny is jealous she is not in a loving committed relationship and that is why she is always lashing out at you and Alex???? A true friend would celebrate another friends hapiness, not put them down everytime they leave a room?? You handle it with dignity and a sense of humor! BTW, I love your sense of style-Fearless! :) Have a wonderful year and a great summer!
Ooh la la - Simon is back for more exposure. Haven't we had enough of you and your opinions and your take of each episode? No? You're a regular "Chatty Cathy". You just never shut up! Don't thank me for watching you. I had no choice. You slipped on screen while I was watching the others... Please take a vacation from mugging and go back to work. Don't you have a renovation to pay for?
Simon, just for the record, that couple (the two MEN) a marriage is husband and wife...what they have may be a contract but not a marriage...that would be between a man and a woman as defined by Websters
Simon, I agree with you. Your wife - and your wife alone - handled herself beautifully at the reunion. Alex was eloquent and articulate and made her point crystal clear without getting involved in any mud slinging. I have a new respect for the both of you, and your senses of humor.
Simon and Alex=CLASSY I enjoy watching Simon, so what if your on the show a lot or if you go to the parties...people would rather see you than kelly(lets be real) You have an eye for fashion i LOVED your red and black outfit to Jill's charity event! It worked for you;) keep it up
I most certainly enjoy the show and will continue watching, as long as they keep inviting you folks back for another season. Just when I think I'll change the channel because the "shrieking" is annoying me, they'll give you a bit of time: yes, let's listen to the calm gentle man tell it like it is.
I like you.
I missed very much on the reunion. I am at least happy that you post your comments.
You are a great human being. Don't let anybody tell otherwise. The few mean spirit posted negative things about you are bitter and jealous. You Rock.
I am very happy that you and Alex found each other. God Bless you.
yes! i love your blogging. It's so smart and direct. You and Alex are both so fluid with your blogging.
I enjoy the metrosexuality you put off. So what you like shopping with your wife! My husband does the same for me, sit oustside the fitting room and comment. It doesn't happen all the time but when we do take time to shop together I love it.
I want to see more of you next season!!!
Simon: I love reading the blogs. I am addicted to the show and can't wait for next season. I am a little dissappointed though to read that you are supportive of gay marriages. I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman. As you beleive you have right to your opinion, I hope you will also support my right to have one also. Husbands should be as you are. When Alex said on her wedding night to guard her heart and that you have, I thought wow she is so lucky. Stay classy and stick up for yourself.
I love you Simon and Alex! You guys make the show! SO above it all! I'm going to go find yer website! hehe
You are joking of course. Where did they get you from. You are a first rate phoney! Please society man! What a joke you are!
I truly wish that the producers would do a fruit basket turnover and rid the show of Luann, Ramona, Jill, and OMG get rid of that foul mouthed Beth---does she eat out of that mouth too?
You, Alex and Kelly have the class- get rid of the rest who simply are using the show to sell their wares.
I love the attempt at a British accent. Because we all know how classy Australians are...