Cast Blog: #RHONY

Saving the Best for Last

Teresa talks Bethenny and Jill's awkward hug, LuAnn's classy answers, and Kelly's Scary Island excuses.


Hello Sweethearts!

Well, they definitely saved the best Real Housewives of New York for last. I was glued to the third part of the Reunion show. The first one gave me a headache. The second one made me sad. The third part was amazing. We learned so much! Finally, secrets were revealed! Let's dig in.

LuAnn actually won me over in the Reunion. I like her, but she is caught on camera in her least classy moments. (Aren’t we all?) I thought she handled herself with an enormous amount of grace, especially when she was asked to explain her extramarital activities. She said, "I don’t owe anyone an explanation." Thank you, thank you, thank you very much! It IS enough that she lives her private life on camera for our enjoyment. She doesn’t have to justify every little thing.

Best line of the entire show was from a Bravo Mobile fan who wrote in: "That Court dude looks like someone who would lick your face when you’re sleeping." LMAO. (Followed by Jill talking about Alex and an eagle, but you're going to have to watch that clip for yourself. There are kids here.)

Who knew Ramona was psychic? Or did we know that? I feel like she might have said that before, and I was shocked then too, but I forgot. Clearly, I’m not psychic. But Ramona said she got a premonition that Jill was coming Scary Island. It was very funny when Sonja was trying to defend Ramona kicking Jill off Scary Island by saying, "She did get up from her pedicure..."

We also learned that Kelly didn’t just leave Scary Island, but was "escorted" home by a producer. Jill started having an Alex attack just remembering her five minutes on Scary Island. It was like the Perfect Storm of reality TV. I don’t think any of us that weren’t there will ever know what really happened.

It was a continuation of the Jill Apology Tour. I have to say, she faced a firing squad from Andy’s questions, viewer emails and the other ladies during all three parts. I don’t think I could have sat through it as well as she did. I tried keeping track of how many times she took the blame, said she was sorry, and looked miserable, but there were too many to count. I think it’s enough. Can we all agree that the Flogging of Jill of over? Even Bethenny asked for them to stop "crucifying" Jill.

The best part of all though was Kelly. She admitted she’s a total contradiction who doesn’t listen to herself. Fine. She said she changes every day, that she’s "ever evolving." That's cool. Then she said that unpredictable people are dangerous and that's why she's scared of the other women. Um, what???


But then she explained everything. Kelly's used to being quiet with her kids, and when there is too much "chatter," she "turns the volume down." When she tunes back in, sometimes she’s too late and her comment doesn’t make sense. She admitted that at the Reunion, she had everyone tuned down to "a two." It all makes sense now, doesn’t it? I was know I was relieved, although it looked like Bethenny's head was going to explode every time Kelly talked. I think Bethenny has Kelly turned down to a one.

At the end, it was sad when Andy said that in season one Jill and Bethenny were like Laverne and Shirley and over the past 14 weeks, we watched their friendship totally disintegrate. It’s sad, but I do really think after seeing Bethenny refuse to get up to hug Jill that it really is over. Done. We all need to move on. At least until next week's Lost Footage episode ...

I’ve enjoyed meeting so many of you at my book signings. I’ll be appearing around the country throughout the summer for Skinny Italian. Check my website and stop by. I’d love to see you! And thank you all again, you fabulous, sexy cooks, for making Skinny Italian a New York Times bestseller for four straight weeks. I’m so honored you love my family’s recipes and are sharing them with yours.

Baci, Teresa

Carole on Elitists and Bitches

Carole says what she really thinks of Aviva and all of her talk about her book and things being "ghetto."

Dear Fans,

Let me start with something I stole it from Twitter this week. "The most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth."

I'll say it again. The blonde at the end of the right couch, the one who's prone to lobbing limbs and insults, is an Insulting. Bitch. Some of you didn't believe me. Maybe some of you still don't. But after watching the reunion shows I imagine it's harder and harder to cheer for the anti-hero. Just when you think she can't get any faker she does.

The story according to Aviva makes me laugh: We were arguing, she insulted me, I called her a psychopath and that prompted her to affectionately compliment me on my age. Sure. Her disdain for the intelligence of the audience is palpable. It was too stupid for me to even reply. But as I was watching the reunion, and particularly Aviva and the way she treats people, I was reminded of something my Grandma Millie used to say. (I love everything Grandma Millie used to say.) "At 25, you have the face you're born with. At 45 you have the face you deserve."

I'd rather be 50 and me than be 45 and Aviva, any day of the week. She aged worse this season than a president in his first term. Holy short dress, I don't mind at all how I look. Overbite and all. I'll take it.

When I first met Aviva she was lovely. Really lovely. I meant what I said on the couch, I wish we had seen more of that. Her easy laugh and funny neurotic ways. Instead all we saw was a mean and angry woman. All because I asked her if she hired a writer -- a writer she did hire. It makes no sense. Three years ago she told me she'd read my memoir, What Remains. This was a book published in 2006 about my childhood, my family, my career and marriage, and then the death of my husband, Anthony Radziwill. A man I loved more than anyone I had loved before or have loved since. She gushed over my book. She quoted from it. We hugged. She seemed so sincere. Flash forward and she now believes it was written by a ghostwriter. She even knew his name, and it wasn't Truman Capote. It was Bill Whitworth, she told me. She repeated this over and over to anyone who would listen. And it doesn't matter how many times she repeats it -- it will never make it true.

When they stopped listening she started saying in the press and on social media that not only was my book written by someone else but that it was not my place to have written a book about my life, and my marriage. And, as if I didn't remember, she reminded me that I'd written about people who had died. Um, yeah. I know. It was my husband and my family and my closest friend who died. Just. . .wow. But I wasn't important enough to tell my story because my husband's family was famous, or historic or whatever she said. Because they had money and privilege and yachts. Really. Who do I think I am?

I’ll tell you. I’m a girl from upstate New York who grew up in a loving, if sometimes kooky, Italian working class family. I worked for everything I earned, just like my parents did and their parents before them. I have a proud family history of hard work and small but precious rewards that followed. My family won't be in any history books. I didn't grow up privileged. We didn't spend summers in Europe or Christmas in Palm Beach. A day spent at the town pool or playing in the woods behind our house was great. Much like Heather, I was taught strong values and decent manners. I learned to live with integrity and honesty. I'm proud of my upbringing and the woman I became, as was my husband. As is his family to this very day. I've known people who lived in what Aviva would consider the "ghetto" who have more class and decency than she shows.

All this talk about class and ghetto -- you'd think we were living in communist Russia. Here is the thing. This is America. In our country it doesn't matter a lick where you are from, it only matters where you're going. So don’t let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough because you didn’t grow up on Park Avenue or in a family that had some history, or because you enjoy saying mother-f---er now and then. I’ve met people from all walks of life. I spent time in refugee camps in Southeast Asia, and in the projects of Chicago. I've been to State dinners with Presidents. I met the Queen of England on a beach in Anguilla. No one is any more valuable or important than you are. No one is more important than your family and your friends.

Let the elitists go slow into the night.

In spite of the BookGate dust up I had a great time this season. I made wonderful new friends in LuAnn and Kristen and my friendship with Heather is more special and important to me than I could have ever imagined just three years ago. Friends have each other's backs. I love her, madly. And while we didn't always act appropriately, we had a lot of laughs. I hope you did too.

Thank you all for your supportive and funny and brilliant tweets. And while we didn't all agree on everything all of the time I enjoyed your participation in the show. Even the mean tweets about my skinny neck and my overbite were amusing. Like I said, I've stolen some tweets already. You may see others as dialogue in my next book, and yes, you can all say you were my ghostwriters.

As always,

With love, Writer Girl xoxo

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