LuAnn de Lesseps

LuAnn discusses "Hangergate," and the ladies behavior upon their arrival in Morocco.

on May 26, 20110

It was out of character for Kelly to criticize Sonja's home and lifestyle during lunch. I felt that Kelly was being unfair to Sonja. Her townhouse in New York is lovely. I attribute Kelly's comments to jetlag. Sonja's financial matters are her own business and shouldn't be up for conversation during lunch. 

Ramona's reach extends across an ocean apparently, and I was surprised that Brad would share his dislike for Ramona so openly with us. He obviously is on Team Jill

Albert is the top designer in Morocco, and he makes exquisite dresses and caftans. Instead of letting him work his magic, Ramona was being difficult when she asked him to lower the neckline to her specifications, even though the style in Morocco is very conservative. In Morocco, more is better when it comes to clothes.

Brad planned a lovely party for his birthday, and he went all out with the snake charmer, band, and fortuneteller. The buffet dinner was delicious, and, typical for Morocco, it was fresh and colorful. Like a lot of people, I'm a little squeamish around snakes, but it was fascinating to watch the snake charmer, especially when he brought the snake right up to his mouth! I was surprised that Jill thought nothing of putting a snake on her head. She's braver than me when it comes to cold-blooded animals! 

I thought the fortuneteller's predictions were very insightful. Jill does have a big heart and she does sometimes talk too much. Sonja's fortune was dead-on as well because money isn't life, even if Sonja focuses on it. Kelly's fortune I loved because I want her wish to have another baby to come true, and Ramona's fortune was eerie. . .is there another woman? I hope not because I'm all for families staying together.

Yaha bi bi, until next week!

38 comments
dgirlinpink
dgirlinpink

luann you look gorgeous! i loved every look in this episode.

NoLA1
NoLA1

Countess,

You should have gone to Morocco alone instead of dragging the troika of crazy with you.

JZY GRL
JZY GRL

Cmae - you hit the nail right on the head... great blog...

sassybaby
sassybaby

Luann, Your first mistake was in thinking that you would see graciousness from Sonja and Ramona. Otherwise, I adore you and think that most of the bad comments you receive come from jealousy. How else can we explain the "uppity" comments when we don't hear a thing about the queen of uppity this season: Sonja!

Jenni Saks
Jenni Saks

LuAnn - I like your maturity and sophistication on this episode and many others. I think you are perceptive and sharp...You seem to be a loyal friend to Jill, Kelly and even Sonja, though she is cooky. But Ramona's presence in your life seems disruptive and hurtful as she often picks on you and makes insensitive comments. I say let Ramona and Alex hang out together - they are a good fit. Could it be that the brunettes and Sonja should have their own show???

LuAnn fan
LuAnn fan

OMG! are these people watching the same show???? I think you handle many of the crazy situations with patience and class. Lets face it, Romona is on the show to promote her many businesses and not for friendship or camaraderie. The fact that Alex was even upset with Sonja and Romona's behavior was a clue, they were out of hand as usual. Sonja this season is beyond words, which is something since it just started. Bottom line, people shouldn't take it all so seriously, we watch because of who you all are, if you girls were boring we'd be watching another show.

Miss Theresa
Miss Theresa

Luann,

Why do you think its your job to control what everyone else says or does? If the girls weren't hungry or they needed to cool off after getting attacked over coat hangers, why shouldn't they have taken a drive? And since Ramona didn't even know where Cindy's room was, how do you know it wasn't the maid who took the extra hangers from her closet?

ADDICTEDhousewife;)
ADDICTEDhousewife;)

LOVE you this season, LuAnn. Especially love this Morocco trip. keep Ramona and Sonja in check. They seem to be big spoilers.

Blah blah blah
Blah blah blah

While I applaud you for stopping Kelly in her tracks when she started trash talking Sonya's house, had that been Ramona, you would have been lecturing her over and over again for not having any "class". With the exception of Alex, ALL you housewives ever do is trash each other. It's disgusting to watch. And by the way....wasn't Sonya a hostess too?? Why are you taking all the credit?

Eclectic viewer
Eclectic viewer

Your emphasis on being classy seems a bit uppity. Having great style and knowing manners take a back seat to being kind, considerate, and compassionate.

Eclectic viewer
Eclectic viewer

Your emphasis on being classy seems uppity to me. Being known for excellence in style takes a back seat to being kind, considerate, and compassionate.

sdviewer48
sdviewer48

Luann, you have really disappointed me this season. If all you, Jill, Kelly and Cindy were going to do is talk about Ramona and Sonja, why did you invite them??? All of you are coming across so high schoolish. What a shame!

A bit annoyed
A bit annoyed

LuAnn

I have always enjoyed watching you on this show until i saw your "countess" behavior this season.You keep pushing fights between Ramona and Jill and i question your reasons for trying to make everyone get along.You take personal conversation from one to the next,i wonder is that countess like!!!.I hope you watch the show and see what we the viewers have been observing about you.

Yinder
Yinder

You looked absolutely beautiful at Brad's party. Love the dress you wore- absolutely beautiful!

Livermore lady
Livermore lady

Dear, dear Luann. All the planning in the world doesn't make rude, ungrateful people appreciative.

Cmae
Cmae

LuAnn, I must tell you how very disappointed I was in your text during Andy Cohen's WWHL in dealing with Ramona and the prediction that was made. As someone who has dealt with marriage problems you had a lot of gaul to text that ALL of the predictions were true. I do not believe that that showed any class on your part, and my thoughts of you fell even more. I have to say that this season you have shown a side that I do not care for and believe that you really need to take a look at how your speak of people. If these people do not bring out a good side in you, as in the side I am seeing this season, please walk away from the show. Every time the show has a scene with you it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. There has to be a better person in there than what I am seeing, or have seen in these last two seasons. Good luck to you!

Lisa Padish
Lisa Padish

I do believe that Ramona and Sonja were not gracious, taking off on their own. This is a group event, planned in advance, and I agree, they behaved badly.

That said, I think it's inappropriate for you to meddle in anything having to do with Ramona. You cause friction, you are not making it any more cohesive for the gals.

Sometimes, the classy thing may just be backing off and letting others fall on their face and fight it out, without you inserting yourself into the middle of things.

PA mom
PA mom

Favorite moment: Loved it when you were walking around the riad with a bunch of hangers asking who needed a hanger! Loved it! Here you are, this beautiful woman In a gorgeous caftan trying to make sense of the stupid hanger thing! No snarking, name calling, or blame game; just an effort to try and correct the situation. "who needs a hanger?" it was if you were handing out candy...classic.

PA mom
PA mom

Totally awesome. Love your clothes. Love your comments during the testimonials.

liz williams
liz williams

LuAnn, I'm so happy to see you this season: happy and in love! The children are happy and I love the new man in your life. You deserve happiness after that awful end to your marriage.

You seem confident and as always full of grace and good manners. Your input to all the ladies is fair and honest. Keep on being the beautiful, elegant woman that you are.

Viewer Bostongirl
Viewer Bostongirl

I just wanted to say that you are one of my favorite Housewives. You are class personified and my role model. Ramona and Sonja need to take lessons from you.

NicoleL3
NicoleL3

LuAnn, You are such a caring person and SO nice to bring all the girls on a vacation I can would only dream of. Im so sorry that some people are not being grateful but keep your head up your such a loving friend ! Nicole

Stasha Viteri
Stasha Viteri

I'm confused. I watched the past episodes and wasn't Sonja a host also?

MDHousewife
MDHousewife

Luann, You attribute Kelly's comments to jetlag? You rip on Ramona and Sonja for their comments and behavior, you should hold your friend Kelly to the same standard. If you're going to judge, judge fairly.

Ceccelia
Ceccelia

LuAnn, Throughout the various seasons, you've remained my favorite RHONY, because you have remained yourself; who is, from what I've seen, quite fabulous. You're elegant and charming, and even though Ramona has noted that she doesn't have to answer to you, she could definitely benefit from observing your character. I admire Ramona's work ethic, but that's where the admiration ends. In social engagements, she acts like a bull in a china shop, and the constant plugging of her products is highly annoying (we get it, Ramona, you're not Willy Loman). So, if you two are actually friends, perhaps you could continue to counsel her on occasion. That said, I wish you the best with your friendships.

Eve4ever
Eve4ever

The ladies (Sonja and Ramona) showed no respect to the designer or you for all your hard work. I would be still massaging your feet had you invited me on such a wonderful trip. The villa is beatiful, the staff fantastic. It is shameful the way they are behaving. It is as if they are being held hostage and tortured by your good deeds.

marie915
marie915

Hi Lu Ann! I have always been a fan of yours and always admire your class and the way you handle disagreements with the other housewives in the past seasons of the NY Housewives. However, I noticed that this season you have been making some mean comments about Ramona not being able to pronounce "Venetto" correctly among other comments you have said about Ramona, Alex and Sonja. It's so not you. I do hope you will remain full of class at all times as you've always been in the past.

bkraf
bkraf

I really like you. You have every right to be upset at their behavior. It was down right embarresing. They did not appreciate any of the work you did for them and were acting like ugly Americans. I hope you, Jill and Kelly stay friends and back each other up. You are the only ones with class. Cindy is OK but don't know her yet. I really don't think you three (or four with Cindy) would be friends with the others if it weren't for the show. They are all so mean and self deserving. Happiness to you and the new guy....

Emily Z
Emily Z

LuAnn, You're awesome. You really do handle yourself with so much grace and class. Keep up the good work! :)

Carrie Cello
Carrie Cello

Clap! Clap! Clap! - well said Countess!!!

RHFanAtl
RHFanAtl

I'm guessing Brad flipped over to Team Ramona after Jill's snarky comments about his 'house'.

hppydays57
hppydays57

Countess, I would love to vacation with you! I would be gracious and extremely appreciative of all your efforts to have a fab time in a fab country. I would enjoy that so much! I wouldn't act like a brat, I would act like an adult.

A longtime viewer
A longtime viewer

I will be honest, I usually find you uppity, snobby & a pot-stirrer, but I was really impressed by you in this episode. You really were a gracious host & tried to keep everyone happy and calm and keep from having any major drama. I felt the way you handled everything was extremely classy - included Ramona & Sonja being rude & Kelly talking about Sonja at lunch. You stayed above the fray. KUDOS!!

V. Preussen
V. Preussen

I think yourself, Jill and Kelly seem to be the only New York housewives with any true class. The Blondes always seem to act somewhat out of hand and show very poor behaviour. The way they acted upon arrival in Morrocco was classless and showed little respect for the Culture or People of that Country. The Comments they made while on the way to your Lodging with a Morroccan Driver none the less showed very little lack of gratitude or anytype of class whatsoever. They shouldn't have gone on this type of Trip. It's a No wonder why American's are hated around the World. Many of them lack Class. Well the 3 Blondes on the Show with you are prime example of that. I don't understand why such a beautiful and gracious Lady and a Countess at that would want to be friends with any of those 3 Blonde Ladies.

JJP
JJP

You are adorable, full of fun and life and class. You are always perfectly dressed and, unlike some of the other ladies (Ramona, Sonja), you really do speak French. It's a pleasure to watch you.

A  woman in LA with CLASS
A woman in LA with CLASS

Hi LuAnn, I just wanted to drop you a note to express how much of a great person I believe you are. You have shown more class and graciousness on the show then most of all those women put together. I believe you and Jill are the only 2 honest and real women living your lives honestly. After tonights episode I won't be watching again... Ramona and Sonja's ungratefulness and total ridiculous behavior was appalling. They were disgusting and inappropriate and you handled it with such class and dignity. You (Jill, Cindy, Kelly) give us gals in our 40s/50's a good name... I can't say that for those two and please don't get me started on Bethany. Oh... darling what a mess that one is... anyway, good luck with all that you do.... you deserve nothing but good and positive things in your life. I believe its important we are true to ourselves and live honest lives with integrity, there is nothing we can't accomplish. You're an inspiration!

Champagne Girl
Champagne Girl

Love Love Love Cindy And all her clothes!! Especially love that necklace she wore at Brad's House. Just Fab Cindy!!!