Heather Thomson

Heather explains what she will put up with (Aviva's jacket snafu) and what she won't endure (Ramona and Sonja's behavior).

on Oct 1, 20120

I want to take a moment to tell you all how much fun I have had sharing a part of my life with you. You all have been so supportive and given me so much positive feedback; you just can’t know how much that means to me. What a crazy ride we have been on since the first episode aired back in June. Now, 18 weeks later, here we are at the end of our journey and I have learned a lot.

Tonight’s show opens with the gang coming together to support Carole’s charity at a fun table tennis tournament at Spin NY. This place is so cool. Susan Sarandon (yes, the actress) is a partner in the space and you see lots of people of all ages and tons of hipsters there any given night of the week. But tonight, I was bringing my “A Game” to support Carole and go for gold. With any other group of friends this would be an easy night of laughing and maybe a couple of pitchers of beer, but not with this crowd. There are landmines set all around the room. Aviva was still steaming about Ramona kicking George out of her event from the day before and with everyone here Carole is doing her best to keep everyone separated. I thought it was nice of George to say hi to Mario. George is 80 and his heart is in the right place. He is harmless overall and he seems to be taking it all in stride. I won the tournament just beating Avery, who was so cute and such a great sport. Just a couple more chords on my air guitar paddle and it is time to relax. Carole and I are doing our best socializing with everyone and I walk up on my Jon having a heart-to-heart with Aviva. I think Jon is right about Ramona and I think he gives Aviva some great advice, but I also am getting frustrated with the same ole, same ole from Aviva and clearly think it is time for her to move on to a new conversation. The end.

I was at my Yummie Tummie offices sitting at the same table where I first met with Sonja to talk about branding her toaster oven concept. James and Gian Andre are here with me, and in comes Sonja to see our presentation of the layouts. Remember, we did this exercise to help Sonja out. We gave her our time and expertise at no expense to her because we want her to succeed. Sonja has had it pretty bad these past few years between the lawsuit and her woes with her ex so this toaster oven could really help her out if it hits big. We went as far as mocking up a box for her so she could present it to potential retailers, and I think we nailed it. The box looked amazing and I could tell Sonja liked it too. I think we brought it home for her with both images and in the end, we stuck it in and delivered Sonja exactly what I promised I would. Yay!! It was not easy, but I wanted to help a friend and I am glad I did see it through for her! Can you tell me what you thought of it all? Which one did you prefer? (Please pick the one with the hunk in it! And, yes I did enjoy the model casting. LOL)

293 comments
tbaer3
tbaer3

Love ya Heather!  But please don't make exceptions for Aviva and judge the others. Aviva has a cop out everytime she lashes out at Ramona and Sonja.. on the reunion show it changed from her leg, and phobias excuse to now its because her mother was an alcoholic?? Come on she needs to just stop.. her excuses make her look "trashy" she really needs to grow up!!!  Thank you for telling her how she needs to stop and take responsibility for herself, but you really needed to call her out on how she did your charity.  Again she needed it to be about her and  her way!!  don't condone that please!

kipper9
kipper9

Heather, Your so fun to watch! Beauty and Brains. I laughed so hard when you followed Ramona around the party smiling and trying to talk to her. Good to see you could address Ramona and call Sonja out on her poor and low class behavior when you went out of your way to help her with this mystery toaster oven. I have to say I would have spilled my words like Aviva did.  Ramona and Sonja were ME, ME, ME, ME on your trip when Aviva showed up with her husband.  I think Ramona and Sonja are always playing TOP DOG. Sonjas fake crying scene when Aviva expressed her disapointment about Sonja not making it to her charity event was a joke. I am a huge dog lover and have several rescues that I feed myself, I  do not have some free slave (intern) handle my animals medications. What a crock of ****.

Kalexbail
Kalexbail

Hey Heather! In the beginning of the show I was upset with you for not asking Ramona -but everyone else-to London. You really hurt her & appeared to not care one wit. As the show went on I began to really like you & your cute, wise and kind husband. So aside from the Ramona dis I saw a bright, helpful woman. I too share having a sick little girl. Yet, taking her to a wonderful doctor at Columbia-Pres Hospital in uptown NYC she is now great & 25 years old! So I think it is wonderful that you are doing all that charity work. I wish I had the resources you do. If I did I would do the same thing. I must say that was very kind of you to give Aviva a break for not wearing the jacket. She has told you not to over indulge your child yet she over indulges herself at your expense. She was disrespectful to you. Plus I am glad you stayed out of the Ramona kicking her dad, George out of her charity. He was mean and disrespectful. I was very shocked that your buddy Carole didn't defend Ramona. I really enjoyed watching you this year & hope you come back.

bunnymunro
bunnymunro

I like you alot Heather. You appear to be a straight up, savvy, sweet and "alive" woman.

The "holla" thing is corny in a sweet way and I think you have made a nice addition to the

bland "upper east side lady" thing.

As for the box? Yes of course the hunk one is better for sales and probably much more appealing to a mainstream demographic, but lets remember- not only women buy these items anymore.

I like the single one better b/c of it's simplicity, but understand why the  one w/ the guy is a better choice.

As much as Sonja is amusing and occasionally loveable, I was appalled at her entitlement issue on display.

I think the problem is that she has forgotten what it is to "produce" anything.

All of the mishigos of her needing 10 assistants to get through the day has her thinking she actually has hard work to do and is clearly out of touch w/ all the calls, meetings, and paperwork that go into getting something together in advertising and presenting a product of any kind.

I would have been livid (I was just watching it!) had she been so lazy minded & expectant after all the genuine "free" effort that went into helping her campaign that (random) toaster oven.

Too many people kiss her ass and encourage her behavior as "just being Sonja" and she now doesn't have to work at be gracious anymore I suppose.

There are some likable things about her, she just needs to get a reminder that the rest of the world does not think it is cute to behave as though the world revolves around you.

 

nina.goertz.9
nina.goertz.9

Heather, I like you but I disagree with everyone standing around telling Ramona that throwing Aviva's father out was wrong.  It was her event and I  am sure that as a women who has been abused in her life, it was incredibly disappointing to her that people would tell her that she was in the  wrong  for telling someone who was grabbing your arm, being wildly disrespectful, following you around and demanding apologies to leave was wrong.  

Clavi4
Clavi4

Heather...I am looking forward to watching you next season....I really hope you give Ramona a chance.  I think the 2 of you could be good friends.  Stay away from Aviva...She is a very mean girl and will bring you down. 

pammi.jo.7
pammi.jo.7

I was so proud of you when you kept telling Aviva that she had to own her actions. I really became your fan when I saw that you were a level headed and fair minded person. I was glad that you did not just pick a side based on who you like the most. Aviva was the biggest bully I have ever seen. I became disappointed when you let Aviva's negative words get to you and you tunred on those girls. How is talking during you show worse than Aviva taking off the jacket that you told her several times to keep on. I hope you will continue to do the right thing and stick up for the ones that are being treated wrong. If the bullies keep getting their way it will only get worse.

Ltzippy1
Ltzippy1

I think I liked the one without the guy for selling toaster ovens. But hey, why can't you use both, it gives you the Sonja "feel" as we'll as sells the toaster over. I enjoyed you joining the cast this year. You seemed to be the voice of reason with just a touch of craziness. PS I would not have invited Ramona either to London, she would have driven you crazy.

LoriAfromNYtoLA
LoriAfromNYtoLA

Thank you for being so classy and honest.  You and Carole are my favorites (I've been watching since Season 1).  Aviva was a favorite, too, until she flipped out.  Not that I think she was wrong in her assumptions, she just went totally overboard/drama queen.  You, on the other hand, stated your case and moved on.  Pure class.

BeatriceJo
BeatriceJo

I have developed so much respect for you.  I can see why you are so successful - it is so obvious that you love what you do!  I cried watching the fashion show, it was so passionate and models looked beautiful and thanks for turning me on to Miri Ben-Ari - her music was beautiful - just purchased her album!  Hope you come back next season!

Popptart
Popptart

Whoops pushed wrong button! Sorry. Anyway, when Aviva pimped Sonja out to her Dad it was really crass and certainly showed she has no class--- maybe a little " trailer trashiest" . Hee Hee! Well these are just my opinions. I want to like you Heather but you are making it difficult because you are not a fair person. I admire your work ethic and your charity work. (I do love your husband - he seems very kind and has a good heart). Don't like the box with the hunk in it.

Popptart
Popptart

Let me start by saying the first episode of RHONY I watched was when you invited everyone except Ramona to London. I found this to be very mean spirited. Then at St Bart's I found it rather amusing when you were not invited to DINNER with Princess and her beau and crazy Aviva and Reid that you found it necessary to go off on your own and sulk like a little child. Carol had to come and comfort you and of course was forced to invite you. How did it feel to be left out? Not so great huh? It seemed to me that everyone was getting along and really having fun until Crazy A. showed up. Ramona did thank Reid for bringing Crazy A, however, she did not just fall all over him! Really! What the heck did Crazy A expect? Apparently a lot more. This whole incident was way over the top, and then the fall out was totally ridiculous. Yet you have let Crazy A get by with way too much. If Ramona had not worn the stupid jacket in the fashion show, there would have been hell to pay! I think Ramona was very sincere with her apology to you. You need to give her a break. Ramona doesn't seem like someone that has had things handed to her---she is a self-made woman and not from money. George is a real creep and I don't care if he's 80 or 180 he need to learn how to treat women! I thought when aviva

lizaperrow
lizaperrow

Heather, you rock.  I (and a lot of people on here) did not like the box with the hunk on it, but it will get people's attention.  Which is marketing genious!  I loved you the whole season, and I hope to see you back.  Will you please, please, wear your Van Cleef and Arpels Zip necklace more often, as often as possible, next sesason.  That thing is absolutly stunning! You lucky girl! How come we just got a glemse of it in the last episode!  Rock on girl!

Mojosart
Mojosart

Heather I wish that your professional life could have been highlighted a little more. You were fun to watch. I agree that the toaster oven campaign was odd. I'm not sure the hunk of a man was presented quite right. Maybe using the toaster oven to create a fabulous meal?? Honestly, for me to be interested in buying a toaster oven, I need something else. That said, you were a positive addition to the show. 

jbenny
jbenny

How long can you go without saying "Yummie Tummie?"  

 

RoseWind
RoseWind

Heather,

You are terrific! You are beautiful, talented, and a loving mother and wife.  I liked your version of the box -- the one with the hunk.  Let's be honest, a toaster oven is a very boring item to see on a store shelf and easy to pass by.  But I would not have passed by your box!  With the hunk and Sonja's pretty face, I would take a look and possibly buy it.  You know what you are doing.

susan.hermon
susan.hermon

I like you...I like how you don’t bite your tongue and you see things for what they are.  I mean how could you be friends with someone and yet not tell them when they are being crazy.  Loved how you called Aviva out on her love to hear the sound of her own voice..goodness.  You and Carole could definitely hang with my sisters and I, we would have a blast.  

lotsaluck
lotsaluck

Heather, I liked you more and more with each episode. You add a lot to the show. Thanks for sharing part of your life with us. I hope you, Carole, Sonja, Ramona, and even Aviva (if she gets over it) come back next season. I wish I could say the same for LuAnn, but I was very disappointed in her this season. I think she was trying too hard for attention, and so much of her story seemed fake to me. Just my opinion. 

 

I was so impressed with your toaster oven box for Sonja! It looks fantastic. I liked both versions, but I think the male model represents Sonja's personality best. I'd buy one. :)

 

You have every right to let it go regarding Aviva's blatant disregard for you and your fashion show. Kudos to you. But it showed further what lies beneath Aviva's sweet exterior, in addition to the judgmental attitude toward and condemnation of Ramona and Sonja. It isn't pretty. Even so, I'd like to see Aviva on the show next season. 

lizzie69
lizzie69

Let me add that just choosing Aviva to walk in your show was a diss to everyone else.  Did you deep down do this to make the others feel badly?  She isn't that great even if she's tall.  Her hair most of the season looked like fried chicken.  So she's tall and skinny. She doesn't eat or drink.  She dismisses and insults everyone who doesn't follow her health rules.  She would scare me if I were her child and saw her wagging finger.  I certainly wonder where she learned that considering she got everything she wanted from her parents as a child because of her accident. She doesn't understand the word NO.  You should have asked Lulu to walk.  She was dissed.

 

Regardless, I wish you much luck in your business and your real charity.

lizzie69
lizzie69

Honestly you should have gone after Aviva after she dissed you at the fashion show.  Now she thinks she can get away with everything.  Of course you don't want to do it that night but something should have been said or else she'll try to walk all over you like she does everyone else.

 

I also think the box was horrid.  Unless you are specifically marketing to the gay men market and not the mass market the campaign just wasn't so great.  Hey everyone makes mistakes. I also see nothing wrong with letting Sonja see the rest of the pictures and see what she likes.  It's really no big deal and a DVD could have been burned to have her input. Accept the fact that you aren't always right which is a big problem of most of the women on all the housewive shows.  They can never be humble and say I WAS WRONG.

 

Besides that I feel you were a great addition to the cast and I didn't like you at all at first.  Really loved you by then. Just tells you the old adage is true - you can't tell a book by its cover.

 

Anyway, good luck to you and your family and I wish your son the best.  It must be incredibly difficult.

AudreyEH
AudreyEH

You are AMAZE, Heather!!!

Please return next season - we know you've got a LOT on your plate - or rather you manage to keep all the plates in the air juggling them all -- with intelligence and grace. Your Yummi-T business, your charity work, your children + your sweet Sweetie, Jon.

You have a terrific aura about you and are an inspiration. Please please return :O)

cigarflower
cigarflower

Sonja is ungrateful after all the help you gave her. Let her finish her project on her own, maybe she will recognize and appreciate your value.

mm811
mm811

Heather - you were great this season... it must be SOOO tough to deal with this group of ladies (especially Ramona) and NOT hold a grudge.  But the fact that you can "let it go and move on" is remarkable and shows true inner strength.  Good for you and good luck at the reunion!

LynnfromMN
LynnfromMN

I'm tired of the new woman on the show acting like they are better than Sonya and Ramona.  Its like they are trying to take over and get rid of them instead of just trying to fit in.  I'm still on the fence as to if I would like to see Heather and Carole return.  Aviva definately should be given the boot! 

cathybiamonte
cathybiamonte

Ok, I have an idea... since I'm having trouble watching HW due to Ramona, Sonja, Aviva...Bravo should give you and Carole your own show!! Now, that would be a show to watch!

domielissa
domielissa

Heather! I have grown to love you through this season. You represent what a woman should be. Strong, successful, and most important encouraging to other women. You are so nice and supportive of your new friends and I love that. Your positive and so good at redirecting these negative drama filled girls. I have to say I loved every moment you were on my tv and I can't wait to see more of you in coming seasons.  

calimom3boyz
calimom3boyz

I very rarely watched RHONY before this season but I really had some fun watching this season.  The housewives shows are my guilty pleaseure once the kiddos are in bed!  Love all of you, but I felt Aviva was way over the top with her "me, me, me" at every turn!  Ack!  Love that you are on the show and hope you and Carole both come back!  You are my fave on the show because you are just so normal and fun!  Thank you for your fantastic work for your charity.  It really shows what a wonderful, thankful person you are.

mellowyellow
mellowyellow

Heather, so refreshing to see someone on a HW show that has talent, class and a backbone without being a backbreaker. The two blondes have been a major turnoff to a lot of the viewers and I won't be watching any longer, because they're crass and need to be sent to the corner for about a year. I'll miss you and your great common sense and ability to work with the most challenged of people.  my

stomson
stomson

Heather, who makes the beautiful, flattering sleeveless white button-up blouse you wore to the Ping Pong tournament?  IT LOOKED AMAZING ON YOU!  thanks so much + love you're charisma!

Mellowyellow12
Mellowyellow12

I've been a fan of housewives for a long time and Heather is by far my favorite. She is as real as it gets. I love her good attitude about everything! she tries to skip all the drama and focuses on what really matters. I admire how she carries herself so well and her heart is always in the right place. I wish more housewives would be more like her and not shallow and consumed with drama although it could be entertaining at times I find myself changing the channel as soon as the arguments start running in circles and over the top ridiculous. Housewives is really losing its appeal to say the least but Heather was a pleasure to watch. I LOVE HEATHER!!

franci
franci

Hi Heather, I think you make a great addition to the cast...oh, and I like both boxes, since you asked....that said I will get to the point.  Well two points, perhaps.  First off, the blow up with Ramona and George.  Am I the only one that didn't see Ramona start that?  George was polite to her until she said she did not want a donation from Aviva until she apologized to her and started off on a tirade about how Aviva had spoken to her.  George defended his daughter.  And he did walk away from her, it was not until she saw him stop to speak to others that she started yelling for security to remove him from the premises.

 

Second, Ramona started the problem over the pictures.   Did no one else hear Ramona say, "Oh, there is the photographer that did the shoot, I want to talk to him."  At which point she went over to him and apparently reported back to Sonja...why was it any of Ramona's business to speak to him?  And as for Sonja, she has a lot of nerve to complain about something she is getting for free.

WandaP
WandaP

Hi Heather, at first I wasn't so into the male model, as I would like to physically see the toaster with out removing it from a box, but then I thought, it covers more then just the female demographic. With that thought its really intuitive to all that would purchase a toaster oven, singles, students, ect. Where as just Sonja on the cover actually would alienate the younger generation.. So well done!! I actually really love u and ur kindness. You came in with a purpose, bringing focus to your charity's, a very admirable quality. I am glad u stood up to Avivias right fighting, it's enough. As viewers we r done with this Avivia drama. Contrary to popular believe many of us, want fun, positive RhW shows. This Bullying is so old, and not acceptable behavior. Thank u for being a class act, representing a positive, professional team player, who I think is very beautiful inside and out!

Hottytoddy
Hottytoddy

Please, please Stop using the f word, it's just not necessary and makes you look cheap

Vigdis
Vigdis

I did not like you in the beginning.

Now I think you´re one smart and charming lady.

Go girl!

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

Wow, Ramona & Sonja's behavior at your charity event was "sickening", but George's behavior at Ramona's event was fine?  Normally you seem like a level-headed kind of girl, but I think you have different standards for people you like than others you just don't get along with naturally.  I cannot abide Aviva's preachy, condescending attitudes, hate the way she is always pushing her education in people's faces, and find her just a little too self-congratulatory; while at the same time I can sympathize with her phobias.  We all choose our own friends, and maybe you just relate more to Aviva.  Please don't be so quick to condemn women you don't automatically "get".  You are mostly logical and real, but you have a short fuse with people who don't immediately get in line with your views.  Would like to see you back in the future, but with maybe a broader worldview. 

BravoPrincess
BravoPrincess

Hi Heather i like you on the show a breath of fresh air.Have to tell you from previous seasons you have to take the Ramona pill to talk to Ramona "cause you don't know what you getting into when you speak to her lol.I like Ramona but that bs she did while you were talking with sonja she really looked happy that she stirr the pot.With Ramona stand your ground always.I wish you da best can't wait for reunion.

patsy4186
patsy4186

hi heather:  you are my fave; and by the way, i agree i preferred the picture w/o the guy......its my same  reaction when i see the cleavage of a woman selling a new car.......pandering; altho it does reflect who sonya is.   ramonya have no class; and their lack of inteligence and shrew personalities wear me out; mauybe its time for new housewives.  i want to like luanne, but cant always figure her out;  you are the one i would have lunch with anytime.  LOL.  keep on keeping on.

JVO_41
JVO_41

I almost hope you and Carole DON'T come back next season.  As entertaining as the RH franchise is, you have much more to offer the world than deflecting a constant stream of petty BS on TV.  I wish Bravo would do a show that followed your career day-to-day.  I recently graduated from college and think you're such a great role model; young women in their twenties could learn a lot from you.  Somehow you balance being a brilliant businesswoman AND a grounded, compassionate person.  I'm so glad we had the opportunity to "meet" you this season... you are one cool chick, Heather!

mrsdonut
mrsdonut

I really do like you Heather, so don't get mad at me for saying this:

 

I liked the picture WITHOUT the model... It looks like a cut and paste image, which I know was not the case. He looks photoshopped in. Sorry.

(Would it make make you feel better if I added, "Holla!" at the end?) ;- )

carla.ilfeld
carla.ilfeld

We enjoyed you and Carol very much.  You are both intelligent, funny, and forthright!  But, please tell the producers that the unending screaming and fighting EVERY EPISODE became tiresome, to say the least.  The scenes we enjoyed most were those that showed the wives being caring, supportive, and maturely working issues out  (for instance, you and Carol on the beach, or the actual meaningful conversation between Ramona and Sonja about Sonja's meeting with her ex).  We also tired of the potty mouths and behavior from women who should know better.  Some fighting, some swearing is certainly part of life, but the proportion this season was all wrong!  We are hoping your next season has more emotional and intellectual depth.

realdealkc
realdealkc

Oh MAN, Heather!  You easily turned into my favorite from the time you ran into the GLASS DOOR.....it was like magic!   Honestly, it is your attitude about forgiveness and acceptance.  Like you said "do you"....sometimes we can improve on ourselves, sometimes we don't know we are flawed, but we try to improve.....if we KNOW!  right?     I also became a huge fan of your sweet Jon.   Great season, Heather, and I'm going to go shop on your YummieTummie site.  Holla!

ckfavorsandcrafts
ckfavorsandcrafts

Heather,

 

I hope you come back next session.  I love the way your  speak your mind.  I wish that you would have put Aviva in her place like you did Sonja.  You are a beautiful woman, and an inspiration to others.  You and Carole are the reason  continued to watch the second half of this session.

MoeyFitz
MoeyFitz

Love the strap on comment, btw haha

RDaniels
RDaniels

Heather, I have liked you from the beginning. I think, you have treated everyone with the respect they have deserved at the time and I think you have been really good bout putting new meaning into, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Good luck!

amelia1008
amelia1008

 @bunnymunro I too love Heather and hope she never changes.  I love her direct to the point style and her no nonsense attitude.  She tells it like it is and accepts her critics' opinions as well.  There is nothing endearing or likeable about Sonja.  IF she ever had any class, she wouldn't behave the way she is now.  She is an ugly, drunk and is embarrassing.  If I like her even a little bit, that went away when she had LuAnn's sloppy seconds.  Her ex is her ex for a reason.  He didn't just wake up one day and decide to leave.  I believe that Sonja has been doing what she is doing now for a very long time.  Something ain't right there.  At least Aviva can tell you why her ex is her ex

bunnymunro
bunnymunro

 @nina.goertz.9 Agreed, Ramona is off balance for sure, but even so- for that obnoxious father to steam roll and not take no for an answer was too much. Imagine ANY of the stuff he says coming from a guy in his 50's or any other age for that matter. It would be completely unacceptable and gross, so why is it deemed "cute and funny" just because he is 80? I could see if he were a little wrinkly old man w/ alheimers, but that is not the case at all. That the daughter Aviva thinks it is okay is so hypocritical I can't believe it. If she saw any of that in any other man, no matter what age- she would immediately start in with the moral stance non sense in seconds. He should have known also, that no one can just go up to ramona expecting that she will be calm and have a normal conversation. All that constant nervous energy of hers shows that the poor thing thinks she means well, but hasn't a clue of how she is interpreted by others. I feel bad laying judgement on these people this way as all of us have our blind spots despite our attempts at self awareness, but really, sometimes these women are just shockingly self aggrandizing and lacking in subtlety completely.

 

Bravofan1977
Bravofan1977

@lizzie69 "a diss" to the other cast members? Come on! It was obvious that was not Heather's intention. In addition to Aviva having a model look (models ARE tall, awkward and way too skinny), Heather specifically said part of her choice was due to the fact that Aviva has a disability. And, none of the other wives seemed offended or put out by the choice, I think it's strange that you are.

Bravofan1977
Bravofan1977

@LynnfromMN women like Heather and Carole are necessary to play the "straight man" to Ramona and Sonja's antics. This is demonstrated in how well those 4 got along in St. Barth's. everyone could just be themselves (until the Aviva incident). Although, I find Carole to be a little to timid and hoity, I think Heather is possibly the MOST genuine of any housewife among all the franchises.