Cast Blog: #RHONY

No Good Deed

LuAnn really wants to stop talking about the wine tasting and wonders if Ramona can go an evening without fighting.

Mea culpa my friends! After the episode aired last week, I received many comments regarding my American Indian/Native American debate with Carole. I want to apologize for any disrespect I showed to people of native heritage in that scene and even though Carole was getting on my nerves, I should have chosen a better way to refute her assertions.

I had the pleasure of meeting Aviva's father George at Carole's Christmas party and thought he was charming and funny but way over the top! His behavior doesn't seem to bother Aviva very much and she loves to bring him out with her. Carole knew that seating me next to George was no problem because I can handle him.

Sonja is a diva and she behaved like one at the photo shoot. If you notice, she may have arrived late and had some wardrobe issues -- but once she got down to work, she was all business.

Heather's frustration with Sonja has been building but I think both women brought great ideas to the table and I'm sure Sonja got some nice photos for her toaster oven launch. I wonder if Heather feels that since Sonja was getting all this help for free that she should be more grateful and less demanding? No good deed goes unpunished, and I'm sure Heather will think twice before lending her expertise to a friend again.

I don't understand Sonja's hesitation in giving Heather credit but I see how Sonja feels that this brand is hers and no one else's. Sonja is her brand and I believe that if she follows her vision, she will succeed. I mean, who doesn't need a great toaster oven?

I feel bad that Aviva experiences so much anxiety in her life but I do think that the best way to overcome fear is to confront it head on. She wants to travel with Reid because he calms her and makes her feel safe. I can understand that but depending on another person for your serenity is unhealthy and Aviva needs step out of her comfort zone without Reid so that she becomes comfortable when setting out on her own.

Can't Ramona go to a party without fighting with someone? Here she is at her own wine launch party where she should be concentrating on her guests and instead, she's going at it with Heather! Sonja is playing both sides in this conflict, but both Heather and Ramona are on to her. I can see why Sonja didn't want Ramona at the photo shoot but she should be honest with Ramona as to why she didn't want her there. Heather was very accommodating to Sonja throughout this entire project and she would even have allowed Ramona to attend the shoot had Sonja asked. Sonja needs to take responsibility for her choices and stand up for her decisions.

I really like Aviva and I think she's a very nice person but I don't think she should have confronted me about the wine games. Where is Aviva's sense of humor? She can sit at dinner while her father makes bawdy jokes but she gets offended by a wine tasting where Ramona's wine was only one of many wines that we tried that night? Please. . .let's move on from this subject. . .I'm so over talking about that evening.

Good for Heather for standing up for Jacques when the group decided to make fun of him behind his back! The only thing negative thing they could come up with about Jacques is that he has a French accent? He's French! I love the way he talks and I admire his composure when dealing with people like Mario and Ramona. Mario, Ramona, and Aviva were acting very immature that night and I think they should apologize for insulting the man I love.

Until next week, bisous!

Q&A: What Has Kelly Been up To?

Kelly tells us what she's been up to since we last saw her and what it was like seeing Bethenny again. 

Bravotv.com:  What have you been up to since we last saw you? Tell us everything!

Kelly Killoren Bensimon: After retiring from RHONY, I modernized my first and favorite Assouline book In The Spirit of the Hamptons, which is the first of the ever popular Assouline series. I also decided to wrap a bow on my past, which includes modeling, publishing, editing magazines, writing books, designing jewelry, and beauty consulting by getting my MBA in international marketing.

Presently, I am a partner in a fund that invests and finances fashion and accessory brands to take them to the next level. I also write a column for amNY where I get to interview New York mavericks and pioneers who are game changers in this new era. You never know what will trigger someone to be better, so I decided to interview those who are changing the world. I started a new blog #kkbloves which launched in Paris, France. #kkbloves is an organic extension of everything I love: fashion, travel, and insider information on who, what, when, where, and how. I launched an exclusive candle line called BAISER ROSE available at craftingboutique.com and continue to make vintage necklaces exclusively for KitsonLA.

My teenage girls are navigating their teens well and are constantly challenging me. As a single mother 365 days out of the year, I took a huge leap of faith to do this on my own. I’m so proud of my girls and how they are growing up in New York City. They always laugh that I’m raising them like a suburban mom living in an urban city: whatever works.

Last but not least, are you ready for my first NOVEL, which is almost finished? If you're curious about New York women who have lived through their twenties and are ready for a new chapter, Get Ready. It’s steamy, feisty, aspirational, and colorful. My girls and I continue to be advocates of FOODBANK4NYC, Generosity water, and Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams. Fluffy says, “Hi,” and the horse I ride, Houston, says “Neigh."

Bravotv.com:  Were you hesitant to see all the ladies again when Luann invited you to her girls’ night out?

KKB: Luann and I were at a book party at Omars, a private club downtown, and she asked me to come and have a drink, for she knows I don’t get out much. Luann honestly thought I would have fun, which I did. It was great seeing Ramona in such good shape after everything she’s been through. I admire her integrity and ability to raise an amazing daughter.

Bravotv.com: Who of the ladies have you stayed in touch with, if any?

KKB: Luann and I are very good friends, and we see each other all the time. She’s an incredible mother and has navigated the world of TV beautifully, AND has maximized on it incredible way. Go LU!

Bravotv.com:  Did it surprise you to hear that Bethenny was unnerved at seeing you again after all these years?

KKB: Bethenny has endured a lot since we last filmed almost four years ago. I understand if she was upset, since she didn’t know I was coming. I was happy to see her looking so well after all she’s been through. We got off on the wrong foot, and I hope one day she can see past as the past.

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