Cast Blog: #RHONY

The Countess: "Welcome Back My Friends!"

LuAnn de Lesseps is back to talk Ramotional moments and weighs in on Sonja Morgan's hosting etiquette. 

Welcome back my friends! I can’t believe it’s Season 6 of #RHONY and I’m still here with you to celebrate another Premiere. Even though I’m not on the first couple of episodes, you’ll see me very soon. This Season is exciting with the addition of a new Housewife, new adventures (think roughing it with cowboys), and more of the Housewifely drama that you’ve come to know and love! Since we were last together, my life has gone through some changes, including sending my daughter off to a top art school and watching my son grow into an confident young man as he finishes up high school in the city. I hope you will join me here each week, as I share my insights into everything RHONY.

Sonja seems to be enjoying her dating life and I think it’s great that she’s dating a range of men, some younger and some older. I hope that she finds true love, but along the way she’s sure to have a lot of fun. Her 23-year-old date in this episode was a little on the young side even for Sonja!

Oftentimes, it’s better to keep a difficult person at arm's length so that they can’t hurt you. Some of the ladies think that they should distance themselves from Aviva after her mean-spirited behavior last Season, and I can see why. She can be charming, but the way her personality turns ugly can be off-putting. Each Housewife will have to make her own decision on whether to be friends with Aviva or not.

Ramona is fairly consistent in her erratic behavior. I've come to know what will set her off and how she will react to certain situations. She gets "Ramotional" at times but we all know that this is part of her personality. I don't know if Aviva will be able get her back on her good side. I thought that Ramona was clear with Aviva that her feelings were hurt last Season. It’s going to take a lot of charm to pierce through Ramona's steely resolve.

Carole is a journalist and author with a lot of writing experience and she could be helpful to any aspiring author. I thought it was a bit presumptuous for Aviva to ask Carole to edit as a favor. It's like asking your doctor neighbor if he would comp your heart surgery just because you know each other! I don't think Carole working with Aviva is a good idea because there seemed to be friction between the two already.

My first impression of Kristen is that she can hold her own with these women. She is from good Connecticut Yankee stock! Not so sure I love her tag line though because she’s seems pretty smart and confident to me. Although Kristen is beautiful, I hope she focuses more on her wit than her hair.

Sonja put on a lovely tea for the ladies, although I found her food placement puzzling. Instead of loading up the coffee table with sandwiches, she should have placed the food on another table and left space for the women to put down their champagne glasses and plates. Sonja is a generous hostess who loves to entertain. . .she just needs a little logistical help (and plates)! Kristen's insight into Ramona and Sonja’s relationship was spot on when she commented, "If this is how the two of them are with friends, I do not want to be their enemy." I told you there was more to Kristen than just beauty!

I give Ramona credit for agreeing to meet Aviva for drinks after how Aviva treated her last season. It shows that Ramona is making an effort to forgive. As for Aviva doing tequila shots to lighten up the mood, I say, "Why not?" I hope that this détente will not be short lived because both women have strong personalities and they aren't afraid of conflict or show their emotions. Maybe they will give peace a chance? Until next week, bisous!

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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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