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WWHL's Senior Producer talks about his love/hate relationship for "the devil's headband."

on Oct 11, 20120

The device above, which looks like it was custom-made for a roadie for the Indigo Girls, must be affixed to my head whilst I produce the show in the studio. (Which means I count down from ten -– something I’m not good at.)

The headpiece is my nemesis. ‘Tis the devil’s headband. I have named her BECKY. Because she reminds me of the character I hate the most from Friday Night Lights. (Of course, they called her “Becks” which is onomatopoeia for vomiting which I try and steer clear of.)  

Before I go any further let me just say I love my job. I feel a job isn’t complete unless there’s something to bitch about. And for me, that thing is the headset you see above. I hate it. Becky is a worthless bitch who can’t do anything right.

I am able to hear the control room, but I’m not able to speak to them. It’s like that movie where the patient is alive during open heart surgery, but no one can tell because they seem anesthetized. Only, I’m wide awake.

43 comments
Gillian521
Gillian521

First of all I found this gem of a blog when perusing the bravo site, looking for inside dirt from the wwhl people. First off, John hill, you are too funny and your relationship with Becky is very confusing...she has manipulated you into thinking ou need her. You don't, be strong and walk away...you will both be better off with only good memories to look back on. P.S. Kate gosselin was my least favorite guest of all time... I'm not sure why all the Jill hate comments aree here, but I will say a happy goodbye to Jill, Crazy-Kelly and even Alex, although I'm not sure why she had to go and not Ramona, but Alex kept trying too hard to get us to believe how great she was, how great Brooklyn was and how great simon was...yay for her, but I'm all full up! The best part of Jill's interview, was bethennys comeback, where she jokingly said she was above it all and didn't watch it. Too funny! And sheree is even crazier if she thinks we believe that bit about not watching this season af ATL or Nenes episode! Please post more, this gave me a few good belly laughs in this oppressive heat! Thanks!

meow44
meow44

Please don't bring back Jill! She was awful! Revamping the RHoNY was the best decision ever! Bravo should do the same RHoNJ. New Jersey has become soo toxic and exhausting! Keep Melissa, add Rosie and recast everyone else!

alexandra1
alexandra1

No Jill, please! Have you ever consider bringing a famous celebrity like Thalia Mottola or even as a guest your show will go to the roof. Another one could be one of JLO sisters.

gegipopi
gegipopi

Please no more Jill, she is pathetic and not in the tragic way. Jill is not a stand alone as a personality, that is why she will rides anyones coattails. I do not miss her at all.

Blink
Blink

Can't believe I'm saying this but I kind of agree with Jill.  Your show did sort show favoritism in the Jill vs. Bethanny situation.  Unlike most, Jill to me is no worse than other Housewives.  If recipe for firing is what you stated last night, than Teresa, Aviva, Taylor, Caroline, should be gone soon.  You said RHWONY was toxic when you fired Jill, Kelly, Alex and Cindy, but you kept Ramona, and if NY is toxic what the hell is New Jersey and Atlanta.

hollymarshall13
hollymarshall13

No Jill!!  She is delusional.  I didn't miss her for a minute.  Sorry Jill, nothing personal, but it's not about you. 

sisterhood
sisterhood

Andy I was watching your show and you told Jill she was not asked back because the producers and the fans didn't think the relationships were going to change.  Well, if you read Melissa blogs this week she stated that her relationship with Theresa was the same prior to the show.  You all might want to think about revamping the nj housewives like you did ny.  the constant fighting gets old after a while.  This is the first time I was not looking forward to the reunion show and for the reunion to be in three parts it was way too much.

 

Roxie52
Roxie52

I'm glad you took Jill off RHNY.  I think the combination of she was horrible to everyone.  I never had the impression she liked anyone at all.  The screeching and screaming were so irritatingly repetitive.  She was a control freak and shouldn't have been included going forward.  Good call.

That said, I won't watch her on anything other program either.  Her sun has set here in Texas.

 

Now if you could get Ramona to stop her caterwalling!  My word, that would be a blessing.  She seems deranged half the time but I suspect it's alcohol related.  The bits between each of the other ladies are far more interesting and entertaining.  For my money you could leave Mario at home too.  He is totally in love with himself and I guess someone should be.

 

Good reduction in staffing.  The new mix is much better, except the screamer.  

denisereid619
denisereid619

How does she say she is not bitter, she is clearly bitter. She is crazy! What house wife that has been fired was ever allowed to say good-bye? She clearly though it was her show and she would love another show. She thinks this is a time to relaunch her tv career. She is so jealous of Bethany.

trixxi
trixxi

weather you like her or not....everything she said was the truth....Bravo DID take sides with Bethanny and there is no personal life of any of the new housewives....something I do agree is missing

Guess12
Guess12

Why would Bravo put Jill on a show again! UGH!  Still annoying Jill, me,me,me, me... Seriously, Kelley and Jill were ridiculous on the show.. Alex wasn't as bad.  She is kidding herself if she seriously thinks everyone loved her....Bravo do not let her near the New York Housewives show or Watch What Happens Live! YIKES!!!!!!!

LornaB
LornaB

If Jill Zarin were any more dillusional, she would be Teresa Guidice. Really, keep this woman off this channel, we love Bravo and don't want her on it.  All in favor, say aye!

Jersets6
Jersets6

Best decision Bravo made was to get rid of Jill Zarin.  There is absolutely NO reason to ever have her back on as a guest.  Don't waste your time or ours.

lily-one
lily-one

Jill on my beloved WWHL?! Please don't ever do that to me again! She is bitter and more delusional than ever. This viewer LOVES the new NY Housewives so I hope someone at Bravo sees this post!

PCJersey
PCJersey

It was obvious to me last night that Jill has not changed one inch, no matter her claims to the contrary.  I had to turn the show off, it was too hard to stomach.  No more Jill.

Ashea
Ashea

I saw tonight exactly why Jill should not be on RHONY. She is very narcissistic and believes everyone loved her on the show. She also revealed that some of her actions were "for the show". No thank you! I much prefer seeing real people like Carole and Heather than Jill Zarin. The producers made a good casting decision with this season!

betterwife
betterwife

Finally. a place to comment about Jill... Is she really so vain that she thinks we want to see her husband, her house, her sister... and her mother??? LOL Come on!! We all have those things and no one wants to see her or her family or her stuff.

 

Jill just doesn't get it. She made comments on her own blog trying to make herself look good (just as Teresa of NJ does) and it all went to her head. Her 15 minutes of fame is up. Bye bye.

jawmar
jawmar

p.s. Why does no one mention that Ramona's issue may be her menopause...not alcohol?

jawmar
jawmar

Dear GOD tell me that you aren't bringing that dillusional, self- serving, self-involved woman Jill  back!!! I just swore off RHONJ, and I would hate to dump NYC too! I think the new girls  are blending well with the "old" and the reunion ended with all being fairly cordial to each other.

guccimama
guccimama

Jill is still delusional! I really hope you wont bring her back. Also, please don't bring back Aviva. Thanks.

cehemise
cehemise

Lions and tigers and Jill Zarin.   Oh my.

Having Jill back as a guest was a mistake on many levels, not the least of which was in indulgance for her.  Please do spare us more Jill.  Your three new ladies are wonderful additions.  It has already been "out with the old" and we do so appreciate that. 

Clinspec
Clinspec

Is Jill serious? She has an ego the size of New York state if she really believes she is so beloved and missed by viewers. Seeing her interview made me relive how obnoxious she was for 2 years before being booted off. AND.....she had the nerve to say Bethenny didn't want to make up? Did she sleep through the entire season when Bethenny begged her to talk it out on more than one occasion and not only did she refuse to talk it out with her, she stormed out like a baby and got pissed at Ramona for trying to get them in the room together? Some a-holes never change.......

dollnbaby
dollnbaby

Jill is as insane as ever! I can't believe she thinks you made a mistake on letting her go. Listening to her go on and on and on. I think she is trying to convince you to bring her back by all of her "I have made up with everyone stories". 

 

I know you won't bring her back because you would lose a lot of viewers if you do. 

nansea143
nansea143

Where is Bethany????? We want her back on BRAVO....ASAP!

Katie6330
Katie6330

I hope you aren't bringing Jill back!!!!!!!!!!!

DALM
DALM

You successfully shook up the New York Housewives cast and now you need to do the same with New Jersey.  It has become unbearable to watch, just like the old New York cast was.  Please, please, please make a change!

lily-one
lily-one

 @sisterhood

 revamp nj gets a yes vote from me! my choice would be to get rid of Teresa and Kathy.

passthepinot
passthepinot

 @denisereid619

 Absolutely! Once you've been told "Good Riddance" why come back to say "Goodbye"? Who cares?

betterwife
betterwife

 @denisereid619 But I LOVE that Bethany came out on top!! LOL Jill (and LuAnne) tried to bully Bethany, and then Alex. I was soooo happy when I found out that Bethany had her own show... then it ended with her making it REALLY BIG!!! I read that Bethany's SkinnyGirl thing made her 'one hundred million'! (Not sure if that's true, but whatever it was, she made it BIG!

 

Ah, sweet revenge! (Of course, by that time, I'm sure Jill wasn't even a thought in Bethany's mind, but it sure felt good to the viewers rooting for her! I loved it.)

MoeyFitz
MoeyFitz

 @denisereid619 Yeah, I agree.  I was a bit put off by Jill's appearance on WWHL.   She's been studying the ratings?  Really?  I thought this season was much better with some new faces.  

jules1019
jules1019

@trixxi there was no sides! Grow up! Jill was a complete nightmare, behaving badly on camera and behind the scenes. She even has the nerve to act like she is some kind of executive producer of the show calling the shots. She is not on the show anymore and should never be allowed to come back. There is an overwhelming response against her. "Everything she said was the truth?" HA! Everything she said was true in her own bitter power tripping mind. The word is not "truth" it's "delusional."

betterwife
betterwife

 @Guess12 Oh yeah... I forgot about Kelley! They BOTH think a LOT of themselves, don't they! ha!

Guess12
Guess12

 @Jersets6

 Totally agree no more Jill Zarin! Great Decision by Bravo

betterwife
betterwife

 @Ashea Most definitely! Jill gave us proof positive that she loves HERSELF... much more than the audience loves her! LOL

 

I  Love Heather and Carole!! There is NO going back now.

MoeyFitz
MoeyFitz

 @Ashea   Why would she ever think that  a major fight with Bethany would be good for the show? 

betterwife
betterwife

 @Katie6330 Yeah... don't even think about it!! I never once thought of Jill this season.

 

Sorry Bravo, but Jill is too narcissistic AND boring for any show.

drread
drread

Please do not bring Jill back! Just watching her on the show made me want to trow things at my t.v. She is so narcissistic! I know Andy wanted to smack her. I will not watch if she returns!!!

betterwife
betterwife

 @DALM OMG, yes! I agree. That NJ show needs more than a good shaking... It needs to be "shaken and stirred". Watching Theresa make a fool out of herself is boring and painful at the same time. Do SOMETHING.