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Marissa: Juliet Brings A Lot of Drama

Marissa Hermer gives her side of the "BFF to F" convo with former bestie Juliet Angus. 

By Marissa Hermer
Thanksgiving is Over, But the Drama Is Still Hot As a fantastic hostess yourself, what do you think of Caroline Fleming’s Scandanavian Christmas?

Marissa Hermer: I was so sorry to miss Caroline Fleming’s Scandinavian Christmas as I was ill on the evening so was nice to see it on this episode! She created such a beautiful tablescape - and I especially love the personalized biscuits for placecards. AND Goose Christmas Dinner is my favorite - actually Caroline’s sister is a dear friend of mine and every year we actually cook a Danish Goose Dinner together- it is my favorite. I’m also a huge fan of Cheetos at dinner parties - and actually have just brought back some Cheese Balls from American to serve at my next dinner. I think mixing a bit of high and low at parties is fun - and very thoughtful of Caroline to add American Cheetos to the mix for the American ladies who were attending the evening. The red dresses and black tie looked so magical - I’m a (no surprise!) huge fan of themed dinners - so to be honest, I was just devastated when my doctor told me I was too contagious to join. Where as Caroline likes to do everything herself (clearly she is good at creating a delicious feast as I also noticed everyone almost licked their plates!), I like to enjoy my dinner parties more as Caroline Stanbury said…as a guest! So I usually ask one of our Eclipse bartenders to pop around for a couple hours to make some Watermelon Martinis for my guests and ask a Bumpkin server to come help serve and wash up in the kitchen, that way I can spend the evening gossiping with my girlfriends rather than stirring over the stove. Tell us about Carols at The Royal Albert Hall. Were you surprised Juliet took being not invited as a slight? 

MH: Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall is one of my favorite family Holiday traditions and I love sharing it with my nearest and dearest. I was surprised that Juliet took not being invited as a slight - after our Thanksgiving drama it would have been strange if I HAD invited her! I hadn’t spoken to her in a few weeks so for me to then reconcile with her while my family was in town for that event just wasn’t the right place - plus I never know if something is going to explode between us and though I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings or exclude anyone, I just didn’t want any drama on that day. 

Juliet and Marissa Go From BFF to F How do you feel about your sit down with Juliet? How did it feel going from BFF to F and what did this mean to you.

MH: I’m thankful that Juliet asked me to sit down with her to clear the air -  we hadn’t spoken to each other in a few weeks so it’s always good to communicate and get perspective about how someone else is feeling. There was a lot of drama surrounding Thanksgiving and for me it was a reality check on the state of our friendship. Juliet brings a lot of fun to any situation but she also brings a lot of drama - and during the holidays my ‘FUN' cup runneth over, but as I was hosting my family in London, and working nonstop (the holidays are the busiest time of year for our restaurants, bars, and nightclubs), I couldn’t handle any more drama. I needed to take a step back and set some boundaries. Juliet was the one who actually  described the new chapter of our relationship as BFF to F, but I couldn’t have described it more perfectly. We can still have fun with each other and enjoy each other’s company as friends - but without the pressure and the expectation of a best friend - as we were clearly both disappointing each other and not able to deliver on the best friend relationship level. 

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