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"She Was Such a Brat": Sai De Silva Reacts to Jessel Taank's Lingerie Meltdown in the Hamptons

Even Kenya Moore from The Real Housewives of Atlanta chimed in on the new RHONY cast member's "dramatic" reaction to a gift. 

By Jax Miller

The drama continues on The Real Housewives of New York City after fashion publicist Jessel Taank had a memorable meltdown over a thoughtful gift. Now, one Housewife isn’t mincing words about what she thinks of the sitch.

Jessel Taank's Lingerie Reaction, Explained

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The RHONY ladies were living it up at Erin Lichy’s Hamptons home sleepover when Jenna Lyons gave her castmates some sexy Fleur du Mal lingerie, audiences will recall from RHONY’s Season 14, Episode 2. Though the other ‘Wives — including Ubah Hassan — graciously accepted their stylish gifts, Jessel Taank was less than thrilled with her green satin slip, calling it “hideous” and saying it gave off “grinch vibes.”

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“Anyone who thinks this is sexy is, like, crazy,” Jessel told the others. “I feel like a Christmas tree. I’m a f-ck-ng Christmas tree.”

Split image of Sai De Silva and Jessel Taank

The women tried reassuring Jessel still looked gorgeous in the lingerie but worried that Jessel’s repeated insults offended Jenna.

Sai de Silva appeared on the July 30, 2023 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen to share her thoughts on Jessel’s reaction to the gift.

What Sai De Silva Thought of Jessel Taank’s Reaction

“She was such a brat; it was like a big, bratty moment,” Jessel told Andy Cohen. “If it was me, if I was Jenna, I would have snatched that off her. I would have been like, ‘Girl, you need to give me back my gift; that was an expensive gift.’”

A split image of Sai and Erin modeling in lingerie together.

Sai admitted on WWHL that the lingerie “didn’t look the greatest” on Jessel’s body but maintained there was no need to complain about it.”

In RHONY Season 14, Episode 3, during a girls' lunch in Sag Harbor, New York, the women confronted Jessel for not being “please-able.”

“You couldn’t stand this gift that [Jenna] gave you,” said Sai, who followed by imitating Jessel’s comments in a deep voice (even Jessel found it amusing).

Jessel defended that she was “being funny” with her comments, though others, such as Erin, said, “It wasn’t nice.”

A split image of Ubah and Jessel in lingerie together.

Erin said she would have been “livid” in Jenna’s shoes, and Sai agreed, saying she’d be “so offended.”

“I would expect Jenna Lyons to come to me directly and tell me how she’s feeling,” Jessel told RHONY producers. “Instead, I have Sai and Erin ambushing me. You would think that I kidnapped the pope and was holding him hostage.”

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She maintained she “felt a certain way about lingerie.”

(Perhaps this is why Jessel later refers to the ‘Wives as “cackling hags,” as seen in next week’s preview.)

Jenna soon spoke up, saying Jessel’s comments “didn’t feel great."

“Listen, Jenna, I thank you for your thought,” Jessel told the giver of gifts. “I would happily exchange it for something that’s more my style.”

On WWHL, when asked if the women were too hard with confronting Jessel, Sai simply said, “No.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore — sitting with Sai on WWHL — had a slightly different take when asked if Jessel’s reaction to the gift was “too dramatic.”

“I think she was being dramatic, but maybe that’s coming from somewhere else,” Kenya offered. “Maybe she’s not happy with her body right now, and maybe she took it out on [Jenna].”

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