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The Greencard Joke

Lea explains her sense of humor and addresses all the misconceptions the ladies have about her.

By Lea Black

Laughing at Setting the Record Straight

Up until now I've heard for weeks on the show and seen in the blogs that Lisa has made several comments about how I snub and disregard her continually. But I have never had or said anything against her, so I am not sure where this is coming from. I hugged her the first time I met her at Smith and Wollensky and the second time I met her at my home. The charity has about thirty volunteers, so I don't always get to call them all personally for every meeting, but she should also know that I don't just invite anyone into my home, so the fact that I invited her says a lot. I had no idea how important that personal phone call was to Lisa. Or that a quick hello and a hug to someone I met for the first time in a crowd of 500 plus people would become "snubgate." I adore you, Lisa. End of story.

And then I somehow become intertwined in the issues between James/Elaine and Marysol and then was falsely accused when Ana told me at the Dali exhibit that Marysol thought I was using James to hurt her. This wasn't the first person I had gotten that message from; Marysol is just good at sending messages and avoiding confrontations and running away from taking any responsibility. Now that I have been falsely accused, I choose to defend myself. And if facts and unbecoming verifiable details come out in the process, that's the risk you take when you falsely and unnecessarily accuse someone or send a messenger to do it.

And now there is Ana, who has gratuitously said demeaning things about me on the show and in her blog. She never let the facts get in the way of a snide remark or a false accusation. So anything I have subsequently said or blogged about is in reply of something she said or wrote. She's now Marysol's protector. What exactly does Marysol need protecting from?

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Up to this point in the show, the only person I have said anything negative about is Karent, where I have joked about her nonstop chatter. (And the hilarious joke about why she's a dentist -- you have to admit that was harmless humor!) If you notice, I don't chime in with any of the group chatter about Karent; you know where the people that don't like to gossip gossip? You will see how my relationship with Karent plays out later, and I think you will be surprised. Before now, have I ever said negative things about people in my blogs? Go back and read them. You will see that it’s been in response to things said about me.

Have I made a few jokes? Yes. Speaking of bad jokes, I have always known Felipe did not need a green card. The first time I met him, he told me he had a catering company in the U.S. for fourteen years. If I thought he really needed a green card, I obviously wouldn't have called attention to it. We have laughed about it since many times.  It’s sort of a Miami joke. Marysol acknowledged on the reunion show last year that she knew it was just my sense of humor. Even though I prefaced it as "this is a joke, I hope you will laugh," it didn't work out that way. So if this joke or any of my other jokes ever offend anyone, just know they aren't meant to. I've made plenty of jokes about myself and poked fun at myself along the way too.  This season alone I've been poked fun at, shot down, mocked, ridiculed, criticized, backstabbed, gossip fodder for the gossip addicted, and falsely and wrongly accused ad nauseum -- you don't see me acting like a victim. But you do see me laughing a lot! I even think my laugh is funny, hahahaha!

If you doubt any of what I have just said, you can watch the reruns. I am always willing to stand corrected, as long as it is an objective, intellectually honest point of view -- not justifications, excuses, or anything petty and unwarranted used just to stir the pot. Or just because someone wants to take unnecessary "sides." I thought we were all on the same side. Just being our crazy selves and sharing both the good and the bad with people who like to tune in to an hour of watching other people’s lives. I get it that people like "drama and conflict," but really, how far will some people go to make something out of nothing? Should I laugh or cry about that?

By the way, anyone that really knows me knows that if you are the underdog, I am your girl. Don't be fooled by the "underdog" and "victim" acts -- if they really need someone, I am there for them and they know it. I think you will see that too as the season progresses.

As far as this week’s episode -- well I spent so much time laughing and setting the record straight that I am out of time. LOL-LMAO-giggle-haha, having way too much fun. (Oh, and squealing like a cat #wwhl.) Things to think about this week:

Powerful people never give their power away, they own it. They aren't "poor me."
You can make something out of nothing if you talk about it enough.
Backstabbing is embarrassing.
Sneaky is not becoming.
Two-faced always shows its ugly face.
A sense of humor should be a goal.
Laughing at yourself can be fun.
Put your energy into good and truth.
There can only be one Switzerland.
You can't be everything to everybody all the time.
Let the facts, not your agenda, define the truth.
And don't deal with stupid!

By the way, many of you asked about the handbag I wore at the premiere, it’s my personal design at And if you watched Watch What Happens Live, callers mentioned my face looked “refreshed.”  For all my beauty secrets, go to Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t forget to watch for my brand new Huffington Post political blog regarding last night’s debate:

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