Dorinda Medley Revealed How Much the Hotly-Debated Fish Room Cost, and Our Jaws Dropped

Dorinda Medley Revealed How Much the Hotly-Debated Fish Room Cost, and Our Jaws Dropped

The Real Housewives of New York City cast member explained just how much she spent on the controversial fish room in her Berkshires home.

By Courtney Thompson

Every season of a Real Housewives franchise needs a “-gate.” You know, like the infamous “pantygate” a few seasons ago on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, or the “puppygate” that we’re currently watching unfold on the show's latest season. For The Real Housewives of New York City, it’s looking like this season’s is going to be “fish room-gate.” Why? Because everyone is still talking about it!

As we saw last week, while visiting Dorinda Medley’s Bluestone Manor in the Berkshires, the RHONY gals — especially Luann de Lessepsmade it very clear that the estate’s least desirable room is the “fish room.” No one wants to sleep there. Not Ramona Singer, not Sonja Morgan, not Bethenny Frankel, not Tinsley Mortimer, and least of all, Luann.

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And in tonight’s episode, dubbed “Sleeping With the Fishes,” Dorinda gets fed up with her guests’ unanimous disdain for the room she worked hard to create. “Just so you know — and I love you, and the house is gorgeous—that room is a little cold and unwelcoming and little scary,” explained Ramona. “It’s a scary room.” (Want to see why Luann thinks it's scary? Watch the video above!) Dorinda retorted, “It’s insulting because that room’s beautiful.”

Fast forward to Barbara Kavovit arriving late and discovering she’s been assigned to — you guessed it — the fish room. Aaaand, like her castmates, Barbara isn’t thrilled about the prospect. “Clearly Luann’s been speaking to Barbara, and now Luann’s little puppet is repeating verbatim what she thinks of my $250,000 fish room. Who cares.” 

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Say what?! The fish room cost a quarter of a million dollars?! That’s more than the median cost of an entire home in the United States. How could a bedroom cost that much? Well, it turns out that just one of those wall-mounted fish cost $12,000. Who knew taxidermy was so pricey?!

Tune into RHONY next Wednesday at 9/8c to see how the fish room-gate saga ends!

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