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Karen to Katie: Speak To Me Directly Moving Forward
Karen explains why she declined Katie's foundation committee and discusses Michael's no pants moment.
Bravotv.com: Why did you feel it was so important to give your daughter self-defense lessons?
Karen Huger: As a survivor of a mugging I understand the importance of knowing what to do if ever you find yourself in this very dangerous situation. Unfortunately, the world in which we live is not always safe. My daughter is heading to college and I won't be with her every day. As a mother, I’ve always provided a shield of protection for my children. My prayer is that my child never experiences this. However, knowledge is power. The best gift I can give Rayvin is the ability to protect herself.
Bravotv.com: Why did you have a BYOM rule for your cruise?
KH: Initially I put my BYOM (bring your own man) rule in place because I invited some of my close girlfriends who love to come stag to my parties because I'm married to a great dancer. They love to dance with Ray and I wasn't in the mood to share him on this cruise. I later lifted that rule because of my friendship with Charrisse; she had recently shared with all of us the challenges she was facing in her marriage. I very much wanted her to be comfortable coming to my event and I wanted her to have a fantastic time! That's what true friends do.
Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when you saw Michael undressing himself?
KH: I knew Michael was enjoying himself on the cruise; I just didn't how much. I'm all in for having a great time. I love a good party! However, Michael undressing in front of my guests seemed very attention seeking and inappropriate. Note to self...
KH: I was honored that Katie would ask me to be on the host committee of her foundation. The truth of the matter was that for the past few months I had been planning my own O'Gala charity event, which was the same date as her event. I simply was not available to participate and Katie understood and accepted that. We actually had a fantastic time at lunch, which is why I was shocked and disappointed to hear of Katie's conversation with Ashley where she expressed that she was hurt by my honest response. Frankly, I don’t believe that she was hurt at all, disappointed maybe, but not hurt. Why Katie didn't express this "hurt" during our lunch troubles me. I am not a fan of name calling and poking fun behind each other’s back. I consider Katie a friend and I would encourage her to speak to me directly moving forward.