I Hate Jill Zarin To Andy Cohen June 9, 2010
Dear Andy Cohen,
You know I’m a fan of Bravo and enjoy a lot of the programming but I have to write to talk about The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The story line of Danielle against the world has gotten very old, not only that, but it is almost offensive that you would put this mediocre show on the air for fans who have been loyal and who have come to expect a much higher standard of quality. There are times that it seems Bravo treats its viewers as though they are less than intelligent. Viewers want to watch and enjoy Bravo’s shows, but it seems as though we are being taken for granted. It feels as though Bravo is putting sub-standard programming on the air and expecting fans to accept it regardless of the quality.
We have been through six episodes to date and each week we continue to hope that the next week will improve, so far we haven’t seen any evidence of improvement.
We have watched as every possible duo of women on the show have gotten together to discuss Danielle, we watched Dina set up a “dramatic” meeting with her sister and sister-in law to discuss a meeting with Danielle. We saw two women give birth, we watched Danielle hire thugs to accompany her to a charity event. We’ve been treated to shopping, screaming and misbehaving children, underage kids in strip clubs, a young child with an attitude and one housewife cooking. This is not what I consider entertainment. The Jersey franchise has jumped the shark after only one season. It is very disappointing.
It is hard for me to believe that you have filmed months of footage with these women and what we’ve seen is the best you can come up with. Watching Jacqueline getting a mani/pedi while Kim just happens to walk in and be seated right next to Jacqueline so that they could….wait for it….discuss Danielle, was ridiculous! Are we expected to believe that Bravo made the choice to film a housewife at the salon getting her nails done and Danielle’s friend just happened to walk in? You insult my intelligence!
The last straw was giving a teenage girl with an attitude a blog on Bravotv.com I don’t know what the hell you think you’re doing encouraging a juvenile delinquent to write a blog on Bravotv.com. This is a new low, even for Bravo! Maybe you are anticipating the scenes that will result in Ashley’s arrest later in the season?
Ashley Holmes is not a housewife! She took to Twitter a few weeks ago and asked fans if she should blog on Bravotv.com. I watched as about a dozen people said, “yes, we would read it” Andy, you have husband’s writing blogs and hundreds of comments from viewers complaining that these men are NOT housewives and shouldn’t even be allowed to blog. From that reaction, you’ve given an 18 year old obnoxious daughter a blog of her own? Bravo does make a habit of doing the exact opposite of what fans want! Great job!
The additional encouragement given to this punk kid by posting only positive comments below her blog is not a reflection of the true feelings of the fans! You and I both know that there are plenty of negative comments flowing into Ashley’s blog ! Your people just choose not to post them! Have you read her blog? I couldn’t even finish it, what makes you think viewers want to hear an 18-year old kid yapping at us? Count how many times the girl types “Haha” How many exclamation points do you think are in that blog? Once again, you don’t have to remind me that I don’t have to read it, the fact that it is there offends me! I will not be treated like a fool, I would sooner switch the channel, and fans are doing just that!
What is the demographic that you are looking to draw from your show, The Real Housewives of New Jersey? I understand that typically the elite demographic are what? 19 – 49? Something in that range? Tell me please, how many viewers in this age range are going to want to hear what Ashley has to say? Isn’t it bad enough she gets more air time than her mother these days?
What the hell were you thinking allowing this horrible, rude and idiotic kid to yap at viewers in a blog? I’m offended! I know, you would say, “Don’t read it”. Those are three wasted words because I won’t be reading her blog ! Her behavior on the show is reprehensible, she is dealing with adults here! For the adults on the show to laugh and encourage her to send threatening text messages to another adult is insane!
I may not speak for your entire audience but in my humble opinion, you are losing fans in droves for your New Jersey franchise, if you think Ashley Holmes is going to help you increase ratings, I believe that you are sorely mistaken. In fact, she just may be the straw that broke the camel’s back. You will keep losing fans if you continue to push this horrible teenage girl with a bad attitude on your viewers!
I have read that the New York franchise attracts the “better” demographic, the wealthier viewers in the better areas of the country. The Jersey franchise, less attractive demographics for Bravo, last season it may have had a few more viewers, but with less money. Advertisers prefer the New York franchise. They would rather have a few less viewers but with more money to spend on their products! I don’t know whether this information is true or not, but I can tell you that viewers have come to expect higher quality from Bravo.
Viewers need more than this “beaten to the ground” storyline and set up scenes with ridiculous dialogue, “Don’t tell me to shush or I’ll SPEAK LOUDER”(that’s the sound bite?).
Luckily for Bravo you seem to have many other irons in the fire like Bethenny’s new show, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Art competition show and other Housewife franchises. We are hoping that this is just one kink in the armor and viewers can return for other higher quality shows, but Monday nights will be devoted to other channels.
In other news….Jill’s d esperation for publicity has gotten so bad that she and her “people” are actually sending stories complete with text and photos directly to web sites…..case in point:
This is perhaps one of the saddest stories I’ve seen yet! In the end, The Dirty posted the photo and all three suggested text, so I guess all press, to Jill Zarin, is good press. It shows that the quality of PR people in Jill’s camp leaves much to be desired.
Jill is also letting fans know that she will block all 800+ of my Twitter followers along with all 585 friends on Facebook. Additionally poor @GingerZarin’s followers will find the wrath of Jill by blocking all 400+ of the pooch’s followers. What a shame, that dog is hilarious! Even Jill thought so when she started by following the witty dog until she realized Ginger was making fun of Jill, then she unfollowed.
Does anyone else have the feeling that Jill is assuming that I created the account @GingerZarin? I wish I could claim credit for such a fantastic idea and such great comments but I cannot and I don’t know who did but I admire them!
Another great article, the comments are even better than the article, Page 6 loves Jill:
@newyorkpost Report: ‘Save’ Jill Zarin’s soul – http://bit.ly/dfW0lQ
One of the comments on this post mentioned that Jill has sold or is selling her Manhattan apartment? Has anyone else heard this? This is news to me.
Keep the great posts coming, along with all the great links to the latest news and your own blogs! Everyone is enjoying them!
Until next time………..