I Hate Jill Zarin Monday Preview / RHONY Final – Sonja Morgan June 28, 2010
Tonight is another episode of As New Jersey Turns. I really do feel like this is a soap opera and not in a good way. It has been many years since I’ve watched a soap opera and maybe they’ve changed but I found them to be really slow moving and include a lot of irrelevant discussions to fill time. Five hours a week is a lot of time to fill for a soap opera. New Jersey’s housewives filmed for several months and couldn’t come up with one hour a week worth of interesting content.
This week Ashley Holmes, Jacqueline’s daughter will pull Danielle’s hair. The police will be called in to restore peace, Danielle will press charges against Teresa, Jacqueline and Ashley. Later she will drop the charges against Teresa and Jacqueline and Ashley will pay a small fine for her bad behavior. Did I save you the bother of watching the show tonight? No, me either, it was all over the news, we saw clips but you know we just have to watch, it’s like a train wreck.
I wanted to make one more comment about Luann from yesterday’s blog that I forgot to include. When Caroline Manzo appeared on WWHL and was asked who her least favorite housewife was, she said Luann. Caroline explained that Luann completely ignored her every time they were together at a Bravo function. This does not surprise me, Luann is the type of woman who doesn’t waste her precious time on “nobody’s”. Luann is so self-important and stuck-up that she wouldn’t think twice about completely ignoring someone that she thought wasn’t part of her world or in her “circle”. I believe that Luann glanced at Caroline and automatically assumed that Caroline was a “nobody”. Caroline doesn’t look like a typical Bravo Housewife and clearly Luann doesn’t watch any other Housewife franchises. This is most likely why Luann completely ignored Caroline, Luann didn’t feel as though she was worthy of any attention.
Luann apologized when she appeared on WWHL a few weeks later when this was brought to her attention, but the damage was done. Hopefully Caroline will see Luann for the stuck up, rude, conceited bitch that she is and ignore Luann in the future! Better yet, hopefully Luann won’t be in attendance!
In my never-ending series final of the New York housewives, Sonja Morgan is up next. Never have I seen a housewife be so quickly embraced by an audience. It seems as though we want to hate the new one but there were already so many bad guys it was time to give the new girl a chance. All the ingredients were there to give us reasons not to accept her. The line, “I’m still the straw that stirs the drink” was bad enough, right? She went on about sex and arriving late to make an entrance at her own parties. Sonja told a story about what a shrew Ramona is for stealing the dress that Sonja was going to buy yet acting like Ramona’s long lost buddy when they had lunch together. She was a drunken fool on the yacht in St. John, slurring her words and not making any sense. She defended Kelly at the last supper when Kelly acted like a psychotic idiot, she refused to join the others discussion of Jill’s bad behavior and is actually a real friend of Luann’s. Yikes!
Off screen, Sonja got a DUI in the Hamptons. This was talked about for a day or two and then nothing else was discussed. Even in the discussions that did go on, many were in defense of Sonja. If that had been Kelly who got a DUI, the story would have never ended!
Reality Tea’s report of the incident: Real NYC Housewife Sonja Morgan Arrested For DWI http://retwt.me/1Nlw7
I don’t know for sure what it is about Sonja, but you have to like her! She remained neutral during the majority of the season, as she admitted, she has no iron in the fire with many of these ladies. Because she is intelligent, calm, elegant and the voice of reason, when she does speak out, people listen. Sonja supports every one of these ladies with the same passion and warmth. She is more like a mother figure to everyone than Jill Zarin ever was! This is the lady that everyone wants to be best friends with, party with and be seen with!
At the reunion, Andy Cohen asked Sonja for her opinion on whether or not Kelly had been bullied because he knew that the audience would find her opinion relevant. Add to that, everyone already knew what all of the other ladies would say. Andy also let Sonja question Kelly about her accusations that all four ladies bullied her. This forced Kelly to back down and apologize to Sonja for lumping Sonja in with the others. (I don’t think that any of them bullied her, but Kelly admitting Sonja didn’t bully her shows that Kelly’s word is unreliable. Ok, it shows that she lies!) Kelly would never have apologized to Sonja if Kelly hadn’t been questioned and confronted.
I would have liked to see Kelly questioned the same way by Alex and Ramona, forcing her to come up with examples of how these two ladies “bullied” her. But I digress…
Sonja was also allowed, very briefly, to give her opinion on Jill’s surprise visit on St. John at Luann’s release party. Sonja commanded enough respect from these ladies to get them all to shut up long enough for her to give her opinion. A Sound opinion, that Jill should never have shown up without warning. Sonja expanded upon that opinion at the reunion, a sound and logical opinion that was shared by many!
Sonja just seems to command respect, while Jill made a crass attempt to slam Sonja, whom she had barely even met, at the Bachelor party it only served to make Jill look bad. It just required another apology from Jill at the reunion. The contrast between the class and elegance of Sonja Morgan and the trashy, rude behavior of Jill Zarin could have been one of the reasons for Sonja’s immediate acceptance. The difference is like night and day! RHONY audiences are intelligent, sophisticated and have a higher than median income, Sonja is the type of housewife that we want to see, not Jill Zarin! (Yes, this information is in Bravo’s study of the demographics)
Sonja is the real deal, she is New York society filled with grace and style. She has really been everywhere and done everything. She isn’t pretending, she isn’t fake, we like her because she is real. Her background as the wife of a billionaire who attended parties for celebrities, politicians and even royalty is evident in the way that she carries herself with confidence.
Some of the other ladies name drop,(Jill) Sonja doesn’t have to. Some of the other ladies use their children to get sympathy (Luann), Sonja doesn’t need to. Some of the other ladies want to tell you how “real” and “authentic” they are(Kelly), Sonja doesn’t tell us, she shows us.
Many of the ladies like to ignore the fans, pretend that there are no comments on the internet, claim that they don’t read anything the fans write or hear anything we have to say. They are above caring what the fans think. Housewives like Luann don’t acknowledge fans existence, Luann claims to not read any fan comments at all. Luann is not alone, many of the other housewives don’t bother to respond to fans either. Sonja is different, she is the epitome of down to earth! She has not only responded to fans questions but seems to enjoy it. I personally have gotten two extremely nice comments from Sonja.
Sonja Morgan wrote “Lynn Hudson can write. And she is hilarious. Doesn’t miss a beat, this gal.” (From her Facebook page)
After the final regular episode of RHONY in the Bravo Talk Bubble, I tweeted that it had been a great season and the NY Housewives did not disappoint, I received the following tweets back:
SonjatMorgan : Thanks Lynn. You too. @lynnnchicago http://bit.ly/bravotv #realhousewives
Bravotv @LynnNChicago YOU never disappointed all season! Thanks for joining the Talk Bubble every week!
I threw in the Bravotv tweet because I think it may have been why Sonja noticed my tweet.
Sonja makes a point of responding to fans if you look at her Facebook page you will see that while she doesn’t respond to every post, she is pretty active on her site. She doesn’t tweet too often, seems as though she is more comfortable with Facebook but her Tweets are always upbeat and friendly with fans!
Most recent tweet from Sonja:
My blog is up finally! My bravo girl took a long weekend. Yea! http://fb.me/zwD16ec7
Here is the link to Sonja’s new 4 page blog: The Real Housewives of New York City – Blogs – Sonja Morgan – Stay Real | Bravo TV Official Site: http://bravo.ly/cbQ1IO
What a great blog Sonja! Her blog is respectful but honest and she pulls no punches! There are probably plenty of reasons to not like Sonja Morgan, but seeing her on screen, watching her style, and her interactions with the Housewives, you just have to like her! I would bet that Sonja has more fans than 3-year veteran housewives, Jill Zarin or Luann de Lesseps combined. How many women could make such a huge impact in one half of a season?
I don’t think that there is any debate over at Bravo regarding Sonja returning to Season 4 of the New York housewives. I think the decision is all Sonja’s. I think that Bravo (or Shed Media) will offer her anything she wants in order to insure that Sonja continue with the show. She certainly seemed eager to participate in next season during the Reunion filming. I certainly hope she will be back!
Thank you all for sticking with me as we transition from show to show. As you know I welcome discussion on any topic in the comments section. If there is a show you’d like to see a blog on, let me know.
NEW REQUEST / OPTION: I would like to throw out there a request for guest bloggers!
It only occurred to me a few days ago when I saw a comment about Bravo’s “Work Of Art”. If anyone would like to send me their blog about any show, any TV celebrity, or any topic at all, I’d be happy to post the blog here. You can be anonymous or include your full name or just a “handle”. Email me at: LynnAHudson@aol.com with questions or just go ahead and submit your blog to me for posting!
I have finally added my photograph taken yesterday, as I sat in front of the laptop and realized I didn’t have to search for a photo then cut or crop it. All I had to do was turn on the web cam and press enter! J Imagine my surprise at how easy it was.
I also tried to use the poll tool that this web site has available. I didn’t find that quite as easy as the photo but I’ll keep working on it.
Feel free to open discussion of any topic…
Until Next Time…..