I Hate Jill Zarin Bethenny’s Getting Married and Other News July 2, 2010
The book that Bravo has released called, Real Housewives Get Personal. Here is their description of the book:
The 10 million-plus fans of Bravo’s top show The Real Housewives want to know what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling. In this behind-the-scenes companion, the women from Orange County, New York, Atlanta, and New Jersey dish on everything from plastic surgery to personal growth and share their top-secret tips on shopping, styling, travel, fitness, and real estate. Candid personal profiles reveal what the ladies really think about the other cast members and provide a backstage view of the show’s most priceless moments: Tamra getting Gretchen drunk at her dinner party, the ‘retouching incident’ between the Countess and Bethenny, Teresa’s infamous table-flipping, and many, many more. Brimming with color photos, entertaining tidbits, straight-talking advice, and unforgettable quotes, this book is an absolute must-have, dahling!
While I had no intention of buying this book under any circumstances, we’ve now learned that there is actually inaccurate information in this book! I doubt there is anything in this book that we didn’t already know but if they can’t even research a book on their own cast members, how can we rely on any information in this book? Gretchen tweeted yesterday that the book indicates she’s been married and divorced twice. She has not! I’ve also heard about misspelled names and other minor errors. Wouldn’t a company like NBC / Bravo check and double check all of their information? Shouldn’t they have a crackerjack editor ensuring that everything is spelled correctly? This isn’t rocket science!
Gretchen told us that Bravo asked for a lot of information and photos from her and she provided a lot of information and pictures from her private collection. None of it was used in the book!
We’re not going to learn the secret behind satchels of gold or why Vicki is such a selfish bitch, or why NeNe is such a cry baby. This book isn’t going to tell us that certain scenes are scripted or that producers manipulate certain situations to create drama or to ensure certain housewives are at a certain location at the same time. It’s not going to reveal who planned and paid for all of these trips the housewives take or photos of Kim without her wig.
Andy Cohen pushes this book during each episode of Watch What Happens Live under the guise of giving a copy to each guest as a gift. Even without Gretchen’s information, I’ve seen other excerpts on Amazon .com and see nothing there that I want to have or that adds anything to my enjoyment of the Housewives series. Photo’s that I’ve seen before and bio’s on the housewives that already exist on the web site. At $16.47, I would suggest your money is better spent on shot glasses with Andy’ Cohen’s face on them! But don’t expect to get a Mazel t-shirt for that price, ($25) or even a Bravo umbrella ($35).
Bethenny’s Getting Married just keeps getting better and better. Before we saw the first episode, I was concerned that it would be slow moving and very little happening in each episode, I thought it would all lead up to the wedding for the final episode. Wow, was I wrong! Bethenny’s show is jammed with constant moving scenes and things happening all along the way. The conversations are never dull and oftentimes either gives us great insight into Bethenny, Jason or even Shawn, the wedding planner, or they are hysterical!
Shawn actually became Bethenny’s therapist in last night’s episode. He has the patience of a saint and I’m sure he takes a lot more abuse than we see. I love Bethenny but I don’t think I’d want to work for her! I realize that hormones are running wild while she’s pregnant, but being a perfectionist and as driven as she is, I still would imagine she’s pretty demanding!
The scenes with Bethenny’s therapist are just fascinating! I don’t know whether this is just for the camera’s or if Bethenny is truly getting the therapy she needs during these sessions but we’re certainly learning a lot more about her than we ever did on three years of Real Housewives. Shawn, the wedding planner, tweeted last night that he is now seeing that same therapist! He may have been kidding but it was funny! Max, Bethenny’s assistant and Shawn typically tweet during the show.
If you want to follow Bethenny’s supporting cast here are their Twitter names:
@maxmeisel – Bethenny’s assistant Max
@julieplake – Bethenny’s Lead Assistant, Julie
@ShawnRabideau – Bethenny’s wedding planner Shawn
Some of Shawn’s tweets:
Patriotic Cocktail Tips to celebrate the 4th! http://bit.ly/b6Mixo
rachbarnhart Cuomo: Gay marriage a priority in 2011 http://bit.ly/djDONE
@pinkcakebox Thanks for the mention! Here’s hoping @bethenny loves the cake! I know I did! AMAZING!
Beautiful Friday here in NYC short day, long weekend. What’s everyone doing for the 4th of July? Be safe and have fun! Cheers!
@EventSitters HONEY thank GOD for the work! Cause the days I don’t, I pray that I do. Good Luck and be well…BTW Next time in NYC Drinks!
@EventSitters safe travels and have a very safe and happy 4th! Cheers! S
@lulucup Thank you! Tell that to the man upstairs…
@RealOldHouswife keep following…I have SO MUCH to say between now and then! I PROMISE! Happy 4th! Cheers!
Thanks for all the new follows and the love tonight! Happy 4th of July…Be safe! Tune in next week for @bethenny and Jason’s BIG DAY!
@maxmeisel Thank you Max…and you are a true man and gentleman
@julieplake very sweet words julie! From the heart!
@EventZen thank you, had to keep them in @bethennys style she loved them!
#Peeinthebucket? Really is that what next week holds? WOW
#Franklin at @abeandarthurs is amazing as a chef!
That is a fab gift for Jason – way to go @Bethenny
@Kay819 oh lord, really? Need a body guard for that!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE #JasonsParents! they are SWEET!
Like the flowers at the #rehearsallunch? I did those!
LOL I am now seeing #bethennystherapist for real!
Can you believe #cookie bit me again?!?!
#thatsmyexit Cookie is a BITCH!
#dickripping SO not in my future! UGH enough!
#stuckonthedamncake can she ever GET OVER IT!?!
oh christ #kujo I mean #cookie the #maneater!
Oh! Look at my girlfriend Alma Daniel on Bethenny Getting Married! She is the best!! @SRabideauEvents
@bethenny jason is a true man fabulous to see how much he loves her, the baby and their future together
#almadaniel she handles everything with grace
@Kay819 so true and thank you
I adore #AlmaDaniel! she is a fabulous woman and an amazing officiant
@EventZen thank you I very much try!
@maxmeisel oh please…you do! you are #saintmax you are such a good sport and fab assistant! You and @julieplake both deserve sainthood!
Hopefully his tweets make sense, sometimes it helps to see what they’re responding to, but usually you can get a pretty good idea and remember the timeline is from bottom to top. (top being most recent)
Back to the episode, I had so many favorite scenes that it’s really hard to pick one but I literally laughed out loud when Max was impersonating Bethenny! The best part is she was laughing hysterically as well proving once again that she can dish it out but she can also take it! It was great that Bravo included how well Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Margarita’s were selling in the liquor store!
Bethenny contradicted herself by telling Max NOT to hit on girls at the JJC event a few weeks back then called him out for not hitting on the girls at the bottle signing! Just for the record Kelly Bensimon, this is a NORMAL contradiction that women have. Yours are bat shit crazy!
Watching Bethenny getting upset with Jason for not helping with the wedding was tough to watch, she was lashing out at the only person present which, of course, made no sense because we all know that what Jason explained was true. There is no way Bethenny would have given control over any of the wedding plans to Jason. This was a great set up, however, to seeing Jason step up and arrange to get the marriage license! Bethenny, the queen of one-liners, says “the marriage doesn’t matter, this chicken gyro is like H2O”. OMG I died!
Obviously the most heartbreaking scene was with Alma Daniel, who will be performing the ceremony. Alma’s question was a reasonable one, many times they mention family members during the ceremony so it stands to reason she would ask about family members. Many of us women dream of our wedding day and typically it includes having Daddy walk us down the aisle. Even with the strained relationship prior to Bobby Frankel’s death, I would bet he’s in her fantasy wedding loving her and apologetic and giving her away to her groom. Who wouldn’t cry at the moment when it was all so real and she realized that not one family member would be present at her wedding. Very touching moment! As always, Jason Hoppy handled it extremely well.
The painting that Jason loved and Bethenny bought him as a wedding gift was really a fantastic piece. I was really taken by painting. I thought it was fun, had great color and told a story with a quick glance. It was telling that Jason loved it so much and said that it was the two of them, particularly when the bride was running away from the groom! It certainly shows Jason’s confidence and sense of humor.
Bethenny getting ready for her bridal shower was hysterical! She tried on so many dresses and ended up looking like a “pregnant sequined prostitute”
It was so great to see Alex at Bethenny’s wedding shower, as unconventional as it was, it showed Bethenny’s fun side again jumping up on her seat and dancing! Alex’s marital advice was probably not the most appropriate for Bethenny, of all people, I don’t think she’ll have the problem of holding anything back! It almost seemed scripted and I hope that it wasn’t but that’s the impression I got. The best part of Alex’s appearance on the show was just knowing that Jill Zarin was watching and fuming!
I loved seeing Jason’s parents again, they seem like such an amazing couple who support their son, no matter what! I love the way that they have embraced Bethenny and welcomed her into their family, this is exactly what she needs in her life! Grandparents for her baby and a “mom” she can easily talk to whenever she needs someone to talk to.
The wedding episode is here already! I looks like it is going to be so great! Obviously the Bethenny haters are going to attack her for peeing in a bucket as her assistant holds the bucket and her wedding planner holds up her dress but who cares? I don’t personally want to see that either but as Bethenny says, “It’s what happened”
On another subject, I hadn’t been on Amazon’s reviews in quite some time, just for kicks I decided to check out the Jill Zarin 1 star reviews to see if the number had grown. Needless to say I was shocked to see over 3,000 comments on Alana Chandler’s review. Having no intention of reading 3,000 comments, I cut to the chase and went to the most recent comments and read. Imagine my surprise to see that it has turned into a Bravo blog! LOL I found that amusing. I guess Amazon is ok with it, because it is more visits to their site. I also noticed that Alana is commenting right along with everyone else! She’s like the blog host. The discussion is about Bethenny’s show which I found to be quite ironic being on the infamous one star review of Jill’s book, especially since it is mostly in favor of Bethenny and her show!
There is a bit of a controversial article out there on Jewish Journal web site, here is the link:
First let me say that I admire and have a lot of respect for Ilana Angel, the writer of this blog but I do have a few comments on the content of her blog:
Bethenny is annoying at the liquor store. Her beating up on Max is getting old.
I didn’t see that scene as “beating up on Max”. I think she was giving him some digs and I would say he did the beating up on Bethenny with his impression of her but the fact that she was laughing hysterically tells me that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. You would never see Jill Zarin laughing at herself.
Bethenny’s fans are hardcore, and this blog will ruffle some feathers. Her peeps will say she is perfect, and I’m a bitch, but whatever.
I take exception to that! I am a Bethenny fan but I am also not blind and I am objective. I think most Bethenny fans would agree that she is far from perfect and the majority of us have enough common courtesy to avoid calling you a bitch! I won’t even comment on the use of the word, “whatever”.
Perhaps Bethenny was so quick to separate from Jill, because she saw all the things she was about to become, and couldn’t handle it.
I have to strongly disagree with this statement. First of all, Bethenny wasn’t “quick to separate from Jill”. Bethenny made several attempts to repair her friendship with Jill but Jill was unresponsive and combative so that statement makes no sense.
I wonder what it’s like for Jill to see Bethenny’s show, not be a part of it, and watch Bethenny be all the things that she told Jill were bad.
Yes, Bethenny said at the reunion that Jill got taken over by fame. That, however, is not the only thing that Jill did that was unforgivable. Jill Zarin told other cast mates not to film with Bethenny, attacking Bethenny’s livelihood and her goals. Jill berated and humiliated Bethenny when Bethenny called Jill to try to arrange a meeting to talk about the argument. Jill said to Bethenny “we just can’t be friends” she said Bethenny was “cancer” that she had to cut out of her life and she called Bethenny “toxic”. I could go on and on about all of the things that Jill did to Bethenny to cause their friendship to end but clearly the quote above is way too simplistic to be accurate.
I can tell you what it’s like for Jill. Jill is green with jealousy and raging with anger that she isn’t part of Bethenny’s show or be included as a cast mate.
The general statement that Bethenny is becoming Jill Zarin is offensive to me. We have watched Jill Zarin all season on RHONY being vicious to Alex McCord, screaming at Ramona Singer, insulting Sonja Morgan and literally walking right past Kelly Bensimon at the airport when she was clearly in distress. Jill is crass, rude and materialistic. Jill persuaded Luann and Sonja to not invite Bethenny to their charity function. This was the utmost in selfish behavior. Not only could the charity benefit by Bethenny’s attendance but she would surely have donated some clothing to the cause. Yet Jill wanted to “keep her circle tight”. It wasn’t Jill’s function yet she persisted in pushing Luann to leave Bethenny off the guest list!
Off screen Jill has gone on several television interview shows and bashed Bethenny and Alex. She told Alex and Ramona (and most likely Luann and Kelly) not to film with Bethenny. Jill has not only written her own 5-star Amazon review of her book but posted 1-star reviews to both Alex and Bethenny’s books. Jill announced on Facebook and Twitter that Bethenny had given birth to a baby boy 18 hours before Bethenny delivered a baby girl. Jill posted on her Facebook a request to fans for advice on how to make amends with Bethenny, only her timing happened to coincide with her book release. Jill announced to reporters, bloggers, as well as on Facebook and Twitter that she sent a gift to Bethenny and Jason for their wedding to ensure fans were aware. The list is too long to cover in one blog!
Bethenny is hardly becoming Jill Zarin, she would never even consider doing half of these things. Bethenny is not perfect, I would imagine you’d have trouble finding anyone who says she is, however, she has class and elegance while being funny and brutal. She’s eloquent and brash, she can take someone’s head off yet be warm and fuzzy. She dishes it out but she can take it! She is a person of many faces and many personalities, she’s complicated but yes, we love her! The one thing that she is not, nor will she ever be, is Jill Zarin!
I think the writer, Ilana does like Bethenny as many of us do and I can certainly understand many of the comments about Bethenny’s voice, her treatment of her wedding planner and stylist, and many of the observations that were made. I could go on with excuses about pregnancy and hormones, but it is what it is.
The only part that I completely disagree with is the comparison to Jill Zarin, because there is none!
Respectfully and Sincerely,
Until Next Time….