I Hate Jill Zarin I love Bethenny Getting Married July 31, 2010

I Hate Jill Zarin                   I Love Bethenny Getting Married?      July 31, 2010

I really enjoy this show!  I am really going to be sorry to see it ending next week.  Bravo certainly did itself proud for a change with this show.  I hope that it proved to Bravo executives that people really do want to see fun, loving and emotionally touching programming and not just all the hate and drama all the time. 

Next Thursday night Bravo is bringing back the Talk Bubble for the season finale of Bethenny Getting Married, which was actually a lot of fun during The Real Housewives of New York.  If you haven’t joined in before, this would probably be a great time to try it!  You can join in using either Facebook or Twitter and typically the cast of the show join in to discuss the episode along with Bravo PR people or Bravo executives.  (they have not yet confirmed who will be joining)  Bethenny has not traditionally joined in the Talk Bubble or even Tweeted during her show but I would hope she is included this time. 

It was so sweet watching Bethenny announce to her in-laws that they had a new baby granddaughter and that her name was Bryn in honor of their son who had died almost 20-years earlier.  For any of these Bethenny haters who think she is selfish and a bitch, this is a huge indication that Bethenny has certainly shown how selfless and sweet she can be.  To name your baby after someone you’ve never met out of  respect for your husband and in-laws is a huge sign of respect and love.

I thought Jason and Bethenny were hysterical trying to get the baby out of the car without removing the base of the car seat, it was funnier because I think most of us who have children could relate to it in some way, whether it is folding up a stroller or putting together a high chair, we all have struggled at one time or another with baby paraphernalia, haven’t we?  Unfortunately most of us don’t have a baby nurse to help but I think most of us did have someone helping at one time or another, a neighbor, mother or friend. 

That may be the real appeal of the show, so many of us can relate to planning a wedding, stress, working and having a new baby!   Bethenny is a perfectionist and maybe even a little bit OCD in that she likes everything to be just right, doesn’t like chaos or when her stuff is out of place in her home.

Bethenny was really a trooper the first few days home with the new baby, Bryn being underweight most likely needed additional feedings.  I remember every four hours felt like a nightmare but Bryn probably had to be fed every two hours.  The baby nurse also explained that the baby can digest breast milk easily making them hungry more often.  Poor Bethenny!  She didn’t complain at all, just looking at that tiny baby, how could you complain?

The foot and hand printing was so funny, what should have been quick and simple was made funnier because Bethenny didn’t want to force little Bryn’s hand open when she had her hand in a tiny fist, and counting the toes…..omg it was just a great scene!

What was up with Verdi, what a jackass!  Did he think he was being cool or funny?  Max was in a bad situation not really knowing what the relationship was between his boss, Bethenny and Verdi who should be treated with the respect of a business associate.   I always really liked him as a designer and stylist but who knew he was such a dumbass?  Best I could tell was that Bethenny had borrowed the pink shoes and was required to return them or buy them.  At that point, typically there would have been a discount because they were used, obviously, and they would most likely have been worn again in a public place giving the designer more exposure.  It’s all about the marketing!  The designer chose not to offer Bethenny a discount but she decided she loved them and had to have them.  

If you add the love of shoes to the fact that she was wearing a gold “Bethenny” necklace during part of the episode, and she really IS Carrie Bradshaw!!! 

I had not heard the Baby Nurse, Gina’s advice of having beer to help produce more breast milk but we do know that breast feeding mothers can have a drink or two and so if it helps, I say drink up!   I think Gina may be the first employee that we haven’t yet heard Bethenny snarking at?  She must be one hell of a baby nurse! 

Bethenny seemed to be a little tough on Julie, after having told her how great she’s been and how much she loves her for everything she does for Bethenny, she gave her a bit of a hard time when it came to discussing business and schedules. 

I was surprised to hear that Bethenny agreed to allow a reporter to follow her around for a day to do a report of “A Day In The Life” so soon after the baby was born.  Obviously Bethenny agreed to do it but snarked a bit at Julie about the day’s schedule.  Julie handled it really well, she clearly knows her boss and agreed that she should have foreseen Bethenny’s needs and adjusted the schedule without being told.  Julie is a saint and I said it before, I’d love to have her as my assistant!  She is amazing!

And then there’s Max!  The entire jewelry store scene was pretty uncomfortable.  I know it is tough for guys to ask girls out on dates.  I honestly don’t know how they get the courage up to do it but it seems as though he had absolutely no confidence.  It could have been because of Bethenny’s conflicting advice we saw her giving him earlier or it could have been Bravo’s cameras but he was a hot mess!   If he had just realized that no nice girl would ever have turned down a date invitation on camera unless they’re absolute bitches, he would have been just fine.  There was no way that girl would have turned him down on camera, that would have been cruel. 

Jason took the situation into his hands and basically had to ask the girl out for Max but in the end, she agreed to have lunch with Max! 

The previews for next week look pretty dismal for little Max, he gets reamed by Julie for not “getting it”  by now and gets reamed by Bethenny for taking an employee perk without permission. 

As Bethenny has told us many times, “Cookie is a bitch!”.  I don’t get why she hates Shawn the wedding planner so much and wonder if this is how the dog acts with all guests or all men or just specific people?  I think maybe Cookie should take a bedroom break when Shawn comes to visit Bethenny.  It was really sweet watching him with the baby.  I almost missed his comment about little Bryn having Bethenny’s sexy legs.   Too funny!  I really hope that Shawn’s business has skyrocketed after appearing on Bethenny Getting Married?  his tweets confirm what a really nice guy he is!  I wondered if we were going to see him again this season and was happy to see he was hired to plan Bethenny’s baby shower. 

When Alex and Simon were in Chicago at the book signing, Alex had told us that she had to rush back to New York to film the baby shower so we know that we’ll be seeing Alex one more time and the previews show Ramona visiting Bethenny and the baby at Bethenny’s apartment.  Ramona proves Sonja’s point once again, Ramona is uncomfortable talking about sex, how hysterical!

I’m really going to be sorry when this series ends, Bethenny may have a little over-saturated the TV and airwaves lately but it is important to strike while the iron is hot and WOW is she on fire right now!    Bethenny had recently tweeted a question to fans asking for opinions on what the name of her show should be for a season two of her show.  (obviously it can’t be named Bethenny Getting Married) This is a great sign for fans that there will most likely be another  season.  I know many people worry that Bethenny could be risking her marriage and family by continuing to film with Bravo but I personally think that her marriage is strong and quite honestly, they seem to enjoy filming their lives.  I, for one, hope to see more of Bethenny, Jason and Baby Bryn. 

I don’t usually do this but a great recap was posted by a regular commenter here on my blog earlier today and it was really great, so I’m reposting it here for all to enjoy.

This is a recap of Bethenny Getting Married? By “TLM”  Thank you for allowing me to re-post it here in the blog….

I enjoyed last night’s BGM, but glad that next week the show will be wrapping up. B seems to have saturated every form of media there is…I can hardly turn on the TV, my computer or the radio without hearing her, and it does make me wonder when she ever sleeps or is home. I was shocked she was on WWHL late the other night. I think she needs to pull back just a little. Remember how everyone wanted to kill Jennifer Lopez until she finally went away from the media and raised her kids? I know B still has products and books coming out that she needs to promote, but sheesh Bethenny…take a rest!!! I think she has actually increased her appearances since Bryn rather than cut back. I loves me some Bethenny, and if *I’m* getting a little fatigued, imagine the haters!!! LOL.

It was touching to see Jason cry and his parents’ reaction to Bryn’s birth and naming. I loved seeing B getting new clothes, but my God, Robert Verdi was a bitch and a half. What the F did he light into Max for? And multiple times? What did Max do to him but say hello? I think Max fought back weakly because he didn’t want to get fired. But it’s looking like he gets fired anyway for getting a massage at B’s shower next week.

I knew B must have really, REALLY loved those fuchsia patent Alexander McQueen pumps, because I saw her wear them on The View, Jimmy Fallon, and the RH Reunion shows in short succession, and she doesn’t normally repeat herself that often, or that obviously (it’s kinda hard to get fuchsia patent to blend in). The thing I couldn’t figure out is that the pair of shoes RV gave her looked like the soles were dirty and had been worn many times?? Is he getting used shoes from the runway shows or something?? I loved the dress he briefly showed that she wore on the Today Show, the white halter top and black skirt. Still dying to know who that was by. I never would have guessed it was a dress, and I took multiple screen shots of it!! It really did look like separates to me. Oh, and I do want to know what the “discount” is that B was asking about, and how much she gets taken off the retail price of these things.

I thought Jason really messed things up with Max & Kristen Farrell by taking her aside and telling her Max was nervous to ask her out. He really did act like he was Max’s dad, and that’s just a buzzkill. Jason should have said nothing, and Max should have just made his small talk and called the store the next day, when he got some courage up, to ask Kristen out to lunch. Not saying this would have ignited a love affair, but at least he would have had a shot. When you ask a woman to lunch and her answer is, “Sure,” it’s not good. Kristen might as well have said, “Sure, I guess going out to lunch is better than eating a hoagie at my desk in the back of the store. And I don’t want to piss off Jason and Bethenny, since they’re good customers. Plus, a camera is on me now, and I don’t want to look like a bitch.” Funny how one word can convey all that, isn’t it?

And now, for comic relief, a truly scary photo of Jill at the bottom of this page. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20325739,00.html

I find it frightening the same way clowns are sinister-looking when you stare at pictures of them.

By:  TLM

As everyone can see, TLM and I don’t necessarily agree on every point but that’s the great thing about blogging, different opinions and thoughts to debate, makes it all the more fun!  Thanks again TLM for allowing me to repost your comment, great job! 

Until Next Time……….

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  2. chismosa says:

    Omg, there is no one posting yet? So weird….

    Great recaps- and i too will be sad to see this show leave. I hope she does another season and officially says goodbye to RH.

    Lynn & everyone- not sure if this was every mentioned in the 1000000 comments i have not gotten through in the past NJ comments, BUT- do you know those times where there was a WWH poll to vote on and Teresa would be a choice? – I remember the first one she was on, and she lost out and everyone was shocked that she lost? I think that people may have texted her name with an ~H~ in it, Theresa, instead of Teresa. Just had to get that out there.
    When is that auction again, is anyone here going? I live in NY but i’m not trekking to Jersey (NY’ers hate going to Jersey).

    • Zoey says:

      Interesting. I kept spelling it with an ‘h’ (for HO) until I saw people here spelling it differently. I figured they knew the correct way.

    • BamaBelle says:

      Hi Chismosa,

      I think the auction is August 22, but from what Teresa said in her blog-she and Joe are wrangling with the Trustee to buy back the items, or stop the whole thing altogether. I hope the auction goes forward. Teresa should have to give up things to pay the creditors. There is someone here that’s going, but I don’t remember their name.

      I have a question for you, please. Why do New Yorker’s hate going to Jersey? Just wondering, LOL!

      • Squirrels says:

        This is going to get me a mean horsewhipping, however all I ask is you don’t use a mean horse to do the job.

        As Sandra Bullock said it best in “Miss Congeniality”, “Because “Oil and Petrochemical Refinery State” wouldn’t fit on a license plate?”

        I drove through Newark on my way to Cape May once and started digging around for a dirty sneaker to filter my nostrils from the smell of the oil. I don’t know how that state’s citizens do it. For me? That was enough.

    • jazznjava says:

      You are kidding right? That was the biggest waste of TV time ever. Heard Bravo regretted it from the beginning and are losing tons of money. It really sucked.

  3. chismosa says:

    Lynn not sure if you are a fan of Flipping Out but that is my #1 favorite Bravo show- i hope you decide to do a little recapping.

    PS i hate Jill Zarin. Always & Forever xoxo

    • Zoey says:

      I luv, luv, luv Flipping Out. I watched the re-runs last week and had forgotten how clever, funny and goofy Jeff is. The fact that he is also so caring (deep down) is what makes him likable to me. He was so worried about Jenni when she broke up with the loser hubby; that was touching.
      I love the dynamics between him and Zoila also. I don’t think I’ll miss Ryan.

      I just hope they don’t start trying to make it more scripted like the other Bravo shows, as in feeding them set up stories. I find that a turn off.

      • Quincy IL says:

        I luv it too. I don’t want to work for Jeff Lewis, but he’s honest and he wants his product to be perfect. I want him to take care of my home.

        • BamaBelle says:

          I love Flipping Out, too, and watched the re-runs the other day. I didn’t use to like Jeff Lewis, but now I do. Last season when Zoila got so upset when that (good-looking) new assistant made a comment about her job security. Jeff was really sweet to Zoila and promised her job would always be secure. Deep down, Jeff has a heart, LOL!

          But-I wouldn’t want to work for him, and yes-I’d definately let him re-do my house. Jeff does has excellent taste. I won’t miss Ryan at all. I thought he did Jeff “dirty”. Did anybody notice how Ryan always had dark circles under his eyes? He looked like he was ill to me, not in good health at all.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Yes! Love Flipping Out too, I’m sure we’ll be talking about Jeff & Jenni!

      Never forget I hate Jill Zarin LOL 🙂

      • vilzvet says:

        I still and even more hate Jill Zarin because I am flabbergasted she did that tweet that in a nutshell said “Who is watching the competition to BGM, “Jersey Shore”? What a piece of work!! And just saw the news article about that Snooki creature getting arrested for being a drunken beyotch on the beach yesterday. Yeah, we want to watch that type of quality television, MTV.

        • BamaBelle says:

          Vilzvet,

          I can’t believe Jill tweeted that, what a “Witch”! I don’t believe she even watches Jersey Shore. All she’s doing is making herself look more jealous. Jill and Bethenny filmed together for 3 years, you would think that at the very least Jill would of tweeted how cute Bryn is.

          • anitabee says:

            Jill has lost all sense of right and wrong. It is a bit fascinating how a little fame can make a sane person change so quickly and always for the worse.

            I wonder if someone is doing a psychological research study on this,

            • bonbon says:

              GOTO: angelofdevs blog site for amateur yet interesting psychological profiles of most of the housewives.

          • Sue says:

            I had tweeted to Jill on that comment and told her to watch BGM; that way she could see Brynn.

            She is a calculating bitch. Of course she knew what she was doing when she tweeted about Jersey Shore.

            Please go away!!!!

        • Quincy IL says:

          OK, that is not a friend to Bethenny. Wow! Bravo should see that!

  4. anitabee says:

    My niece was born 10 months ago. I was the one that picked her up when she and the baby came home.

    I have to admit I almost had a breakdown trying to get the car seat out of its base so I could take it inside the hospital for the baby. I couldn’t believe I forgot how to take it out. Luckily I called my sister and a nurse came down and showed me how to do it.

    I knew exactly how Jason and Bethenny felt like at that moment. I felt so dumb.

    • BamaBelle says:

      LOL, I know-the car seat thing isn’t as easy as it looks. I have a police scanner and you wouldn’t believe how many people stop by the Fire Dept. for instructions on how to install the car seat properly.

      I was picking up my grandson the other day and had to take his car seat out of their car and put into mine. Me and his mother could not get it in. Finally, we had to go to my son’s work (which wasn’t very far) and have him put it in.

      My children were all born in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I bet some of you younger ladies wouldn’t believe that you didn’t even have to have them in a car seat back then. I came home from the hospital with my first child (1978) holding her in my arms, in the back seat, while my husband drove… my mother and daddy followed us with all the stuff packed in their car. It was their first grandchild. My mother was so excited she wanted to carry her inside. We also had the pumkin seat with us… that’s what they were called back then, LOL! And-they didn’t vibrate, rock back and forth, etc… LOL… those were the days.

      I know my post is boring. I’m just thinking about the happy times. It’s so exciting when babies are born and I can’t help but feel a little sorry for Bethenny’s mother.

      • Quincy IL says:

        It was the law in IL when my daughter was born. The car seats are better now and they come with strollers. I learned how to use the set up last Oct when watching my daughter’s baby in the first month that she went back to work. I impressed a number of male airport workers after the mother of a young child walked away with the baby and left her stroller to go into the xray belt. I asked permission to help them and then collapsed the stroller for them. Three men laughed heartily.

        • BamaBelle says:

          It’s the law now, like seat belts. But, back in 1978-no law for a baby to be in a car seat or wear seat belts. Heck, when we were little, I remember riding in the front seat with Mama and Daddy…

          • I always laid down in the back window. That was a Loooong time ago! I remember when my little sister was about 2, she would stand in the middle of the front seat while my mom drove. One of my earliest memories is when I was maybe 2 or 3 and I would sit on my uncle’s lap in the car and “drive”. They pushed me down on the seat when they saw a police car once … and I was very still so they wouldn’t get in trouble. LOL!

            • vilzvet says:

              Yep, can you imagine how times have changed? We all used to pile into our station wagon, always unbuckled. Yikes!!

              • moriasheehan says:

                my daughter was born in 72 and people laughed at me, cause i would take the pumpkin seat (plastic for baby to sit in shaped like stroller seat fro those too young) and seat belt her in the back seat, in fact they thought i was dumb cause i added seatbelts to every car i owned. a lot of them back then had no belts, even in the front seats. when she was 8 months old, i was in a wreck (not my fault) and police said only reason she wasn’t killed was cause i had her seat in a seatbelt. the car pulled out as i was driving up the road and because of oncoming traffic i couldn’t get over and the whole side of my car was smashed as i went past, but my baby didn’t get thrown around, she stayed safe in her chair.

  5. Max may not be a good fit for Bethenney. Julie seems to understand her and even though B can be a little rough, they seem to have a good rhythm. Max looks too young and out of his depth. At his age, feeling that way and getting some snark from your boss followed by that a-hole Verdi’s treatment may be too much for someone that has goals beyond being a good exec assistant. I felt for the poor kid…..next week looks like it only gets tougher. He might do better as an assistant to a male boss, in an office setting—like a talent agency or something.

    • BamaBelle says:

      I agree Shannon,

      I felt sorry for Max, too. He’s “cut as a button”, but I’m not sure he’s the right guy for the job. Bethenny seemed to hire him on a whim. We already saw him get into trouble for not getting Bethenny away from that “Elvira thing” she went to, and he didn’t have a car waiting. I was embarrassed for her.

      But-he shouldn’t have to pick out underwear for Bethenny, that seemed odd. And, why did he say he knew Bethenny’s shoe size and then when asked what size, Max said he didn’t know? Hmmm… maybe he’s going to get the axe next week… poor kid!

  6. ShyAsrai says:

    i don’t tweet but i think “Bethenny Got Married” would be a great title for BGMS2. they wouldn’t even have to change the initials.

    sometimes Jason doesn’t seem as nice as expected, but watching this last episode made me think “we all expect Bethenny to get snarky and wound up – we just forget Jason might feel wound up, too, like any normal person!”

    it’s awfully nice to see the everyday ‘drama’ of normal life, and not a weekly contest to see who can get away with what level of bitchiness.

    it’s obvious just by a casual observation of all types of media that ‘meanness and ugly behavior’ sells but i don’t think that means nothing else sells.

    i surely did get drawn into the soap opera of RHNY and RHNJ myself, but honestly i would be just as happy just to watch what goes on in the daily lives and social calendars of the wealthy big city gals.

    • ShyAsrai says:

      PS: in the jewelry store scenes, jason looked the most handsome i’ve seen him so far.

      max HAD to have been cast for the sheer awkwardness.

      robert verdi was absolutely out of line – egregiously and disgustingly so – and i was sorry Bethenny didn’t put him in his place. as Max’s employer, it’s her job to not to allow Max to be shat on and i do fault her for not shutting verdi down.

      • Dwight Schrute says:

        I’m going to disagree here.

        Early in the episode Jason’s light beard disappeared and I was planning to comment how much I loooved bearded Jason! Guess everyone has a difference of opinion!

  7. Quincy IL says:

    Jason must have swept Bethenny off her feet. You can see the real love and passion in that marriage. Add Bryn and Cookie for the true formula of a family.

    • BamaBelle says:

      I KNOW! I can tell those two really love each other. I can tell just by how nice Jason’s parents are that Jason is a good guy. Bethenny and Jason are BOTH lucky to have found each other, neither have baggage of children from a previous marriage, either. At their age-that’s hard to do.

      I love them together. I agree with the officiate… Bethenny flies-while Jason holds the ground. I love their show-it’s my favorite of all the reality shows out there!

      Somebody here suggested the new name of “The Hoppy Family”… I like that!

  8. Melinda says:

    Excellent blog!! I too, really really LOVE this show!! Bethenny can so hold her own without any other HW, yet knowing she is friends with Alex and Ramona make it even more fun when they show up!

    I was disgusted with Robert Verdi’s behavior………I wish Bethenny would have jumped in a bit harder and chastised him because that was just ugly!

    16 years ago I had twins who were little like Bryn…….oh yes, every 2 hrs for feeding!! not enough time to fall back asleep…….I don’t blame her for having a baby nurse, I made my mom come help! 😉 now they are 16 and driving!! eek!

    My FAVORITE line is: “I hate making her do things”……..god, that was so funny and so true!!

  9. Quincy IL says:

    I love Shawn Rabideau. I think he’s a great businessman and a wonderful person. I can see why the women on the show love him too.

    I don’t think I’d want to be friends with Bethenny, she shoots from the hip with clever comments and even though I would not respond in kind the tip of the arrows would pierce my amor. (In case you didn’t have Latin when you were in grade school or a love of lugging around that twenty pound dictionaries, “amor” our “amour” is a fasinating word. Teresa had a suit of amor which is currently on the block, much to her chagrine. “Amor/amour” has another meaning. “Noun 1. Amor – (Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros Cupid Roman mythology – the mythology of the ancient Romans ” (from one of the million online dictionaries) So.. the suit of amor and amor (the base of love) are the same word. I’m sure Teresa will expound on this concept in her next Bravo blog.

  10. boston02127 says:

    Great blog Lynn–5 stars!

    Good morning. I’ve been reading US magazine and there is a link I can’t open because I don’t have flash player on my computer.

    From US magazine: In this exclusive video, new wife and mom Frankel shares her vocal talents for the very first time with UsMagazine.com (watch out, Kelly Clarkson!), and talks about being called a “hobag” by Kelly Bensimon.
    http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/bethenny-frankel-sings-jokes-about-snorting-diet-pills-2010116

    • Zoey says:

      Cool, can’t wait to open the link. I should get ready to leave- I’m going to help my son move today but I’d rather stay here and read this blog with you guys!!!

      All this talk about babies makes me miss my little boy! He just finished college, his last exam/last day at school was yesterday! He just grew up way too fast. Sometimes I just ache inside for a little boy hug. Can anyone relate?

      • Bosandi says:

        Zoey,

        I’m starting to relate. My son is 11 (a far cry from college age) and I can’t extract a hug from him to save my life! So I’m longing for that little boy hug too.

        Time flies so fast

      • Kokuanani says:

        Yes. My “little boy” [a 4# 8oz premie] graduated from college in May, and has been searching, searching for a job. It’s really rough out there, and I wish I could help him more.

    • Squirrels says:

      A snippet from that Bethenny video –

      “I don’t have advice for Teresa on what to do. She knows what to do. If you wipe your ass with dollar bills, you’re gonna get in dept.”

      Friggin’ hilarious! Thanks for digging that up Boston. You rock!

    • BamaBelle says:

      Boston… That’s was so funny! Bethenny can sing, LOL! Here’s my favorite line… Bethenny referring to Teresa…

      “If you wipe your ass with dollar bills… you’re going to get in debt”

  11. boston02127 says:

    ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ exclusive: Caroline Manzo deposed in lawsuit filed by Danielle Staub’s ex-husband.

    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/celebrities/index.ssf/2010/07/real_housewives_of_new_jersey_73.html

    • Squirrels says:

      Ha…. his attorney won’t even confirm he’s his attorney? Dang, sounds like a mess.

      • BamaBelle says:

        OMG! While would Caroline want to get mixed up in all that mess? Maybe because she’s a freaking bitch! She dug the book up-and wouldn’t let Danielle get close to her… whatever!

        Caroline is just as obsessed with getting at Danielle as the rest of them!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      reminds be of Dire Straits – “money for nothing and your chicks for free”! These people are all cockroaches in human suits!

    • vilzvet says:

      Yes, getting into a cancer machine is a great idea! You just know her four daughters will grow up going to those places, that is, if she can still afford it.

      • BamaBelle says:

        Teresa is disgusting! If she’s making so much money now then why can’t they pay their damn debts? If she’s on DWTS… I’ll make sure to vote for everybody but her as long as she’s on the show.

    • Zoey says:

      Boston is on a roll this morning! Fab!

    • Squirrels says:

      Hmmm. OK, we need a super sleuth here. Kim G. claims Danielle’s house is supposedly in foreclosure. Can anyone figure out how to confirm that? Inquiring minds, etc…..

      • BamaBelle says:

        Kim G. is the disgusting “RAG”! What a piece of crap. She came on the show via Danielle, then stabbed her in the back. I’m sure the fight is about Danielle finding out what a back-stabbing friend Kim G. has really been.

        During one episode, Danielle was talking to Kim G. and said- I know this won’t go any further. Kim G. did the “zipping her mouth” thing. I don’t care how sorry Danielle is… it’s not right to pretend to be a person’s friend just get on a reality show, then turn around and stab them in the back with the other women!

        Kim G. tried to get on the show through Caroline, but Caroline wouldn’t have lunch with her. Both Kim’s got on camera through Danielle. They’re all disgusting human-beings!

        • Yea, ABSOLUTELY! Danielle may be no prize, but the weird gleeful smile Kim G gets on her face when she talks about D creeps me out!!! Danielle is playing it very smart to keep silent while these crazy bitches just about screw themselves into the ground hating on her…. Ugh!

          • MAMAZ says:

            I read somewhere that it was a “forced sell.”
            Can’t remember where I saw that item. I’m not a realtor or a lawyer so I’m not sure what that means. I’m guessing that it was due to the divorce. That may have been the final unfinished piece of business between Danielle and her ex. Anybody know for sure?

            • vilzvet says:

              Well we saw that realtor come over and was definitely going to list the house and also speak to Tom the ex about doing some repairs first. Danielle did say she wasn’t going to get a whole lot after Tom got his share. I thought I read here Danielle is now in a new condo in a very nice area? The good thing is a buyer was found for the house.

            • BamaBelle says:

              I don’t know for sure-I think Danielle does have to sell the house per her divorce, so I imagine her ex pays the payment for his investment. After it’s sold they split the profit.

              I did hear Danielle say on the show that she couldn’t sell it without some up-dating that her ex wasn’t willing to do. It was in the episode when she was talking to her real estate lady.

        • Jules says:

          Oh my God. Kim G acts like she has got so much more class than Danielle, but in fact the only thing she has more of than Danielle is money. Kim G’s house is decorated horribly, and she dresses like crap. Furthermore, what woman (particularly of her age) is always giving people the finger, and using the “f” word? It’s classless in my opinion. It is ridiculous – she has no class whatsoever, and she is making a fool of herself in national television.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      While the majority of people don’t like Kim G – I kind of do! She tried to get Danielle to have some manners, stop with you can’t be friends with them and me and that Danny’s performance/attire at the Brownstone were not cool. She never waivered, she didn’t go balistic like Teresa and she tried and failed in the mission to bridge a gap between the warlike wives – Danielle doesn’t want a friend, sidekick or anyone else in her scenes! She will turn away all new cast members that Bravo will throw in the NJ mix.

  12. Suebhoney says:

    Great blog Lynn! I don’t know why I was shocked last week to hear that this week will be the Season Finale but I’m not ready for this family to go away yet! Isn’t it amazing how much a baby can change you and your outlook on the world? I’m truly so happy for B!!

    So…I made an observation in last week’s episodes that made me laugh hysterically but probably wasn’t so nice!! When Shawn came over to discuss the baby shower…he’s sitting on the couch and omg!! He totally has Ramona Crazy Eyes! Which made me think of the two of them having a conversation together and what that would look like! I had to go back and rewind the show because I was entertaining myself so much I missed stuff!

    I do like Shawn (and Ramona for that matter) so I’m not trying to be mean! It just made me giggle!

  13. Char212 says:

    Great recaps ladies! I so love BGM and will miss it when it’s over. BGM is the one and only show on Bravo that we can all relate too. Any of us who was trying to get a career off the ground, planned weddings, got married and had children can understand what B is going through. Her show is not about drama and being a fake. I too hope Bravo got a clue and now understands that we don’t want to always see drama and fighting and hate.

    Could someone tell me what Verdi said too Max, I couldn’t make it out.

    • MAMAZ says:

      BGM is full of drama. But it’s the right kind of drama. Sonja said something on RHONY about loving drama as long as it was about passion. Bethenny is passionate about Bryn, Jason and Skinnygirl. That’s good drama.

    • Waslurking says:

      I was watching with friend who talks too much at the wrong times…lol
      so I missed a lot of the nuances. Read Max’s blog on Bravo…..he really lets loose about it. LOL

  14. Zoey says:

    Great blog Lynn, and lost of juicy tidbits everyone- I love it!!

    2 things – I’ll repost my link from last night in case anyone want to read about Danielle’s Danny person. I reeeeeally want to call him names but I’m scared he and his peeps will come and find me.
    I enjoy the crime/mystery genre, so even without him in it I found it interesting.

    One of your links took me to another, which took me to another, etc, where I came across this. Danny is not from your average local thug family. And that’s all I’m gonna say so I don’t end up with cement shoes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Provenzano

    Secondly – one of the hilarious Leslie Nielson ‘Airplane’ movies is on with Priscilla Presley. OMG she was soooo beautiful. Wow! It just reminds me that in our quest to be more youthful or more attractive, and I’m guilty too, we have to say enough is enough with plastic surgery and injections.
    If SHE could think she needed work done, what hope is there for us regular folk, ha?
    Maybe she should do psa’s for young girls coming up to discourage them from plastic surgery and injections. I mean, she’s kinda scary looking.

    • Zoey says:

      Lost? That would be lots. Sorry, haven’t ingested enough coffee to be clear headed yet.

    • Squirrels says:

      Wow. I had no idea. Good find Zoey.

    • anitabee says:

      Does anyone know the status of Danny’s and Danielle’s “friendship”? I heard those two are no longer talking.

      • MAMAZ says:

        Danielle seems incapable of holding on to friends. She’s too self absorbed.

      • Zoey says:

        Maybe she trades sex for bodyguard duties. Just sayin’.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        He wants to get back on tv, he likes his “persona” as a mobbed up, tough guy and being a bodyguard amounts to tough talk only. They are not friends but IMO he would like a little something something from Danielle……

  15. Olivia says:

    I love the show! Bethenny and Jason are able to put their own “ineptness” on display and actually laugh about it. The scene in the car when they were unable to figure out how to get the baby out of the car seat was adorable. Can’t think of another “housewife” who would be comfortable enough showing off their imperfections.

    Max seems to be more of a “go for” than an assistant. Julie is the real deal and she has been with Bethenny a few years already which means she started from the ground floor whereas poor Max is still shaking off his recent “frat boy” image and stepping into the burgeoning of Bethenny’s career and seems a little out of his depth. Considering the fact that Bethenny is a perfectionist and he seems to be struggling.

    I really like Shawn. Hope that if she decides to go another season there will be a place for him as well since he seems to know how to handle her. Like Jason, he is able to take the hits.

    The difference I find in watching this series is that they are all pretty likable. Jason and his parents seem to have a very strong and respectful bond and the love that both Jason and Bethenny have for Bryn is awesome. Unlike the other series, there is much to relate to as they go about their lives. Who could not feel some sympathy for Bethenny who just needed some sleep when feeding a baby on demand? I know that I lost hours of sleep before my babies found a schedule.

    There is absolutely no one on the NJ series that is close to being likable. With the exception of Bethenny, and perhaps Alex, there is no one on the NY show that I can say I miss very much now that this series is on hiatus. Jill, Lu Ann, Kelly, and Ramona are not all that entertaining in and of themselves and many of their actions and activities leave me cold. It was Bethenny and her vulnerability that attracted the attention and with her departure this series too may have found it has reached the end of the line. One more fashion show, one more catty luncheon, one more product line is not all that mesmerizing for the viewers, IMHO, and even the possibility of Sonja to “lighten things up” may not be able to entice viewers since for me the rest are rather an unlikable pairing. You can just showcase “pretension” just so far before it reaches the state of “boring t.v.”.

    Just hoping that Bethenny does not overexpose herself. But BGM? has been delightful to watch. Bethenny, Jason, Julie, Max, Shawn, Cookie and the Hoppy in laws have been a refreshing cast without having to revert to stupidity or meanness in order to maintain interest. One reality show that delivered.

  16. myname2use4now says:

    Thursday I actually walked past Shawn’s business (by accident, I had no idea he was so close to my office!) and I looked in as I was walking by and lo and behold, Shawn was there with a couple of other ladies (clients, I presume). I stopped dead in my tracks and couldn’t help from smiling really wide! He looked up, saw me, looked right at me and smiled! Needless to say…love him!

    • Olivia says:

      Same here!

    • kats2 says:

      Myname = that is so sweet, thanks for sharing. From the show you get the feel that he is just a nice good guy and so happy you had that experience.

      • vilzvet says:

        He has a wonderful smile. One of the best moments IMO during the wedding episode was the look of absolute pride he had on his face when Bethenny was getting ready to walk down the aisle. He really was the stand-in father in that moment.

  17. MickeyMouth says:

    Hopefully BGM and 9ByDesign will let Bravo know that their programming doesn’t always have to be about women fighting each other.

    • Quincy IL says:

      I think there are some women who like the infighting and the bad behavior. Why else would NJ have so many fans? What about the people who watch Jersey Shore and love the behavior of the Snookie person.

      There are a lot of different people on this planet and that’s a good thing.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        It’s the disintegration of our society when “thugs, thieves, whores, and felons” are considered worthy of money and attention. Like a throwback to the days of the Roman Colliseum when the Christians and the lions were thrown together for the amusement of the masses.

        As an member of the audience, I vote “thumbs down”.

  18. Scorpiosue1102 says:

    BGM? is like a palette cleanser when you have shows like RHONJ. Your blog is right on Lynn. We see the good, the bad and the ugly on BGM? . I enjoy the show sooooo much. Unlike so many other housewives Bethenny seems so real. She’s not afraid to show that she can’t do something. Jason and Bethenny are so adorable. They are basking in the all encompassing love of your newborn child. It’s just a joy to watch.

    I would love to see more of Shawn too. In fact, I would love to see him have his own show. He seems to be very kind, very funny and his facial expressions kill me. Why not have a show about a party planner (just don’t let it be Jen Gilbert). I would love to see more Shawn in action.

    I do like Max, but I see Max as an immature male. He has the little kid un-filter where he says/does these things without thinking. Like the episode where he asks Bethenny if her generation grinds while dancing. Max, Max, Max….he needs to get a bit of a clue.

    I really would love to see more BGM? As much as this season seems short, and it is ;), I think if it was longer it would be stretching for material. Keep it short and sweet, but give us more seasons.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Why is it ok to make fun of short people or people who have weight issues? The tall, attractive gay designer called Max, “Fraggle Rock.” If someone made fun of a minority or gays, this designer would be marching in the parade.

      Max is right out of college and it takes time for some people to adjust. I think he has a great sense of humor and may end up on a sit com.

      • Scorpiosue1102 says:

        I never said it was ok. I think Robert Verdi is a jerk. I am talking about Max and what we have seen in his working with Julie and Bethenny even Shawn i.e. my example about the grinding. I stand by my comment that Max is immature. Look at his tweets. The fact that he had a tweet regarding Robert saying “I think he wants to f me, ” seriously? Robert was an @ss, but Max is immature.

  19. golfnut says:

    This show is really fun to watch. It feels like you are really hanging out with a cool new couple rather than watching forced situational improv.
    I don’t think B is over exposed more than she is doing multiple projects at the same time and I think it seems to those that follow her closely that she is over exposed. RHONY ended then her (terriffic) show started right away so we have seen her longer. I only watch her show and read this blog and I have to say I’m not sick of her yet… Once her show stops maybe I’ll check her out if she is on Fox or some other shows as a guest (but never the view, those ladies are gross/ugly/hateful)IMO.
    If she decides to do another season it will feel like forever before it starts. I hope she does a talk show or lifestyle show so we don’t have to wait a year. She makes me laugh.
    Glad I found this blog, you talk about a lot of shows my friends watch that I never watch (RHONJ, BB, TC & PR) and now I can talk about them without actually spending my time watching. I’d much rather read your comments which IMO are probably funnier than the actually shows and all the extra tidbits of info that you all gather up, I love it so much!
    Thanks!

  20. Zipit Zarin says:

    Bethenny with Emeril and guest hosting on The View (again?)

    http://m.okmagazine.com/home/7202/full/

    • golfnut says:

      I wish she would stay away from the view, if she is going to do that show she might as well stay on RHONY with the mean girls.

      • Zipit Zarin says:

        I’d love to be able to ask her what she REALLY thinks of those women and why she wants to be on shows with them…particularly Joyless.

  21. Pat Johnson says:

    Theresa “I Don’t Bother With Receipts” Guidice is also scheduled to appear on The View. Will they or won’t they take her to task for the fraud she has perpetrated against her creditors, or will they fawn all over this “classic case of crook”?

    Joy could not hide her contempt for Bethenny just by mentioning breast feeding as being difficult so it would be interesting to see if they allow Miss Excessive Behavior a “pass” in the area of wanton thuggery and vulgar language.

    • kats2 says:

      I have a feeling they will relate to her in a very disgusting way and she will get off easy, play dumb and try to be funny.

      BW and Whoop – will be friendly but probably feel Teresa is beneath them.

      Joy might bond with the old school Italian crap

      Elisasucks – who knows, she might turn Teresa’s self made financial issues in to a President Obama bashing session.

      Sherri – stupid likes stupid – you can never tell

      But I won’t be watching

    • Zipit Zarin says:

      I had my first baby in 1975 in Minneapolis and the nurses told me to drink dark beer to help with the breast milk. I must have worked because I nursed her for 2 years 😀

  22. Kelly_Has_Big_ Shoulders says:

    Thanks Lynn ,GREAT blog as usual.
    I was waiting for it like a kid waiting for Santa. I just wanted to say the I LOVE BETHENNY. The first two minutes of the show had me crying and the last two minutes when she and Jason were on their date had me laughing.
    I think everything has changed for Bethenny except her perfectionist skills. She may have been grumpy with Julie but I’m sure she may have apologized to her later. I bet Bethenny had not had any sleep and Julie bombarding her with schedules was not what Bethenny wanted to hear. Also Re: the nurse giving her beer I have never heard of that but I am Cuban and in our culture the give us this Malt drink called Malta with Condensed milk and its like a yummy float almost and supposedly helps produce milk. So I guess everyone has different things. LOL!!! Another thing Bethenny has a baby nurse and I don’t see that as a bad thing at all I had my mother for my mother help me with my babies but for our first baby my husband wanted to return him to the hospital because he would not stop crying. Turned out I thought I was breast feeding him that first night but wasn’t. Everyone has stories and seeing Bethenny being a human with imperfections is very endearing. Oh and I love Shawn I hope he and Bethenny remain friends after the show. I can see him doing Bryn’s Baptism or Christening or whatever other child ceremony, and her First B-day etc. LOL!!

  23. Kelly_Has_Big_ Shoulders says:

    Looks like Ramona and Bethenny are spending the weekend together.
    From Ramona’s facebook page.
    Ramona Singer- Havent been to Montauk in years. Heading there now to spend the night at The Montauk Yacht Club. @bethenny c u soon!

  24. Kelly_Has_Big_ Shoulders says:

    Oh another thing Lynn I think you’re right One needs to strike while the iron is hot. If Bethenny is being requested to appear on shows for interviews then who is she to say no to more exposure for her brand. Most people would pay millions for advertsing. I think Bethenny is wise in Business.

  25. Squirrels says:

    Here is an interesting breakdown of the T v. B book sales. Got it off twitter.

    http://therhblogcentral.com/?p=973

  26. boston02127 says:

    Jill acts like this is a surprise. Her tweet & picture.

    Look what i found on my doorstep when we got home from candy kitchen? http://twitpic.com/2adggx

    • kats2 says:

      Pretty lame thing to take a pic of and bother to tweet. She doesn’t even drink. I don’t get it.

      • anitabee says:

        Well it’s not like she’s going to open her door and find three cases of Skinnygirl Margaritas on her step.

  27. Squirrels says:

    Seems to be a quiet morning, so if you are looking for something to read, I have a new blog up, a work in progress. I would sincerely appreciate honest feedback. No need to respond here, but any comments/criticisms will be appreciated. Just leave them on the following blog.

    http://squirrelsrspeedbumps.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/tadzilla-draft/

    Thanks to Lynn in advance for allowing me to piggy back off her fantastic site. (I’m working the “it’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission route.)

  28. boston02127 says:

    Kelly’s tweet to Kris Kardashian—
    @KeepinUpWKris my daughters and I love you and your show. Your a great mom. Something for me to aspire to.

    I just had a paragraph typed up about how dumb she is but I’ll just leave it as this. Kelly is dumber than a box of hair.

    • kats2 says:

      She’s crazy and why sucking up so much?

      Hey how did the chicken turn out?

      • boston02127 says:

        kats2–Chicken came out good. I made a BBQ sauce with brown sugar and ketchup and I added a little honey. I put it on when it was just about done and the BBQ sauce stuck. It came out really good. Thanks.

  29. boston02127 says:

    Teresa just keeps getting more and more classy by the day. Her tweet:

    My day is now complete!! Prostitution Whore Remix MP3/Ringtone: http://tinyurl.com/2ckullx

    I hope those are the first words out of her newest little monkeys mouth.

  30. kats2 says:

    Kelly is running around Chicago this weekend. Please get out of my city.

    “Getting ready to have lunch with mom and dad at RL in chicago. They are so sweet”

  31. boston02127 says:

    Slade Smiley (eww) and Ashley have been tweeting back and forth over the past week. This morning.—–Slade’s tweet—- Ash, what are you up too? Ashley back to Slade—-heyyyy nothing much really haha – working on some stuff 😉 how are you?

    I hope Ashley and Slade have and affair. I hope they have a baby within a nine months of knowing each other and name Caroline as the Godmother. When Slade and Ashley break up because they both go to prison. Caroline can raise their little fire starter baby. Albie will get jealous and runs away and becomes a male prostitute. Mr. Manzo (what ever his name is) will leave Caroline and she will have nothing. She’ll move in an apartment across the hall from Teresa who now lives with Jacqueline over the laundry mat. Danielle will pull up in front of the building to show Jill and Kelly where Caroline now lives. Just at that moment I hope an air plane holding a nuclear bomb will drop from the sky and hit the block & building where they all are.

  32. Quincy IL says:

    Each day, I like Danielle a little bit more. I googled “Jill Zarin” and there was an article about Danielle’s thought of Jill and Caroline as new BFs. She was surprised and stated that she didn’t know they talked, but she hoped the Jill Zarin will be happy.

    This after we hear that Caroline is giving depositions against Danielle in Daniell’s first husband’s defamation suit.

    Daniell tries to get away from confrontations. The previews show her leaving Kim G.

    In the end, Danielle seems to be growing my me like moss on the north side of a tree.
    LOL

  33. Squirrels says:

    Back to Teresa and the On Common Ground blog. It’s interesting how much tit for tat info came out. Ok, allegations. This one caught my imagination.

    “August 19, 2008 5:13 PM
    Anonymous said…
    Totally agree with previous comments. I know the two sisters on the show and know a third housewive (not so much a housewive at home) I would love to see a show about their so called husbands. I know alot of ones’ husband and he definitely is not too involved with his wife and three kids. But what she don’t know, she will never have a clue about!!!!!!”

    For those who missed all these gems –

    http://oncommonground.blogspot.com/2008/04/real-housewives-of-new-jersey.html

    • vilzvet says:

      Thanks for bringing that back over. I read the whole thing last night and lots of ladies 2 years ago were flapping their gums a little too much! I bet every single post is true. Hmm, was Ashley referring to Dina as the dumb wife?? What about the hubbies who were going to strip clubs? That could certainly be Joe and Chris and we see them as buds. That was almost certainly Caroline in that reply about her “niece”.

      • vilzvet says:

        P.S. Oh the hubby you referenced above must be Joe, couldn’t be workaholic Albert. Teehee oh poor Teresa.

      • Squirrels says:

        This one reads as if the poster is talking about Dina.

        Anonymous said…
        “I’m getting bored reading about the same old thing. Brownstone “this” Brownstone “that” doesn’t anyone know anything about the other 4 losers or are they just on the show to use up camera time. I kinda feel bad for them, they obviously had NO attention before and still getting NO attention Now. Except for the one comment about the stipper thing (thats true). But, again she’s only married into the family somehow through the Brownstone, so she don’t matter.”

      • deena says:

        My favorite comments are from the employees of the Brownstone. I don’t know which ones are the best though–the one where Al and Tommy bus tables and washing dishes, or the one about Dina unloading a truck.

        • BamaBelle says:

          I like this one, and you know they’re definately talking about Teresa…

          August 13, 2008 3:57 PM
          Anonymous said…
          Yes, these woman have a lot of money and big beautiful homes but no brains!!!! Their husbands like to spend lots of time in strip clubs I wonder if they will show that on the show??? They “pimp” their children out in beatuy pagents instead of teaching them morals and values.This show is going to be hyterical we get to see what rich, trashy, uneducated woman do with their time. Did any of these woman attend college, I think not!!!! To think one of the woman even had breast implants for the tapping of this show, haha! I am sure the NY cast will have a field day with this show. Come on everyone lets get french manicures and pedicures for the premiere of the show. Notice how the show didn’t go to the real rich towns such as Short Hills, Livignston, Chatham, Madison, etc. They know where all the drama would be.And no I am not jealous. These people do not have moeny in the bank they have charge cards thats all!
          *************************************************

          They pimp their children out in beauty pageants instead of teaching them morals… TERESA

          See what rich, trashy, uneducated women do with their time… ALL OF THEM

          These people don’t have money in the bank, just credit cards… TERESA

          To think one of the woman even had breast implants for the tapping of this show, haha!… TERESA, and we saw that with our own eyes in season~1.
          *************************************************

          It seems like whoever wrote this 2 years ago, definately knew what they were talking about.

          • Zipit Zarin says:

            I thought it was funny when one poster said for one housewife to not forget they were from Paterson. If they wanted to …Teresa literally shouted it to the rooftops. LOL

  34. Kelly_Has_Big_ Shoulders says:

    Teresa’s daughters will be future Snookis.

    • Zoey says:

      You’re right! Trash in the making. What kind of mother with 4 little kids uses a ringtone of Prostitution Whore???

    • Maryla says:

      you must be a fortune-teller! That is spot on about Teresa’s girls.

  35. dsc60 says:

    great blog lynn. love the show and am disappointed it’s season is already over with this next week’s episode.

    i really don’t think Bethany is over doing it. yes, she’s all the rage now, but like someone else said, you have to hit it when the iron is hot. i don’t think you can compare bethany to jennifer lopez. IMO, lopez wasn’t nearly as likable as bethany is. not nearly as relatable either. i guess time will tell.

  36. MAMAZ says:

    I love BGM and I will miss it when it’s over. But I sort of like the little mini season thing. Sometimes there are too many shows to keep up with. This was a nice bite size version. They should do one of Silex and the kids.
    I loved how agitated B was when they were trying to do the hand and footprints. If she’s acting then she deserves an Oscar.
    First I thought S2 should be called Bethenny and Family, since we know how much being a family means to B. But maybe it should be called Bethenny and Company.

  37. MickeyMouth says:

    Teresa’s recent tweet:

    Sorry, here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/2eqk642 Vote for me! I gotta win. I’m very competitive like that. 😉 xx

    She’s currently winning with 47%, Ali (?) is in second followed by Situation.

    • vilzvet says:

      Is this for real? Does anyone really think that the show is interested in Teresa?? Or is this Teresa’s own p.r. plans? GMAB!!

    • Jenni says:

      Ouch, that pic of her hurts to look at!

      • kats2 says:

        I really dont’ like Teresa and I’m not saying this to just be mean, but she is really unfortunate looking. I find nothing attractive about her at all.

        • boston02127 says:

          kats2–She’s closer to animal looking than human.

          • BamaBelle says:

            LOL-AGREE!

            Did y’all notice Teresa at her house-warming party dancing with Joe? Ummm, she can’t dance! What an idiot. I’m going to vote for that other person just for the fun of it!

    • IMJ says:

      Shes doing it for the money. They pay quite well for DWTS.

  38. liptontb says:

    Hi guys. I try to keep up with the blogs and comments, but it’s been a crazy month.
    Great blogs on BGM, ladies. That’s the only BRAVO show I watch right now. I lose interest if there isn’t at least one person on a housewives series if there’s not at least one person I’d like to have lunch with. I watched one epi of NJ this year and then quit cold turkey (except the little fix I get here — and y’all are much more entertaining).
    Forgive me if someone else has already posted, but I caught some old episodes of “Whose Wedding is it Anyway” while I was should have been doing something productive last week and Shawn was the planner in one of them. He was great on that show, too. Would definitely watch a show focusing on his company and their weddings, parties.

    • liptontb says:

      I need a nap. LOL What I was trying to say is I lose interest in the housewives shows if there isn’t one person on the show I would enjoy meeting for lunch.
      See why I rarely post?

  39. Sadie says:

    MickeyMouth – Do you mind if I post some of your Jill chops on my facebook?
    I’ll include the link to your blog.

    Check out my “not quite finished” Big Brother non-blog:
    http://sadiesq.wordpress.com/

  40. Squirrels says:

    I think this answers the question as to whether or not Max is still employed by Bethenny, et al.

    http://theryanhanauer.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/bethennys-army-max-meisel-himself/

  41. Olivia says:

    Pretty interesting reading that article from 2008 announcing the upcoming NY franchise with the attached comments. Talk about prescient!

    Many of the commentators seemed to have an awareness of who was filming and weighed in with the fact that some of the ladies had money problems even then and that their husbands were engaging in less than legitimate means to earn a living. There was also talk about some of the men visiting the strip club that served as the Bada Bing during the Soprano run. Some of the commentary took issue with the negative feedback but even now, two years later, much of the “gossip” has turned out to be the real deal.

    What was interesting to note is that only one commentator suggested the “strippers” which we now know to be was Danielle. (I would not hazard a guess at this time as to who the other would be but it more than likely was an exaggeration or a mistake.)
    Missing was any other reference to Danielle’s dirty past which leads me to believe that I was “on target” in suggesting that it was not well known until the series began and was probably revealed to Jacqueline by way of Danielle’s mouth right into Dina’s ear which led to the “google search” and the book. I always believed that it was Dina who opened that can of worms that Caroline took the blame for.

    What we know now is that the family is a total sham. Dina had already been filmed during her wedding in which Caroline herself makes an appearance and Dina wanted more of the fame. How the others came onboard is open to conjecture but it appears that Danielle’s shady past was more than likely unknown up to that point since the commentators would have concentrated more on that than just blasting the Manzo’s and their pretensions owing to the sensationalism that her past produced.

    What is bothersome is that although she has been exposed as a total fraud, Theresa is still being touted for her presence. The View has invited her on as a guest host and she is now being sought as a pitchman for tanning products. What is wrong with this country that we can set aside our moral compass and honor people like this who deserve to be placed in stocks instead of being glorified for having no other accomplishments than cheating and lying?

    And for those who insist that Caroline is the “voice of reason” on this show they need another reality check. Why would someone who has been credited with having so much “commonsense” continue to uphold this parade of fools when they all need a swift kick in their collective butts. Caroline is no better than those she seeks to defend, excuse, and fluff up because following her train of logic, she would never condone this behavior from her own immediate brood.

    • Squirrels says:

      I love how you force me to look up words, as if you had foreknowledge of the event. 😀

    • kats2 says:

      This is perfect and sums up how I feel

      “And for those who insist that Caroline is the “voice of reason” on this show they need another reality check. Why would someone who has been credited with having so much “commonsense” continue to uphold this parade of fools when they all need a swift kick in their collective butts. Caroline is no better than those she seeks to defend, excuse, and fluff up because following her train of logic, she would never condone this behavior from her own immediate brood.”

      • cusi 77 says:

        Olivia always knows how to put all our thoughts together. I always feel she is expressing what is going though my mind.

    • Squirrels says:

      Throughout the blog comments referenced above, Dina’s persona keeps popping up. At least it sounds like they are talking about Dina. She’s accused of being a stripper like Danielle, which makes me wonder if that is the deep dark secret. Or could it be the insinuations that one wife is cheating and two husbands are cheating that hit a nerve?

      If Danielle knows, she’s latching onto the info like it’s Oscar gold. That said, since the references to T’s being in major credit card dept materialized (no pun intended), it makes me wonder what else could be true. The poster definitely has no love for these women and may have an axe to grind. Maybe they owe her money? Yet, for whatever reason, she seems to be “In the know.”

      Things that make you go, hmmmmm…

      • Sha2000 says:

        “What is wrong with this country that we can set aside our moral compass and honor people like this who deserve to be placed in stocks instead of being glorified for having no other accomplishments than cheating and lying?”

        Well said.

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        Now that you mention it, it wouldn’t shock me to learn if Dina had a stripper past. There has to be a self-serving reason why Caroline has a seemingly liberal attitude towards that profession.

  42. cusi 77 says:

    I have a question… Do you know when T and Juicy J had the 10Th Anniversary… It is just to keep track how far from the date they filed for bankruptcy. I can’t believe that twit wanting diamonds while bankrupt!

    @Squirrels_ I know my English is poor, but that anonymous doesn’t know how to conjugate the verb TO BE! Thanks for sharing!

    • kats2 says:

      I don’t know the answer to your question but wanted to add that I am about 99% sure that if the ring was real, it was on loan or was just fake. Let’s see if we see her wearing it at all.

      • Squirrels says:

        Could be a yellow topaz. Not glass cheap, but semi-precious stones don’t garner the same $ as precious stones. Personally, I prefer the blue topaz.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Agree Squirrel. It did not look like a canary diamond to me & reminded me of one of those big fakes they sell at Steinmart & it defiantly was not a citrine. It looked fake to me & the camera captured it. I really don’t think that a guy could go from one failed business to selling pizza to buying a real diamond ring that size & a canary at that.

    • vilzvet says:

      I think around Dec. 1999, I bet it is on her website but ain’t going there! But definitely AFTER the filing, just like the massive christening party on next week’s show is after, as well as the housewarming. Hell, they had every kind of celebration after the bankruptcy papers were filed!

  43. cusi 77 says:

    Kats2_ Maybe the ring is real or maybe not… the fact is that TERESA wanted diamonds! How far from her reality she is, how superficial, childish… etc, etc. Just because (according to her own words) she popped four Girls.

    • Sha2000 says:

      She could have just been saying it for the cameras; keeping up with the facade…we originally tuned in as an escape, to see how the other half lives not to see a bunch of phonies pretend to be wealthy, maybe Bravo told her to ask.

  44. cusi 77 says:

    I do not know how to post the link, but I just read Danielle is going to use the recent episodes against Ashley.

    • Squirrels says:

      Is she suing the brat? What will she get out of it since Ashley is of majority age?

      “Congratulations Danielle. You’ve just won a Brand new used car!!!!”

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        Seriously- unless Danielle wants to seize her ugly woolen hat collection, I don’t see the point to suing Ashely in civil court; with the exception of small claims court sans lawyer to recoup the cost of the weave and some money for pain and suffering.

    • cusi 77 says:

      Ooops… in court!

    • boston02127 says:

      @cusi–Put your curser on the link and lightly tap on your mouse. The link will turn highlighted. Then click on the right side of your mouse and you will see “copy”, click on copy. Then you can bring the link to where you want it. 🙂

  45. boston02127 says:

    Slade Smiley’s tweet to Ashley—-@_ashleyholmes ok, we just watched on the plane. Best quote ever ” I pulled her ext. So technically it isn’t part of her. LMFAO. Luv u

    • deena says:

      And despite Ashley’s drama-filled tweets yesterday about being threatened, she is tweeting her locations today via FourSquare. Nothing like giving the stalkers a map and directions to you!

    • Ewe ewwwwwe ewwwwwe!! He is disgusting?

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      This is the same man who exploits his son dying of brain cancer and doesn’t pay support for him. The fact that something like that amuses him, is the least of his character flaws.

      • Maryla says:

        Slade Smiley is one low class loser. In May 2010, he had to go to court because he was $100 K behind in child support. $100K! When his wife finally got to meet him in court, he brought his girlfriend (Rossi) who got into a fistfight with her ex-boyfriend (who showed up to catch her over some $22K debt). Rossi and the ex had to be removed from the courtroom.

        Stay Klassy Slade!

        Smiley asked the judge to reinstate his driver’s license, and the judge refused. This is allowable to someone in civil contempt (for things like unpaid child support). What a deadbeat. And then he is flying around the country tweeting on his cellphone to that other LCL (low class loser) Ashley.

        How’d he afford the plane ticket and the mobile phone plan if he can’t find work as he told his wife? I know that neither plane tickets nor cell phones are free.

        I am really beginning to think that Bravo has scraped the bottom of the barrel in finding these people (except Bethenny and Alex).

        • BamaBelle says:

          Thanks for that info, Maryla… very interesting! I know what a piece of crap Slade Smiley is! Is Slade’s son still battling cancer?

          I believe Tamra (even though I’m not a fan of hers) when she said Gretchen had a boyfriend while Jeff was dying. Poor Jeff-I never understood why someone would do a reality tv show when their “supposedly” finacee was battling cancer. If Gretchen truly loved Jeff she would of backed out of OC to be with Jeff. She’s just as disgusting as Slade. “Birds of a feather-flock together!”

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          Slade is disgusting- I wish I knew he had to be in court. I would have showed up with tape of him driving despite having no license- and therefore no insurance. Was the case in O.C.? I can get my MIL to find out who the judge is.

  46. Laura says:

    Omg….do NOT let Teresa win this one! please Please Please!

    I’m not so keen on Ali either….but Teresa cannot win this (lol, I’m okay, really I just despise her so much)

    Vote for Ali or Teresa to be on DWTS – People.com poll

    http://tvwatch.people.com/2010/07/29/dancing-stars-teresa-giudice-ali-fedotowsky-dwts/

    • Laura says:

      Dang it…when will I learn to read ahead…you guys are already on top of it…good!

      I love DWTS and hated it when Gosselin was on. I could barely get my b/f to watch it with me, lol, now to have her on….it would take ALOT of work on my part lolol

      • vilzvet says:

        I don’t know why she’s winning the poll because the comments are killer! She’s getting slammed left and right, too funny. It’s hard to believe she’s not reading the reader comments.

        • Maryla says:

          maybe people want her on the show so that we can see her publicly humiliated when the police to show up and cuff her while she is being interviewed by Tom Bergeron. THAT would be good television!

    • BamaBelle says:

      I already voted for that other person, Ali whatever her last name is. I tried to vote over and over but it wouldn’t count it-so everybody vote against Teresa, and if you have a second computer use that to vote again… LOL!

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it is impossible for T to be invited on DWTS, someone posted the company that published her book is owned by Disney and ABC- who owns DWTS.

      Not to mention, they also paid that shew Kate Gosselin a ton of cash to be on it.

      They don’t seem to be looking for women with scruples, just ones who will bring in ratings.

    • Well, you are making this bed bound lady very happy with all these links 🙂

    • Need a Hobby says:

      I went back to some earlier articles there and found a lovely pic of JZ & hubby, and Patti Stanger & Slade Similey. This is JZ’s current “fabulous” circle? Judith Regan’s also in the pic but looks like even she was a bit uncomfortable posing with the others. (Occasion was dinner for Stanger’s new cook book, Mancatcher Meals. Oy.)

      http://absurdtosublime.net/page/3/

      (Connection with RHNJ: Regan had an affair with the married Bernie Kerik, Caroline Manzo’s good friend and neighbor. Reportedly she broke it off after she learned Kerik had a long term mistress who he was still seeing. Kerik of course is now a convicted felon, serving 4 yrs in a federal pen.)

    • Earring Girl says:

      @Boston – This statement just stopped me in my tracks – really LOL!!!!

      Sizzle Tans originally wanted Teresa’s husband Juicy Delicious to star in the commercial, but he couldn’t get on the tanning bed without using a step ladder so they thought that might kill the mood. Speaking of Juicy Delicious, why isn’t he out getting new jobs since he’s the one who get them into this bankruptcy mess? It’s Disney World’s busiest season right now, so I’m sure they are looking for a little nugget who can fit into the King Louie costume. Get on that, Juicy Delicious!

      • boston02127 says:

        @EG—I laughed too when I read that. Teresa isn’t much taller then him, they must of given her a jungle vine to swing up to the tanning bed. Monkeys are good like that.

    • Squirrels says:

      Oh boy, so far the best response by commenters award goes to……

      Submitted by TITS on Sat, 07/31/2010 – 4:08pm.

      I question the wisdom of attending a tanning salon named ‘sizzle’.
      It’d be as if an amusement park was named ‘sudden painful death’.

      • Earring Girl says:

        @ Squirrels – this has got to be a close second place if not first –

        Submitted by But.Seriously.Folks on Sat, 07/31/2010 – 1:56pm.

        Isn’t “sizzle” the last thing people want their flesh to do? I dunno, the name of that joint makes me feel all skeevy!

        There is something seriously wrong with anyone who aspires to look like Teresa Giudice. She’s some kinda weird Neanderthal ranny troll. He look is damn near indescribable. Using her as a spokesmodel is real WTFish.

        Ok, enough pontificating, I need some liquor.

  47. boston02127 says:

    I don’t understand why people think Kelly is such a “fashionista”. Every picture I’ve ever seen of her she is a mess. She looks dirty. Her skin is greasy. Her hair is greasy and is usually a mess. Her skin is awful. Her jewelry looks like it smells. Her cloths are always childish and wrinkled and never fit her that well. I’m not talking about one or two bad pictures, it’s every picture I’ve ever seen of her.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/celebrity_photos/celebrity_photos_july_L9lNk4afqm7TI8SVz4ym7I?photo_num=12

  48. Sadie says:

    MickeyMouth – Thanks I’m still getting Jill haters on my facebook.

    Here’s a couple of Chop threads I thought you might like:

    http://survivorsucks.yuku.com/topic/72565/t/Big-Bother-12-Photochop-Dogpile-Thread.html

    http://survivorsucks.yuku.com/topic/71680/t/BB12-OFFICIAL-Photochop-Thread.html

  49. TrueLifeDiva says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster 😉
    Bringing it back to BGM. You can really tell Jason loves Bethenny wholeheartedly. I teared up a little when they first got in the car. Bethenny was rambling on and Jason just grabs her face and begins kissing her. So sweet! Also cute in a different kind of way was the footprint/handprint scene. Bethenny was freaking out and Jason kept telling her, “Just slap it down, slap it down!” Had me cracking up. Perfect exanple of how they are ying and yang to each other. Jason is the perfect balance for Bethenny. He knows when to shut up and when to put her in her place. I see a wonderfull life for them with maybe one more baby (a boy?) to round out the family unit. Bethenny has been hinting she’ll do one more season of BGM or whatever new moniker they come up with, and then call it a done deal with realty tv. Sounds like a smart plan to me.

  50. Earring Girl says:

    Tweets from Ramona:

    With @Bethenny and Mario with a fresh caught stripe bass I luv fish don’t you?!? http://twitpic.com/2ah52l
    about 1 hour ago via Twitpic

    Can u believe I have coco here 4 the wknd? Theres another cute dog, should I let Coco have a play date or will she bite off Coco’s head??
    about 1 hour ago via HootSuite

    Well housemates I am out for the night – it’s game night with about 20 of my best buds, will check back here tomorrow. Nite all. . . .

  51. boston02127 says:

    I found this for Teresa. LOL — type in her name.

    http://www.prisonbitchname.com/

  52. Squirrels says:

    I’m watching Steel Magnolias, a personal favorite of mine. One line reminds me so much of Jill.

    Clairee – “As somebody always said, if you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.”

    Fits Zarin to the proverbial “T”.

  53. kats2 says:

    Kelly tweet today. bf = boyfriend or best friend?

    Just had the greatest day with my parents and bf Angus. Chicago’s Prada store rocks. Tks for being so nice

  54. boston02127 says:

    Teresa’s affordable tanning in 2011…..

  55. TrueLifeDiva says:

    Aww, thanks for the warm welcome guys. Found this spot after getting kicked off TWoP by the infamous Strega and I needed to get my HouseWives fix.

    • Welcome! There are a lot of us TWOP exiles who found their way here 🙂

    • Laura aka Just done says:

      Welcome! Everyone here is great, none of the “drama” like TWoP

    • MickeyMouth says:

      What’s a Strega and a TWOP. The sound veneral diseases.

    • Dawn says:

      I am in total agreement with the Strega is a bitch comment. Anyone know for sure if “it” (Strega) really is female?

      • Sha2000 says:

        “I am in total agreement with the Strega is a bitch comment. Anyone know for sure if “it” (Strega) really is female?”

        Basically strega is Italian for witch but as in English some might exchange the word bitch to witch & vice versa. Strega is a feminine word (a on the end pronounced ah) as the English word witch too is a feminine word. Stregóne (stre-gon-A pronounced as a hard a sound) is the masculine version of the word strega. My Italian is rusty & I never really got it down but what I can tell you is NJ & NY “Italian” is quite different from the dialects spoken in Italy; kind of like proper English versus some of what we’ve seen on the show (the words women & woman ) & sprinkled with slang. I expect that these ladies fluency in Italian is no better than their English.

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    • Olivia says:

      I much prefer Jill’s dieting tips. I just keep pouring liquid all over my food so that I won’t have to eat it then sit back and wait for someone else to clean it up. Nothing says “losing weight” then pouring “cawfee” all over my Wheaties!

      Of course, like Jill, I find myself “hungry” most of the time. But there is nothing like “critiquing” the food that I intend to smother in liquid as she does at most venues.

      I love her so!!

      • Quincy IL says:

        In honor of Kelly, I walked 7.2 miles this morning. Sometimes, I ran but that was to get away from the flies and the smell of road kill.

      • Sha2000 says:

        “I much prefer Jill’s dieting tips. I just keep pouring liquid all over my food so that I won’t have to eat it…”

        Actually she must have gotten that tip from Bethenny. I listened to Naturally Thin in my car a few times (yeah, I need encouragement in the weight loss dept., lol) & Bethenny mentions pouring something on to the remainder of your food so you can’t finish it. She said all the NY housewives have incorporated her tips & have lost weight.

        Wasteful yes, but not a bad tip if you are trying to lose.

    • boston02127 says:

      Squirrels—Too funny! Someone should tweet the link to B.

    • Awww I love u too!
      Lol

  57. Lovebeth says:

    OMG Squirrels that was funny! I had mask on my face and I couldnt stop laughing.

  58. error404 says:

    hey guys! I’ve been MIA for or days..or at least it seemed. lol

    here’s my BGM? blog:
    http://www.poptalkers.com/blog/3313/bethenny-getting-scary-take-8/

    hope you enjoy it

    • Squirrels says:

      Enjoyed the blog 404. Left you a message. Not to be confused with a massage.

    • MickeyMouth says:

      I was beginning to worry the SS had you locked up somewhere.

      I see you used another, photochop – glad to oblige 🙂
      I kind of feel out of the whole show the Max scenes seem contrived.

      • error404 says:

        Yes, it’s like they tried to get Julie to be the new Bethenny (single and needing advice) and she wisely told them where to go. Or, some producer somewhere had the lightbulb moment “I know! It will be like Bethenny was, but this time it’s a guy! Huh? Huh? Isn’t it brilliant?”

    • cusi 77 says:

      error_ Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed it so much!

  59. Olivia says:

    Speaking of idiots, Snooki got herself arrested while flinging insults at the cops and wearing a shirt with the word “SLUT” spelled out across her ample chest. As if we needed reminding or had any doubts.

    Look to Trashley to find something “positive” to offer up since it appears she would give anything to bask in the same publicity, good or bad, that would guarantee a sizable paycheck like what Snooki is bringing down. $30,000 an episode is what they are reporting for sticking her tongue down the throat of any male in proximity, baring it all for those who can stomach the sight, and flinging the “f bomb” around as a way of showing off her “education”.

    Snooki and Trashley, perfect examples of “leaving no child left behind”. And is not this latest piece of garbage a particular “favorite” of Jill Zarin as well? Theresa too if I am not mistaken.

    My impression is that if Snooki were even capable of forming a coherent statement it would be littered with “ha ha”s” she borrowed from Trashley. I smell plagiarism!!

  60. boston02127 says:

    Ashley signed up for Starnow (where talent gets discovered)

    My name is Ashley Holmes. I am 18 years old. I am on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”. I am looking to break into the industry of modeling and acting. I love fashion.. that is was originally first attracted me to modeling… BUT.. I feel that I have the personality for acting.. and it’s always been something I was interested in.. so.. WHY NOT ?! 🙂

    http://www.starnow.com.au/shmashhh

    LOL—“that is was originally first attracted me to modeling”

    • felony stupid says:

      oh, so it wasn’t her upper arms?

      • felony stupid says:

        btw – Checked out Starnow and 95% of the auditions and “talent” listed are based in the UK and Australia. Asslee continues to be my favorite moron.

        • Olivia says:

          Do they come any dumber or more delusional than Trashley? She has no personality to speak of other than her usual smirk and “whatever” comments when confronted.

          Her segments show a wide eyed moron with nothing to offer beyond the rest of us wanting to line up and slap her silly!

          Modeling, writing, fashion design? Way over her head. Unless she signs up with the idiot who was turning Lu Ann into a rock star, she hasn’t a shot.

          • Squirrels says:

            Holy hand grenade! Modeling, writing, fashion design? Does this mean Skelly has a new, more passionate tastemaker career as mentor to the wanna be stars? No way. It isn’t Skelly the Manzo’s have been hanging with. It’s our old, dear, holier than thou, …. you guessed it…..

            Jill Zaaaaaarinnnnn.

            I can’t wait to see if Jill will step up to the plate and try to get this nincompoop an acting/ modeling gig.

          • Quincy IL says:

            She wants to be a fashion designer? rotfl.

            I want to be a fashion designer too. What do you all want to become?

        • vilzvet says:

          Good, maybe she’ll go there!!

    • Squirrels says:

      I barely know where to begin. Ashley has neither the intelligence nor talent beyond hahaha to make it in an industry fraught with wolverines. She’s not a dime a dozen, she’s the type that makes other people rich. Those who prey on no talent look-at-me’s with mothers who insist their child is the next Shirley Temple, Jody Foster or Rin Tin Tin. Before she can say, I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille, she’ll be a has been.

      Other than that, I think she’s adorable.

      • felony stupid says:

        ditto squirrels, ditto

      • Tam5115 says:

        I would never say Ashley is ugly, she is not ugly… but she’s definitely NOT model material. Christine is model material. I bet that just burns the Manzos where the sun don’t shine.

        Ashley should have Teresa taking her to all the casting calls too. I mean, Gee, she’s doing so well with Gia and all. ::roll eyes::

  61. MickeyMouth says:

    Can’t snark at that. I just made a big typo upstream.

    Modeling? Isn’t she like 5’4″?

  62. kats2 says:

    Modeling really Ashley? Send them the tape of you from Season one during your mall photo shoot. You stupid little lazy moron.

  63. Dani says:

    Lynn I have been waiting for your blog on BGM and it is excellent like always. I love this show and like you I am going to miss it. No matter how bad my day is at work on Thursdays I know it is going to get better when I watch Bethenny’s show. I don’t think that Bethenny is over exposed. I love watching her on every show she is on and I agree she needs to strike while she is so popular. This is for her and her families future. As far as Max, I think he is cute, however, I think he is a little to full of himself. He is there to do a job and it seems like Julie works so hard and gets no help from him. I loved the entire episode this week. It took me 2 hours to watch it because I had to keep rewinding the show as I was crying or laughing and then would miss what they had said. This is a truly heart warming show that I can relate to. I am hoping for a season 2. It took me a while to go through all of the comments. This is a great blog with fantastic bloggers. I enjoy everyone and want to thank you all for all of the great links you provide on the HW’s and Bethenny. I would not be able to find them without you.

  64. OK I posted another post, my final post I hope!, about the claim that Teresa is the best-selling book author out of all of the housewives. I tried to simplify it with a timeline. I borrowed a post from here, from yesterday’s comments from, “I can’t stand the toxicity”-(thank-you) , because it explains a lot in my opinion about how/why this item was started. If I mentioned anyone’s names, or Twitter handles and they would like it deleted, please email me @ housewifehater@gmail.com I hope I don’t have to post anymore corrections, or research book sales for a few days. http://njhousewives.blogspot.com/

    • Dani says:

      Thank you housewifehater this is excellent.

      • You’re welcome! Oh-and one more thing I wanted to say about Teresa’s book, I would so love to see about 50 cartons of Skinny Italian listed for sale in the auction catalog. You can bet I’m going to be scouring the content list, the online auction included.

    • icantstandthetoxicity says:

      @housewifehater I am glad you were able to find my comments last night. I wanted to let everyone know that Rob Shuter/Naughty Nice Rob’s information has to be taken with a grain of salt. He is a biased gossip columnist.

      • TY-ICSTT, and again TY for posting the background about Rob.
        It put the whole incident in perspective for me.
        These professional gossip people are real pieces of work.
        I wish that he would just ‘fess-up to his Tweet!

  65. Squirrels says:

    OT-

    I wanted to thank those who took the time to read chapter one. Your feedback was humbling in it’s praise and helped give me direction as to the rest of the tale. I’m not looking to rival Jane Austin, and appreciate anything that helps me on my path, including all criticisms. #1 problem, I’m a long winded wench.

    To be fair, it’s impossible to not love this kid and get caught up in that, whether you’ve met him IRL or not. But the feedback has helped me focus. Hopefully, it will be balanced when it comes to fruition.

    Keep it coming and thanks again.

    • Laura aka Just done says:

      @squirrels – I read it earlier and it took a while for me to respond. It made me laugh, cry…relive all the emotions when the doctor told me my son had ADHD. You write beautifully, from the heart, and you help us see through your eyes.

      Your son is lucky to have you, and we are lucky to have met you. Thanks!

  66. Lovebeth says:

    Here is Alex”s tweet 28 mins ago

    Turtle Time w @SimonvanKempen @Bethenny @ramonasinger & @BravoAndy = so much fun!!
    28 minutes ago via Echofon

    • You know Simon & Alex have been fooling around with Foursquare, I bet they just alerted everyone to exactly where Turtle-time is? I wonder if Simon is the mayor of Turtle-time?

  67. Quincy IL says:

    quote from the twitter of Kelly Bensimon:

    “@jamieStewart35 I take vitamins every day. Have u tried acai berry juice. So yummy. ”

    Isn’t acai berry supposed to be a diet supplement for weight loss? So Kelly uses cleanses and acai berry. She eats 700 calories a day. She drinks a coffee then runs 8 miles. I don’t know how she is standing up much less running in a marathon in Chicago. Before the race, she was eating chicken wings and beer.

    I can’t wait for Kelly’s diet book to come out.

  68. Blue Sky says:

    Wow! This was posted on the comments after T-man’s latest blog on Bravo:

    a reckoning
    You don’t owe anyone an explanation. People will believe what they will regardless of what is said, and that’s all good. What you do or don’t do is for you to decide and what is in the best interest of your family is for you and your husband to figure out. I hope this painful process will be put behind you soon. You will recoup and come back.

    Moving right along…

    I’m surprised you said you don’t follow tabloids or gossip, because, when you went after D that night, fueled by her comment that your house was in foreclosure, it’s been said that, that confirmed who was circulating that information in the media. You went ballistic because of the gossip you had heard and read. So I’m not sure it’s believable when you say you don’t care about what’s been circulating. That’s fine, no harm in admitting that. It would be a human response to have strong feelings about stuff that’s circulated…

    There are things circulating about your business, so will take this at face value.

    It’s not so much about real estate ventures gone bad. It’s the high end spending run a muck that is crazy, given the spending that continues.

    What’s been said here seems to be a cookie cutter response that has already been given. It is nobody’s business. Being in the lime light, unfortunately opens you up to scrutiny, as it does a lot of infamous people. Blogging about it, unfortunately, gives people an open invitation for examination. Sort of like what D did when she put the book on the table.

    In general, if people handled this information the way you handled D the night you flipped a table at her, and picked her apart, solely based on what you read, people would have a field day with you, with backlash.

    I wish you stability. Put your spending days behind you.

    It is good if you don’t put too much into material goods (lamp)…What is important is that you and your family have your health, and love. Your girls don’t need all that stuff, just your love and attention. That’s all children really need at the end of the day.

    It was so sweet that your hard working husband gave you a poem for your 10 yr. anniversary. He’s got a big heart. Just a word of advice from a total stranger…Go easy on him. The pressure to provide for you the way he has must be unbelievable. Give the guy a break.

    Please don’t align yourself with the businesses you name drop.

    In a bad economy, people are forced to tighten their wallets, curb spending and live within their means. They don’t go out after filing and buy a diamond ring they can’t afford.

    Who should be responsible for paying back your creditors for providing the opulence in which you live? Pricey purchases made, knowing you can not or won’t pay them back is theft and is not helping the economy. More people then you can count will be hurt by this.

    Please leave D’s children out of your vendetta against her.

    07/30/2010 – 12:33pm

  69. Blue Sky says:

    Thanks Boston for that link to the blog started a couple of years ago, about RHWONJ. The post from Ashley herself, & either her mom, Jacq or was it Dina posting…very entertaining to say the least! My favorites were from people that know T-man:

    “Anonymous said…
    The drama with the sister-in-laws is going to be fun. Good thing they didnt show Theresa and her sister-in-law they can’t stand each other, they have to much shit and are to similar. I think her brother and her husband are in some sort of competition with each other too! So sad.

    April 09, 2009 11:42 AM”

    Maybe it’s T-man’s sister-in-law posting all the revealing nasty blogs about her!

    “Anonymous said…
    That is the greatest trainwreck Ive ever seen. Teresa is gonna put her husband right in jail for tax invasion…Holy Shit!!!

    May 13, 2009 6:59 PM”

    Indeed!

    • vilzvet says:

      Too bad, we never have seen T’s immediate family besides her parents. Bet there’s alot of drama there.

  70. Anyone else think that Teresa’s body looks weird like Kelly’s in the sizzle-Tan© ads?
    I just found an intriguing comment left at Popeater. (copied w/link below). Anyone hear anything about this nanny business? Anyone who would work for 6 months without pay kinda deserves to be ripped-off in my opinion. That’s just dum. OK-I’m tired of Teresa, anyone planning to blog DC Housewives?
    (copied comment from Popeater)

    Saturday 31 July
    By nina
    Go ahead Teresa work …like the rest of the NJ mothers…and while you are at it…how about paying
    the young college nanny you stiffed for 6 months without pay while she took care of those bratz of your…

    http://www.popeater.com/2010/07/31/teresa-giudice-sizzle-tan-ad-commerical/2#comments

    • vilzvet says:

      Sad and I’m sure it’s true. Some poor kid never got paid for dealing with those screaming little trolls.

      • BamaBelle says:

        OMG…

        Here’s a quote from Teresa about the bankruptcy…

        “It was a different economy back then for all of us. When the economy crashed, like most families, we tightened our belts and changed our lifestyle,” Giudice told PopEater’s Rob Shuter last month.”
        ********************************************************
        We tightened out belts and changed our lifestyle? You’ve got to be kidding me? What a freaking LIAR! In season’s 1 & 2 all Teresa has done is spend-spend-spend. It’s ridiculous for her to say they tightened their belts. Over the top birthday & house-warming parties, helicopter rides and a yellow diamond? Spending sprees for her and the kids. On the next episode, she’s having an over the top (I’m sure) christening for Audriana. Buying over 100,000 in furniture and paying CASH. Having her “bubbies” enlarged, that had to be at least 5,000… signing Gia up with a talent agency-you know that can’t be cheap! What a LIAR! Going to a fertility clinic and stiffing them for 12,000. Is this what those of you are doing that’s been hit by the economy? NO-I don’t think so!

        It really makes me mad when she invited on The View, maybe DWTS, getting in magazines like RedBook or Good Housekeeping (one of those types of mags.) Doing TV commercials-all this legitamizes her and it makes me SICK!

  71. boston02127 says:

    Good Morning 🙂 21 more days!

    • vilzvet says:

      We hope!!!!!!!! I mapped her house as about 75 miles from mine….who knows, may be a nice day trip!

    • Laura aka Just done says:

      Can’t wait! Gonna have the lunch packed and thermos full of coffee ready! 🙂

    • kats2 says:

      I can’t wait!!! My birthday is on Monday but the great details of this trip is the present I can’t wait for, so excited!!!!

  72. boston02127 says:

    Teresa’s tweet about a week ago:
    I am thinking about doing “Dancing with the Stars” though. What do you guys think? xx

    Teresa’s tweet yesterday: here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/2eqk642
    Vote for me! I gotta win. I’m very competitive like that. 😉 xx

    In the first tweet she’s “thinking” about going on DWTS. The second tweet she’s asking for votes to vote her on DWTS. So no, I don’t think she’s “thinking” about it as if she’s been asked by the network, she’s actually putting it out there and begging. Twisted words Teresa!

    • vilzvet says:

      Exactly…she is hoping and praying the execs at the show see the poll and her description of herself as “competitive, I gotta win”. Ugh!! With all her negative press and financial situation I just don’t see the logic of putting her on the show. It’s a slap in the face to REAL stars ala Jane Seymour and Susan Lucci who kicked butt on that show.

  73. vilzvet says:

    I have to watch it again but when Bethenny was with her therapist describing how she didn’t want her mother around Bryn, I feel like her reasons could also be applied to JILL.
    And how nice will it be next week to see Ramona holding the baby! We also know they are together this weekend too in Montauk having a grand old time.

  74. Tam5115 says:

    Do you really think Teresa was asked to be on DWTS?

    If she was, she’d know she can’t demand a partner. I find it telling that she recently tweeted that she can’t talk about DWTS anymore. Ummm, yeah, you can’t talk about it because you haven’t been invited!

    I hate Jill Zarin but I also hate Teresa Giudice.

  75. Ellabean says:

    Please forgive if this was already mentioned upthread but:

    Teresa is going to be on The Spew – I mean The View tomorrow (Monday, 8/2).

  76. boston02127 says:

    Once again Ilana A’s wrote a nasty blog about Bethenny. Ilana comes off as a very lonely woman and her blog screams of jealousy. I can understand why people watch RHONY, there are many people on the show that are liked and viewers have to put up with Jill. Not the case with BGM. Bethenny show is basically about Bethenny. Why does Ilana watch BGM? If people don’t agree with Ilana she won’t publish their posts and she’ll be the first to scream anit semitism if you criticize her blog.
    http://www.jewishjournal.com/keepingthefaith/item/bethenny_frankel_blew_her_shot_at_redemption_20100730/

    • Olivia says:

      Wow! I guess Iliana was not watching the same show. Having a baby nurse available is every new mother’s dream. Bethenny was shown going without sleep because she was feeding on demand. Also keep in mind the baby was a preemie.

      I am sure she never dismissed Jason’s parents as Iliana suggests. They are from PA and both work so it is safe to assume they are not readily available 24/7 to take care of a newborn.

      Bethenny is upfront in admitting that she does not let people “in” as easily as Jason. She has often said that her life is often rather isolated when it comes to interactions. And getting a little testy when Jason’s friends come over to see the baby is understandable. Not matter the precious intent of the visitors, they are still “company” who must be entertained to an extent and she is pleading for sleep. Nothing wrong with that reaction. We could have seen her doing a “Loretta Young” and sweeping through the scenes as a thrilled hostess which would have been out and out phony.

      I get that sometimes she comes off as rather abrasive but she is learning to adjust to the situation. This is a woman who has basically been on her own throughout her life and now must adapt to a lifestyle that is essentially new to her. But there is not mistaking her love for Jason and Bryn and her desire to make things work.

      Iliana has a perfect right to her own opinion, we all do, but she is especially hard on Bethenny and I am not sure why. Asking his parents to shut the door to the hospital room may have been made at the request of the hospital staff itself in offering the other patients some measure of quiet since Bethenny certainly attracted attention during her stay. And then mentioning how “disappointed” Bethenny appeared at not finding a host of paparazzi awaiting her departure was sheer invention.

      For whatever that series intent, I do not understand the vitriol that Iliana has produced when covering Bethenny other than her heart essentially remains with Jill Zarin.

      • Quincy IL says:

        Ms. Angel is a bitter woman and she is jealous of Bethenny. Her reasoning is affected by her life experiences.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Jealousy is so unattractive – why a blogger would allow that to enter into their writing makes me wonder why they are blogging at all!

    • icantstandthetoxicity says:

      I used to read Ilana Angel’s blogs but I’m done with her. She is a bitter and angry woman.

    • It looks like she’s going out of her way to take the side of not liking Bethenny.
      I feel bad that Bethenny rejected her own mom when her mom tried to reach-out, and I even got a twinge that Bethenny is acting more like her own mom acted towards her than she would like to believe. But when it comes to the baby nurse, I think Bethenny did the right thing because Bryn is so little.
      Plus, she’s the mom, so whatever she decides is the right thing in my opinion.
      To even use the word “whore” in the same sentence with that tiny little baby is crazy. I’m hoping that Bethenny doesn’t see that line . It was offensive.
      I haven’t read all of Ilana’s columns, but one thing I disagree with you Boston, is that I did see some real antisemitism directed at her, not the phony Jill Zarin kind.
      What I saw Ileana comment about, was the real thing, it had no place in a discussion about a tv show but some kooks did post it in her comments.-I think she mentioned that she deleted it, so maybe you didn’t see it but it wasn’t nice or innocent.

  77. icantstandthetoxicity says:

    For some reason, I thought the RHODC cast would be classy. I was wrong! LOL

    http://absurdtosublime.net/2010/08/01/real-housewives-of-dc-tareq-salahi-assaults-lynda-erkiletian/

    • Zipit Zarin says:

      Now that’s irony! Acting “second-tier” because you are accused of being “second-tier” B-Side blog photo caps will be a blast to read from this show too 😀

    • Olivia says:

      There is hardly one reason to continue this franchise. The people at Bravo are deliberately wasting time and energy featuring the same types of ego driven maniacs to populate these shows. All in the name of ratings. Appealing to the worst in us to sit back and “enjoy” watching the antics of a bunch of nobodies eager and willing to shame themselves into “stardom” speaks volumes.

      NJ displayed a bevy of women who are not only inelegant, but dumber than a box of rocks. Not one character in this series is even close to being considered likable and it now appears in their “race to the bottom” that they are willing to advance the likes of Kim G as a replacement to “spiritual” Dina.

      NY is not much better and though they have yet to engage in “hand to hand combat” as seen on NJ, the women they choose to turn into “stars” leave a lot to be desired as well. Without an “ensemble” to play off, they are boring stand alones.

      I can understand Kevin Spacey’s comments about “reality stars” making appearances at legitimate theatrical functions and expecting to be treated with the same degree of “respect” as those who have spent years developing their craft and skills while these non entities have done nothing but expose themselves to a hand held camera which does not include “talent” by any stretch of the imagination.

      “Reality tv” has created a market for those who are willing to cast aside their self respect for a shot at “fame” and it must be galling to those who do possess the ability but must scramble out there in order to perfect their craft.

      It is a shame to provide a platform for the likes of those who are more than willing to behave like idiots just for a chance to call themselves “stars”. And a man throwing a drink on a woman is just another advancement toward the “race to the bottom”.

      Pull the plug! Puhleeze!!!!

      • Quincy IL says:

        I guess it’s all about money.

        • Quincy IL says:

          Have you notice how many housewives are actor want to bees… Alex, Alexi, Bethenny, Jeanna, even NeNe?

      • Need a Hobby says:

        Bravo will continue the HW franchises as long as enough people watch. Bravo doesn’t care if people watch because they like the shows and the casts, or if they watch just to be continually appalled by the trainwrecks on parade. Just as long as they watch. Ratings and advertising revenue is what it’s all about. It’s the bottom line for all networks. Bravo certainly didn’t invent pandering to the lowest common denominator. That’s been a staple of public entertainment for thousands of years.

        Basically the HW shows are like professional wrestling with accessories by Gucci.

        I haven’t been watching RHNJ, not out of some particularly high-minded disdain but primarily because I don’t find it entertaining or engaging. But I do find a bit of irony in that some people apparently keep on watching only to proclaim how awful it it is and we shouldn’t reward these people by having them on TV. But they keep on watching.

        As long as enough people watch these shows, for whatever reason, and continue to make them profitable, they’ll be on the air. When the genre reaches the saturation point and it might, and loses eyeballs and profitability, the networks will move on to something else. But it won’t be Masterpiece Theater or Live From the Met.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Tariq is a grifter. He will fit in with the Curtins, the Guidices, and the Zolciaks.

      It’s amazing that the Manzo have a boat load of outstanding bills to health care professionals. Try not paying for your wedding at the Brownstone and see what happens.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Why is this man involved? Is he a housewife?

  78. Ellabean says:

    The DC Wives will be on The View this Wednesday, 8/4.

  79. icantstandthetoxicity says:

    This is an interesting tweet from Rob Shuter/Naughty Nice Rob. He has been bashing Bethenny for a couple of months but now he is excited to see her. LOL

    NaughtyNiceRob So excited to see @bethenny and @johnnygweir on Wednesday. Haven’t seen B since she had that adorable baby. Big party for @glaad.

    • Good! maybe he’ll get to the bottom of the book sale mystery?

    • Need a Hobby says:

      He’s a suck up by profession. Perhaps he’s found that bashing B now isn’t all that great an idea for someone in his line of work.

      I can’t remember….when was the last time his “good friend” Jill Zarin on the cover of People mag? Had her own TV show with apparently great ratings? (Stuff like that matters to those kinds of people.) Of course, B’s not exactly A list (and she knows that, she’s not stupid) but she’s right now she’s more of a “get” than Jill Zarin who’s most known now as that “disgusting person” (per NY Mag) on RHONY.

  80. Quincy IL says:

    Luann’s niece, Nicole, is developing a collection for Ralph Loren home line.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holly-cara-price/rubbernecking-work-of-art_b_650129.html

    Eat your heart out Ashley. Nicole developed her skills and worked hard to become a designer. I guess she lost the “Work of Art” contest.

  81. HD says:

    Question (if anyone can answer please do)

    I am reading Ilana’s blog and I did not really watch BGM this week. I saw the parents come in and hear the name and then I flipped and flipped back when she breastfed and had the beer and then I went to sleep or something.

    ANYWAYSSSSSSSS…..Did Bethanny have the option of having her mother in law watch Bryn (help out) when they first brought the baby home? Illana’s blog reads like it was an option and she chose the baby nurse. Did the mom offer to help and Bethanny said no?

    • katie says:

      I believe that Bethenny and Jason had a conversation regarding hiring the baby nurse and Jason said that his parents could help out instead.

      I can understand why Bethenny would not want to have her in-laws there in place of the baby nurse. She would probably feel somewhat obligated to entertain them, and that is a demanding request to make on your in-laws.

      The blogger obviously doesn’t like Bethenny and I could see how she could contort the relationship between Bethenny and her in-laws. But what baffles me is when she says that she feels bad for Bethenny because she was disappointed that there were no paparazzi present at the hospital. Yeah, I am sure that was the real reason that Jason was crying in the car.

      She also describes B as “gross” b/c she tells the baby nurse to make herself at home, but doesn’t refer to her by name in the interviews. Doesn’t she mean gross and creepy?
      It appears she is desperate to draw attention to her blog. Maybe she should get the renowned author Kelly to legitimize her blog, I hear she works wonders.

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Don’t Jason’s parents work? I don’t think it was feasible for them or even just her MIL to be there 24/7 in the first weeks (or months) to help with the baby.

      Remember on RHONY when B wanted to tell J’s parents about the pregnancy when the news had gotten out on the net and asked if they could drive up to NY? Jason said they had to go to work the next day and wasn’t going to ask them to do that.

      (Some folks at the time criticized B for not driving down to PA and expecting them to drive up, but what wasn’t really mentioned in RHONY was that B was on bed rest at the time per dr’s orders wasn’t supposed to travel.)

      What an odd thing to criticize someone else for. That’s reaching for something to criticize. And if B had indeed asked/expected her MIL to stay and be the baby nurse to Bryn, no doubt Ilana would would criticize that.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Jason’s parents have jobs is PA – so how could they be 24/7 help with Bryn? Because the baby was early, everyone rallied to help but Bethenny clearly asked Julie to get ahold of the nurse (who we saw helping Julie organize the nursery!). Illana apparently doesn’t have to watch the show in order to form her opinions – she just blogs what she wants.!

        • MAMAZ says:

          The conversation about Jason’s parents staying happened on the way to the hospital before Bryn was born. Because B went into labor early the nurse wasn’t supposed to be on duty yet. I saw it as B freaking out about that and Jason reminding her that his parents were coming and they could help until the nurse came.
          Then B had to have a C section which nobody was expecting so she stayed in the hospital longer than planned anyway. Since the baby was premature she would have had to stay in the hospital a little longer anyway. B & J like most people with no baby experience didn’t even consider that. Nobody sent Jason’s parents packing. I’m sure they stayed at the apartment with Jason and helped set up for Bryn’s homecoming.
          As for Gina the Baby Nurse, I’m sure B doesn’t call her baby nurse when addressing her. But if she started talking about Gina to the viewer people may not know who she was talking about. I remember her talking about the wedding planner at first. After she and the viewers came to know him she referred to him as Shawn. I think we’ll see the same thing with Gina, the baby nurse.

          • Need a Hobby says:

            So Ilana’s criticisms are intellectually dishonest, given the actual facts and circumstances?

            That’s more than a mere difference of opinion, although that’s how Ilana chooses to portray dissent. If she’s stacking the deck to promote a certain point of view that is in actuality not supported by the facts, then it’s not really about Bethenny but rather it’s about Ilana. Then she has an agenda, whether she admits it or not, and is willing to twist, obfuscate and omit facts to support it.

            • HD says:

              Thank you, everyone for answering. My mom stayed with me when my daughter was born and I had a c-section as well. I was happy to have her there but then we got into it and she left like 3 days into it. 😦

              I think the mom probably would have liked to stay even if for just a day or two just to be around. I wonder if that was an option. I can see having the nurse on one hand and I can see having the mom there as well. I guess it depends on how you want to look at it. Having a c-section which was the worst pain I have ever been in, someone needs to be there 24/7 because there is no way she can get up and all that.

              What was Jason’s take on it? Did he want his mom there?

  82. katie says:

    Check out photos of the latest tastemaker…

    http://misstlc.blogspot.com/2010_06_01_archive.html

  83. NYC Palm Beach Wall St Lady says:

    Did you see Trashy’s real new gig ? She is on a pre used tanning bed for a “chain” (three stores !) Of NJ tanning Beds ! Not “clean sly ” !

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1299115/Real-Housewife-Teresa-Giudice-sizzles-skimpy-bikinis-commercials-Sizzle-Tans-salons.html
    BTW Bethany does show poor protocal sometimes : getting pregnant b4 Jason asked her to marry him and now doesn’t she know usually friends throw a baby shower for u ; u don’t usually throw one for ur self. The last show made me tear up several times it was so sweet & tender. I know her shower will be a show stopper !

    • Quincy IL says:

      Hey, it’s a party to celebrate the baby. It’s tough to have a baby shower when you have such a short time and so much to do. I think it’s wonderful to invite friends to share the joy.

      • kats2 says:

        ditto Quincy.

        Plus B getting pregos before being asked or being married is just fine. At their age it’s a blessing.

        • Quincy IL says:

          Let’s face things happen. I have one child that was a surprise and he’s a physician and I’m a Ph.D. oops.

          I want Bethenny to have a wonderful life.

          • MAMAZ says:

            I love Bethenny HOWEVER, I think wearing white and a full veil for a second wedding was kind of tacky. Likewise planning your own shower.
            I’m a fairly traditional gal but I do respect everyones right to do it there own way. Also this baby shower may be all for BGM. For all we know Jason’s mom or one of B’s friends may have held a private shower off camera.

            • Quincy IL says:

              It’s hard to be a virgin in white at 39 years old.

              http://www.english.uwosh.edu/roth/VictorianEngland.htm

              “Among the working classes in London, many costermongers (street vendors) lived with their girlfriends starting in their early teens. Elsewhere in the working class, premarital sex was generally winked at, as long as the couple got married.In 1800, about a third of working-class brides were pregnant on their wedding day.”

              Years ago, I taught a general bio class in a college and I tried to include a touch of history in the chapter on Human reproduction.

            • kats2 says:

              And IMO people should wear whatever they want for any wedding they have.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Shower was supposed to happen before the birth – but Bryn couldn’t wait to be born! lol Bethenny is so thankful to all who are helped her through the past months so for what it is worth – Bethenny has been marching to a different drummer than the rest of us!

      • Need a Hobby says:

        In some cultures/traditions, baby showers are held only after the birth of the child.

        In this case it likely was a matter of timing with an unexpected delivery a month before the due date, as you noted.

        • Quincy IL says:

          That is so true. We had a discussion at a baby shower and women from the Middle East and India told us that they celebrated after the baby was several months old. In the old times, many babies didn’t make it. My husband was really weird during my pregnancies because he didn’t want to suffer too much if we lost the babies. He actually delivered 600 babies in a Tehran hospital for an intership after medical school and he still had phobias.

      • Tootsie says:

        Call it a party then. Bethenny doesn’t need to have a shower so that she can clothe Bryn. This was a celebration of life, love and joy. When I turned 60 I threw my own “wake”. Some thought it was weird, others thought I was a genius. I wanted to celebrate that my friends and I had made it and were survivors. Wore purple and red, DJ, food, the whole nine yards. Those who didn’t understand at first finally got it the night of the “wake”.

        (For those who don’t know, a wake is a gathering at a funeral. Now that I’ve taken care of that my family can just throw me in the ground when the time comes.) Even passing can be funny.

        • Need a Hobby says:

          I love it the idea of one’s own “wake” @ 60. It’s an achievement to have made it. Why not celebrate with surviving fellow travelers on this journey while one is there to enjoy it? Great idea!

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Bethenny and Jason were talking about marriage by July of last year. That month B was spotted wearing a “pre-engagement” ring and her rep responded to media inquiries and confirmed that they were headed towards marriage.

      J’s proposal later that year made it “official.” It appears likely the hold up was concern about B’s readiness to fully commit to the relationship due to her fears. (Remember the painting Jason said was representative of their courtship.) The pregnancy wasn’t planned. Pregnancies can happen even when people take precautions.

      Certainly Bethenny is aware of the usual “protocol.” But it’s not like she’s going to be a social outcast because she plans her own baby shower. Better she should expect others to do that for her?

      • MAMAZ says:

        I doesn’t really matter when a baby is conceived only that it is wanted and loved. Unplanned doesn’t = unwanted.

        • Need a Hobby says:

          Of course “unplanned doesn’t = unwanted” especially in B’s case where she had frequently spoken of wanting a child, even before she met Jason 2.

          Evident that she was a tad shocked at getting pregnant so easily since she expected that she would have trouble conceiving. But also excited and happy that it was happening, regardless of the timing.

        • ShyAsrai says:

          i always thought of my children as “happy surprises”!

  84. MAMAZ says:

    Ilana Angels Blog
    It’s a classic glass half empty glass half full scenerio.

    Some people like Lynn and most of the people posting on here watch looking for the love and beauty Bethenny has found. We are happy for her business successes and rejoice in her realtionship with Jason and the birth of Bryn.

    Other people like Ilana watch looking for signs of dissatisfaction and burgeoning ego. They disect every sentence, analyze every remark, disregard humour and anxiety. They delight in every cross word, hurt feelings or HUMAN display of exhaustion.

    It’s a self fullfilling prophesy. If you look for the ugliness in life you will sure as hell find it. I’d rather look for the beauty. It’s not as obvious or readily available. But when I do see it I find it all the more special because of it’s quiet, gentle apperance in my life.

    I feel very sorry for Ilana and people like her. I imagine it’s a lonely, painful existence to be so bitter and jaded.

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Bethenny evidently is like a Rorschach test for some people…what they see and how they respond is often more revelatory of themselves than of B.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      So very well said – which is why we are here – we like joy and happiness and being in the place of yes! And we all HATE Jill Zarin.

    • anitabee says:

      Has anyone read any of I.’s other entries? She wrote one about going on a blind date or maybe it was first meeting of an online meet-up. I guess the guy burbed and farted on their first date much too her dismay.

      Like attracts Like — it’s not a big secret. You look for crap and crap finds it way into your life. I wonder why she expected anything different.

      I don’t read I. anymore — her writing is hysterical in the sad true sense of the word.

      • MAMAZ says:

        For someone who has complained about the ugly things people have said to her she sure doesn’t mind saying truly ugly things about Bethenny. Saying she was whoring her daughter out was vile. When I had my children I showed them off to as many people as possible. Bethenny has the resources to show off Bryn to an entire viewership. So what? She’s rightfully proud of her beautiful child. Ilana has mentioned her son in several of the blogs I’ve read by her including the one you just mentioned. By her own standard wouldn’t that be pimping him out? Of course not! Her son is an important part of her life just as Bryn is in Bethenny’s.

        • Need a Hobby says:

          Not only that, didn’t Ilana self-servingly use her son when she (metaphorically) trotted him out when commenters criticized her? Didn’t she write that people should think of her son when they responded to her (or something similar)?

          Seriously, Ilana said B was “whoring” her daughter out? While Ilana tries to use her son like a shield against criticism?

          • MAMAZ says:

            And I just read her blog about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. She’s upset that Marc Mezvinsky had traditional Jewish elements in the wedding when he was marrying a non Jew. Can you imagine how she would have reacted to someone saying they were upset by Chelsea being married by a minister to a non Christian? She would have screamed anti semitism! And when posters called her on it of course she told them off and said she wouldn’t post anymore comments from them. One of them was a really bigoted post. But she is the worst at the whole double standard thing.

            • Need a Hobby says:

              Ironic I suppose that she evidently doesn’t see that this “people should stick to their own kind” thing can be viewed as a form of bigotry, however dressed up it may be as something else.

              In fairness, though, Ilana ended by advising people to follow their hearts. (And when they do, she’ll be there to criticize, LOL.)

        • Quincy IL says:

          I think Ilianna is Jill’s twin given up at birth to wolves.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      thanks @Boston! better question: where will all the money Teresa makes be going….lol

    • Need a Hobby says:

      I think Maria got some facts wrong. Didn’t Rob the snob say, variously, he got his “inside” info from a friend of St. Martin’s Press (which, Maria, is not Teresa’s publisher) and also Pub Weekly? And aren’t claims that their info would be accurate dubious…since reportedly publishers are guarded about their actual numbers and don’t publish all their total cumulative stats for all to see? So external sources, even Pub Weekly, essentially are reading tea leaves, or rather drawing inferences from the limited info available to them? Or so I understand. If that’s indeed the case, then someone at St Martin’s wouldn’t have access to competing publishing houses’ stats.

      I think LitSnitch, who was actually in the biz, has a better handle on what info is available and to whom.

      • Need a Hobby says:

        Rob said he got “insider info” from a friend AT St. Martin’s, I meant to type.

  85. wall St Lady says:

    mportant literary question of our time, did Teresa Giudice outsell Bethenny Frankel’s diet book empire? Gossip columnist Naughty Nice Rob tweeted that Teresa had sold more books than Bethenny. Is that true? Well.. it’s hard to say. The truth is, no one really knows exact sale figures for books, especially considering that publishing companies don’t release the number of returns. So, we have pretty limited data to work with. But, here are some facts on each book:

    Skinny Italian, released May 4, 2010
    #294 in books (amazon)
    #1,682 (bn.com)
    co: Heather McLean, also wrote ‘baby gizmo buying guide’

    Skinnygirl Dish, released December 29, 2009
    #131 in books (amazon)
    #1,374 (bn.com)
    reportedly sold over 100,000 copies in 2009 per Publisher’s Weekly
    Fireside
    co: Eve Adamson

    Naturally Thin, released March 10, 2009
    Fireside
    #146 in books (amazon)
    #1, 361 (bn.com)
    reportedly sold over 100,000 copies in 2009 per Publisher’s Weekly
    co: Eve Adamson, writer of several “Complete Idiot’s…”

    All of the books have made the New York Times best-seller list, although none are currently on it. Teresa has gone into promo overdrive for her book, Tweeting about book signings almost constantly. Bethenny’s books have been out longer, but Bethenny’s crowd may buy more books on Amazon whereas Teresa’s fans may buy more apt to buy at brick and morter shops, or at her book signings. Rob defended his claim, saying it came straight from his connections at Teresa’s publishing house.

    Despite the fact that all of her posessions are about to be auctioned off, things are looking good for Teresa. She’ll be on The View on Monday (all the other housewives, besides Bethenny, have just died of jealousy), and she’s rumored to be joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars (seriously!)

    As for the auction, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that we don’t have to make the trip to Jersey to bid on Teresa’s magnificent belongings. The auction company has made that shit global, and we can all get some cleansy items from the comfort of our own couch. Teresa’s lawyer has filed an objection to the auction, naturally. The single best factoid released from the WSJ article is this: when the paper called to get a comment, they couldn’t reach the Giudices because their phone was disconnected. Silly journalists, they should have Tweeted at Teresa if they wanted a comment!

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  86. TrueLifeDiva says:

    I read Illiana’s blog too. I mean, she must have stayed up late to invent some of the crap she said. I was like, “Whaaa? That’s not the show I saw!” And she really had to reach low to claim B banned J’s parents. Just because they weren’t shown doesn’t mean they didn’t stay a few days. I would have rather seen the grandparents over Max’s lame attempt to ask whatshername out, but whatever. To assume the grandparents were exiled is mean spirited and baseless. And don’t get me started on the lemmings in the comments section…

    • MAMAZ says:

      She’s upset now that Chelsea Clinton married a Jew. According to Jewish law the children won’t be Jewish since their mother isn’t. A few weeks ago she was upset that Bethenny doesn’t call herself Jewish. But Bethenny’s mother isn’t Jewish. She did convert before she married Robert Frankel but I’m assuming that was merely a formality as Bethenny said she was never raised in any religious tradition.
      There is no winning with this woman. She’s so bitter. Anyone who displays the slightest success or happiness is an affront to her.
      I think Chelsea look beautiful and radiantly happy. Best wishes to the happy couple!

  87. wall St Lady says:

    Well kiss my grits !
    http://www.popeater.com/2010/07/31/teresa-giudice-sizzle-tan-ad-commerical/#addcomments
    Want a laugh see how Trashy is is not being “CLENSLY”

  88. I’m trying to take a break from this mystery, but now I’m dying to know exactly how many books Jill sold?
    I also wonder if Zarin took that Tweet as a personal snub to herself from Teresa?
    In my opinion, Teresa & Rob crafted the entire thing, including releasing the “info.”, on a Friday when calls to publishing houses could not be made.
    Bethenny sold more books! That’s my conclusion and I’m sticking to it unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Bethenny will likely sell more books for a longer period of time as her other brands take off and people are happy with the products they purchased. Additionally, compare Bethenny’s website vs Teresa’s. Bethenny is giving recipes, tips, etc while Teresa is basically saying look at me I’m fabulous!
      Bethenny markets “things other people can use” while Teresa markets “herselves-i-ness”….and gaudy kid’s accessories and tee shirts! Bethenny is doing mostly A list interviews and appearances, while Teresa is sizzling her fat and hawking her book at very local venues. My humble conclusion is that Bethenny is class while Teresa is trash.

      And then we have Jill who now has a strategy of hanging out with Bravoleberities in an attempt to make Bravo believe she is viable, has a rapid fan revisiting Amazongate and playing in the Hamptons while others are busy working.

  89. Buffywood says:

    Good evening all. I just had to throw my two cents in on a few topics…

    When I had my daughter 13 years ago I was living in Virginia Beach where my in-laws lived. My mother in law is a wonderful person and offered to stay with us, but I declined. I think having a new born baby at home is tough enough. Even though her intentions here good, it would have been a lot to have her looking over my shoulder. Am I changing her right? Holding her right? I didn’t want to feel like I was being graded. Plus when someone is in your home you have a feeling like you need to be the host. It just would have been added stress that I didn’t need. I also breast fed and that was not something I liked to do around other people. I don’t blame her in the least bit for not wanting Jason’s mother there helping.

    As for getting pregnant out of wedlock, who cares? I go divorced around 8 years ago and have a wonderful boyfriend. We’ve lived together for a few years but I have no intentions of getting married again. He is a few years younger than me and didn’t have children. I basically told him if he wanted kids then it had to be now or never. Well, the next month I was pregnant and we were thrilled. It is amazing how many people just assumed it was an accident. I am now 41, I have a beautiful 13 year old daughter, a handsome 2 year old son, and a great boyfriend who I never indent on marrying.

    What may be good choice for some people just aren’t the best choices for others.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Just try to the best mother that you can be.

      I bet that two year old is fun. 13? The next couple of years might be a challenge, but when the go to college they come home and give you a hug. When they have their own children, you get calls all the time just to chat.

  90. boston02127 says:

    From Absurd to Sublime: 8/1/10
    Real Housewives of DC: Tareq Salahi Assaults Lynda Erkiletian at Bravo Dinner
    Tareq Salahi is rumored to have a volatile, uncontrollable temper. Last night, as the cast of The Real Housewives of Washington DC was dining with Bravo reps at the Beverly Hilton, he threw a glass of red wine on Lynda Erkiletian’s aqua dress! Lynda retaliated by throwing a glass of water on him. The Salahi’s immediately left the party.

    His beef? Lynda remarked on camera during episode one about the Salahi’s being “second tier people”. Also, he’s upset about Bravo issuing a statement about not sanctioning his bogus “for profit” premiere party, said to be another charity scam of theirs. If he can’t control himself in front of the people paying them, what’s to come this season?

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Looks like he more than confirmed Krkletian’s point of view by his actions.

      All the “best people” of course carry on like Teresa Giudice in public.

      IIRC, the Salahis also have some financial issues. Can’t specifically recall what I read about his financial problems, since to date I haven’t paid much attention to this new crop of bozos.

  91. sweet pea says:

    There was a comment on an upthread about it being “tacky” to wear a white dress for a second wedding. I wore white for my second wedding ceremony because it was the first for my fiance. I think this was Jason’s first also. My fiance had the “bride in white” fantasy in his head so I complied. Hell, I could have skipped the whole fal-der-al and spent all the money on a tropical honeymoon!

  92. Need a Hobby says:

    Some rockin pics of Sonja Tremont Morgan through the years: http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/49470466.html

    (Yes, Jill, from the pics it appears Sonja did indeed do a bit of modeling at one time. As Kiki notes, not all models are runway models.)

    Litsnitch’s blogcentral had the link & she gave a shout out to Mickey for the great first image (“Mona Lisa” Sonja), although ohnotheydidn’t, uh, didn’t.

  93. Zipit Zarin says:

    Bethenny’s on Larry King Live right now 😀

    • MickeyMouth says:

      My husband and I were watching some of it. I found it annoying with everyone talking over each other. My husband found the Susan Powter look alike to have the most convincing argument when she stated everyone should be open to threesomes, lol.

  94. organizasyon says:

    the meaning behind this video. Originally uploaded on Daum

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