I Hate Jill Zarin RHONJ Reunion Preview August 29, 2010
Bravotv.com has released about 6 or 7 preview video’s of the reunion although 3 of them are flip cam video’s made by Andy Cohen during breaks in the taping. I must say he earned that vacation that he just returned home from, he looked exhausted at it was only 3:00pm in one of the videos.
I think I can safely say that out of the four ladies (five if you count Kim G, who does make an appearance) Teresa Giudice makes the biggest fool of herself and shows just how low class and dirty she can really be. She has the nerve to scream directly in Danielle’s face, push Andy Cohen down into his chair and scream at Andy to “get her ass back out here” when Danielle leaves the set.
I don’t know who Teresa thinks she is talking to (or screaming at) but we’ve determined that Andy Cohen, like him or hate him, is considered a “boss” to the Real Housewives. This came up during the last season of The Real Housewives of New York when Kelly Bensimon called him a liar, not only on camera during the reunion but on Twitter during a live airing of Watch What Happens Live.
There seem to be no consequences for Bravo cast members for treating Andy Cohen like a trained lap dog, it is embarrassing for him. I’m sure he makes enough money to compensate him for being treated like absolute shit on the air, but imagine his colleagues, peers and other network executive’s feelings about this man, he must be the laughingstock of the industry. It is about time he demands some respect from these ladies.
I think that many of us would like to see some consequences for this behavior because we all know that no one in the real world would get away with treating other people this way, whether it is a co-worker, boss or client.
Most of us were outraged by Kelly calling Andy Cohen a liar, but Teresa physically pushing him down into a chair like she was tossing a rag doll aside is substantially worse. Add to that Teresa screaming at Andy to “Get her ass back here” referring to Danielle. Possibly there were consequences that we may never know about, but somehow I doubt it. Apparently if you bring ratings into Bravo, you can abuse their VP of Programming all you want to.
With each of these incidents, I lose more and more respect for Andy Cohen, he is really becoming a sap and a whipping boy for the housewives. Even Kathy Griffin, who is a much bigger personality than any housewife, shows Andy some respect. Stars that don’t appear on Bravo show Andy respect, Ellen Barkin, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa all seem to adore him.
I certainly hope that there is much more to the reunion that what we’ve seen in the few previews, if this reunion is simply three (sometimes four) ladies all yelling at and bombarding Danielle with insults, it may be entertaining for a few minutes, but two solid hours of it will become draining!
It’ll be interesting to see if Andy Cohen gives Danielle some time to speak, he certainly made everyone be quiet during the New York reunion in order to let Kelly speak, he even called them bullies because they wouldn’t be quiet long enough to let Kelly tell her side of the story. We were forced to endure Kelly ranting on and making absolutely no sense for several minutes. Kelly was allowed to interrupt Bethenny talking about Jill’s behavior only for Kelly to say, “It’s crazy!” (Thanks for your input Kelly but I’d rather hear what Bethenny has to say)
In any case, Danielle deserves at least the same amount of respect as Kelly. I am really hoping that Andy doesn’t allow constant berating and criticizing of Danielle without allowing her to speak. I doubt that she’ll say anything interesting either, but she certainly deserves the right to speak.
We see Caroline telling Danielle that she has physically threatened every member of the cast and she should be medicated. Jacqueline is shown screaming at Danielle to “shut your mouth” and obviously Teresa screams at Danielle in almost every preview.
I would like to hear Caroline’s explanation of her accusation that Danielle physically threatened everyone there and I certainly hope it isn’t going back to last season when Danielle says, “I’ll show up at your door and I won’t be alone”. That was over a year ago and obviously it never happened, additionally Danielle explained that already at the last reunion, stating that she was “very angry”. If Caroline took that seriously and is concerned for her safety, she is the one who needs medication and is obviously only bringing up last year’s nonsense because there isn’t anything from this season to point to.
Jacqueline seems to have a bit more self-control than her friend Teresa, but we do see her chasing Danielle off the set and Andy Cohen dragging her back, we also see Caroline gritting her teeth as she tells Danielle that she’s not allowed to mention Dina’s name. Wow! I hope Caroline didn’t expect to film all day without anyone mentioning her sister, and we all know that was never going to happen.
These women may have more reasons than we know to be so infuriated by Danielle Staub but based on what we’ve seen on screen this season, it is out of line and obsessive. I would really like it if some new information came out during the reunion that explained the excessive hatred for this woman. The crime Danielle committed 25 years ago just doesn’t cut it anymore. If Jacqueline spouts off Danielle’s list of criminal charges again, it will show just how desperate they are to have something on Danielle, anything at all because we’ve heard it at least 6 times this season from Jacqueline already. Frankly, Jacqueline looks more idiotic with each ranting. You can’t keep hanging your hat on something that happened so long ago, something that has been done and paid for especially since nothing like that has happened since. It does seem that Danielle has learned her lesson and her criminal life is over. I’m sure if there were more, it would have come out by now.
Regardless of Caroline’s teeth gritting outrage, I’m sure we still don’t find out the real reason that Dina left the show at the reunion and I doubt Caroline will explain her hysterical outburst at Danielle from last year’s reunion. It was obvious that they had to talk about Dina as she was part of the show this season, if even for just a few weeks. (Personally, I didn’t miss her at all, but I wouldn’t have missed any of them)
I have my theory, as I’m sure most of you do as well, I think that Dina leaving the show had absolutely nothing to do with Danielle, but it was a good way to turn Dina fans against Danielle even more than they already were. I think that Bravo wasn’t happy with the lack of storyline there particularly since Dina’s daughter wasn’t allowed to be on the show. Dina’s husband refused to be part of the show and so we’re left with Dina and her Zen Energist and her two cats. Rumors are buzzing that Dina won’t be on next season either with or without Danielle if her daughter, Lexi won’t be allowed to film.
Dina claims it was her choice to skip the Italy trip and that she refused to attend the reunion, I still hold firm with my belief that she was neither invited nor allowed to be at either event. You don’t get to quit then return for benefits like a free trip to Italy and you don’t get to quit but return to have your say at the reunion either! The way that Dina quit, blaming another cast mate really stuck it to Bravo by basically saying that they’ve put Dina in harm’s way by forcing her to film with Danielle. I don’t think that anyone believes that Danielle is truly a physical threat to anyone, particularly since she seems to be the one who was physically assaulted this season and verbally abused by Teresa at the reunion. Caroline managed to film all season without being in the same room with Danielle, why couldn’t Dina do the same? Dina’s reason just doesn’t hold water.
I’m not necessarily defending Danielle, I think her sex tape was an abomination, particularly since she has two young girls at home to explain it to, as well as adding to the horrible reputation she already had with fans. What was she thinking? Was there really that much money to be made on this tape? I seriously do not get it.
Speaking of the sex tape, I noticed that during one of Andy Cohen’s flip cam commentaries, he noted that he would be asking Danielle about the sex tape. Another clue that he is treating New Jersey very differently from the New York cast.
Jill Zarin wasn’t asked about Amazongate and at the time, I defended Andy saying that he was discussing only issues that occurred on screen and that was acceptable. However, if he is going to bring up Danielle’s sex tape, why didn’t he bring up Jill writing her own review on Amazon? Andy also said he was going to ask Jacqueline about some “mean tweets” and ask Teresa about her bankruptcy, all things that happened off screen. There is no defending Andy Cohen when he is so unfair with his questions and topics that he chooses to discuss.
I don’t think we’ve ever had a season of a Real Housewives series with less drama, less events, or less excitement. Did anything actually happen? Two of the ladies gave birth, Danielle made a fool of herself at the Brownstone Charity event, Caroline’s son struggled with law school, Jacqueline’s daughter showed us just what an immature moron she is, (and continues to be) Teresa showed her true colors by being nasty to not only her number one enemy, Danielle, but showed her disdain for Caroline with her snide comments, late arrivals and rude behavior. The trip to Italy was the only major event and it only served to show how American’s should NOT act when traveling to Europe. (please try not to scream “spank me Joe” while visiting other nations)
Off screen we learned just how much Teresa and Joe are in debt and their attitude’s and continued spending show that nothing will change in their behavior. The contractors, vendors and hardworking people who got royally screwed by the Giudice’s will never see their money. Teresa and Joe will continue to live in that big mansion with their four children having not paid for any of it and it is disgusting! They knew as they were overspending that they could not afford it and there was no reason for it. Did it really have to be imported marble and custom designed handrails? It was all overdone for show so that they could brag about how much everything cost, yet they didn’t pay for the majority of it and never will.
Wouldn’t we all like to build our dream house with hand chosen details and get it all for free? Sure, but not at the expense of others who are working hard to make a living. Teresa and Joe’s crimes far outweigh Danielle’s this season, in fact, they far outweigh any of the housewives if you add Teresa’s behavior in the press and at the reunion. Her little stunt on her blog that “secretly” spelled out Fuck the Hater’s was disrespectful to not only fans of the Housewives, but to Bravo who gave her all of these opportunities. Teresa’s most recent blog even wishes Danielle well, is she kidding? Another idiotic housewife who thinks fans are stupid. Sorry Teresa, you’re the stupid one! Enjoy your “fresh start” at the expense of all of those contractors who may have to fold their business’s because of people like you!
I’m sure long after the reunion and lost footage episodes air, we will be watching Teresa’s bankruptcy unfold in the New Jersey courts, at some point in time, hopefully, she and Joe will have to answer to the lies that they included in their bankruptcy filing paperwork. However, after watching how Joe Giudice got off basically scot free while driving drunk, I’m not holding out much hope.
Rumors also fly about Danielle losing custody of her 12 year old daughter Jillian, somehow I don’t see that happening for one reason. I cannot see a judge splitting up the two sisters. If Tom Staub were planning on filing to receive sole custody of Jillian, wouldn’t he file for both girls? These two sisters have never lived apart and while we see them at odds sometimes on screen, we also see them loving one another. They are the one constant in each other’s lives and I just can’t see anyone allowing them to be moved into two different homes.
So I think the reunion shows are going to be shocking, jaw dropping and quite possibly infuriating! Infuriating because based on what we’ve seen, Teresa not only gets away with screwing people out of money, but gets away with screaming in Danielle’s face and shoving Andy Cohen. Personally, I think she needs to answer for her behavior!
You can view all of the Bravotv.com reunion previews here:
Of course I’ll be blogging after the reunion, and we also have a guest blogger, Beth Donahue-Weedman who has guest blogged before with her strong feelings about Teresa Giudice and the other New Jersey ladies, so you’ll have two blogs full of NJ reunion rantings this week. Just to prepare you in advance, Beth doesn’t hold back with her thoughts, feelings or language. You can follow her on Twitter @bdonahueweedman
Until Next Time……