I Hate Jill Zarin Rachel Zoe Project / Housewives News September 15, 2010
With just one episode left in the season, I found this episode to be pretty stressful for all of the cast members. The tension is building between Rachel and her husband Rodger. He is frustrated at the amount of time and attention his wife shows toward her job and fashion. Clearly, Rachel is obsessed with fashion and has a real passion for her career. I think Rodger is trying to get Rachel to have more balance in her life and enjoy some time with her husband.
As with any reality series, we see only snippets of their lives, obviously we’re seeing more of Rachel’s work and business related scenes. We have no way of knowing if the couple has dinner together on a regular basis or if they go to the movies or take vacations alone together.
What we do see is the stress on the marriage when two people want two different things. Rodger wants his wife to slow down and is ready to have a family. Rachel seems completely terrified by the very idea of a child.
Interactions between Rachel and Rodger always seem to be strained and this episode was no different. When Comedienne Amy Phillips arrived to film some Rachel Zoe spoof viral videos, Rachel and Rodger really had two completely different styles of getting the job done. Rodger is very serious and expected everyone to take it just as seriously. Rachel wanted to have a little fun with it! The tension as they filmed came through on screen with Rodger making everyone uncomfortable to the point where they didn’t seem to know what was expected of them.
The end result of the videos that you saw them filming can be seen here:
Rodger does apologize to Brad and later we see Rachel insisting that Rodger apologize to Brad. It seems as though Rachel’s team is more involved in her marriage than she is. We watch as Rodger confides in Brad about his issues with his wife.
Consistent with what we’ve seen all season, a few celebrities make guest appearances on the show. Beau Garrett, Model and actress shows up with her dog in tow for a styling session with Rachel.
Later we watch Brad head the styling team for actress Molly Sims. Somehow Brad is given incorrect information on what the client wants Molly to wear and Brad handles the problem by sending an intern back to Rachel’s studio for more clothing options. Crisis averted. I found it odd that Brad actually considered for a moment calling Rachel, I think his decision to leave her out of it was a good one.
It was a bit tedious watching Rachel and her entourage in a grocery store shopping for ingredients for a large meal that she will be cooking for her family. Rodger confides to viewers that Rachel hasn’t been inside a grocery store in years and hasn’t cooked a meal during their entire marriage. Rodger correctly points out that Rachel’s assistant doesn’t necessarily need to join their shopping outing but he does really seem to make every task more difficult because of his negativity about everything.
The meal seems to go off without a hitch, if what we heard from Rodger is true, Rachel must have had a substantial amount of help preparing the meal, but with friends and family around the table enjoying the food, in the end it was a success.
Rachel’s father makes a toast including his hope that he has another grandchild at next year’s family dinner, putting even more pressure on Rachel to have a baby.
Later Rachel talks with Joey, another Zoe assistant about having a baby and her concerns about being pregnant. She is scared that she won’t be able to carry the baby to term, she doesn’t feel that she’s strong enough. She worries about her well-being during a pregnancy, will she be sick all the time? Will she be tired all the time and unable to work, what about traveling during pregnancy? Her concerns are valid, but shouldn’t she be discussing them with her husband instead of an assistant?
Some of the comments made during the show don’t look good for this couple’s marriage. Rachel mentioned that Rodger takes the fun out of everything and Rodger added that if no baby is coming, he may not stay in this relationship.
The fact is, these scenes were filmed several months ago and as far as we know, no separation or divorce has occurred nor is there a baby on the way. Things like this tend to feed into the impression that more drama is created for the purposes of the show and maybe things aren’t really all that they seem to be on television.
Next week’s final episode looks to be full of more tension in Rachel’s marriage, watch what happens.
Teresa Giudice Bankruptcy
Still no official filing by the Giudice camp on the trustee’s documents alleging that the couple failed to include assets and income on their original bankruptcy filing. You can find that document here:
Apparently Teresa and Joe Giudice have 30-days to file a response, hopefully their attorney is working fast and furious to come up with excuses for all of these omissions, do you suppose 30-days is enough time to come up with enough lies? I wonder if they’ll request an extension from the courts? Hopefully the Giudice’s have learned that ignoring it won’t make it go away. Sort of like Teresa’s sister-in-law, she doesn’t seem to be going away. Reports continue to come in that Teresa’s brother and his wife are filming scenes for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the rest of the cast is scheduled to begin filming soon as well. Bravo hasn’t’ released a class list yet, but we hope that Teresa won’t be late for school as we can’t wait to see her sparing with her sister-in-law, Melissa and her brother Joe.
Jill Zarin’s Summer Vacation
Jill finally took some advice from her public relations people and spent the last half of her summer laying low, but maintaining a presence on Twitter, Facebook and her web site. She was a bit of a show off but talked a lot about her daughter going away to college, being on vacation, her time in the Hamptons and other dull activities but always sure to show just how fabulous her life is!
She is still pushing that awful book on fans, sales have been dismal for Jill Zarin and her family with this publication. I wish she would just realize that she hasn’t put compiled and put out a “reference guide” for life that people will refer to in their everyday lives as she hoped. With poor writing and sometimes downright bad advice, the book has gotten some really horrible reviews.
Sure, we know that some Housewives fans have pretended to read the book an posted negative reviews on Amazon.com just because they don’t like the woman. Taking those out of the equation, there are dozens of legitimate negative reviews from people who have truly read the book, they provide examples of some of the writings and explain in detail why this book is an utter failure.
Even without Jill’s very own glowing review of her own book, to be fair, there are a few legitimate positive reviews as well, however, reading through the majority of the positive reviews, many are from friends and family of Jill’s. We read the transcript of Jill asking a radio personality to write a review of the book and when the answer was “no, it wouldn’t be ethical”, Jill proceeded to ask the radio personality to write the review under a fake name or ask her boyfriend to write it. Given that, how many positive reviews can be true readers who enjoyed this book? How many people did Jill Zarin browbeat to write her a positive review? We may never know.
While Bethenny’s book hit the New York Times Bestseller list again, eight months after its release, Jill’s book continues to fall in sales and its Amazon rating is off the charts, failing miserably.
Jill has traveled extensively over the summer, she’s spent time in Los Angeles, Florida, London and Australia. Endless interviews and public appearances in order to maintain some visibility during the off season, she appeared on several shows including Wendy Williams, Today Show and some local New York news and information shows. While Jill announced to fans that she would be a regular on LXTV in New York, she hasn’t been seen on the air after her first few appearances.
Jill tried to make the world believe that she was filming RHONY season four already by having her assistant release a photo of Jill with her dog Ginger and cameras filming. In reality Jill was filming a show for Animal Planet about her dog but was sure to let the rumors of her filming the Bravo series RHONY without correcting anyone.
Apparently Bravo was unhappy with the housewife and her antics causing her to, as per her usual, blame her assistant who released the photo and ban the guy from Twitter indefinitely. This stunt could have been a message to Bravo that Jill is anxious to return, with fans assuming she was already filming, she could have been trying to force Bravo’s hand.
Still no final word on the cast of RHONY, contracts may be signed sealed and delivered but that information is rarely released by the cast member or by Bravo but typically the cast will begin to mention that they are filming here and there.
Plenty of reports have indicated that all of the cast members have been invited back, we know that Kelly is “honored” to be asked back so she’ll most likely sign on the dotted line if she hasn’t already. I would be shocked if Alex didn’t return, she has already indicated her desire to return. Sonja, Ramona and Luann all indicated on the reunion show that they would like to return.
Bethenny and a “Bravo Executive” (could it be Andy Cohen?) seem to have a difference of opinion on whether or not Bethenny will be returning for season four of the Real Housewives of New York.
Bravo’s side of the story…
Bethenny’s side of the story…
Personally I was a little embarrassed for Bethenny in that interview, the really fake smiling in between questions was a bit much. She may have been nervous since she doesn’t do a lot of awards shows.
Remember during the honeymoon portion of Bethenny Getting Married when they spoke very briefly about moving to Los Angeles? I wonder if the hint about the Hoppy family moving to Los Angeles could turn out to be reality. But, if Bethenny is still contractually obligated to season four of the Real Housewives of New York, that could certainly hold up any plans to move to LaLa Land.
That also begs the question, will Bravo film Bethenny’s show from Los Angeles? Maybe the next season of Bethenny Getting Married will be called Bethenny Moves To California.
Until Next Time….