I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of Atlanta – Premier Oct 5, 2010
NeNe called Dwight “Boo” and that is the only similarity we have to last year, the only way I recognized them, even Dwight reminded us that “Boo” was so last year, after three seasons celebrity changes people and this is a whole new group of women!
That is still NeNe with her put upon husband Greg , but this season apparently Greg’s got a secret and things have changed between this couple. Greg has always seemed like a quiet guy, he only seemed to speak when he had something important to share and he was usually the voice of reason. NeNe and Greg always seemed happy, the only fight we’ve seen them engage in was last season regarding NeNe’s father. Greg was concerned that the man NeNe thought might be her long lost father would try to somehow get money from his daughter.
Tonight we learned that Greg does have secrets from his wife, the rumor that Greg borrowed $10,000 from Dwight was denied by Greg but he did admit to a $500 deal that “fell through”. Trust is key in a marriage and based on NeNe’s confession that she no longer loves her husband this is not the first time Greg has lied to NeNe.
Kim has changed as well, she seems a bit calmer this season, more like she’s acting for the cameras. The “real” Kim has been toned down to a dull roar. We watch as Mama Kim tries to give sound advice to one daughter and discipline to the other, without success in both instances. Kim interviews that she hopes that she has instilled the same values as her mother has given to her. Kim likes her little jokes! I hope her daughters have the brains to do the exact opposite of what their mother has done.
Was anyone else completely disgusted watching Brielle Zolciak eat and talk with her mouth open? Literally the food almost fell out of her mouth, by 13 years old, even if your dimwitted mother hasn’t taught you to close your mouth while you’re eating, I would think she’d have learned it somewhere. Seriously I had to look away from the screen it was absolutely vulgar! I can only imagine what LuAnn (Money Can’t Buy You Class) would have to say. Kim please teach your daughters some manners.
When last we saw Kim and NeNe they were making disturbing polite conversation on the couches of Andy Cohen’s reunion show. Neither could hold back the eye roll’s and nasty looks across the room but their refusal to argue or rehash the season was a decision these two women made together so their relationship couldn’t have been all that strained. Tonight we watched as they came together again, presumably because the cameras started rolling.
NeNe hired a private chef and invited her long lost friend to lunch. Both ladies admit to being nervous, probably because the cameras were rolling for the first time in a year. Greg made a quick exit and Kim quickly got to the gossip, telling NeNe about Greg’s loan from Dwight.
Kim explains that although she continues to sport that huge diamond engagement ring she received from Big Papa, her relationship with him ended months ago and she is not in love with anyone at the moment. Rumors of Big Papa’s financial problems could certainly have had a hand in the end of this affair.
Our introduction to Phaedra included the extra Housewife, Dwight. The attorney and her client sit down to discuss whether or not to pursue any legal action against Sheree, as Dwight claims he spent over $30,000 on her fashion show. We quickly learn that Phaedra is newly married, pregnant with her first child and grew up in the same town as NeNe. Not hiding the fact that she’s not fond of NeNe, Phaedra shares that she is a southern belle with class and charm, traits that NeNe does not share.
Sheree informs us that she has put her clothing line, She By Sheree on hold to pursue her dream of acting. Last we saw Sheree she was celebrating a successful meeting with a clothing house in New York City who had agreed to manufacture her line. There’s more to this story but we may never find out what happened.
NeNe barges into Sheree’s house during an acting lesson with a coach and some other students only to disrupt the class by her mere presence.
Lisa Wu Hartwell is already gone, she may be making a few short appearances but with no golden peach in the opening, it is official.
Our beloved Kandi has probably made the biggest change. Not only the red tuft of hair on her head but Kandi was seen and heard around Atlanta doing a little judging. It seems Kim Zolciak had agreed that she wasn’t going to discuss her lesbian relationship with DJ Tracy Young with a magazine that had interviewed the Atlanta housewives. Kandi called Kim out on her change of heart. Later Kandi was skeptical as Kim filled her in on the truce she had made with NeNe.
Kandi does not seem like the jealous type and I certainly don’t think that she was concerned about sharing her friend Kim with the likes of NeNe Leakes, I think Kandi is smart and knows that historically Kim and NeNe are like oil and vinegar. We didn’t see any interaction between NeNe and Kandi, and I tend to think that Kandi is smart enough to stay away from negative influences. Kandi has her own history with NeNe and it is not a pleasant memory.
Kandi reveals her latest beau, Baltimore Ravens Running back, Willis McGahee. Assuming that this was filmed during the off-season, this long distance couple seemed well suited for each other. Well respected in the NFL, McGahee continues to play with the Ravens and even scored a touchdown on Sunday. With recurring knee problems, apparently Baltimore had offered McGahee up for trade prior to this season but with no takers, McGahee remains a Raven.
Kandi only tells us that Mr. McGahee traveled to Atlanta to see her but we have no details as to how this couple met or began a relationship.
The episode culminated around a final “event” that the rest of the country would call a shoe sale. With Kim reminding NeNe not to drink too much (oops too late) and both NeNe and Sheree having a bone to pick with Dwight about rumors that he’s spreading around Atlanta, a confrontation is looming.
NeNe was cold to long lost friend Phaedra, interviewing that she barely knows this woman and is not impressed with her style. Calling her a “plain Jane”, NeNe is clearly unhappy with Bravo’s latest casting call. Could this be the reason Kim and NeNe chose to ban together? A move that will give them the power in numbers as two new cast members are introduced.
As the Champaign flows, Dwight wants a hug from NeNe but NeNe wants answers. Dwight has been telling everyone that he borrowed $10,000 from NeNe’s husband but Greg denies the rumor admitting only to a $500 deal, so what is the deal? NeNe gets no answer from Dwight because rather than questioning him, she gets in his face a little shoving ensues and results in NeNe and Kim leaving without even trying on a pair of shoes.
Sheree has NeNe’s back because she also needs answers from Dwight about another rumor but she leaves the party, also shoeless without having said a word to Dwight. Maybe if these ladies had focused a little more on what’s important, shoes, and a little less on the squirmy Dwight, some purchases may have resulted. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was all over that selection of footwear.
Many of us have noticed that overall the ladies that Bravo calls “Housewives” typically lose weight from season to season. This Atlanta group is definitely the exception to this rule. Kandi warned fans on Twitter that we would be seeing a bit more of Kandi this season. Without warning we saw a bit of a gut hanging over Kim’s jeans at the shoe event reminding me of the scene in the Sex And The City movie when Samantha shows up at Carrie’s apartment with a couple of pooches, one puppy in her bag and the other a hanging gut. Kim’s pooch was the less cute variety.
We have yet to meet our second newest Atlanta housewife, Cynthia but previews show that she is a supermodel who seems to be a reluctant bride this season. News reports out of Atlanta a few weeks back that apparently Bravo wanted to keep under wraps, reveal that the wedding will happen. Possibly Bravo wanted to create some suspense in Atlanta and leave the viewer’s guessing about Cynthia’s nuptials but apparently this lovely lady couldn’t keep her wedding photos from “leaking” to the press.
I enjoyed the Atlanta premier and the previews for the remainder of the season look pretty good. Without the dark and creepy feel of the New Jersey Series and the seriousness of the New York group, Atlanta seems to have that happy medium that makes it equally fun and drama filled.
The only blog that is posted on Bravotv.com as of now is Kim’s, she makes a big deal about her publicity regarding her relationship with DJ Tracy Young, I guess Kim didn’t get the memo, “we don’t care Kim!”. I strongly suggest you avoid reading the comments posted to Kim on the blog, they will just annoy you with the horrible grammar, spelling and ridiculous content. (I realize none of us is perfect) Whoever chooses those comments to post has a bizarre sense of humor.
I’ll be watching each Monday night!
Late last week this blog had a guest poster in the comments section that created quite a stir. Using the moniker “Over The Rainbow” she revealed that she knows the New Jersey housewives having grown up in Franklin Lakes. Her mother continues to reside there and Rainbow is privy to some interesting information as well as a good bit of information regarding rumors swirling around the Housewives of New Jersey.
Rainbow’s posts can still be viewed on the blog here: http://wp.me/pVOhN-aR
After several hours of posts including answering many questions, Rainbow informed us that she had gotten a phone call from her mother. It seems that word of Rainbow’s posts had gotten back to her mother and some people were getting mighty angry.
Shortly after that, some very angry posts appeared on the blog from one person who used several different monikers. Jersey_Girl and WayneGirl being just two of the many names used, we were treated to a tirade of name calling and insults directed to Rainbow as well as the regular posters on the board for encouraging Rainbow’s revealing posts. Jersey Girl went so far as to reveal Rainbow’s first name while belittling her and calling her every name in the book.
As moderator of the blog, I felt it was necessary to reach out to Rainbow and ensure that she was ok and the reveal of her first name wasn’t detrimental to her in any way. She did request that I remove her first name from the blogs where it appeared and I have done that. I can tell you that there isn’t any reason to doubt that Rainbow is who she says she is, simply a former neighbor and acquaintance of Teresa, Dina, Caroline and Jacqueline who has moved from Jersey to New York City with her family.
Rainbow claims she doesn’t know for sure who Jersey Girl is but suffice it to say that anything that creates that much angry and backlash must have some truth to it. While Rainbow admits that some of what she posted is fact and other posts are rumors, she does clarify fact from rumor in her posts. It may not be all pretty and clean but she did share with us what she knows, be it fact or rumor. Apparently this area of New Jersey is long on rumors and everyone knows others personal business and the rumors fly fast and furious.
The only thing that’s been deleted is Rainbow’s true name, everything else can be viewed on the blog here:
As most of you know, there have recently been some questions regarding Dina Manzo’s charity, Project Ladybug. Simple questions turned into a fury of accusations and name calling on twitter over the past week with Dina’s fans choosing to live in the dark and not know the truth while others questioned what is really going on at Project Ladybug. At the front of the line asking questions was Laura aka @Geoaubsmom wanting to review financial records from this public charity, as is her right.
Never missing a thing, radio personality Carly Hall caught wind of the debate and asked me to join her discussion on her show along with Laura (@geoaubsmom) to see if we could clarify the details of what has happened to date.
That interview (approximately 50 minutes long) can be heard here: http://tiny.cc/cn5xk
You can also read the details in my previous blog: http://wp.me/pVOhN-aw
Finally, I got the news yesterday and if you read Real Old Housewives’ blog you’ll know already, she has been invited by a secret source to attend New Jersey’s Poshe’s Fashion Show this year. You’ll remember the antics at last year’s event at a New Jersey Country Club. Teresa and Jacqueline chased Danielle through the lobby and Ashley Holmes pulled Danielle’s hair.
As Real Old Housewife had previously reported, the Country Club has now banned Bravo’s cameras from filming in their establishment, this year’s event for Poshe Boutique will take place at the Brownstone owned by the Manzo family.
Congratulations to Real Old Housewife on that prestigious invitation, I’m thoroughly jealous! Enjoy yourself!
Amazing how I get dragged into Housewives drama when I’m not even on Twitter. As I popped onto twitter to find Real Old Housewives link to her website, I am surprised to find a Tweet from Kelly Bensimon. I hadn’t had any interaction with this woman in months.
Here’s what happened and how my name got dragged in the following tweet was sent to ME:
FROM: @gialeoc21 TO: @lynnnchicago Does @kikilet still think she got “bullied” with all of these tragic stories out there re: lgbt bullying?????????????
I had not seen the above tweet and had not responded to it, but Kelly had…
FROM: @kikilet TO @gialeoc21 and @lynnnchicago a young man died from bullying. never draw parallels between tv and real life. i am disgusted by this tweet.
This is how I get dragged into twitter wars without even being present on Twitter! Someone tweets to me including Kelly, Jill or Dina’s name and the response from the angry housewife is made to me as well as the original poster. In this case the original tweet came from @gialeoc21 and while I don’t disagree with her, I never tweeted a word, yet here I am.
Because I’m not going to allow Kelly to get away with her holier than thou attitude, I did respond to Kelly’s tweet:
FROM @LynnNChicago TO: @kikilet More than just one young man died Kelly, you should be disgusted comparing your trip to St. John to what these kids experience!
And off we go….
Until Next Time….