I Love Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion
Our Valentine to Jill Zarin / More Housewives News
Typing that was actually painful…but it is Valentines Day so stand by after the Atlanta recap for some Valentine’s Day Love to Jill Zarin. I’ll try to maintain a straight face.
Real Housewives Of Atlanta Reunion Part One
If you love those reunion shows where you learn nothing new, the housewives revamp the same arguments and Andy misses all the relevant questions, then this is the reunion show for you!
NeNe is still blaming Kim for the argument on the tour bus, you know the one that NeNe started by attacking Kim….that argument. The one that NeNe is justifying by using Kim’s relationship with Sweetie as her reason for getting in Kim’s face and screaming at the top of her lungs. Andy missed the underlying reason for the fight and therefore missed asking the right questions. We all know Nene’s anger had little to do with Sweetie, but they explored it anyway.
Phaedra was able to shed some light on how the ladies feel about Kim’s behavior and the way that Kim talks to Sweetie. On one hand I see what Phaedra is saying, as an attorney it is good to know that she can make a decent argument. These issues are very sensitive and it is important to take care to keep people’s feelings in mind. On the other hand, as much as I hate to give Kim any credit whatsoever, I do have to give her credit for treating her African American assistant the same way she would treat any assistant, without regard to her color. That said, Kim treats Sweetie poorly and that is not right regardless of the color of Sweetie’s skin. If I had a third hand it would be Sweetie’s point of view, a very important point of view and Sweetie seems to adore Kim and her daughters so who are we to judge a relationship that works.
NeNe sort of changed her story a bit, as the other ladies seemed to try to back NeNe up on this one, she decided to announce that it had nothing to do with the fact that Sweetie is African American, it is simply verbal abuse in NeNe’s mind. That sort of negates Phaedra’s argument as well as Kandi’s and Sheree’s.
I don’t think any of the other Housewives agreed that Nene’s behavior on that tour bus was justified, she acted like a crazed mental patient who completely lost her temper. For this woman to sit on the couch and spout off about “verbal abuse” after the things that she screeched on the tour bus was laughable. Even Bravo’s editors aren’t that good, it was clear who wanted this fight and it was clear who escalated it to a ridiculous level.
Bravo also showed NeNe’s freak out at the shoe sample sale that aired at the beginning of the season. NeNe went completely off the deep end screaming in Dwight’s face about a lie that he told. We learned that NeNe hasn’t spoken to Dwight since filming ended, I know you were all on the edge of your seats waiting for that information.
Atlanta dispelled Kyle Richard’s theory that Beverly Hills is the only Housewives series that has or discusses plastic surgery. I think Andy Cohen is the only one who cares to hear the answers about liposuction, nose jobs and boob lifts. I don’t know why he continues to spend so much time on the subject during every reunion. I couldn’t care less about plastic surgery.
For those of you who do care, NeNe had a nose job, Kim changed the content of her boobs while Cynthia and Kandi both had liposuction. Moving on.
I did find it mildly interesting as Cohen introduced the clips of all of the housewives criticizing Phaedra because Phaedra told viewers that she had no problems with any of the housewives except NeNe. I think that was the general consensus around the room as NeNe has ensured she battled with them all at one time or another. I think NeNe feels Sheree and Kandi are guilty by association, they didn’t take NeNe’s side against Kim so they became enemies. Cynthia alone came through the season with her friendship contract to NeNe intact.
Phaedra talked about her comments regarding her husband’s less than refined pallet due to being brought up in a white household. She claimed that it was simply a joke between husband and wife but it certainly didn’t come off that way on screen. I think Phaedra did somewhat redeem herself from her idiotic comments at the beginning of the season so I think we can move on knowing that Phaedra will choose her words more carefully in the future. It was fascinating watching Phaedra this season, she went from a hated housewife to comic relief to someone we actually liked. That is quite a feat!
The pain in Cynthia’s voice was evident as Andy covered her wedding day and her swimsuit modeling gig. The ladies really did have some hurtful things to say but none of them were given an opportunity to explain themselves or apologize, Cynthia simply said she would probably be able to find a few flaws in all of them had they walked the runway in a swimsuit.
Cynthia revealed that she wasn’t aware that her mother and sister conspired to keep the marriage license away from her on her wedding day, she understood that they were coming from a place of concern and love but her new husband was understandably hurt.
Kim’s love life montage was more than a little twisted. From Big Poppa to her lesbian relationship with DJ Tracy Young and finally to her current beau and baby daddy Kroy, Kim really got around this season. She had little to say about any of it except to roll her eyes and rudely answer fan questions about her relationships.
You would think that Kim would be glad to have the opportunity to talk about these things as this is when she would be able to quiet critics or dispel rumors, instead she’s too stupid to recognize this chance to set records straight and just wants to move on.
Andy asked NeNe who she was referring to when she called one of her cast mates a “Transvestite” on Twitter. NeNe refused to answer but I think we all know she was talking about Kim Zolciak. NeNe’s temper comes through even on Twitter.
Cohen spent a stupid amount of time trying to decipher whether or not Phaedra and NeNe knew each other as kids back in Athens Georgia. Phaedra never said the two women were “friends” she simply said that she knew NeNe. I can see how NeNe would be a character that her classmates wouldn’t soon forget. Phaedra’s older brother was in school with NeNe and so Phaedra knew of NeNe. End of story. Right? Wrong, apparently there is more to it, NeNe admitted to calling Phaedra even before meeting on Bravo’s dime. Phaedra the entertainment attorney got a call from NeNe who wanted to be on TV. Yes, NeNe knew Phaedra, they weren’t friends but there is no denying they knew each other.
That is all that Phaedra was saying, NeNe really does enjoy arguing.
To follow up on some things that weren’t tied up at the season end episodes, NeNe is moving forward with her divorce and Gregg is moving out of their home. Cynthia is not financially backing her new husbands’ club/restaurant, he is apparently manufacturing cash in the basement and funding it himself. Ok, I made that last part up.
A few other notes on the first part of the reunion, Kim calling herself a “pop star” never gets old, I laugh every single time. Kim was 4 months pregnant while filming the reunion and when Andy asked NeNe what she thought of her relationship with Kroy, NeNe responded with a simple, “I don’t care”. Good answer NeNe, me either!
Kim claims she is no longer smoking like a chimney and weaned herself off as soon as she found out she was pregnant. I continue to believe that she hides in the bathroom like she’s in high school puffing away.
Kim also announced to even Andy’s surprise that she’s releasing a book, this had to be the most hysterical reveal of the night, a book on, wait for it…relationships. A relationship book from a chain-smoking wig wearing mistress, lesbian and pregnant after 4 months of dating, classless moron. Ready to buy?
It was really sort of pathetic that Andy’s questions to Sheree were so lame but she was basically very dull this season. Andy wasn’t able to find anything interesting to discuss with Sheree except her workout routine.
Next week we will see Kandi confront Kim about the proceeds from the song, “Tardy For The Party” and I can’t see how Kim is going to get out of this one. If she continues to think that the songwriter/producer isn’t entitled to a good portion of the profits from a song, she really is delusional.
There simply isn’t enough material from this season to fill two full hours of reunion fun, but Bravo found a way. Be there next week as Andy asks Sheree what brand of toothpaste she uses.
A Valentine to Jill Zarin by Anonymous
On this day of love, we have decided to honor the woman who inspires us all by re-naming this board and expressing our undying love for Jill Zarin.
We realize this will come as a surprise to some of you, and
indeed, some may be a bisel shroyft (a little upset). Our dear Quincy has tried to ease into this gently and slowly with her recent I Love Jill Zarin subset blogs. As no one has become farshtarben (keeled over dead) we are taking the next step. We will have emergency response teams standing by in case of fainting or heart palpitations.
Now, we had very very long conversations about this so we would be sure to explain ourselves clearly. The bottom line is that if you look past Season 3, you will have to admit that Jill Zarin is a warm, friendly woman. We have seen how she kvells over her Allie, who is a very pretty, very talented young woman. Her photographs are really incredible. And Sarah Lawrence! She is very loving to her family and her pet chihuahua, Ginger. Now Ginger is no looker and she’s not exactly a happy little dog, so it takes a great heart to love this dog. Jill will do anything for this dog and we admire her for that. She is also nice to her mother, even though her mother is not an easy person to please.
Over the summer, when she stayed out in the Hamptons and spent most of her time with her family, out of the public eye, she was obviously happy and having a great time.
Basically, Jill is what her people call a balaboosteh. Now technically, this means the mistress of the house and was a compliment to the way someone kept the house. But in modern times, it has come to mean the person who keeps the family together and takes care of everything. And Jill does this with flair and makes it look easy. At the same time, she is a very hard worker. She doesn’t have to help out at Zarin Fabrics.
She could just shop all day. But she goes in to the store and helps customers. And she hustles. Again, she could just be a lady of leisure and live off Bobby’s money, but she goes out a hustles with a bedding line, a line of foundation garments…let’s be honest, ladies. We all admire her former friend Bethenny in part because Bethenny hustles. So this is obviously a trait we admire in Jill Zarin, too. And she does charity work, raising money for Creaky Joints because Allie has arthritis.
Jill is also quite attractive, especially when she takes it easy on the make-up. She has a beautiful smile when she is smiling because she is happy, like when she is holding her grandson. We admit that her taste is a bit much for us, but to each her own. Your house and your clothes should make you happy and you shouldn’t worry what someone else thinks.
Most of the time, she wears very attractive clothes that look good on her. A few clunkers, to be sure, but don’t we all miss the mark every now and again?
Sometimes I think we don’t give Jill enough credit for her sense of humor. You know, it is entirely possible that she was just joking, playing it up for the cameras when she said that the new Mercedes Bobby gave her for her birthday had to go back because it had the wrong phone jack.
Now, there are some things that really were problematic and we hope that Jill will learn from experience that some things are just wrong. The Susan Saunders Amazon-gate episode was horrifying and this new blog by her sister is more of the same. Please, please, please Jill. We beg you. Be the warm, genuine woman we know you really are and we will write the nice blogs for you. No one wants to see a new Jill more than we do….
I’m glad that’s over…
Simon VanKempen visit’s the blog:
On Saturday night there was a bit of a Twitter battle going on that was discussed in detail on yesterday’s blog and comment section.
It all started with Kelly Bensimon. No surprise there, right? Kelly changed her name on Twitter from @Kikilet to @KKBensimon. When Kelly originally did this, she just started a whole new account with Twitter and lost all of her followers in the process.
In an effort to help, Simon tweeted to Kelly that she could simply change her name from @Kikilet to @KKBensimon without losing her followers. Kelly took Simon’s advice.
What Simon forgot to mention to Kelly, or maybe he thought Kelly would figure it out herself was that if she took his advice, it would leave her old @Kikilet name available for anyone to take and utilize on Twitter. Needless to say, Kelly’s worst nightmare came true. A Twitter member named Chris swiped Kelly’s old name @Kikilet and began to tweet with that name. Admittedly funny to most of us, but of course not to Kelly.
At some point Simon VanKempen sent a private DM to Chris asking her to please “park” the name @Kikilet and not tweet with it anymore as it was clearly upsetting Kelly. Chris didn’t keep Simon’s request private, she told me and a few other Twitter members about Simon’s message.
The entire thing blew up into a battle with complete details on yesterday’s blog including a comment post on this blog from Simon himself explaining his point of view. For the complete story, read through yesterday’s comments and blog post…. http://wp.me/pVOhN-nZ
It really is much more complex and fascinating than I can possibly describe in this blog, it is a must read!
In other news:
Our very own MichelleFromNY met New York Real Housewife Ramona Singer yesterday, you can read about her encounter here:
Very exciting! Michelle noted that Bravo’s cameras continued to follow Ramona, I too found that interesting since we’ve been told over and over that filming is complete, they are simply taking the time to edit it right. We know that Bravo could never resist airing Fashion Week, and that Jill Zarin walked in a show yesterday, and Alex McCord attended Fashion Week festivities, were those filmed for Bravo as well?
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Until Next Time….