I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New York – Premier / Watch What Happen Live
Real Housewives of New York
New York is back baby! I absolutely love it! Before we get into the show though, lets make one thing crystal clear, Jill Zarin has not changed, the name of this blog is safe and there is no danger of her winning us over this season. Whew!
The show opens with a party hosted by Ramona as fall arrives she and Mario toast Alex and Simon with glasses of Ramona’s new wine. And the branding begins…
Jill and Bobby arrive at the party and as Alex knocks back her entire glass of wine Simon greets Jill warmly, but from Alex, Jill gets the icy stare. Alex reminds us that Jill screwed over a lot of people last year and it all blew up in her face so pretending that it didn’t happen isn’t an option.
Alex seems very uncomfortable as she invites a group of partygoers to the March in support of Gay Equality on the following Sunday. Alex knocks back another glass of wine.
Ramona says Alex should lighten up, it’s a party! Alex knocks back another glass of wine.
Kelly arrives at Jill’s to … well…to apparently watch her pack suitcases, Jill is going to Australia. This is clearly just an opportunity to rehash some events of last season and to give Jill another chance to tell us how she’s changed and no matter how badly people treat her, she is nice and will be kind to everyone. Authentic words spoken to an authentic Kelly Bensimon.
Kelly didn’t attend Ramona’s party because Ramona was so mean to Kelly the last time they saw each other. You see Kelly isn’t crazy, she just doesn’t navigate well through precarious situations. I’m glad we cleared that up. I don’t know why all of you keep calling Kelly crazy.
Jill implies that some of her past friends were phony as she tells viewers that even though Kelly went bat shit crazy last season, Jill stood by her friend. Jill is a real friend you see, she was right there in New York supporting Kelly while Kelly was flipping out in St. John and Jill was right there in St. John when Kelly was being flown back to New York in a rubber lined jet. Yup, Jill is a real friend.
Kelly and Jill talk a bit about Bethenny and Kelly decides that Jill is suffering from “lost love”, Jill tears up as she says she still loves Bethenny. I can’t figure out if she loves Bethenny before or after she calls her a phony friend and makes all the nasty comments about Bethenny to the press. Love hurts, doesn’t it Jill Zarin?
A wedding, everyone loves a wedding! We have no idea who the happy couple are but it doesn’t matter, what really matters is that Alex is attending the wedding and Jill doesn’t know she will be there. How fun!
Ramona knows that Jill will be shocked to see Alex at the wedding and we’re not disappointed.
Alex confronts Jill and they talk about the Equal Marriage Rights march that will take place the next day. Jill apparently is on the committee but won’t be attending (we know that Jill ultimately does attend) Alex doesn’t understand why Jill said she was attending a wedding “out of town” and can’t attend the march, Jill stutters and stammers something about being an “honorary committee member” and therefore not obligated to actually be there.
Jill is cowering in a corner of the wedding with two “yes women” that we haven’t met but it doesn’t matter as long as they agree with everything that Jill says. They do their jobs well. Jill makes more excuses about not attending the Equal Marriage Rights march, Alex kicks back a glass of wine as Jill calls Alex every name in the book, not the least of which is “F’ing bitch” then announces that Alex is socializing at a party that is so above her. I can see how Jill has changed, ain’t she nice? Ain’t she Joe?
Alex, having no idea that Jill just ripped her apart on screen comes over to confront Jill about Jill’s lies and scheming to find out if Alex was going to be at this wedding. Ramona is in her glory, she loves watching Jill squirm and she purposely didn‘t tell Jill that Alex would be attending. I am liking Ramona so far. The argument between Alex and Jill seems rather trivial now, considering the insults that Jill just sent flying in Alex’s direction. Alex kicks back another glass of wine.
Outside of the wedding Ramona breaks out in hives as she is talking about the new Housewife Cindy’s brother and he walks up behind Ramona with his huge girlfriend who looks like she’s about to punch Ramona in the face. It was all pretty funny but for once Ramona wasn’t laughing, she broke out in hives and was completely embarrassed. I don’t think we’ve heard the end of this. Ramona warned us that she gets into it with Cindy, this could be the start of that situation.
Alex and Simon back home in their close quarters dual office space and Alex explains that they both work from home now and share an office. Alex agrees to have lunch with Simon but tells him there will be no drinking at lunch. Simon leaves to go prepare lunch and Alex kicks back a glass of wine while answering the phone. It’s her representative from the new modeling agency that just signed Alex on to discuss her portfolio.
For anyone who is unclear, Kelly defines a model for us, it is simply someone who photographs well, it does not mean that they are pretty. That explains Kelly’s modeling career. Moving on…
The new girl Cindy Barshop is introduced and we learn that she lives downtown in New York, she likes the downtown, rock and roll action with eclectic friends and the hip, cool area. We learn a bit about her Completely Bare hair removal salons and meet her brother Howie who is her partner/best friend. Cindy went through invetro fertilization for three years before becoming pregnant with twin girls who are now 10-months old. Cindy would like a man but is perfectly happy and living her dream without one.
Cindy hosts an art gallery showing that supports charity and all the housewives are invited. Apparently Ramona knows Cindy and introduces Sonja to the newest housewife. Alex and Simon, Jill and Bobby, Luann, and Kelly all come to the art gallery and meet Cindy. Sonja knows the artist and all the ladies are told they are going to create a piece of art with their bare feet. Jill complains that if she had known, she would have worn less expensive shoes. Jill yells for Bawwwby to come and hold her Jimmy Choo’s. Alex kicks back another glass of wine.
Kelly is apparently attempting to become the new one liner queen and says that she doesn’t know if Alex and Simon are in the market for art but they’ll attend the opening of an envelope. Very original joke and I noticed Kelly didn’t walk out with any artwork under her arm. That’s two swipes that Kelly had taken at Alex, for anyone who is keeping count.
As Cindy hands off one of her children to the nanny, Jill compares her to Ginger who doesn’t like to be held either.
Jill and Kelly are speculating about how Cindy has two children and no husband. Apparently Jill hasn’t read her friend Luann’s book because Jill tells us that it is perfectly acceptable and even expected to ask a woman with two babies where the daddy is but Jill seems surprised that Cindy was uncomfortable with the question. Jill really doesn’t get it folks!
Sonja’s friend and Artist Brian makes an appearance as she giggles like a schoolgirl and denies that he is her boyfriend. Sonja subtly asks Brian out on a date suggesting that they double with Luann and her new boyfriend Jacques. Very smooth Sonja! Luann and Sonja walk out of the art gallery arm in arm, Luann asks Sonja if she’s taking the glass of wine with her, Sonja says no, as she doesn’t want to get arrested, again. A little joke about her previous Driving While Intoxicated charges from last season, very appropriate.
Luann and Jacques join Sonja and her hot artist for dinner and it seems awkward and it is difficult to hear what the four diners are saying, very bad sound editing here. The restaurant was loud but so was Luann’s guy, Jacques. Last season I don’t think we heard him utter two words but tonight he tells us that he loves New York and he loves Luann. Wow, sorry dude, how is your sister Monica?
I think we’re going to see more about Sonja and her boy toy Brian, she says she is lucky to have him in her life but it’s complicated as she’s focused on raising her daughter and still devastated over her divorce. Is Sonja going to try to change her reputation after last season painting herself as the sex queen of New York City?
Ramona interviews assistants, her business is growing and she needs another girl in the office. Ramona manages to make each applicant uncomfortable, rather than actually interviewing them, she is giving them interviewing tips and advice on how to dress to snag that job!
Ramona is such a giver but she is disappointed in the pool of applicants that have come in to see her. These poor girls are young, inexperienced and being interviewed on camera yet Ramona can’t seem to understand why they‘re a bit nervous. Ramona even tells one girl that she needs skin care help and gives her some samples of her products. As she walks out Ramona’s current assistant says that the girl was about to cry and Ramona says she was only trying to help the girl. I think the girl needs a job Ramona, that is what would help her.
Next week seems to be the episode that we will finally hear Alex utter the words, “Thug in a cocktail dress” and it does appear to be Sonja that she’s referring to. Sonja and Alex are shown in the previews having a few verbal sparring matches coming up including Sonja throwing Alex out of her home. I wonder if Luann has a chapter in her book about tossing a Housewife out of your home.
My final comment about the show has to be how very severe Jill’s comment was about Alex McCord. During the Beverly Hills Housewives we ripped Camille Grammar apart when she talked about her husband verses Kyle’s husband and their “status”. Jill’s comment was similar yet somehow it was much worse. I admit I was one who ripped into Camille for her comments but I did later apologize because Camille owned her comments and apologized for them. She admits to being mortified and very sorry. Jill will never change, she was showing her true colors and any apology, should Alex get one, would be fake and everyone knows it. Jill truly believes that she is better and is at a higher social status than Alex, she’s always looked down on her and her feelings about Alex are clear. Jill is garbage!
Previews of Episode Two on Bravotv.com:
Real Housewives of New York blogs:
As promised, Jill is the only one who hasn’t posted a blog on Bravotv.com.
Watch What Happens Live –
Even better than tonight’s Real Housewives of New York episode, which was pretty good, was Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live. This show was 30-minutes of pure gold, from the permanent smile on Andy’s face to the two grown woman arguing like teenagers, this show was a gift from Baby Jesus to make us all laugh.
Starting with Jill’s “new look” that I feel like she created just for me, because it made me so happy. We’ve seen Jill look ridiculous before but nothing compares to this look. Jill admittedly has always looked pretty good and well put together for her previous appearances on Andy’s show but tonight was the gift that keeps on giving.
Jill has her ridiculous dog Ginger in her lap wearing a Japanese kimono, in honor of the tragedy in Japan, Jill tells us that Ginger is going to do some fundraising, I wonder how much Ginger raised?
Andy shows a montage of scenes with Jill and Ramona’s arguments over the past three years and as if scripted, they continue to fight and argue throughout the show. Jill deflects her nasty comments about Alex by pointing out Ramona’s interviewing skills. When that didn’t work Jill told us that the comments that she made about Alex were edited in as she was actually talking to a member of the production crew. Andy didn’t fold his cards at that point, he asked Jill if she actually said those words and she had no choice but to own them.
In an awkward moment, Ramona tells Andy she has some comic relief for him as Mario walks onto the set with a cardboard life size cutout of Ramona holding a bottle of her wine. Does Ramona really think this shameful plug of her wine is comic relief or did she think she was fooling the audience? Andy wasn’t amused at Ramona’s stunt. Tonight’s poll question is simple, Team Jill or Team Ramona? Another landslide as Ramona takes it with 78% of the vote, like most political elections, it was the lesser of two evils.
Andy’s three obsessions tonight started with the obvious. Jill told viewers that she turned over a new leaf but Andy pointed out that there must have been a huge breeze that flipped that leaf right back over as he runs a clip of Jill ripping Alex apart on screen. Jill deflects again and says that Ramona was a bitch too for not telling Jill that Alex would be at that wedding. Best I can tell here is that Jill is trying to say that because Ramona blindsided her with Alex’s presence at the wedding, it is Ramona’s fault that Jill called Alex a “F’ing Bitch” and went so far as to call Ramona a “F’ing Bitch”. So you see, it wasn’t Jill’s fault.
Andy’s second obsession included a montage of Ramona’s antics that he called a “Ramonix”.
Finally Andy ran an old clip of Tina Fey appearing on WWHL and describing his two guests Ramona and Jill as Queen Bee and Banker then asking the ladies to give their opinion of Tina’s observations.
The smile never leaves Andy’s face as Jill and Ramona argue over which one of them is meaner than the other, Jill tries to intimidate Ramona with her, “Don’t EVER say…” but Ramona is prepared for that, she learned way back in Jr. High how to deal with women like Jill, Ramona repeats over and over “Don’t EVER” “Don’t EVER” “Don’t EVER” in Jill’s face, it had me literally laughing out loud.
The ladies begin to argue over which one of them has more business experience and Jill wants Andy to make some phone calls to verify her resume, Andy can barely talk from laughing so hard but tells Jill he has no intention of calling anyone. Jill’s own designed corset begins to shift to one side and she looks like her head is falling off to the left of her body. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
A viewer sends in a question about the change in Jill’s look, aside from her ridiculous hair and outfit Jill denies having any work done on her face then turns to her good friend of 20-years Ramona and asks her to confirm that she’s had no plastic surgery on her face and Ramona (I really love this woman) says, “I don’t know you well enough to know”.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any funnier. Ramona is the best!
A viewer question asks Jill what is her problem with Alex? Jill lies and says she doesn’t have any problem with Alex.
Annoying 14-year old Housewives fan Ben Weiner asks Jill if she’s talked to Bethenny, Jill suddenly, after months of talking about little else, says she doesn’t want to talk about Bethenny. Jill lies and says she hasn’t ever seen Bethenny’s new show. I think I saw her nose grow right there on screen. Ramona chimes in saying she watches Bethenny’s show and she loves it. Since Jill wasn’t able to properly sabotage Bethenny’s show she’ll teach them by not watching! Does anyone believe that Jill isn’t glued to the television on Monday nights?
Luann is afraid she’s becoming irrelevant so she Tweets in to the show telling Ramona to re-read her book, or at least the chapter that talks about not sticking your finger in a wedding cake.
Tonight’s lame game asked Jill and Ramona to answer some trivia questions about the past 100 episodes of the show. Andy added that he knows they are both big fans of the show since every time he makes a joke about either one of them, he gets a text message from them within seconds.
The winner of the lame game gets the ultimate prize, ten seconds of uninterrupted screen time for shameless promotion of their latest product. Andy sure knows how to sweeten the pot.
Alas, Ramona is not into it and doesn’t want to play, she hasn’t had enough wine apparently but Jill is practically jumping out of her seat to answer all the questions right. Jill wins and awkwardly tells us about her ugly shape wear for ten seconds.
Returning from commercial, Andy tells us that much has happened while they were away and that Jill and Ramona have made up, they prove it by fake hugging.
Andy’s Mazel of the Week was awarded to all of the viewers, all our Tweets, texts and calls that he loves so much, a nice Mazel ruined by his lead in that he’d have rather given it to Jill’s mother Gloria. Thanks for nothing Cohen!
The Jackhole was the young girl who faked having uncontrollable hiccups and is now in jail for murder.
Andy announced where he would be partying later in the evening to celebrate his 100th episode of the show, I wonder how many fans mobbed him at the club. Jill and Ramona seemed shocked that he announced on screen where he would be partying, I admit, I was too.
Andy tweeted this photo of Jill on the WWHL Set:
Coming up on Sunday’s edition of Watch What Happens Live will be comedian Jay Mohr and Orange County housewife, Peggy Tanous. Next Thursday, Sonja Morgan.
In case you missed it, tonight’s poll, Team Jill vs. Team Ramona was 78% in Ramona’s favor. Thanks to all of you who voted! Great show Andy!
This is an interview with Kelly Bensimon and I have only one question for Kelly about this interview. Huh?
Kelly Killoren Bensimon on The Real Housewives of New York City’s Season 4 http://shar.es/HaEKa
After last season, you told The Daily Beast that you watch the show with your daughters to show them “what not to do.” Tell us more!
My daughters are in 5th and 6th grade. And they’re going to have to deal with a lot of women. But this isn’t on a field trip with teachers who are moderating. This is a group dynamic of six women in St. John, one of the most beautiful places—and I feel so sorry for that gorgeous house—with no parents. No teacher. No moderator. But tons and tons of wine, and people being like, “Oh really? That really happened? Tell me more!”
What did your daughters learn specifically from last season?
They learned specifically from last season that when you’re wearing bunny ears, you should have a good time (with sheets). Just kidding! They learned from last season that what we talked about is that bullying is not OK. It’s not OK for me to let my emotions get the best of me, it’s not OK for me to engage in any kind of activity like that, it’s not OK for me to choose friends like that.
You said on The View that it’s “hard to be portrayed as crazy and them come back from that.” What do you mean by that?
I really don’t like the word “crazy.” I think it’s really a disgusting word. Unless you’re a doctor, you can’t be calling people crazy. It shouldn’t be used, and I don’t like it. I don’t appreciate anyone using it. It’s hard to come back from! This season, I really made a concerted effort, against my will, instead of just being working and being a great mother, I have had to spend the last year rebuilding a reputation that was tarnished by someone else’s insecurity.
Ah, “someone else’s insecurity”—we get to your relationship with Bethenny Frankel. Would you have come back if Bethenny, the person you didn’t get along with most, were still on the show?
Would you go into work tomorrow if somebody told you they didn’t like your shoes? Of course you’d go back to work! And if you weren’t going to go back to work, I’d hope that you’d tweet me and ask me about it, because I will yell at you and scream at you and say, “If you don’t get back into work, I will walk there with you! I will stand with you!” You cannot allow anyone to shadow-cloud your future. That’s just not OK with me and I won’t put up with it.
You were ahead of your time with your anti-bullying message. Give us some updates on what you’re thinking about that these days.
What you saw on Scary Island is a television show, where we’re made to entertain you. Bullying is a serious issue. People are dying. I use it as a way of talking about what happened, but bullying is not something that people should take lightly.
That’s the whole irony. People are like, “You’re not very nice at the reunion show!” What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to sit there and smile at these women and say “I really like your hair” after you go after me every two seconds because I’m tall? I can’t change my height! But now, because they went after me so much, they raised my name, and there were blogs about “she’s this, she’s that,” and it literally lit on fire to the point where I could ask my Twitter followers to help me do something great for people and then I match that number. I got to go Haiti and I got to see what hope looks like. When you’re on a television show with these women complaining about if you didn’t come to a party—go to Haiti for one day and tell me how you feel about that party.
How have you changed the show?
I’m just so proud that Bravo stuck in there with me and that they believed in me and that they were willing to change. And they were willing to change the way that the show was going. They were like, “Kelly’s freakin’ right!”
It didn’t change the filming process, but I think it changed everyone’s perception. They know that when Kelly comes in, she’s working. If it’s not going to be a solid working environment, it’s not a good thing.
Every single reality-TV star is like, “This is all about reality.” No, no. This. Is. Reality. If you see me crying about something, I’m really crying. There’s no strategy behind it. There’s no micromanaging. There’s no brand that’s being built around it, there’s no product endorsement next to me. I’m crying because I’m really crying and because I’m really hurt. And that’s OK. And I want the world to know: Lose it! Lose it all day long! If that’s how you feel, lose it. It’s fine.
And so I ask Kelly once again…HUH?
Until Next Time…