I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of New York April 14, 2011
If you read nothing else in this blog, please read “Conspiracy Against Alex” and let me know what you think.
Bravoooo you sneaky little devils you… I did not see that coming, obviously. Watching previews for months on end didn’t give it away. Even though we saw previews of Sonja throwing Alex out of her house and we heard over and over “Thug in a cocktail dress”, we gave Sonja the benefit of the doubt.
When they introduced Sonja last year she sounded like she was very full of herself, her opening montage should have made us all hate her right off the bat but it didn’t. “The straw that stirs the drink” was beloved, we admired her patience with Crazy Kelly Bensimon, we overlooked her indiscriminate behavior with men we even somewhat overlooked her arrest for driving while intoxicated, we wanted to love her. She arrived during a season that couldn’t have been better for her, Jill was the devil and that had to be the focus. We seemed to give Sonja a pass from the beginning.
As the show opens with the four ladies getting dressed for the Marriage Equality March Sonja doesn’t seem like herself, we’ve never seen this side of her before. Is this the real Sonja or is this Housewives Season Two disease? We’ve seen it before, that little touch of fame after being on a reality show for one season, these women turn into reality nightmares, Atlanta’s was most obvious, I think every one of them were victims of Season Two disease.
Sonja claims that she was asked to participate in this Marriage Equality March but there was a bit of a contradiction, a lie if you will, told by Sonja about this first step, but we’ll get back to that during the Watch What Happens Live recap. The fact is Sonja did not want to be just another housewife to give a speech, she wanted to be the ONLY housewife to give a speech and that is a definite symptom of Season Two disease.
Sonja insisted Alex McCord not speak at this event and refused to give in even while both Alex and Simon were creating a scene, had she just given in and said, “Fine, go ahead” this would have all been over and she would have been a hero instead of a villain.
What got into this woman? There were dozens of speeches, what was one more? The worst part is Sonja clearly hadn’t prepared anything to say. Her speech was ridiculous, inappropriate and certainly not inspirational.
Alex and Simon were clearly shaken by the entire thing, they had worked on this event for months and weren’t going to go away quietly. Alex has spent the first two episodes in a constant state of attack or defense mode and it is not a good look on her. I think they had every right to be upset and certainly try to talk some sense into Sonja but Kell was right, they were embarrassing “us”. Kell managed to embarrass the group even more by yelling “You’re embarrassing us!” and Luann shushing her several times didn’t stop her.
Jill’s arrival only brought more tension, Alex for a brief moment seemed to think Jill would be her savior and when Alex asked Jill if she had been asked to make a speech, Jill took it the wrong way and barked at Alex as well. This event that Alex and Simon had obviously been looking forward to for months was turning into a nightmare. Disappointed by defeated the march went on as scheduled. Five crazy housewives can’t stop a group of thousands of gay and lesbian advocates.
I don’t think for one minute that Sonja Tremont Morgan is a “Gay advocate”, she is heavily involved in many charities but gay rights isn’t one of them. This was a made for TV event and Sonja wanted the spotlight.
Things go from bad to worse as Alex arrives at Sonja’s home for an art exhibit. Sonja’s younger boyfriend sees her as a saggy boobed 60-year old woman and he’s not hiding it. He makes it clear that he didn’t want to paint Sonja, he didn’t enjoy this assignment but obviously Sonja gets what Sonja wants. Sonja wanted a portrait of herself painted by the guy she was sleeping with and so she got it. Be careful what you wish for Sonja, it wasn’t pretty.
Alex seemed to arrive ready to go at it with Sonja, her attitude and demeanor said, “bring it on” but if Sonja really is the “hostess with the mostest” she would know that scheduling a lunch with Alex would have been more appropriate. Worse than bringing it up at all was Sonja saying, “Simon, is that your husband’s name?” was passive-aggressive, rude and uncalled for. I’ve never in my life been thrown out of anywhere either, as Alex confesses but I can tell you that I doubt I would have to be told more than once to “get out”.
Alex continuing to try to get in Sonja’s face was beyond ridiculous, it should have been obvious to Alex that there would be no resolution after Sonja’s ridiculous opening monologue. Alex stood silently with her chin on the floor having a hard time believing what she was hearing coming from the usually lovely Sonja Morgan. I think we all had a bit of a shock that Sonja would be so completely inappropriate in her own home especially after hearing her constantly bragging about her outstanding hostess skills.
Those cameras during season two bring out the worst in a Housewife, don’t they? Sonja was going to have her say and then she was going to shut her down, she had no intension of listening to anything that Alex had to say.
I would love to know what voice inside Alex’s head told her it was a good idea to stay after being thrown out and continue to follow Sonja attempting to reason with her. Alex’s thirteen thousand “Excuse me” didn’t win her a place in our hearts either, I get that she refuses to be a doormat and she is sick of being dismissed as unimportant but she doesn’t have the skills or experience to go up against any of these women, probably even Kell could out-argue Alex McCord. She just doesn’t have it in her.
This was a fiasco of the highest proportions, the arrival of Luann and Cindy only fueled the fire as they walked into a shit-storm and naturally took Sonja’s side. Luann’s comment about Alex’s dress being reason enough to throw her out of the house was just vicious, but that is Luann, she’s always been a raging bitch.
The good news is for Ramona as she gets to be in the middle again, she wanted to pretend to be the middle man for Bethenny and Jill last season, Ramona the voice of reason, the poor put-upon friend to everyone won’t take sides but will try to be the peacemaker. I would have given anything if Ramona had been at that Marriage Equality March to see how she would have handled that situation. What would Ramona do? WWRD?
The reveal of the portrait of Sonja was priceless. Ramona’s face and Cindy’s comment told the story of an artist who was forced to paint a portrait that he simply did not want to paint. The preview that Sonja got to see before it was completed was actually comical, I thought it was supposed to be a caricature of Sonja, the boobs hanging down to her belly button and the old look to her face made her look like she’s been painted by someone who despises her. Surrounded by guests and slurring like a drunken fool Sonja makes another speech, this time about how utterly amazing she is having been painted by her boy toy, then goes on to blame Alex for forgetting to thank the artist. Apparently Alex got Sonja so worked up, she had to consume large amounts of alochol and it caused Sonja to deliver a poor speech, that’s twice in one episode. Sonja’s day just keeps getting worse and worse.
Sneaky Jill Zarin came out smelling like a rose tonight, didn’t she? Crying, “don’t pick on me Alex” ever the victim Jill clearly misunderstood a simple question about whether or not she was asked to speak at the Marriage Equality March. Alex was looking for some support from Jill but instead another diva flips out at her.
The group returned to Alex and Simon’s house after the march and Jill outsmarted Alex again as she attempted to make peace, scheduled a time for the two ladies to talk this out as Jill simply asks Alex for a chance to apologize. I was waiting for the lightening to strike but alas Jill’s acting abilities were evident as she even warmly greeted Alex’s two son’s who she clearly has nothing but disdain for. When Alex told the boys, “don’t crawl up her leg!” Jill responded three times “You can crawl up my leg” “Its ok to crawl up my leg” “Go ahead crawl up my leg”. I’m sure Jill was hoping the cameras would catch the VanKempen boys actually attempting to crawl up Jill’s leg.
Jill has set the scene here folks, this is her attempts to prove that she has changed. This is her way of winning back fans and Alex is simply a means to an end. No one will ever convince me that Jill Zarin, who has always looked down on Alex, who made those horrible comments about Alex at last year’s reunion and who has tried so hard to get Alex fired from this show has suddenly decided that Alex isn’t so bad after all, Jill wants to be friends. Jill doesn’t care about Alex, she hates her, she said she will never forgive Alex and that is the one truth to come out of Jill’s mouth in four seasons. I believe that Jill hates Alex and that won’t ever change. Any attempts that Jill makes to convince viewers that she suddenly now likes Alex and wants to be friends are fake and completely self-serving.
Here in his home, Simon was finally able to give the speech that he had prepared to give in front of thousands at the March. Sonja mocked Simon’s speech but I thought it perfectly fit the theme of the day while Sonja’s speech was lame and wouldn’t have inspired a starving person to eat.
A very brief scene of Cindy Barshop and her brother Howie talking about the wedding as Howie explains to his sister how he and his girlfriend caught Ramona gossiping came next. No one will convince me that Cindy hasn’t watched three seasons of this show and already knows these women so I don’t really understand Cindy’s shock at Ramona’s behavior. Cindy decided that Ramona was “off” and you have to wonder if Cindy’s as smart as she originally appeared to be. Then again after watching three seasons, why would Cindy jump onto the “Brunette” bandwagon with Jill, Kelly and Luann? That gives us some insight into Cindy, doesn’t it?
Ramona bought a table at a charity event, place cards in hand she prepares her table seating her guests as Alex whispers in her ear all of the events as they played out with Sonja and the Marriage Equality March. Ramona tells us that she doesn’t believe that Sonja would behave that way, welcome to the club Ramona, neither did we! It did happen and Ramona gets to be the peacemaker yet again. Word spread like wildfire from the curb to Ramona’s table the moment Sonja Morgan stepped out of the car that she had a guest with her, Kelly had arrived with Sonja and Ramona set up panic stations. Ramona hadn’t invited Kelly, had no place card for her and really didn’t want her there to create drama.
Quickly, Ramona scribbled Kelly’s name on a place card and welcomed Kelly inviting her to dine at her table. Has Ramona learned nothing in the past two years? Kelly doesn’t dine with the peasants, she doesn’t hang around where she’s not wanted, she is a hit and run guest. She wants to be photographed attending events but doesn’t have time to linger. There are Tweets to send, toilet seats to change and chairs to cover with stuffed animals, Kelly is a busy lady!
Sonja apparently has no better skills at being a guest than she does being a hostess. Sonja is seated next to Ramona and she fills her ear all night with her traumatic experience being accosted by Simon VanKempen and Alex McCord at the March. She goes on for what seems like hours with both Alex and Simon sitting at the same table but apparently out of earshot yet they clearly know what is being said.
Luann spent the episode slamming Alex, this is the way that she will be relevant this season. Her new boyfriend, Ross Geller, er…David Schwimmer, er Jacques, yes that’s it, Jacques isn’t enough to hold our attention or allow Luann to have screen time so she studied and took notes during the off-season and came back with whoppers to throw at Alex McCord in her talking head interviews. It was almost like someone paid Luann to slam Alex, or like someone talked her into taking over the responsibility of making Alex look bad or maybe even trying to get Alex booted off the show? This has Jill Zarin written all over it.
Luann never did really like Alex and Simon but she didn’t have an axe to grind with them either, they hadn’t done anything directly to Luann to justify Luann’s constant barrage of attacks against Alex. Luann gets credit for one comment, she did admit that Sonja should have let Simon speak at the March but Luann’s interview comments all had the same theme, attack Alex McCord.
Sonja isn’t going to get any support for her ridiculous behavior on tonight’s episode, she was wrong to insist she be the only Housewife allowed to speak, she was wrong to try to make this entire event about her and her comments were at times even offensive to the Gay Community. One in particular made Twitter members go ballistic, “I love my gays” sounded as if she owned a few and kept them in her back pocket. This caused Sonja’s name to begin to trend on Twitter but not in a good way.
Sonja and Luann have lunch together and the topic of conversation, Alex McCord was just frustrating to watch. Where in these two women’s minds are they better than everyone else? Luann goes so far as to tell viewers that Alex will never be up to their standards and doesn’t have the confidence to make it in New York High Society. If Luann and Sonja represent New York High Society, who the hell would want to be part of that group? These two are wanna-be’s at best, both divorced from the men who introduced them to New York society and have both been unceremoniously booted from the club!
Conspiracy Against Alex
My heart actually is breaking for Alex, I can see where this season is going and it isn’t going to be pretty for our Silex. Alex says she found her voice but what she hasn’t done is tamed her voice, edited her voice or use her voice wisely. Alex needs to pick her battles, be sure the time and place are appropriate and learn what to say and what not to say. She needs to learn when it is not only ok to back down but advantageous to back down.
Worse than Alex’s debating skills is what the rest of the cast are doing to her. I can see it from here after only two episodes and a handful of previews. Jill had to try to make peace with Alex, it was her only hope at a little bit of redemption but she’s recruited her cast mates to continue to attack Alex. Jill has already proven that she has a strategy for filming this show, she said it on last year’s reunion. Jill also admitted to asking certain cast mates not to film with another. She couldn’t use that trick this season, Jill needed to film with Alex. Jill doesn’t let a little drawback get in her way, she went to plan B, she used her loyal cohorts, Luann and Kelly and had them pick up the baton and finish the race for her.
Last week many of us found it interesting that Kelly went out of her way to slam Alex and Simon, she seemed to be targeting them from out of the blue with her “opening of an envelope” comment, it was recycled but it didn’t matter, as long as it was clear Bensimon had no respect for Silex, she had done her job. Kelly who claims to be sweet and kind and only attacks as a mode of defense. What had Alex done to her? Nothing that we could see other than Alex’s beef with none other than Jill Zarin.
The constant vicious attacks from Luann directed at Alex coupled with Kelly’s pathetic attempts to belittle Alex are proof enough for me that Jill Zarin is behind it all. It is so obvious that I’m ashamed I didn’t realize it earlier.
This even falls into step with what we’ve been seeing and speculating on for months. Had Alex and Simon sold out and folded to Jill Zarin’s fake attempts at making friends? Simon was ostracized on Twitter and even posted right here on this blog in defense of his actions that appeared to viewers as if he and Alex had caved to Jill Zarin pressure.
Simon and Alex have been played by the master, the trouble is while we can see it as quickly as episode two, this couple have an entire season of it to tolerate and because we have the benefit of seeing talking head interviews and the bigger picture, we see it much faster. Alex and Simon had to live it not knowing about all the secret interviews, gossiping, scheming and plotting against them that was going on.
It seems as though even Bravo is in on the plot against Alex, watching previews for next week as Alex explains that she can eat anything she likes and doesn’t have to watch her weight then inserting scenes showing Alex trying on clothing that is too tight on her makes her look as though she’s a bit unrealistic to be kind.
This is going to be a really, really long season for Alex and Simon. Say a little prayer for this couple, they’re going to need it.
A few questions remained unanswered –
- Luann’s wedding gown is in a museum?
- Kelly had to remind viewers that the March wasn’t about Alex or Sonja?
- Why don’t these women wear brars?
- Why would Sonja wear that feather dress in public, not once but three times?
- Who robbed Alex of her common sense?
Episode three previews:
Real Housewives of New York blogs:
Watch What Happens Live Andy Cohen
Guests: David Arquette – Sonja Morgan
Save us from the damn one shoulder dress, there are few women who can carry off this look, Sonja isn’t one of them. It is old and tired even in black it doesn’t work for Sonja.
While Twitter ripped this woman apart, literally thousands of tweets telling her they’ve lost all respect for her, she is no longer their favorite and she was completely out of line, Sonja sat calmly defending herself to Andy Cohen and David Arquette who clearly had no idea what was going on.
Arquette didn’t even know where he was, let’s face it, he could have been sitting with Regus and Kelly for all he knew. Toke up dude!
Sonja claimed to be misunderstood, she didn’t mean that then entire event was all about her damnit, she meant that being Grand Marshall of the event she needed her friends to support her day. That clears it up, huh?
Andy asks David about Alex’s dress and Sonja’s painting, he supports the arts, who should he write the check to? Toke up dude!
Sonja makes a few blunders here, showing her inexperience at being a talk show guest, first she talks about the Marriage Equality March being a “Charity”. It is more of a “Cause” than a “Charity” but worse than that she wasn’t able to walk back from her “It’s all about me” comments that filled the episode. Clearly Andy wasn’t buying it what she was selling. (she should have sold that dress)
David Arquette spent the last three days on Howard Stern so he’s drunk with vulgarity and asks Sonja if she has ever swum in the lady pond, little did he know that Cohen asks every female guest the same question. Sonja refused to respond, take from that what you will.
Bravo posted two video’s of the Watch What Happens Live after show, enjoy Sonja continue to make a fool of herself:
Tonight’s poll and another easily predictable landslide asks which side you’re on, Alex or Sonja? Alex won handily with 79% of the vote. Sonja asks if she should ask for a recount “Like Zarin”. I love that Sonja confirms that the recount was Jill’s request but even more that Sonja called her “Zarin”.
Andy confirms that his polls have “Scientifically verified results”. Andy asks why everyone is laughing? Funny stuff!
Andy’s three obsessions tonight:
1. The Gay Marriage Rights March. Andy wonders like the rest of us why it is Bensimon, of all people, who reminds everyone why they are there. Andy vows to work on a bill to remove Alex and Sonja from any future Gay Rights events.
2. Andy wonders aloud why Page 6 reported that Sonja Morgan announced that Andy has had work done on his eyes. He appreciates that Sonja thinks he looks younger, but insists he‘s done nothing. Sonja defending Jill Zarin rumors of plastic surgery notes that she was with Jill during her visit to Dr. Wexler who is not a plastic surgeon but is an injector. Andy points out that it certainly doesn‘t mean Jill didn‘t visit a plastic surgeon without Sonja’s company.
3. Andy notes that David Arquette makes bold fashion statements and shows a series of photos of David in jackets that Andy describes as “badass“. Then throws a slam out to Simon VanKempen showing a photo of Simon’s rainbow sequined jacket he wore tonight
Sonja was caught in a lie or two leaving viewers questioning her integrity. First she tells Andy that she was invited to be Grand Marshall and speak at the march long before she agreed to film another season of The Real Housewives of New York.
Later she responds to a question by telling us that when they called her to invite her to this event she asked them if it was due to her being a Real Housewife and the benefit of having the event filmed for the show.
Which is it Sonja?
Sonja was asked, “why wouldn’t you let Simon speak?” Sonja responded “He wasn’t asked to speak. “ Well we know that isn’t true, Alex’s name is on the web site as a speaker (although she allowed Simon to take her place) regardless due to Sonja’s insistence that she be the only Housewife to speak, Alex was taken off the list. Sonja could have given the green light right there at the event but she refused and never gave an explanation.
Another lie as Sonja was told numerous times that Alex was in fact scheduled to speak.
Cohen never called Sonja out on any of her lies, he wasn’t really paying attention to her responses, as usual.
David Arquette, even through his drug induced (allegedly) haze noted that Sonja was trying to make the event all about her, she completely missed David’s slam and laughed like a fool when he hit her with the sarcastic line, “Why would they ask you to speak at a parade in your honor? Wasn’t that YOUR parade?”
David talked about his relationship with his ex-wife Courtney Cox, the impressive way that this couple have split yet remained friendly and are putting their child first is to be commended.
During the after show a few questions came up about Allison Dubios who appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Allison claims that the cancelled show, “Medium” is based on her life, David’s sister Patricia was the star of that series. David wasn’t able to answer any questions as he’d never met Allison.
Sonja was asked why she fancied herself a “Gay icon” and went into a tail spin about living with three gay guys in college, I doubt that the organizers of this march knew about Sonja’s living arrangement in college… Sonja should be a politician. She spins bullshit better than most housewives.
Cohen asked Sonja how she felt about being called, “Thug in a cocktail dress” but David laughing hysterically and loving the line caused Sonja to agree that it’s a great line. David Arquette put his stamp of approval on the tag line, get your “Thug In A Cocktail Dress” t-shirt from Alex and Simon before they sell out!
Tonight’s game was as lame as the rest, obviously Sonja will sleep with any guy who’ll have her, marry any man with enough money and makes no apologies for being sexually promiscuous. (Allegedly)
David was asked if he would ever consider getting together with Jennifer Aniston, obviously his answer was NO, adding it was “against the bro code”. Love it!
Sonja’s appearance tonight did absolutely nothing to improve her disastrous episode, she could have saved herself by apologizing for her error, claiming that she didn’t know that Silex was scheduled to speak and humble herself a bit by admitting she was over the top ridiculous in her constant “its all about me” attitude.
Andy’s Mazel tonight honored the Soap Opera All My Chidren as it was officially cancelled yesterday, with a nod to One Life To Live that also fell into the end of an era pile. Andy added that Pine Valley sacred place. Rest In Peace All My Children.
Tonight’s Jack hole -no surprise there, Kobe Bryant – for using the “F” word and not the four letter one, his $100k fine didn’t seem to appease Andy, or anyone else for that matter, Andy’s wish is that soon the word Gay will not have a negative connotation. Well said Cohen!
Sunday Andy welcomes Tamra Barney and her boy toy Eddie Judge.
Next Thursday it is Alex’s turn in the hot seat. No word on whether or not Simon will join her.
Jill Zarin Update:
This is Jill’s latest blog on Bravotv.com:
I want to share some great news. This is been one of the most exciting weeks of my life. I am sitting in my trailer in Long Island City waiting for a PA to get me on set of USA’s hit showWhite Collar. Season 3 will be premiering June 7 and of course I will let you all know which episode I am on. I never in a million years thought I would hear the words “Hollywood called!” Which is exactly what happened. Luann was the first housewife to have a cameo in a TV show and she told me it was one of the most thrilling days — long but fun. I wonder who will be next?
Last year, when I was thinking about what I will do after Ally goes away to college, I remembered how happy I was when I worked in the hosiery business. If you would like more information about my background, you can read it here. I have always found working to be the best outlet for me to express myself. Last year I went back to work. I designed my first bedding line, Jill Zarin Bedding (available at Bed Bath & Beyond) and Skweez CoutureShapewear. I wore a corset from my new line on Watch What Happens Live. So many of you emailed me asking where you could buy it. I can finally tell you that Macy’s and Lord and Taylor will be carrying the line this fall.
I really enjoyed filming Season 4. I met Cindy and my relationships grew stronger with most of the girls. I don’t think it is productive to go back in time and say I wish I said this or that. I also don’t want to bash and nitpick every word any of the ladies said. Why bother? The show is fun to watch and if I think something big needs to be said, I will say it. But I think I will leave all the drama on the show. Maybe I will change my mind, but that’s how I feel right now.
I will say I think there is a lot of hypocrisy going on. Let’s see what you find. I love reading the fan blogs and will recommend them on Twitter and Facebook. Yours are even better than anything I could come up with, so please tweet me or leave me a message on jillzarin.com, and I will check it out!
It feels good to be so happy that no matter how hard they try to push my buttons…my button is on permanent HAPPY! Stay in the light!
Love and Kisses XOXO
This is Jill’s 2nd blog, she posted then deleted a blog that unfortunately no one that I was able to find got a chance to read.
Until Next Time…