I Hate Jill Zarin Bethenny Ever After / Housewives News / Royal Wedding Viewers Guide

I Hate Jill Zarin   Bethenny Ever After  / Housewives News / Royal Wedding Viewers Guide

Bravo really needs more of this kind of show, the heavy dark drama that the Housewives have become is such a stark contrast to Bethenny’s show.  It isn’t Disney, it’s adult entertainment without being vicious and causing stress.  Jason can hold his own with Bethenny and I’m sure that was one of the things that drew her to him.  Jason can snark with the best of them but he’s subtle, its adorable!

Did anyone else notice that we missed an entire scene from the previews?  All week we’ve seen previews of a book signing and the place is packed, Julie tells Bethenny that the store has run out of books.  Did I doze off for a few minutes and miss that?  There is also a Bravotv.com video called “The Gay that does not like me” but if you try to view it, you get a completely different scene.   The Gay that doesn’t like her is Johnny Wier and the scene was removed.  Anyway…

The funny one-liners came fast and furious in this episode, not only from Bethenny but from Jason and Julie as well.  Ethan the skating partner even got a few in.  This really is like a real life sitcom.

The Hoppy’s have decided on a new nanny, Bethenny’s gut instinct chose Dawa, who apparently came with outstanding references and even worked for someone in the past who had worked for Bethenny’s father.  Having a father from Tibet and being born and raised in India apparently led Bethenny to believe that Dawa would be a calm and peaceful influence on the household.  She seems a bit shy but she is absolutely calm and quiet compared to the chaos that is usually the Hoppy household.  

Nanny #2 is also a hairdresser which is a plus and added bonus that Bethenny wasn’t even aware of before she hired her.  It is impossible to describe how funny the scenes are as Bethenny and Jason try to bring the Nanny up to speed and introduce her to the workings of the house.

Jason took a meeting with the Skinnygirl CEO, David bringing great news that her Skinnygirl Margaritas have gone from being available in 14 states to 40 states.  Bethenny comes in mid-meeting and poor David doesn’t get to celebrate or see Bethenny’s reaction to the good news, Jason insists on telling her later.  

Jason predicts that the first thing that Bethenny will say, upon hearing the news is, “What about the other 10 states?”  Well he was wrong, Bethenny said, “what about the other 12 states?”.  She goes on to ask how many states we have and I’m a bit disappointed in her here.  It seems many people get confused as decades ago we added Alaska and Hawaii to our union and some people seem to think that brought us to a grand total of 52 states.  I admit I expected more from Bethenny, she need only count the stars on the flag, didn’t she go to a fancy private school?  But I digress….

Bethenny and Jason discuss her speaking tour and talk about getting a recreation vehicle to travel in but end up agreeing on a tour bus wrapped with the Skinnygirl logo.  Bethenny’s first thought is that they need to make rules and the first rule is no one poops on the bus.  I have to say, good call Bethenny, good call!

Bethenny’s therapy session goes well, in fact I get the feeling the good doctor thinks that Bethenny is finished needing him but she explains that this is the place she can open up and talk, at one point during therapy she seemed to be near her breaking point yet here she was with even more on her plate and she is ok.  Progress!  Doc sends Bethenny on her way after their alloted hour and Bethenny complains, “Not many men would throw me off their couch”.  The one liners in this episode are epic!  

The ladies of the house including Bethenny, Dawa, Julie, Bryn and Cookie all leave Jason behind and head off to Los Angeles, Malibu to be exact and take up temporary residence in an amazing rental home on the beach.  For those critics who continue to claim that Jason doesn’t work, here’s proof, he is staying behind to finish up some work, there’s no way he stays behind unless he has to.  The Hoppy’s decide to spend a portion of the Christmas Holidays in California which also serves to allow Bethenny to finish up her stint on Skating With The Stars without commuting across the country.  The other portion will be spent with Jason’s parents.  (personally, I’d have flown them out to California for Christmas, but that’s just me)

At Home in Malibu?

The amazing home on Malibu beach impresses even Bethenny but didn’t this new Nanny hit the jackpot?  She’s working for one of the most successful women, spending time with a fun loving family, she’s on TV and she gets to live in that Malibu home for a week.  She has to be pinching herself, I’ll bet it is one of those, “how my life has changed” moments.

Ethan visits Bethenny’s rented house and enjoys walks on the beach, great food and some dancing with the ladies in Malibu while Cookie helps herself to all of the leftover plates of food left around the room.  Bethenny confides in Ethan that she would love nothing more than to live in Los Angeles but doesn’t want to let fans down, fans who view her as a New York girl.  I was a bit surprised to hear her say that, I thought the reasons for staying in New York had more to do with Jason’s family being closer and Jason’s job.  Jason didn’t seem all too keen on moving to LA but let’s see how he feels when he arrives at that fabulous house on the show next week.  

Previews show that Jason is a bit surprised as he walks in expecting his five ladies and finds an extra man in the house, it appears Ethan had spent the night.  Probably the best thing to do if he’d been drinking.  (wait to hear what Bethenny’s critics say about this!)

We know that these scenes were filmed six months ago and that Bethenny places second on Skating With the Stars, we watched as Johnny Wier, the angry little mean guy rips Bethenny apart week after week.  The judge who, as Bethenny correctly states, is supposed to be unbiased and fair told Bethenny that he doesn’t care to watch her skate anymore.  Right off the bat Weir was rude and clearly didn’t like Bethenny, he even influenced his fellow judges who all were substantially more tough judging her than any of the other celebrities on the show.

Bethenny’s fans were Tweeting and posting to her on Facebook giving her support and telling her to ignore the mean and clearly biased judges, most evident of which was Johnny Weir.  His comments to the other celebrities were supportive and full of advice on how to improve, even giving higher scores to contestants that fell during their routine.  Weir did nothing but nit-pick Bethenny and offered absolutely no support or suggestions.  His hatred was clearly evident from her first performance.  Bethenny did what anyone would do, she told fans not to worry about her, she wasn’t listening to the negativity of the judges, leading Wier to unprofessionally announce he didn’t want to watch her skate anymore.  What an idiotic thing to say, was he going to quit?  Simply close his eyes during her performance?  Refuse to post a score?  In the end Bethenny’s fans voted her through to the finals despite Weir’s obvious attempts to send her home earlier.

Last week Weir wasn’t mentioned at all, his ugly mug was cut out of any scenes from Skating With The Stars but Gina’s hysterical voice mail message that Bethenny played on screen was clearly directed at Weir.  Tonight Bethenny did discuss Weir’s unprofessional behavior and mentioned him by name yet this morning the scenes were cut out of Bravotv.com’s videos.  Interesting…

Weir recently posted this photo on Twitter

Weir hasn’t commented on anything, I will give him credit for that.  Rumor is that ABC was unhappy with him and vowed to never hire him again.

Obviously the Hoppy’s haven’t yet moved to California, but do you think that they will?  Should they uproot the family and raise Bryn in the City of Angeles?  I was surprised to hear that Bethenny thought her fans would object, personally I think she is Bethenny no matter where they live.  I think Bryn is going to have all the advantages of a loving family and the best of everything regardless of where they live but Bethenny has a really good point about there being so much more room to spread out and a more easy going, less stressful atmosphere.  There’s no doubt Cookie would be happier in LA.

So as one of Bethenny’s fans, pardon me while I address Bethenny directly:  I say do what is best for your family Bethenny and don’t worry about what fans or anyone else thinks.  I get the impression that Jason can do his job from anywhere in the country so that only leaves Jason’s parents as a good reason to stay in New York.  Families travel across the country all the time to visit each other, or maybe if there isn’t anything holding the Hoppy’s in Pennsylvania they could also move to California?  The weather is better!  Just a thought, Season Three, the entire Hoppy clan moves to California?  (I know Bethenny will most likely never see my message so don’t bother with the hate posts telling me that Bethenny’s not my “real friend”)

Next week it’s Christmas in May as the Hoppy’s spend Christmas in their amazing Malibu rental home and begin Bethenny’s speaking tour of the country on the Skinnygirl tour bus where No #2 is Rule #1.  

Bethenny really must have the patience of a saint, after quickly reviewing some of the thousands of comments she gets on her Facebook page I was overwhelmed.  Each time she posts anything on Facebook she gets over a thousand responses from fans.  I was most surprised not by the quantity but by the quality.  Some people have no sense, no brains and are completely clueless.  I’m sure that Julie or another assistant is assigned the job of combing through them for any comments worth passing along to Bethenny.  Just a few of the funniest ones:

I wish you the best with everything. Your show is interesting, your husband and daughter are beautiful. My question is how much shoudl i pour for one glass and should i add soda or water? Thank you very mcuh for your show and products. If you’re ever near East Meadow, Long Island, please contact me I would like to meet you. and get you to sign a bottle

Yes, Bethenny I don’t understand why you didn’t put directions on your bottle of Skinnygirl Margaritas.  “Open bottle, pour into glass”  It is complicated.  I’m sure Bethenny is going to contact this genius as soon as she hits Long Island so that they can hang… Does this fan not think thousands of people would like to meet Bethenny?  sheesh!

No making fun of Johnny Weir Ms. Frankel! And be nicer to Jason, he deserves it!

This fan apparently didn’t watch SWTS and doesn’t watch BEA either, be nicer to Jason?  Jason’s doing just fine…

I have bought cases of SkinnyGirl and display the empty bottles in my window.But I won’t buy it anymore if you sold it. I believe you are working on different size bottles and Sangria. I would like to see that.

Wow, you really can’t argue with stupid!  She must have polished off a case of Skinnygirl Margaritas before she wrote this one.  I bet her neighbors love her window decor.  They shoot horses, don’t they?

I saw it and was excited to try it. Im sorry but it was awful. Weird aftertaste.

Got it in philly!!!! but just one question? why would you sell skinny girl to jim beam? oh well I hope it taste the same!

Oh I don’t know Philly, maybe the $120 MILLION DOLLARS had something to do with it…wow!

I think I may actually be your biggest fan & possibly the first person on long island to actually order the original bethany skinny girl margarita at a restaurant, thank you by the way for the 7 day hangover. Beyond disappointed that I can never find your bottle in stock anywhere on LI…let’s fix that 🙂

I would think that Bethenny’s biggest fan would know how to spell her name…just sayin’..

Just finished watching your latest episode. I can’t even say the $hit I want B! I am half pissed that it happened for you in December and I wasn’t there. I wanted to be there with you. It was so funny when he said that about your baby cuz I have been thinking that same thing. Your baby is off the hook. She is the most pleasant baby on the planet. Your next baby is gonna kick your a$$! You need to call me girl!

I can’t decide if this fan actually knows Bethenny or if it is just wishful thinking but if you need to ask Bethenny to call you on Facebook, chances are you’re dreaming…

You keep me laughing so hard! I loved how you were talking yourself into “calm” when the new Nanny arrived….I talk to myself all the time! I’m my own best friend!…if ever in SC please find me!!!

She gets a lot of these, people want to be her friend and they ask her if she’ll have lunch, dinner or drinks with them or just meet them when she comes to their town.  People invite her to their homes and want her to be Godmother to their children.  It is a credit to Bethenny that people feel like they know her and can be real friends with her but it is obviously pretty unrealistic and surprising that so many feel they really can be BFF’s with Bethenny.

There are dozens and dozens of questions about where to buy her Skinnygirl Margaritas and why they can’t get it where they live.  Bethenny’s people even created a web page listing all the stores that carry it but rather than looking on her web site, people think Bethenny has time to respond to every request.


Just pop in your zip code and a list of retail stores that carry Skinnygirl Margaritas will pop up.  I’m not sure why Bethenny doesn’t promote this site more often, it might save on a lot of the really stupid comments on her facebook page.

Bethenny also gets hundreds of questions about what she’s wearing, her clothes, jewelry and handbags.  So much so that she’s created a web site for that too.  (other Housewives have done the same due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries)

Exciting Jewelry Line

Last week someone on our site here asked about a necklace that Bethenny was wearing, trying to help find it I put a plea on Twitter to anyone who might know where to find it.  A Bethenny fan sent me a Tweet with a link to her site, she reads the blog and we began to chat.  Many celebrities including Bethenny, Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney wear jewelry from her site.  She had a brilliant idea to have a contest and one lucky IHJZ reader will win a free piece of jewelry!  Check out her site and more details on the Jewelry give-away coming soon!


follow her on Twitter @My_jewelry_box

I love this necklace!

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This Saturday Bravo will run a Real Housewives of New York Marathon, if you missed any episodes, here’s your chance!

In preparation for Friday’s nuptials I’m reposting from The Chicago Sun Times, a Viewers Guide to watching The Royal Wedding ( thank you Quincy! ):

Kate Middleton isn’t the only one who should be in training for the royal wedding. There were 750 million people watching Princess Diana get married in 1981, and there could be up to 2 billion watching Friday.

If you’re going to be a responsible viewer, you will need both information and endurance. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. You don’t want to suffer an ill-timed sprained retina.

Herewith, I’ve devised a healthy training regimen that will get you billions of beginners in tip-top shape for the wedding. Don’t forget to hydrate!


“Wake Up With Al” (9 a.m., The Weather Channel): Al Roker is on duty all week in London. When even the Weather Channel is covering a wedding, you know it’s big.

“Modern Monarchy: Dos and Don’ts” (2 p.m., BBC America): Pinkies up! Brush up on your royal etiquette. And if you’re going to execute a proper curtsy, start training with sets of squats.


“Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid” (8 p.m., TLC): Prince Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks reminisces about being one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids. You may remember Miss Hicks as the host of Bravo’s “Top Design” (I do!). Fun fact: She’s 521st in line for the throne.

“What the Sell?!” (9 p.m., TLC): The women of Wheaton’s antiques store the Perfect Thing tackle Princess Diana memorabilia and some Victorian-era lingerie in two episodes. OK, it’s a bit of a stretch, but they get an A for effort.


“Royally Mad” (4 p.m., BBC America): Cat Deeley hosts five Americans, rabid for the royal wedding, in London. Back-to-back episodes.

“The Newlywed Game” (5:30 p.m., Game Show Network): There are royal-themed episodes all week, but my favorite is Wednesday’s installment: Couples from Queens, N.Y. On Friday, host Sherri Shepherd highlights couples named William and Kate.

“Wild About Prince Harry” (7 p.m., TLC): The ginger-haired rapscallion must now step up as the most eligible prince in the world.


“TNA Wrestling Impact!” (8 p.m., Spike): It’s not wedding-related, but you could use a break about now. Think of it as a palate cleanser.

“Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular” (10 p.m., Bravo): LuAnn De Lesseps from “Real Housewives,” clinging to that countess title, and Cat Ommaney, who has an English accent, join host Andy Cohen. They’ve already burned all social bridges, so it should be entertaining.


At this point, you might be starting to feel in monarchy overload. But this is where you have to be brutally honest with yourself: Do you have something better to be doing at 3 a.m. Friday? That’s what I thought.

The more important question is: With whom do you want to share this historic occasion?

Katie Couric will be on CBS; Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira on NBC; Shepard Smith and Martha MacCallum on Fox, and distinguished newsman Huw Edwards on BBC America.

For my money, though, there are only two real choices.

ABC: Host Barbara Walters has the inside connections, and you know she’ll wear something smashing. Co-anchor Diane Sawyer will add some class. Their entourage includes Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles; Colleen Harris, a royal press secretary until 2003, and India Hicks, who is really working that Diana bridesmaid angle.

CNN: Ordinarily I’d recommend the female perspective for a wedding, but CNN’s lineup is tough to ignore: Piers Morgan is not only British with a tabloid background, but he’s had lunch with Diana (“very sexy, it has to be said”) and Prince William. And Morgan’s joined by Anderson Cooper, who is just about everyone’s fantasy wedding date. There’s a token woman, too, just in case: Cat Deeley of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

(ED – I’d love to watch Morgan and Cooper but I cannot stand Cat Deeley of SYTYCD)

Afterward, take a nap, stretch, and then gear up for the post-wedding analysis.

“Kathy Griffin’s Insightful and Hilarious Take on the Royal Wedding” (7 p.m., TV Guide Channel): She insists she’s qualified because she once saw Helen Mirren at In-N-Out Burger. Required viewing.

“Royal Wedding” (7 p.m., TCM): Turner Classic Movies shows you how it’s done, with a spectacular lineup that starts off with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in the 1951 classic. Stay tuned for “Roman Holiday,” “The Glass Slipper,” “The Swan” and 1927’s silent “The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg” with Ramon Navarro.

“Fashion Police” (9 p.m., E!): Giuliana Rancic, Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne should have plenty to work with, even if they just stick to the hats.

Pick a channel and join us here at IHJZ to talk starting at 4am EST on Friday morning. Lynn~
Source: Chicago Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/television/4957584-421/you-rule-brittania.html


Jill Zarin posted a new U-Stream video of a speech she made at her alma mater Simmons College in Boston, poor Jill misses her privacy, from “Inside Track”:

“Real Housewives of New York City” star — and Simmons College alum — Jill Zarin was back in Boston yesterday to debate the pros and cons of being a reality TV star at the annual Simmons Leadership Conference at the World Trade Center.

Let’s see, Jill hates the “loss of privacy” that being a celebrity has brought her, but she does like to use her fame to do charity work, according to the live-streamed video of her speech on the Internet. Just in case you were wondering….

Over the weekend, Jill got the stare-down from “The Fighter” Mark Wahlberg, who is back in the Hub filming “Ted.”

The Bravo reality star, known for her nasal voice and brutally honest opinions, drove up to Wahlberg’s brother Paul’s Hingham restaurant,Alma Nove, and spotted Marky Mark climbing into his car.

“Pulled up to alma restaurant on water in hingham and mark wahlberg and I do stare down,” tweeted Zarin, who was in town with her hubby,Bobby. “I know u I know I know u! Dying!”

OK, we get that she knows him. But is Mark a big RHONY fan????

I’m going to guess that Mark had no idea who Jill was but was simply looking at her because it is clear that she recently had a liquid facelift and was doing her best to look like Lucille Ball.  OR he was just creeped out because she was staring at him….

Jill was kind enough to share with her fan the speech in it’s entirety.  If you’re really bored you can watch it here (or one of the other three she’s posted, and a few that even mention us here at IHJZ!) :


Kelly’s still giving interviews even though she consistently comes across and a mindless drone, this one is no exception.

While Kelly Bensimon may have gone on a couple of dates while filming the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City, she refused to make her love life a big storyline.

Why? Isn’t that prime material for a reality show?

Sure, but Bensimon says…

“To be honest with you, I kind of took a sabbatical during filming just because I don’t want these women kind of speculating about what I’m doing and what I’m not doing,” Bensimion recently told me. “I did go on one or two dates with some guys that were really really nice, but…I’m just good with myself and besides I have two unbelievable kids and I’m so proud to be their mother.”

As for sexed-up Sonja Morgan‘s possible new hot boyfriend Brian Farrell, Bensimon said, “With these women, it’s maybe their boyfriend one day and you know who knows what it’s going to be tomorrow. You never know.”

And while there were times during last season that Bensimon didn’t exactly come off in the best light, she’s confident things will be different now because they have a new producer. “He came and spoke to me and he said, ‘Listen, I want people to know Kelly,'” Bensimon said. “He’s like, ‘I have idea who you are…Do you work?’ Nobody knows that I work! Nobody knows that I have kids! People think all I do all day long is make pancakes.”

Even so, Bensimon isn’t too concerned about how she comes off because the show has given her a platform to give out satchels of gold back, like the trip she took to Haiti to aid disaster relief.

“Do whatever you want,” she said. “Make me purple, orange, give me horns. I don’t care what you want to do. Just make me bigger than ever so I can be more charitable.”


I have no comment.  Lynn~

Until Next Time….

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513 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin Bethenny Ever After / Housewives News / Royal Wedding Viewers Guide

  1. plainviewsue says:

    I am absolutely back to loving Bethenny Ever After. There were a few hard to watch episodes, but the last few have been so great.

    I have a feeling that they previews we’ve been seeing are for another episode. The description of last night’s episode said something about Nick being in the episode and he wasn’t. So maybe those preview clips were for another episode?

    • TLM says:

      Oh yeah, the Nick-tease. Forgot about that. Was strange that it was in this week’s promo.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        It’s like Tamra throwing wine in Jeanna’s face (we have sort of determined that will come at the end of their season party) …trying to fool us into watching episodes in hope of seeing the entire scene.
        IMO – Bethenny’s book signing when she is out of books will be part of the tour – but I love that JZ has to see that promo over and over again because we know she has never been without a hugh surplus of the moldy book!

    • lovemamaearth says:

      I want bring this over from Fort’s comment: Countess Squash Blossom High Horse—-I don’t recall who originated it, but I love it.

      Johnny Wierd probably called Jill’s lawyers on Bravo. Zarin is making that name = slime.

      I love Nick. I love the people B has pulled into her life.

      Ethan, B’s ice husband, follows B.

      • fort lauderdale gay says:

        lovemamaearth, thanks. I try to bring some humor to my posts, especially for housewives I have a particular dislike for. (Oops, ended that sentence with a preposition. I wonder if Countess Squash Blossom High Horse has a chapter in her book about that?) I’m glad you like the nickname I came up with for her. It seemed to encompass her “native American” roots that she so often mentions while busying herself hunting down European men for her and Kelly while slugging down wine in too “chic” for the rest of us hotel bars.

        • sophie says:

          The problem with Countess High Horse is that she seems to have no idea that it’s not politically correct to refer to her ‘people’ as American Indians. If she’s corrected this blunder in the last season by referromg to them using the proper term, Native Americans, I apologize, I missed it.

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      id kill for that malibu beach house
      i cant believe Bravo didnt think to have Madison from MDL show B some places

  2. error404 says:

    OK this is too hysterical! Jill did a special Urinestream video to share with the world her speech about how much she misses her privacy?!?! LOL

    She needs to pick who she is an stick to one personality! Famous people who run in a fabulous circle of friends don’t tweet vague Marky Mark sighting in a parking lot like a stalker gone all fan girl gushing. What a moron!

    And when are she and Kiki going to give up the whole “I’m so charitable” bs line? We’re known them for year snow and neither has very so much as given a penny to bum. Probably the two most selfish money-hungry vipers on the planet. Seriously, is there even one person left alive who buys into their crap? LOL

    • lovemamaearth says:

      ==Urinestream video=

      ROFL Cute.

      Reminds me of B loving the toilet (and everything else) in the hotel room. She enjoys enjoying details.

      Johnny Weird has no credibility now. Too bad he let Zarin influence his sorry azz self.

      • Irene says:

        Why does Johnny Weir have no creddibility now?? Does anyone remember that it was Bethenny who started the snarky comments on SWTS? She blatantly said she did not care what the judges said. You all have selective “Bethenny ass kissing ”

        • kotagirl29 says:

          Okay. . . what? Apparently you didn’t watch the same SWTS as I did. JW was an a**munch from the first episode. He was supposed to be judging each contestant based on their performance not making personal digs. He made it personal when it shouldn’t have been. She fought back and he looks like an even bigger ass than before.

          • Irene says:

            You are wrong. Bethenny insulted all the judges when she stated that she did not care what they thought. Johnny responded to that by saying he did not care to watch her any longer. Bethenny can dish out piles to everyone but she cannot stand when someone stands up to her snarky bs. She was in a competition, with judges to be judged and if she did not care to be judged she should have kept her bony ass in NYC drinking her disgusting Skinny Girl Margaritas.

            • kotagirl29 says:

              Like I said we must have watched two different shows. That’s fine. Think what you like, I certainly won’t lose any sleep over it.

              • housewifeaddict says:

                I think you handled that strange exchange very well. Perhaps she missed the first show – or something else is going on. I saw what you saw – Bethenny turning in a decent performance and being skewered.

                • kotagirl29 says:

                  Thank you! I will grant that Bethenny was a bit stiff, but she is not a professional skater. I thought she did really well considering. But she was totally slammed by all the judges and the scores showed it. When she scored lower than both people who fell, I knew this was going to be a rough road for her.

                • Irene says:

                  you are all crazy

            • Zoey says:

              Goodnight, Irene, goodnight.

              • Irene says:

                You cannot seem to handle someone disagreeing with you, can you? Bethenny sucked on SWTS and she was rude to everyone. Guess you were watching something produced in Bethenny land?

                • Karen says:

                  I was shocked at how wonderful she was. I was shocked at the obvious bias against her and how blatant it was. Irene your agenda is also obvious.

                  • Irene says:

                    Oh, please…poor Bethenny..everyone was against her…boo hoo! Blatant is her middle name and please note , I have no obvious agenda.

                • DJ Loops Fruit says:

                  if she sucked so bad how is it she stayed on as long as she did and if he wasnt really a scumbag why would he give her a lower score then people that FELL
                  face it Jill people will NEVER like you

                  • Anne says:

                    Well that is not what happened. People magazine stated what happened. Bethenny approached Weir off-set about it and said she didn’t take it seriously, that she was a lady in sequines. He said, that he respects people in other professions when they give advice on their experience and criticism.
                    Skating is not about falling. It is best not to fall, but hasn’t anyone here seen the Olympics? Oksana Baiul would have never beat Kerrigan if the sole issue where not falling because Baiul fell in several of those meets while Kerrrigan did not.

        • DJ Loops Fruit says:

          oh please that queen is just TIRED

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      LOL when Marky Mark showed up at a golds gym that a friend of Jimmys worked at he was speed dialing our number all day to get down there
      of course this was at the height of his early fame and the chance of seeing him half naked was tempting sadly i was out with my aunt or i would have rub like a screaming teen girl

  3. VAgirl says:

    Thanks for the recap, Lynn. Enjoyed the show as usual last night. It was pretty funny, especially when Jason and Bethenny compared Dawa to Gina and how quiet it was and also how little Dawa ate. Bethenny came up with “Nanarexic.” Too funny.
    And I enjoyed the dancing scene with Bethenny, Julie and Ethan. I agree with you that Bethenny seems to enjoy the West Coast and probably should make her home base there. She can surely afford to keep a place in NYC and travel back and forth when needed.

    • Irene says:

      A nanarexic…hilarious coming from Bethenny, who appears skeletal..the nanny looks healthy and it was a nasty comment made at the expense of someone else. Bethenny has no manners and a big mouth that just never quits.

      • VAgirl says:

        To each her own.

        • kotagirl29 says:

          Where is the Troll Patrol when you need it?

          • Irene says:

            The Troll Patrol? Wow, its true what I heard that if anyone expresses anything negative about Queen Bethenny you get your panties in a twist. Hilarious!

            • Sammysmom says:

              I think the problem is, you are rude. These aren’t meant to be FACTS. They are Opinions. Not everyone loves Bethenny. Not everyone hates Jill. To come here and bash someone and call someone wrong when they just have a different Opinion is really rude. Welcome to the board but you could use some manners

              • Irene says:

                I am not rude. I am stating my opinion based on facts and reality. You could use some manners

                • LynnNChicago says:

                  Irene, you’re welcome to your opinion about the cast members, I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t be rude to the other posters here. Just as you are ensuring your right to your opinion, they have a right to theirs as well without you trying to belittle people. Thank you

                • DJ Loops Fruit says:

                  from what i recall it was Johnny that started the war of words with Bethenny from direct orders of Shrill

                • error404 says:

                  LOL! You should do some research in Johnny’s skating career. He spent about 8 good years whining and moaning about how the judges scored him. Should have have just stopped watching him skate too? Well, in a way they did. If you saw his last Olys, they basically did what he did to B.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        Apparently Irene that seems to apply to you LOL

    • Sammysmom says:

      I’m sure they are moving there. I even think she is gonna have some kind of talk/food show. I didn’t think you needed to be so hard on the first question Lynn. I don’t think any question is stupid. Maybe they asked it wrong or were just asking anything in order to get a tweet from Bethenny. I ask dumb questions all the time. You know that could have been me. lol

  4. TLM says:

    Won’t be watching Fashion Police anymore, but then, I said that already.

  5. quincyil says:

    I finally watched OC as I watch CA for the blog on Sunday. Tamra and that beautiful fitness trainer. Where the editors trying to say that they had a relationship and that relationship cause the divorce between the health club owners? That is a really sweet girl and she seemed to be really hurt by Tamra’s behavior. Tamra was really cold to her. Now, I see she is not going to be a member of the OC cast, but she was in some of their photographs that were used on bravotv.com

    Tamra should not toy with people’s affections for the show. That is wrong even if she is in the divorce process.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Tamra doesn’t care who she hurts to get what she wants – and her lame excuse of kissing everyone when she is drunk??? IMO – Fernanda would be an excellent addition to the OC and then Bravo could get rid of one or more of the trash barbies (Tamra, Alexis, Gretchen, Peggy – take your pick!)….maybe it would improve this franchise.

      • quincyil says:

        She beautiful and seems to be a caring person. I wish she was going to be one of the housewives.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        how on earth Andy didnt vomit on nye when she stuck her tongue in his mouth is beyond me and then he said he put his in hers
        id sooner cut my tongue out

        • quincyil says:

          She is what Jeanna Keough joked about in the last reunion. Recently, she gained weight and she had never done that before. Alcohol has a lot of calories.

        • lovemamaearth says:

          lol And Tamara’s kiss was in front of Eddie it looked like. Who does that!

          To be fair too, T is going through a divorce=crazy making. And Feranda WAS in a relationship and could have refused T’s flirting.

          • lovemamaearth says:

            ==lol And Tamara’s kiss was in front of Eddie it looked like. Who does that!= Kiss with Andy I mean.

      • nathania says:

        I honestly think if Bravo could have kept her they would have. But I get the feeling from watching what I have seen that she is very flighty in addition to being very unnatural on camera. Physically she is gorgeous but she reminds me a little too much of KKB and maybe they didn’t want another one of those on their hands.

        • housewifeaddict says:

          She seems a little nervous – but I hope she’s not another Kelly. Yikes. There can’t be too of them. I’d much rather see her join the show than Peggy and her twins. I can’t even remember which of the vacuous blondes are in which scene.

  6. HD says:

    I missed the show, thanks for the recap, Lynn.

    If B wants to move, I would do it! She cannot live for her fans. As of the guy staying the night, he was drinking so that was the best thing. For some people if she let him stay, she’s wrong and she made him leave, she would be wrong. Better have him stay and avoid him hurting himself and/or someone else.

    Everything seems like it’s coming up roses for B and that is what life is all about it. Enjoy it!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Agree – she should be bicoastal – she wants calm and that would help.

    • quincyil says:

      What difference does it make to us? She should look for the best for her family and we will just go with her where ever she films.

      • HD says:

        I makes no difference to me but in reading the blog apparently B confided in Ethan about her fans. “Bethenny confides in Ethan that she would love nothing more than to live in Los Angeles but doesn’t want to let fans down, fans who view her as a New York girl.” Which is why I said she cannot live for them. Apparently she feels like it would make a difference and apparently none of us care. B is B wherever she is. In the big scheme of life and even in the small scheme B doesn’t affect my life in anyway so what do I care? She should do whatever makes her and her family happy. It is not even on my radar of having a minute amount of concern about where she lives. If she was paying my bills, then I might care. LOL!

        • quincyil says:

          I vote for happiness!

        • MK Valle says:

          I doubt B stays up at night contemplating a move to CA and what her fans would think. I think it was just “talk” on the beach and wouldn’t read to much about it.
          Honestly, wouldn’t you want to move to SoCal too if you could live on the beach in Malibu? I would and I don’t even like SoCal (I am a Nor Cal girl all the way)

        • nathania says:

          I cannot imagine Bethenny in LA. She can’t take stupid in NY, what will she do in a setting like that, go postal? I think the weather would be great but there is just as much potential for busy in LA, and half the IQ points in general I am sure…probably doing both would be the best idea. If I were her and didn’t have a show I’d do like Shania and just take my money and move to somewhere like Switzerland.

          • NJ Bev says:

            Nathania, you raise a good point. I don’t think
            she could live there full time, and I think she
            would go nuts with the pace there-IMO

  7. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Thank You Lynn~
    California looks grand & warm & has a beautiful beach. I say keep an apt. in NYC & move the whole family, in-laws included like you said.
    She has enough money now to have homes where ever she pleases. She is one hard working lucky lady. I am a bit jelly as Kyle would say, but very happy for them all.

    • HD says:

      Right. I remember I was watching Oprah once and she said she was in a store debating a set of dishes that she wanted. She was torn between two sets. Then she said it dawned on here, DUH, I can afford the both. LOL!

      If B wants 2 homes, she truly can have that. It doesn’t have to be super expensive or even a mansion. It can just be a nice 250,000 -500,000 home or something like that.

  8. Kelly_Has_Big_Shoulders says:

    Not sure if anyone on here will be in Miami this weekend or lives here or close by. I just read this post on Chef Bernstein’s facebook page.

    – Join your favorite Sra. (Chef Michelle Bernstein) at the Marie Claire Girlfriends’ Getaway at the Loews this weekend.

    Other notable Senoras y Senoritas include: Maria Menounos, Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Bethenny Frankel! Call the Loews – Miami Beach or visit the website for more info.


    I can’t afford this right now but will pass by the area maybe I can get a glimpse of Bethenny.

    • VAgirl says:

      KHBS Can’t tell for sure, but is B going to really be there or are they just featuring her Skinnygirl Margaritas during a happy hour? In any case, looks like a fun weekend with the other celebs. Wish I could go.

    • Debbie says:

      IT reads like Skinny Girl is Hosting the Happy hour. I don’t think Bethenny will be there. I cant afford it now, but then again I live close by and don’t even venture out to SoBe anymore. Spent many a weekend there, but it was a while back. I’m all grown up now and clubbing is no longer on my to do list. The festivals are wonderful though. (food, art, etc) but I have a low tolerance for crowds now.

    • Irene says:

      A glimpse of Bethenny?? Are you serious? Then your life will be complete, huh? I am just stunned!

  9. klmh says:

    I had a chance to watch BEA reruns yesterday and catch up, as I had some surgery on my knee and had to keep it elevated, and really enjoyed it. I love the family and friends interaction and their love for each other shines thru. She is in a good place and doesn’t need to deal with other women. That’s the key. Im happy she made the decision to cut the HW cord to do her own thing with her own people.
    Dealing with other women whose opinions and needs are different than your own would be draining, especially when there is no friendship to begin with, imo of course.

  10. HD says:

    Can someone that understands this help me…

    I know B sold SGM for a lump sum but does that mean she doesn’t get anymore revenue from it? Is she just the face of the Skinny brand now? (I am not saying anything is wrong with that. I am just asking because I don’t know.)

    • quincyil says:

      She is helping them create new drinks so I am sure she will have some compensation for her future work as well as being the product spokesperson.

      • nathania says:

        I am sure the potential is endless really for low calorie cocktails. She really grabbed a niche market so good for her.

    • Kokuanani says:

      It depends on how the deal was structured.

      It could have been structured so they paid her some amount to cover “future revenues” and then took the risk as to what those revenues would be.

      It could have been structured where they share the revenues as they come in. There are several different ways it could be put together. [This is why business lawyers get the big bucks.]

      There’s no “set” way. You’ll have to wait until it’s written up in some financial press to find out!

  11. error404 says:

    Isn’t the Malibu house B rents the same house they filmed as Samantha and Stone’s in the first Sex in the City movie?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      will have to watch again – that would be so funny – RHNY is lamely trying for a Sex in the City vibe and Bethenny isn’t.

      • lovemamaearth says:

        Interesting if it’s the same house. I wonder how much NY is leaning toward Sex in the City and how much it’s being forced that way. Carrie often walks down the middle of her (empty at night) street and Kelly loved to run in the street (at rush hr in front of cabs). B has fallen in love with snow globes and one of yesterday’sreruns of SITC showed 3 globes in Carrie’s apartment.

        Of course their trip to the ME is a direct, cheap copy cat. I can’t wait for the camel ride. lol

    • Smompy says:

      I did recently read that the house which served as Samantha’s beach pad was for sale/rent, but I didn’t make that connection while watching BEA. Still, it’s funny you should mention that movie because I actually did experience a weird “Sex and the City” deja vu thing when I watched that scene. When Cookie ran up the steps onto somebody else’s beach house, I had a flashback to Samatha’s dog doing the same thing in that dreadful movie. In fact that scene was pretty much the only thing I liked about the SaTC movie, because when Samantha followed her dog up those steps, she found Gilles Marini naked, in the outdoor shower. So, just for a moment when Cookie ran up to that neighbor’s deck, I was hoping we’d get to see a hot, naked Frenchman. But no such luck:(

      • quincyil says:

        I love that house. Maybe, we should call Madison from Million Dollar listing and see if we can rent it as the IHJZ club house. Of course, we should also think about renting in the Hamptons in July and Aug too.

    • cdnfillie58 says:

      If it is the same house…would you want to eat off the same counter that naked Samantha wrapped herself in sushi waiting for that hunk of a boyfriend ?? 😛

  12. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    Oh Kathy Griffin how could you pose with that snake

    and the funny thing is she loves Bethenny
    well thats not really funny

  13. Kellita says:

    I so enjoy Bethenny’s show! I agree with everyone that she should move to Cali since she loves it so much. She needs to be wherever she feels peaceful and centered, and the sunshine and ocean seem to help her with that. She can afford to keep a condo in NY, and fly the in-laws down whenever.

    If Bethenny ever wants a new venture, she should become a sitcom writer. She just cracks me up with her one-liners!

  14. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    off topic the person that won rupauls drag race was the one i was told would win about 6 weeks ago
    the rumour is ru has been friends with Raja for over 20 years and chose him to win from the start if this is true i would think the other contestants would sue

    and really he was the least likely to win but was predicted by a lot of press but with no explanation

    i will admit there was ONE week taht he did look fierce BUT only one
    it was the week he sportrf the Britt Exlands (cant recall her real last name but thats close enough LOL)blond do that he razor cut that day
    he really looked like a pretty girl that one time

    • error404 says:

      Well, it’s basically a jumped up beauty contest and pretty much THE only thing in mainstream that gives these queens even a minor 15 minutes of fame, so they’d have to be incredibly stupid to take it too seriously and get all sour grapes and bite the hand that feeds them.

      If they really wanted to sue, they’d probably start with how Ru forced fed them pet project Shangela over and over and over again even though she was by far the weakest and an incredibly annoying attention whore to boot. LOL

      Rumors of a fix aside, most people don’t care because the majority of the viewers all picked Raj as the probably winner after the very first episode. Really, Manilla was the one true competition she ever had. Even the final challenge was a bogus attempt to try and prop Alexis up as something other than the obvious distant 3rd place and was pretty much custom made to highlight all of Raja’s faults just in case some people were naive enough to think it was a fair “anyone can win” 3 way race.

      Another reason why few are worked up over this IMO is because after the way Tyra was pushed forward last season even though she was pretty much 4th place in most viewers minds, has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth and most people are just glad the winner is actually good at drag this time around.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        well see i have to agree to disagree
        to me Raj only has the walk
        other then that she has no talent
        she cant tell a joke she cant sing and she for the most part doesnt look like a woman let alone a superstar drag queen
        I do agree that people were for her from the begining but iwas rooting for Shangela
        she just cracks me up
        hopefully that don johnson show will get greenlit from cbs turning her into a real star

        • error404 says:

          I actually agree with everything you said.

          However… perhaps this is where we don’t see eye to eye.

          Everything you said about Raj was true, I just think her style and runway were soooo good they outshone the fact that she was kinda crap at dance and comedy. Tyra was like Carmen to me, other then being pretty and dressing nicely, they both had nada, zilch… Manilla was probably the most well rounded, but the show hasn’t gone to the best overall in any of the 3 seasons, so….

          Although her comedy character was just as racist as she had a hissy ft about regarding Manilla, it was good. She’s just a hypocrite that’s all. I found her funny, but not a drag queen. Her drag was almost like Martin Lawrence Drag, not Lady Bunny drag. She looked much improved drag wise at the finale party at Prov, so maybe she was just too green for the show, but Raj’s “Girly boy in women’s clothes” drag was still way better than Shange’s “Dude puts on a dress for laughs” drag IMO. Like or dislike Alexis look, but bitch was a flawless queen, and way in a class above Shagela style wise.

          • DJ Loops Fruit says:

            oh we both Jimmy & Myself LOVED Alexis but knew she would never win
            have you ever seen what tyra does for shows now its very very funny and sometimes dramatic
            she gets some sound editor to mix up a bunch of dialoge from films and lyp synks to that
            much in the same way as Lypsynka used to do
            its actually very clever and she is good at it

  15. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    again off topic
    RIP Phobe Snow

    i cant believe another one of my childhood idols passed away

    always thought she was underated with an incrediable voice
    loved when she did the roseanne theme for that series finale

    from poetry man to her cover of the temptations Shaky Ground she always made me happy
    even when i was crying

  16. WindyCityWondering says:

    Love BEA – each episode gives us more insight into Bethenny’s big picture. I love the SWTS Ethan story – she realized she took on too much and she acknowledged her fans pushed her through to the finals and she won’t give up or go easy on herself. Unwinding before the finals was fun to watch. Now I can’t wait for the Skinnygirl Bus Tour!

  17. error404 says:

    The Malibu vs. NYC debate was just stupid. Malibu is not downtown LA but where people go to relax and get away from it all. It’s almost like spending a week in the Hamptons and then proclaiming NY as so much better than West Hollywood because Cookie had yard to run around in. Whatever.

    Q: What’s the #1 sign that your having a bad vacation?

    A: You’re not having fantasies of packing up and moving to wherever you are!. LOL

    • AZ Girl says:

      Yes visiting Malibu is great. Especially when you have a driver. But Bethenny has never been caught in weekend beach traffic. It takes 3 hours to get from Santa Monica Pier to Pepperdine.

      • quincyil says:

        Maybe, she can livine in the Malibu house in the dead of winter. Seems quiet along the ocean at Christmas.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Maybe I misunderstood but Bethenny didn’t necessarily say she wanted to move to Malibu. She was looking at houses in Beverly Hills and mentioned Brentwood. I think she just wants the big house with a yard for the dog to run and a swingset for Bryn. Oh, and the weather …

      • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

        Wasn’t that a Skinny Girl Private Jet Lynn~on one of the last episodes?
        She won’t have to drive anywhere right? lol
        Happy Anniversary if I forgot to wish you & Q but I think I did. Loving mental pause as I call it.
        Love & hugs

        • LynnNChicago says:

          Thanks for the anniversary wishes! One Whole Year! 🙂

          Oh and B doesn’t own that private jet, she said she leased it for that one trip. She sure can buy one now though.

      • error404 says:

        Didn’t she live there when she worked for the Hiltons? Probably moved there when she was trying to be an actress.

        I think she likes LA, but I think her want to move now is purely business… proximity to showbiz, TV, etc… Aren’t Ellen and Tyra based in LA? I really think it’s 99% about business and she’s kinda being unclear by discussing the 1% that’s “and I like LA too” part of it.

        The whole yard space thing is ridiculous as NYC is completely surrounded by close bedroom communities and at Halloween they dismissed the idea of leaving the city off hand as “Never going to happen”. People in all 50 states have yard, not just Brentwood. I think it’s just the way people talk when they are trying to talk themselves into a decision. “Ooh, we can have a pool!” talk is probably just an extra they entice themselves with when they pretty much know the move is purely a business move. Despite what she says, B really does think dollars and cents most of the time.

    • cdnfillie58 says:

      I think Bethenny is a high energy kinda gal, thrives on a fast pace life, which is why she loves NY. I know when I go to the beach for any length of time to get away, for the first few days I swear I want to move there permanently, but then the slow pace gets to me and I get bored easily. The reason I put up with city life is because I have somewhere I love just as much to kick back and relax and get my second wind.

    • Sam says:

      I grew up in Santa Monica and Malibu, so for me these aren’t vacation spots but great places to live.

      • error404 says:

        People live in the Hamptons full time too. Anywho, I was referring to how Hollywood etc.. would live there to get away from it all, have a little distance between work and home.

        • Sam says:

          Yes, that’s how it was for my dad. He worked in the entertainment industry and loved coming home to “his” beach to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.

          Bethenny, though, seems like the kind of person who would want to be around that hustle and bustle all the time, so maybe they could live in the city and have a beach house for weekends. (She certainly has enough money now to pull this off, especially the way real estate prices have fallen in Southern California.)

  18. error404 says:

    Johnny has made an entire career out of saying outrageous things that people either love or hate. This was no different. He’s always been controversial and polarizing. I doubt Jill really had any real influence over him. His diarrhea mouth has been pissing people off since at least 2003, and is probably the chief reason why ABC hired him in the first place.

    • quincyil says:

      I thought he was incredible on ice. His outfits were fun. If he wasn’t the best buddy of Jill Zarin and mean to Bethenny, I’d like him.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      While Johnny is an interesting character, IMO – he had some coaching in the Bethenny bias (Ethan didn’t want to talk about him so there may be some animosity there as well). They skated better than some of the others the first week but scored lower. He also got personal with her about her time management and taking skating seriously, but didn’t with the others. Johnny’s pissy fit about not caring to watch her was his reaction to not being able to rattle her. I don’t recall Bethenny commenting on the judges prior to the show. This has Jill’s bs manipulation all over it!

      • NormaJean says:

        @WCW … It’s interesting that you said that about Jonny getting coaching in his Bethenny bias, because as I was reading your post something popped into my head. Jill tweeted her congratulations to Bethenny about being on SWTS. Was that her way of deflecting suspicion off of herself when the bashing commenced?

        • quincyil says:

          Sometimes, Jill tries to be nice.

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            or uses nice to cover not so nice

            • quincyil says:

              I think Jill thinks she is a nice person and she thinks we are haters and bullies.

              Jill said she wants to be famous so she can help her charities. That is as ridiculous as selling your old shoes and saying a portion of the profit will go to a charity of my choice.

              • lovemamaearth says:

                ==I think Jill thinks she is a nice person and she thinks we are haters and bullies. ==

                Your comment made me think of the reunion and how Jill saw exactly how we saw her. She couldn’t deal with it for very long. Much like Ruby can’t lose the weight. Much like an anorexic can’t stand to eat. Much like a cutter can’t stop cutting. Etc.

          • lillybee says:

            Sometimes< Jill tries to pretend that she is nice.

        • Jill congratulated Bethenny on SWTS after the casting director ripped into her publicly for starting rumors that they asked her to be on SWTS. I think Jill’s FAKE congratulations had something to do with that. She may have been trying to deflect the public embarrassment of being called out by the casting director.

          • Debbie says:

            Jill had probably already had a ‘chat’ with Johnny regarding Bethenny and was congratulating her so she wouldn’t get any backlash later. She could deny any influence by citing her prior congrats. “ain’t she nice?

  19. Smompy says:

    Yay, the recap is here! I had so much fun watching this sode (that’s how cool people say “episode” apparently) that I couldn’t wait to see what others thought. And since this installment of BEA was so lighthearted, I even took a chance and scanned some of the comments over at TWoP. Big mistake, as they still hate her stinking guts there. LOL the moderator even had to tell people to talk about the new episode and stop talking about the fact that Bethenny is a lazy bitch who never earned her success! Phew, never again! Now that’s water under the bridge.

    OK, I for one WOULD be disappointed if the Hoppys moved to L.A. I’m not sure exactly why I’d be disappointed, but I would. I guess it does have something to do with Bethenny being a NYC girl…loke that’s such a big part of her identity or something. I dunno. I’d still love them, though, no matter where they lived.

    And thanks for the heads-up about TCM’s lineup. Now I’m looking forward to watching that wedding movie marathon, especially the old Ramon Novarro movie. I’ve never seen him in anything at all, but I just recently read a long article about Novarro; from his meteoric career to his tragic death. Really disturbing, and they said the guys who tortured him to death were out of jail in less than 7 years.

    Anyway, hooray for the lightness of BEA! Truly, it is unlike any other show on Bravo.

  20. cusi77 says:

    than you lynn! so much fun reading your blog and your comments to the morons who post in FB!

    What about B’s comment”from 13 colonies, to 40 states”

    ******* stars!


  21. ramonacoaster says:

    Hey Lynn, did I miss the anniversary of your blog? It was a year ago that the whole Amazon-gate broke out. I remember it like it was yesterday. Another black mark to add to the whole list of Jill Zarin’s/Susan Saunders’ black marks. I was reading the TWOP forums wondering how Jill Zarin could sink so low in people’s eyes then one post after another about the reviews on Amazon and then other websites showed captured webscreens of Jill Zarin’s/ Susan Saunders’s handiwork and then Strega shut down TWOP. Which is a good thing because I that’s how I found Lynn’s site which is a lot better than TWOP. Thanks again Lynn for putting up this site for us all to confirm our outrage over Jill Zarin and that I wasn’t the only one to feel this way. Happy Belated Anniversary!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Where is WSL when we need a party! Happy Anniversary Lynn – you created a community not just a blog!!

      • LynnNChicago says:

        Thanks Ramonacoaster and WCW, I think it was the 19th of April was my first WordPress blog so yes, just passed that 1 year mark.

        Thanks to ALL OF YOU who make the blog work, without all of you I’d just be a sad pathetic hobby blogger who no one reads….:) haha

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Happy Anniversary!

        Who made the cake and where is it hidden?

    • Sammysmom says:

      Wow, that went by soo fast!! Happy Anniversary Lynn!! I am grateful to you Quincy and every poster that has been here at one time or another. I am more of an another. I find so much comfort and joy in this place. I have learned so much in the last year. I learned about some amazing women and even men. You guys are such a great source for so many reasons. I wish I could express how much this blog means to me. If I need a laugh or a good cry, someone here says something that lets me get it out. Peace and love to you all.

  22. quincyil says:


    I don’t think the Malibu house is Samatha’s house. I will have to look at the show again, but the deck area looks different to my memory of the house last night.

    • ramonacoaster says:

      From watching Million Dollar Listing, Madison’s Malibu client’s houses on the beach have the same layout, similar to Samantha’s house and where Bethenny & family vacationed. Some are way fancier than other’s but most have the balcony over looking the ocean and your neighbors’ are so close they can hear you fart. Like living in row houses.

      • quincyil says:

        I just went to the video. They are two different houses, both minimalist and both on the ocean. Samatha’s house has two decks on the upper level, Bethenny’s house has one central deck on the second level. I think Samatha’s is a larger house also.

        • ramonacoaster says:

          Samantha’s house was pretty fab. Would love to live there.

          • quincyil says:

            Madison from MDL had a rental for $5,000 a month on the water, but I thought that house was out of date and not that great.

            I remember reading about Malibu and it was the summer spot for the stars originally. They had their homes in BH and then would go to the beach in summer and many of the homes way back then were cottages. Now, the land is worth so much that they are building fantastic homes piggyback.

            My husband and I stayed in a hotel on the beach near the ferris wheel and walked the streets in that area. There were tiny apartments off the water for $2,000 a month.

            I like visiting the Hamptons, Malibu, and Miami Beach, but I have no desire to live there.
            I did like Key West very much, but the whole place could be washed away by a hurricane each year.

            I think leasing and renting is a great idea.

            • ramonacoaster says:

              I’d love to if I could afford it.

              • Debbie says:

                We kived in Key West for 1-1/2 years. It was a wonderful place, but gets real small real fast. Especially with two kids under 3. Returned to the mainland and here we remain. Hurricane season be damned! (season starts again next month. hope i dont regret my words)

    • error404 says:

      Thanks Q! Does Harvey have the day off?

      They are different, but very similar in style. I wonder if all of Malibu looks like this now?

      • quincyil says:

        He’s around and playing games as usual.

        I love minimalist and would love to give all of the Iranian gifts, Persian carpets, and silver stuff that has to be polished to my children as their early inheritance. I was a house with nothing on counters and little furniture. I think I am Bethenny at times.

  23. jeepers1941 says:

    jeepers1941 says:
    April 26, 2011 at 1:27 am
    JMHO, but I think we just saw Bethenny reach out to pull the plug in tonites
    It will take at least a year to put everything into place, but she finally ready to
    start backing away from the merri-go-round she has been on all these years.
    I also noticed that both she and Jason used the word, “us” several times when
    they were setting down talking to each other.

    This was my comment after watching BEA.
    If B and J decide they are moving to CA or any other place, it will be up to them. Bethenny will have fans no matter where she lives and Jason will follow her to the ends of the earth, because he loves her. It doesn’t matter what you or I think, it doesn’t matter what Jason’s parents think. It is what this couple thinks is best for them as a family. If the move is wrong they can always change that as well. Personally, I say go for it while they can, enjoy it while they can! Take it all in now while you young enough to do so. They are a beautiful couple just starting to build a beautiful life together, so why not?………………Jeepers1941

  24. cusi77 says:

    LYNN_ So today is your First Aniversary Blogging! Happy Aniversary! And many more with health, love and peace!


  25. 2Stupid says:

    Delusional much? From Reality Tea:
    NYC Housewife Jill Zarin Feels Fans Like Her Again, Says They “Have a Short Memory”
    Written By Lauren 26 Apr 2011 Share 8

    Jill Zarin isn’t just sporting a new look, but the Real Housewives of New York star got a (seemingly) new attitude. In a recent interview with Zap2it, Jill explains why she thinks she was judged so harshly last season, as well as why it was important for her to return to the show and set the record straight as “the real Jill.”

    Well, folks, the real Jill thinks (probably hopes) you have the attention span of a five-year-old kid after a breakfast of fun dip and cherry coke (thanks, LFO). In the interview, Jill states, “The good thing about TV is people have a short memory and make decisions and such based on what they see in front of them at the time.” Hmmm, I understand the reason behind her thinking, but her logic is a bit flawed…what people are seeing in front of them so far this season is the same catty woman who talks behind people’s backs while begging to be seen as the likeable, unaffected (for the most part) lady we met in Season One.

    “There’s no question that I think a lot of fans who questioned their feelings about me have come back to the nest,” Jill assures Zap2it. “I think because there were a lot of influences last year and that’s last year,” she adds. Safe to assume she hasn’t seen this poll.

    Jill goes on to describe the relationship with her castmates as being similar to a summer camp. “I sort of visualize the show like the seven of us are in a bunk,” she explains. “And some of them will be your best friends. Some of them you’ll like a lot. And some of them it will be harder to get along with. We’re all in the same bunk, [s]o you do the best you can to try to get along with everybody all the time and it doesn’t always work, but you try.”

    When it comes to the demise of her friendship with former costar Bethenny Frankel, Jill makes certain to put all the blame on Bethenny. “Last year, I don’t believe that was the case, because Bethenny was leaving the show and she had no reason to keep trying,” explains Jill. “She was moving out of the bunk. She knew she wasn’t coming back next summer, so she didn’t have to make up with anybody.”

    Jill also credits her loved ones for encouraging her to return and show viewers the “real Jill,” you know, the one who refers to her costar as a “f*cking b*tch” on national television. “I spent a lot of time with my family and decided to come back to the show because I didn’t want to leave on a down note,” she says. “I needed to regroup and re-center.”

    Jill goes on to say that she is happy with what was filmed for the fourth season. She cites it as her favorite season to shoot, saying she felt healthier than ever when filming began. So, while Jill and her fellow castmates make lanyards, roast marshmallows and sing songs around a campfire, I’m curious to know…would you want to bunk with this season’s Jill Zarin??

    • ramonacoaster says:

      This woman really does believe we’re all stupid. It was insulting to read. Bunk at summer camp? More like a nest of vipers. Once again a reference to her childhood. It must’ve sucked to be her. It must’ve sucked even more to be related to her. Even worse now cause her unpopularity is on a national level or at least confined to the Bravo audience.

    • firepainter says:

      Jill – “you do the best you can to try to get along with everybody all the time and it doesn’t always work, but you try.”

      Yoda said: “Do or do not… there is no try.”

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      If I ever went to summer camp with someone like Jill Zarin it would have been fun to put worms in her sleeping bag, toothpaste on her pillow, etc. with all the other fellow campers bunking with her. I’m sure she would have called Mommy dearest Gloria & gone home by maybe the 2nd day!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Jill is doing too much wishful thinking here – she hasn’t changed and the viewers have not forgotten.

      • cusi77 says:

        The only one with short memory is JZ herself!

        Delusional? DEFENETLY

        To OOOOO yesterday:
        JZ, you diable! being in charities gives you more face TV time! It doesn’t occur to you that most of the charitable people do IT anonymously? Being recognized for doing charity takes away the real sense of giving… without expecting anything in return, then, you are giving!

  26. Toga says:

    Long-time lurker, first time poster (actually second time, but I think I screwed the first one up). Love, love, love this blog and everyone’s insightful comments. I’m in total agreement with about 90% of them, and that makes you correct!! 🙂

    Since I’m new, please indulge me in a rant. For those of you short on time, you can skip this – nothing you haven’t read before, but I feel the need to get it all off my chest.

    Kiki – Off the rails. Apart from Scary Island I think my favorite of her stellar moments was when the cute guy was interviewing her and mentioned he was reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”. A rational 41-year-old might’ve asked, “Are you enjoying it?”, or maybe “What prompted you to read it?”. No, no, no – our COLUMBIA GRADUATE IN JOURNALISM responds, “I don’t have any tatoos”. Huh?????? Even better, the expression on the guy’s face was “huh????????” Priceless.

    LuMann – I about went through the TV twice with her. The first was the infamous “etiquette lessons” luncheon with the girls. That lovely young girl asked her a perfectly good question and LuLu laughed at her!!! Same with the meeting with the girls at the youth center. If this woman thinks she has class, she is seriously mistaken. And what’s with the brown boots??? Did she go to a “buy 11 pair of the same boots and get the 12th pair free” sale? Does she have cankles??? And don’t get me started on all the off-the-shoulder dresses…

    JZ – Can’t even get started. She can never redeem herself with me. I think my all-time favorite was at the S3 reunion when Ramona said JZ had told her not to shoot w/ B and Alex said the same thing. JZ hollered at them that they were liars (several times), but 30 seconds later she was saying, “I was wrong – I apologize” to B. What about apologizing to RS and AVK for calling them liars on national TV????

    Alex – Generally like her, but Simon is a little too much for me to take.

    Sonja – Had high hopes for her last season, but I believe she’s showing her true colors. Not a fan.

    Cindy – Blech!!

    I believe RHNY will soon be unwatchable for me. I’d always suspected B was the only reason I watched it, and now that has become very clear.

    LOVE BEA!!! Truly one of the happiest shows on TV.

    Thank you all for letting me unload – you can’t know how much better I feel!!! I don’t know how much I’ll be posting, but I’ll be out here lurking! Thank you again to Lynn and to all you posters – you’re awesome!!!

    • Lavalady says:

      Welcome Toga. I enjoyed your post. Very well written.

    • Kellita says:

      Welcome, Toga. Good post!

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Unload anytime…this is the place for that. Welcome Toga

    • Shannon says:

      I agree with 100% of what you said. So we must be right. lol 🙂

    • error404 says:

      I must admit, I do watch a lot of character driven tv.

      I pretty much hate most of the HW shows, but only got hooked on RHNY during s2 when we flipped it on and were like “Hey, it’s that Woman from Martha’s Apprentice!”. I’ve seen probably a total of 10 minutes from s4 and they are 10 minutes of my life I wish I had back. Hate this show now.

      I only started watching DWTS mid-season when Kristi Yamaguchi was on. I started the next season but was so POed that Lil’Kim was IMO unfairly let go early, I just stopped watching and never went back, even when Evan was on.

      I only saw the 2nd half of CA because Joan Rivers was on it and never watched it again until Nene went on. Once she gets fired, I’ll probably quit watching that too.

      I wonder if I would have stuck with SWTS had Bethenny not been on it. I did watch all of Skating with Celebrities but SWTS was much worse, so I don’t know. HAd she not made the final, I probably would have stopped watching the day she left.

      • Lavalady says:

        Error – Are you still watching Glee. I think it is 1 1/2 hrs. tonight.

        • error404 says:

          Yes! I still love it! I don’t know why everyone else seems to be backlashing. Tom and Lorenzo just all out trashed the last episode in their recap.

    • cusi77 says:

      Very wise comments, Toga. Come back more often to post and remind us great moments like the ones you mentioned. Welcome.

    • Sammysmom says:

      Welcome!! Great post and nice writing

  27. TLM says:

    I think they must have swapped the order of episodes for BEA. Comcast On Demand posts each episode after it airs, and what they have as Episode 009 is a description of the episode with Nick in it, but the description is mistakenly on the episode that aired last night. Let the speculation begin about the re-editing, I guess. 😉

    • quincyil says:

      Dish TV often has the wrong descriptions. For some reason, they spell Ramona…as Romona…..

      • TLM says:

        That’s strange about Dish. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this on Comcast, and I think it’s more than coincidence that the promos were also mixed up on this episode.

  28. California35 says:

    Thanks for the recap Lynn, and for the Royal Wedding spots to Quincy 🙂 I will have to read those again when I get home – so I can check my local listings 🙂

    Bryn is so cute and she is very well behaved. She is a happy baby 🙂 Cookie was just so happy to be there wasn’t she? She was running around like she has been trapped for years…okay I guess in a way she has been. It reminded me of my dog (sorry I think I have mentioned her more than once already:-P).

    I do notice that she does know what her fans are talking about, she says it but she also shows it. Some of the things she said took me back to this blog. Like when she said that she wants to know if there will be a time when she will be done with this busy life, and will look back at this time. She is very busy and like many of us who work all our lives, wonders if she will have a slow time eventually. The GREAT thing is that she has more control over this because she is her own boss. If she wants to stop she can, of course she has to think of other things like get her business running the way she wants it before she actually stops. She wants to take advantage of the momentum and I don’t blame her. I will miss her when she is done with her shows, but I totally agree that she needs to stop eventually. She can continue with everything else or some of it. I don’t imagine her stopping completely.

  29. BlueSky_Forever says:

    Great recap Lynn – you are so quick to write it up after the show airs. Agree with you, the grandparents would have enjoyed Malibu. Maybe it would get them to change their minds about B & J moving to CA. What a fantastic house…loved this whole episode of BEA. Another great line is when B says “Julie has my back & my rack” when Julie was fixing her nipple issue.

    So looks like the 1st stop on the B speaking tour was Count Basie theater in Red Bank, NJ. Can’t wait to see what B shows us about her speaking tour & the SWTS finale. Bryn is stealing every scene she’s in. Her squeals when B asks her about going on the tour were so cute!

    • Kellita says:

      Bryn seems like the most laid-back, easy baby ever. She is the spitting image of Jason. Sooo adorable!

      • NJ Bev says:

        I think Bryn has Carol’s personality and looks!! she is one happy
        baby, but when you think about it , they are always “taping” when we see her. You can see her baby blues following the
        microphone- I think she is fascinated by whats going on around her!
        Hey Blue sky-what do you think that house in Malibu is worth?

        • BlueSky_Forever says:

          I don’t know, we should ask Madison. At least $5 million but probably 2 or 3 times that. Someday I’m sure it will be worth $50 million. The ocean was so beautiful, big waves & so blue. The market can’t be down for long in Malibu. What a gorgeous place to live.

  30. Susan "The Tankster" STREGA says:

    Yes, it is me. None other than the evil Strega of TwoP. I am here to wish Lynn Hudson and her minions a very happy first anniversary and to congratulate Lynn for achieving what I have failed at so miserably – creating a great place for people to chat about their favorite shows. You’ve proved to me that all my rules were pointless and caused nothing but ill-will and hurt feelings. I apologize to each and every one of you who received snotty warnings and obnoxious e-mails from me. I beg the forgiveness of those I banned. I acknowledge that I was totally arbitrary and overbearing about those rules, which were mostly ludicrous to start out with. I’d ask you to come back and give TwoP another try but in all honesty, I don’t want to hang out in that cesspool anymore either. So please, can I come over here to join in your discussions?

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      ummm..Strega? is this really- really you?

      you never banned me- so I have no probs with you here, just be nice and mind your manners 😉

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        and don’t bring the flying monkeys from TwoP here either!

      • Veronique says:

        There is no way that is Strega.

        She is in charge of all of the mods at TWOP. Actually, I have never found her to be THAT bad a mod, frankly, but although the first part sounds like it could be her being sarcastic or self-depreciating? She would not actually trash TWOP, or it’s rules, it is after all, her day job.

        • AZ Girl says:

          If it isn’t it is a very funny post.

        • Susan "The Tankster" STREGA says:

          It is not my day job. I am a cubicle slave in a consulting firm and TwoP is my entire life. I started as a recapper long before Glark, Sars, and Wing Chun (the founders) cashed out by selling to Bravo. I was never paid for my work as a recapper and I am not paid for my work as a mod. Like Kelly Bensimon, that nitwit who is all excited about writing a column for a throw-away newspaper for free. All of which has made me the bitter witch that I am.

    • klmh says:

      How cute is this? Who ever you are that frequents and posts on this blog, congrats. Love the post.

      • quincyil says:

        Actually, I never posted there and never was reprimanded. Whoever this Susan is, welcome. We love humor and wit.

    • AZ Girl says:

      Well if you are the infamous Strega from TVWOP welcome to our board. Only one rule: as long as the posts are respectful everyone is welcome here.

      • Debbie says:

        I started reading this blog half way through last RHoNY’s season. I have no clue who Strega is and was about to ask when that post popped up. If it;s not too much trouble, can I get a short recap about the infamous one? TY

        • HD says:

          I never read your blog so I personally don’t mind it a bit. Everyone deserves a fresh start and then once someone shows you who they are, believe them. 🙂

        • Susan "The Tankster" STREGA says:

          Sue “the Tankster” Strega here to answer all your questions:


          I was a recapper for Television Without Pity. I still work for TWoP as head moderator, which mostly means I yell at Real Housewives viewers a lot.

          I kept shutting down the Housewife threads because people wouldn’t obey my RULES, and eventually everyone left and started their own blogs. And now I have realized that all the cool, fun people are over here and at Reality Crack; people like Mickey Mouth and all sorts of really creative people and I’d rather be over here…

          • housewifeaddict says:

            You are cracking me up.

          • Sammysmom says:

            Well, if it is you than I am sure there are people here because they saw Lynn on that board and came to her blog and never left. So, if it’s you, thank you. If not, thanks for reminding us and welcome

          • Vesper says:

            Interesting! I was one of the many that you scolded and gave warnings to on TWOP on more than one occasion. I got so fed up and disgusted that you mods treat posters ON A MESSAGE BOARD like children, I have been outta there for a very long time. You’re right, it was ridiculous and you guys got so power hungry,
            (over what exactly???) I was sure you mods had miserable lives and jobs and used TWOP as your whipping post. I do apologize as well for telling you to “get a life”, once, but at the time it was deserved. 🙂 You will love reading Lynn’s blog. She nails it every time.

    • lillybee says:

      Welcome, Strega, I never really had a problem with you and BTW I love your TWOP name.

    • @tweatcyn says:

      Hilarious! Strega impersonator. Fantastic message.

  31. quincyil says:

    I sometimes watch the board and mention to Lynn that it’s a slow day when there are 200 plus posts…That will increase to 400 or more on some days. Lynn always LOLs. I looked at her first blog on this site just now and there were only 47 posts. On another in that first week there were 13 posts.

    I don’t think I saw Lynn’s posts at Terry Aley’s or ever saw her guest blogs there. I do remember Hubs and the switch as I had just figured out how to post on Hubs and had trouble with that. I remember the posts on Jill and Bethenny’s baby boy so I know I read Lynn blog on the first days here.


    • quincyil says:


      Adgirl and I were on that board. Do you feel old Adgirl?

      I know Lynn posted on both sites for a while so that people would be able to find her new site. It just seems like so long ago.

    • Sammysmom says:

      Thanks Quincy, I have no idea how I came here. I just remember reading the Amazon gate stuff and then reading here. I lurked awhile and then posted a lot and then came to a semi balance. I am honored enough to have a personal message from Lynn, I have been Debbie and then we all changed names, or at least I thought there was a day when some of us did? Hell, My memory is so bad, this could be my 2nd post for all I know. Anyway, Thank you Quincy. You do an amazing job. You have a lot of hats and you wear them all very well.

  32. California35 says:

    A Year!!!!??!
    Happy anniversary everybody! Lynn congratulations on your blog…glad you are still here! This is the place to chat, complain, celebrate, mourn, joke, express, care, show sympathy, and the list goes on and on and on.

    THANK YOU for creating this blog and for entertaining us all this time.

  33. Tara F says:

    Why is that you’re objective about most housewives, but then seem to have fanatcial obsessions with others? This entire post reads like an “I Love Bethenny Tribute” — it’s a bit excessive for someone who isn’t on her payroll, don’t you think? I mean, you start each week by saying how much you love the show. We get it. But seriously, the general public is not loving this show. I read your blog because you tend to have the best gossip on all the housewive shows and do good recaps, but your Bethenny love has gotten so excessive, it makes me a bit nauseous! Think about renaming your blog, “I Love Bethenny Frankel”? Might be more apt at this point… Love the dirt, hate the Bethenny worship – but hey, you can’t win them all, right?

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Why is it that anyone who happens to like Bethenny and her show are “fanatical” or they “worship” her? The “General Public” isn’t liking the show? Really? Is that why it was renewed for another season? Why she has more fans than any of the other housewives? Why she appears on Ellen Show frequently? Why there is talk of her getting her own talk show? She just sold her Skinnygirl Margarita company for $120 Million dollars?

      All this because the “general public” doesn’t like Bethenny? Who exactly is your “General public”? YOU? You lost me with that comment, you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

      I think I outlined the reasons why I like the show, it is a nice funny and entertaining yet still has adult content, in stark contrast to the Housewives shows. Explain to me please how recapping the show with my opinions is “obsessive”? I find both Jason and Bethenny to be funny, entertaining and charming. Why do you have such a problem with that?

      While I appreciate your suggestion to rename the blog, I think I’ll leave it as is if it’s all the same to you. Your blog is for YOUR opinions, I don’t agree with them but I don’t go over to your blog and slam you for your opinions making up ridiculous unsubstantiated claims to try to back it up.

      Rather than name calling, belittling and criticizing ME, why don’t you tell us why you don’t like Bethenny’s show? Luckily Tara, this is a free country and since I make you nauseous you’re free to leave.

      • kotagirl29 says:

        Well said Lynn! I have noticed people’s propensity for naming us all as mindless zombies, fanatics, or just idiots because we find Bethenny humorous and are enjoying her successes. I just don’t understand why some feel the need to belittle us or our opinions when it is so easy to not visit a site you don’t agree with. I manage to do it everyday.

      • BlueSky_Forever says:

        Sounds like someone that belongs on the TWOP board. Why post on a board if you don’t have anything intelligent to say?

        • quincyil says:

          Actually, she has a blog and her own opinions. If you hit on her name, it takes you there.

          She says she is a high school English teacher.

          • OneMoreInBoston says:

            yes- I also went to her blog.

            So mission accomplished for this troll- she got hits on her blog.

            last time though Tara- last time….

      • Sammysmom says:

        Great answer to another person telling you what to name your blog. I am so tired of people posting on LYNNS blog, telling Lynn what she should do. The title is the title. You wouldn’t ask any author who published a book, got great reviews, had many fans and became really popular and well known to just change the name of their work. WTH????

      • Anne says:

        She is not really criticizing you. She just doesn’t agree with your opinion. She actually stated she likes the dirt you dig up. This is a fan and gossip site, so she hasn’t said anything that isn’t true.

  34. NAmerican says:

    Those who commented that Bethenny can be bi-coastal are right on. The solution seems simple to me, keep your NYC apartment and buy a McMansion in CA. She certainly has enough money and she surely will be traveling to NYC all the time so she will need a place to stay (and your own place is better than a hotel, especially with a child and a dog). I am a native New Yorker and when I moved to Canada, I could not bear to lose my ties to NY so I down sized to a smaller apartment so I still have a place to nest when in the city. It is much more comfortable than a hotel and I still have my “stuff” there so I feel at home. It also cuts down on what I have to pack to go back a forth. I have clothes and all my toiletries there so I travel simply with a small carry on. It really works for me and am sure it would be a great solution for the Hoppys.

    BTW, Johnny Weir and Bethenny in theory should have been best buddies. In my opinion, he is a lot like Bethenny, they both are witty and have snarky personalities. If you watched Johnny’s show you would see a lot of parallels , both are struggling to “make it”. So I was surprised to see the conflict between them, I do believe that JZ did have some influence on him – unfortunately Johnny chose Team Jill and it made him look as ridiculous as Jill’s on her worse day.

    • nathania says:

      I keep hoping that one day it will be revealed that it was a set up by the producers to generate publicity for the show.

      I don’t think Johnny would let Jill influence him unless he had some oddly misplaced pity for her.

      You are right, Bethenny and Johnny are both renegades without a filter and should have been best buds. I don’t understand the situation but I am fans of both of them, Johnny for a whole lot longer, and I don’t particularly like shows like dancing/singing/skating/whatever-ing with the stars so I didn’t watch and don’t really know a whole lot about what happened. Maybe they will bury the hatchet someday, and not in each other.

  35. California35 says:

    I meant to coment about this from last week’s episode. I LOVED when Bethenny said that her daughter will be fine in California (or Beverly Hills, I can’t remember), because SHE will be there. I was like OMG exactly!!! Bethenny knows the kinds of things a kid pulls, and what is around, partying, etc. I got Goosebumps when she said that. She won’t be fulled and blind, I am sure she will protect her daughter. In many ways her childhood and her experinces will help her SO MUCH while rasing a daughter. She is very aware of what is out there.

    • nathania says:

      My favorite part was when her partner asked “How come your baby doesn’t make any noise?”

      That was so funny I laughed for the rest of the night. Bryn really is her daddy’s little girl, she is like a little mini-me. I hadn’t noticed that Bryn is so relaxed on camera until he pointed it out, but she really is such a completely content baby. I am so glad that Bethenny is able to love Bryn the way that she was not loved by her own mother.

      • salzy says:

        I am struck by how placid and non-reactive to cameras, noises and people Bryn is. She doesn’t look at her parent’s faces when she is held facing them, rather looks to the side. Very little vocalizing and minimal display of any gross motor skills. Babies are not supposed to be that placid. I am the grandmother of a two year old boy and he was vocal and smiled and laughed often at her age. He also crawled and played with toys. Time will tell, whether Bryn’s prematurity has compromised her development. I am not making these observations with any malice or ill will toward this child. I have watched her in the recent episodes and have concerns about her. I am also a clinical social worker who has 25 years in the field, working with children, and I look at them more objectively than the average viewer.

    • Golden Girl says:

      California35 it’s true I was pretty wild so believe me I will know every lie or trick in the book that my kids might try to pull on me.

  36. AZ Girl says:

    I got a kick out of Jason this episode. When B, Julie and Dawa were heading out of the apartment to go to LA he turn and said “great 2 days of peace and quiet” with a big grin on his face. You can’t get more real than that.
    Cookie going crazy on the beach was funny too. That dog was everywhere.
    Such a great show.

  37. Kellita says:

    Thank you so much for posting where to find a local retailer for the Skinnygirl margarita. I went on and found one that’s just 10 minutes away from my house. I cannot wait to try it! That’ll be my weekend drink. 🙂

    • error404 says:

      I liked it but no body else did. Still, I probably won’t buy it again. See, I HATE not only Jill Zarin, but bottled maguerita mixes as well. So, yes, it was by far the best mix I ever had, or at least the only one I ever liked. It didn’t have that heavy sour taste that usually knots my stomach after one glass with the other mixes, but that seemed to be the reason why the other people didn’t care for it. It’s definitely like diet coke or baked chips or low fat cookies, all stuff that I like but others don’t. It does have that sorta flat after-taste that diet coke has, which I don’t mind but I could see everyone else making faces after each sip. LOL

      • jeang says:

        I found if you add a splash of contreau to the drink it takes it much tastier and without an aftertaste.

        • Kellita says:

          Thanks for the feedback. I usually just drink wine or the occasional dirty martini, but she makes the margarita look so good on her show, she’s got me in the mood for one. So I’ll give it a try and see.

  38. jeepers1941 says:

    felt the need to repost this:
    jeepers1941 says:
    April 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm
    In my perfect world, I would like to see many things before I die. I am going to be 70 in Sept. so who knows……….LOL
    How my life got so wrapped up in this HW franchise I will never understand, but here I am, setting here telling strangers, some who could care less and some who do care my most enter thoughts on people I don’t know personally, but apparently they are a part of my life.
    Bethenny will survive, because she is driven to prove her worth. Millions from what if have read and heard about. From where I am setting, this is not a bad thing or place to be. She has successfully escaped the hate and discontent of women who truly hate her for that reason alone. They are so full of hate, jealousy, and anger towards her for the successes she has achieved. Bethenny is not a lazy person, she has worked hard all her adult life for what she has now. God Bless her. She married Jason for love, not wealth or social events. She had the baby she always wanted and Bryn has brought so many happy moments into their lives already. God Bless them all! They are a young family trying to find a way to deal with all of these things and live a “normal” life. Well as normal as they can only say what is normal.
    Jill’s problem(s) are so complex and she has several of them. 1) Bethenny was always a project for Jill. 2) Bethenny was her “adult daughter”, someone to hang out with. 3) Bethenny was Jill’s “show n tell” to Jill’s “friends”. 4) Bethenny was as Jill started to come to grips with, Jill’s success to “break out” herself from the franchise. 5) Bethenny was a true friend to Jill, but Jill doesn’t know about “true friends”. 6) Bethenny is not lazy, Jill is definitely lazy. And the lists of problems Jill has, goes on and on!
    As for the other cast mates, LULU, SONJA, KOOKOO, there is not one of them who can support themselves in the customs they became use to when they were spending the ex’s $$! Jill uses them as her puppets now. I think Jill is learning she has lost power with BRAVO, Andy Cohen and whoever else’s balls she was holding onto for dear life. For this reason alone, Jill is fighting for her life, publicly, socially and family, not to mention, her “fabulous circle of friends”. She lost many of her fans by her own actions and regardless of what she says, we as viewers do remember times, dates, etc.
    Alex and Ramona will do fine, not in the way Bethenny has, but they will survive. As long as they are aware of Jills fangs and those of her cohorts. I do believe if Ramona was to ever really have it out with Jill, I mean really tell her off and walk out on her, Jill might drop dead on the floor, ‘GO RAMONA”!
    Sorry if I have wasted your time, but this is just my own spin, my feelings, my thoughts…………..Peace out to all of you……………… Jeepers1941 Happy Easter!!!


    • lovemamaearth says:

      I’m glad you reposted. Nicely said!

    • California35 says:

      I missed it before so glad you reposted.

      I am sure you will see a lot more of what you want before you turn 70 🙂

      I agree that Bethenny worked for what she has, she EARNED it!!! There is nothing wrong with having a husban who will support you….but baby there is when that is the reason you married him. My point is that Bethenny made her fortune, and married a man she loves.

      • jeepers1941 says:

        thank you California35,
        I sure hope I do and you are right about the love connection as well, if you don’t have that, you have nothing.

        Thank you too, lovemamaearth

      • Debbie says:

        Marrying a man she loves only adds to the fortune she earned

    • cusi77 says:

      Thank you Jeepers to re post this one! I missed the first time and it is soooo worth to read! Very nice written! Thank you!

      • jeepers1941 says:

        you are so welcome, glad you enjoyed it and thank you as well

        • NJ Bev says:

          nice post, Jeepers, I enjoyed reading it!
          Do you remember on the season 2(i think)
          re-union when Bethany was sitting next to Jill-
          Jill went off on Ramona saying something like
          “I’m too smart for you Ramona, you can’t ever
          have a good comeback for me” “I’m too quick for
          I’d like to see her say that to any of the girls now-
          what a pompous a$$ she was-

          • NJ Bev says:

            it was season 2. in season 1 didn’t she wear
            the “team Jill” shirt?

          • jeepers1941 says:

            NJ Bev, thank you
            I recall her saying nasty, but hell jz does that all the time, calling her a pompous ass is to nice for this bitch. She just cinges my hairs everytime I hear her voice. I’d give every $$ I had to be able to walk up to her and slap the living shit out of her! Just wipe that smug look she has off her face for good.

          • jeepers1941 says:

            jeepers1941 says:
            April 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm
            NJ Bev, thank you
            I recall her saying something nasty, but hell jz does that all the time, calling her a pompous ass is to nice for this bitch. She just cinges my hairs everytime I hear her voice. I’d give every $$ I had to be able to walk up to her and slap the living shit out of her! Just wipe that smug look she has off her face for good.

    • Sammysmom says:

      Thank you for reposting. Well said. I agree with your analysis.

  39. lovemamaearth says:

    I hope this comes out on the right photo.


  40. FlowerPower says:

    Loved this episode! I think my favorite part was watching the new nanny’s face when she was being shown around. LOL. (And Bethenny’s reaction to her being a hairdresser. Too funny. Loved her and Jason talking about it in the restaurant.)

    Sorry, Lynn, but I really didn’t enjoy the snarking on people who post on Bethenny’s FB page. I feel no qualms about ripping into these faux celebrities who eagerly sign up for these shows, but I don’t like doing that to fans/other people. I’ve liked this blog because those who post don’t rip into each other like that (unlike some other forums). JMHO.

    I wish Bravo had more shows like BEA (not necessarily the same format/content, but the spirit/energy of it).

  41. justanothermary says:

    Congrats on the anniversary Lynn. I’ve been lurking since the beginning and you have never failed to impress. Even on the rare occasion when we were invaded by trolls or an issue caused some hurt feeling, you always had your poop in a group and managed to navigate us through and keep this is positive, caring, snarky place to be. You’re one of a kind. Thank you.

    • Mookies1mom says:

      Couldn’t have said it better. I lurked for a long time before I posted and was nervous about what kind of response I would receive. I’m glad I did it! From rants to ramblings, personal experiences and medical issues everyone has been wonderful. Thank you for giving us this place to do it all! Congratulations! You are awesome. And Quincy too for her blogs as well!

  42. TLM says:

    Oh God, they’re playing the Pregnant in Heels episode with the two a-holes who hired Rosie to help name their kid. It’s bad enough that they summoned a panel and a focus group, but then they subjected their FRIENDS to this craziness??? I wonder how many of them stayed friends with them after that, or realized their friends are dumber than a tree stump and shallower than a raindrop on a sidewalk.

    • TLM says:

      Not that it matters anyway, but how shocking was it that these two were utterly unaware of the associations people make with certain names, because they never heard of certain brands? Isn’t the wife supposed to be a branding expert??

      • quincyil says:

        She has a best selling book on the subject. They wanted to be on TV as the wive has aspirations of being a talk show hostess. I thought I had seen her before and I had. There is a video of her interviewing Kelly Bensimon when she first came on bravo.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          Her appearance on PIH did not inspire me to use her services or read her books.

        • error404 says:

          she seems kinda vague in her online talk show, but one thing I will give her is she is very thorough and she really gets her interviewees to open up and tell the whole story. Kelly and Bethenny’s interviews both are worth watching just for background info. they are both like “ANd then this year I did this job, and then the next year I married this person” etc.. chock full of “just the facts mahm”

          • Mookies1mom says:

            The woman who got married posted a blog that is 14 pages long! I could not believe it or read it all!

        • TLM says:

          Samantha Ettus and Kelly Bensimon… yikes. Glad I didn’t have to witness that conversation.

  43. OneMoreInBoston says:

    omg- was just over at RCH and this was so funny I wanted to bring it over here:

    “WindyCityWondering Says:
    April 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    All Sonja had to do was say I was wearing my asshat and I am sorry. ”

    crap you’re funny!

  44. jeepers1941 says:

    do any of you know when jz’s contract with bravo is up?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      No and I was surprised she was allowed to come back this year.

      • jeepers1941 says:

        so was I after that remark about not filming with Alex and what she tried to do to B’s new show……….

    • Anne says:

      That is interesting because it is not different than what has happened on NJ or OC housewives. Drama is the life blood of these shows and without it Comcast would not renew it. Jill likely was the first asked to return and not the last. Additionally, Simon has been marginalized even more this season. I find that the most interesting development.

  45. kotagirl29 says:

    Bethenny comparing her skating to a middle-aged, plugged, douchebag with a small penis was hysterical. I laughed so frickin’ hard.

  46. Queen Butter Bean says:

    Yes Lynn…Thanks for all your efforts…Though I must say, Harvey is beginning to be a fav!

    I’ve followed you from the first days, but rarely post since everyone else says it all. However, I am recovering from breast surgery (pathology next week, so keeps your fingers crossed for me), so I’ve got plenty of time this week.

    As another poster said, she agreed with almost all that was posted here, so it must be right. I feel the same!

    Jill is just as hateful and fake as they come. LuAnn – please – there’s really nothing to be said about her, she’s as classless as they come.

    I’ve watched all the housewives shows – much to the dismay of King Butterbean (who actually hates butter beans) and I tend to judge them on whether I would let them in my home. Across all the shows, I can only think of five (across all shows) that I would invite into my home – Bethenney Frankel, Caroline Manzo, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, and Kandi Burruss. (Of course, that’s not to say that I expect them to accept an invite to my house!)

    I thought about why it would be these four women and I guess it comes down to the way they mother their children. There’s a lot of emotion and humanness when they talk about and interact with their children. It seems that the rest are too vapid, too shallow, or too stupid to be worth my time – how’s THAT for judging! Of course, there are other reasons as well, but the way they mother is what makes me like them.

    Anyway – pain meds are working very well today!

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      hi there Queen Butter Bean- love your name!

      and yes I have all my fingers and all my toes crossed for you

      • Mookies1mom says:

        I’m waiting on results from my last mammo. that had previously sent me to a surgeon. I required surgery yet. But keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you as well! I hope you heal quickly and have no pain. Let us know how you are doing! Here’s to both of us having good outcomes!

    • error404 says:

      very interesting!

      I’d never heard of butter beans until the B52s had that song, but even thought I bought some security at the concert confiscated the can when I tried to rush the stage. LOL I never did try them. I actually a little sacred. LOL

      Anywho… the 5 women you picked all remind me of types I already know. Caroline in a bad way unfortunately. If we were neighbors, I probably go to great lengths to avoid her. LOL

      Bethenny and Khandi I probably could only take in small doses. Too much juvenile sex talk from Khandi IMO, and Beth has IMO a bad habit of talking at people rather than to them. Ramona would definately be the one we all talked about behind her back, like “You won’t believe what she said to me the other day!” LOL

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Sending you prayers for a complete recovery & clean pathology results Queen BB!

    • klmh says:

      QBB, like Mookies1mom, Im keeping my fingers and toes crossed that all goes well.

    • VAgirl says:

      Hi, QBB. I love butterbeans! My uncle used to have a butterbean patch every year and freeze them. They were my favorite side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cook them with some fatback and they are sooooooo good. I haven’t had any good ones since he passed away.
      I am praying that your test results are good.

      • Queen Butter Bean says:

        VA Girl – I love butter beans too – they are my absolutely favorite thing to eat. I grew up in SC and we always had a garden. My dad, bless his heart, always puts away a row for me in the summer, so I can bring them home and eat them all year long.

        And THANK YOU for calling it fat back. Seems that most folks refer to it as salt pork, which is the same thing…but still…

        Thanks too for the wishes – four incisions total. I hate the groggy feeling from pain meds, but I’m not too keen on pain either.

        Just to stay on topic – I Hate Jill Zarin.

      • justanothermary says:

        Hoping for good results for both – praying for you. I’ve been through the worst of it, so if you every have a question, feel free to ask Lynn for my email.

        • Golden Girl says:

          Fingers crossed and prayers said for you Queen Butter Bean.

          • Queen Butter Bean says:

            So totally OT here – especially for just an occasional poster – but a constant reader….

            This whole breast thing is kicking my ass in a way. I had kidney and then thyroid cancer back to back in 03/04. It seemed like it took forever to get out of that “cancer” atmosphere – those of you who have been in it know exactly what I mean. The well-meaning looks of concern, the hunt for good doctors – Lord knows I can be a real bitch as a patient because I *demand* to know upfront and to have a plan. Now I feel like I’m gonna have to start all over in a new place. AND I DON’T WANT TO!

            So I’ve been going along swimmingly for years, moved from TX to MD. Lo and behold I put my right hand over my left breast on day while I’m in bed. Well…what’s that? Immediately see the doc, who immediately sends me for diagnostic mamao. VERY SAME DAY – I leave with clean mammo and u/s – no cancer. Then comes the clean letter from the hospital. 10 days later, I’m in a meeting and I get a call from the doctor that the mammo was no cleaned and mag views were needed.. After mag mammo, MRI, and stereotactic biopsy, they decided to go in for a LARGE excisional biopsy on right, excision for mass in left breast (shaped like an upside down “V”), and a mass underneath my left arm. While they were doing the wire loc yesterday, I saw the mammogram and just decided that I wanted the entire area GONE. Told the doc before surgery and she agreed, but said that most women wanted to spare as much breast tissue as possible. Not me – I don’t want to worry. Besides these 50 yo puppies will never be in cougar territory and KBB loves me no matter what, so there ya go. After surgery, doc said she took a lot of tissue with very wide margins and that I should be be microcalcification and lump free at this point. She felt the masses on the left were probably just funky breast tissue, but they’re going off to pathology anyway. Not sure about the left axillary mass. So…there ya go again.

            I’m just waiting for the pathology and catching up on all my guilty reading. It’s difficult for me to get comfortable, so I take the pain meds, which make me a bit loopy and make me write pseudo-soliloquies.

            I hate Verizon FiOS customer service too.

            My I love this blog and all the personalities…btw – I don’t think that’s Strega. The tone is TOO different.

            • LynnNChicago says:

              Queen, thank you for sharing that with us all. You’re a brave woman and my thoughts and prayers are with you. You have such a great attitude!

              Welcome and I hope you post often! We’re here for you anytime you need to vent, talk or just get it all out! xoxox

              p.s. It’s not Strega 🙂

            • Sammysmom says:

              I am very very proud of you. You have a great attitude and outlook. That is a great to have during and after all is said and done. I understand what you are saying as I have had colon, cervical and rectal cancer. I will be praying for you and thinking of you a lot. We are always here for you. This board has the most amazing people on it and have made me laugh when I needed it most. I have a running joke with my brothers. I can’t be an asshole, I had mine taken out. Oh and the whole “who farted?” when we are together and someone passes gas. I say, you know it couldn’t be me. Sorry if this is in any way disrespectful. I was really just trying to help but I do not speak very well sometimes.

  47. HD says:

    Congrats on your one year anniversary, Lynn! Where did the time go? I remember the old site, I remember being so relieved to have a site where I could freely vent about Jill! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!! She made me sooooooooo mad! I knew I could not be the only one that hated Jill Zarin! Thank goodness! Love the Lynn Fam!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      We all landed here because of how Jill Zarin acts and makes us feel. We laugh, we snark, we agree to disagree, we support and comfort each other and we celebrate each other too! JZ may call us bullies/haters, but this is the best internet family around!
      So I just have to say it – we hate you Jill Zarin but thanks for bringing us together!

      • error404 says:

        it’s pretty funny that Bravo all but drove us here. Sometimes I read our posts and think: Why do we even watch these shows? All we seem to do is complain! LOL I guess these “real” people are just gifts from baby jesus to make us laugh.

        • Sammysmom says:

          You just made me smile BIG. Thanks for that. I love youse guys

        • cusi77 says:

          So true Error! Haa! And to me has been more than the blessing for the laughs I’ve been learning English, American culture, medicine, philosophy, sociology, metaphysics, and on and on….

    • LynnNChicago says:

      HD, thanks honey! xoxo Love you

  48. klmh says:

    Hope this isn’t too long, but I wanted to share. I love this:

    A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and
    explaining stress management to an audience;with a raised glass of
    water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question,
    ‘half empty or half full?’….. she fooled them all…”How heavy is
    this glass of water?”, she inquired with a smile.

    Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

    She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how
    long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.

    If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold
    it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the
    same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She
    continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our
    burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes
    increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

    “As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and
    rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on
    with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time
    practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your
    burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the
    night…. pick them up tomorrow.

    Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment.
    Relax, pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it
    and the now ‘supposed’ stress that you’ve conquered!”

    1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days
    you’re the statue!

    2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to
    eat them.

    3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the
    middle of it.

    4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by
    their Maker.

    5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

    6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was
    probably worth it..

    7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a
    warning to others.

    8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

    9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then
    you won’t have a leg to stand on.

    10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

    11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

    12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

    13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

    14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

    15 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the
    world to one person.

    16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

    17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are
    pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors,
    but they all have to live in the same box.

    18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

    19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you

    *Save the earth…… It’s the only planet with chocolate!

    • VAgirl says:

      I wish people would think about the long term effects of the children they so nonchalantly bring into this world. I know it doesn’t always work out, but they could not have known each other well enough before they started procreating. It just makes me sad. I couldn’t care less about Kim and her man, but it’s the kids I feel sorry for – all three of them really.

      • VAgirl says:

        Oh, and that includes my beloved Bethenny and Jason. That could have turned out not so great either. Luckily so far it has.

        • HD says:

          Kim seemed like she was really rushing this relationship. Maybe they will get it together but I never really thought this was the best union anyway. He is too young, Kim needs to get her life together and stop being a leech.

      • floridagirl88 says:

        The ring didn’t mean a thing…..

    • quincyil says:

      I wonder how much money he will have to pay for the next 20 odd years to Kim for that baby. His mother must be freaking out.

    • error404 says:

      OK, this might be a wild idea, but knowing Kim, all bets are off: What if they planted this story so they can quietly plan the wedding without too many paparazzi hanging about? Don’t they all get like paydirt for exclusives now?

      • DarkSonnet says:

        Or what if it is just an inaccurate story published by some rag?

        First, they aren’t even engaged, no wedding plans have ever been mentioned and on her Twitter, Kim indicates that she is not ready to be married.

        Their Twitters seem quite cordial.

        I agree, Error – it could be the desire to have a quiet wedding or IMO, more likely that the wedding pics, access rights, etc., will be sold.

        Double interest market – Real Housewives and his football career.

      • lovemamaearth says:

        Kim Z would want a quiet anything?

      • California35 says:

        If true – hey maybe Big Poppa called her up 😉

    • chismosa says:

      i never even knew they were planning on a wedding? Surely he must realize she is just a tad bit hormonal right now, right? he is cute, run away from that tranny guy!

    • housewifeaddict says:

      I think she’ll lose her alimony if she gets married – so I doubt she was really planning to.

      • justanothermary says:

        Come on – wild mood swings – I guess – she’s preggers – OF COURSE she has mood swings. I’m not buying this story. That said, I really feel badly for that child.

  49. jeepers1941 says:

    Happy Birthday to this wonderful site. Thank you for giving us all a place to come home to. Love………………..Jeepers1941

  50. chismosa says:

    a few things before i start going through the comments:
    ~the scene where Jason was talking with David and then B comes in- it was very very orchestrated it seems and i say this because it is so obvious the iced tea bottle and the blackberry B carries inside and then puts down is left in the scene on the table PRIOR to her walking in. Not that important, but maybe they really needed to edit what information we see from the meeting b/w Jason & David. ps- there is a Sangria coming out? i thought she was going to do a mojito- style drink? love both!

    ~i noticed the lack of the book signing scene as well. Maybe it’s in ‘extras’ to be found on the dvd when it comes out. I’m sure it was for the scene at that hotel- omg how New Jersey Housewives was that scene! Straight out of Caroline’s neighborhood

    ~I am finding B’s constant talking about ‘i like to hear my fans’ problems and really speak to my fans’ her planting the seeds to a talk-show plan. I don’t know how i feel yet about a talk show for her. There are just so many extraneous talk shows- i mean, Rachel R, Nate (?), Wendy W, so many people get talk shows these days! I feel B should hold out for something better. A new opportunity- something unique.

    ~Tibetan people are wonderful! my family had many Tibetans work at the family business and all are so calm and zen. And nice shout out to the (kind of nasty) llaso apso coming from tibet! (never met a llaso that was nice- and i’m a DOG person but i think B likes that about Cookie)

    ~as for California- i think B is slowly trying to chip away at Jason to allow her to move them all out there. She doesn’t let Jason really stand his ground that often so personally i am hoping J does stand his ground. B is a little neurotic for LA. I’m born and bred NY but i do love LA too from when i traveled for work. B is new york, but more importantly her husband’s very close family and both of their tight-knit circle of friends really are in ny/ east coast.

    ~I think Ethan was warning B to ZIP IT when she started talking about Johnny on the ice, on camera. As in, shut it we can’t discuss him.

    • TLM says:

      I think she said she’s doing white sangria, a pom-opolitan, and some variation on a mojito. They are coming out with at least 3 new ones.

      Something is fishy in Denmark about the lack of the book signing and Nick’s appearance. Is anyone else thinking there may be truth to the re-editing rumors? I wonder if there was re-editing, not necessarily to make B look better, but for other content reasons.

      • chismosa says:

        it is a bad fishy, just imo. thanks for the info on the drinks. Interesting as she is doing a white sangria, which typically cannot be found in liquor stores right now, whereas red sangria can.

  51. chismosa says:

    Lynn i agree: (ED – I’d love to watch Morgan and Cooper but I cannot stand Cat Deeley of SYTYCD)- i completely agree with that! don’t know who i’ll watch.
    Can someone explain what exact hour the church starts? I don’t get why 8/9 am London time is when people in the US start watching? Surely it must be later in the day? Is it just overall coverage? I just want to tune in for the actual ceremony

    Lynn- for “Fashion Police” (9 p.m., E!):- you forgot a shout out to my favorite George Kotsiopoulos! He’s wonderful and i always agree with his opinions. S’agapo Yiorgo! Happy nameday- hronia polla belated one day! (as if he reads my comment, but nevertheless had to wish him)

    What is with Bethenny and the constant shrink-wrapping? Is she doing all that to help out her former boyfriend/ guy connected to husband 1? There has got to be a better way to decorate these cars/ planes/ trains?

    Kathy Griffin why are you friends with Johnny- ugh he’s a nasty gay not nice. Please no!

    if Bethenny wants more space and nature, Westchester is lovely, Connecticut is fantastic, Long Island is nice, even Jersey.

    I live on Long Island currently- and have seen Skinny G at like every SINGLE liquor store i have gone to. Not sure who these people are that can’t find it. There are even complete stands of it with B’s whole body on it.

    • TLM says:

      I like the shrink wrapping. Like everything else on the show, I’m just curious what it cost her. You have to admit it’s great advertising.

      Re: SGM availability, they were only in a handful of states last year, and it took until early last summer to get into Pennsylvania stores. When they finally got it last summer, they had trouble keeping it in stock. Also, keep in mind BGM was promoting it on a national show, yet it was only in 13 states. That must have driven many viewers crazy.

  52. chismosa says:

    oh happy birthday Lynn to the site, had not realized it was a year. I remember i started on your previous two incarnations i think when you directed us all to move on to this final location. Congrats to you!

    OMG Phoebe Snow died- i love her… so sad

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Thanks Chimosa! It wouldn’t have worked at all without all of you, THANK YOU for being here! xoxo

    • TLM says:

      This sounds terrible but I thought Phoebe Snow died years ago. Maybe I had her confused with someone else. I only knew the song “Poetry Man” and didn’t realize she did so many other albums. I remember seeing her perform with Linda Ronstadt on SNL. Was surprised to read that she performed at Howard Stern’s wedding in 2008, and was a guest on his show many times.

  53. chismosa says:

    Kelly: I’m just good with myself and besides I have two unbelievable kids and I’m so proud to be their mother.”
    She ALWAYS always uses a very very large adjective to describe her kids. We get it. They’re fantastic. They’re all you have Kell we get it. If you even get them 80-90% of custody time. Plus don’t claim you make pancakes all day, we saw you in the Hamptons barely making 1 without burning it.

    • kotagirl29 says:

      What killed me about the whole thing is her statement about how no one knows she works and no one knows she is the mother of two amazing girls. Huh? Her entire storyline in her first season was about writing for whichever magazine she worked for at the time and how she was a mother. Those were the topics she almost exclusively talked about.

      • TLM says:

        No one knows she’s the mother of two girls, but if her children are in the press, she flips out. Typical Kelly.

    • error404 says:

      Kiki doesn’t actually have lucid thoughts. Every word out of her mouth is a word salad mosh-up of various phrases she’s heard. Please don’t waste your time trying to find meaning or logic in any of it. In the end, it’s all just blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

  54. chismosa says:

    to TLM- why won’t you watch Fashion Police? What happened? I love it

    • lovemamaearth says:

      They’re all thugs in cocktail dresses and their leader is Joan, queen thug.

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      TLM hates Joan’s humor because sometimes she goes too far with the jokes & it becomes obnoxious & disgusting (see last blog for her comments about how she feels about Joan).

      I laugh at Joan’s jokes & when she goes too far ignore it. She comes up with some great lines so I watch for that. It’s similar to Kathy Griffin, also a fav of mine. Sometimes Kathy goes too far then I change the channel or ignore her too. Best thing about Kathy is her mom…tip it!

    • TLM says:

      Can’t stand Joan’s humor.

  55. Furalis says:

    Lynn and Q you two are amazing and do a wonderful job. I’ve been following this blog for about a year and have commented a couple of times. Sometimes I can’t catch up because there is so much to this site. Thank you to both on a remarkable job every single entry and the comments from interesting and funny people.

    I know you blogged about SWTS but I didn’t watch so I skipped those particular blogs so excuse me if this is duplicated, which I’m sure it was discussed when the show aired.

    The episode with the skating made me look up the Utube videos and watched all for Bethenny and listened to Johnny Weir with his comments and was baffled why he was on her case, but then someone here in the comments said that Johnny wanted Jill to be on SWTS and remembering the episode where she skated for her launching of her book and remember saying this is odd and so out of place.

    Now it makes sense that her and Johnny knew one another and she was skating hoping to be picked up on the show. She really is unbelievable and then I read how she said she was asked first and turned it down and the show had to go public stating that she was not offered the show. This woman is unbelievable – she just does not stop and continually lies. It really is unbelievable – who does this?

    I really think Jill created a bad situation with Bethenny. Who would purposely create havoc in a friendship like Jill did. She blew it she lost a great friend, why for fame? I would be honored to have a friend like Bethenny who continually makes you laugh, cry and just all around feel like a regular woman with problems that are faced and dealt with. That was a huge mistake on her part. I really do hate Jill Zarin who on earth would trust and befriend this woman?

    • quincyil says:

      I don’t think Jill could have done what Bethenny did with those skating routines. Bethenny was in the air spinning and being tossed through the air and landing. Jill was not able to skate in a straight line without falling.

      • OneMoreInBoston says:

        you know Q, I think technically Jill could have done it but there’s no way she would have put in the time necessary- the way that B. did.

        Jill just doesn’t have “heart” to keep persevering in the face of adversity.

        And no way! would she have been able to deflect the judge’s criticism the way Bethenny did. She was such a good sport! Even when horrible Johnny Weir said he just didn’t want to seeher skate anymore.


        • quincyil says:

          Jill would not have had the fan support that Bethenny had. She would have just gotten great scores from Johnny.

          • OneMoreInBoston says:

            yes- ITA- that’s true too.

            She probably would not gone as far- maybe just 1-2 episodes- and we would’ve had to hear about it for the rest of our lives.

            • California35 says:

              I just don’t see her (imagine her). Even when she did it on S3 of Housewives, she didn’t do much and she still fell. Besides, she is too lazy.

              • error404 says:

                I don’t think it’s so much about lazy. Jill, like most her age, is cautious. She fell at her Bravo party because she psyched herself out. After St John she was defeated, deflated, and even before she took the ice, her tete de tete with Lisa was so dejected I’m surprised she went thru with her bravado decision to skate.

                B wasn’t so much talented or hard working as she was fearless. Her stint on SWTS was more a triumph of will than anything else.

        • Sammysmom says:

          Jill is a lazy ass. I may be aweful for this but I wish Bawby would wake up and realize what a piece of shit she is. How can a man be so blind?

      • Furalis says:

        So True!

  56. error404 says:

    DJ: off topic but here’s where I download the latest EEs:

    LOL I too teared up when Zainab visited Syed in hospital.

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      i book marked it thanks
      yeah thats the last ive seen was that hospital visit but i have 5 dvd’s to watch before i get to that aand then i have another one filled after that right up to the climax of the baby switch

      its really strange for Jimmy & I watching these because were still getting the ones that pbs are showing here in NJ that are 10 years behind
      on those Kath & Alfie are just about to get married and on the current ones they are breaking up
      so its very bittersweet
      there was a 3 year period where i couldnt get the show at all so i missed the death of Paulines hubby which may have been a good thing cause i might have drowned in a river of tears ive turned into such a weepie person as of late

      oh but then i think about how wig just got dumped and i smile again LOL

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        i keep meaning to ask when did you get hooked on Eastenders
        for me since episode one
        when it first came on here it was on daily for 2 eppys

        • error404 says:

          we used to live in Belgium where we got BBC on cable. One night I happened to switch in on when MR 404 was late coming home from work… it was the famous “You’re not my mother!” “Yes I am!” episode and I was hooked.

  57. chismosa says:

    @TLM- the woman from Pregnant in Heels who with her husband did the market research on the name and then went with Bowen (yuck)- i felt she was in a scene at Ramona’s ‘tribute’ speech last week’s NY episode. I caught someone with no forehead and her hairstyle watching Ramona speak.
    (again, i wonder if Bethenny was asked/ if B is involved with that organization as it focuses on women in business)

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      Even if Bethenny was asked- no way would she have any time for accolades. It would’ve cut into “bath-ees” time with Brynn…


      • chismosa says:

        i agree but she is a great model for a businesswoman in this day and age. She will one day be asked to go. It would have been nice if Ramon-ERR had mentioned if B sent her good wishes or something (like the mention of a stupid text from jill- really?- so orchestrated)

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          She has so catapaulted ahead of someone like Ramona that it would be like Warren Buffet going to a PTA meeting to advise on selling Girl Scout Cookies.

    • VAgirl says:

      She was the KEYNOTE SPEAKER at that event. I’ve seen the program on another site.

      • VAgirl says:

        The branding lady from PIH was the keynote speaker, I mean. Etta or Emma or something.

        • VAgirl says:

          Samantha Ettus. Whew!

          • OneMoreInBoston says:

            omg- VAGirl-I think you almost hurt your self!

          • error404 says:

            THANK YOU!

            and what was the show called again? ‘Obsessed’ maybe?

          • TLM says:

            I can’t believe after that show that Samantha Ettus isn’t ashamed to show her face anywhere. Not only did she and her dimwit husband look like the most self-absorbed people on the planet, but she proved that her supposed “branding” expertise is b.s. She’s supposed to be an expert in “personal branding,” and claims to have gone through a book of no less than 12,000 names with the husbo, yet they’re stumped.

            I never thought I’d see someone more oblivious than Samantha, but Mina on tonight’s episode is a close second. The woman never thought she’d ever have to change a diaper. And oh yes, then there’s Michelle and Gary, her father, I mean husband. These two geniuses are from different religions who apparently didn’t have trouble dating, f***ing, or getting married, but now that their kid is due in 2 weeks, they’re in a standoff about the kid’s religion.

            Where and how did they find people for this show???

    • TLM says:

      Every time I hear “Bowen,” I keep wondering if his middle name is Arrow.

  58. Adgirl says:

    Lynn!! A year already?
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! What is the gift for one year? Paper?
    If it is paper does that mean we have to make it official and get hitched? I dunno. I’m a little gun shy. After all 99% of all virtual marriages end in divorce.
    Divorce would definitely happen if you started blogging about The Voice or America’s Next Dance Crew. That would be breaking our sacred vows. I only watch washed up celebrities and wannbees on reality shows, not judging contests.
    But. don’t worry Lynn. I will think back on our time together with fondness & love.

    Oh. Forget it. It’s just a stupid piece of paper. Let’s just shack up like we have been.

    Happy day Lynn!

  59. chismosa says:

    So OT- but does anyone know if Phoebe Snow was African American/ black? I’m just wondering. I have a cd or two of hers and am a fan i was just wondering whether she is considered a black singer and received accolades as that or not….

    • error404 says:

      from her billboard obituary:

      “She was born Phoebe Ann Laub to white Jewish parents in New York City in 1952, and raised in Teaneck, N.J. Though many assumed she was black, Snow never claimed African-American ancestry.”

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      She wasnt black but had a very soulful voice her cover of I dont wanna lose your love originally done by the emotions is a perfect example of just how soulfull
      If im not mistaken she was jewish

  60. OneMoreInBoston says:

    yooooo hoooo!


    Come out, come out wherever you are…

  61. Furalis says:

    Regarding Bethenny moving to California – would Julie stay on as her assistant? She may have ties to NY and doesn’t want to make the change.

    • quincyil says:

      I wondered about that as Julie said she had a boy friend.

      • Adgirl says:

        Bethenny moving to LA is all about her getting a TV job on a talk show or sitcom. No job, no move.
        I think Jason’s job is something like a consultant or conference speaker for the pharmacuticals industry. He seems to have a lose schedule.

        • housewifeaddict says:

          Someone will give her a try at a talk show. With all the buzz – and a lead in with the bravo show it would be worth the try. She could be really good. Better than Andy for sure LOL.

          I can see Julie following her – with or without the boyfriend. This is a great career for Julie.

        • TLM says:

          Loose is a kind way of describing it. How could he have the time off from work to accompany her to SWTS and then embark on a several-weeks-long trip on the Skinnygirl tour bus? Or maybe he had left his job by then? I don’t know who would get that much time off, plus vacations.

          • OneMoreInBoston says:

            I think if he was in sales and he was bringing his quota of accounts/revenue he could manage it.

  62. boston02127 says:

    I was just reading and stopped when I read this, it made me think of Kelly. Lol, so I had to put the book down and log on here.

    “Some people lack the power of conversation but not the power of speech”

    Happy One Year Lynn!

  63. boston02127 says:

    The power your words have. (very short)

  64. Mookies1mom says:

    Well, I just stuffed myself and my hubster with a dinner that turned out better than I thought it would. B-B-Que country pork roast, potato salad and oven roasted asparagus. He paid me the biggest compliment by saying that he would rather eat my food than eat at any restaurant in town! (All 10 of them. Even though a couple of the are fancy and have really good food,IMHO. McDonalds and Dunkin Doughnuts don’t count.) But now I’m sleepy and I have to clean up the kitchen before I try to pull my 20 lb. kitty out from underneath the couch. Because Mookie is scared to death of thunder and we’ve had storms off and on all day. Long way of saying goodnight all!

  65. jeepers1941 says:

    Well crap, I have been searching all day for another post I did, but can’t find it, so here goes.

    Someone mentioned about JZ going to Australia when production started or was about to start on the trip to wherever it was. JZ’s thinking was Bravo would decide to film her going to Australia, which of course we all know that didn’t happen. This was not JZ’s first trip to down under if I am correct.
    So in my dim-witted little mind, a little light bulb came on! Wholly Crap, she wouldn’t, she couldn’t, she isn’t, no fricken way would she do something that stupid. But then I remembered, hey why not, as we know JZ is capable of doing just about anything, right?
    I got to thinking why so many trips to Australia jill? I think she was trying to pull a fast one on everyone, fans, viewers but most of all Bravo. What if she is trying to get them (television producers) to do a series where she would be the star or she would be in charge of a housewives series there. She has just enough BS about her, that she could possibly convince them to think about it. OMG, I need another time out……….

    • kotagirl29 says:

      Well Oprah went to Australia so why shouldn’t Jill? Maybe she feels she could be the next Oprah.

      If Bethenny were to get into the talk show arena, I would love to see her replace Regis. I think her and Kelly Ripa would be hysterical together.

    • chismosa says:

      Jeepers i completely agree that she had ulterior motives in going there. Completely.

      • jeepers1941 says:

        yep, for sure, just feel it in my gut

        • Sammysmom says:

          I bet you are right. Isn’t Australia one year behind in what they see? She was prolly there spinning everything and weaseling her way into the hearts of Australians. I hope they remember that they have a much better mate in Simon

    • floridagirl88 says:

      But then who would her fabulous set of friends be? I’m thinking if she broadcasts from Australia, poor them, lucky us.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      Jeepers1941- I have no facts to back me up – just my gut- and I think you are completely right.

      JZ (IMHO) tried to “split” the camera time by leaving so she could divide and conquer.

      Bravo was one step ahead of her (although I don’t think that’s too tough) and called her bluff by just not filming her. Check-mate.

      • nathania says:

        I bet you are right.

        She’s delusional enough to think that ratings will go down if she’s not on the air.

        I think if Bravo wanted to do something with a NY person regarding Australia they would use Simon since he’s actually from there.

  66. LynnNChicago says:

    Just Tweeted:

    ReneeGmobwives Renee Graziano
    http://twitvid.com/4O0FC – hey im renee from mobwives and this is 2 make it offical

  67. jeepers1941 says:

    When Bethenny has fullfilled her contract with Bravo, I would love to see her write a book about, “My Castmates” of New York City Housewives. Now that would be a great book for sure.
    But her and Kelly Ripa, as I said, OMG, they would probably have to make a night time slot for those two.
    Kelly is just as much a work-driven person as Bethenny is. Bet the husbands would hit it off too.

    • kotagirl29 says:

      Maybe they would need a night slot, but it would be awesome!

    • California35 says:

      I like your book idea 🙂 but I don’t think she will. At will mean she will have to deal with them and their retaliation…toxic will come to her life lol

      What about Kelly Ripa? Are you sugesting that B will join her on Regis and Kelly? Bethenny and Kelly?

  68. Tlm says:

    Does anyone else think it’s strange that:

    1) Luann and Jacques have the same haircut;
    2) Ramona was upset Kelly didn’t come to her speech, when she desperately didn’t want her at the gucci party, because she was afraid Kelly would embarrass her???

    • kotagirl29 says:

      Don’t know why they have matching haircuts, but one of them should change it up already.

      As for Ramona. . . her mood swings give me whiplash.

    • VAgirl says:

      yes i do think it’s strange.

    • California35 says:

      I thought it was strange, I assumed Ramona would be saying “thank God!”

      • vilzvet says:

        I keep passing the wine store that Ramona appeared at last week and the poster is still up in the window. False advertising?! I guess it’s going to stay up for a while. I also need to go back in there and get a bottle of Skinnygirl. I forgot to look for it. The Pinot is delish by the way.

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Yes – especially for number 2. While I certainly don’t like Kelly, I thought Ramona was very strange to want her there.

    • error404 says:

      Gucci was a sit down dinner where Kiki would be required to converse coherently with other people at her table, people Ramona was perhaps trying to impress. It also cost R $ for each seat, so why would she waste a seat on someone like Kiki who won’t eat/drink anything but wings and beer.

      The award was about a large crowd in attendance to support an accomplishment of Ramona’s. Kiki wouldn’t be required to do anything but stand still and be quiet. Kiki blathers on about women “celebrating” each other non stop till your head hurts, but as soon as another woman gets an award, she’s a no show. Why? Because she’s a petty jealous bitch who’s not interested in “celebrating” anyone but herself! I think the award actually meant something to Ramona, who let’s face it, has “issues” about this stuff stemming from her childhood.

      It all makes perfect sense to me and I don’t see any hypocrasy at all. Apples and oranges.

      • California35 says:

        When you out it that way…I agree 🙂 I was more focus on the fact that Kelly is annoying and a crazzzzyyy….

      • housewifeaddict says:

        Couldn’t disagree more. One is a fashion show – who cares how Kelly behaves. The other is a serious event with Ramona in the spotlight. Kelly acting like Kelly there could ruin Ramona’s moment. Now from this you can tell how much value I put on fashion shows – and yes – I’ve never been to one in my life. My life is full of boring, stuffy, conferences and business luncheons where Kelly would stick out like a sore thumb.

  69. lillybee says:

    Is anyone watching, The Voice. I am loving it. It has no bikini auditions, no nasty judges and the contestants have incredible talent.

  70. chismosa says:

    omg gag me with a spoon- her husband is/was NOT a nobleman! :

    Real Housewives’ star and self-styled countess LuAnn de Lesseps knows a thing or two about marrying well. Her title (which is really more of a nickname) comes from her marriage to French nobleman Alexandre de Lesseps.

    With the royal wedding fast approaching and the remaining royals fewer and further between, LuAnn, currently very busy finding royal bargains as a partner in the grand re-opening of Daffy’s Manhasset location, shared her advice for American girls looking to snag themselves a crown.

    1. Travel. Because you’re not going to find royalty here. Save your money and instead of going to the Caribbean, go to Italy and France and see the world. You never know who you’ll meet.

    2. Step outside your comfort zone. Be adventurous, take chances and meet new people.

    3. Knowing your history is key when it comes to wooing men from other countries. You need to be knowledgeable and quick.

    4. Europeans love American women because they have less baggage. Be carefree and easy going.

    5. You must be comfortable with who you are. Kate Middleton is a great example of a commoner who just has such good energy and is so positive. That is really attractive to a royal.

    6. Carry yourself like royalty all the time.

    7. Hang in there. We all know how long Kate waited for her prince to finally propose. These royal men take their sweet time.

    link: http://www.popeater.com/2011/04/26/countess-luann-royal-wedding/

    • boston02127 says:

      Luann and her ex husbands titles should have been dropped a loooong time ago. I thought that when she told the story of how her husband was affiliated with the Suez Canal, when she was at that roof top party with Kelly. I think that was in 1850 or close. Lol, I’ll google the date so I don’t start me day off dumb.

    • TLM says:

      OMG… is this Luann’s new gig? It sounds like she’s going to milk William & Kate’s wedding for all it’s worth. I guess they aren’t going to bother to mention her husband split up with her via an email. I heard she’s g0ing to be on WWHL with Cat Ommaney to talk about the royal wedding, who I guess is supposed to be an expert just because she’s from England. That’s like saying I’m an expert on all Presidential matters because I’m an American. But I’m sure Andy won’t be asking any hard questions.

      • HD says:

        Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I don’t know why she is acting like she was dining with the Queen. Now she is all things royalty. Major Eye Rollage!

      • fort lauderdale gay says:

        Does changing a flat car tire make me a mechanic? I’d like to ask Countess Squash Blossom High Horse why a European is soooo much better than a North American? The main selling point that she used with Kelly gummy bears to go to the wine tasting was that there “would be Europeans there”….I haven’t liked her from the first time I laid eyes on her. She must have been gazing into a mirror when she came up with “money can’t buy you class”. Zsa Zsa had more class while slapping that cop than LuAnn will ever have.

    • JenFromCincy says:

      “Travel. Because you’re not going to find royalty here. Save your money and instead of going to the Caribbean, go to Italy and France and see the world. You never know who you’ll meet.”

      Could she be more anti-women’s empowerment with that statement? I can’t think of a person I’ve known who claims so frequently to have cornered the market on class, but in reality resides on the corner of Arrogance and Gauche.

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Ok. She’s officially jumped the shark.

      She needs to stop talking about Kate as if she knows something about her. Kate and Wills met at college. Not traveling. Not with Kate being fun and easy going. But at college like many young people meet – just being themselves.

      Hang in there? WTF? She makes it sound like Kate doesn’t like Wills, but hung in there just to get the ring. Who says this about a couple they don’t know – a few days before their wedding. If she said this to the English press they’d take her down – her passport would be stamped – “not welcome”. She makes it seem that you need to travel, act like a slut with no baggage, and scour the bars for royalty.

      Ugh ugh ugh.

      • Anne says:

        Kate nabbed Will only after wearing next to nothing at a fashion show at St. Andrews. Further, she was one of the worst students, but so was he.

        She did hang in there for 10 years. She had to leave him for him to actually make his move to make her his official girlfriend in 2008.

        Oh, and if you go to London, which I just came back from last week you will find a huge anti-wedding sentiment. This has much to do with the fact that the UK has high unemployment and the youth of England are soured on royals when now they have to pay over 6x as much to attend University than they did 2 years ago.

        Also, this is not a wedding of state. William is not next in line yet because his father is there.

    • fort lauderdale gay says:

      She left out the MOST important tip: Never remain vertical when wooing a noble.

  71. quincyil says:


    Look at the different styles available. Some look dresses from historical periods.

    I went to the court house in Chicago and didn’t have a dress or flowers. I never thought about a fancy wedding growing up. My mom thought that weddings were a waste of money. You could have car for what some of these dresses cost.

    I am dying to see Kelly Bensimon’s dress in that Paris museum that Lynn is sending Harvey and me to as soon as the ticket arrive in the mail.

    • TLM says:

      I’m sure if you Twitter Kelly, she’ll post a picture of it. She’s desperate for any attention. The woman has been posting photos of herself replacing a toilet seat, for God’s sake.

    • VAgirl says:

      I told both my daughters if they eloped, I’d give them the money towards a down payment on a house. I also think extravagant weddings are a waste of money. One got married on the beach and one’s not married yet. They both bought a house.

      • TLM says:

        It’s nice to have a ceremony, but I agree that many couples (read: brides) focus on that day and not on the rest of their lives. Going into hock from that one day can really take its toll on a marriage.

        There was a great show on TLC I think, that was about having a wedding on a budget of $1000. I was really amazed at how nice the ceremonies were. Here’s an article about having a $1000 wedding: http://www.intrepidmedia.com/column.asp?id=2670

        • quincyil says:

          My son in laws family always had family wedding so we paid and helped them with the down payment on the house. David’s Bridal has inexpensive gowns and you can do a lot with a budget for any aspect of the wedding. My daughter found invitations on the net that were very inexpensive.

          Smart people can create memories without spending a lot of money.

          • BlueSky_Forever says:

            Spoken like a true midwesterner! Showing off your wealth is not really liked in the midwest. Being conservative, saving $ and not being a conspicuous consumer are all valued in the midwest. Juicy & Tree would have been the laughing stocks in whatever town they lived in, & very likely would have been tar & feathered & run out of town too.

  72. boston02127 says:

    Good morning.
    Quincy–Did you see the announcement for this new show. It looks like it’s going to be good.
    Bravo Announces New Series “Million Dollar Decorators” to Premiere This Summer

    • quincyil says:

      Lynn is very open to any show the board seems interested in. She said that the HGTV 9 by design and Dinah Decorating shows are in…. so I think this one will be in too.

  73. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Good morning~

  74. HD says:

    Good morning all! OT- A little morning inspiration!

    • VAgirl says:

      HD. Thanks for the morning inspiration. And that is one of my favorite songs. Makes my little problems seem just what they are – little. Blessings for a great day.

    • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

      Thanks Hannah~beautiful & wonderful.
      Been storming here & tornado warnings & lightening for days now the water is standing across the street like a river. Have been so worried. Hope everyone is ok.

      • VAgirl says:

        Hope everything calms down soon, BaaBee. Weather has been crazy everywhere this Spring.

        • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

          Thank you VAgirl~today is supposed to be the last of it. My nerves are about as tight as they have ever been. How is everything by you?

      • HD says:

        You be careful Baabee. If you don’t have to go out, don’t. (Unless they tell you to get the heck outta there!) I have never seen anything like this. Everyday it is raining and tornados and more rain.

        • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

          Thanks Hannah~very scary, you be careful too honey.
          Cannot believe how bad it’s been but on the bright side everything has grown about a foot it looks so green & pretty. Just waiting for the sun. The water has never stayed up this long.

    • Kellita says:

      That made me cry! That was just beautiful. I needed to see that this morning. And it’s a song that i’ve always loved. Thanks so much for sharing, HD! 🙂

  75. VAgirl says:

    A little rain and thunder yesterday. Very sunny this morning.

  76. boston02127 says:

    I’m off, have a good day everyone.

    • TLM says:

      BTW who else recognized this necklace as the one B wore at the final dinner in St. John (the one where Ramona had her choking scare)??

    • Kellita says:

      You can tell from the episode that Dawa really loves Bryn. In every scene, even when someone else is holding Bryn, she’s always reaching out and touching her and playing with her. Dawa seems like the perfect nanny for the family.

      • housewifeaddict says:

        In those early weeks Dawa probably also felt most comfortable when she was with Bryn. Bethenny is probably a little intimidating, but a loving, cuddly baby is very calming. What really surprised me is how everyone just picked up Bryn and played with her – Julie, Dawa, and Bethenny, and Bryn just rolled with it. The baby certainly doesn’t have any separation anxiety. Her big eyes just kept looking and looking, taking it all in.

  77. WindyCityWondering says:

    Good morning to all – stay safe and stay dry and remember that at least it isn’t snow!

  78. HD says:

    Total OT but Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh can we please get over Obama’s damn birth certificate?! They act like he was born in another galaxy. Damn let it go already! He is American! Sheesh! People get on my nervous. (That’s what my daughter used to say when she was three. LOL)

    • Lavalady says:

      I know, HD. All over CNN right now.

      • HD says:

        Girl I saw it on the breaking news on MSN and I thought, really? Now you (general you) may or may not like him or his policies but damn, a birth certificate, really? They don’t ask this stuff from no one else! Now Donald Trump is asking about his grades in school. You can take a average C student like Bush and vote him in twice, yet a man that went to Harvard,, graduated Magna Cum Laude and was over the Law Review has to show you his grades. GTFOH! I am so over this!

        • housewifeaddict says:

          ITA. If they have a problem with the politics or policy decisions – fine – but trying to discredit him at this lowest of low levels is horrible. I don’t know much about Trump’s politics – but these attacks of his make me think even less of him (other than thinking he’s a pompous ass from his show and public statements). Maybe he’s done market research to show this is what voters want from him. If so – yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I can’t imagine Obama releasing the birth certificate will make a difference – but at least they can’t say he hasn’t released it anymore. Urgh.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          He was so cool in his announcement and it is time for the side show to stop. What a waste of time and talent that should be focused on our country.

        • LynnNChicago says:

          Well there ya go, Obama released his BC to the public…


        • Anne says:

          Bush went to Harvard as well, HBS. Harvard law school’s law review is write on and class standing. Harvard is pass, high pass and honors not real grades. It does have fail as well.

          The grades they want released were the ones from Occidental. His undergraduate transcripts. The transfered to Columbia after two years at Occidental.

          I liked Michelle’s thesis at Pricenton really interesting on How African American’s feel discriminated on campus when she only interviewed 10 people. Really great senior thesis…

  79. fort lauderdale gay says:

    From the Jill Zarin play book: When attending a function where there will be eligible bachelors, always travel in a group surrounded by your least attractive minions. That way you’ll always be the pretty girl at the party.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      wait- is that true? or are you making that up?
      because if it’s true…no way!

      All I can think that Jill’s “friends” are inviting HER because SHE’s the least attractive minion, and then they’ll be the pretty girls.

    • Golden Girl says:

      Did she really say that?

      • fort lauderdale gay says:

        A group of my buddies were discussing the show, Jill and Countess High Horse and we imagined that it would perfectly fit Jill’s incessant need for total control of any and all given situations.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Maybe I shouuld read the book, it would be good material for the blog. The truth is Lisa Wexler wrote most of the book, not Jill. Maybe this is how Lisa got her husband?

      Good time to get the book, it’s in the $1 bin around the country and I think some places will pay you to take it off their hands.

      • Anne says:

        Lisa did pretty well for herself. She graduated top of the class at NYU law which is in the 4th spot law schools in the US. She is also Order of the Coif, which is hard to achieve.

        She might have gotten her husband that way, but isn’t stupid by any means.

  80. Shannon says:

    I agree. It’s so stupid. And Donald Trump is just a pig. Who is he to question anyone on anything? If that man ever became President he would have everyone hating us. His attitude makes me sick.

    • Shannon says:

      Sorry I meant this to be in reply to HD’s comment.

    • Anne says:

      He is an American citizen and therefore it means he can question whoever he likes on whatever he likes. When and if the US starts to restrict free speech, then Trump will have to watch his words.


    I loved this weeks epsiode of Bethenny. I think they made the right choice with the new nanny. Just seeing how she interacts with Bryn is so loving. The Malibu digs were absolutely had me drooling. Wishing I could go there for a year with no one around me and just veg. Loved the dancing and Cookie Monster going to town on the plate of food. I think Bryn has to be one of the sweetest babies I have seen in a long time. The sticking out the tongue absolutely hysterical. Hopefully If (which I hope never happens) meets Jill that Bryn sticks her tongue out at her.

    Okay Orange County what is up with the fake breasts. They are not attractive they are repulsive. My sisters and I have taken after my father flat as a board. None of us ever thought of implantsjust a thick padded bra. I just want to know where Peggy learned how to do the runway walk? Looked to me that her one arm was doing the backstroke. Orange County there isn’t one of the girls that I enjoy watching. But I do enjoy a trainwreck waiting to happen so that is why I watch! Love it!

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