I Hate Jill Zarin An Exclusive Interview With Cat Ommanney
A few months ago I was lucky enough to interview Cat Ommanney for my Reality Buzz show, I hung onto her email address for just this reason..We all watched last Thursday and on Bravo’s after show Watch What Happens Live as Cat appeared with Andy and Luann deLesseps the Fake Countess! It was clear to viewers that the two women were not fans of one another but what was going on? What prompted Cat to call Luann out the way she did? I loved it but I wanted to know more so I asked Cat if she would be willing to answer a few questions about it, here’s what she had to say:
– How did it work out that you were on Watch What Happens Live? What made them think Luann would be good for a British Royal Wedding episode?
CAT: I’m sure that Bravo wanted to have a bit of royal connection for the show, but why Luanne, who isn’t even a Brit, rather than my fabulous fellow Lisa VP, I’m not sure? I have meet Harry several times and have many friends in common. Luann I would imagine was there for her ‘desire’ to be considered royal. And of course she has spent 16 years looking for her ladder. (btw the comment she made about Alex on her show, (whether a fan or not of) climbing up the social ladder I found absolutley sickening. Almost more offensive than seeeing someone urinate in the street. Does she not understand that people with class NEVER talk about it??? Why hasn’t anyone checked out to see that the ‘Countess’ isn’t a Countess btw?
CAT: Yes, I have watched it prior but having been in Barbados for several weeks, I had to do watch a few episodes to catch up. Quite obviously she was always trying too hard with the “Darling” this and “the Countess does not drink from a bottle” rubbish. (Bowl please) Now it is a systematic ping pong with her. She will pop over here “darling, darling” and follow along with the snide remarks followed by tossing her head back laughing then pong over to that person and be offended by the antics she had been a part of over on ping’s side. Like I said, she is incredibly two faced, not to mention extremely irriatating how she keeps speaking french in the middle of an English sentence? Wierd….Am I supposed to be impressed? So I started talking Spanish, just to bug her!
– Where there introductions and discussions before the cameras rolled? Is she as condesending in person as we see on TV?
CAT: Far more so. She burst into my dressing room telling me how crap our show was and that ” Ohh we haven’t met, have we??” No we haven’t.I remember people I meet..
– We watch week after week as Luann is Passive Aggressive with her cast mates, did you see any of that behavior from her?
CAT: I wonder if there was not a word out of her mouth that was not a passive aggressive quip at someone. She made comments about her cast mates, me, Giggy and even the royal couple in her “Oh darling” attacks. I think she might be one of those people that is quite miserable if she is not attempting to make herself feel more important by putting down others. Yes, I am rude but I don’t back stab nor do I pretend to be someone I’m not. Life is too short.
– Luann made a nasty comment about you “Not” being on the same show as she is on, did you call her out on that after the cameras stopped filming?
CAT: No I just left the studio……Toxic energy sucked me dry.
– What was Andy Cohen’s reaction to the show?
CAT: “That was something else!” ……Yep…sure was.
– What was said during commercial break
CAT:“Get me out of here???” “I’m not enjoying this??” “Who is this phony anyway?”
– Many viewers were appauled when Luann had the nerve to say that Prince Harry was too young for you, isn’t her boyfriend several years younger than she is?
CAT: In the episode at the house for the cancer patient families, she was very upset that Ramona pointed out she was married to a man twice her age. Perhaps if she re-watches that she might realize how ridiculous her indignity about my age for a kiss really was. I mean seriously?? Who cares?
– You said on Facebook that you never want to see her again, was it really that bad?
– What else did she say to make you angry?
CAT: Simply the fact I can’t do phonies. The older I get the less tolerant I am for BS and she is without a doubt, manners, etiqutete bla bla bla truly full of ****. I am very able to say what I think, ( just not so well after 4 hours sleep, a long flight, not enough food and a couple of glasses of wine!) I did not need her attempting to speak for me, or playing some bollocks game of royalty dress up where she believed she was the Queen!
– Have you heard from any other Housewives cast members since the show aired? (with support or otherwise?)
CAT: Yes of course..I keep in close contact with Lynda all the time, Mary, Paul and heard from Alex (nyhw) who loved my take on the Countless too…Michelle sent me a “Love you” message” ( oh no sorry that was someone else)
– You said on Facebook that you had other meetings with Bravo after the WWHL taping, are you still in talks with them about a show? Is there anything you can tell us about any future projects?
CAT: Yes we are talking about things…Lots going on…lots of decisions to make soon….we’ll see, but Inbox full part 2 is the top of my priority to finish. Maybe because its healing to do and also so many fans are waiting to read it after part 1..
Thank you to Cat Ommanney for this exclusive interview, interesting backstage information from her WWHL appearance as well as a little hint that Cat isn’t finished with her Bravo connection.
Top Chef Masters May 4
We open to a beautiful spread of food with prices. The Quickfire requires that they create a meal for just one dollar. Now this seems to be items, not total quantity. In other words, it isn’t price per pound, but absolute price, that they are limited by. Most are making things with cheap veggies. Wait, Hugh messed up one egg and said that is eighteen cents. So maybe pieces and sizes/weights do count? Not clear. Mary Sue says about the same regarding the bacon – she doesn’t want to taste it because then she won’t have enough left for the dish. So apparently, quantity does count. So we are also talking about very small dishes, for the most part. Judges are Brendan Newman and Rico Gagliano from NPR’s Dinner Party Download. Never heard of it; not broadcast on either of our two NPR stations that I know of. Sounds like a fun show. Will need to check out the podcasts.
Celina has done a spicy carrot soup with a lime-pickled shrimp. It is a hit. They talk about what it might cost in a restaurant – about $15, they estimate. Of course, restaurants also pay rent, utilities, insurance, waitstaff, kitchen staff, etc. Obviously the actual food in the dish costs a whole lot less than the price on the menu. And the profit margin on the food is very, very small. The real profit is on the booze. Next, a BLT salad by Mary Sue. They say it is too salty. Naomi Pig-Carrying-I’m-in-Charge-Here made asparagus and bread salad with a lemon vinaigrette. A hit. Hugh-Way-Too-Serious has made a lyonnaise salad with bacon, frisee, radicchio, and a poached egg. They like this one too. Next, Alex made spiced squid with garlic, olives, and almonds. Also a hit. Alex is cool, IMHO. Not one whiff of asshattery or douchebaggery about him. He is quiet, purposeful, keeps his head down and gets the job done. Very professional. George made a grilled calamari salad with cucumber, tomatoes, and almonds. Underwhelming. Traci made a chicken paillard (flattened chicken; in the old days, it was called pounded chicken) with asparagus, lemon, and brown butter. Looks terrific and they say it is quite good. Floyd has made a fricassee of shrimp and asparagus with beef and tomatoes. They like it a lot.
You guys really think Curtis is cute? He does jack for me.
And the least favorites were the calamari – which was too bland. The BLT salad was too salty. Guess Mary Sue should have tasted it. The top dishes were Alex’s spiced squid and Celina’s spicy carrot soup, as well as Naomi’s bread salad. The winner is Naomi. Damn. She’s got immunity. I have to admit that she isn’t way obnoxious like some of the chefs on Top Chef, but she does irk.
Elimination challenge has some mystery, but they are cooking for 100 and the guests will have no utensils. Stupid talking heads. I hate stupid talking heads. Hugh says, “it scares the poop out of me.” Yeah. A cooking challenge on a TV show where the worse that can happen is you go home. He’d rather quick-rope out of a chopper into a heavily guarded compound to cook a meal for the world’s most notorious terrorist.
And now we go to Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) to shop, even though we don’t know where we are going and what the conditions are. The food budget is $300. I say make flavored popcorn and be done with it. Alex is smart – ceviche and tortilla chips. Though I have to say that it would be kind of messy to eat. Hugh says he may make slaw – because hasn’t everyone eaten slaw with their hands? Traci is doing a burrito. Because you can eat it without making a mess. Really? George is doing a pork loin on a skewer. And off they go to the cooking location. It turns out to be a Farmer Boys, which is a quick service restaurant where everything is fresh-made (yeah, right). Apparently it is a SoCal chain and they have to do table service and drive-through. Half will do the cooking and the other half taking orders and serving. Then they switch.
It isn’t clear why people at tables wouldn’t have utensils. And drive-through often involves stuff that requires plastic utensils. But OK, whatever. Some have fast-food experience.
Celina is doing a lamb and garbanzo bean wrap. Sounds good. George is doing the pork loin and clams. Hope there are skewers. George decides against the lettuce cup and instead is doing a fish taco. Hugh is doing a banh mi (I love me some banh mi but I’m guessing this is a banh mi in name only). Mary Sue is doing quesadillas. Naomi is bossing people around and telling them what to call their dishes when they place the orders with the kitchen. She yells at Mary Sue that it is going to be called queso. Because two extra syllables make all the difference. Honey, go rassle and haul some hogs, will ya? And she grabs the window service because, as Traci says in her very deadpan style, “she is so bubbly and entertaining.”
Customers arrive. Traci is cashier and George is expediting. They get backed up very quickly. George is not a good expediter. He isn’t clear on the orders and doesn’t say when it is table or para llevar (to go, in SoCal). Customers are bitching.
Oh crap. That prepubescent Alan Systma is one of the judges. He walks in with James. They order one of everything. More chaos in the kitchen, with a bit of bickering on the side. James and Alan are bitching because they had to wait 20 minutes. Curtis is stuck in the drive-through back-up. Just as Naomi walks away from the drive-in window to do some more bossing around in the kitchen. They start honking their horns. She tells the kitchen to push their order ahead. Odd that Curtis is the only car at the drive-through.
The judges start eating, Curtis out in the parking lot with Danyelle. I hate this show just because Danyelle is on it. Though she isn’t bitching that the food isn’t cut up into itsy bitsy pieces. Apparently she has learned to bite and chew since last week. She likes the banh mi but says it is messy for a drive-through. James doesn’t care for the watermelon salad side that Hugh made. They like Mary Sue’s quesadilla and the quinoa fritter. Alex’s taco is a miss because it is a burrito, not a taco, and they don’t like salmon on a fish whatever. Celina’s wrap is actually unwrapped – it is a pancake with topping. No way to eat this without utensils. James says overall they’ve done an OK job with the challenge.
Shift change. Now Naomi, Floyd, Traci, and George are cooking. Alex is runner, Mary Sue does the drive-through, Hugh rings up sales, and George is expediting. Hugh is doing a stupid show-man routine, telling the customers that he is giving them magic numbers. Of course, it back up. Curtis and Danyelle walk in; James and Alan go to the drive-through.
HEY WAKE UP. I’M BORED, TOO. I HAVE TO WRITE THIS STUPID THING. PLEASE WAKE UP AND READ IT!
Hugh says that Celina is holding tickets before she calls them out. James and Alan are stuck in the drive-through, waiting 3-4 minutes. They argue about pushing the judges’ order through. Curtis and Danyelle are bitching, too. James drives off with his food, saying “God the people behind us are probably so pissed off.” Yeah, they don’t like free food from celebrity chefs and are really ticked about having to wait for it.
George, says James, is one of the most brilliant chefs in the U.S., but his food is ugly. They think it is supposed to be a brochette. Curtis says it should have been adapted. Danyelle and Curtis like Traci’s chicken with chili verde. Lots of flavor. James says it is sit-down restaurant great food – but I think it would really be quite messy in a car. Floyd’s chicken frankie wrap with cucumber, daikon, and grape slaw on the side is a hit, too. But I want to know how you eat the slaw without utensils? It is on a piece of lettuce so I guess you roll it up to eat it. Naomi’s steak sandwich is just OK. They say she went on auto-pilot because she has immunity. Everyone wonders how the Caesar salad side is finger food.
PLEASE PLEASE GET US NEW JUDGES. DANYELLE IS ONLY SLIGHT LESS IRRITATING THAN KOOKOOPUFF BENSIMON. AND LIKE BEEN-NO-ONE, SHE CLAIMS TO HAVE CREDENTIALS SHE DOES NOT HAVE. I AM FEELING HOMICIDAL.
Interstitial: Basically a post-mortem. Floyd couldn’t remember the menu. He couldn’t find the ice.
Judges’ table. Alex, George and Celina are up first, and they are the bottom three. Traci thought their dishes didn’t work well in the given parameters, and worries that she misperceived it (i.e., she thought they were the winners). Come on, Traci. You’ve watched this show, right? The judges’ ask if they’ve now got more respect for fast-food restaurants and make a point of talking about how long it took to get the food out. Of course, they are the least favorites. They didn’t like any part of Celina’s – the open-faced wrap (oxymoron), the garbanzo bean pancake itself, and apparently, everything was bland. They thought George’s clam side dish was good but hard to eat. He intended for it to be eaten on the cucumber slices. Alex’s salmon fish tacos suffered from insufficient planning time, but the side dish was weak because he ran out of prep time. They also thought it was messy.
The others are still stewing about being the losers. They don’t tell the others that they were the bottom three, but the others surmise as much from the looks on their faces. Mary Sue, Floyd, and
Traci are called in. They too take a hit on service but their food was a pleasure to eat. They loved Floyd’s wrap – the chicken was most and well-seasoned, and the textures worked well together. Curtis wanted to make love to Traci’s burrito. Mary Sue runs a chain of food trucks and so she’s used to this kind of thing. Because she had access to a deep-fryer, she made the quinoa fritters that they loved…and she is the winner. I think this is her first win. She’s been in the bottom three a few times. [Mary Sue Milliken is, BTW, the partner of Susan Feniger, the chef who was dissed by Peggy Tanous on RHOC; Mary Sue and Susan own Border Grill and the Border Grill food trucks – http://marysueandsusan.com/restaurants.htm].
The judges re-hash the failings of the three losing dishes. I’ll spare you. Suffice to say that they liked nothing about Celina’s dish but George’s, they say, wasn’t even a dish. It was sparse and ugly, just little blobs of food.
Let’s spice this up. Let’s get a pool going on who goes home. Any takers? Because it doesn’t matter. This show is so boring that I wish they’d send them all home now.
OK, if you insist, I’ll tell you. It was…..zzzzzzz…..sorry I fell asleep and the DVD turned itself off.
Nah. It was George.
Until next time…….