I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New Jersey / Platinum Hits / Kelly’s Summer Holiday / The Zarin Family Trust
The Real Housewives of New Jersey by LynnNChicago
Ladies and Gentlemen, the world as we know it is coming to an end. Teresa Guidice is smarter than someone, she claims to be smarter than her brother which would make him a walking talking Ape. (no, he’s not!) Teresa can’t speak proper English, she can’t listen and she certainly ain’t no author!
You guys are going to love this, Teresa complains that she can’t communicate with her brother so she talks to Caroline and Jacqueline about it because you know, they are her family now. She refuses to listen, Caroline talks and Teresa just speaks over her explaining the situation that everyone already knows.
Teresa Giudice introduces herself as an author, offends the chef who really created the dishes in her cookbook while butchering the English language. Yes, you read it right, she introduces herself as an “author” yet says, “Ingredients’s” not once but twice. She thinks cumin is an exotic spice, and has no idea how to pronounce it. (come-in) Yes folks, she wrote a cookbook full of ingredients’s! (Ingredientses or is it Ingredients’s?) Tonight we caught a few glimpses of the real chef who created Teresa’s recipes in her cookbook. I hope those of you who bought her book ask for your money back because there is no way in hell that this woman wrote a book. I don’t believe for a minute that she created those recipes.
We learned that the Gorga family has a strong sex drive as we watched Joe Gorga chase his wife around their huge closet. Teresa is picking out sexy clothes for her husband so I guess it is in their blood. I wonder if the excessive sex drive causes brain cells to melt? It was nice to see Joey Gorga complimenting his wife the way he did and it is clear that he adores her. We don’t see him telling his wife to “shut the hell up” the way Joe Giudice does.
In other New Jersey news, Caroline’s two son’s moved out. Her daughter Lauren is feeling left out so she wants to move out too. Kathy’s husband got her a new Mercedes because Teresa and Caroline were rude to her. Jacqueline found another fortune teller who watches Bravo and Jacqueline’s father is a smart guy. What is it with these housewives and fortune tellers? They claim to be Catholic yet go to a fortune teller, Jacqueline’s told her that Ashley is sad and Teresa is mad, it would take only one episode to come up with that prediction.
Jacqueline was really cute on tonight’s episode, she helped the Manzo boys move into their new apartment and told viewers she gave them a stripper pole for their new place, then said she was a “cool aunt”. Yes, it was a joke.
Teresa’s attempts at writing a letter to her brother were completely comical and poor Jacqueline had to sit through the entire process while trying to care for her 1-year old baby and her advice was falling on deaf ears anyway. Teresa’s first attempt was pretty generic and Jacqueline tried to tell her that she needs to let the letter reflect that she understands how Joey feels. It was like talking to a brick wall, Teresa is so self-centered that she can’t see that her brother is hurting too. She takes no responsibility for anything only says that her brother hurt her. Teresa is never going to get it. Teresa says that her brother better change or she won’t be reconciling with him then in the next sentence she says she doesn’t want to force her brother to change. She doesn’t even know what the hell she’s talking about.
Joey Gorga has more sense than Teresa, his sister hurt him but he also recognizes that she is hurt as well. Melissa has more sense than both of them. She encourages Joey to talk to Teresa. Melissa recognizes that her children should be playing with Teresa’s children and that they’re both going to have to forgive and forget, literally let it go and move forward.
Joey says that if his sister continues to behave the way she has been, he’s not interested in making peace with her, he wants his “old” sister back. Teresa doesn’t even understand that she hurt her brother, she’s never going to be able to fix anything. The entire thing seems doomed.
Kathy visited Caroline to try to explain what happened at the Fashion Show, I didn’t really understand why Kathy felt the need to put her tail between her legs and sit on Caroline’s couch like she was waiting for a doctor’s appointment yet there she was. Caroline was rude and acted superior, she basically said that she didn’t care what was going on in the Gorga family yet she continues to stick her nose in their business. I hope Kathy realizes now that she doesn’t need to appease Caroline Manzo for any reason!
Caroline confronted Kathy at the Fashion Show even when she didn’t know this woman at all, had no idea what had happened or what the argument was about. Is anyone else sick of Caroline’s superior attitude? She forces her advice on everyone and thinks that she does no wrong. Caroline is acting as if she’s loyal to Teresa when we all know that underneath it all Caroline cannot stand Teresa.
I believe that if Caroline didn’t have two attractive son’s she wouldn’t be on the show anymore, she is so boring! She has absolutely no credentials to give anyone else advice yet Bravo gave her an advice blog and she’s let it go to her head. Anyone with a Tivo or a DVR, feel free to zoom past Caroline’s scenes, you will have missed nothing and saved yourself a lot of annoying nonsense.
We saw Jacqueline’s daughter Ashley for just a few minutes tonight. As Jacqueline talked about Ashley’s problems with her father, we got to see a replay of the spoiled brat crying because she has to get up so early to get to her non-paying job and wants her parents to rent her an apartment in New York. The ironic part is that if the kid went to work every day on time they probably would have gotten her that apartment, or they wouldn’t have needed to, she would have gotten a paid position and be able to get her own apartment. Who is going to help this girl when she won’t put forth even a little bit of effort? She refuses to listen to her parents, she just keeps saying that they don’t understand.
Unfortunately Jacqueline is feeling guilty because she and Ashley’s father divorced leaving her in the middle of two families. Ashley’s father re-married and had children in Texas and of course Jacqueline did the same in New Jersey. Ashley doesn’t feel like she’s a real part of either family. Ashley tears up as she tells us that one of her brothers in Texas is pretty good at football but she’s never able to go to his games.
We’ve been watching Ashley be rude to her parents for three years now, she isn’t learning anything and she isn’t getting any younger. When will it sink in with this kid? She sees the way her Manzo counterparts behave and how they’re getting ahead in life, she wants an apartment and sees the Manzo boys getting theirs. We know she watches the show so why not try to emulate Lauren, Albie and Chris? This girl wants it all without working for it, like many teenagers she has no idea how the world works. I hope she gets it someday. Until then I hope that Bravo keeps her off of our TV screens as much as possible.
Hours later Teresa finishes the letter as Jacqueline wakes up and Caroline has to shave her face again. Teresa decides to hand deliver the letter but no one is home at the Gorga residence so she leaves it in the door.
Melissa and Joey return home and find the letter, unfortunately Joey isn’t too excited to find correspondence shoved into his door particularly from his sister. Apparently he reads as well as his sister writes and he refuses to read it so Melissa reads it to him. Joey is not touched or impressed by Teresa’s gesture and tells his wife that he isn’t interested in talking to Teresa unless she’s willing to change. I have to admit Joey’s got a point, we’ve all watched Teresa change over the past three years, she’s not the same person we met season one, episode one and I sincerely doubt that these changes took her family relationships in a good direction.
Teresa was on screen talking about how the Manzo’s and Laurita’s are her family and she chose a Godmother for her baby from a TV show, she picked Dina Manzo because she thought it would secure her more firmly in the Manzo family and endear her to fans. We learned that Teresa shunned her brother and sister-in-law during family functions especially when Bravo’s camera’s were rolling. I firmly believe that Teresa was afraid to let viewers and producers see Melissa and Joey for fear of exactly what did happen, they were cast on HER show and she’s not happy about it.
Teresa didn’t want Melissa and Kathy cast on the show proving that Teresa’s priorities are completely out of wack! These women are her family, shouldn’t she be proud and happy to have them join her on the show? It is so obvious that Teresa is jealous of Melissa, she claims that the problems between her and her brother began when Joey married Melissa yet Joey says that the problems started when Teresa changed just a few years ago. (when Teresa started on RHONJ and chose a new family over her own) Joey and Teresa don’t even know what the other one is angry about. Joey doesn’t know Teresa is jealous of his wife, I’m sure Teresa hid it well for years. Teresa doesn’t know that Joey feels like he’s been shunned since she started on the show.
I look at it this way, obviously Joey and Melissa wanted to be on the show so why would Teresa be so against it? Caroline and Dina did the show together, they had each other’s back and it was at least one housewife on the show that you knew would never stab you in the back. The fact that Teresa didn’t want Melissa on the show is very telling, she should have been happy that her only brother was joining her cast but instead she fought against the casting of Melissa. The same holds true for her cousin Kathy, Teresa should have been thrilled to have family joining her.
Next week, Thanksgiving and the two households have very different celebrations. While Joey and Melissa Gorga host many friends and relatives, Teresa and Joe Giudice host the Manzo’s and the Laurita’s. It certainly looks like a “made for TV” Thanksgiving at the Giudice house.
Thanks to Boston02127 for the hysterical photos!
Platinum Hits by Quincy IL
The Contestants are Sonyou Elisi, Scotty Granger, Nick Nittoli, Nevin James, Mellissa Rapp, Karen Waldrup, Johnny Marnell, Jes Hudak, Jackie Ton, Blessing Offon, Brian Judah and Amber Ojeda.
The formula for the series will be similar to that of Top Chef. There will be a Quick Fire/Quick Challenge followed by the preparation of a meal/entire song. The prize is 100,000 dollars, a contract with Sony and a course at BMI for song writers. Each week there is a winning team and a winner chosen. There is also a losing team and someone is sent home. Jewel is the hostess.
In the first part, we see the contestants meeting each other for the first time and we listen to them say something about themselves in interviews. Nick considers himself a musical genius. Nevin’s music is a reflection of himself. Sonyou had the energy to make music from the time she was 5 years old. Blessing and his guide dog meet fellow contestants. He explains that he lost his vision at 9 years old so he put the energy that he would have used for basketball into his music. Johnny is a computer nerd. Jes had few friends in high school. Karen is Southern.
They meet for inspiration in the Songwriter’s hall of fame with Jewel. She explains that the Quick Challenge will ask them to create a hook about the City of Angels/LA. The four top hooks will advance and the teams created will use the hooks to create a complete song in 8 hours.
Each of the contestants will work on their pieces. The top four hooks are:
They chose team mates for the second part of the competition creating the song based on the hook:
Sonyou: Tommy and Amber
Nick: Jes, Karen
Scotty: Brian, Nevin
Jackie: Johnny, Melissa.
The teams feel stress as they watch the clock count down. Sonyou decides to perform alone and her team mates feel left out. Jackie calls Melissa, “Rainman.” Each of the contestants has an area of interest in music and the hooks are difficult for some. The clock is shown often.
The teams will perform live for the judges Jewel, Jermaine Dupri (associated with Kim Z of Atlanta, friend of Candy Burris, interviewed by Nene for TV news,) Trevor Jeideough, and Karen.
Nick’s team: LA is my city, not reality. I love LA. Great voices…
Jackie: Caught a train to LA, city of dreams, reality.
Scotty: Own me a star, give back love.
Sonyou: performs alone and the lyrics are about her with a line: “I love LA” thrown in here and there.
The contestants are together in a room waiting for the judges decisions. They are discussing their performances and they all look afraid.
They are called back into the Judges’ room and Nick and Jackie were told they were the best. Both songs could become hits with a little help according to Dupri. Nick is given first place because there is only one winner.
The two other teams meet with the judges to hear comments and answer questions. Scotty, Nevin and Brian have difficulties explaining what happened. The hook was excellent, but they failed to execute. Most of the work was done by Scotty. Sonyou was admonished for not encouraging her team mates to perform with her. Sonyou’s chorus was dull.
Announcing a Summer in Kellyland by Quincy IL
Summer is the time that New Yorkers head by bus, van, train, and limousine to the Hamptons for frolic in the surf and sand angels. This summer, we are going to live the good life through the eyes of Kelly Killoren Bensimon. Thankfully, Kelly gives us the opportunity to experience her existence through twitter and the many articles that she writes for online sites.
Kelly is the housewife from NYC most likely to spill the beans on another housewife. Her backstabbing and gossip may have something to do with the diet of jelly beans, coffee, chicken wings and patron.
Last Feb., Kelly’s house in the Hamptons was offered for summer lease again:
Kelly Killoren Bensimon offers East Hampton home for rent
Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home, seen here, has been featured several times on the Bravo hit reality TV show. The third season premieres March 4.
The property also is being offered for $40,000 for June, $135,000 for July, $160,000 for August through Labor Day, and $275,000 for July and August.
Last year, Bensimon asked $335,000 for the summer rental. It was also on the market for a time for $10.9 million.
Kelly wants you to have fun this summer so she is offering an opportunity to spend time with her. Despite the fact that Kelly has criticized Sonja T. Morgan having a photo shoot for her unwritten toaster oven cook book, Kelly has accepted a fourth book deal and is promoting the unwritten book.
This could be your opportunity of a lifetime! You can be transformed into Kelly Bensimon and live the fabulous life of a NYC trend setter!
“PEOPLE is reporting that Kelly has entered into a deal with St. Martin’s Press to author her fourth book, tentatively (and here’s hoping permanently) entitled I Want to Make You Hot. Kelly reveals, “[I feel] good about myself, my fluctuating weight and my life.” She continues, “Hot isn’t about a waist size or a number on a scale. We can control how we look and feel, so let’s get started together.”
She hopes to use her personal experiences, as well as several recipes, to empower readers to achieve a more positive sense of self. In the book’s press release, Kelly invites readers to “[s]pend seven days with me and my expert friends and we’ll have fun with exercise, eat better, dress amazing, have more fun and smile through a life that’s too short.” Well, I don’t mind if do. Look for it in 2012!”
I am willing to take this challenge for the good of the IHJZ blog. Although I don’t think that Kelly will accept me. I think she is looking for 20 somethings who are 5 ft. 10 in. tall and who can wear her left over bikinis from the “Bikini Book.” I never eat jelly beans or chicken wings, nor do I drink coffee or patron, but I do exercise and I can keep up with her while running through the streets of Manhattan despite the fact that I am older than Methusala/Ramona. I wonder if Kelly will be shopping “Jill Zarin on Ebay” for her “in style” attire for her subjects.
You will be challenged this summer to become “Hot!” like Jill Zarin dressed as a bumble bee playing tennis with Luann at a riad in Marrakesh.
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Make that beyond hot! If Kelly is in such great shape why is she wear Jill’s girdles under the shirt dresses and bikinis? (Ed. Kelly is Jill’s latest “project” Lynn~)
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Can’t wait to ride this beautiful horse. I feel so lucky. Happy saturday
No problem with this challenge. I will saddle the horses, ride, and cool them down for Kelly. I have a feeling I won’t fall like Sonja Morgan.
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I’m standing in line to get a beach permit, and a man is in front of me with his parrot on his shoulder #truestory
While waiting in line, we can make sand angels Kelly!
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Check out my fashion list on The Real Housewives of New York Episode 2! http://fb.me/xqZmY8AJ
No mention of designer stuff from Jill’s list yet.
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@jillzarin. You hair in a pony was so hot. I love how you are having fun with fashion. Its hot to have fun.
Kelly is the only person who thought Jill looked good with a pony tail.
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Who loves my bracelet. Its from my fall jewelry line 2010. Sorry, but spring 11 is hot, too. Avail at wink, whotels, dash
Illinois doesn’t pick up road kill any more as a cost cutting measure so I can help with the Kelly jewelry line supplies.
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I am worried about the jelly bean diet, but I guess it won’t kill me to eat food that grows on trees for 7 days.
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Thursday Am New York Column..enjoy! http://fb.me/VdpTMDjX
This is the evening bag that Kelly never carries.
Every one enjoys a good mystery and spending the summer in the mind of Kelly Killoren Bensimon will be like a really long summer reading series. Oprah did not approve this adventure.
Nice work Quincy! I just wanted to add a link to remind everyone of Kelly’s Twitter breakdown that took place while her St. John breakdown was airing on TV, you can read all about it including the Tweets that she later deleted here:
Real City Housewife has a great article/interview with a friend of the Gorga/Giudice families, it’s a must read!
Nice work RCH! This article talks about the fact that Dina isn’t speaking to any of the other housewives right now, including her own sister Caroline. I’m going to speculate here and say that Dina was desperate to get back onto the show and she wanted Teresa, Caroline and Jacqueline to refuse to return to the show unless they allowed Dina to return. We all know that Bravo doesn’t play that game, they would sooner replace all of the New Jersey Housewives then cave in to demands. Jeana Keough tried it in Orange County and that didn’t work. Rumor had it that Bravo refused to allow Dina to return to the show as long as her husband continued to refuse to appear and Bravo wasn’t happy that her daughter was no longer allowed on the show either.
All of the New Jersey Housewives truly have some family issues …WOW!
Just as most of us suspected Dina and Teresa aren’t best friends and Teresa’s choice of Dina as a Godmother to her child was simply because of the show, Dina hadn’t even attended any of Teresa’s kids Christenings before.
Mini Twitter war between Simon and Cindy. Cindy really does need to lighten up!
@SimonvanKempen: Make sure you have some extra clothes hangers when you watch! @CindyBarshop
Great comeback Cindy, you really are a witty, fascinating woman. Maybe it is time that you took all of that money that you’re making and get yourself a personality transplant, a sense of humor would be nice too.
Not since Peggy Tanous of Orange County has Bravo made such a huge casting error. I can’t believe they didn’t see how boring this woman was before they cast her as a New York Housewife.
I can see why she is single, honestly. Kelly was a poor casting decision but more because they didn’t give her a mental evaluation before signing her on, in Cindy’s case she may be 100% sane but she’s the dullest woman on the planet. No personality and no sense of humor. THIS is what they found to replace Bethenny? You’re fired!
Jill tweeted that she made this fantastic French Toast using vanilla and honey (maybe she
should write a cookbook….oh wait)
Right behind the tray of toast is a packet of little red pills, they don’t appear to be vitamins….just sayin’.
The Zarin Family Trust Controversy by LynnNChicago
There has been a lot of questions for Jill Zarin about the Zarin Family Trust. Most people associate it with a charity, but what charity? What exactly is the Zarin Family Trust and how is it funded? What happens to the money that goes into the Zarin Family Trust?
Jill purchased a hat that NeNe created on The Celebrity Apprentice for $500, Jill then auctioned the hat off for charity. The beneficiary? The Zarin Family Trust. Is this Ally’s college fund? Does it buy Jill more red hair dye? More product to stock at Zarin Fabrics or pay for the cost of Jill’s book to be translated into Japanese? Maybe those funds bought the ingredients to make that yummy looking French Toast in the photo?
The Zarin Family Trust is not listed as an official “charity”, she’s not really saying that it’s a charity but she does imply that funds going into this trust end up at a charity. Does the Zarin Family Trust collect donations then delve them out to real charities? We don’t know that either.
TVTime101 did a write up about this subject:
There is a lot of information here but best we can tell Jill’s “Zarin Family Trust” is questionable. What TinselKitty from TVTime101 found was that this Zarin Family Trust is not listed as any legitimate charity, but we knew that, it’s a “Trust” not a “charity”. Ok so what is this trust? Here is what TVTime101 reports:
Specifically, it is a grantor trust. Depending upon where you clickity click, these little numbers are either really bad (the IRS lists it under theirAbusive Trust Tax Evasion Schemes page) or really, really good (rich peeps and their wealth management teams).
Best we can tell this trust was set up in order to avoid some wealthy persons taxes, ok I get that and I don’t even mind that. I think the government charging 45% tax on a decedents property prior to turning it over to the family is extortion. If a family trust will help to avoid that ridiculous tax, more power to them but Jill has opened up this Family Trust to the public and is getting fans to donate to this Zarin Family Trust. Where do the funds go from there? There is no way of knowing because it’s not a charity, no one can demand to know where the funds are being appropriated, if at all.
Enjoy a private dinner with Jill Zarin, a Charity Buzz auction to benefit…you guessed it, The Zarin Family Trust. A side note, the winner of this private dinner is also required to pay for the dinner… from the auction site:
Donated by: Jill Zarin
Jill won’t even pick up the tab for the dinner after the auction winner paid out all that money for this auction? Jill valued her time at $2,500 and the current bid is $550. So Jill gets a free dinner with two fans and a nice chunk of change for her Family’s trust fund. One thing that you can be sure of, there is no way in hell anyone is going to let this go until we find out exactly what the Zarin Family Trust is and what it does.
The “Rich Amons Asshat of the Week Award” goes to: Luann deLesseps for her constant bitching, moaning and complaining. She is a controlling bitch!
Thanks to Amy from Twitter for the great asshat clip art.
Until Next Time…