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Did Bethenny Frankel Fake Being Lost at Sea for Her TV Show?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2011 6:45AM
Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel has parlayed being a cast member of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' into a flourishing business empire and reality TV show franchise. Now, however, questions are being asked about how "real" her reality show is. Are some scenes faked for the cameras?

Last month Frankel said that she and husband Jason Hoppy were lost at sea off of the Massachusetts coastline for 20 hours: "It was traumatic. Absolutely traumatic."

Sounds scary, right? Well, maybe not. Frankel's rescuer Tim Russell says that she was never lost at sea, or in any danger, and that the whole thing was a phoney, staged for the benefit of the Bravo camera crew on board the boat with her.

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Are These the New 'Real Housewives of New York City'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 11:30AM
Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill Real Housewives of New York CityGoodbye Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop! Hello Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson and Aviva Drescher?

According to People, Carole, Heather and Aviva are joining the cast of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New York City,' which as of now only consists of Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn de Lesseps.

Carole Radziwill, daughter-in-law to Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' sister, is an author and former producer for ABC News. A widow, Carole will fill the role of the single girl in the cast, the New York Daily News reports.

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Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon Officially Axed From 'Real Housewives'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 18th 2011 5:03AM
Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, Jill ZarinReports last week of a casting bloodbath at 'The Real Housewives of New York City' have been confirmed.

A Bravo source told 'People' that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop have all been axed: "Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season 5 of 'The Real Housewives of New York City.'"

The source added, "We've had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have on-going discussions with them."

Zarin and McCord initially denied the rumors that they hadn't been asked back for Season 5, but now McCord has told 'People' that "Simon and I are sad not to continue with RHONY but it's a friendly decision and discussions with Bravo are ongoing for other projects."

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'Real Housewives' Jill Zarin and Alex McCord Deny They've Been Fired

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 16th 2011 7:30AM
Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, Jill ZarinIt's been a drama-filled year off-screen for the various branches of the 'Real Housewives' franchise and now the focus has shifted to the New York cast.

Yesterday we heard of a casting bloodbath, with 'Housewives' Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop all being pink-slipped.

Now Zarin and McCord have come forward to deny that they've been axed.

McCord told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that "At this stage, I have not been fired. My casting is still in limbo and I expect to hear within the next week."

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Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop & Alex McCord Axed From 'Real Housewives of New York City'?

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 3:10PM
The Real Housewives of NYCBravo's 'Real Housewives' franchise always manages to make headlines, even when the drama is unfolding off-camera.

HuffPost Celebrity's Rob Shuter is reporting that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord were all let go from 'The Real Housewives of New York City' on Thursday, and that three new ladies will be added to the cast for its new season. Us Weekly claims Cindy Barshop is also off the show.

The 'Housewives' housecleaning leaves Ramona Singer and former Countess LuAnn de Lesseps as the only original cast members remaining. Sonja Morgan will also be staying with the show. No word yet on last season's new addition Cindy Barshop, although it's been widely reported that she will also not be returning.

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'Real Housewives' Live Tour: Yes, It's Real

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 15th 2011 11:00AM
Nene, Caroline, JillNot a dream! Not a hoax! The star's of Bravo's 'Real Housewives' franchise are going on the road for a live show. Yes, a live show.

According to Bravo, the live tour will give fans "the chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite cast members." Look for the ladies to discuss their biggest televised moments and fights, reveal cast secrets and interact with the audience in a question and answer format." The live tour, like many fan conventions, will feature various packages to give fans access to the Bravolebrities. The Red Carpet Package will give fans access to a pre-show cocktail party, hosed by 'The Real Housewives,' walk a red carpet, receive a tour laminate and premium seating.

Cast members from 'New York,' 'New Jersey,' 'Orange County,' 'Atlanta' and even 'Miami' are scheduled to appear. Good news for 'Real Housewives of Miami' fans. See a full list of scheduled attendees below.

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Alex Battles Jill and LuAnn on 'Real Housewives of NYC' Reunion (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 10:45AM
'The Real Housewives of New York City, Reunion Part 2'The season may be over but the hurt feelings linger on. That's why we have so much fun with these reunion shows for the likes of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo). They're so successful, they tend to get two reunion installments per 'Housewives' iteration.

What makes it work is that by the time we reach the reunion shows, the women have also watched the episodes aired on television. So they've now seen how horrible they are to one another, and they know what everyone said about them behind their backs, and worse.

Poor Andy Cohen has to sit in the middle, hoping no one jumps up like a 'Jerry Springer' episode to start a fight. Alex turned red when arguing with LuAnn and Jill about who said what behind whose back.

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'Real Housewives' Zarin and Singer Spar Over Alcohol Accusations on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 2:15PM
Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin spar on 'Today' with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda KotbThere was talk of excessive drinking on the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and for once, it wasn't centered on Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' appeared on the show, each upset with the other for allegations of alcoholism, in what quickly turned into an uncomfortable segment.

"She keeps inferring that I have a drinking problem," said Singer of Zarin. "You girls like to have a drink now and then, so do I." She then lobbed the same charge right back at Zarin, saying she had heard Zarin was the one with a drinking problem. Zarin denied she did, but said it would be wrong for Singer to talk about it on TV even if it were true.

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Andy Cohen Finally Tells 'Real Housewives of NYC' to 'Shut the F*** Up! (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 26th 2011 3:24AM
Neil Patrick Harris, 'Watch What Happens: Live'While you didn't get to see it on the reunion special for 'The Real Housewives of New York City,' Andy Cohen revealed the moment he truly lost it during taping of the special on 'Watch What Happens: Live' (Mon., 11:30PM ET on Bravo).

We think he probably deserves a medal anyway for trying to herd those women through proper conversations. They talk over one another so much and jump up so often yelling like they're on 'Jerry Springer,' it's a nearly impossible task. And this time, it just got to be too much.

"This time, ladies and gentlemen, they broke me," Cohen said before revealing the clip. In it, after several tries to get the women to all stop talking he finally yelled at them to "Shut the f*** up!"

Something we've wanted to do on multiple occasions each week during the show. It's fair to say we're actually jealous of Cohen now that he got to do it!

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Tempers Flare as Ramona Attacks LuAnn's Parenting on 'Real Housewives NYC' Reunion (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 26th 2011 1:24AM
'The Real Housewives of New York City' reunionRamona made things personal, and seemed absolutely delighted by the visceral response she was getting, on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo) reunion special.

The angrier LuAnn and Jill got, the more she smiled and shifted around in her seat.

It was Andy Cohen's fault for bringing it up, but Ramona's criticism of LuAnn's parenting skills was one of the more stand-out moments in the season. This question led to a lot of yelling back and forth, as Jill jumped to LuAnn's defense, and a lot of unanswered questions.

"Why has your daughter transferred [schools] four times in four years?" Ramona asked. The response: "What does that have to do with our relationship?"

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Natalie Cole Sings a Surprise Duet With LuAnn on 'Real Housewives NYC' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 22nd 2011 3:05AM
Natalie Cole, 'The Real Housewives of New York City'LuAnn de Lesseps was certainly able to surprise her boyfriend, and all their guests, for their anniversary yacht party on the season finale of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). Natalie Cole was in attendance, and had even agreed to do a duet with LuAnn.

The pair had met only a few days before at the studio where LuAnn was working on her own music, which apparently Cole is a fan of. Huh. Really? That's something.

Anyway, Cole agreed to sing at the anniversary party, but only if LuAnn sang with her. What followed then was certainly exciting for Jacques, but odd to listen to. The pair tackled Nat King Cole's 'L-O-V-E' and to say there was a difference in their vocal ability would be a massive understatement.

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The Countess LuAnn Films Her Latest Music Video on 'Real Housewives of NYC' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2011 3:01AM
'The Real Housewives of New York City'By the time shooting day came for LuAnn's new music video for 'Chic, C'est La Vie' on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo), it was down to LuAnn, Jill and Kelly who were still willing to appear in the video.

The women, nevertheless had a lot of fun, though it seemed to drive the director crazy. The Countess hung on to some advice she'd received in the past to "just go in there and do it."

That meant no script and very little preparation. Which meant the director had to do a lot of heavy lifting to keep things running smoothly and making any sort of sense, particularly with Jill. It was great that Jill was so excited to be there, but she clearly was trying too hard and perhaps not taking it seriously enough at the same time.

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'Real Housewife' Jill Zarin to Get Her Own Spin-Off Show?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 11th 2011 6:15AM
Jill Zarin'The Real Housewives of London,' anyone?

'Real Housewives of New York City' stalwart Jill Zarin's been hanging out in London recently with actress Ayda Field and her high profile husband, British rocker Robbie Williams, sparking rumors that Field and Zarin are mulling offers for a 'Real Housewives' spin-off show.

'The Daily Mail' reports that Zarin and husband Bobby are in town to visit the Williamses -- a.k.a. their new BFFs -- and that Zarin would be totally open to starring in a London spin-off of her hit TV show.

A source told 'The Daily Mail' that the Zarins love London so much that they're looking at homes in the $10-15 million range in tony neighborhoods like Knightsbridge and Belgravia.

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Sonja Uses Burlesque to Express Her Feelings on 'Real Housewives NYC' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 8th 2011 3:09AM
Sonja Morgan, 'The Real Housewives of New York City'Sonja decided to express what she's been going through in her life through art on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). More specifically, as a featured performer in a burlesque show she put on. Do these women know how to party or what?

"If they didn't get it, fine," she said later. "But I've been feeling a lot of emotions and a lot of self-mockery of late. That's how I get through tough times and I wanted to share it."

Jill Zarin definitely didn't get it, wondering at one point if Sonja was talking about her and the other women with some of her lines. Particularly, "You know those jealous b******, they're usually the snitches."

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Sonja Finally Finds Blackberry Clogging Her Toilet on NYC 'Housewives' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 1st 2011 9:30AM
'The Real Housewives of New York City'We're not sure if a clogged toilet messes up the feng shui of a home or not, but it certainly had Sonja flustered on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). After two weeks of struggling to clear the clog, she finally managed to do so ... after the plumber arrived.

Don't worry, though. He did the "hard part" of checking to see if it would flush. As for what was clogging it, Sonja didn't recognize the toilet paper-covered object when she pulled it out, but the plumber did.

"That is a Blackberry," he said, astonished at such a thing. We're sure he's seen some crazy things clogging a toilet, but it can't be too common to see a Blackberry, or any smartphone for that matter in a toilet. Wouldn't most people know if they'd dropped their phone in the toilet?

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