The leg toss loomed large. The leg toss had been seen on trailers for weeks. The leg toss featured Aviva Drescher, a cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, taking her prosthetic leg off, slamming it on a table, claiming it was the only fake thing about her, and then it somehow ending up on the floor, shrieks of disbelief and open mouths all around. The leg toss had been seen by those who never watch The Real Housewives of New York City. They loftily asked those who watched The Real Housewives of New York City what was with the leg toss. The expression on their faces said: We’d rather be speaking of Kierkegaard or Vivaldi, but we will humor you and ask about this. “It’s a prosthetic leg,” they intoned on being given the basic overview, as if that bald fact confirmed all their prejudices about reality TV. Then they shook their heads at the tawdriness of it all. Back to the concerto, or a little light Plato, or some such. On the night … [Read more...] about ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale
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Never has a Real Housewives reunion felt so equable—so full of giggling and bonhomie. There was even, shock, self-deprecation and apologies. It made for very surreal viewing; some online even said boring. No matter where chief wife-puppeteer Andy Cohen poked his stirring-of-controversy stick, the Real Housewives of New York Season 9 reunion, which came in its traditional three parts, was full of smiles and cheer—and no one rising out of their seats to wave a manicured talon in another woman’s face. Or, indeed, throw a prosthetic leg. The RHONY women have never been the same since that non-reunion moment. But they have still argued and bitched; they knew, like any showperson, what the fans had come to expect. We saw the women go on their usual booze-drenched jolly, this time to Mexico, for Season 9. Although Tinsley Mortimer did indeed shout at Sonja Morgan for being controlling, and although Dorinda Medley freaked out at Bethenny Frankel and ended up stabbing … [Read more...] about Trump? Brand Awareness? What Made Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Stop Arguing?
On Sunday, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kim Richards was booked at California’s Valley Jail after reportedly attempting to shoplift over $600 worth of goods from Target. The 50-year-old, who spent Sunday night in jail and posted $5,000 bail in the morning, has bigger problems than a Van Nuys security guard. With her history of alcoholism, disordered eating, family drama, and personal trauma, Richards is the latest reality TV victim to have earned years of ratings success at the price of her well-being and sobriety. Her tale is sad enough to draw a tear from even the most rigidly Botoxed real housewives, and speaks to the dark consequences of America’s insatiable demand for raw footage of emotionally unstable C-listers. Richards’s pre-RHOBH “fame” consisted of a solid child star career, and the role of a lifetime as socialites Paris and Nicky Hilton’s aunt. First married at 21, Richards has been married and divorced twice, and has four … [Read more...] about The Fall of Kim Richards, Star of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
It was 1 p.m. on Sunday, on Fifth Avenue between 30th and 31st streets in Manhattan. The Beatles had arrived. That’s what you would’ve guessed gauging by the ear-splitting shrieks, escalating to daring decibels as each person ascended the stairs to board what looked like a rainbow, waving excitedly to all the fans swarming them with iPhones recording the whole unbelievable thing. The group's leader, Andy Cohen, wearing a “Silence = Death” black T-shirt, excitedly greeted them all with a kiss on the cheek and a proper fawning over their outfits. Emblazoned on the side of that apparent rainbow was the explanation for the hysteria: “Bravo.” To celebrate World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, for the first time Bravo assembled nearly 20 of its biggest stars from across the network to celebrate the LGBT community as part of the annual New York City Pride Parade. Until the first-ever Bravocon later this year, this … [Read more...] about The Real Housewives of the Pride March: Celebrating Stonewall 50 on Board Bravo’s Star-Studded Float
As sands through the Real Housewives hourglass go, so there must always be chaos when a group of the women sit down for supper. A Housewives dinner typically comprises bitchy jabs, recriminations, swearing, slurred slander, big hair in tousled fury, with the food a spilled and thrown afterthought. Setting this template high, Teresa Giudice upended a table in the first season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey in a fury over revelations about fellow cast-member Danielle Staub, with cries of “Prostitution! Whore!” Since then, while there has been glass smashing (Lisa Rinna, Beverly Hills), and plates and cutlery being thrown (Shannon Beador, Orange County), Teresa’s table flip remains a Housewives classic (right up there with New York’s prosthetic leg toss). After six seasons away, Staub returns to the Jersey franchise tonight for its eighth season, with the debut episode ending with another messy dinner. And after all that rage, Giudice and Staub seem to … [Read more...] about The Tao of Teresa Giudice: The Real Housewife on Jail, Her Marriage to Joe, Losing Her Mom, and Flipping Tables