The RHONY Season 7 Premiere and TBB on Huff Post Live!

Sonja and Ramona on Huff Post Live. I chime in around 7:30 and then I'm back at the end.

Sonja and Ramona on Huff Post Live. I chime in around 7:30 and then I’m back at the end.

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

The Real Housewives of New York City are back, and they are back in a big way, a big Bethenny (Frankel) way. If you love Bethenny this is great, if you’re not her biggest fan, well it might not be. “The show was at least 40% about her,” my husband quipped at the end of the Season 7 premier episode which aired last Tuesday. So what happened in the other 60?

Ramonja– Ramona Singer, fresh from a very public divorce, and Sonja Morgan, who is acting like she’s fresh from her divorce, continue to be best frenemies. They fight for dominance of conversation, of the camera. Hey ladies, give up, Bethenny wins.

Heather Thomson– I love her, but was she even in this episode?

Kristen Taekman– Her daughter is finished with physical therapy, which will leave her plenty of time to go for the psychiatric variety she will be needing from having had a mother on Housewives.

Carole Radziwill– Carole has missed a deadline for a book deal. Perhaps Aviva Drescher‘s suggestion of a ghost writer wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Countess LuAnn DeLesseps– She looks very, umm, refreshed. Hey I’m not knocking it, I just want to know what she’s done. Spill the beans please Lulu!

Dorinda Medley– Though Sonja and Ramona assured me on my Huff Post Live appearance (see clip below) that she “hit the ground running”, she seems more Real Housewives of New Jersey to me, than RHONY. Maybe it’s her boyfriend who seems the Jersey dry cleaning stereotype.

Bethenny Frankel– Aaaand back to the star, hey, she has no control over how much they edit her in or out. She’s back with the one liners and she’s as interesting as always. One thing that lit up Twitter was her scene with Million Dollar Listing New York‘s Fredrik Eklund, in which a displaced B states she is homeless, in the same breath that she talks about having bought a house in the Hamptons over the summer. In the words of Ramona on that evening’s Watch What Happens Liveshe should rent something while she works on renovating her new apartment, and figuring out what to do about the one that her soon to be ex still inhabits. Between her and Kim Zolciak‘s similar statement on last season’s Don’t Be Tardy, I think it’s time for a new series…The Real Homeless Housewives, now that would be an interesting show. Skinnygirl dumpster dive recipes anybody?

PS: I was not at the premier party this year. I blame the harsh New York winter that made me a hermit on my absence of an invite. I turned too many invites down over the last few months. I love everybody and sincerely wanted to go to everything but, I don’t love you more than I hate the snow!

What did you think of season 7 opener? Share your thoughts with us!

Reality Roundup

Nene Leakes,  Diddy, Naomi Campbell

Nene Leakes, Diddy, Naomi Campbell

Can you believe it’s Sunday again? I feel like I was just here yesterday, maybe because there’s so much news that happened over the past week, the time has flown! Let’s start not with Housewives, but with house pimps…are Ryan Serhant and Fredrik Eklund working on a million dollar friendship? The Million Dollar Listing New York stars and rivals have been spending much more time together. The pair, along with their siginificant others, have been hitting the event circuit and posting pictures to their Instagram accounts.

The agents are currently filming their fourth season along with Luis Ortiz. Serhant, who mugged with Ortiz just the other night in a photo he captioned, “I’m making this photo black and white because it’s classic. #lastnight #neverforget #getready #SEASON4 ,” has more than just the new season to celebrate. He recently made his movie debut. Last week he traveled to Toronto for the premiere of While We’re Young, a film starring Ben Stiller. Rumor has it that Ryan, who used to star on As The World Turns, is the movie’s runaway star, but he’s not ready to leave real estate.

Perhaps Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa and Joe Giudice should give Ryan a call. The couple, who await sentencing for multiple counts of financial fraud, have reportedly put their sprawling Towaco New Jersey mansion on the market. Earlier this week TMZ broke the news that the property has been listed for $3.99M . That’s a lot of change! I’m wondering if the new owner gets to keep the chickens.

If social climbing were a sport Nene Leakes would be wearing gold. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was in New York for NYFW last week hanging out with Naomi Campbell and Diddy. Never modest, the soon to be Broadway star, took to social media to brag about it:

“About last night! So my girl @iamnaomicampbell calls me up & say ‘let’s hit the town darling’ (in my Naomi voice LOL) she scoops me up from my hotel and the rest is history! No I think the rest is a movie LOL! Love her. This is how you do fashion week #thecatsmeow.”

If anyone can get away with name dropping it’s Nene, or can she? What do you think?

While Nene is hanging out with A-listers, one of her Atlanta co-stars is hanging out with the O-list, as in offenders. Apollo Nida reported to serve his jail sentence on Thursday according to TMZ. Wednesday the estranged husband of Housewife Phaedra Parks failed to turn himself in and reportedly had a “meltdown” at the home he still shares with Parks. Allegedly the couple fought over finances.

On Thursday Nida took to Twitter and Instagram to thank those who have supported him. Parks’ publicist took to the media outlets to say, “This situation has put a tremendous strain on Phaedra and her family, and she is working hard to bring back a sense of normalcy to everyone’s lives.”

Last week we reported the speculation that actress-singer Demetria McKinney (Devious Maids, Tyler Perry’s House of Pain) had joined the cast of RHOA, but in an interview with McKinney neither confirms or denies the rumors. Stating that she has “a lot of friends on that franchise”, she was elusive as to why she’s been seen partying with the HW‘s, specifically on what was a recent cast trip to Puerto Rico.

Last but not least, Victoria Gotti, mob daughter and now RHONJ pot-stirrer, has denied some threatening tweets being aimed at Amber Marchese. In a statement to her fans Gotti made it clear that the threatening posts were not aimed at Amber, though she had previously been angry with her. New speculation is that the threats could be aimed at Rino and Teresa Aprea. The couple has accused Gotti of fame seeking by bringing to the show a very scandalous story about  Rino Aprea having an affair with Teresa’s mother many years ago. Rino, Teresa, and twin sister Nicole Napolitano vehemently deny the rumor.

Do you believe Victoria’s story?

Share with us your thoughts on this week’s stories as well as last week’s episodes!


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Ryan Serhant-The Man Who Sold the World

imageHe may have had his “Turn” as a soap opera star, but, if speaking with him is any indication, Ryan Serhant is playing nothing but himself on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York. Calling me from a car in the middle of a torrential downpour, he finds it hard to stay all business. “Are you in New York?” he asks me. “It’s pouring here.” A couple of times he tries to make small talk and I redirect him, but I think it’s more his way than a case of ADD. A self proclaimed “sweet sweet little boy” the top selling agent is more shar pei than shark. Energetic and full of charm, it’s easy to see how even the most particular client can be sold when it comes to Ryan Serhant:

TBB: Hello Ryan. You hail from Boston and came to New York City to pursue acting. You had a starring role on As The World Turns, why did you decide to become a Real Estate agent?

RS: (Laughs)If it was only that simple. As the World Turns killed me. They had me sticking myself in the chest with a syringe. It was right before the writers’ strike hit. They were killing off lots of characters so they had me kill off a lot of people and myself. So there I was, I had no money and was doing modeling jobs to get by. A friend suggested I try Real Estate. I’ve been doing it ever since and I love it!

TBB: You found a great way to blend the worlds of television and Real Estate together. Tell us the story of how you landed the spot on MDLNY:

RS: I responded to a casting call, just like the other five thousand realtors that responded at the beginning of 2010. I had only been (a broker) for a year and a half but was doing really well in a really bad market. Thus began my six month casting process. There were written applications and Skypes, then more written applications. Then they followed me for half a day, which was followed by more meetings, more written applications, a DNA swab…(laughs)

TBB: Had you seen Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles?

RS: I hadn’t really seen the LA show. When you are working in Real Estate you are into it all day long. Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was watch it on TV.

TBB: It’s hard to believe this is only your second season. You and Fredrik (Eklund) have become big names in the Bravo landscape. Why didn’t Michael (Lorber) come back?

RS: He retired I heard.

TBB: What are your thoughts on your new costar, Luis Ortiz?

RS: I love Luis! He’s hilarious! He’s very very spunky and he’s far more Puerto Rican than I am!

TBB: Each agent on the show has his own schtick. I’d say yours has to be your interesting clients like persnickety Patty and overly flirtatious Barbara. How do you decide which of your clients will appear on the show and then get them to agree?

RS: The clients that will appear on the show are the only ones that agree to it. The crew follows us around for eight months and they film all the time. It’s amazing just how much footage they take. I give the editing team a lot of credit for sifting through all that footage.There are people who say ‘I don’t want to be on camera’, there’s really no rhyme or reason other than that.

TBB:Another ongoing Ryan theme is interesting animals. From the large python you keep as a pet to last season’s client with a kangaroo. This season you were gifted a miniature pig. Do you still have her?

RS: You need to watch it and find out. (laughs) Let’s just say the pig is NOT a miniature pig.

TBB: Last episode you called her “pig”, does she have a name yet?

RS: I named it Kevin Bacon, but I found out later it was a female pig. It actually wasn’t easy to tell. Let me say that pigs are not puppies. They are not smart and cuddly, they are pigs and they make so much noise.

TBB: You are often portrayed as a ladies man, yet you admitted to feeling lonely this season. Have you met anyone special?

RS: Maybe. Did you watch last night and see me with a certain agent?

TBB: Ah I thought I sensed some tension there…

RS: I can’t give away too many spoilers. Keep watching! Really, we are just getting warmed up as a show. All the crazy stuff hasn’t happened yet, the stuff that people will be talking about until season three hasn’t even been shown yet!

TBB: The rumor mill has linked you to both Kelly Bensimon and Sonja Morgan of RHONY. Any comments about that?

RS: We’ve always, only ever, just been friends. Close friends..but friends.

TBB: According to your company (Nest Seekers International) bio this is impressively only your 5th year in the Real Estate business. What advice would you give to somebody who is watching you and is thinking about entering the world of high end Real Estate sales?

RS: Find a company in the city or town you want to sell in and work for the best broker. You want to be on the team or an assistant . You can slowly learn from them and then network network network!

TBB: One of our readers would like to know if you ever worry about sharing all of your innovative sales strategies on TV.

RS: Not really. I thought about that at the beginning but everything is in the delivery. Everything I say works in the moment with the deals that I’ve done. Every seller is different. Every buyer is different. For example if I thought a music video would sell a listing I would do that every time.

TBB: So all is forgiven with the client whose apartment you filmed the music video in?

RS: I sold the apartment and now he thinks (the video) is the coolest thing ever!

TBB: Thank you for speaking with me. Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?

RS: (Laughs) I think everyone should know that I really am just a sweet sweet little boy.