Last week it looked like The Real Housewives of New York City could get shut down for good when all six of the cast members refused to sign their contracts. Shooting for the series was supposed to commence last Wednesday (according to several news outlets), but was delayed when negotiations stalled.
Thank goodness it might not be over. According to Deadline, RHONY ladies Carole Radziwill, Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Aviva Drescher and Sonja Morgan all received modest pay increases, though how “modest” that money is definitely on a case-by-case basis; Ramona Singer made $500,000 last season and was holding out for a million, while a source close to the negotiations told The New York Observer that The New York Post’s quoted “average” payout for a housewife–$65,000–was “in the ballpark” of what was being offered this time around.
According to an industry insider, however, none of the ladies have officially signed their contracts yet, so don’t be jumping for joy just yet.
Good ladies of RHONY, we knew thee well. According to several outlets, the stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City have refused to ink contracts on the sixth season of the stalwart show, with all six main cast members holding out for a better deal.
It’s June, and yet we’re still wearing our London Fog raincoats and carrying around our Brollys. It’s almost as if New York’s weather gods didn’t get the memo that it’s Hamptons season, and some of us don’t like getting soaked waiting for the Jitney.
Another thing seasonal annoyance for New Yorkers is traffic created by out-of-towners,
Last night at the Harboring Hearts Spring Gala at the Rubin Museum, Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan sniped about her new co-star, Aviva Drescher, calling the latter out for only joining charities after she knew she would be on the show.
“We all went to one of her SoulCycle events, but she wasn’t really involved with any charities,” the ex-wife of JP Morgan told The New York Observer. “I ran into her ex-husband (Harry Dubin) and he was just as surprised; he said Aviva never did any philanthropy.”
Stop the presses! Four of the ladies from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City have been cut from the new season, so Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, and Cindy Barshop will no longer be around to air all their crazy drama and terrible brand image over the airwaves (unless they, like Bethenny Frankel, get a spin-off show). That leaves only two of the original NYC‘ers in the cast, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer. Also avoiding the chopping block is Sonja Morgan who is bankrupt, which is a known requirement for being on a Housewives show.
But the real tragedy will not be losing these four women — who we’re sure will be replaced by equally entertainingly desperate social-climbers — but the lack of Simon van Kempen, who has been the best part of the show since its inception.
On Tuesday, June 9, the conservation group Oceana joined the clothing company Nautica and Vanity Fair magazine to host a blue-carpet party at Hudson Terrace, celebrating the official recognition of World Oceans Day by the United Nations.
New York Ranger Brandon Dubinsky was among the earliest arrivals, looking as clean and eager as if Read More
Country singer Kellie Pickler is a bit of a skirt chaser.
“I think it’s sexy,” the platinum blond 22-year-old former American Idol contestant told the Daily Transom. “I think it’s great. Real men wear kilts!”
Ladies, not so much! Ms. Pickler wore a non-plaid Gwen Russell-designed red gown to the Read More
Audience members at Jill Stuart‘s show on Monday included a number of starlets—Michelle Trachtenberg, Amanda Bynes, Kristen Bell—who were all anxiously ushered by what appeared to be a SWAT-team of bodyguards. Real excitement ensued, however, when sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton, both wearing leather jackets, took their seats in the front row. And apparently we Read More
Wednesday night, at the second season premiere of the Real Housewives of New York City at Gilt at the Palace Hotel, Housewife Alex McCord insisted that her feud with co-star Jill Zarin was over. "Jill and I are fine," said Ms. McCord. The new season’s preview shows her and Ms. Zarin entangled in a bitter Read More
Bill Clinton may not be gracing the stage with Andrew Cuomo for a couple of hours, but already, the money for the event is pouring in. According to the Board of Election’s 24-hour notices of campaign contributions greater than $1,000, Cuomo raised more than $100,000 this weekend.
A cursory glance at the list Read More