The Real Housewives of New York City is one of the more lighthearted ones out of the franchises. Sure, they have their fair share of drama, but it never got nasty and vicious until last season. From having a countess and a princess to throwing wine glasses and a prosthetic leg, one thing is for sure: there’s never a dull moment with these women.
Alex McCord- (Season 1-4) My sweet, weird Alex. In the beginning she was very shy and timid and seemed like a desperate social climber along with her husband, Simon. But, as the seasons progressed, she grew on me. It took her 3 seasons to finally find her voice and stand up to the women who walked all over her. I’m looking at you Jill, LuAnn and Kelly! Alex no longer resides in the U.S. of A, now. She’s moved to Australia with Simon and the kids. Alex, we’ll miss you! Well, I will at least.
Aviva Drescher- (Season 5-6) Aviva is probably one of my least favorite out of the all the New York housewives. From the get-go, I noticed she was a bit 2-faced with the ladies– telling Ramona one thing, then telling the others another. She’s also one of the most high maintenanced out of the group. When she was a little girl, her foot got caught in a conveyor belt and her foot had to be amputated. She’s made it her mission to help those wearing a prosthesis and I think that’s fabulous. However, she’s managed to piss off literally all of her cast members and even production (allegedly), hence why she is now fired. I say good riddance to bad rubbish. She often acts like a spoiled brat, which she was because she’s admitted that her parents spoiled her all of her life. One of the reasons she’s my least favorite New York housewife is because she brought her father on the show. That man is beyond disgusting. Ick! Furthermore, in her final season, most of her cast mates were fed up with her diva behavior and excuses and when they confronted her, she couldn’t wait to throw her prosthetic leg at them in an attempt to save her a spot for next season. Sorry, your plans didn’t work, Aviva! Her next role is a stint on Couples Therapy. Word on the street is that she did a lie detector test and when asked if she married her husband for his money, she lied.
Bethenny Frankel- (Season 1-3, 7-present) Bethenny was the underdog of the group and probably my favorite RHONY. She came on the show and started with nothing and literally built herself an empire by her 3rd and final season. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is. Her friendship with former friend, Jill Zarin, was one of the reasons why most tuned in to watch the show, including me. Which is why everybody took Bethenny’s side when Jill tried to annihilate her on national television. Not to mention she’s the only one out of the group who got her own spin off show and then her own talk show. Bethenny won housewives and now she’s returning for the 7th season and I couldn’t be more excited!
Carole Radziwill- (Season 5-present) Carole is the princess of the group, literally. Her late husband was a prince. But she’s not your ordinary princess. Oh, no. She’s not afraid to tell you what she thinks to your face. In my opinion, Carole has a similar personality to Bethenny in the sense that they are both blunt and honest, and they have similar sense of humor. Also, she’s like the Carrie Bradshaw of the group but more fabulous. Oh, yeah, and she’s the only one who’s level-headed enough to deal with the 2 headed monster that is Ramonja. I live for Carole Radziwell.
Cindy Barshop- (Season 4) Cindy, what can I say about her? Seriously, I’m asking you because I don’t think I remember anything about her at all. I think the only thing I remember about her was her inviting the group to her place in Long Island and literally nobody wanted to go.
Heather Thomson- (Season 5-present) I love me some Heather. She’s the only one out of the group that keeps it real. She sparked a bit of controversy for her use of the word “Holla.” It’s an innocuous word, get over it. She’s fiercely loyal and protective of her friends and a damn good mama to her kids. Not to say that the others aren’t great parents, they are. Heather’s not afraid to call her cast mates out on their bullshit. But how could you not love Heather? She gives everybody a fair chance, and a second chance and a third…maybe more. She’s there for her friends if and when they need her. Heather is simply Yummie.
Jill Zarin- (Season 1-4) Jill definitely was a firecracker on the show. She wasn’t afraid to run her mouth to people’s faces, mostly behind their backs. She walked all over the people she thought were weaker until they decided to fight back. Yes, I’m talking about Alex. Her downfall was when she was willing to sacrifice her friendship with Bethenny for ratings. It backfired on her majorly as almost the entire cast turned their backs on her after plotting to take Bethenny down. She tried to redeem herself in season 4 but never recovered.
Kelly Bensimon- (Season 2-4) If I could describe Kelly in one word, I would choose psycholusional, because she’s a combination of both psychotic and delusional. From the moment she got on the show, I sensed something was wrong this this bombshell. She let Bethenny know, fairly quickly, that she was beneath her. Kelly always contradicted herself on the show. She doesn’t support killing animals for fur but she has no problem wearing real fur and leather. She doesn’t believe that a woman her age should be showing her body to the world but she did Playboy. Then, on that fateful night on Scary Island, Kelly went off the deep end. She had a complete breakdown and hallucinated Bethenny killing her, while Bethenny was living in engagement and pregnant bliss. She freaked out her entire cast mates, and to this day still believes she had a break-through and not a breakdown. Okay, Kelly, if you say so.
Kristen Taekman- (Season 6-present) Kristen came on the show with opinions and wasn’t afraid to voice them. Her marital issues to her husband, Josh, played a huge part of her first season. She wasn’t afraid to take on Ramona, even after Ramona threw many glasses of wine and an actual wine glass at her, splitting her lip. Although I like Kristen, she can be a bit whiny. I’m looking forward to what else she brings to the table next season.
Countess LuAnn De Lesseps- (Season 1-present) I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of The Countess at all. I thought she was very pretentious and very condescending towards her cast mates because of her title. For 4 seasons she milked the “Countess” title and it was very sickening. However, I did feel sorry for her after her husband left her for another woman and she was left raising her two teenage kids on her own. Then she met her now-ex-boyfriend, Jacques. In season 5 when she went to St. Barth’s with the other girls, she allegedly had an affair with a Johnny Depp look-alike pirate. Season 6 was when I finally liked her. To me, she let her guard down and we saw the real LuAnn. She seemed much more authentic and I was sad for her when her relationship with Jacques came to an end. I will miss LuJacques.
Ramona Singer- (Season 1-present) Ramona, Ramona, Ramona. Watching Ramona is like being on a roller-coaster, hence why Bethenny came up with the term, “The Ramonacoaster.” This housewife has absolutely no filter when it comes to her mouth. She literally thinks out loud and offends almost everybody she meets. There was something a bit lovable about her, though. That is, until she became this mean old lady last season. She was throwing and wasting wine and threw a wine glass at Kristen, cutting her lip. I personally think Ramona needs to get off the show because her nasty attitude is ruining the show. Turtle time is over, Ramona!
Sonja Morgan- (Season 3-present) My dear, sweet, delusional Sonja. When we first met Sonja, she was very shy, humble and sexy. By her second season, the egotistical, self-absorbed Sonja took over. She has an endless supply on interns working for her. I think that’s genius and hilarious. She also has a $7 million judgment against her from a movie deal gone wrong. As much as I like Sonja, she needs to come back to Earth. But, I guess she has her homeless friend in Ireland tweeting for her to make her seem more grounded. right?
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