Things were not looking good for the future of The Real Housewives of New York City earlier this week when contract disputes held up the beginning of production on season six. Basically, they wanted fat ass raises and banded together to get them, but Bravo basically told them to figure it out by May 10 or hit the unemployment line. That threat apparently lit a fire under their asses and they’re all on board.
The Real Housewives of New York salary stand off with Bravo is over. Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher today all signed their contracts with the cable channel I’ve learned. Details are sketchy but it seems the Housewives took the modest pay increases Bravo was offering for season 6 rather than continue to hold out for big raises and risk getting booted off the Big Apple version of the multi-city reality franchise. The cable channel also threw in a few more contractual baubles like covering expenses for additional hair and make-up for the cast.
Ugh, stop. Season 5 of RHONYC was the lowest rated in the show’s history and these women are still acting like they’ve got some leverage. That being said, thank f-ck they got this worked out because I love this show (even though I only binge watch it when there’s marathons on) and the world needs more trash like this on TV.
In any case, when things come crashing down on this show because they want $8 million an episode or something stupid and they’re finally told to take a hike, I hope we can all remember this very important lesson:
Jill Zarin, despite her absolutely heinous behavior on season 3 of Real Housewives of New York City, is in many ways the backbone of the show. Today after hearing that Jill may not participate in season 4 and instead go on a spiritual journey, I have to wonder if there’s even a point in the show continuing.
Let’s face it: After fame sets in, the women on these show completely change. Most of the season 3 drama was driven by Tweets, press and scandal, three things that most normal housewives don’t really have to worry about. The illusion of these women living fabulous but ordinary lives has been completely swept away, and all us folks watching at home have to cling to is how much we care for the characters. With Bethenny and Jill both talking about leaving the show, what would be left? Ramona, LuAnn, Sonja and Alex running after the remaining table scraps. Gross.
With Beverly Hills and D.C. versions of the show being filmed now, I think it’s time for the New York City cast to be put to bed. These shows just go stale after a few seasons.
While part two of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion ended on a hopeful and positive note, Bethenny Frankel says that unless that drama is put to bed for good, she wont be returning to the show. Ugh. Why does this keep happening to me?
With the success of her solo show, it’s not like she’s desperate to get Bravo screen time. Bethenny told People:
“[Bethenny Getting Married?] has been so well received, everyone loves it and it’s really all about me, so that takes a big weight off of my shoulders because I guess I can carry a show,” she says about the highest-rated premiere in Bravo’s history.
“I just am so happy. I really have the best fans. They’re so interactive and they root for me,” she adds. “I could cry. I have the best fans. It’s all about the relationship with the fans.”
It’s great to see that Bethenny got the happy ending she so deserved, but her fans grew to love her on Real Housewives and it’s important to me as a viewer that she continues to be involved in the show in some capacity. Without someone there to come up with cruel nicknames for the rest of the cast like “Kelamity” and “Ramonacoaster”, I’m not sure there’s much left there to watch.