Ramona Singer of "The Real Housewives of New York City" — Photo courtesy of Heidi Gutman / Bravo

Calling this year’s The Real Housewives of New York City reunion a cat fight is an understatement. Calling it a UFC cage fight could even be considered an understatement.

These women are ruthless with their mudslinging digs, personal insults and screaming matches. At one point, host Andy Cohen screamed, “Shut the f&%# up!” It appeared to be the set of The Jerry Springer Show rather than a reality show depicting women in the upper echelon of NYC society.

The ironic element of the reunion was that ever since Luann Delessep’s song “Money Can’t Buy You Class” became an iTunes hit, the topic of class came up often. I’m sure the viewers are convinced of that song’s prophetic power after witnessing these middle-aged women with immense wealth fight like school-aged children on a playground.

Although Alex McCord never struck viewers as a well-liked character during the season, it was hard not to feel some sympathy for her during the reunion. She periodically became flushed with anger and was repeatedly called “weird” and “not normal” by her cast-mates.

Alex was not the only housewife to come under attack. Both LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer were accused of having husbands who cheat, and Jill Zarin was accused of being a recovering alcoholic, an accusation she vehemently denied. The newcomer, Cindy Barshop, stayed very quiet for the majority of the reunion, most likely contemplating why she signed up for this, and then remembering it was to promote her hair removal spas throughout the city.

Sonja Morgan was brought to tears about her divorce and bankruptcy filing. Yet Sonja did not miss an opportunity to tout who she knows, including the Chruchills. Luann was confronted about many comments she said during the season to cast-mates. She denied accusations of being passive aggressive and delivering hurtful “digs,”  but host Andy Cohen had the footage to prove her wrong.

The big question of the night … is Ramona an alcoholic? She accused her excessive drinking on the fact that she is trying to promote her Pinot Grigio, and that if she was an alcoholic she would not be able to run so many successful businesses.

While this season gripped fans to their televisions and made for great banter at the water cooler the next morning, it is rather embarrassing that women are capable of behaving this badly and America is capable of coming back week after week and season after season. It is like a car crash, and we just can’t look away.

By Bear Adams / TV Columnist / Bear@HollywoodSoapbox.com
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John Soltes

John Soltes is an award-winning journalist. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Earth Island Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, New Jersey Monthly and at Time.com, among other publications. E-mail him at john@hollywoodsoapbox.com

4 thoughts on “‘THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC’ REVIEW: Reunion Recap

  • August 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I can look away and did so during the reunion. RHONYC was one of my guilty pleasures, but I’m going to wean myself off including reading it’s recaps – not making a good start so far on the recaps.

    The reunion episodes were so painful that I had to turn the television off. I won’t be watching next year if the same housewives are on it – especially not the brunette mean girls, including Cindy who was the most boring sourpuss to ever be on a tv show. The only one who might be interesting to watch next year would be Sonya as she tries to get her life together after being forced to go through bankruptcy and losing her house, maybe she could actually get a job (oh, the horror!) Hey, if she can pull a blackberry out of toilet barehanded, she is up for anything!

  • August 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Great story! I totally agree that this reunion was unbearable. You could barely hear what was going on because of everyone screaming over each other. And I get the feeling that Andy Cohen can’t even stomach them.

  • August 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

    It was truly hard to watch all of the bickering during the New York season. I was embarrassed for the ladies a lot of the time. I’m looking forward to the next season of Beverly Hills. That group has a tiny bit more ‘class.’

  • August 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

    andy was the biggest enabler i have ever seen. he did zero to reign those harridans in. it was very obvious that a plan was in place to shut down alex, and miss andy let it happen. the brunettes were the worst example of adults i have ever seen–cindy with her sourpuss-kelly being delusional-jill playing victim as she goes on the attack-demanding apologies for everything as she systematicly tears people down-and don’t get me started on luman–a phony if there ever was one. i guess they figure since they sit there in expensive dresses and shoes that makes them classy—NOT!


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