Kelly Dodd is very interested in exchanging her orange for an apple.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star got engaged to her boyfriend of three months, Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal, last week, just before BravoCon — Bravo’s first-ever fan convention — kicked off in NYC.

“I am very much in love,” Kelly shares with ET, showing off her four-carat pear-shaped diamond ring from Rick at BravoCon on Friday.

The couple has been dating long-distance since the summer, with Kelly in California and Rick in New York City. But, now that they’re set to get married on Oct. 10, 2020, Kelly says she’s considering swapping coasts.

“I would like Jolie to come to high school out here, on the East Coast,” the reality star admits, referencing her 13-year-old daughter, whom she shares with her ex-husband, Michael Dodd.

That would, of course, mean giving up her spot on RHOC — but Kelly would like to remain a Housewife. While a cast member has never swapped cities in the franchise’s 14-year-history, Kelly does have an in with the women of Real Housewives of New York City: longtime star Ramona Singer actually introduced Kelly and Rick!

Ramona, who will likely be in Kelly’s bridal party, says she would “absolutely” want Kelly to join her on RHONY. In fact, she admits she’s already started campaigning for it to Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen.

“Absolutely, I already texted Andy, ‘I’m with Kelly right now. I’m seeing her ring. I love her, I adore her. If she moves to New York, can she be a new Housewife?'” Ramona reveals, without sharing what Andy texted back, if anything.

On the current season of her current show, RHOC, Kelly has been at odds with the “Tres Amigas,” Tamra Judge, Shannon Storms Beador and Vicki Gunvalson, whom Kelly says did not congratulate her on her big news.

For their part, the ladies tell ET they would be fine seeing Kelly switch shows. Shannon calls it a “great idea,” and says she would “absolutely” be happy to see it happen.

“Bye, b***h!” Tamra quips. “And by the way, Nicole wants her ring back.”

When asked who Nicole is, Tamra simply said, “The girl who used to own the ring.” The Tres Amigas seem to believe the sparkler that Kelly is sporting on her ring finger is borrowed, citing how it’s not sized for her yet, even though she says she picked it out.

“OK, what about her daughter?” Vicki goes on to ask, questioning Kelly’s potential move. “I mean, I don’t understand it. I have two children and my kids know , Steve asked for their permission and hand in marriage. I just don’t understand it. She’s known him three months.”

Kelly herself has admitted that Jolie and Rick have not had a chance to bond yet.

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo, while The Real Housewives of New York City will return for season 12 (not featuring Kelly) in 2020.


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KELLY Dodd could quit Real Housewives of Orange County to move in with her Fox News fiance Rick Leventhal in New York.

The 44-year-old mum-of-one said she would be willing to switch to the show’s east coast equivalent to be closer to her beau.

3 Kelly Dodd could depart from the Real Housewives of Orange CountyCredit: AP:Associated Press 3 She’s hoping to land a role on the franchise’s east coast equivalent to be close to fiance Rick Leventhal in New YorkCredit: Instagram 3 The pair got engaged after dating for three monthsCredit: Instagram

When asked if she would be willing to join cast members of the Real Housewives of New Year instead, she said: “Yes, I would.”

“I am very much in love,” Kelly beamed, as she flashed her four-carat pear-shaped diamond ring to Entertainment Tonight.

The divorcee, who was proposed to last week after three months of dating, admitted she was surprised by how quickly Rick, 59, popped the question.

She said: “Well, not really. Not this fast, but I’m glad he did!”

Despite the shock, she claimed to have chosen the ring.

He got on his hand and knee

Kelly Dodd, Real Housewife of Orange County

While explaining the romantic story behind the proposal, Kelly appeared to have gotten a little confused.

She said: “He got on one hand… I said yes! We’re actually running really, really late.

“So, yes, he got on his hands and knee — his knee, and isn’t this pretty?”

The couple have set a date for October 10, 2020, after Kelly previously joked it would be the day she would get married, months before her engagement.


This is the same day chosen by Real Housewife of Atlanta Cynthia Bailey, who is engaged to FOX Sports host Mike Hill.

Earlier in October, Cynthia hinted at her wedding date when she wrote: “We can see it perfectly,” a reference to 20/20 vision.

Kelly hopes her daughter Jolie, 13, who she shares with ex-husband Michael Dodd, will join her in the move.

She said: “I would like Jolie to come to high school out here, on the East Coast.”

Ramona’s the one who hooked me up with Rick!


Responding to the suggestion of joining the RHNY cast, Kelly said she is already “really good friends” with stars Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer.

Kelly added: “Ramona’s the one who hooked me up with Rick!

She hinted they could even play a part in the wedding: “Dorinda said she would officiate it, and then Ramona hooked me up, so she’s gotta be in it.”

Kelly, who is Catholic, said the couple are still discussing how the ceremony will be conducted with fiance Rick, who is Jewish.

She said: “I’m not gonna have a rabbi and a priest, so we’ll have Dorinda do it.


The announcement received criticism including from RHOC’s Vicki Gunvalson who has dubbed it a “storyline” engagement.

Vicki said: “I mean, she just started dating him. She already asked Brian last season if she could get married.

“She wants to be married, so did I, but we’re almost four years in.

“I don’t understand the reason why they’re rushing. Is she pregnant? Like, I don’t understand. Take your time, slow down.

“Personally, I think, it’s irresponsible, but it’s none of my business. You asked my opinion and as from that, I don’t understand it.

There’s nothing you can say or do that I haven’t been exposed about


Also ex-husband Michael Dodd is allegedly threatening to “expose” her, Kelly claimed during an interview with Us Weekly.

“It’s very contentious right now. He gets upset.

“He knows who is. And he’s very mean about him. He calls him Gonzo.

“And then he’ll send me pictures of him, he’s just mean. He’s not happy for me.”

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“It’s already out there! Everything’s out there. There’s nothing you can say or do that I haven’t been exposed about.”

If Kelly joins RHNY it will be the first time a cast member has switched in the franchise’s 14-year history.

“The Real Housewives Of New York City” Star Sonja Morgan And Kelly Rutherford Support NYSPCC Luncheon

The room at the Pierre for the Spring Luncheon for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) fell silent. Two hundred women listened and brushed tears from their eyes, as Regina Calcaterra spoke of her childhood growing up in Suffolk County. The New York Times best-selling author, attorney and official for New York State, was not recounting halcyon days on manicured lawns. Hers was a story of living on the streets, beatings at home and stealing from supermarkets with her siblings to have something to eat, recounted in her memoir, “Etched in Sand.”
The only thing worse than the hunger, the abuse and the shame, was the thought the foster system would separate her family. So Calcaterra kept her secret. The only times they could play like normal kids was at the beach. Stripped of their torn clothes and cleaned by the sea, they could blend in. By the time Regina turned 13, her two older siblings had fled, leaving her in charge of the family. She wasn’t as good at stealing as they were, so, she fed her younger siblings, and drank vinegar to stave off the hunger. She recalled: “I was about to turn 14 years old … I had no meat on my bones… my flesh was discolored because I was so unhealthy, my head had patches of baldness because when a child suffers from malnutrition they lose their hair, pieces of my hair were already gray because of the stress.”

Regina Calcaterra brought the room to tears during her moving speech. (Photo: Owen Hoffman/

She kept silent, “until one day my mother came home and decided she wanted to beat up on my little sister. I jumped in to protect Rosie and I got the beating of a lifetime.” A beating she couldn’t hide. A teacher reported it to the system, and that day when she came home, her two younger siblings had, in fact, been taken away.
These are the scenarios the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the first of its kind (founded in 1875), seeks to assuage, with counseling, legal and educational services. Child welfare agencies across the nation use it as a template.

Dr. Mary Pulido, Karl Wellner, and Juju Chang. (Photo: Owen Hoffman/

Joan Granlund, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Tania Higgins, and Elizabeth Mayhew were luncheon co-chairs. Dr. Mary Pulido is the Executive Director of the NYSPCC. Sonja Morgan, Kelly Rutherford, ABC News’ Juju Chang, Dr. Penny Grant, Jean Shafiroff, Victor de Souza, David Stack (President, NYSPCC Board of Directors), Dori Cooperman, Hillary Gear Ross, Felicia Taylor, Karl Wellner were among the attendees.
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Real Housewives of New York City’s Kelly Bensimon Addresses All the Rumors

The scene is all too familiar to fans of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City: Kelly Bensimon is sitting across a restaurant table from a woman who is suggesting that she’s as nutty as a fruitcake, a stuck-up mean girl, and not the brightest bulb in the pack. But unlike past confrontational conversations (some legendary), this one doesn’t end with Kelly bursting into tears. “I love it,” she says. “I thought we’d talk about my diet and workout first, but let’s get to the juicy stuff right away and break it down. This will be fun!” Looking relaxed and amused, Kelly begins addressing the allegations one by one.

Real Housewives Rumor #1: Kelly Bensimon has a screw loose

There’s no denying that the second and third seasons of RHONYC featured Kelly, 43, at her erratic best. After the cast trip to St. John’s, where Kelly had her now-infamous meltdown, “people called me crazy,” she admits. “But what they saw was me reacting-in an honest way- to a situation that wasn’t honest. Then everyone ganged up on me. So of course I looked crazy!”

Because of the public’s response Kelly came thisclose to quitting last year. “I promised myself I’d never be in that position again,” she says. “I’d rather be home with my kids than out arguing with other people.” But it was actually her daughters, Teddy, 11, and Sea, 13, who persuaded her to return. “Teddy said, ‘You have to show them the real you.’ So this season I’m sort of the voice of reason. I’m listening to the others and giving advice and focusing on being a good mother and friend.”

Real Housewives Rumor #2: Kelly Bensimon is a snob

In the throes of a showdown with former Housewife Bethenny Frankel at New York City’s Brass Monkey more than two years ago, Kelly burst out, “I’m up here, and you’re down here.” With that one fateful sentence, her reputation for being pretentious was sealed. “People really thought I believed I was better than her, which is ridiculous,” Kelly says now. “It wasn’t about social hierarchy but about her behavior. She called me a bad name, which I thought was fourth grade–like-hence the ‘down here’ comment. Since then, I’ve also called people bad names on the show. I’m not proud of it, but it happens.”

After Bethenny left the series, Kelly says she offered to meet for coffee and a talk. “She wrote back saying she’d moved on from it all,” says Kelly. “That really upset me. She created all of this chaos, and then she moved on?”

Real Housewives Rumor #3: Kelly Bensimon is on drugs

Despite her unpredictable behavior, Kelly insists that drugs are not part of her lifestyle. “Everyone always asks me why I wasn’t on the cocaine and vodka diet when I was a model,” she says. “I was going to college and couldn’t be bombed out of my mind.” These days, her fitness philosophy hasn’t changed. “My body is like a Ferrari,” says Kelly. “I know what it needs to run well-and that doesn’t include drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.”

To keep her engine in top form, she exercises regularly and sticks to a super-healthy food plan six days a week-saving splurges for Sunday, “or what I like to call ‘Funday,’ “says Kelly. For breakfast, she likes almond milk on All-Bran cereal topped with seasonal fruit, and lunch is usually shrimp or chicken with brown rice and vegetables. Dinner is a group effort with her daughters. “By cooking together, they’re learning to make meals that are delicious and healthy,” says Kelly.

Real Housewives Rumor #4: Kelly Bensimon is less than brilliant

“I find it hilarious when someone says I’m not smart,” says Kelly, who has a degree in literature and creative writing from Columbia University. “I’ve written three books, including American Style, a review of U.S. fashion, which is a textbook in some schools.” Her fourth book, a fitness and lifestyle guide, will be published next year. “The premise is that you can be healthy, happy, and hot,” says Kelly. Looking at this beautiful, bubbly woman, it’s clear she knows what she’s talking about.

Look for more on Kelly Bensimon in the September issue of SHAPE, on newsstands now.

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Kelly Bensimon Claims Bethenny Frankel ‘Didn’t Care’ About Pregnancy Issues on RHONY Scary Island

It looks like there is still drama in the Big Apple between Kelly Bensimon and Bethenny Frankel.

On a recent episode of the Out in the Wild podcast, former Real Housewives of New York City star Bensimon, 51, claimed that the Skinnygirl mogul, 48, did not “care” about the wellbeing of her unborn baby while shooting the show’s infamous Scary Island trip.

“She was pregnant this entire time and was having serious issues with her unborn child, and she’s flying back and forth pretending to film with her dying father in L.A., but really just filming in the car and never saw him,” Bensimon claimed on the podcast.

“And I’m like — you want me to film with a woman that doesn’t even care about her kid in her stomach?” she added. “She’s like, ‘Oh, if I have a miscarriage, whatever.’ She was having serious, serious, serious complications, and I just didn’t understand why we were there filming and why she was even there in St. John.”

The Scary Island trip, which took place during the show’s third season, became infamous for the feud between the two women (“She’s not a chef, she’s a cook”), with many of the ladies suspecting that Bensimon was suffering from a nervous breakdown as she claimed she couldn’t sleep because Frankel was “trying to kill her.”

Image zoom Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

According to a friend of Frankel’s, “It’s a shame that Kelly is making these claims especially since she often reaches out to Bethenny for help and advice or to get together.”

“She absolutely did nothing to risk anything during her pregnancy,” the friend told PEOPLE. “Her pregnancy was her priority. Anybody who knows Bethenny knows she’s a great mother.”

Image zoom Bethenny Frankel Cindy Ord/Getty

During the trip, Frankel was pregnant with her daughter Bryn Hoppy, now 9. At the same time, her estranged father, Robert Frankel, was sick. He died in November 2010.

“I land in St. John, where we were filming, and I was getting a massage, and the masseuse said, ‘Did you know there’s a really big movie star here?’” Bensimon recalled of the trip to St. John. “And I was like, ‘Wow, who is it?’ And they said, ‘Her name is Bethenny Frankel.’ And I’m like… movie star?! Like, oh my god, she’s telling the masseuse that she’s a movie star?”

Bensimon also claimed that Frankel she was trying to “executive produce” the Bravo series.

“She would literally scream into the camera, ‘This is not what what this scenes supposed to be about!’ and I was like, ‘What is going on here?’ You can’t do that. It’s not fair. She’s trying to be the executive producer or the Kim Kardashian of Housewives, fine. But, she created such a disconnect between Bravo and us, so there was so much animosity and underlying tension,” she said.

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After three years on the show, Bensimon departed following season four, while Frankel, a RHONY OG, left after the third season for a spinoff and talk show before returning for the seventh season. She remains in the cast, starring on season 11 now.

Bensimon said the feud would only escalate with Frankel should she ever return to the series.

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“I would threaten her entire brand ,” Bensimon said. “Hypothetically, If I went back on Housewives, and there was a moment where she was like, ‘Wow. I really like Kelly. Kelly Bensimon is hot s—,’ her entire brand would go to s—. Because her fans would be like, ‘Wait, what? We’ve been spending 10 years hating Kelly Bensimon, and now you like her? What?’ It’s different from her makeup with Jill Zarin because I am the ultimate, ultimate nemesis.”

Bensimon’s comments are a turn from an interview with PEOPLE in 2017, when she had nothing but nice things to say about her former costar.

“Her philanthropic efforts with B Strong made such an impact on me,” she told PEOPLE after revealing she had donated to Frankel’s charity.

“That is the kind of girl that I like,” Bensimon added. “I like someone that’s philanthropic, a girl’s girl. The future is female, and I have spent the lexicon of my life raising girls and supporting and celebrating women. … Whatever she wants with philanthropy, I am behind her.”

Frankel also shared kind words regarding her onetime rival in a tweet, writing, “She is very sweet to me. I wish her the very best & I cannot wait for her donation #housewivesworkingfortexas.”

Kelly Bensimon is no longer supporting the series on which she once starred.

Ahead of the upcoming premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City Season 12, which is expected to air on Bravo sometime next year, Bensimon shared a tweet in regard to her thoughts on the series, and the women that are now starring on it.

“I literally forced my daughter to stop watching season 10,” Bensimon tweeted.

According to the reality star and model, she doesn’t want her child watching the show because she feels it is a poor representation of how women in America behave.

“Just an FYI, American women don’t engage or talk like that. It’s disturbing to hear women speak like that. We all know better. We strive to be better,” she continued.

After writer Evan Ross Katz shared a screenshot of the tweet earlier this week, some fans of the long-running series called for Bensimon to return to show, while others called her out for her hypocritical statement. As fans of The Real Housewives of New York City will recall, Bensimon was involved in an infamous moment on the show in which she and Bethenny Frankel faced off during a cast trip.

Bensimon was added to The Real Housewives of New York City cast during the series’ second season and continued to appear on the show in a full-time position until after Season 4, when Bravo removed a number of cast members, including Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, and Cindy Barshop.

Bensimon went on to appear on the series in guest-starring roles for the show’s sixth and seventh seasons, but hasn’t been seen since.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, Bensimon hasn’t been appearing on the show for some time, but when it comes to her feud with Frankel, that was going strong through 2018. At that time, Radar Online shared a report in which Bensimon slammed her former co-star, who has since left the show, for being a “b***h.”

“A lot of bad things are happening to Bethenny, but that does not give her the right to be a mean b***h to other people,” Bensimon said at the time, citing her messy split from former husband Jason Hoppy.

Frankel quit her role on The Real Housewives of New York City in August after starring in a full-time role for eight of the show’s 11 seasons. Shortly thereafter, she was replaced by Leah McSweeney.

Ramona Singer’s Condo Just Got Another Major Price Cut, See the Pics (UPDATE)

UPDATE: To anyone watching the New York real estate market, it’s clear that Ramona Singer is a motivated seller. How so? She’s very ready to unload her longtime family condo in the Upper East Side. So much so, that the skincare maven just dropped the price again, this time by another $250,000, making the new listing ask $4.25 million

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Spring has sprung in New York City, which means the tulips are starting to pop, the temperatures are starting to rise and the real estate market is definitely starting to heat up. Among the new listings in Manhattan right now is one Upper East Side apartment we’re all very familiar with — Ramona Singer’s four-bedroom condo!

The Real Housewives of New York City entrepreneur originally listed the nearly 2,500-square-foot space in June of last year for a whopping $4.995 million, but she has since dropped her price a couple of times (and took her home off the market for the holidays). Today’s price? $4.595 million. A steal… for some, lol.

As you’ll remember, Ramona fully renovated the space following her divorce, making the space over with a modern aesthetic and a bright white color palette. “It’s bittersweet, actually, because the apartment is now so beautiful, and Avery’s leaving. It’s just, I’m going to be walking around that whole wing where she used to be, and I need a fresh start,” Ramona shared with The Daily Dish last year. “I’m an empty nester, and I think it just makes sense to move to a smaller place. I’m traveling so much more, and I still have the place in the Hamptons. So, I just think it makes good, emotional sense for me.”
Maybe she’s inspired by cast mate and friend Dorinda Medley’s fresh start as well? Regardless, let’s take of Ramona’s stunning home.

Photo: Photo Courtesy of Ramona Singer

Located on East 80th Street, the condo is in a full-service luxury building that has a 24-hour doorman and an on-site concierge service.

Photo: Photo Courtesy of Ramona Singer

Following her divorce, Ramona renovated the corner unit, which is flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.

Photo: Photo Courtesy of Ramona Singer

The master suite is located in a separate wing from the unit’s additional three bedrooms.

Photo: Photo Courtesy of Ramona Singer

Ramona’s en suite master bathroom is loaded with Carrera marble and features a soaking tub and double vanities.

Photo: Photo Courtesy of Ramona Singer

The condo’s eat-in kitchen features a waterfall marble island and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.

For more information and photos, go here, and be sure to tune in to RHONY on Wednesdays at 9/8c!

Endnotes: Carole Radziwill Shit Talks Everything Real Housewives of New York City and More

It sounds like Carole Radziwill is still harboring just a bit of resentment toward Andy Cohen, Bethenny Frankel, the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City and Bravo.

The former RHONY star stopped by Jenny McCarthy‘s SiriusXM radio show Tuesday to chat mostly about her participation in A&E’s documentary, Biography: JFK Jr. The Final Year, but talk also turned toward RHONY.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Carole said of her six-year run on the series. “You know, I still am close to Dorinda . Actually, she came to the screening of the documentary with me last week. She’s really awesome. I mean, she’s really a great woman and so smart and clever and such a good girlfriend. She did not scream Jovani, she did not wear Jovani, there was no Jovani in the house.”

Of her once seemingly tight-knit relationship with Tinsley Mortimer — which Bethenny Frankel referenced numerous times during her fallout with Carole — Carole made it seem as though the two were never close friends.


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“I know it seemed that way, but Tinsley and I weren’t really clicking,” she told Jenny. “We really weren’t. We were on the show together. No one wanted to film with her that much. I had fixed her up with this guy I knew (Scott), so it seemed like an easy way to do scenes together. And we filmed a lot together, but a lot of it was, ‘Oh, you’re gonna stay in Tinsley’s room,’ when the producers would divvy up rooms, and I was like, ‘Okay, but that’s not really what I would do. I would normally go to The Hamptons, and I would stay at Bethenny’s house. It’s weird that I’d stay at Tinsley’s.’ And Bethenny knew that.”

“There was no clicking,” Carole continued. “And after filming, I never spoke with Tinsely, and I haven’t seen her or talked to her in years — a year, two years, probably a year-and-a-half ago. We weren’t clicking. That was one of the storylines was totally faking.”

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The guy who created the Area 51 page as a joke, is terrified of what he’s created.

It’s all fun and games until you accidentally incite a giant mob to raid a top-secret military base.

The internet has been buzzing with excitement about a Facebook event entitled, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” with 1.6 million people having clicked “Going” and another 1.2 million have indicated they’re “Interested” on the event page.

Hitherto cloaked in mystery, the man behind the legend has stepped forward.

On June 27, Matty Roberts, who lives in California, created the Facebook page as a joke, not realizing that millions would rally behind his battle cry to “see them aliens” at the Air Force facility in Nevada.

Most, but not all, knew the desert congregation scheduled for September 20 was in jest, as the page included instructions such as “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” (For the uninitiated, “naruto run” is a reference to a type of running in a popular anime show.)

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Wendy Williams has heard the rumors about her joining the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City” — and she decided to set the record straight on Wednesday’s episode of “The Wendy Williams Show.”

The 55-year-old talk show host, who’s a fan of the Bravo series, told viewers she’s much too private to be a reality TV star.

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Though she often shares personal updates with fans on her own program, Williams said there are parts of her life that are strictly off-limits.

“First of all, you’re not coming to my apartment. You’re not checking out who I date. There would be so many no, no, noes that you would be bored with me,” she said.

Williams explained that she’s too private to be a reality TV star. On her own show, she said, “I tell you what I want you to know and I keep a lot of secrets.”WendyWilliams/Twitter

To top it all off, Williams said she’d get along beautifully with the show’s current cast members — which means she’d never get caught up in one of their notorious on-screen feuds.

“Second of all, I’m not letting you in that hard. The purple chair gives me control because I tell you what I want you to know and I keep a lot of secrets right here,” she added.

The outspoken host concluded with a shoutout to Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who told E! News this week it “would be funny” to have Williams join the “RHONY” cast.

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Inside Kelly Bensimon’s life after ‘Real Housewives’

Navigating life after “The Real Housewives of New York” hasn’t been as easy for Kelly Bensimon as jogging in the middle of Fifth Avenue, but after eight years off-camera, the former Bravolebrity has gotten into her own groove.

“I’m not gonna lie when I retired from ‘Housewives’ in 2011, there was a total stigma attached to being a reality star,” she recently told Page Six.

Bensimon, who turned 50 in May, celebrated a year working as a real estate agent with Warburg Realty in February. On the company’s website, prospective clients can see that Bensimon’s wide-ranging resumé includes editor of Elle Accessories, Hamptons and Gotham magazines, author of multiple novels, and of course, her stint in reality TV.

“I’ve worked with so many people in so many capacities and the biggest takeaway from that is trust,” she said. “So when I branched out into other opportunities especially in the real estate market, people trust me.”

Keeping busy with real estate listings and brand partnerships, she claims she doesn’t have too much spare time these days, but will have the occasional girls’ night, and heads to Y7 yoga classes or SoulCycle when she needs a workout.

“I’m just like I’m a serial entrepreneur,” she said. “I’ve been really testing my hypothesis of leveraging my social media and my international fan base with real estate content, and really being a game-changer in the real estate industry … even if the fan base thought I was kooky or whatever, every single person that meets me is like, ‘I trust you.’”

Bensimon might be referencing the unforgettable three-episode arc of “RHONY” forever dubbed “Scary Island,” where her mental health was questioned by her castmates. Still, the reality star-turned-businesswoman is thankful for the platform the show gave her.

(From left) Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel and Luann de Lesseps in 2008.Rob Rich/Everett Collection

“I’ve always said it was a positive experience and I feel like there were some characters on the show who took it to a different level and we talked about it over and over again,” she said. “At the end of the day, I always wish people well, just because they’re not my type doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t wish them well.”

As for her own experience, Bensimon tells us the cameras perhaps didn’t capture her best side.

“I was always living my life, just Bravo didn’t want to see that,” she recalled. “They were like, ‘We don’t want to see how you live, we just want to see how you interact with the women make them crazy,’ I was like, ‘All right, fine.’ I wasn’t like a real character on the show, I was just the instigator. I think now is the time to really show off my superpower and let people see what makes me tick, how I’m successful how I’m not.”

A rep for Bravo did not respond to our request for comment.

But as the show’s 11th season premieres this Wednesday, Bensimon called all the women “good news” as their lives have evolved since the show’s 2008 start.

“It’s super exciting even when you see Bethenny have her own alcohol line and Luann have her own cabaret show and Ramona be able to be single and out there and making her own money, that’s just all good news to see women in their second chapter of their life to be able to generate income.”

These days, she keeps in touch with de Lesseps, having seen her show, “#CountessandFriends,” when it first opened last year.

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“She’s just so charismatic and so incredibly engaging her fan base just adores her,” Bensimon gushed, but also acknowledged that The Countess’ very public spiral and comeback — in the form of a drunken arrest and two rehab stints — is connected to the pressures of being in the spotlight, and how she avoided any disasters herself.

“When you’re under the microscope, people think they’re seeing you for how they’re seeing you, but it’s really the camera that’s focusing on certain things — that’s bittersweet,” she explained. “Obviously, when you’re in the public eye, there’s going to be a lot of people that surround you and I was super protective when I was on television about who I hung out with, what I did, where I went, and as a result I’m not in that same kind of situation because I protected myself.”

Even though she still lives like she’s got a camera crew in tow, Bensimon said a TV return isn’t out of the question. She was recently spotted at the Grammys in Los Angeles and at Dennis Basso’s NYFW show the next day.

“I’m like pinching myself, like is this my life?!” she explained.

Kelly Bensimon Mental Illness

“The four of us are actually sane and she’s crazy, and now we’re picking on her.” – Sonja Morgan

“Best episode ever & worst episode too in a way.” – Simon Van Kempen.

Those are two powerful quotes. Last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York City was absolutely the best and the worst. The Hills is not real, Spencer Pratt’s alleged meltdown on the Hills is not real. What you watched on the Real Housewives of NYC last night was real, very real. Too real perhaps.

What I and other millions of viewers watched was a complete and total mental breakdown from what I will assume is a very mentally ill person. I don’t even know how to proceed with this recap. Last week’s episode was more of a Kelly Bensimon is coo coo crazy kinda thing, but somewhere along last night’s episode, Kelly being crazy took a dark turn into Kelly being mentally ill, and something about that is quite troubling.

And what’s worse than the madness we all just watched on television? Well according to Bethenny, Ramona and Alex. What was shown on TV was actually very tame in comparison to what actually took place that night. “Truth be told, what aired was very tame compared to what actually happened. I think that to air the full scope of it would terrify the viewers. We were truly terrified ourselves,” blogged Bethenny. Must say I can’t imagine kelly possibly being worse than what we just watched.

So why don’t I have any sympathy for Kelly, someone who I believe might be mentally ill, something not of her doing? Well I’m not quite sure. For one, I can’t relate to this woman in any way, shape, or form. She acts like a robot and seems to have the IQ of an 8 year old. I can’t relate and comprehend to the the way she acts or the moronic things she says. And reason number #2 why I can’t seem to muster up any sympathy is because she continued to be the aggressor and attacker in last night’s episode. She also seems to have no remorse for her insane behavior and continues to blame others. She blames Bethenny and Bravo for how she came across. She also continues to attack Bethenny, even accusing her of exploiting her father’s death for ratings. It’s funny that Kelly says she is scared of Bethenny, when in reality Bethenny should be the scared party. Kelly seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Bethenny and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Kelly holds Bethenny responsible for 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, her divorce, etc

Going into this vacation from hell, one would think the women would pick on Kelly and treat her badly. The irony turned out to be that these women, who are usually drama prone, seemed to genuinely want a drama free vacation, despite Kelly’s constant attempts to bring the drama. Kelly was the one who picked on the women from the get go, and made certain to attack every single one of them. The women at every single attempt tried to calm her down, be nice to her, and tried to have a good time. But Kelly would not stop, and was very combative and defensive.

Some things to point out in this episode, Kelly, while on the phone with Jill, said Bethenny’s gift bag to her was impersonal. And in case you’re wondering, this is the same gift bag with her initials on it. Evidently the lunatic in Kelly can’t grasp that this was an attempt by Bethenny to make amends. Kelly, who has breast implants, bad wonky ones at that, then goes on to make fun of Bethenny’s “Fake D tits,” thus giving us our first pot meet kettle moment.

And then it’s breakfast time and Kelly decides to bring a complaints pad to the ladies telling them to write down their complaints like they do in the fourth grade. Huh what? Kelly has offered to take photos of the ladies, but Bethenny decides to skip out on the crazy show. During the photo shoot, Kelly creepily tells Alex to channel her son Johan while trying to take sexy bikini pictures.

Moving on to the dinner from hell. Kelly who is already channeling a nut with her uncombed hair, decides to talk on her cell phone during dinner in front of the ladies, which rubs Ramona the wrong way. Once again, the ladies attempt to make nice with Kelly, who continues to take jabs and once again make mention of Bethenny being or not being a chef. Kelly then mentions in her interview that Bethenny is always on defense and is psychotic. And thanks to the psych class I took sophomore year in college, I can confidently proclaim this is what is known as “Projection.”


Kelly Bensimon recently unloaded on a couple of cast members from The Real Housewives of New York City.

During an appearance on “Tony’s Tea Corner” with host Anthony “Tony” Lario, the former reality star discussed her efforts to reconcile with Bethenny Frankel after years of tension, while saying some of Bethenny’s misfortunes are due to karma. She also spoke about Carole Radziwill‘s alleged ghostwriter, and joked about her visit to “Scary Island” during season three.

Kelly, 50, was first asked how it felt to be labeled as ‘mentally unstable’ by Bethenny on RHONY.

“I think that first of all, when you’re a single parent and raising children on your own, to have someone on the television show that’s being paid to engage with you, for them to put that kind of label on you – that’s a testament to her,” said Kelly. “I can’t speak on her, but I can speak about myself and that was just not kosher.”

Kelly then insinuates that certain bad things that have happened to Bethenny are a result of karma, although she doesn’t specify what those “bad things” are.

“All the bad things that are happening to her in her life are a result of her making bad decisions and putting people down,” Kelly explained. “You don’t put people down to put yourself up. You just put yourself up and bring all the other ones with you.”

According to Kelly, she has since reached out to Bethenny to try to make amends… to no avail.

“I reached out to her (Bethenny), many, many times. I have literally ten emails with Andy Cohen and the producers being like ‘Hey, I know you had some issues (with me) in the past, and I just want to reach out to see if you want to talk so we can clear the air, and you can move forward’ and she just never responded because she couldn’t handle it,” said Kelly.

“She’s got her formula,” Kelly added. “There’s a reason why she’s unhappy. People that are happy aren’t running around telling people they’re ‘unstable.’ They’re like ‘there’s a problem, let’s find a solution’. I mean, that’s how I raise my kids.’”

As for her thoughts on Carole, who quit The Real Housewives of New York City in July after filming the series’ 10th season, Kelly said she doesn’t know Carole at all.

“My personal opinion is that Carole was not right for TV. She’s a journalist, she’s a behind the scenes person. She wasn’t into it, she didn’t like it, she’s a professional woman,” Kelly explained.

According to Kelly, Carole simply “didn’t have the courage” to stand up to Bethenny in the way Kelly had years ago, likely because she didn’t want to jeopardize her friendship with Andy Cohen by taking Bethenny on.

After Tony pointed out that “Carole’s writing is amazing,” Kelly dropped a bomb, saying, “I actually used her ghost writer for my first book. I don’t know if she’s a great writer, but she’s a great storyteller.”

“Wait, so was Aviva telling the truth when she said Carole used a ghost writer?” he asked, citing an on-screen claim made by former cast member Aviva Drescher, which Carole denied.

“Uh, yeah! Because I used her,” Kelly confirmed.

As the interview continued, Kelly was asked about the season three episode of The Real Housewives of New York City in which she was accused of having a mental breakdown as she embarked on a war of words with Bethenny and made odd comments about Al Sharpton and jelly beans.

“I named it ‘scary island’ because as a kid, I used to watch Fantasy Island,” she said. “It’s funny, because when the episode came out and Bravo was trying to do all this press, I had already called New York Magazine because I know those guys really well over there, and I knew they would write what I wanted them to write. I came up with ‘it wasn’t a breakdown, it was a breakthrough.’”

“I could have been a super b*tch… but I was just like ‘let’s have fun with this’. And I got a lot of covers out of it, I got a ton of stuff out of it.”

Finally, Kelly admitted that she didn’t share too much of her personal life during her time on RHONY, stating it was simply because she had a different role and purpose on the show.

“My personal life was something that I was really guarded about on the show. I just didn’t feel like it was the right venue. If it was my own show, I would have talked about my kids, I would have shown you guys how I raised them being a full-time single mom,” she stated. “That wasn’t really my role on the show. My role on the show was to put people in their place if people were acting out of line. I was the voice of reason from day one, people just were like scared. They were scared because I wasn’t scared. If someone’s going to be nasty to me, I’m not going to put up with it.”

The Real Housewives of New York City season 11 will air sometime next year on Bravo TV.

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