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NY Is Almost Upon Us…

Posted by tinselkitty on April 6, 2011

Taking a break from talking about Bethenny (sort of), Jill reverts back to another sad story of the gang banging she took in the Virgin Islands when all she really wanted to do was hug it out and take a pee.

From NY Daily News

Jill Zarin: Why I decided to come back to ‘Real Housewives of New York’

At the end of the last season of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” things weren’t looking good for Jill Zarin. Her friendship with castmate Bethenny Frankel was in ruins. Alex McCord had denounced her over cocktails.

When she showed up at Ramona Singer’s getaway in the Virgin Islands, no amount of Pinot Grigio could kill the tension.

“I was ganged up on by Alex, Bethenny and Ramona,” she says. “It’s so last year and it’s so over that I don’t want to talk about it anymore. … But let me tell you, it’s hard to fight three against one. One on one is one thing. Three on one, not so even.”

Zarin had experienced the curse of Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise. Each cast has to create enough drama to fill a season, which means everyone gets to be the villainess at some point.

“There’s always a housewife or housewives who ‘take a hit,’ as I like to call it,” she says. “The first season, Alex took the hit. The second season, Ramona took it. And LuAnn [De Lesseps]. Last season, well, it was clearly the Jill Zarin-hit season.”

Which isn’t to say she was blameless. She refused Bethenny’s efforts at reconciliation and missed the announcement of Bethenny’s engagement. When Jill wanted to make amends on the season finale, it was too little, too late.

Now Bethenny is gone, having taken her act solo with a string of Bravo spinoffs. She hawks her best-selling books and last month sold her Skinnygirl Margarita brand for an undisclosed amount.

It’s easy to understand how Jill, who was used to acting as a surrogate mother to Bethenny, might feel abandoned. On the show, however, she came off looking jealous, manipulative and out of touch.
“If I say the name Bethenny, I’m gonna get yelled at,” she says. “Anytime Bethenny’s name comes out of my mouth, even if it’s just to answer an innocuous question, fans get upset and say, ‘Oh, Jill, get over it.’ ”

But she’s not over it — and she’s not the only one, or so she claims.

“If she could, and you gave her an eraser, [Bethenny] would erase ‘Housewives’ off her résumé.
I’m proud to be a ‘Real Housewife.’ … I would never be less than proud of doing something
I chose to do. And certainly,
for her, it built her brand and career, so for her to want to make that all go away, you know, kind of hurts all the girls who are left there. We all feel the same way.”

Last May, as she prepped to shoot season-three reunion episodes, Jill found herself at a crossroads. How could she face a show where she had once been the voice of wisdom? She considered
making her exit — not for a spinoff, just to try to save face.

“I asked my husband, Bobby, ‘What should I do?’ And he said, ‘Don’t leave,’ ” she says. “My family
felt that I wasn’t portrayed accurately, that I needed to come back, to have another round at it. Then, if I want to leave, I leave with my head held high.”

But fixing a reputation on reality TV is tricky. The harder you try, the worse you can end up looking.
Season four opens with Jill at odds with Alex, and promos reveal a confrontation that leaves Ramona splayed on a bed in a cocktail dress, her body racked with sobs. In another segment, Jill defends Kelly Bensimon
— a live wire labeled “crazy” by other members of the cast.

“There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be worried about Kelly,” says Zarin.

Cut to Kelly making sand angels on a deserted beach.

“I attempted to be more careful in the beginning,” says Zarin. “But as people in the reality industry know, if you keep the cameras rolling long enough, the truth will come out, good or bad.”

This time around, she has a new ally: mother of two Cindy Barshop, a fresh addition to the cast. As the season progresses, the women divide into camps that Zarin labels “the blonds and the brunettes.” Famously a redhead on TV, she admits: “I was born a brunette.”

“Cindy is a nice Jewish girl from Long Island,” says Zarin. “I just connected with her right away. And I’m gonna give her the credit for helping me get my mojo back.”

Even if the mojo doesn’t stick around, Zarin plans to use the show as a marketing platform. Last  season, she sold a book, “Secrets of a Jewish Mother,” now out in paperback. On the first new episode, she remarks to her husband that she wants to invent a more elegant version of Spanx — something she wouldn’t mind people glimpsing at the hem of her minidresses.

Cue the debut of her shapeware, named Skweez Couture, this summer.

So, is season-four Jill any different? Did she learn from seeing herself in last season’s harsh light?

“I’m a better listener,” she says. “I’m a little more sensitive to other people. I don’t know how long that’s going to last.”

She laughs, then catches herself. “But those are the things that I’m trying to work on. Trying is the verb. You know, I do the best I can.”


73 Responses to “NY Is Almost Upon Us…”

  1. Dy said

    @9 Bryan

    I have to agree with you, I do not think she is lying,and I do not think that her telling the ladies not to film with Bethenny is any worse than Bethenny telling the ladies the very same thing the first season Kelly was on just because she didn’t like her and didn’t want her on the show.
    I for one thought the whole mess was over at the Reunion last season, but then Bethenny is the one right afterwards guns blazing saying Jill will never ever meet her daughter, and that Jills apology was not sincere( but she accepted it at the Reunion) Well then it was on again the back and forth the nastiness, they both doing interviews saying mean things about each other.
    As far as Bethenny and her issues, I said before and I will say again, she should never ever make fun out of anyone having issues/ going through anything/ acting off..She in my opinion has the most issues out of any of these ladies.

  2. Dy said

    sorry i cut myself off some how @10..opps

  3. Bryan said

    @12 Dy, that’s okay I do that to myself often, yeah they are both not perfect, but Jill does not have the power to bring down dynasties or start small wars in third world countries. your right she shouldn’t make fun of other people’s issues when her issues are now setting for episodes of her “sit-com”

  4. G-sus said

    @ 9 Bryan, I think you may be reaching on that one. Nobody is talking about wanting Jill dead or anything of the sort. I haven’t read any comment that even comes close to saying that. IMO she is insincere, self-centered and conniving. That’s all. Don’t want her destroyed, don’t want her to lose her family, or her businesses, just don’t like her.

    • G-S – I agree with you but I have a feeling this discussion/debate will never end. I think we should do a reality blog show. Commenters can film their selves as they read comments to posts, watch people’s reaction to a comment they don’t agree with, see their reactions and hear the mumbling, swearing to the gods and conjuring curses to the death of the reality star or the writer!! lmaooooo

      We can do split screens! lmaooooo I have to tell you this is a good idea! lmaooooo I need to find some illustrations for this. 😉

  5. Bryan said

    @14 G-sus, You love of that Mafia Wives show on VH-1 screams, “get her into a pair of cement shoes!!!, How dare she besmirch our queen!!!” Im sure there are a few over on a certain blog, that would prefer to see her demise. The rabid hatred for her over this woman is really out of control, and for what? I probably would not have much to say about Temple Beth Frankel if she was not treated like some kind of national treasure and Jill as some kind of terrorist for “being mean to her”

  6. Bryan said

    @16 IJS, count me in!!! +)

  7. Dy said

    @15 Bryan

    Gotta agree with ya ..” and for what?”

  8. Dy said

    @18 IJS


  9. Bryan said

    Oh if you want to really read some anti-Temple Beth Frankel comments, crack-tea is your place to be, it seems the tide has turned over there and she is the new Teresa ( for negative comments) I guess that last episode really bugged alot of people.

  10. Mikki12 said

    Jill did some foolish and not-so-nice things which turned people against her. But – she also did some nice things which seems to be forgotten. She had been a good friend to Bethenny when Bethenny was down on her luck. Even Jill’s mom “adopted” Bethenny into their family. I’ve always felt that a lot (but not all) of Jill’s bad behavior was because Bethenny sort of turned her back on Jill when things started going well for her. Trouble was that Jill liked Bethenny more when she was the “underdog” and Bethenny seemed to like Jill more when she was struggling to make ends meet. People change. Relationships change. Time to move on.

  11. Dy said

    @21 Bryan

    The tides have been turning against Bethenny this whole season on that site, starting from the first episode and Bethenny being so rude to Jasons parents and being obnoxious about his hometown and the people in it. It’s been on ever since..Oy!

    Me , I liked Bethenny the first season. After that not so much, she got huge Bravo Balls, and became someone I would not like to know. In my opinion she is not a real nice person.

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