'Real Housewives of New York' on 'The View': Kelly's not crazy (she just makes good TV)

The ever-busy ladies of The Real Housewives of New York stopped by The View this morning to pimp their upcoming season (which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m.) and discuss the realness of their supposed reality show. (Jezebel has a clip.) Sadly Single Sonja and Countess LuAnn couldn’t make it, but the remaining women dished on last season (while welcoming spring with some serious boottage — I see you Alex McCord) and offered up their take on what went down now that she who must not be named (oh, wait, it’s Bethenny) is gone. 

Surprisingly, the women (er, mostly Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon, who came off the worst last year) revealed that much of the societal drama and frenemy behavior is turned up when the cameras are rolling. “It wasn’t really who I am,” Jill explained, revealing last season’s antics prompted a slew of hate mail in her inbox. “So why would you come back to the show for another season and go through that again?” cohost Sherri Shepherd asked sensibly (Quiet Sherri! Stick to Queen of Jordan.) Apparently, this negativity stems from Jill’s monumental break-up with Bethenny, which she first interpreted as a “wink wink” for the show. Soothsayer Ramona Singer was quick to come to any and all Housewives’ defense when the View ladies started asking too many questions about staged scenes. She also attributed the push from the show’s original February premiere date to the fact that Bravo was still filming the ladies, not because there was a lack of natural drama or intrigue. “We were still filming. We were still filming. So how can they put our show on if we’re still filming?” (Is a dance remix in her future, too?)

The single most memorable moment of the season, if not in Real Housewives history, belonged to Kelly, when the simple sound of “chef” triggered what seemed a complete breakdown. So how does she feel about her behavior from the ladies’ Scary Island trip to St. John today? “It’s hard to be portrayed as crazy. It’s hard to come back from that.” Kelly swears she’s not crazy. Like really, not crazy. She just makes good television! (But she can’t help it that she’s popular.) Zip it. Gummy bears! Creepy! Al Sharpton!

Did you catch the Real Housewives of The View? This may be a tall order, PopWatchers, but on the scientifically tested Real Housewives Realness Scale of 1-10 (10 being Stacie Turner’s real estate job with Sotheby’s, and 1 being Danielle Staub’s square tit), how real do you think the ladies of the Big Apple truly are?

Read more:
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  • SandaSavi

    Real, I don’t think you can create a “crazier” character than Kelly Bensimon or ask her to act. She is real for sure. Jill is fake. Luann is annoying. Ramona is real and Alex after coming out of her shell last year is pretty real too.

  • tracy bluth

    I don’t think I’ll be watching this season. Last season was only enjoyable for the friendship between Team BRAS anyway.
    Jill needs to stop complaining that she was “edited to look that way”. I read an interview with her and was honestly disgusted with how awful her comments were. And yes, Kelly is crazy. She needs to get off of reality television and get some help.

    • annah

      ITA….these women are such media wh&*es that it is pathetic! All the housewives are!! The only one I can stomach is Sonia…

  • god

    Yes, Kelly is fudge crazy! She needs major help. I think she has autism. She stated she cannot stand noise around her. She does not interact well in social events.

  • betsy

    i stopped watching the show after the first few shows with kelly on it were aired. looks and sounds like i made a smart choice !

  • Marilyn

    Jill is still a f-in liar. The clip they showed with her and Alex- sheez Jill, will you ever learn? TEAM ALEX!

  • Marilyn

    JILL – You said you came back to show the real you – IT’S THE SAME YOU- U R AN A-HOLE. Team Alex, Team Ramona!!!!
    Andy Cohen – Give Ramona & Alex their own show!!!!! HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE? I smell ratings galore – love love love.

    • tracy bluth

      I could watch a show of Alex, Ramona, and Sonja. It would be SUCH a better show without LuAnn, Kelly, or Jill.

      • mostboringseasonever

        I couldn’t put up with a show where Alex was 1 of 3. For me, she is dull, dull, dull.

  • Koo Koo Kelly

    I will never understand why Bravo asked Kelly to come back. Yes, I understand ratings however, these women can say what they want, but the whole world saw that there IS something mentally wrong with Kelly (it wasn’t just that one instance either). In fact her entire persona is very childlike (hiiiiiiiii). Not to mention she blatantly LIED on the reunion show when she said Bravo MADE her got to “scary island” and the producers had to have an intervention with Bethenny and told her to “lay off Kelly”. ((Oh but the producers had to escort Kelly home). As for Jill, she let the fame go to her head and no matter how hard to tries to redeem herself, she will never be likable again. I’m so over the NY franchise.

  • Melly

    I must confess, I do love the RH franchise, and will be watching to see if Jill can redeem herself, and to see if Kelly has been able to pull it together mentally. Love the Alex’s tag line in the commercial about Sonia – “she’s a thug in a coctail dress.”

    Just finished watching the Miami reuninon “live” with Andy Cohen and it was a train wreck. Could barely understand them as they were talking over each other. Andy could not control them. I really don’t like Kristy.

  • Kitcat

    I love all the Real Housewives shows. That’s why we watch for the drama! BUT, Kelly should be put in a muzzle and committed to a rubber room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • soccermop59

    They can try as hard as they may to clean up the mess that last season portrayed them as or they can own up to it and move on….But Kelly and Jill, nothing short of Jill admitting she’s a selfish selfserving bully and Kelly admitting she’s a loon, will ever change the minds of viewers….sorry ladies, we’re not that dumb!

  • soccermop59

    I agree with that Kelly seriously needs help. Did anyone notice how out and out a liar she was? I mean this woman, would say things that clearly were lies and no one challenged her on it??? Either they’re all too tv struck to want to address the Kelly thing or perhaps Bravo is anxious for ratings more than wanting to help this mentally disturbed woman. I mean, Kelly is clearly insane!!

  • Denice Lambkins

    I watched the show last night and decided that it’s not worth watching anymore. The women-Jill and Luanne are the mean girls and should take a serious look at themselves. I would be very embarrassed if I were them. Having money isn’t everything. I do plan to continue to watch Bethany. She is real. She let’s you see her heart. Evidently “money CAN’T buy you class”! Disappointed viewer

    • michelle.bailey18@yahoo.com

      Im sorry but bethenny is bi-polar. She has some weird mood sings.

  • melanie

    Koo-Koo Kelly is right!! This show could do without her craziness. Will be watching to see if Jill can make good on her promise to be a better person. After watching the 1st show…it’not looking too good for her!
    Sonja is low class and Luann is a snob!

  • les-nesman

    I used to love Jill when the show first started, but have begun to see her true colors since last season.

  • JOANN

    I think Kelly is Bipolar she have all the symptom of a person that is Bipolar

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