'The Real Housewives of NY' Reunion Part 2: Kelly Bensimon Is Systematically Bullied?

kelly bensimon I'm guessing you're like most fans and didn't even realize part deux of The Real Housewives of New York Reunion was on last night ... but don't worry, your DVR probably caught it. And in the meantime, we've got the lowdown on all the craziness. Join us as we attempt to answer the burning question: Who was (to borrow a Kelly Bensimon term) "systemically bullied" more last night: Jill Zarin or Kelly herself?


The hour began with a continuation of the all-out assault on Jill that had me squirming on my couch. Brutal question after brutal question from fans of the show attacked not only her actions this season but her character until Jill was reduced once again to tears and Bethenny Frankel -- of all people! -- called for it to stop.

As host Andy Cohen pointed out, Jill Zarin used to be everyone's (including mine!) favorite housewife -- until this season when she revealed her true colors. You'd think this big of a TV personality wouldn't care what people think of her, but Jill is clearly devastated by her newfound mean girl status, even going as far as incessantly complimenting Bethenny and imploring her to remember how she tried to reach out to her after her father's death. Evidently, no amount of groveling on live TV is too much for this woman, especially if it means she had a chance of getting back into our good graces. But girl? A little advice: Desperation looks good on no one.

The only person who came off looking worse than Jill in part 2 of the reunion? That would have to be our poor dear friend Kelly who, when given the opportunity to explain her breakdown on Poison Island, instead turned it into an anti-bullying PSA announcement: She claimed that she was a victim of systematic bullying but was happy the Housewives experience had given her a platform to be "charitable." (Cue to Bethenny, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord who all have steam coming out their ears at this ridiculous rant.)

Call me crazy, but I was almost buying Kelly's explanation and bullying message -- because, really, these women are awful to each other -- until this line of dialogue:

Kelly: I was forced by Bravo to go on the trip [Poison Island].

Andy: That’s not true. But I appreciate it.

Kelly: It’s true. Everybody knows that.

Andy: That’s not true.

Kelly: Andy. It’s true though but thank you, I appreciate it.

Everyone does know that reality TV stars are forced to do many things; but if this was the case in this instance, why didn't Jill and LuAnn have to go? It seems like Kelly is trying shirk responsibility for her actions when the simple fact of the matter is: She needs serious help. Bethenny, Ramona, and Alex then explode with accusations of mental insanity and Kelly leaves the stage or -- as she will probably defend it -- removes herself from the systematic bullying situation.

You know what, Bravo? I never thought I'd say this but, wow, enough is enough. I don't know if it's exactly "systematic bullying," but something scary is happening onstage with these women. It's clear that most of them can't handle the fame and as a group are self-destructing from the inside out. Maybe it's time to stop pummeling them before something really serious happens ... oh, and one more thing?

I heart Sonja Morgan!

What did you think of Part 2 of the The Real Housewives reunion? Who was bullied more: Kelly or Jill?

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