Is 'RHONY' As Fake As Jill & Kelly Say It Is?

jill and kellyThe ladies of The Real Housewives of New York visited The View this morning to hype season four of their show that debuts this Thursday on Bravo. Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, and Ramona Singer chatted with the hosts about last season, Bethenny Frankel, and vagina bedazzling.

If you thought the most interesting thing they talked about was decorating their hoo has, you're wrong. Jill said the show isn't real, Kelly reassured us that she's not crazy, and Alex shared that this season she really understood how to play into the reality TV scenario.

Basically they all said the show is fake.


The RHONY ladies can go sell this story somewhere else, because I know that you, me, and Andy Cohen will not buy into this egotistical, self-denying load of crap.

The show, while certainly staged and funded (those vacations for all the girls don't pay for themselves, am I right Bravo budget department?) isn't scripted. This isn't The Hills. What happens on the show happens in real life. If the camera catches you being a bitch, you were being a bitch. If the camera catches you walking an elderly woman across the street, you were walking an elderly woman across the street, while winking to the producers.

Of course there's editing, but hey, if a Housewife says something in the woods and it's caught on film, it makes a noise. So me finds it a little hard to believe that the show is entirely fake, that Jill thought her fight with Bethenny was a "wink wink" scenario for the camera, and that Kelly's breakdown didn't actually happen. Jill explains her fight with Bethenny as, you know, for the cameras. That it wasn't "real."

You wanna know what the truth is? The truth is I thought it was a wink-wink. We had a fight, I thought it was sort of drama for the show and that we would make up.

I don't believe for a second that Jill thought it was a fake fight orchestrated for ratings. I think she's trying to cover up her catty behavior from last season with the excuse that it wasn't her -- that she was acting. Don't think so, Jill.

When Sherri asked Kelly about her being so unstable last season, Kelly also took the tack that it was all a performance for the cameras.

I didn't fall apart. It's hard to be portrayed as crazy and it's hard to come back from that. Sorry you guys I didn't fall apart. I know it's hard for everyone to understand that ... I make great television and Bethenny and I create better television. So, I mean, that's what it is.

Sorry, Kelly. It's not you pretending to have lost your mind, or the studio powers that be somehow injecting words into your mouth and moving your jaw to make it look like you were saying those things -- it happened. During the Reunion show last season, Kelly blamed her wacky, if not completely unhinged, behavior on "systematic bullying." Now it's because she knows how to make great TV? Doubt it.

I never thought I would ever defend the realness of a reality show, but Jill and Kelly have pushed me over the edge here. Jill, you were sucky last year, and Kelly, you were freaking nuts. It happened. Deal with it.

Do you think the RHONY is as fake as Jill and Kelly say it is?

Photos from Flickr of Jill via nick step, of Kelly via david_shankbone

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