The Real Housewives are super sad, you guys, and it's all our fault. Many of the franchise's biggest stars were at a Bravo event in New York this week to promote their shows -- Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo were there from New Jersey, Kandi Burress, Kenya Moore and NeNe Leakes, and Phaedra Parks were there from Atlanta, Vicki Gunvalson and Gretchen Rossi were there from the O.C. -- but they probably didn't want to be. When a reporter asked them what advice they had for wanna-be reality stars, every single Housewife answered: Don't do it.
Don’t do it. There’s good and bad but if I had to do it all over again, I don’t think I would do it.
It’s definitely hard. We’ve all learned to have a little bit of thick skin. I’m still very sensitive. I get my feelings hurt. I’ve got my feelings hurt this year. If you like it enough you’ll go back for more. It’s like a drug.
And Phaedra warned:
Be careful for what you wish for. It’s not what it always seems.
I'm sorry, but I refuse to feel bad for Housewives, or any other reality TV show star for that matter. If you hate it so much, if it's so hard, if you "definitely wouldn't do it again" then STOP DOING IT.
Each Housewife who answered the question, other than Kenya Moore, has been on the show for multiple seasons. Vicki's been on her show for 8 years, for crying out loud.
It's just annoying when people bite the hand that feeds them, as if they're being force-fed. You don't HAVE to go on TV to make a living, you know. There are other pursuits in life than becoming a C-list celebrity with a few tabloid magazine covers about your broken marriage, your weight gain or loss, or your, you know, generally debase behaviour that you've chosen to share with the nation.
There was, however, one person who delivered some sage advise for those who want to be famous for doing nothing. Bravo emperor Andy Cohen said:
I just think if your aspiration is to become a reality star, you need to go to school and get a new aspiration.
Is there a community college in Franklin Lakes? Just wondering.
What do you think of the Housewives' comments?
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