Julianne Wainstein has been spotted filming with her friend Dorinda Medley and Bethenny Frankel for Real Housewives of New York this week in NYC. That’s new RHONY Julianne with her back turned to us to face Bethenny Frankel while they are all pretending to have a bite to eat at Catch NYC. Mostly what is important for us to know about Julianne is that her husband is rich, she’s close with Dorinda, Bethenny will probably love her, she is half-Japanese, sophisticated, and last I knew she was an event planner.
Julianne will be replacing Heather Thomson who has taken her ball and gone home after one of her major investors with a managerial role in Yummie Tummie has refused to allow the RHONY camera inside the business. Since that was Heather’s whole point in being on, she has left the show and is trying to oust the investor from the company. The guy was actually the one to give her the very first million dollar loan to start the company and has had a major hand it the success of the company. Heather is going to court to try to remove him from his managerial duties. I guess she doesn’t need him anymore.
Much is being made about the fact that only Dorinda, Julianne, Bethenny and Carole have been caught filming. According to, Page Six LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer are still negotiating new contracts. But honestly, we hear this every year from Page Six. This year they say the ladies want to make closer to a million dollars like Bethenny is ALLEGEDLY pulling. Page Six loves to throw out figures but they can’t seem to do math. From Page Six May 6, 2013 , “We hear cast members earn an average of about $65,000 per season, (The Fuck?) though some veterans of the show earn way more. Singer, who’s been with the show since its first season, reportedly makes $500,000 and, sources tell us, wanted $1 million from Bravo to appear on a sixth. Bravo refused, and she agreed to come back anyway.” They get paid per episode and if Ramona got paid $25K an episode, there were 23 episodes in season 6 and she would have made about $575,000 that’s if she only makes $25k, which would be a decent estimate The bottom line is we hear that so-and-so wants a million dollars every year and at the same time they seem pretty clueless about the actual Bravo salaries.
It’s kind of funny that Page Six doesn’t even mention Kristen Taekman who was slated to be let go as early as the middle of last season when Bethenny decided that she wasn’t feeling her. However, it is possible that she was offered to stick around since her husband was caught in the Ashley Madison scandal, Apparently, either Bravo decided against it or Kristen refused to do it so she released a statement saying that she quit.
“My experience during my time on RHONY was fantastic and I made some great new friends. At this time in my life, I have decided to concentrate on my family and my new business ventures, Pop Of Color nail polish and Last Night’s Look, my fashion blog. I will remain a Housewife and part of an amazing franchise forever and that is what is important. ”
Dorinda has been super busy on the part scene lately, she was at Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy Launch Party recently, she’s also posted a clip of her self singing karaoke on a party bus recently with the hastag #RHONY (although I didn’t recognize anyone else on the bus and she uses that hashtag a lot for no apparent reason). She also has fully decked out Blue Stone Manor, her place in the Berkshires, for Halloween. It is in full party plan mode for what I hear will be a Halloween party this weekend.
So that leaves Luann, Sonja and Ramona doing their usual mating dance with Bravo. It’s getting tiresome for me, so I can only assume that it is getting tiresome for Bravo. I wouldn’t be mad if we just had Bethenny, Carole, Dorinda and Julianne with Luann as a FOH and send Ramonja packing. HOWEVER, that sets things up for Bethenny/Carole versus Dorinda/Julianne. Perhaps we should have Ramona as the fifth. If I am Bravo, I’m seeing Ramona and Sonja as the same brand of crazy. And since they are not as close as they used to be, why pay for two of the same thing. If I were Bravo, I’d pick one of that pair with a Luann FOH and call it a day. In my mind, Sonja and Ramona should be racing each other to be first to sign their damn contracts.
What do you think will happen?