Tinsley Mortimer is the new housewife on RHONY and is currently filming. Not much is known about how she fits into the show, but there is a lot of info out there on Tinsley. I have a feeling she is being brought in to either be a friend or a foe of Bethenny Frankel’s. Last season it seemed like Bethenny and Carole against everyone else. I don’t really think Bethenny needs another minion. I think Tinsley will probably fit in as someone who is as “vulgar” for lack of a better term as she is. Carole mostly just smiles and nods and rarely gets her own hands dirty. Tinsley seems more balls to the wall, like Bethenny.
Today, I watched a 2007 (I think this date may be an error on the TV listing and it was actually 2009) episode of Dr. Phil with Tinsley Mortimer and her mother. The episode was entitled “Meddling Moms.” The show filmed when Tinsley was on a CW reality show called High Society. Tinsley’s mother was very unhappy with the divorce between Tinsley and Topper and was a “meddling mom” by trying to get her daughter back together with the man responsible for her social status in Manhattan. Tinsley dated quickly when she filed for divorce and very publicly. She did not wait for the divorce to be final. Her mother felt as though there was a lot of unfinished business between Tinsley and Topper and that Tinsley just moved on without attending to that business.
Tinsley’s mother spoke frequently to Topper about his unhappiness over the divorce and Tinsley felt her mother was taking Topper’s side. She probably wishes she had listened to her mother 10 years ago. Her mother also told her not to do reality TV ten years ago and she did it anyway. But to be fair, so did her mother, and her sister. Many people feel that choice was what ultimately dropped her social standing in NYC to the point where she doesn’t seem to have one anymore.
Tinsley and Topper were high school sweethearts. Tinsley says they just grew apart over time. Or, perhaps she had a wandering eye.
Tinsley tells her mother that she really needs her support and points out that she has always been a good girl who makes good decisions. Well, maybe not so much but we will get into that later.
Tinsley’s mother would talk to Topper at 3 a.m. during the divorce proceedings and plot with him to get Tinsley back. The mother admits the phone calls, but sort of denies the plotting. Their segment ended with Dr. Phil telling Tinsley’s mother she needs to be there for Tinsley and that means being on her side in the divorce.
There is a plethora of intel out there on Tinsley Mortimer. I’ve provided some links here before because there is a lot to know. A. Lot.
Here is a NY Post Story from 2010 about the unsavory characters on Tinsley’s first reality show. Note that Bethenny Frankel is mentioned. It’s sort of Tinsley adjacent, but makes me think Tinsley has encountered Bethenny before.
Here is the unraveling of the marriage discussed on NY Magazine and the “Prince” she ran off with.
And finally, Page Six is of course covering her every move. From what I read here, she seems to be filming with Sonja and Ramona. So many she was brought in to be Bethenny’s RIVAL. Now that would make more sense and be more interesting.
Bethenny has been unhappy with Andy Cohen since the reunion filmed in August, followed by her issues in The Hamptons. Bethenny is no longer getting the special snowflake treatment from Andy and rumora about that she has been speaking negatively about him in NYC for quite some time. Making an actual socialite the antagonist to Bethenny who wants all the publicly and social status she can get is sort of evil genius. On the other hand, Bethenny doesn’t have a bunch of mugshots out in the world. And in this battle, I think I’d place my bets, and possibly my allegiance with Bethenny.
As for Luann’s wedding this weekend, I’m still being told that Dorinda is the only invited guest, and she is a bride’s maid. I’m hearing that an all cast wedding celebration may occur after Luann returns from her honeymoon to the Bahamas.