Hello Everyone! I can’t believe the finale is finally here! What a season! I didn’t expect it to take such an emotional toll on me, but I was crying at the very end.
Early in the season I said we were watching Jill and Bethenny get a friendship divorce. And, sadly, I was right. They finalized it at Le Cirque (how very New York!). Jill actually said she felt like they were married and had gotten separated! But when they finally got together to talk things over – 6 months after the fighting started – they were in different places. It was awkward watching Jill try and save the relationship when Bethenny had clearly moved on. That’s the risk with any separation, isn’t it? Jill seemed to think that time would heal all wounds, but Bethenny used the time to move on.
They were both crying during the divorce, but for different reasons. Jill was sorry, but Bethenny was done. I think they were both feeling sorry for themselves and not each other, but Jill handled herself with maturity and grace. She apologized and took the blame. She didn’t try to pin anything on Bethenny even though they both equally played a part in it. Lesson learned: You can’t hold a grudge for 6 months!
I was disappointed to see Bethenny point out Jill’s faults. Bethenny also said in her interviews that she didn’t think Jill was being sincere. She felt that Jill was only sitting in front of her crying because everyone was fighting with Jill. It was like Bethenny was on the playground, counting who used to be friends with Jill but are now her friends – Alex, Ramona – and throwing it in Jill’s face. It was like watching Kelly and Bethenny fight last season, but in reverse. Bethenny might as well have said, “I’m up here, and you’re down here.”
Bethenny also claimed she wouldn’t play the pregnancy card, but that’s all she’s done in the press all season. I know, I know, you all love Bethenny. And that’s fine. You can love her. You don’t know her. As I make the rounds for my book Skinny Italian – third week in a row on The New York Times Bestseller List! (insert Gia scream here) – I’m meeting all the same reporters, producers and even make-up artists that Bethenny regularly interacts with. And they all have the same thing to say: “She used to be a fun, regular girl, but after she got successful, she became a total bitch.” I know she acts sweet to her fans on Twitter, but as an insider, I’m here to tell you, it’s an act. She is not sweet. She is calculating and cold.
I know I’m on fire today, You know me: I tell it like it is. I’m sugar and spice. So here’s some sugar: Ramona’s wedding renewal was gorgeous. Mario is gorgeous. They’re really in love. And it was really touching to watch. I actually teared up. And anytime reality TV – with all its overblown drama and fake – can actually touch you, you know it’s good. Congrats, Ramona and Mario! You are truly an inspiration!
It was a beautiful way to end the season, but I still kind of wish they had ended it with Scary Island. Then at least we’d still be talking about it all summer.
Tanti Baci, –Teresa Giudice
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