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The Real Housewives Franchise Goes Global from New Jersey to Israel

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Could it be that the Real Housewives franchise is America's greatest most recent export?

After The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered to a whopping 2.8 million viewers on Sunday, it's easy to see why television networks across the globe would want to profile the rich, famous – and feuding.

As the hostility between Housewives Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga continues to play out in front of cameras, the series is finding legs far from New Jersey – specifically in places like Israel, Canada, Ireland and Brazil.

Take a peek at what's happening on Housewives-inspired shows all over the world:

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Monday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live took a turn for the awkward when host Andy Cohen sat down with former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin to talk about her dismissal from the show.

The first season of the show without Zarin and former cast mates Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon wrapped on Monday, but Zarin did not want to let season 5 end without getting an answer to her uncomfortable question: Why was she fired?

Cohen claimed that the show needed a fresh cast, especially in light of the explosive season 4 reunion featuring the original Housewives.

"We were looking to shake the show up," Cohen told Zarin. "The last reunion, I think you would agree, was incredibly toxic for everyone involved."

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Ramona Singer & Aviva Drescher Trade Barbs in Epic Housewives Showdown

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How about a side of venom with that tea?

After non-stop feuding on their St. Barts trip, Aviva Drescher was "furious" with Ramona Singer on Monday's Real Housewives of N.Y.C., and wasted no time going in for the attack during a cringe-inducing nine-minute showdown over tea.

"I'm hoping to get a somewhat of a sober person in front of me," Drescher snapped, explaining to the camera why she arranged to meet Ramona during the day. (The purported reason for their meeting, by the way, was Aviva's anger over Ramona phoning her ex-husband to ask about her phobias.)

Sensing she was walking into a tense situation, Singer told her adversary,"You tend to raise your voice when you lose it. Let's not lose it today."

But indeed the ladies got into it – quickly, in fact – as Aviva reiterated her contempt for Ramona and sidekick Sonja Morgan's behavior during their island getaway, alleging they slept naked in bed together and calling it "disgusting behavior."

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Real Housewives of NYC: Are You Team 'Ramonja' or Team Aviva? | Ramona Singer

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After an eventful start to their St. Barts vacation – which found Countess LuAnn De Lesseps the subject of morning-after infidelity rumors – the drama boiled over on Monday's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. And, naturally, there was a man involved.

Aviva Drescher has been open with the ladies about her anxiety, especially when it comes to travel. Initially, she declined to join them on their island getaway, citing her crippling fears of flying. But after some persuasion, and help from her husband Reid, who accompanied her on the journey, Aviva flew down to join the ladies. Only, some of them weren't necessarily thrilled by her impending arrival.

Worrying in advance that Reid's presence would ruin the Girls Gone Wild vibe that Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan (a.k.a. Ramonja) had cultivated thanks to their wine-swilling and topless swimming adventures, the ladies plotted. Should they rent another house for themselves? (They did go looking!) Or would Reid stay at a hotel?

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Real Housewives: Was LuAnn de Lesseps Caught with Another Man? | LuAnn de Lesseps

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What is it with Housewives and vacations? A trip away from home seems to be license to misbehave – and the New York ladies are no different.

On an upcoming getaway to St. Barts (which airs Aug. 27) the clothes come off, along with the niceties. Bravo will air a sneak peek of all the drama after tonight's Real Housewives of New York City episode – but PEOPLE.com has an exclusive first look. (Watch the clip below.)

Let's get to the juicy stuff right away, shall we?

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Bethenny Frankel: Why My Marriage Is Worth Fighting For

Originally posted 07/19/2012 12:15 PM

Bethenny Frankel: Why My Marriage Is Worth Fighting For | Bethenny Frankel

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Bethenny Frankel is known for telling it like it is – especially when it comes to her personal life.

In this week's PEOPLE, the reality star-turned-talk-show host reveals the truth about her marriage to Jason Hoppy, which recently has been rumored to be on the brink.

"We've been scared," says Frankel, 41. "The second year of marriage was not easy. We hit bottom, [but] we came out the other side."

After rising to fame on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel has wrapped the final season of her reality series Bethenny Ever After, which magnified the couple's troubles this past year.

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Real Housewives Feud: Are You on Ramona or Heather's Side?

Originally posted 07/17/2012 11:30 AM

Real Housewives of NYC: Ramona Singer and Heather Thomson Feud

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Here's some feud for thought: Are you on Team Heather or Team Ramona?

On Monday's The Real Housewives of New York City, original cast member Ramona Singer came face to face with newbie Heather Thomson at their costar Aviva Drescher's five-year anniversary party.

It was the first time the two women, who did not start off on the right foot, were in each other's company since Heather organized a trip to London and invited everyone but Ramona.

So when Heather tried to play nice at the party, Ramona was not interested.

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Bravo to Jill Zarin: We're Not Hiring You Back on Housewives

Originally posted 06/25/2012 10:30 AM

Jill Zarin Is Not Returning to Real Housewives, Says Bravo | Jill Zarin

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After a big casting shake-up this season on The Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin seems to think Bravo needs her back.

But that's not going to happen.

"We wish Jill the best, but there is no consideration of her returning to the series," a network spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

The former Housewife, who was fired after the fourth season along with Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon, has publicly criticized the newly rebooted series and recently told the New York Daily News, "You don't change what works."

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Bethenny Says Watching Housewives Makes Her Feel 'Old'

Originally posted 06/17/2012 08:55 PM

Bethenny Frankel Still Watches The Real Housewives of New York City

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Bethenny Frankel is busy with her new talk show but she still finds time to catch up with The Real Housewives of New York City.

"Do I still watch it? I don't watch it religiously but I'll sometimes catch up," the Bethenny host says on Monday's episode of her Fox show. "It's not anything against them. I've been busy planning the talk show and kind of doing my own thing. It was a long time ago."

Responding to a question from a member of her audience, Frankel attributes her time on the Bravo reality show with launching her TV career.

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LuAnn vs. Ramona: Whose Side Are You On?

Originally posted 06/12/2012 12:30 PM



Epic drama alert!

Surrounded by the peaceful surroundings of Central Park, Real Housewives of New York City's LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer continued their feud – and dropped plenty of serious insults in the process – on Monday night's episode.

Their dispute, which started during season 4 when Ramona accused LuAnn of having poor parenting skills, came to a head during what was supposed to be a meeting to clear the air. But it ended with Ramona telling LuAnn, "You put people down to make yourself look good."

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