The Real Housewives of New York City: Kelly Bensimon Dating Andre Balazs?

Word on the street is that The Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon has moved on to the arms of a new man. According to Life & Style, Bensimon has been spending time with Andre Balazs, a New York City hotelier and residential developer. The pair was spotted cozying up to one another on July 17 at a hotel in South Beach where they were holding hands while dancing, laughing and sharing drinks at a VIP table. The following night, the couple was spotted at Andre's hotel, The Raleigh, cuddling by the pool and showing plenty of PDA. Andre was even overheard remarking how worried he was when he saw the Real Housewives of New York City star appearing flirty with Dancing with the Stars runner-up Gilles Marini. But apparently, he had no reason to worry since he later learned that Kelly was just interviewing the French actor for Plum TV. Kelly, arguably the most hated housewife on The Real Housewives of New York City, was the third wife of French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, who was formerly International Creative Director of ELLE magazine. The couple, who has two daughters, divorced in July 2007. Andre Balazs, on the other hand, was married to Katherine Ford, daughter of Eileen Ford, founder of the Ford Modeling Agency with whom he has two daughters. He dated actress Uma Thurman but the couple recently split. While Kelly has been on the spotlight for her being arrested earlier this year and for being charged with assaulting her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Stefanov, Andre has been the subject of the media for his business---owning eight hotels in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, , including the Chateau Marmont, The Mercer, and The Standard Hollywood, among others. His residential projects include 40 Mercer Residences in Soho. Source here

The Real Housewives of New York City: Bethenny Frankel Engaged, Moving to Her Own Show?

Now we know one housewife who isn't returning for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City . According to, Bethenny Frankel will bid farewell to the Bravo series where she catapulted to fame as she now stars on her own series, Skinny & The City, which will follow Frankel as she plans her wedding to Jason Hoppy. As BuddyTV reported previously, the couple has been dating for eighth months but has managed to keep their relationship under the radar for quite some time. Frankel's rep hasn't confirmed the engagement yet but says marriage is definitely in the cards for the happy couple. Bethenny and Jason first met at NYC nightclub Tenjune. Since then, the couple has attended several events together and went on a romantic vacation in Turks & Caicos in May. She has even reportedly gotten approval from her co-stars on The Real Housewives of New York City, who described Jason as a catch. "I think he's good for her," fellow Real Housewife star Jill Zarin told, adding that she and Frankel have been "going through a rough patch" lately. "He's very, very good looking, he doesn't gossip. He's not insecure. You can't be with Bethenny and be insecure." So far, Kelly Bensimone is the only one who has signed on for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York. The rest of the original cast members are reportedly holding out for six-figure deals. Bravo has already confirmed that casting is underway for the new season. Source Here

The Real Housewives of New York City: Jill Zarin Speaks on Salary Dispute

It seems that a salary dispute is indeed the reason why all five of the show's original women remain unsigned for the upcoming third season of The Real Housewives of New York City . As reported last week, Kelly Bensimon is the only cast member who has been confirmed for the next season, while the rest are reportedly holding out for six-figure deals. Jill Zarin didn't deny the cause of the holdup but explains that it's because she and the other housewives believe that they should be paid equal. "I think that in an ensemble cast, it's hard to have demands because I think all women are the same. I think all women should be treated identically. I don't think one is more valuable than other," Zarin told Us Magazine. "I'm not saying someone new on the show would be valued the same as someone who's been on the show three years," she added, presumably referring to newcomer Bensimon. "But I think that the cast is the cast. Take an ensemble like Friends. They felt the same way about each other, even though some became more famous than others and some were more liked. They all took care of each other, and I think that's the way it should be." Meanwhile, casting is underway for the new cast members of the new season. However, Zarin claims she has no idea about the casting. If someone's been hired, "I definitely don't know who she is," she said. Zarin also remains tightlipped on whether she's returning for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City. "It's not up to [the editors] to amp it up, it's up to us -- if I'm back. It's up to us to just live our lives the way it is. The editors do a really good job of editing it," she said. Source here

The Real Housewives of New York City: Kelly Bensimon Confirms She's Returning For Season 3

Bravo has picked up a third season of The Real Housewives of New York City but hasn't officially announced who among the ladies would be returning for the new season. As reported previously, the network is looking for new Manhattan ladies to join the show. It has also been reported that some cast members are holding out for more lucrative contracts. However, Kelly Bensimon, arguably the most hated housewife of the series, has confirmed that she's in for the new season. Bensimon, who was actually the first to sign for season 3, has been rumored to leave the show since she didn't exactly earn the best reputation among the girls of The Real Housewives of New York City. On the other hand, Bensimon has successfully attracted huge ratings as the resident newbie troublemaker of the show. "I am coming back," Bensimon told People at Three-O Vodka's recent launch party. "But I actually don't know who else is coming back. They don't really tell me." "We start shooting in two weeks," she added. "And it's going to be interesting now because the bar is so high. When Gretchen [Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County] is getting a motorcycle at a party and Teresa [Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey] is throwing over the table, what's going to happen?" In spite of all the drama she endured the first season, Bensimon looks forward to even more drama as she returns as a veteran. "Because I know these women now, I'll be able to do things with them," she said. "[Last season], it was hard. It was like the first day of school. Now I know everybody, so we're going to have a little fun." The Real Housewives of New York City is slated to return for season 3 in 2010. Source here

'The Real Housewives of New York' Picked Up for Season 3

Bravo has officially picked up The Real Housewives of New York City for a third season, which will begin production this fall. The sophomore season of the docu-series that follows the busy lives of a group of ambitious Manhattan women as they deal with their demanding careers, motherhood and jam-packed social calendars was the highest rated show in all metrics, with a season average of 1.44 million adults 18 to 49 and 1.95 million total viewers, that's why the renewal was no surprise. However, the announcement comes with some interesting news: casting for the new cycle is underway! The network looking for new Manhattan ladies to join the show could mean two things for The Real Housewives of New York City. Either some of the girls are not returning for season 3 or the show just wants to expand its cast. At any rate, I doubt that it's the latter. According to, all of the New York Housewives are likely to come back for season three, but two wives are putting up quite a fight when it comes to negotiating their new contracts. Apparently, Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer are the ones holding out for more lucrative contracts since they "feel they are the true stars of the show." "Bravo put out that press release saying they're casting for new housewives because Jill and Ramona are playing hardball," a source revealed. Kelly Bensimon, arguably the most hated housewife of the series, has also been rumored to leave the show. However, sources say that last season's newbie troublemaker was actually the first to sign for season 3. "She is considered the most hated woman in New York and will do anything to reverse that opinion," a source said. The Real Housewives of New York City is slated to return for season 3 in 2010. Source Here

Bethenny Frankel Finds Love

The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel has been spending last season looking for Mr. Right and now, it seems that she's finally found what she's been looking for. After sulking in the misery of perpetual dating, the 38-year-old chef has finally found happiness with new boyfriend Jason Hoppy, 38, who is in pharmaceutical sales and real estate. "I'm in love," Frankel told People at the Pepsi Natural Dinner at a large private home in East Hampton on Saturday. "I'm pretty much certain I'm going to spend the rest of my life with him ... I'm really happy." Frankel and Hoppy have been dating for eight months but have managed to keep their relationship under the radar for some time. "I didn't want to bring anyone into the fray unless I knew it was the real deal," said Frankel, who met Hoppy at New York City's Tenjune. "I was getting my picture taken and I had a scowl on my face. He came up and said, 'Are you going to get that stick out of your a-?'" Frankel recalled. It's a good thing that Frankel's friends support the match, including Real Housewives of New York co-star Jill Zarin. "[My costar] Jill [Zarin] loves him. For six months we called him 'Tenjune.' He does pharmaceutical sales and real estate. He's very, very athletic, [and] all-American," Frankel revealed. "He's extremely handsome," one of her pals added at the dinner. "He's supportive, funny, thoughtful, kind. He wants kids. They're both the same age. This could be it." Of course, fans can expect Frankel's latest beau to grace The Real Housewives of New York City when the new season premieres on Bravo . "He'll be on the show. He's totally cool about it, but not gung ho. He's not Speidi," said Frankel, who also hints that their first date was at a sushi restaurant. "He's excited for me and everything that's happening for me." Source Here

'The Real Housewives of New York' Let Out Their Claws

There have been rumors swirling regarding the tension between some cast members of Bravo 's Housewives franchise and it seems that women of The Real Housewives of New York City are finally letting their claws out. During Wednesday night's Gracie Awards, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord and Jill Zarin have disdainfully given their two cents about The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which currently airs every Tuesday at 10pm. "I really haven't watched, but I heard it's pretty crazy. I heard it's pretty New Jersey," Countess LuAnn de Lesseps said mockingly. Added Alex McCord, "We actually met four or five of them. We were at the same party and they knew who we were, but we didn't know who they were." "We do not hang out," Jill Zarin emphasized. According to an insider, "The NYC women are totally different from the Jersey girls in terms of class. They hate being compared to women whose idea of a good night out is going to a cheesy club. It's such a stereotype." While the women of The Real Housewives of New York aren't too keen when it comes to their New Jersey counterparts, they are very much anxious to meet the new wave of ladies the D.C. version of the series has to offer. "I'm very excited to see who is cast," said Zarin. "I hope it's women who are intelligent, women who work, who are good role models, who are ambitious and driven. I don't want to see a bunch of trashy women." Meanwhile, De Lesseps has an idea for one very special guest star on the D.C. show. "I think Mrs. Obama should make an appearance," she said. "She is the epitome of class, and I think even on a show like The Housewives of Washington, she could pull it off." Source Here

'Real Housewives of New York City' Star: NJ Counterpart Boring

If The Real Housewives of New York City 's Bethenny Frankel were to be asked, the housewives over at the garden state aren't all that exciting compared to the boob-job-getting, backstabbing ladies of the big apple, but their husbands are a different matter entirely. "I'm not finding the actual content all that riveting (and I mean not even in a "can't look away from a train wreck kind of way")," she writes on her E! Online blog. "I find it pretty boring so far, and I think it is largely because the husbands may be the most interesting characters, and they don't seem to be surfacing anytime soon." On the most recent episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle set up a Mom's Night Out Spa Party, but the party went from fabulous to frightening when Jacqueline's family put pressure on her to end her friendship with Danielle (yes, the claws came out and gossip began rearing its ugly head). The 38-year-old Real Housewives of New York City star, however, said she concedes that this being their first season, understandably, the girls are heavily tasked to get along. "The producers undoubtedly asked them to get together for the show. Clearly Dina (Manzo) didn't want to do this for America to see. Fair enough." She then proceeds to rank the ladies by virtue of entertainment value, and predicts that while the first three episodes were a bit on the boring side, the final ones should be "spicy." "What is way more interesting is what Danielle has on Dina. I find Caroline and Danielle to be the most entertaining to watch, with Dina right behind. Jacqueline and Teresa are a bit of a snooze at the moment. Without their kids, people may not watch at all. Three more episodes to go!" Source Here

Kelly Bensimon Wants to Return for Season 3 Despite Exit Rumors

Kelly Bensimon didn't exactly come across as a fan favorite when she joined The Real Housewives of New York City . During the second season reunion special, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin revealed they would vote Kelly off the show if they had the chance. Additionally, Bravo's poll, in which users were asked which New York Housewife should be taken out of the series, showed that Kelly overwhelmingly garnered over 80 percent of the votes, with Ramona coming in second with a little less than 10 percent. Not surprisingly, rumors surfaced that Kelly would not be returning for the third season of The Real Housewives of New York City. While a Bravo rep declined to comment on Kelly's status, the network has already sent out a casting notice for the upcoming season, which seemingly fueled Kelly's exit rumors even further. "Are you a woman living in one of the most exclusive areas of New York who has to juggle their career, home life, and a jam-packed social calendar full of charity fund-raising galas, Hampton parties and nights on the New York social scene?" the notice reads in part. "Casting producers are interested in meeting immediately!" "We're always looking for new and interesting characters and to keep the show fresh," the network rep said. "There are so many stories to tell and we want to keep topping ourselves every season." In spite of the buzz, Kelly has made it perfectly clear that she'll be back--if Bravo wants her again, that is. "I think it would be really fun to come back for another season," she told Wednesday at the 2009 H&M Fashion Against AIDS Collection in NYC. "I really enjoyed all the women -- I think they're all so unique. I really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them." Source Here

Tv's Hot List: Thursday, May 28, 2009 - Featured

*National Spelling Bee 8 pm/ET ABC Times have changed, and so have the winning words in this entertaining event. Hard-to-spell, but at least understandable, championship-deciding words from the past have included "gladiolus" (1925); "condominium" (1956); "chihuahua" (1967) and "luge" (1984). But starting about 15 years ago, the competition heated up, with winners having to clinch with words like "antediluvian," "succedaneum" and "appoggiatura." It's gotten tougher being a kid. - Dave Roeder * So You Think You Can Dance 8 pm/ET Fox No one doubts the pressure put on these dancers in the later rounds, but don't discount the strain they feel when they're just trying to make it out of the audition stage, as they are in these tryouts in Los Angeles and Seattle. And while there are some who have every right to be confident about their status, the rest will have to give it everything they've got to make it to next week's callbacks in Las Vegas. - Joe Friedrich *I'm Fat Again: A Best Life Special 8 pm/ET Discovery Health A few days ago we celebrated Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer - and the kickoff to bathing-suit season! Fear not, yo-yo dieters: Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer Bob Greene takes over the tube to show you how to win the battle of the bulge. - Michael Chant * The Real Housewives of New York City ': The Lost Footage 9 pm/ET Bravo The cable net cores through more plump and juicy Big Apple dramas featuring housewives Alex, Bethenny, Jill, LuAnn, Ramona and Kelly. Apparently the stormy two-part reunion edition two weeks ago wasn't enough because here they are again - our well-tended ladies from New York City returning in socialite highlights, extended scenes and previously unseen footage from the sudsy series' second season. - Dean Maurer *The Oprah Effect 9 pm/ET CNBC Here's one secret to success: appear on Oprah Winfrey's popular talk show. Whether it's a multitude of books, Garrett's popcorn or the "slimming intimates" known as Spanx, a simple turn beside - or a mere mention from the daytime queen can boost the bottom line like nobody else. But how does one get on the show to start with? CNBC's Carl Quintanilla finds out. - Jeff Gemmill