Earlier in the week Jerry Seinfeld went off on the ‘Real Housewives of New York City” and all the other ‘Real Houseives’ spinoffs. Sitting in for Regis Philbin on ‘Regis & Kelly,’ Seinfeld called these drama-filled reality shows – whose ratings have been setting network records – “anti-women.’
Explaining they weren’t “bad” shows (he’s a friend of Bravo Sr. Vice President Andy Cohen), he said, “The shows are designed to make women feel bad about themselves.” He said the same thing was true of Ultimate Fighting. “They show the worst qualities your gender has so you can see how terrible you are.”
Maybe Seinfeld has a point. Look at the past week or so of news involving the various housewives. Last week it was revealed that New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice and her husband, portrayed as living a money’s-no-object lifestyle, had filed for bankruptcy in October, with debts of nearly $11 million dollars and an annual income of $79,0000. This week they planted a For Sale sign in front of their opulent $4 million mansion.
She told People magazine their financial issues were a “personal matter” and blamed the problems on the economy. “Most of my husband’s real estate ventures failed despite his hard work and effort,” she said, terming the bankruptcy filing “a fresh start.”
Housewife Danielle Staub, also of New Jersey, claimed her sex tape was stolen. Really? Is she upset? She told Access Hollywood that “it wasn’t something that I would have chose to release,” but now “there’s nothing I can do about it.” And she hopes hers is better than Kendra’s.
New York cast member Sonja Morgan was recently pulled over after running a Stop sign and charged with a D.U.I., reported the New York Post. Bethenny Frankel, who just launched her own spinoff ‘Bethenny’s Getting Married,’ revealed she had a secret first husband, and then, as if that unleashing that skeleton and her premiere weren’t enough, she got in a cat fight with veteran reality bad girl Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who is launching her own looking-for-love reality show, ‘Donald J. Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger.’
After Frankel’s insults, Omarosa responded by accusing Frankel of having gotten a tummy tuck and – yikes – married a gay man. OK, enough evidence. These are only some of the latest shenanigans. And naturally, no make that predictably, as all this was going on, the ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ finale drew record ratings and Frankel’s series had the highest viewership of any premiere on Bravo ever.
So what’s the deal, ‘Housewives’ fans? Is Seinfeld right about these shows? Wrong? Are they comparable to wresting and Ultimate Fighting? Is that why people watch? Please explain.