Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon insists she was forced to go on the now-infamous St. John trip against her will, and despite Bravo execs basically calling her a liar, that’s her story and she’s sticking to it. This morning via Twitter she wrote:
BRAVO told me i had to go for it was a very expensive trip. no drama, no ratings, no show, no money.
At the risk of Kelly haters — and there are a lot of them — coming through my computer to strangle me, could she have a point?
Did Bravo’s Andy Cohen show up at her house with handcuffs and force her onto a plane against her will? Of course not. But she does have a contract with the network, and perhaps a suggestion such as, “We need you to go or you might possibly not be asked back next season” could be construed as having no choice. Now, Kelly isn’t articulate enough to tell us what she means by “against her will” so I’m just guessing. Imagine if your boss said to you, “Listen, you, if you don’t go on this business trip you might not survive the next round of lay-offs” wouldn’t you feel you had to go?
Also, Bravo TV isn’t above making people — EVEN CHILDREN — look bad for ratings. Remember the incident when they aired Ramona’s daughter Avery using a derogatory term for lesbians? She was 13 years old at the time and the network aired it, raising alarm bells at her uppity all-girls private school. Avery’s headmaster spoke with her about it and a source told the New York Post: “They were so shocked at how much publicity the show got that they wanted to make sure Avery could handle the spotlight.”
So, if Bravo will exploit a child, why not an adult with obvious mental issues?
Of course, this could all be part of Kelly’s vivid imagination (schizophrenia?) like her believing Bethenny wanted to kill her. I’m just saying, her being coerced to go is not out of the realm of possibility. Regardless, I think we can assume Kelly won’t be back next season.