Former “Real Housewives of New York” star Heather Thomson called out the show for creating “staged” and “rigged” storylines.
Thomson criticized the show while chatting with a New York Post photographer outside the upscale Japanese restaurant BondST in New York City.
The reality TV star specifically called Sonja Morgan’s engagement to Harry Dubin in Season 12 “bogus.” Dubin proposed to Morgan while Luann de Lesseps mourned his breakup with Jacques Azoulay.
“It was completely staged and totally wrong,” Thomson told point of sale. “It was a ring that Ramona was wearing. And she took it off and gave it to Harry to pretend it was hers… it was a bet.”
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“Authenticity is lacking,” she said. “The women performed themselves and many scenarios were forced and made up.”
Thomson initially left “RHONY” in 2015, but has since made appearances on the reality show.
Thomson defended the women who decided to join the “Real Housewives” franchise and instead put the blame on the “machine”.
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“Generally speaking, the women who join the show aren’t self-centered, mean, horrible people. They’re birds in golden cages. They go with good intention, but then you get sucked into this system of what viewers want, ”Thomson said.“ These women are part of a machine that has rewarded and nurtured them for outrageous behavior. It’s a career. It’s their check. And they don’t have any other jobs besides that. And so you become a product of the environment of what the fan is looking for.
“Let’s be honest: Watching women behave well and do good things for each other doesn’t make television a staple.”
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She also blamed the public.
“You can’t really talk about people without talking about the system,” said Thomson. “Everyone is guilty of this… the viewers, the network, the women of the show. We are all accomplices.”