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'Real Housewives of New York' on 'The View': Kelly's not crazy (she just makes good TV)

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The ever-busy ladies of The Real Housewives of New York stopped by The View this morning to pimp their upcoming season (which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m.) and discuss the realness of their supposed reality show. (Jezebel has a clip.) Sadly Single Sonja and Countess LuAnn couldn’t make it, but the remaining women dished on last season (while welcoming spring with some serious boottage — I see you Alex McCord) and offered up their take on what went down now that she who must not be named (oh, wait, it’s Bethenny) is gone. 

Surprisingly, the women (er, mostly Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon, who came off the worst last year) revealed that much of the societal drama and frenemy behavior is turned up when the cameras are rolling. “It wasn’t really who I am,” Jill explained, revealing last season’s antics prompted a slew of hate mail in her inbox. “So why would you come back to the show for another season and go through that again?” cohost Sherri Shepherd asked sensibly (Quiet Sherri! Stick to Queen of Jordan.) Apparently, this negativity stems from Jill’s monumental break-up with Bethenny, which she first interpreted as a “wink wink” for the show. Soothsayer Ramona Singer was quick to come to any and all Housewives’ defense when the View ladies started asking too many questions about staged scenes. She also attributed the push from the show’s original February premiere date to the fact that Bravo was still filming the ladies, not because there was a lack of natural drama or intrigue. “We were still filming. We were still filming. So how can they put our show on if we’re still filming?” (Is a dance remix in her future, too?)

The single most memorable moment of the season, if not in Real Housewives history, belonged to Kelly, when the simple sound of “chef” triggered what seemed a complete breakdown. So how does she feel about her behavior from the ladies’ Scary Island trip to St. John today? “It’s hard to be portrayed as crazy. It’s hard to come back from that.” Kelly swears she’s not crazy. Like really, not crazy. She just makes good television! (But she can’t help it that she’s popular.) Zip it. Gummy bears! Creepy! Al Sharpton!

Did you catch the Real Housewives of The View? This may be a tall order, PopWatchers, but on the scientifically tested Real Housewives Realness Scale of 1-10 (10 being Stacie Turner’s real estate job with Sotheby’s, and 1 being Danielle Staub’s square tit), how real do you think the ladies of the Big Apple truly are?

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