USMagazine, Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 10:45am (PDT)
On Monday's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona Singer watched as tensions mounted between Sonja Morgan and Heather Thomsen during two not-so-productive business planning meetings; next, over dinner at Le Cirque, her husband Mario called out Luann de Lesseps' beau Jacques for humiliating Ramona at a wine tasting; finally, Ramona and Luann had it out themselves at a holiday party. Ramona Singer blogs with Us Weekly about this week's conflict-heavy episode.
Sonja was working with Heather's suggested graphic designer and photographer.
They were to create the toaster oven box, and they needed to figure out what images to shoot and what to showcase on the box. Sonja had told me she needed me to be present at the meeting because she felt Heather was not listening to what she wanted at prior meetings, and wanted me to make sure her voice was being heard. We walked away from the meeting agreeing they would photograph her with the half nude man holding the toaster oven, but also do a shoot with her alone. This way, in post production, Sonja would have choices, wouldn't lose time and had both options covered. In life and in business, I believe you should always cover your options. Oh, by the way: Another strong suggestion from the team was for Sonja to be totally naked, posed on top of her toaster oven with food covering her private parts?!?
I really don't know why Heather was getting testy with Sonja when she went to meet her again, or why Heather was trying to back out of the shoot. Sonja had invested a lot of time in this project, and at this point, it was not the time to start with someone new. I was really surprised Heather was trying to back out. The customer is always right, and in this case, the customer is Sonja. There was no reason not to do the two different shoots. No one should ever let their ego get in the way with their client’s wants.
The dinner at Le Cirque was wonderful! I happen to enjoy all types of wines.
Mario and I bought a case 1983 Chateau Margaux in honor of our lovely daughter Avery's birth seventeen years ago. Since we purchased it, it has gone up more than tenfold in value. Mario and I are a team. When he called out Jacques and LuAnn regarding the Ramona Pinot caper, I found it very interesting that LuAnn exited and wanted no part of it. LuAnn can dish it out but doesn't like to face the consequences.
I was so shocked about what Luann did, that I am glad Mario told Jacques how he felt, and that I was able to stay out of it. LuAnn and I have never been in a great place. I see her for who she is. Despite that, I am trying to get in a better place with her, and that's why I did not want to have an argument and confrontation with her at the Christmas party. What LuAnn did was wrong! She knows it was wrong. I knew it was wrong. Many other people knew it was wrong. That's why I could not look her in the eye -- I would have thrown my wine in her face so fast!