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Secrets & Scandals Of 'Real Housewives of New York City’ — Brutal Beatdowns, Boozy Arrests, Dirty Divorces & Cheating Scandals!

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Feb. 5 2021, Updated 10:26 p.m. ET

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Since 2008, The Real Housewives of New York City have shown off their luxurious style.  Now in its sixth season, the show that made Bethenny Frankel famous is still going strong thanks to a slew of scandals:

Listen! 'RHOP' star Wendy Osefo breaks down the “most intense fight in the show's history” in under 2 minutes.

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Ramona and Mario Singer

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Ramona Singer’s Split: The head RHONYC housewife finally filed for divorce from her love rat husband Mario Singer in 2014 after he was accused of cheating on her with a much younger woman, Kasey Dexter. As Radar exclusively reported, Singer purposely didn’t file for divorce until AFTER filming of the upcoming season 6 was finished because the reality star didn’t want the drama to play out on the hit Bravo show

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Carole Radziwill and Russ Irwin

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Carole Radziwill Breakup:  In February 2013, Carole quietly split from her boyfriend Russ Irwin – but the rocker recently told Radar the shocking reason why! “She wanted an open relationship,” said Irwin, who has toured with Aerosmith and Sting. “She wanted to date other people….she didn’t want to be tied down to someone she had to check in with every day.” Irwin told Radar that he wanted to marry Radziwill after dating on-again-off-again for three years – but she said no, so they’re history.

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Jill Zarin

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Jill Zarin Book Scandal: In 2010, Gawker.com accused Jill of posting positive reviews of her own book, Secrets of a Jewish Mother! She was accused of assuminga false name on amazon.com so she could praise her own work; some observers also questioned whether she’d secretly given her co-star Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen a bad review for their book, Little Kids, Big City. Jill was let go from RHONYC after season 4.

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Alex McCord

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Alex McCord Naked Controversy: In 2008, nude photos of Alex from her acting days surfaced online.  The photos were taken ten weeks after the birth of her second son.  Alex took it calmly, telling People magazine the whole thing was “a non-issue.” She was fired from the housewives after season 4 in 2011.

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Kelly Bensimon and Nicholas Stefanov

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Kelly Killoren-Bensimon’s Arrest: In March 2009, model Kelly was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Stefanov told police she punched him, leaving a bloody gash on his face. Kelly, who claimed she only hit Nicholas because he wouldn’t leave her New York apartment, reportedly did two days of community service in a plea deal. She left RHONYC in 2011.     

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Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy

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Bethenny Frankel’s Messy Divorce: Gone from RHONYC, but not forgotten, Bethenny and her husband, Jason Hoppy, later starred on a Bravo spinoff, Bethenny Ever After. Bethenny became a talk show hostess, while having a messy split with Jason. They have fought it out in court over finances and a custody agreement regarding their daughter Bryn, 3. Incredibly, while divorcing, they were still living together in their NY apartment; Bethenny asked a judge to evict Jason.

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Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher

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Ghostwritergate: In the most recent battle amongst the housewives, Aviva Drescher accused bestselling author Carole Radziwill of using a ghostwriter! The controversy erupted on the March 18, 2014 show when Aviva was writing her own memoir, Leggy Blonde, and claimed Carole needed editor William Whitworth to help write her own book, What Remains. Carole angrily denied the claim!

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Ramona, Avery and Mario Singer

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Ramona Singer’s Extravagances: In 2013, the RHONYC star lavished her daughter Avery with gifts such as a Michael Kors purse and hired a chef to do an elegant dinner party when she turned 18. For her husband Mario’s birthday, Ramona, who is reportedly worth $18 million, treated him to a first class safari trip to South Africa. Sadly for Ramona, Mario allegedly cheated on her—and she then filed for divorce!

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Aviva Drescher

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Aviva Drescher’s Childhood Tragedy: The RHONYC star lost a leg in a farm accident when she was just six years old. Drescher’s left leg was amputated, and she’s written about the incident in her book, Leggy Blonde: A Memoir. She told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that returning to the scene of the accident years later “was incredibly moving.” In her memoir, Aviva also revealed her chronic panic attacks and phobias, and her mother’s tragic battle with the bottle.

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Sonja Morgan

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Sonja Morgan’s Legal Trouble: Saucy Sonja could be forced to sell her beloved townhouse after suffering a huge legal and financial setback, RadarOnline.com exclusively reported. Morgan was successfully sued by Hannibal Pictures for failure to raise money for a film involving John Travolta —and the reality TV star was forced to file for bankruptcy because of the judgment — which reached a staggering $8.5 million total with interest and attorneys’ fees included.  A Los Angeles judge decided Hannibal Pictures could collect the $8.5 million judgment from Morgan and force her to sell her house.

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Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Jill Zarin

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RHONYC Plastic Surgery: Many of the New York housewives have had plastic surgery, whether they’ve admitted it or not! Here’s the reported list of alleged procedures: Jill Zarin had a breast reduction, Botox injections and a "liquid facelift"; Bethenny Frankel has had breast implants, a breast lift and Botox injections; Ramona Singer has had Botox injections and treatments for cellulite; Sonja Morgan has had liposuction, fillers and Botox injections; and Kelly Bensimon has had Botox injections and breast implants.

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Harry Dubin and Aviva Drescher

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Aviva Drescher’s Battle With Her Ex: According a New York Post story in 2012, Aviva Drescher accused her ex-husband, real estate investor Harry Dubin, of being delinquent in child support and other related fees for their son Harrison, then 10. Aviva alleged Harry, whom she divorced in 2005, of owing her nearly $300,000. In May 2012, a bench warrant was issued for Harry’s arrest after he failed to show up in court over the remiss child support payments. But the warrant was dropped and Dubin said, “The amount I owe is minuscule.”  Aviva and her ex have since mended fences and he’s appeared on season 6 of the show.

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Countess LuAnn De Lesseps and Jacques Azoulay

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Splits From French Boy Toy: Viewers saw LuAnn’s steamy three-year relationship with debonair Frenchman Jacques Azoulay play out on RHONYC, but in 2013, the couple split. Jacques, 38, who launched his own wine label, Gabrielle Wines, explained, “The breakup was mutual and it was actually just time to turn the page. We were so hot and heavy in the beginning and then things just cooled down.” Meanwhile, the Countess, 48, told Radar that the pair split because of his desire to have a family.

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Benjamin Benalloul and Sonja Morgan

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Sonja Morgan’s Wild Love Life: The 50-year-old entrepreneur is known as a cougar for her 23-year-old boy toy Benjamin Benalloul, but is she also a cheat?  As Radar has reported, Sonja was seen hanging out with former Bachelor star Lorenzo Borghese while Ben was out of town.  And recently on RHONYC, Sonja went on a date with an old(er) flame—Aviva Drescher’s ex-husband, Harry Dubin—and admitted to him that Ben wouldn’t be happy about it!

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Bethenny Frankel And Kelly Bensimon

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Bethenny Frankel And Kelly Bensimon’s Feud: Even after Bethenny and Kelly were both long gone from RHONYC, they still were trading insults. After Bethenny blasted her on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, Kelly told In Touch that the talk show hostess “will not shut up about a TV show that was not even real…she needs to move on!” And in reacting to Bethenny’s comment that she might have Kelly on her talk show, Kelly said, “She will literally suck the blood from your child to get ratings. I am literally over her, so over her!”

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Bethenny Frankel

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Bethenny Frankel Blasts Housewife Bucks: The talk show hostess (whose show has since been cancelled) offended her co-stars when she said 75 percent of the housewives had financial trouble. But the pot was apparently calling the kettle black, as RadarOnline.com exclusively learned that before Bethenny was cast on the hit reality show, she was in such dire financial straits that she only had $8,000 to her name.

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RHONYC Salary War: In 2013, the housewives were caught up in controversy for reportedly holding out for more money. Before season 6 started filming, the women dragged their feet over signing new contracts.  While Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher were all ultimately given new deals by Bravo, they feel bitter over how little they’re paid, sources told Radar.

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Ramona Singer and Aviva Drescher’s Bikini Battle: In 2013, Ramona wanted everyone to know she looked better in a bikini than her co-star, Aviva! After Aviva and her husband showed off their figures during their Christmas vacation in Miami to Radar, Ramona couldn’t sit still. While in vacation on Anguilla, she shared a bikini photo of herself with Radar. Ramona also bragged, “My husband Mario and I both have better bodies than Aviva  Drescher and her husband!” But that was before she filed for divorce from Mario.

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Sonja Morgan DUI

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Sonja Morgan DUI: Not long after joining RHONYC, Morgan found herself in a mug shot! In 2010, socialite Sonja allegedly blew through a stop sign at 2:16 a.m. in Southampton, N.Y., failed field-sobriety tests, refused a breathalyzer test and was charged with DUI.

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LuAnn de Lesseps’ Daughter’s Scandal:  Luann wrote the etiquette book, Class With the Countess—so what happened with her teen daughter, Victoria de Lesseps?  Victoria left the tony Ross School in the Hamptons soon after a video of her rolling what looked like a joint and using a racial slur appeared online, according to Page Six. LuAnn’s rep insisted Victoria hadn’t been expelled—but had withdrawn from the school months before the video surfaced.  

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Carole Radziwill

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Carole Radziwill’s Insensitive Tweet: Critics blasted Carole for her controversial Twitter comments in 2012 when the devastating Hurricane Sandy was expected to wreck the East Coast.  As millions braced themselves for floods and possible evacuation, Carole waxed rhapsodic!  She tweeted,: “Maybe I’m strange but can’t think of another place I’d rather be 2nite than NYC. Flood of 2012. Love eye of storms. History. #stormsandy.”

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Jill Zarin

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Jill Zarin’s Firing:  In 2012, Jill opened up about being fired from RHONYC after season 4. She told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, that “it felt like a death…..It felt like my funeral. I was heartbroken and I felt like Bravo was my parents.”   But was it the last we’ve seen of Jill on RHONYC?  Recently, Aviva Drescher predicted Jill -- and Bethenny Frankel -- would replace Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson on the show!

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