What are you doing here without Doooooooorinda?!
If you know “Housewives,” chances are you know who Dorinda Medley is, due to her many iconic moments on “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and if you miss Medley, you’re in luck: She’s back in the final season of “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club.”
Eight all-star wives converge on Medley’s Blue Stone Manor for “RHUGT,” including Medley’s wife from “Real Housewives of New York,” Jill Zarin, Phaedra Parks and Eva Marcille from “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge of “Real Housewives of Orange County” and Brandi Glanville and Taylor Armstrong of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. Blue Stone Manor is the perfect setting for any Housewives fantasy, as it is the site of countless moments, including the “mention it all!” by Bethany Frankel. and “I cooked, I cleaned, I made it nice!” of Medley.
TODAY sat down with Medley to hear all about what it was like to host the ladies in her home…and of course, make it nice.
Medley’s Blue Stone Manor serves as the perfect vacation setting
After she went on “hiatus” from “The Real Housewives of New York City,” fans were excited to see Medley on “RHUGT,” and they were even more excited when Blue Stone Manor was revealed to be the filming location.
While away from the cameras, Medley used his time to continue developing his entertainment skills and worked on a number of other projects, including his book, “Make It Nice” (recently published in paperback), his line of bourbon, aptly named BlueStone. Manor Bourbon and a line of origin, all culminating to make it Clever to receive the ladies and return to the game.
Medley took a major role in planning activities for the ladies along with the producers, explaining, “Almost every activity you see, I had to plan. … We were full of action the whole time.” Medley noted that Armstrong and Parks also planned events for the ladies, teasing exciting times to come.
With over 100 production members and the ladies converging on Medley’s property, the experience was incredibly different than filming “RHONY,” as Medley explained that it took “the production value to a whole other level” and packed her property with “drones, command stations, port-o-potties, (and) COVID testing tents.”
Overall, filming at Blue Stone Manor was a welcome opportunity, and Medley hopes it will open viewers’ eyes to more of her property.
Medley said: “You guys were used to seeing this in the dining room, the living room. It was November, it was gloomy. This is the height of the fall, the pool was still open, you can see the little maze, you can see almost all of the 18 acres of property, which I think is going to be something really new for the audience.”
The drama is endless on ‘RHUGT,’ and it’s yet going
It wouldn’t be “Housewives” without drama, and Medley wasted no time getting involved with her fellow wives.
Medley said he trains more with Gunvalson and Glanville, noting that he “really gets along” with Glanville, especially when the cameras aren’t rolling.
With Gunvalson, Medley noted that they are “very different people” and was “shocked” that Gunvalson apparently “didn’t really want to be there from the start”. It’s important to note that Gunvalson broke up with her then-fiancé Steve Lodge right around the time of filming, which viewers will see on the show.
The drama boiled over when the press for “RHUGT” began, as Gunvalson said in a Bravo Instagram Live that it would be “miserable” to live at Blue Stone Manor full time due to it being old and in a rural area.. Medley responded, calling Gunvalson out in an Instagram post and saying on her podcast that Gunvalson has “no taste” and “goes out with people who pretend they have cancer.” Gunvalson responded in an Instagram comment, calling Medley “the nasty one” and reiterating that the experience was “miserable” at Blue Stone Manor.
Medley explained that she believes Gunvalson’s statement was due to a “lack of understanding or education about the area,” adding that the rest of the ladies were excited about the trip: and I made the most of it.
Medley said she was surprised Gunvalson was upset that she responded, saying “you can’t expect a solid New Yorker with a big mouth like Dorinda Medley not to respond with applause. We’re not playing the East Coast right now. There is the East Coast and then the Beast Coast. We are the Coast of the Beast. We’re from Manhattan and the boroughs, and that’s how we get around. For me, that’s just the daily interaction with a taxi driver.”
As for why Gunvalson’s comment was so moving, Medley said: “It’s (Blue Stone Manor) a beloved character, not only to me, but it’s like the Disneyland of housewives. It’s iconic. Every day of my life, I have people literally at my door, looking up to take pictures. So I don’t know what he’s looking at, but I don’t think that kind of sentiment is going to go along with the rest of the world.”
Judge said on Jeff Lewis Live on Tuesday, June 14, that it looks like the beef “has been squashed,” but there hasn’t been an official update from Medley or Gunvalson…yet.
Medley Answered Quick Questions About ‘RHUGT’ And Ramona Singer’s Latest Hookup
On who is most likely to cause drama: Glanville
On who is most likely to make the group laugh: Parks
On who is most likely to promote their own brand: Zarin
On who had the best outfits: Marcille, “Eva dresses amazing and she’s so beautiful, like you just want to look at her.”
On who spills the most tea: Medley! “I mean, as you know, I’ve been called Dorinda Meddler!”
On who is the best team player: judge
On Ramona Singer accidentally leaking Teresa Giudice’s wedding information: “I swear to God, listen, whatever we’ve had, I’ve known her 25 years, and I could almost safely say she didn’t say it maliciously. If we’ve learned anything about Ramona, she just does things, and then says ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry.’ I really think it was emotion.”