Ramona Singer ‘apologized’ for ‘RHUGT’ casting diss – TheFantasyTimes

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Ramona Singer ‘apologized’ for ‘RHUGT’ casting diss

Kristen Taekman and Ramona Singer recently had a private conversation to address the tension surrounding Singer’s comments about Taekman’s casting in “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy.” Taekman revealed this during an exclusive interview with TheFantasyTimes at Jill Zarin’s annual Luxury Luncheon in the Hamptons. Singer and her daughter, Avery, had previously criticized Taekman during a live taping of TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast, where Avery referred to Taekman’s casting as a “rogue” choice. Taekman expressed her satisfaction that Singer apologized for her remarks and acknowledged that she had forgotten who Taekman was. Singer even admitted to questioning why Taekman was chosen for the show instead of other cast alumni. Taekman responded to Singer’s criticism on social media, reminding her of their previous interactions at events. Taekman also mentioned that Singer had made similar jabs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Taekman appreciated Singer’s apology before filming “RHUGT: RHONY Legacy.” Taekman, who now resides in California with her husband and children, mentioned that the apology cleared the air between them and set a positive tone for their time on the show. The upcoming premiere of “RHUGT: RHONY Legacy” has been moved up to December, causing a delay in the next season of “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club.” The new series will feature Brandi Glanville, Caroline Manzo, and others. Taekman expressed her enjoyment of working with Singer and also mentioned her positive experiences with Kelly Bensimon and Dorinda Medley during their time in St. Barts. Taekman expressed her admiration for Dorinda, referring to her as an amazing TV personality.

Kristen Taekman and Ramona Singer had a “private” conversation to “clear the air” over the latter’s “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy” casting diss.

“We actually had a private phone conversation about it before, so we were good going in,” Taekman, 46, exclusively told TheFantasyTimes Saturday at Jill Zarin’s annual Luxury Luncheon in the Hamptons.

In May, Singer, 66, and her 28-year-old daughter, Avery, shaded Taekman during a live Mother’s Day taping of TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast at City Winery in New York City.

At the mention of Taekman’s inclusion in the series — which filmed this summer in St. Barts — Avery said she felt the casting choice was a “rogue” one.

Kristen Taekman
Kristen Taekman told TheFantasyTimes she was pleased that Ramona Singer “apologized” for saying she “forgot” who she was before filming “RHUGT: RHONY Legacy.”
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“I just genuinely forgot who she was,” the BachBoss co-founder said, prompting her famous mother and “Turtle Time” podcast co-host to add, “Well, everyone did.”

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Singer admitted that she even thought to herself, “Why don’t we have [alum] Aviva [Drescher]? Why do we have Kristen?”

Avery and Ramona Singer
Singer, pictured here with daughter Avery, made the remark in May during a live taping for TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast.
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The “Life on the Ramona Coaster” author maintained a full-time position on “The Real Housewives of New York City” for the entirety of its original 13-season run. She only crossed paths with Taekman in Seasons 6 and 7.

When Taekman caught wind of Singer’s diss, she wasted no time clapping back via social media. 


“Huh you didn’t seem to forget me when you invited me to @averysinger launch party back in Feb!?” she wrote alongside a screenshot of our headline.

Ramona Singer, Kristen Taekman and more guests hanging out at a Hamptons party
Taekman previously clapped back at Singer via social media.

“You also seemed to ‘know who I was’ when you attended my Hamptons event in 2019?” Taekman continued, referencing her Hot in the Hamptons luncheon in July of that year.

“Just sayin,” she added, sharing photos of the ladies together at the party. 

Additionally, Taekman told us that Singer had previously made a similar jab during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimon, Kristen Taekman and Dorinda Medley
“We actually had a private phone conversation about it before so we were good going in,” Taekman (second from right) said of Singer (far left).
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“I was just like, ‘You can say a lot of things about me, but I know you know me, come on now.’ And that was the second time she had done that to me by the way,” she said at Zarin’s event, organized by Brian Kelly and Sean Koski of ticket2events. 

“She did something similar over COVID that I let go,” Taekman explained. “And this time I was like, ‘You know, we’re not going to [let it go].’”

The mom of two — who now lives in Calabasas, Calif., with husband Josh Taekman and their kids, Kinglsey and Cassius — noted that she appreciated Singer for making amends prior to filming “RHUGT.”

Ramona Singer
Singer, who maintained a full-time position on “The Real Housewives of New York City” for 13 consecutive seasons, only filmed Seasons 6 and 7 with Taekman.

“She apologized. She called me and she apologized, so that made me feel better going into it because … she said what she said and I said what I said,” Kristen told us. 

“And I think it was nice. So we went in with that being cleared, which is good.”

Peacock announced on Twitter Wednesday that they bumped up the “RHUGT: RHONY Legacy” premiere date to December, which will delay the next season of “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club” — starring Brandi Glanville, Caroline Manzo and more — a few months.

Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Kelly Bensimon partying on a boat
Peacock announced on Twitter Wednesday that they bumped up the “RHUGT: RHONY Legacy” launch date to December.

“We’re in a New York state of mind,” the streamer tweeted. “As a thank you to the fans for all of the support for #RHONY and #CrappieLake, the next season of #RHUGT will be RHONY LEGACY coming this December on Peacock! And then we’ll see you in Morocco in 2024.”

The “RHONY Legacy” series stars Kristen, Singer, Kelly Bensimon, Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan as they reunite at Saline Beach in St. Barts. 

Kristen told us that in addition to getting along with Singer, she really enjoyed her time spent with Benismon, 55, who was on “RHONY” from Seasons 2 to 4. 

Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimon, Ariana Madix, Kristen Taekman and Dorinda Medley
Taekman said she particularly enjoyed her time spent in the Caribbean with Kelly Bensimon (third from left) and Dorinda Medley (far right).

“It was really great to get to know Kelly because I knew her socially from being in the Hamptons and stuff, but never really filmed together,” she said of Bensimon. “We really didn’t know that much about each other, so it was nice to get to know Kelly and then … reminisce with the girls.”

Kristen was equally delighted to develop a deeper bond with Medley, 58, with whom she had only filmed Season 7 in 2015.

“I love Dorinda. I think Dorinda’s amazing. I really think she’s awesome. She’s TV gold. I think Dorinda is the best TV personality ever,” she gushed.

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