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The ladies finally embarked on the boat trip from hell on The Real Housewives of New York Season 10 Episode 17, and it made for one of most fun episodes in franchise history.
For months, fans have only been able to hear stories about what transpired during the trip to Cartegena, and it was getting difficult to remain excited about an event that we heard so much about.
When the episode got underway, Bethenny Frankel was still bickering with Carole Radziwill, and Luann de Lesseps was still trying to get Dorinda Medley to apologize.
Carole wondered whether it was time to cancel the boat trip because everyone was so mad at each other.
“I want to go on the boat. We’ll all go on the boat,” said Ramona Singer as though she knew there was a storm brewing. “We’ll resolve this, it’s a beautiful boat.”
“It’s going to be nice,” said Tinsley Mortimer who less than impressed that everyone was fighting on the trip she planned.
The ladies managed to patch things up while on the trip and had a genuinely good time … until they were told they needed to get back on the boat and well away from the island.
The reason was that the sea water was getting difficult to judge, and the ladies did not want to be stranded on an island with horrible weather.
There was no real sense of urgency until Luann was told by a producer to get on the boat without her phone because they were at risk just looking for it,
“The coast guard [called] and said it was time to go,” said de Lesseps. “Apparently the sea picks up at this bewitching hour of 3 p.m., so suddenly, it’s like, ‘Let’s get on the boat.’ ”
“We have to leave now. Are you kidding me? No way,” Singer said. “We want to stay here all day and all night. The water is not any more rough than before. Hello, we’re not in a little rowboat.”
While the ladies seemed to think the producers and coast guard were taking too much precautions, they quickly learned that it was a life or death situation.
The boat started jumping up and down, taking on water, and there was even a burning smell. At one point, it made me feel like I was watching the found-footage final moments of The Real Housewives of New York City.
“I peed my swimsuit,” said Morgan. “I’ve been on many boats in my life. … This is like being on a airplane with one propeller.”
Carole struggled on the outside decking. She was seasick and Bethenny was trying to comfort her, despite the two of them flying all over the place.
“This is crazy. This is really scary. I’m losing my mind,” Frankel said as a siren started going off. “Why is there a siren? I’m freaking out. This isn’t funny. Oh my god, get on the floor!”
The ladies started yelling about there only being one life vest on the boat, and before we knew it, the cameras stopped rolling because the crew had to get themselves to safety.
“The boat was trying to reel in [the anchor] and that was causing the smell,” de Lesseps said in a confessional.
“So we’ve got the captain, who runs out of the cabin with two swords, a la Pirates of the Caribbean, and runs to the top of the boat and he cuts off the anchor.”
“Had it been on the chain, the boat would have capsized, and I wouldn’t have been here to tell the story,” said Singer. “We would have all been killed.”
“We all thought we were going to die at sea,” de Lesseps noted. “It was so bad, even the cameras had to go down because they were holding on for dear life. I’m just holding myself on the ground, praying that the boat’s not going to capsize.”
Added Radziwill: “I put myself in some of the most dangerous places in the world [but] being in Afghanistan during the war and the Middle East during that war was nothing compared to what happened on that boat.”
“By the time we got back to the house, all of us just needed to decompress, and we were suffering a little bit from post dramatic disorder. Because even though no one got hurt, all of us were just like, ‘What the f— just happened.’ ”
As for Tinsley, she was in high spirits on the high seas.
“The boat ride was super dramatic for everybody but me,” she shared.
“I never feared for my life. But I can’t take away how they felt.”
The positive from all of the drama was that it brought the women closer together.
“Last night just reminds us why we love each other so much,” Morgan said. “We’re out of the boat, and now we’re swimming in s—. And by the way, no offense to Colombia because this could happen in any country. But not like this. Never before like this.”
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Robby Hayes announced that he has no comment in perhaps the most tasteless way imaginable, and he’s getting major backlash for it online.
“What happens in paradise, stays in paradise,” he tweeted, adding the hashtags “NoCommenta” and “BIP4.”
Dude … given speculation about what happened, that reads like a borderline rape joke. Not cool.
It would be a fine response if people were asking who drank the most or whether there was an orgy or about basically anything else but what sounds like a sexual assault.
But because people are very much talking about sexual assault, there is no excuse for appropriating the Vegas slogan for this.
Maybe he’s just thinking of this as a scenario of cheating — Corinne does have a real life boyfriend now, after all — and not wanting to tattle.
But nobody shuts down production because somebody stepped out on their significant other, or we wouldn’t have reality television at all.
And heck, if Robby was there, maybe from what he saw things didn’t look that serious.
But Robby should know that people are talking about consent and sexual assault, and he shouldn’t have such a lighthearted tone about it.
Especially if he isn’t going to “clear things up” or whatever.
Have some class, dude.
There’s only so much that we know so far, but allegedly Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson began hooking up in a pool after spending all day drinking.
There was reportedly a lot of touching and even some fingering, with DeMario engaging in some genital-licking.
And according to (mixed) reports, it’s been sounding like they were encouraged, possibly every step of the way, by producers.
What raises the most red flags is that, while DeMario remembers the encounter, Corinne does not.
And while sometimes that sort of thing just happens, we can’t imagine a network pulling the plug on an entire season so suddenly — and expensively — unless they worry that something truly awful has happened.
So far, no one is seriously accusing DeMario or Corinne of any wrongdoing.
And that includes Corinne not blaming DeMario — they were both super intoxicated.
It’s been sounding like, at the bare minimum, the producers and crew should have intervened and ushered them back to their respective rooms.
Honestly, even if they’d been sober, there’s so much of even a blurred sexual encounter that they could have gotten away with airing.
But when intoxication is a factor, consent is not, and any responsible bystander should have separated the two until they slept it off.
Some of the contestants, Robby included, must feel frustrated over being sent home. Some might even blame their pool-partying costars.
But there have been suggestions that the producers wanted something like this to happen, believing that the hookup would lead to higher ratings.
Corinne Olympios’ wild reputation would make her the perfect character for them to steer into thotting it up in the pool, right?
If that’s really what happened, then not only is it shameful — we’d say that getting two people drunk so that they’ll bang on camera is every bit as vile as getting them drunk so that they’ll bang you — but it backfired spectacularly.
Because it sounds like there’s basically zero chance of this season of Bachelor in Paradise happening.
As for what happened … we may not ever know the whole story, but for any investigators involved, we’re sure that the cameras caught plenty of evidence.
Honestly, we’d love to find out that this is just a minor sex scandal with no foul play and maybe just a producer who misunderstood the situation and freaked out a little.
And if that’s the case, Robby Hayes’ tweet would almost be justified.
But it would still be a tone-deaf response, given that fans have heard that the situation is worse than that.
Robby needs to get his act together and be less flippant if he wants fans to put up with him enough to continue his reality career.
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