The "Real Housewives of New York" reunion, taped this past Thursday at the Museum of American Finance, was so dramatic that it left one housewife accused of using drugs, another barking like a dog and, most surprisingly, one actually taking responsibility for her actions.
"It was supposed to start at 9 a.m., but we didn't start until 11," a source close to the production tells me. "Every 90 minutes, we got a break, and we had a 60-minute lunch break at 1:30 p.m. The cast all went to private hotel rooms for lunch and wanted to be apart. They finished at 7:30 p.m."
One of the most important issues of the day was secrecy. Every measure was taken to ensure that no leaks occurred. The ladies didn't even know the taping location until drivers dropped them off at the venue on Wall Street. Even the use of cell phones was restricted, although that didn't stop a picture getting out.
"All hell broke lose when a picture taken of the screen in the green room was tweeted out," one cast member tells me. "Everyone's phone was searched, and the culprit was discovered to be someone that worked with Sonja Morgan. It wasn't pretty."
However, the biggest dramas of the day were saved for the taping itself, during which each lady found herself having to defend her behavior.
"LuAnn [de Lesseps] tried to explain her night with the handsome man who was not her boyfriend, whom she invited back to the vacation house, but denied anything happened. The best part of the day was when Sonja [Morgan] started barking like a dog when getting into the fact that her pup had died. Carole [Radziwill], who is usually witty, was stunned being called out by the women on the couch -- especially when Ramona [Singer] accused her of smoking pot," one of the more senior cast members tells me.
"It was funny that Ramona had a cold that day and kept coughing all over the host. He couldn’t stand it every time she coughed," giggled one of the ladies. "But the biggest surprise came when Aviva Drescher, who stunned the ladies when confronted about calling two of them white trash, answered, 'There was one person in St Barts who was trashy and ungracious ... and that person was me!'"