Kelly Bensimon’s meltdown: she was rocking & saying “Bethenny wants to kill me”

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Us Weekly is running a mix of Kelly Bensimon-related articles both online and in this week’s print edition. This story is a mixture of both – it includes both an interview with Kelly about why she was so f-cking crazy on that trip to St. John, and they also have some interesting details about what went down behind the scenes. Like, after the cameras were turned off, Kelly went to her room and sat on her bed, rocking and telling producers that Bethenny wanted to kill her. C to the Razy. Oh, and she maybe was drunk but she definitely wasn’t on pills. So we’re left with “drunk and/or crazy” then.

On Thursday’s The Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Bensimon attempts to explain her infamous May 20 show meltdown — but only leaves her pals even more confused.

Sitting with Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps and Jennifer Gilbert, Bensimon, 42, says she lashed out at costars Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan and foe Bethenny Frankel during a trip to the Virgin Islands because they were gossiping too much.

“From the minute we were together, it was everything that I hate – talking badly about people,” she begins.

(Oddly, she then starts gossiping about Frankel, 39: “She’s, like, a cook and everything like that, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘I mean, not one person that I know has ever hired her as a cook.'”)

“There were moments when we didn’t know what planet we were on,” says Alex McCord.

Kelly’s outbursts had viewers wondering whether she was delusional or just plain drunk. “She does seem to be a little paranoid in general,” says McCord, whom Kelly accused of “channeling a vampire.”

A source close to Kelly insists she was not intoxicated, but was lashing out after being bullied. Regardless, says a show source, “something in her snapped.”

Bensimon says she was “so over tired” and “feeling sick” when she snapped (among her quips: She called Frankel a “ho bag”). “I was drinking this wine – I never drink wine – and I was sitting in this room with these women. I just wanted to get out of there,” she says. “… It was an out-of-body experience.”

In the end, the ladies still had no clarity about what actually went down.

Says de Lesseps, 45: “By the end of Kelly’s story about the trip, I was so confused. I mean, I just didn’t get it. I had to hear the other side of the story. Kelly has a hard time defending herself… but she was so very aggressive.”

Behind-the-scenes, in conversations that were not televised, Sonja tells Us Weekly that she asked Kelly, “Do you think this is normal?” Sonja also says, “I tried to calm her.” But it didn’t work.

Continuing their fight off-camera, Bethenny and Kelly, their voices echoing through the mansion, in indulged in name-calling until Kelly fled to her room at 11:30 p.m. “Producers had to calm Kelly. She was on her bed, rocking back and forth,” says the show source. “She kept saying she thought Bethenny was going to kill her. It went on for hours!”

Deciding Kelly wasn’t in the mind-set to film, producers booked her an 8 a.m. flight home to New York – “No one thought she was stable,” says one source. One insider even suggests her outbursts were the result of mixing Valium with alcohol, but another source insists, “She’s not on drugs.”

Kelly insists the other women were “bullying” her, while Alex says “no one went after her.” Another source says: “Kelly picked the fights.”

In the end, a source says, “Kelly is hurt by how the show portrayed her. But she realizes what the show needs. They have to push it past flipping tables.”

[From Us Weekly, print and online editions]

At this point, I was going to show the new video for LuAnn’s “Money Can’t Buy You Class” single, but that sh-t got taken down off YouTube because it’s too precious, I suppose. Now I just have to talk about Kelly and how crazy she is. Personally, I think it’s a mixture of crazy, prescription medication, alcohol and delusional famewhorishness. Just my take!

UPADTE: Oooohhh, Michael K found the video! Here’s LuAnn’s “Money Can’t Buy You Class”. Epic!

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  1. Sumodo1 says:

    I’m a regular viewer of the show, and I agree with those who say this woman needs help. BTW, the meltdown happened six (?) months ago, and if she didn’t get counseling then, she must get it now.

  2. Birdie says:

    The woman definitely appears to have fried her brain. Whether it’s drugs, booze, stress, or nature, Kelly Bensimon can’t tell up from down, earth from mars. There is no censor, no filter, in my personal opinion she behaves like an abuser of amphetamines; and a denial from her publicist will not convince me otherwise.

  3. Mrs. Kalifornia says:

    She made no sense in last night’s or last week’s episodes. I know they edit things, but this was not editing. Something is off.

  4. Chelly says:

    I do not understand y ppl r so against 1 piece bathing suits! A 2 piece bikini is NOT meant for everyone!!!

  5. lem says:

    If you follow Kelly on twitter (I do) you know that that sh*t wasn’t edited– she really is that insane and she really is that obsessed with Bethenny’s life. It quickly went from “oh you’re crazy” to “um someone get a straight jacket and help now.” oh and the woman is definitely on some sort of drug or desperate need of some sort of drug.

  6. original kate says:

    i think kelly dropped her basket.

  7. Melissa says:

    I also watch this show regularly and have NOT been able to stand Kelly from the get go..she makes my skin crawl..of course this is when I just thought she was a huge self-absorbed b!tch!! Althought now she seems completely crazy and in need of professional help..She still has enough sense to lie about things to make her behavior look okay..I loved how when she was telling her side to Jill and Lu Ann she said Bethany admitted to running a “smear campaign against her”..give me a break!! This makes me thinks its drugs not a mental illness…

  8. oxa says:

    If she was not on drugs, She damned well should be!

  9. margo says:

    “C to the RAZY”
    That made me LOL! I watch regularly and agree with your take-mixture of narcissism,maybe pills,booze-fame-whorishness. This bitch needs an intervention she is off her rocker!!

  10. Kim says:

    Shes a total pill popper. Hence why she is so paranoid. I think she mixed the pills & alcohol & had a melt down.

  11. lem says:

    I got the feeling that kelly took one of bethenny’s statements that is said dripping with sarcasm as an admission– i figure at some point bethenny said something like “oh yea i went out of my way to run a smear campaign against you” and kelly took that as bethenny admitting when she was being sarcastic.

  12. Kim says:

    She is jealous of Betheny and how her career took off this past year with her books, skinny margarita, new husband & baby. I truly think Kelly wants to be best buddies with Betheny but Bettheny has her # (that she is a self obsessed nutjob & called her out on her ego/Madonna) and that pisses Kelly off because Kelly is used to getting what she wantsbut Betheny isnt falling for it.

  13. bros says:

    yah last night she was just as F’ing crazy. she made no sense, cannot articulate a story linearly, made up stuff about being attacked when she was CLEARLY the one attacking and instigating everything on that boat and at the house. Bethany never said anything about admitting to a smear campaign (which is hilarious that the housewives even entertain these delusions of grandeur) and Kelly was talking about Gwenyth paltrow too. i mean, her breakdown is indefensible. she totally lost it and trying to find any sort of logical rational for that is beyond absurd.

  14. me2also says:

    She sounds crazy and needs to step away from the 2-piece suits – she does have a pretty face.

  15. Tess says:

    Sonja said her room smelled like cat pee, which is supposed mean drug use…maybe meth.

    She’s just so bloody argumentative and aggressively stupid….I don’t know what they’re going to do with her.

    Regarding Jill: I would be perfectly happy never to see that blatantly manipulative, needy, self promoting, cruel woman on the show again. But we do need someone to despise and since it’s uncomfortable to hate on a cripple, Jill will fill a void, along with her faithful companion, Count Ludog.

  16. mai tai says:

    All the Housewives are cracked and in desperate need of help-that’s why I watch the show. Kelly, however, is ‘special’ with her ‘satchels of gold’, etc.

    I thought at first it could have been an act, but Kelly is not that talented, so she must be coo-coo.

  17. cara says:

    she acts like it’s 1987 (style wise too…remember J.Crew back in the day) and she’s still 14!!!!!

    And ladies, be toned but have some fat, cause that look above, NOT COOL!!!!

  18. gloria says:

    Her body reflects obvious long term drug use. Now all her crazy statements make sense in light of seeing what shes’s done to herself.

  19. Laurie says:

    She CANNOT blame editing for what was captured on tape. I wonder what the other ladies (that were NOT on the trip) will think when they see that video? CRAZY LADY!!!

  20. Team Bethenny says:

    Kelly’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, and sarcasm requires a certain amount of intellect to “get.” I’m sure she takes Bethenny literally, as Melissa suggested. This is probably what’s going on when Bethenny says “you say one thing and Kelly believes the opposite”…because that’s how sarcasm works.

    That said, LuAnn’s song is an unmitigated horror. Please tell me it was done as a joke…

  21. Jeri says:

    Could it be steroids or HGH, that would explain the weird muscles also.

  22. Relli says:

    Yeah Kaiser! I am so glad we are talking about this today because i have been dying to point out some stuff about JILL and her new publicist Perez. Yes people PEREZ.

    A few months/years ago after continuously bashing the RHO{fill in the blank} how they are not real celebrities. Perez started posting all kinds of stuff about them Jill in particular and “rumors” about people getting kicked off (simon and alex), some getting their own shows(B) and the announcement of her preggo ego. All these posts were around the time they were filming (obvs) and then nothing. Once they started airing the episodes there was all these mysterious post about Jill. You know those lame posts from him about “spying people out to dinner” from mysterious sources. Seriously one was about her being out to dinner with John Grosselin and Daddy Lohan, who must stalk every reality tv personality to just get a few moments of air time. THEN last week after a few weeks of episodes where everyone got to see Jill’s unflattering side, there were more posts. NOT 1 but 2, This time it was a glowing post about “sources (cough*jill*cough) spying her and Mama Lynn Spears out for dinner” Mama Lynn was asking for advice on how to get the little one into college because JILL has all this experience and knowledge because no one else has ever accomplished that [eye roll]. REALLY. Jamie-Lynn wants to go to school but is also supposedly simultaneously working on a country album, hey maybe the Countess can sing back-up. Sorry Jill, not buying it you are going to need a much better ally in the media world other than Cindy Adams and Perez.

    There are no words for Kelly. This franchise is getting out of control.

  23. Katyusha says:

    @ gloria

    how does Kelly’s body reflect obvious long term drug use??

    Her body looks like someone who never eats cake, eats super healthy and works out with a trainer and does cardio consistently.

    Her body is not indicative of steroids; her muscles aren’t big enough.

    Side note: How Luann did not feel epically silly making that video, I will never know…It’s so stupid!!!

  24. scrappy says:

    wow, you know your voice is horrible when even auto-tune can’t fix it.

  25. Lem says:

    I do not watch the show. but did catch the meltdown last week.

    Should I be surprised the producers answer was to ship her home?

    She was obviously delusional to the point of needed doctors care.

  26. kelbear says:

    Just want to say that LuAnn is unrecognizable in that video. Can only tell it’s her by the voice. Too much makeup and fake hair.

  27. Lucy says:

    Paranoid Schizophrenia with just a side of Bipolar?

  28. Eileen Yover says:

    I seriously got uncomfortable watching the episode! I had never seen one but from reading all the comments on here my curiosity got the best of me. That was some seriously messed up sh!t.

  29. Wendy says:

    Kelly is crazy and Luanne can’t sing. But it makes for good comedy! Luanne looks like Danielle Staub in the video.

  30. Carmelatta says:

    I just don’t get Krazy Killoren’s fixation with Bethenny. She spent the entire episode trying to draw every line in the conversation back to her. When she admitted that she’d been calling Jill, she swore all Jill asked about was Bethenny.

  31. GatsbyGal says:

    I’ll buy the meth hypothesis. I mean damnit, just look at those photos of her body. WTF. And people on meth are known for being paranoid, obsessive, and hyperactive.

  32. lisa says:

    I saw that episode and I don’t think she is on drugs. I think she just(well) has serious mental issues. And it did not start with that break down episode. I remember when she first came on the show. She has some mental thing with Bethenny and it started LOOOONG ago.. SHE hid it well and only let the bat out of the cave around Bethany..but now she can’t keep it under wraps.. EVERYONE sees it.. And that is what Bethany meant by TOLD YOU So..This woman is crazy.. and if Bethany and her husband are smart they will hire some security. This whole thing she says about Bethany trying to kill her is beyond insane and God help me. BUT I can see this fool hurting Bethenny or her family. Especially when she goes off saying Bethenny is trying to hurt her children and destroy their lives. I take these things seriously and this is a Big Flashing RED warning light.. and yeah we laugh and kind of brush it off; but this woman is off her rocker and she is out to get Bethenny.. Obsession is a kind word for what is going on.. And I for one would not be surprised if she did something.. I just hope people take this serious.. Don’t make the “she was drunk excuse” She was NOT drunk. And this fool is sending signals.. Even months later.

    For Bethenny’s sake I hope she is off that show for good..

  33. mary jane says:

    What cracks ME up the most is that Kelly is looking for a hubby…someone to take care of her (her interactions with men are warped as well). And all I kept thinking watching her craziness was “what guy would ever want to be with you?” I can not picture any man tolerating her despicable personality. Her own defense of the behavior just cements that theory to me. She’s in big trouble where men are concerned. And I hope her daughters have a father who is grounded.

  34. kate says:

    LuAnn is the DELUSIONAL one! I LMAO watching her AWFUL video. I would much rather listen to CAT’S IN HEAT. WHAT DID SHE DO TO HER FACE{LIFT}? The pillow bitter who told her her song was good should be shot; LuAnn singing is horrible and she is a talentless idiot! Seriously FUNNY STUFF!!!

  35. alexandra says:

    Remember when Sonja went into Kelly’s room and she said that her room smelled like cat pee. I was reading on another blog that meth smells like cat pee. Maybe that is the answer to her nonsensical insanity. excuse for the redundancy.

  36. Carmelatta says:

    You guys are acting like it’s 1979! I mean, like, I don’t like feelings. This is the sort of thing I hate. I try to be nice and say nice things! But you guys are talking badly and gossiping behind people’s backs. Its sooooo 1979! Like, ok, satchels of gold made by chefs NOT cooks! Like you’re such ho bags and I’m from the MidWest. I’m taking my gummi berries and my gummy bears and I’m going to bed. I did like the salad, it was really good – is that a string?! It’s so impersonal! I don’t get this girl, she’s like EEE! EEE! EEE! stabbing me with a knife. ZIP IT!

  37. weslyn says:

    that episode was like watching a mental patient in a manic phase..which was probably worsened by drugs/alcohol (which is funny b/c she’s always talking about how she doesn’t drink)…being preggo, i wanted to jump through the tv and strangle her for bethanny b/c she was just mean, so damn aggressive, and clearly has anger issues (remember her beating up her boyfriend)

    and thanks ya’ll..i was wondering what Sonja was talking about with the cat pee thing..i was like hmm, did she urinate in the room or pee in the bed or somethin lol

  38. mojoman says:

    @Carmelatta:LOL!!!! yeah, I guess THAT’S Kelly in a nutshell.

  39. Cinderella says:

    Luann’s autotune needs autotune.

  40. poopie says:

    where did she get the 1979 reference? that year doesn’t stick in my mind as being significant of anything; maybe it was a YEAR OF GOSSIP ! Kelly is sooo strung out on whatever, it’s painful to listen to her talk as she has no complete sentences, just chopped phrasing and most makes no sense. get her OFF THIS SHOW.. NOW ! EEEE…EEEEE…EEEEEE…
    Team BETH !

  41. Kristin says:

    I just want to comment on the bikini pictures – that’s what people look like when they starve themselves for twenty years to live up to some super skinny ideal. It is not attractive by any stretch of the imagine. I hope if anyone reads this post they will go have a piece of cake. Seriously.

  42. DD says:

    poor luann, money can’t buy her class and neither can her ridiculous video.

  43. 2centsnichols says:

    Histrionic + pills + wine = Kelly. plus i don’t think she’s blinked since the season started. pills, pills, pills………

  44. MJ says:

    Meth! That’s it! I mean it seems obvious that she’s on something, but I just sort of figured it was pills or something because every time she drinks you can see the mixture and it’s effect as the minutes pass, but I always suspected more, definitly some sort of mental issue. But Meth, that’s it right there. She totally acts and looks like a long term meth user. Text book. And long term meth absolutely leads to, causes, and sets off any underlying mental issues. Just my opinion, but yep, She’s a tweeker.

  45. greta says:

    Fascinating episode. Reminds me of the movies we watched in differential diagnosis class. The psychiatrist would make it really hard by showing interviews with people who act like Kelly. The class would have to guess schizophrenia vs mood disorder vs drugs or even organic brain disease. Then he’d reveal the actual diagnosis. Watching the show I had only one thought: speed. But her concrete thinking was interesting, i.e., her literal interpretation of jokes or sayings. I hope for her kids’ sakes that she goes for help.

  46. Kitten says:

    I don’t get it?? I just watched it and it seems totally fake and put-on for ratings….they’re just bad actresses imo.

  47. Abby says:

    LuAnn’s video is the most shameless footage ever recorded. What the heck are you doing LuAnn??? Get some class!

  48. original kate says:

    that music video is beautiful – i laughed until i cried. thank you luann, thank you.

  49. Sharon Lambert says:

    I think not only is Kelly crazy, but is stupid. I feel when she do the reunion show maybe before then, she owes African Americans an apology. Do she not know the different between Jack Nicholson line from A Few Good Men versus that of Al Sharptoon civil rights activist.

  50. Missy says:

    My eyes are bleeding from The Countess’ video. She just got a British accent, ala Madonna, who is Gwenny’s friend, who’s also friends with Kelley-OmG!
    SNL just got their next parody on a silver platter. S. Now I’ll have that f’ng song in my head. I wish LuAnne would ZiP IT!

  51. suzymagnolia says:

    Kelly is hideous. She looks like a piece of old beef jerky in a clown bikini.

    And Luann, oh dear lord, make it stop!

  52. kathy says:

    I think she’s on drugs. I say this because she kept running off crazy, and coming back a little calmer. A few bumps for what ails ya? She is also dumb. That and drinking and drugs= disaster. No sense of humor at all! She’s pitiful and shouldn’t be on TV. How embarrassing for her kids!

  53. Ginny says:

    Looks like Kelly is also sporting an upper esophuogal hernia (the small mass under, between her uneven breasts). This is not Playboy material. When I was 41 I had the body of a 24 yr old…My fav is Bethany I think she’s beautiful & hilarious. I cannot stand the fake witches Jill, Countless, and I think blondie needs to cut back on the vino (I suspect she is also into some pill or other drug use due to her self absorption ; she needs more than a new haircut to renew/recover. I do like Sonya she is just kind of “there” and wants to have fun. Oh and yeah the SONG….OMG…that woman cannot sing & that is why she talks in the song. No way they can make her sound good with any technical equipment. She also looks 60 not 45.. Thanks for letting me vent

  54. dee says:

    I think Ramona should just give Kelly some of what she’s on. She’s all zen’d out this season and Kelly has OD’d on her last season neurosis-inducing meds. That’s why you shouldn’t share scrip meds!!! Jill just had a bad case of the dish-it-but-can’t-take-its! She totally ignored and ran Bethenny AND Ramona off before, then when it happened to her, she couldn’t take it! Karma and scrip sharing, that’s all it’s been!

  55. Nat says:

    Kelly took her meds, drank alcohol, kept taking her meds, kept drinking and went completely nuts. I thought it wad distasteful for Bravo to let her continue on in St John’s but after finding out they made her leave I can feel better about the fact that ratings will only dictate their decisions for so long. Kelly is pathetic, looks haggard and greasy, needs to wash her hair, is uncomfortably jealous of Bethanny and needs to stop worrying about being a reality tv “ho bag” and get some real help. As for “LuAnn” my boyfriend thinks she’s the best looking of the housewives , but after her craptastic debut I think I put a total end to that little crush. Photoshop and channeling a drag queen does not a pop star make. hilarious!!!

  56. hmmmn says:


    The sad thing is, Kelly thinks everyone else is crazy but her. I can’t believe she’s a mother. Did anyone watch her try to make pancakes? Her kids had to step in. She can’t make a pancake and yet she told Betheny that she’s not a chef. there are so many instances where she contradicted, lied and bullied others, and yet she’s pointing fingers. Does she not watch the show? Get a clue Kelly. GET A CLUE!

    I think what it boils down to is that Kelly is just inferior to all the other women in so many ways and it just kills her. She’s in no way equipped to handle the big girl talks. They are all strong independent, intelligent and successful in their own right and Kelly is just superficial, dumb,weak and without substance. Whatever she has, she got by lying on her back. When you boil it down, her only claim to fame is that she was once married to a famous photographer. Take that away and what does she have?

    I also think that it was crazy how Jill shut out Betheny many times and that was okay, but now that Jill wants to makeup she thinks that all she has to is show up once and she should be forgiven. Oh yeah, and I agree she’s a gold digger. Bobby can do better.

    As for the countless. Mama mia what a hot mess. Amazing the things that a big ego will make you do. She looks ridonkulous.

  57. Ava says:

    Can anyone tell me how that hideous body got into Playboy? WTF! She has the body of a 14 year old boy. SOOOO not sexy. I stopped watching this show in the middle of last season because Kelly is just UNWATCHABLE!! I have never in my life seen anyone so annoying and so infuriating. No one can have a conversation with her. It is impossible. It just doesn’t compute with her. And now with Bethenny gone there is absolutely no reason to watch this show. They should just hang it up.