(JTA) — The cable network Bravo dropped from its popular reality television show “The Real Housewives of New York City” the socialite Jules Wainstein, who is involved in a messy alimony fight with her estranged husband.
Wainstein, whose mother is Jewish and whose father is Japanese, joined the show last year for its eighth season but was dropped amid a legal fight with her ex, Michael Wainstein, who is also Jewish. Their marriage fell apart during filming for the eighth season, in which Jules Wainstein was the sole addition to the lineup of the previous season, the New York Post on Thursday reported.
The show follows the lives of New York women from different backgrounds.
The couple is quoted as saying that they regard the Jewish tradition as an important element of the upbringing they give their two small children. She has posted on Instagram pictures of her lighting candles during a Shabbat dinner with her two children.
Wainstein called the police against her husband, claiming he behaved violently to other family members, though he has denied this and no charges were filed against him. During a divorce proceeding Thursday at a New York family court, he demanded that $200 in weekly grocery money be given to the nanny instead of to his wife.
Michael Wainstein’s lawyer suggested in court Thursday that Jules wasn’t providing her kids with adequate meals. “We want to ensure that there is proper food in the home for the children,” said Michael’s lawyer Morghan Leia Richardson. “The nanny is fully familiar with what the children eat.”
Jules’ attorney Allan Mayefsky — who also represented Bethenny Frankel, another “The Real Housewives of New York City” protagonist, in her divorce — insisted that his client get the food money directly.
Justice Michael Katz agreed. He slashed Jules’ request for $25,000 in monthly child and spousal support to just $10,000 a month after Michael Wainstein pleaded poverty.
Former “Real Housewives of New York” star Bethenny Frankel feels no sympathy for her Jersey “Housewives” counterpart, Teresa Giudice, who along with her husband, was indicted on 39 counts, including bank and bankruptcy fraud on Monday.
My first thought today was, ‘Oh, if they weren’t on reality TV, none of this would probably ever be exposed.’ And it’s just funny how certain people are [like a] moth to a flame,” she told Us Weekly. “It’s almost like – not that you want to get caught – but people who love to be in the spotlight often have a lot of skeletons in their closet. It’s just an interesting thing.”
“I haven’t paid that much attention,” Frankel explained. “Do I feel sorry for them? No, I don’t. Not so much, because it broke the law. You broke the law and you went on television. That’s not really that smart.”
But Frankel, mother to 3-year-old daughter Bryn with soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy, does feel bad for the Giudices’ four kids. “I feel badly for them because they have kids,” she added, “and their kids didn’t sign up for this.”
According to the Huffington Post, the couple allegedly submitted fraudulent information to secure loans between 2001 through 2008, and failed to disclose business assets and earnings (including returns from “Real Housewives”) when they declared bankrupcy in 2009.
The Giudices were released on $500,000 bail and are due back in court on August 14.
Joe Giuduce, who isn’t an American citizen and reportedly didn’t file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, could be deported back to Italy. If convicted, the couple faces up to 50 years in prison.
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy are separating, Frankel announced on Sunday.
“It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that, as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family,” Frankel said in a statement confirmed by her representative.
“We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.”
Frankel, 42, and Hoppy married in March of 2010. They have a daughter, Bryn, who was born in May of 2010.
On Sunday, Frankel tweeted, “I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family.”
Frankel first attracted attention in 2008 on the reality show “The Real Housewives of New York City,” which chronicles the exploits of wealthy New York women. She went on to star in two other reality TV shows, “Bethenny Getting Married?” and “Bethenny Ever After…,” both of which centered on the couple’s marriage and child-rearing.
Frankel also founded the Skinnygirl line of cocktails, and has written several diet and self-help books. In 2012 she launched a talk show, “Bethenny,” which is set to air nationally in 2013.
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