Sonja Morgan Talks New Business Venture & Wishes She Had More Support From Fellow Castmates

Posted on May 8 2015 - 5:12am by Norrth Cafe

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Sonja Morgan asks, “ What’s a Party Without a Little Drama?” This season, I think she has it backwards. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York” should be asking, “What’s Drama Without a Little Party?” They appear to find time to party between knockdown drag down fights. Even when you think the friendships are solid and truces are lasting, there is always an undercurrent. Sonja is a little unhappy with Bethenny:

“I have mixed feelings about that Il Mulino lunch I had with Bethenny. On the one hand, I’m really grateful to have a girlfriend who is open minded and really wants to support me. But, at the same time, I don’t feel like Bethenny is really able to understand my businesses and my situation enough to ask some of the driving questions at this point.  Especially after the briefing she got from the other girls who pretend I haven’t been working my tail off and don’t know how to run a business. They ask questions to be judgmental and feign concern! Dorinda and Ramona are right–they are picking on me and being mean. They shouldn’t ask about my business if they don’t really care.”

To be fair, it’s not just that the other women have said that she’s not working, none of us have seen her working on a fashion line in the past. I’m glad the line is coming to fruition, if only to shut Heather, Carole, and Kristen up. Even still, Sonja has to accept the reason why the skepticism exists.

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Sonja continues to moderately knock Bethenny by adding:

“I didn’t mean to come off as ungrateful to the process of reorganization when I said that there would be fumes left if I sold the house. I was just caught off guard, because Bethenny has a habit of cutting people off and throwing her generalized opinions so freely. I definitely have been blessed to have the opportunity to sell off assets to pay the judgment. Very! It’s enabled me to keep my house, my asset, and stability for my young daughter. Sorry, Bethenny, selling real estate and scaling down is not good business. Only sell to go bigger, leverage, and take tax advantages. That is if you can. I have owned my real estate for 18 years; it would be a shame to take a hit with that kind of appreciation.”

Sonja added,

“I know my brand because my brand is ME. When I went down to see Josh last season, I explained to him that I had been very discretionary and concerned about sequencing. I was already that far down the road after years of building my collection from scratch. When Josh told me I needed to spend $30,000 to get branding advice, I was far from that. Done that! Did that with an expert from my alma mater The Fashion Institute of Technology and a slew of other experts. After Heather helped me with the toaster oven shoot to make a box, I got a lot of information from the luxury department store executives that told me I needed guidance from a real branding expert.” 

BAM! So passive aggressive. So awesome.

“They were impressed I didn’t come in empty handed (I designed and built a fabulous toaster oven), but they pointed out that I was a fashion brand at heart and center. It’s an international brand in image. Starting with toasters was not a good idea. Down the road. Not first. So I took the advice and started my jewelry, fashion, and perfume ventures based on a solid business plan. It takes years to build a fashion collection. I have been involved and hands on every step of the way from design to marketing. My investors are the distribution experts. They have done it for decades.”

“But we were able to have fun once we both became more relaxed and gave up the idea that all of the complexities of my business deals and finances could not be adequately explained over an hour of wine and delicious food. I do love though that we ended up at Il Mulino downtown because I know and adore the owners, and I frequent their restaurant uptown. You should try it. Plus it was great to see Bethenny one on one after such a long time. Going downtown isn’t something I do often, but it’s good to mix it up a little and take a staycation every now and again!”

Luckily, Sonja remembers that there are other housewives in need of a lashing,

“I’m loving this new girl Dorinda more and more! While she’s talking to Luann she can be hilarious and boisterous one minute and then so open and vulnerable the next minute. Like when she said that line about when a vagina is involved there can be slip-ups and she doesn’t like slip-ups! Who comes up with that?! She is fun and doesn’t take herself too seriously and has a good outlook on the difficulties in life. I was surprised when she said that a divorce is a choice. When you get a divorced, you lose your husband, you lose your best friend (and sometimes a parenting partner), and that feels like a death in some cases, depending on the circumstances leading up to divorce. But then Dorinda had me laughing again shortly thereafter by saying that she just kept drinking when Heather and Bethenny got in that fight last episode. With these women, sometimes all you can do is order another martini and move on!”

I agree with her that Dorinda is a breath of fresh air. She’s a nice contrast to Carole, about whom, Sonja adds:

“Keeping secrets from friends is never good, and those things always end up coming out anyway. Look what happened to Lu and I last year when she hid the fact she and Jacques were having trouble. I didn’t realize she was sensitive and going through the trauma of separation. I felt terrible about being left out but even more terrible for Lu. I knew that day was coming and warned her, but it doesn’t take away the pain. I’m looking forward to the next best guy for Luann. I’m sure he isn’t far from now.”

Sonja chimes in about her sometimes BFF Ramona Singer:

“I wish that Ramona had not made that hello such a big deal! I would never mean to snub Ramona. I just honestly did not see her. But I know that she’s going through an emotional time, so I’ll give her a pass. She sees me coming off of my speed bump and may feel I will leave her. Never!”


“If nothing else good came of that night, at least Ramona and Kristen were around wine glasses and none were thrown! That’s progress with those two. Luann, I’m as surprised as you that Dominik was around for so long. He came and stayed! He really is very nice, elegant, well mannered, and supportive, and knows my daughter is everything to me. He is also verrrry charming and attentive.”


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I’m an exasperated soap fan who keeps hanging on – waiting for the daytime I once loved to return to its former glory! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have a dream. I learned to love soaps thanks to my wonderful mother and grandmother. I’ll always have fond memories of daytime, most especially of ‘Another World’, my first stoap love. The ever great, but sadly defunct, daytime shows like Ryan’s Hope, Search for Tomorrow, The Doctors, Loving, and many others keep a special place in my heart, as well. ♦ Norrth Cafe's BlogTwitterFacebook

  • Ilivehereandlikeit

    Do you think Sonja actually wrote the blog?

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Probably one of her interns. Most of these celebs use ghost writers for everything.

    • Guardian

      Nope. I agree with RJunkie – probably an intern – I don’t think S does much for herself except at one time cooking meals for the rich and famous in a toaster oven.

      • RealitytvJunkie

        Lol, that’s probably the truth.

        • Guardian

          She gives me a headache. She is just so full of bs IMO. I remember her claims about her early years in the restaurant biz that turned out to be about 1/4 true. At best she exaggerates – at worst, she flat out lies. She should think herself lucky that B took the time to come see her um, venture. I’m not a big B fan but she is a shrewd and savvy businesswoman and some of the most important rules in biz translate to all businesses. Sonja hears what she wants and still lives (in her mind) in the world she had courtesy of her ex.

          • RealitytvJunkie

            She’s unstable and behaves like a slut. She’s delusional. She is a mom to a daughter and acts like that on TV? Yet, I do find Heather and Carole obnoxious as well.

          • Guardian

            I think they are all trying too hard or something. Still early in the season so who knows? I doubt I’ll continue to watch before long – I didn’t finish last year either. Finding each BH franchise has become predictable – make it as dramatic as you can by any means necessary.

    • Ilivehereandlikeit

      Agreed, too many “big words” for Sonja, imo. I got that vibe right away. Kind of pathetic really.

  • TartLemon

    Sonja pretends she is supporting her daughter? I don’t doubt Sonja adores her daughter, but c’m on! That child has absolutely NOTHING to worry about, IMO, and is most likely Sonja’s meal ticket through child support payments.

  • Trippinhhard

    Sonja was my favorite when she joined the show, but I can see, she doesn’t like taking directions, for anyone that don’t agree with her.. Heather tried to help her, but she dismissed all Heather told her, and Heather is successful.. That’s what I followed in my life successful people and did some of it, that applied to my life.. I always stand in my land, but I take bits and pieces that can help me.. She crazy for not taking advise for people that are already successful… Jmo

  • Marsbars09

    Sonja is crazy as f*ck. She is really coming off like she’s losing her damn mind this season.
    I think Sonja is another one that may be a liability for Bravo.

    • Hey Marsie! Hope you’ve been well. You don’t like Sonja? Her and Ramona are my favorites this season. I think Heather, Carole and Bethenny (at times) are mean girls. They all are so concerned with Sonja’s business it’s ridicilous.

      • Marsbars09

        Hey Doc! Sonja is too delusional for my tastes. Ramona is nutty as a fruitcake, so perhaps that’s why they are your faves? LOL!
        And I didn’t know Heather, Bethenny, and Carole were all up in Sonja’s business. It looks like Sonja doesn’t care what they have to say. 😀

        • Hey love! I think Heather and Carole make Sonja’s business their business. It could all be for storyline but they go out of their way to put her down and mask their put-downs with “we’re only looking out for you, Sonja.” Especially big nose Heather.

          • equinox2009

            Come on now, we don’t have to into people’s noses or the like. We are hear for discussions on how one maintain and live their lifestyles, as women! There is too much to talk about their interactions with each other. Be nice and Happy Mothers Day!

  • Susan Thorne Zavagli

    I hope she found her niche and forgets about the other ventures…..focus on one and go from there…..I think she just might be on the right page this time

  • HoyesMiGente

    O my stars these women are viiiiile. It will be fun to see Carole and Luann argue and fuss, and it is fun watching Bethenny and Heather–Heather is building up quite the head of steam about Bethenny….Sonja is as vapid as ever. The only one I truly LIKE so far is Dorinda. She’s been pretty marvelous….

  • doggiedaddy

    Delusional with some passive/aggressive behavior – classic Sonja.
    Maybe she’s not mean enough for Bravo but Sonja should have been given her own show. The rest of the cast seems stuck in the 8th grade school girl drama about secret boyfriends and BS.