Part one of the Southern Charm reunion airs Monday night, with the colorful Charleston cast gathering to rehash the third season of the Bravo hit.
The drug-laced drama surrounding the Ravenel children amped the intensity, as ex-lovers, Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis, faced off. The supporting charmers have taken sides in the Kathryn/Thomas chaos, and blurry lines have been drawn in the shifting reality landscape. Ratings for the third season of Southern Charm reflected the high octane drama, and viewer interest in the show steadily increased — with the finale episode concluding with 1.275 ratings spike in the U.S.
The cast was flown to New York City, where they were upgraded from the Bravo clubhouse, to a “charming” custom set — perfect for a fierce season three rehash.
The game-changing Ravenel/Dennis custody hearing collided with Bravo’s reunion filming demands, creating an emotional tornado leading into the sit-down. Thomas was awarded physical custody of his two children, Kensie, 2, and Saint, 7 months, on June 9. He had to immediately prepare to leave Charleston, in order to fly to New York to film Watch What Happens Live, and the reunion. An insider is spilling behind-the-scenes tea, about what was going down with Kathryn, during those dramatic few days.
The source dishes that Kathryn attempted to back out of her reunion commitment. Dennis allegedly wanted to hide from answering for her failed drug test — a turn of events which resulted in a dramatically changed custody reality for the ex-couple.
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” color=”#3366ff”]”Kathryn missed three flights, arranged by Bravo, to fly her to the reunion set,” the source dished. “Bravo threatened Dennis with breach of contract legal action, if she did not attend. She finally got on the 4th flight booked from Charleston to NYC.”[/otw_shortcode_quote]
The source continued, telling AllAboutTheTea.Com that Bravo booked Kathryn and Thomas in separate hotels, to avoid any conflict in the wake of the emotionally fueled courtroom drama. Kathryn arrived in NYC on Monday night — the same evening of the Watch What Happens Live episode, where viewers watched Cameran Eubanks, Whitney Suddler-Smith, and Landon Clements join Andy Cohen in the Bravo clubhouse.
Andy touched on Kathryn’s failed drug test during the show, and Landon remarked, “That is true and that’s all that we know. It’s heartbreaking. It’s hard to watch and be a part of, but you know, there we are.”
Kathryn was watching, and took to Twitter, emotionally blasting her co-stars. She posted and deleted several tweets, as the live show aired.
These creatures are sincerely creeping me out with their utter devotion to writing me off of #southerncharm as well as to slandering me. Ew
— Kathryn C. Dennis (@kathryn_dennis) June 14, 2016
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” color=”#3366ff”] “She blasted the trio and was enraged by them. Kathryn stayed on social media until 6:30 am on Tuesday morning (reunion filming day). She was drained by the time the cast gathered to film.” An insider tells AllAboutTheTea.Com.[/otw_shortcode_quote]
The custody shift is addressed, and Cohen approaches the failed drug test. An agitated Kathryn storms off the set, when confronted with the exposure of the incriminating test results. Kathryn claims that Thomas somehow managed to pay off the administers of his own drug screening, to secure a clean result.
According to the source, Kathryn gets tripped up, by her own lies.
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” color=”#3366ff”]“During the custody discussion, it’s revealed that Thomas pays Kathryn’s legal fees, and is paying for her current lawyer,” the source says. “Kathryn then makes claims that Thomas refuses to pay her lawyer. She stumbles when she rants that she fired her previous (4) attorneys, because Thomas pays for them and bribes them. Andy catches the contradiction, and calls Kathryn out on it.”[/otw_shortcode_quote]
The source notes that the segments with Kathryn and Thomas, were marked by a stark contrast in demeanors.
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” color=”#3366ff”]“Thomas was calm and cool as a cucumber during filming, but Kathryn was frazzled and angry,” the source explains. “She blew up at Thomas when he was recounting a story about HIM getting HIS emotions under control, because she thought it was about her — she was on edge. Kathryn owns nothing at the reunion — everything is everyone else’s fault.”[/otw_shortcode_quote]
Meanwhile, the Ravenel kiddos, cared for by two nannies, enjoyed a fun day in the city.
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” color=”#3366ff”]“Thomas was away from the children for about six hours,” the insider says. “Their nannies, Deidra and Dawn, took the kids on a tour of the city, and to a children’s museum. They munched on cupcakes, and had a ball.”[/otw_shortcode_quote]
Tune in to the Southern Charm Season 3 reunion on Monday, June 27 at 8:00 pm ET.