Just after our friend Lynn Hudson passed away I wrote a couple of posts on the Real Housewives and it just didn’t feel right to me, so I stopped. That’s when I realised that I needed to give myself permission to mourn a friend who had truly impacted my life. For so many of us Lynn was the close, personal friend we had our morning coffee with. Indeed, sometimes she was so funny we spewed our coffee at risk of hitting our iPad, which happened to me more than once. I miss her. I miss her light.
She was the blogger that many of Bravo’s reality tv stars feared, but all read religiously. They all knew that if Lynn liked them they had a pretty good chance of making it to next year’s season, and that if Lynn panned them they were all but curtains (think Cindy Barshop).
Her opinion often was a measure by which the Bravo executives determined casting decisions and why?…because Lynn Hudson had her finger on the pulse of the viewers…she was a magnet and all uber-obsessed Housewives fans read, and often commented upon, the latest episode on Lynn’s site. Where else, after all, could we all go to talk about this one or that one?
If one of the stars attracted a lot of negative attention from the audience, (think Jill Zarin), that was Bravo’s sign to recast them and, from Lynn’s site alone, the Bravo execs could tell who had overstayed their welcome (again, think Jill Zarin). There is, after all, a fine line between intriguing drama and reprehensible drama, isn’t there?
This season we’ve certainly seen our share of it. Innocents have been bullied, poor behaviour has been called out and old wounds have been brought to the surface again.
I’m not sure what our love affair with real drama is, or how Bravo Andy has us all sized up, but Lynn Hudson sure tapped into a huge readership of obsessed fans and I was so happy to be one of them. Surely other bloggers will try to fill the Lynn Hudson void and pick up her 4,000,000 readers. I won’t be one of them as I’ve never had a large following, but I will continue to blog again and, whilst I may have done it before for entertainment value alone, today I will do it to honour our friend who passed.
It’s time for us to mourn and, as seasons in life go, this, too, will pass.