On Bravo’s side, they hit gold with the former Heavyweight boxer, who is beyond a Housewives superfan. He’s an historian and has genuine opinions about these nutty shows that clearly indicate he’s been watching, New Jersey at least, for years, unlike previous guests, like Neil Patrick Harris, who didn’t seem very familiar with any of the casts.
It was also a smart move on Tyson’s handlers’ side. Although I am not one of them, there are many people who hate this guy, who was convicted and was incarcerated for rape years ago. Personally I am not so sure about that jury’s verdict. Still he did his time and in this country, we pride ourselves on giving people who make mistakes second chances.
His appearance on this show was genius because Iron Mike is about to star in his own Spike Lee-directed one-man Broadway show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. I am positive that many people who saw him chatting it up with Andy Cohen and Melissa Gorga will buy tickets to this two-week performance. In fact, I am nearly positive it will a) sell out as a result of this appearance in the Bravo Clubhouse; and b) get Mike’s phone ringing off the hook with offers for a regular TV gig. Sure he speaks too softly, has a bizarre accent, mumbles and admitted last night that he needs an interpreter or subtitles. But he’s can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of -him fascinating.
Mike is definitely affable, hysterically funny, has a sense of humor about his own life/past antics and disagrees with pretty much every thought I have about this show. It made watching and listening to his take on the ladies of Franklin Lakes delightful. He likes Caroline; I do not. During the After Show, when he heard she wants to have him over for dinner, he said it’s possible depending upon the size of the check. C’mon that’s hilarious.
Here he is saying he likes her because she’s “awesome,” “the matriarch” and “handling her role pretty well.” And Caroline is doing her usual routine of trying to hobnob with celebrities and this guy wants an appearance fee to pop over to Franklin Lakes for Sunday Gravy. He’s right that there’s money to be made off of that scene. I would subscribe to pay-per-view to see this unlikely vegan mangia with the Manzos.
Tyson’s theory about the Melissa vs. Teresa skirmish is that Teresa is reluctant to “pass the torch” to her younger sister-in-law. He predicts that Melissa is going to be hired to do a Cover Girl ad and that Teresa is going to hit the ceiling about it. He said he liked Teresa much more in the first few seasons when Danielle Staub was the designated trouble maker because “we all got people like that in our life.”
Still he didn’t trash Teresa. He said that she and Juicy remind him of his own marriage because “they’re all bankrupt and messed up…and even though they’re doing so bad, they’re looking so good…I don’t know how they’re paying their bills. I don’t know how we’re paying our bills…I don’t know how this stuff works, but it’s working…Nowhere else in the world can you be bankrupt and live in a mansion.”
Quite a bit of this – the greatest episodes of Watch What Happens Live and The After Show in history – is online at Bravotv.com. If you haven’t already seen these episodes yet, you may want to check them out. I’d love to hear what you think of them.
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