Heather Thomson’s TV comeback: five fortiesresses to watch

:: FIVE FORTRESSES Before she left the glamourous world of nightlife and fashion PR, Heather Thomson, who played Tara Parker-Bowles in the US version of The Real Housewives, found love with a member of…

Heather Thomson's TV comeback: five fortiesresses to watch

:: FIVE FORTRESSES

Before she left the glamourous world of nightlife and fashion PR, Heather Thomson, who played Tara Parker-Bowles in the US version of The Real Housewives, found love with a member of the New York Board of Health.

The TV star has spoken out about how producers of the programme exaggerated conflicts in the show’s cast, calling them “staged”, “faked” and accusing them of creating “a culture where everything is made up”.

Ms Thomson says it is “like creating a film set where everything is staged”.

Speaking to Gotham magazine the 38-year-old claims that fans of the show will be as disappointed as she was.

“My fans would look at that and think ‘This is Hollywood, this is one of their acting jobs,’ and I would say ‘No, this is not Hollywood, this is reality TV’.”

Describing herself as “driven” she thinks Real Housewives could be a chance for women to be “real and raw”.

However the outspoken presenter thinks the depictions of “a lot of the men” in the show as pampered and “pretentious” and likens the jealous tension between Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge to “negative endorphins”.

She says: “This Real Housewives of Beverly Hills show is like being in love.

“You want them to be f***ing happy. But they’re not happy.

“They are jealous, cuckolded, and emotional.”

According to Ms Thomson, details have been repeatedly added to scenes which “really should have been left as the story”.

Last year the star told Grazia magazine: “It’s too much staged nonsense, it’s been nonstop for eight years now.”

She also told Diva magazine she wanted to write her own version of the show.

In the past Thomson has questioned the accuracy of much of the show.

In 2013 she criticised a clip for the eighth series which showed Carlton Gebbia talking about her sex life with her husband, Dennis Shields, which Thomson claims was “completely fabricated”.

Real Housewives of New York: Season 8 is now on TV and in cinemas.

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