The RHONY marriage of Kristen Taekman and her husband, Josh, appeared to be moderately strained during the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City, the first season for the couple. However, according to a new report, the Bravo show was actually a good thing for the Taekmans.
During a May 7 podcast with Hollywood Life, Taekman explained how her RHONY marriage benefitted from the show.
"We'd watch [the show] together on Tuesday nights and we kind of had our moments. We'd watch it and reflect. He'd go, 'okay I was wrong there but did you see your facial expression? Did you see why I reacted like that?'"
As for the state of their RHONY marriage during Season 5, Taekman explained she and Josh were simply bickering, as any couple would do, only their tense moments were spotlighted on the show.
"We just had a lot of back and forth and by watching that, we were like, we gotta slow down and take more time for each other."
Oddly, the RHONY marriage that was truly in jeopardy was that of Aviva Drescher and her husband, Reid. After being allegedly fired from the series ahead of Season 7, the Dreschers appeared on Marriage Boot Camp, where they successful saved their marriage after months of rocky points.
"Aviva was the first to say, 'I don't think that's normal' and I thought to myself, 'well you're on your second marriage.'"
"Before Kristen signed up for another season, she had long discussions with [Josh] because he was unhappy with how he was portrayed on the show. He didn't want the show to negatively impact his business. There was a lot of added strain in the marriage after the season aired, so Kristen agreed to not allow cameras as much access to them as a couple."
A short time later, however, during an interview with Access Hollywood, Taekman denied keeping her RHONY marriage away from the cameras, telling hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover that it was "cool" if the audience was exposed to their sometimes tense moments on the long-running series.
For more of the RHONY marriage, tune into The Real Housewives of New York City every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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