Kelly Killoren Bensimon says Real Housewives is “bad improv,” wants to stream her life live

In an interview with Out, The Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Killoren Bensimon has a lot to say. It sounds perfectly rational and even intelligent talking about her career and her charity work to promote safer sex, but then it gets weird when she starts talking about the show. Surprise.

For example, she says, “It’s my job to create content and they asked me to be on the show because they wanted me to legitimize the brand and they wanted a real socialite.” And if “create content” isn’t an odd enough way to explain being on a reality show, she says, “my reactions are incredibly authentic, but it’s like being in a bad improv class. I’m responding to something that I wouldn’t necessarily respond to but because I am getting paid I have to respond to it.”

I just finished my first improv class, and I think that if she was in my improv class acting like she does on the show, my classmates and I would have been in awe of her skills and wondering why we her first television appearance wasn’t on Whose Line is it Anyway?.

The whole interview si worth a read because it’s so fascinating and puzzling all at once, like how she talks about being bored at the reunion and the kind of show she’s going to do, which involves streaming her life live. I don’t know if the world can handle that.

Catching Up with Kelly Killoren Bensimon [Out]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.