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Is BravoCon already ‘a mess’? Sonja Morgan isn’t even going!

Is BravoCon already ‘a mess’? Sonja Morgan isn’t even going!
Sonja Morgan during the Real Housewives of New York City season 11 reunion (Photo by Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

On Friday, The Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan posted to Instagram, saying she’d be at an “all things beauty & life longevity weekend” Nov. 15 to 17.

That’s notable because those are the exact same days as the first BravoCon, which has promised “more than 70 Bravolebrities and more than 30 live events from Bravo’s top series.” Yet Bravo has yet to identify most of those Bravolebrities except Luann de Lesseps. And if they can’t even get Sonja?!

Of course, one person from one show not attending is not a sign of disaster by itself. And there will be a Luann’s Countess and Friends cabaret show, which means it will all be worth it, even if the rest of it resembles the Fyre Festival.

But Sonja’s post came days before a report from the website All About The Real Housewives that called the event “a mess” and quoted anonymous sources who said “Bravo is scrambling” because “the favorites don’t want to do it,” which may or may not have to do with the compensation they may or may not be getting.

That may or may not be accurate, and ditto with the site’s claims that Ramona Singer, Nene Leakes, and Kandi Burruss won’t attend, either.

But one source suggests it could all end up fine with Bravo “adding more Bravolebs and Housewives at the last minute as a ‘surprise,’ but in actuality, the favorites don’t want to do it, and they are scrambling.”

Which Bravolebrities are attending Bravo Con? Shrug emoji!

Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live
Andy Cohen on episode 14007 of Watch What Happens Live (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo)

What’s particularly interesting to me is that Bravo still isn’t listing any stars as coming besides Luann and Andy Cohen (of course). Perhaps it doesn’t have to, since tickets are sold out.

But the event is 2.5 weeks away, and is still just full of vague details: The “Who’s Coming” page lists zero names but does tell people to “Stay tuned for announcements coming soon!” How soon? After it’s over?

There haven’t been any posts about it on Bravo’s web site in six weeks, while a preview video released in August featured Andy Cohen plus The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Shannon Storms Beador and Shahs of Sunset’s Reza Farahan, who didn’t exactly say they’d be attending but presumably will be there.

Still, if that’s the biggest talent you can get to make a preview video? Yikes.

Tickets completely sold out, even though they were very expensive, starting at $124.50 plus fees for a single day, going as high as $1,499.50 plus fees for three-day VIP passes.

In August, after tickets sold out almost immediately, people started to use the hashtag #BravoConned on Twitter and Instagram.

Some of those who did get tickets have posted their badges to social media, which are impressive, and clearly Bravo spent some money on the collateral materials:

Still, the official web site doesn’t even have a schedule of events, but an Aug. 19 blog post listed events without times, names, or other details. Not even the names of the producers who will attend the two “Producers Spill the Tea” panels are listed:

Men of Bravo
Former Housewives
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Below Deck
Below Deck Mediterranean
Million Dollar Listing
Summer House
Southern Charm
Producers Spill the Tea
Top Chef Dinner*

Friday After Hours: Biggest WWHL*

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Potomac
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Shahs of Sunset
Married to Medicine
Vanderpump Rules
Below Deck
Housewives Mashup
Sneak peek screenings with cast Q&A
Southern Charm Brunch*
OG Housewives
Top Chef Dinner*

Saturday After Hours: Vanderpump Rules After Hours Party*

The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Below Deck
Housewives Mashup
Vanderpump Rules
Bravopalooza Brunch*
Sneak peek screenings with cast Q&A
Producers Spill the Tea
Southern Charm
Top Chef Dinner*

Sunday After Hours: Countess Luann & Friends Cabaret*

All Weekend:
Photo ops
Meet-and-greets with Bravolebs and Andy Cohen
Immersive photo experiences
The Real Housewives Museum
Top Chef Food Hall
Shopping at the Bravo Bazaar

Perhaps Bravo just doesn’t need to say anything publicly since all the tickets have been sold out. But putting together a large convention is not easy, and previous attempts at reality TV conventions have ended poorly, as I wrote about when MTV announced its own RealityCon, which will take place next summer.

If you’re going, let me know what you find!

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