It's been four years since Kristen Taekman left "The Real Housewives of New York City" after a memorable two-season stint in the Bravo hit, but she still feels very much a part of the Bravo family.
Taekman recently tagged along with longtime pal Brandi Glanville, herself a "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" alum, during her appearance on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" alongside "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Kelly Dodd. Fans were thrilled to see the unlikely crew having a ball backstage at "WWHL," and it was just as fun for Taekman.
"The best best best part of me going to 'Watch What Happens Live' was that that’s how this whole thing started for me: A year before I was even asked to be a Housewife, my best girlfriend Brandi comes into New York City, she’s on a TV show, I’m her best girlfriend in the city, so she invites me to go out with her friends," Taekman told AOL's Gibson Johns during a recent phone interview. "I always knew that my experience on 'Housewives' was going to come full circle, and it has. It’s sort of ending how it started, which is true to who I am."
While she had fun dipping her toes back into the Bravo world, Taekman revealed to AOL that she actually turned down several invitations from Bethenny Frankel to come to events that were being filmed for "RHONY." Being around reality TV cameras just isn't something that she's interested in right now.
"I knew what was going on, but I didn’t go. I didn’t want to," Taekman explained. "I was like, 'I don’t really need to do this right now.' I’d love to come… if there are no cameras!"
Instead, the model is focused on her lifestyle blog, Last Night's Look, as well as being an InterContinental Ambassador. For more on what Kristen Taekman is up to now, her experience going back to "WWHL" and what she thought of Bethenny Frankel's decision to leave "The Real Housewives of New York City," read our her full interview with AOL below:
You recently got back from a trip to Europe, where you took advantage of the InterContinental Ambassador extension program. Talk to me about your trip -- the photos looked amazing!
A couple weeks ago I went to Paris and stayed at the InterContinental Le Grand, which was heavenly. That’s all I can say. Then I went to Edinburgh and stayed at The George. It’s really cool, because I feel like whenever anybody talks about Scotland, it’s on their bucket list, and it’s one of those places that wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’m so happy that I went. It was an epic experience.
I used to live in Paris, though, and I was a model, which was like my second of three or four lives. [Laughs] The area I was in was an awesome, central area with all the shopping right there. The hotel was unbelievable. I could go on and on, but part of the extension program was getting all of these awesome perks like the guaranteed room upgrade, so I had an unbelievable suite with a gorgeous balcony. There are all these other things that went along with the program, too, like the complimentary weekend night and late checkout. It’s silly to say that that’s a big deal, but it is. The biggest part of the program is the extension benefit, though. Everybody has these crazy life events that can come up, like starting a new job or having a baby, forcing your trip to change, but with the extension benefit program, they let you change your plans no questions asked. You can also put the whole thing on hold, which is huge, because everybody has things that can come up.
Source : aol.com/entertainment