Think Kim Granatell is a friend of Danielle Staub? Think again. While the New Jersey socialite was shown hitting up events with Danielle on Real Housewives, their off-screen relationship has all but deteriorated.
“She had no idea who she was playing with when she was playing with me,” Kim tells Crushable, adding to expect a “major showdown” between the former friends.
Kim – known as “Kim G” on the Bravo dramafest – is BFF with Kim DePaola, owner of the Posche boutique. Her husband (whom she says she’s been separated from for seven years) is the stepbrother of “Kim D”; the women remain close, and hope to grab a bigger spotlight next season on The Real Housewives Of New Jersey.
“One of the producers says (Bravo) should have the K and K show,” Kim tells Crushable. “We’re drama, we’re devious, we brought so much to the show.”
They also bring a shared dislike of Danielle, who is possibly the most hated Housewife in the franchise’s history (alongside Kelly Bensimon, of course). Calling her a “snake in the grass,” Kim says ignored the haters and gave Danielle a chance at first. “She is single. I liked her personality, she was vibrant,” she says. The like wore off, however, when Danielle undermined her by declining to be filmed with Kim at a luxury transportation expo of sorts (think private jets) at the Teterboro Airport. But lo and behold, Danielle showed up without her with a “frumpy married woman” in tow.
“This was a great time to meet some nice men. … I believe she thought I was a threat. Guys would be looking at me!” says Kim. “She’s very calculating, she’s not to be trusted. She cuts friends in and out of her life.”
Another time, she claims, Danielle used Kim’s Ferrari to attend another ritzy event but did not invite Kim into said event; Kim dropped her off and drove home.”She didn’t want to pull up … in her own car.”
Eventually, Kim G decided, “Your game has ended, and my game has begun. And then I started playing sides.”
Cut to this past week’s episode, when Kim brought a reluctant Danielle as her date to Kim D’s Posche fashion show, where regular cast member Jacqueline Laurita‘s daughter Ashley walked the runway while Jackie and Danielle nemesis Teresa Giudice looked on. She says Danielle was upset that her daughter Christine, a professional model, was not asked to participate. “Christine is 16, Ashley is 19 … Ashley belonged there,” she says.
As cameras captured footage of Ashley’s model moment, Danielle made a move to get up and go to the ladies’ room but she was made to sit down. After the show, Danielle locked herself in the bathroom with some girlfriends because she was “afraid Theresa and Jackie were gonna walk in.” When Danielle walked out, as seen in Monday’s show, Teresa was waiting outside to say hi (but really stir up the dramz).
“In my eyes, Danielle provoked that argument,” Kim says. “I believe Teresa was being genuine.”
Then Danielle called Teresa “honey,” and Teresa called her an “old hag” and a “bitch.” Kim could not give away details on next week’s episode but did say that Teresa ran after Danielle and ended up pushing Kim in the process. “I wasn’t mad at her,” Kim says of Teresa.
“I wanted action! You know, come on! The room was very tense,” Kim says of the Porsche event.
As for Danielle’s apparent lesbian romance with singer Lori Michaels, Kim says, “When she can’t do anything more for her, she’ll go to something else. .. People asked me, ‘Has she come on to you yet?’ I think she goes both ways.”
One thing she will concede: “Danielle is a good mom. I can’t take that away from her.”
Kim, who lives in Franklin Lakes, has three kids of her own: John, 20, Ryan, 18 and Gia, 16. As for her husband, “We’re like brother and sister. I love my husband but I don’t love him like I’m supposed to love my husband. … I don’t need to marry. It’s not necessary. I don’t need that.”
She says she has a good deal, however – one that allows her to focus on her philanthropic work helping underprivileged people in nearby towns, keeping her house, raising her kids and making her own sauce, Teresa-style.
“If I get on the show, any of the money that I get, I’ll donate it all to charity,” she adds. On a less serious note, she says, she’d be a much better fit than the recently departed Dina Manzo.
Says Kim, “She should lighten up and smile once in a while with those teeth!”