real housewives new york bravo jill zarin amazon 'Real Housewives' Amazon gate: Jill Zarin's take on reviewing under a fake nameZap2it was one of the first to report that a scandal was brewing around “Real Housewives of New York City” star Jill Zarin on Now, new details shed light on Zarin’s role in Amazon-gate.

Members had launched a grassroots investigation after one “Susan Saunders” replied angrily to a negative review of Zarin’s book, “Secrets of a Jewish Mother.”

Written to Alana Chandler, the No. 1 ranked reviewer on Amazon, the comment called the reviewer anti-Semitic and “jealous of Jill.” “Saunders” even suggested that Chandler’s pet should be taken from her. Chandler has since claimed that “Saunders” also followed up the comment with a “threatening email.”

Amazon members then discovered that “Susan Saunders'” account was registered to Jill Shapiro, which is Zarin’s name before marrying Bobby, from New York City. Her daughter’s name is Allyson and her birthday is November 30. All of these details correspond with public information on Zarin. Also, Bobby’s brother, David Zarin, is listed under “Saunders'” “Interesting People & Friends” list.

]]>during an interview with the housewife, Zarin was pleased to hear that the interviewer liked her book. She then asked her if she could review it. When the writer declined, Zarin had a novel idea. “Can you go under an assumed name?” Jill asked. After the writer declined again and even Zarin’s sister, Lisa Wexler, who was also being interviewed, tried to get Zarin to stop her requests, Zarin continued. “I don’t know, you could just say you loved the book,” Jill said. “Anonymous. Is that so bad?” The writer continued to decline the request, then a relentless Zarin told her she could have her boyfriend do it instead. Amazon members claim that Zarin (and associates) had assumed different names to write positive reviews of her book and bolster or trash the books written by other cast members depending on whether she’s friendly with them or not. Zap2it readers: Do you think Jill Zarin is capable of Amazon-gate? Follow Zap2it and TheRealJethro on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celebrity news and buzz. Related: ‘Real Housewives NY’ TV query: Which one was the new housewife, Jennifer Gilbert?
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