Earlier this year, we reported on a scandal that was wreaking havoc on Jill Zarin’s credibility.
Amazon.com members were in an uproar when Alana Chandler, the site’s No. 1 ranked reviewer, was harassed and threatened by “Susan Saunders” on the book site and allegedly via email after negatively reviewing Jill Zarin’s book, “Secrets of a Jewish Mother.”
We soon came to find out that “Susan Saunders” was an alias for Jill Shapiro otherwise known as “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Jill Zarin’s married name before marrying Bobby.
We caught up with Simon van Kempen, AKA Mr. Alex McCord, in between appearances for their parenting memoir, “Little Kids, Big City,” and we asked him to weigh in.
“It’s almost proven beyond a reasonable doubt that it was done on Jill’s account,” Simon tells Zap2it. “Now, whether it was done by Jill with her knowledge or one of her assistants, who knows? But whoever did it was pretty bloody stupid quite frankly.”
]]>took to Facebook and posted, “Some crazy fans are saying I wrote my own review.” Simon says the assertion this was done by crazy fans is doubtful, especially when the account has “wish lists” prepared for Jill’s daughter, Ally, dating back to pre-“New York Housewives” 2001. “I can’t imagine that anyone at that stage was so invested in being anti-Jill that they’d go to some huge lengths to construct what to the naked eye was an Amazon account under the name Jill Shapiro,” says Simon. “Which was her previously married name, who had the same birthday, who had wish lists going back years, I mean it was a pretty na�ve attempt on whoever’s part who went into Jill’s account.” Of course, some have argued that this wouldn’t be the first time a writer penned good reviews for themselves. The sticking point for most is that she went the extra step of threatening the respected reviewer, Alana Chandler. Simon agrees. “It’s one thing to write reviews of your own book and trash other people’s,” he explains. “But then that same account seemed to go ahead and threaten somebody. That’s pretty silly. It’s a book for god sakes.” Truth be told, Simon has his own reason for finding the whole ordeal distasteful. He feels the controversy affects not only his future success, but also that of anyone who’s part of the “Real Housewives” franchise. “Whether we’re all friends or not,” he says. “We’re all in this together. We need everyone to succeed with what they’re doing. If one person undercuts themselves or others, they’re hurting us all in the end.” Follow Zap2it and TheRealJethro on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celebrity news and buzz. Photo credit: Getty, Bravo