Real Housewives of Miami's Elaine Lancaster: "Marysol Patton Doesn't Meet My Standards"
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We have seen many great celebrity feuds in our day. Luckily for you pop culture junkies out there, now we have one going down right in our own backyard. This battle is between none other than Real Housewives of Miami's Marsyol Patton and famed drag queen, Elaine Lancaster.
If you had asked us back in September if these gals would become enemies, we would have said absolutely not. We had just seen Elaine perform at the 10-year anniversary party for Marysol's PR firm, The Patton Group. And that queen isn't cheap; Miss Patton must have whipped out the big bucks, because we know for a fact Elaine doesn't show up for free. Maybe it's just us, but we are buddies with anyone who helps pay our bills.
But for Elaine, it goes deeper than that.
When this season began, Elaine announced to the group that the entire Patton clan was no longer in her inner circle. According to the queen herself, Marysol didn't allow her on the red carpet back in 2011. Marysol denies it. Just another case of "she said, she said."
Bravo has hinted that tonight's episode of Real Housewives features some serious drama between Marysol and Elaine. So we called them both up to get their sides of the story. Miss Lancaster in particular had plenty to say:
Cultist: In your opinion, why is it that you and Mama Elsa don't get along?
Elaine Lancaster: I have nothing against Mrs. Patton. I am always extremely nice to everyone, especially elderly people. I wanted to be cordial with her and tried to interject some humor with Adriana asking if she was getting drunk. Then Elsa just dove right into me about something. She knew nothing about me. I remained a lady and I walked away once she threatened to physically assault me with her handbag. Respect is a two-way street, and once I see I am dealing with an irrational person, I ended up walking away. I know she was trying to defend her daughter. I was just being my usual social self until I realized she had already made up her mind about me based one side of a story.
Marysol says she has never snubbed you from a red carpet.
At the Fontainebleau in 2010, a former employer of the Patton group told me to hold up. I needed to wait while Marysol was standing by. I did as told, but I saw guest after guest being photographed. After about five minutes, I asked one more time, and then again told to wait. I turned and went into the party. This has never been about a red carpet. It is about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It's as simple as that.
Something seems to really go down at the event at Lisa Pliner's house on the episode that airs tonight. Give us your side of the story.
I am been friends with Lisa and Donald Pliner for about 19 years, and Lisa wanted me to emcee her shoe show at her Star Island home. But Marysol said to Lisa, "Why are you hiring Elaine? Don't hire her so you can save money." Again, getting in my way of work, [which is] promoting my brand and my ability to make money. Of course Marysol's excuse was, "I was just trying to help Lisa save money." "Elaine" is my job which I am passionate about and love, but it's not a hobby. I take it extremely seriously. One doesn't rise to the heights I've gotten to by dumb luck. I've worked my ass off and sacrificed a lot on so many levels, and I don't need petty people trying to get in the way of my work.
Is there hope that you and Marysol will ever be friends?
I don't ever want to say never, but I have a high prerequisite for "real" friends and she doesn't meet my standards. I have a very small circle of lifelong friends who are there for me, and I them. A friend is someone who is there in the good and bad times, who tries to diminish pain not exacerbate it.
We reached out to Marysol for her side of the story, but she offered no comment, explaining that her work schedule was too busy to address the issue. Hey, we get it. (We know what it's like to be a working girl.) But that means we'll just have to watch the drama go down tonight and judge for ourselves.
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