Interview with Style network’s ‘Big Rich Texas’ reality TV stars Bon and Whitney

Big Rich Texas Bon Blossman Whitney Whatley

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Whitney is a 23 year old ex-pageant girl who shamelessly sports the word “cunt” tattooed on her right foot and wants porn star boobs.  Bon (“Bonnie”) has a PhD is Physiology, loves botox, and wants to dress like Lady Gaga on the tennis court.  I’m talking about “Big Rich Texas” (website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), y’all!  This docu-series (code for “reality TV”) debuted July 17, 2011 on the Style network.  After a 2 week hiatus, the hour long series resumes tonight, Sunday, August 28, 2011 at it’s regular time slot 9PM/8PM Central for the second half of the 10 episode season.  The show depicts 5 southern elite mother-daughter pairs who are members of Woodhaven Country Club in Fort Worth, TX.  I interviewed Dr. Bon “Bonnie” Blossman (website, Facebook, Twitter) and Whitney Whatley (website, Facebook, Twitter) at the tail-end of a PR blitz in LA.  Before I post the interview, here’s my version of a quick introduction to the rest of the cast:

Big Rich Texas Style Network Cast

cast members from 'Big Rich Texas' (excluding Bon and Whitney)

  • Pam Martin Duarte and Hannah Gelbert Martin:  Both ladies were on the reality TV show “Dallas Divas and Daughters” that aired on the Style network last year.  Pam (website, Twitter, Facebook) is the “hall monitor” for the country club and has earned quite a bit of clout to pull it off.  She lives to be a thorn in Bon’s side and is working on a novel.  Hannah (Twitter) is attending college at the University of Missouri and shows us she’s it’s not quite a like mother, like daughter pair when she has a party in the backyard while Pam is vacationing in Spain.
  • Melissa Poe and Maddie Poe: Like Pam, Melissa (Facebook, Twitter) wears her girdle pretty tight and the 2 are friends on the show.  Melissa believes her glory years are behind her as she simultaneously boasts and criticizes her years as a model.  Melissa tries to keep a short leash on her daughter Maddie (Facebook, Twitter) who is not allowed to date, but like any 15 year would, Maddie does not let that deter her dating Zach (Bon’s son).
  • Leslie Birkland and Kalyn Niccole Braun: They’re the new folks in town.  Leslie (Facebook) is also a former model that swears she bought a beige Ferrari when she was 19.  Her loot now comes from doing something in the oil and gas industry.  Her husband drowned in a lake 2 years ago, and she has a son Tyler Bereiter (FacebookTwitter) that is a model and center of a love triangle between goddaughter Kalyn (Facebook, Twitter) and Whitney.  When Leslie’s not coaching Kalyn or anyone she can get her hands on to be pageant pro or model, she’s shaking things up at the country club with Bon as her accomplice.  Her goddaughter Kailyn is living with Leslie full time as a favor to her mom as Kailyn continues the pageant life.  While Kailyn comes across confident on the surface, she’s seems fragile on the inside.
  • Connie Dieb and Grace Dieb: Thank God for Connie not joining the blond hair and hair extensions nation!  She co-owns Uptown Consignment Fine Apparel, was a former cheerleader, and serves as the social chair at the country club.  Leslie is her cousin although they don’t always seem to come from the same DNA.  Her daughter Grace (Facebook, Twitter) is a cheerleader, but don’t get it twisted because she is an MMA black belt as well.
Big Rich Texas Whitney Whatley

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Now that you have a feel for the other members of the cast, here’s my interview with Bon and Whitney who I’d say represent the country club’s counterculture.  Don’t be so quick to judge them, though.  In addition to her PhD in Physiology, Bon teaches at the University of North Texas, is an author, owns several businesses, and dabbles in the music industry.  Whitney is in school, has a t-shirt line, and has a musical talent of her own that you’ll have to read below to find out.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Has anything come up on an episode that maybe got edited out or over-exaggerated that you’d like to clear up?

Bon:  I was completely joking when I said I had Whitney when I was 11 (she had Whitney when she was 18).  A lot of people took me seriously.  Other than that, we’re not drunks.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Bon, do you think it was a fair trade to let Whitney have lip injections in exchange for getting the tattoo removed?  At least to quiet things down with the controversy it stirred at the country club?

Bon:  Ya, Whitney had been asking since she was 15 if she could get her lips done, and I said no.  Even her doctors said no, and then when she was 21 I almost did it for her.  With her getting in trouble at the country club for that [tattoo], I had to pull out all the stops…It’s only been 2 months, and she’s saying she wants [lip injections] done again, so maybe I’ll have to make another deal for the second treatment.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Pam. Wow.  Bon, what’s up with her?  I know you don’t like her.

Bon:  We just never ever ever cared for each other.  I don’t like her because she’s too judgmental.  I don’t like snotty, judgmental types.  They just don’t mesh well, and to be honest, I do want and say what I want and I just don’t care what others think because I’m not judging you so don’t judge me…I like to think of me as Batman and she’s the Joker.  No, wait, she’s The Penguin.  I take that back.  She’s not the Joker because the Joker would be kind of funny.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Did the rest of your family agree to stay out of the show seeing that the show is mostly based on mother-daughter interaction?

Bon:  My husband [Jason] and my son [Zach], they have a few cameos, but they didn’t really want to do it.  My husband would actually leave when the cameras were around, and my son has everything in his room that he could ever want so he just went in there while they were filming, but they supported us doing it.

Ifelicious Ifelicious: Whitney, so what’s up with this love triangle between you and Kalyn and Tyler.  Would you call it a triangle?  Are you officially dating?  I guess as of the last episode, it looked like you were.

Whitney:  Ya, we were dating.  To find out what happens between us, you gotta wait and watch.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  We’re midway through the season, and the drama has been building every week.  What can we look forward to either of you in terms of drama?

Bon:  Whitney becomes even more of a bad girl.  She starts playing with guns.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Oh, you’re the gun one that was hinted about in something I read online.

Whitney:  Ya, I’m the gun one! (laughs)

Bon:  She was a little badass.  I wasn’t happy with her actions, and I can’t wait to see that episode to see what all went on behind my back.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  I love how TMZ called the show ‘a trainwreck that you have to watch.’  Who would you toss in that trainwreck?  Who’s going down in flames this season?

Bon:  All I can say is that at the end, I think there’s going to be lots of celebrating going on across the country.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Whitney, how do all of the daughters get along?  Do you all hang out as a group because it always seems like, so far, you hang out because there’s an event and that pulls you all together.

Whitney:  We don’t hang out outside of the country club.  They’re a lot younger than me.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  I wonder how Melissa feels about that especially now that Maddie is dating your brother.

Whitney:  Zach’s really an angel.  He honestly does no wrong.  He’s guilt by association.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Bon, I read about you doing music…What do you do with music?  Do you mix CDs?

Bon:  We have a publishing company and we publish books and also make CDs.  We have a recording studio in the house.  Me and my husband are actually in a group called Party of 2, and we have a CD out, and it’s called the ‘Monstrous Halloween Dance Party Mix.’  We just do fun seasonal dance music to play at parties.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Do you actually sing, too, or just mix music?

Bon:  Yes, [I sing].  You can actually pull up segments of it online, and we just finished a Christmas CD that will be out on Halloween.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Whitney, I could totally see you singing ‘Santa Baby’ on that Christmas CD.

Bon:  Whitney’s a rapper.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Oh, really?

Bon:  She’s shot videos where she’s doing rap covers.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  Go ahead, Whitney!  Any other projects?

Whitney:  I have a t-shirt line…There’s about 7 or 8 shirts.

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  It looks like you gals are a bunch of entrepreneurs.

Whitney:  We are!

Ifelicious Ifelicious:  I can’t end the interview without asking you both what’s your favorite cocktail?

Whitney:  I like grape vodka and Sprite.

Bon:  I drink Bacardi and Diet Coke with 2 cherries.  It needs a name because I always have to give the ingredients…A Cuba libre is the same but with a lime, but when you put cherries in it, it changes the flavor completely.  It’s really good.

Thanks, Bon and Whitney for giving me a great interview!  Set your DVRs to record “Big Rich Texas” or download the series on iTunes.  I found the blogs A Real American Girl and FrontRow have great episode recaps.

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  1. Great interview. You go girl, you are amazing and doing your thing.
    I have not watched “Big Rich Texas” but, it seems like there is a lot of drama. I do hope that the tattoo removed was the one with the c word. Not ladylike at all.
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  2. I use to work with Bonnies hubby Jason and he is a cool guy. I ran into them both today and I have to say that Bonnie is ADORABLE. She was just a personable and down to earth in person as she is on the show. I am totally Team Bonnie..

    As for Pam she reminds me of Nancy Grace as far as her looks go. Pam could use a strong drink, and lighten up a bit. She is not above anyone else and her attitude is ugly. Too they cant botox Pam’s personality…

    Team Bonnie all the way.

  3. lol.. haha meant to say… Too bad they cant botox Pams personality..
    However she is a good dynamic to the show.. just makes you realize how cool the other ladies are.

  4. I was born and raised in Dallas, around Turtle Creek and Bowser. I don’t recall ever knowing anyone who was friends with my parents or grandparents that behaved so badly as I have seen, so far. I don’t think I can take the nastiness much longer. The “new girl on the block”, Dyianne, or however it is spelled, reminds me of a mean, street fighting gang banger. I have seen plenty of them on the telly. I hope Whitney follows in her mother’s footsteps and gets an education. She comes across as an air-head with a “boob” fixation. As far as Leslie is concerned; pity the kids. Melissa and Pam seem to be well grounded. And, I am so disappointed that Connie seems to be a very petty person. Ladies, watch out for your children. You are setting the example.

    I really wanted to like the show. This “reality” business doesn’t seem like reality in my world.

  5. P.S. I left Bonnie out………….she is goofy-adorable. If I left anyone else out, oh well…….

  6. We will start with old lady Pam duarte I don’t think that she is a golddigger for the fact of she doesn’t have any thing her home is plain and dumpy it needs to be demolished or go buy a new home. She acts like she lives in beverly hills California well you don’t you old fat sea monster. Now Melissa or should we call her pageant whore and lying to her own daughter disgusting. I’m sorry but it’s Leslies fault that no one wanted to give you go see’s except for plus size modeling agency well I hate to tell lying Leslie guess what YOUR FAT!!! You and Pamala and her hidious foreign husband their like 3 ugly fat pigs in a blanket. Stop blaming your cast mates because they are thinner younger and prettier then you Fatty’s.
    Pam are you that hard up for money that your suing people maybe you should just get a real job. But I guess it’s hard to find work when your old fat and ugly. People who bring on frivolous lawsuits on are hard up for money. Oh and Fashinista or is that FATanista with you and mellisa one last tip tell your daughter to quit using magic marker on her eyebrows it ugly.
    Your truly ,

  7. i looove this show…omg, zakk is a very handsome young man and whit is pretty but the way she acts and carries herself makes her a bit unattractive…but they are my fave fam of BRT

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