Gizelle Bryant: Karen Gave Me a “Petty” Etiquette Lesson


Though the Real Housewives of Potomac made their TV debut, the drama has already begun. From proper etiquette to feuds flaring these ladies are holding nothing back. Gizelle Bryant spoke to Bravo about her show down with Karen and her way of proper etiquette.

Bravotv.com: What is the difference between “Gizelle Rules” and Potomac etiquette?

Gizelle Bryant: I am very well-versed and clear about etiquette. Everyone can see that I was not raised under a rock or a bridge. I’ve read a couple of posts from Mrs. Emily Post and my mother has raised a lady. HOWEVER, Karen’s/Potomac’s rules of etiquette change with the wind and the champagne. If the breeze is blowing and the bubbly is flowing God only knows the rules of Karen.

Bravotv.com: What were you thinking when you were the first to arrive at Karen’s birthday dinner? Did you realize that Karen was put off at the dinner when she didn’t sit in the middle?

GB: When I first arrived at Karen’s birthday dinner all I could think was where can I buy some friends who know how to tell time.

My rule number one of etiquette is to be on time. Gizelle is always punctual. I believe that showing up on time is the first sign of class and sophistication. The rest of these ladies might need to readjust their CP clock. Don’t waste my time and I won’t ever waste yours. Everyone is given a fifteen minute window for lateness. After that, I will proceed to do what I do best…eat, drink, and be beautiful.
As the night progressed I had no idea that Karen was upset over her seating arrangements. Karen never ever, ever, ever has an issue commenting, dictating, vocalizing, or screaming anything that she has a problem with. I have seen her take down and demolish the best and the worst of characters. So why have a seating assignment issue with me and stay silent? If it were me and I was the birthday girl, I would have just said, “Girl, get out my seat”…”Can you please slide over?”…or just…”Bitch, MOVE.”

Bravotv.com: What do you think about Charisse’s comments about bringing your friend to help cook and as you were coming up the hall? Did you foresee this being an issue?

GB: I brought Kal with me to help with the crabs because a) He knows how to cook crabs better than me. b) He was my guest – since when don’t I get a plus one? c) He makes me laugh and sometimes Charrisse’s parties need people who can break the dullness.

When we are walking down the hall asking Charrisse if she wanted Kal to do her hair I had no clue that I was going to be hit with her sideways, stank response. I just broke a sweat in her kitchen cooking for her guests. I was feeling confusion as to really what her issue could be (emoji face with the big eyes).

Bravotv.com: Tell us about Karen’s “etiquette lesson” and your confrontation. What were you thinking when Karen gave you her gift?

GB: Karen says she has a gift for me. One thing Gizelle really loves is a good gift. Now, Karen giving me a gift that was petty, unnecessary, poor etiquette, and bad judgement wasn’t a problem for me. Simple put…unbothered! As I examined the gift further it turned out to be all the things that I love….pretty, shiny and a mirror. Please tell me who doesn’t like to check their lipstick?!?!?!”

Photo Credit: Bravo

  • Judge Judy

    Charisse and Karen need to learn about etiquette before they go around tossing it in other people’s faces.

    What is this thing with Gizelle referring to herself as “Gizelle” though? Airs of grandiosity like that are generally idiotic, imo.

    • Anonymous

      You took it the wrong way, she has the best sense of humor on the show and made the
      first show fun to watch.

      • patricia

        ITA. I like Gizelle. She seems to be down to earth & funny. The other 2 ladies need to practice what they preach. They complain & yet they are the ones with poor etiquette. I think Gizelle is the only 1 with the real pedigree.

  • I watched sitting on the side of my bed. I had planned to put it on and lay down. But, I found myself just watching and sitting. Gizelle is my favorite. I usually have one right off. One reason is that I can’t recall any of the other women’s names, and even if I heard them, I wouldn’t be able to place them. Now I know who Karen is from this article. The other woman who had lunch with her boyfriend….I think he is odd. Just odd. Karen is one of those people who think it is charming to always talk about her pedigree and how to have class while exhibiting none.

    • Oh, and I loved the fact that Gizelle looked in the mirror the entire time Karen was lecturing her!! That was priceless. If Karen gets a lot of viewers thinking like me I wonder how it will affect her. In her little world of Potomac with her little society, her little gated clubs with the private tennis courts and outdoor umbrella’d reserved tables. I wonder if she realizes just how small it is with her perfect marriage and mansion and group of other club members. Wait ’till she gets a taste of the public outpouring of dislike when someone with this level of pretension comes on the scene.

  • Izzy

    Most people liked Gizelle in this episode. She seems like a fun girl with the right amount of class and sense. Karen just came off WAAAYYY strong for the first episode.

  • CoCo

    Ladies, your comments peaked my interest so I watched this new franchise on-demand. Ugh! Pretentious, obnoxious, self absorbed, classless women. Karen is so full of herself and she is definitely looney. Money hungry wanna-be’s. It’s the last time I will watch and I’m a fan of Housewives. They all need a class in etiquette

  • So far she’s the reason to watch.

  • patricia

    The farmer’s daughter & the one from wherever look down their noses & think they are above people, especially the “help.” Both of them are disgusting!