By Irina Aleksander
The most loathsome characters—and, therefore, inevitable stars—of High Society, Tinsley Mortimer’s forthcoming reality show, will not include the socialite herself, but two peripheral characters, a network source recently told The New York Observer.
“We realized early on there was a story being told with Tinsley leaving her husband, filing for divorce and dating this German prince,” said a staffer from the show, which premieres on the CW Saturday, March 10. “But after we shot a presentation with her, we realized we wanted to supplement her with interesting personalities because she alone was …” Not that interesting? we asked.
Enter socialites Paul Johnson-Calderon (ex-boyfriend of Peter Davis) and Jules Kirby (close friend to Mortimer’s sister, Dabney Mercer; former girlfriend of Nevan Donahue, Olivia Palermo’s cousin; and daughter of lawyer Roger Kirby and former model Irene Kirby. Both have had some legal troubles: Jules Kirby was charged with petit larceny after allegedly trying to steal an American flag in Southampton last summer, and Johnson-Calderon was infamously accused of stealing a purse from the Eldridge in New York. (He wasn’t charged.) “The stuff that comes out of Jules’ mouth is really unfiltered,” our source said. “She says she likes to use the N-word and thinks it should be OK and that she doesn’t really hang out with black people, Jews or homosexuals.”
Meanwhile, Johnson-Calderon’s alleged vandalizing of the apartment of a woman named Cleo Vauban in Union Square will also appear in an episode.
Johnson-Calderon would not comment, but wrote The Observer, “I had a wonderful time filming the show, and I look forward to seeing it succeed in a genre known mostly for produced contestant shows and lackluster ‘glimpses’ into the lives of randos.”