Dorinda Medley uses her hardships from the past to help a perfect stranger with a unique problem in an exclusive clip for the E! show Celebrity Call Center.
The 55-year-old Real Housewives of New York star can be seen in a sneak peek of Monday night’s episode giving advice to a woman trying to find a way out her mother to take their stuffed dog everywhere.
Celebrity Call Center is a new scriptless series in which ordinary people ask questions to a group of famous people who have provided useful advice.
Sage advice: Dorinda Medley shared how she coped with the loss of her husband Richard to help a California stranger deal with her mother’s obsession with a stuffed dog in an exclusive clip from the new episode of Celebrity Call Center
Hannah from San Luis Obispo, California called the show to ask for advice on the topic of loss, something Dorinda knows a lot about the loss of her first husband, Richard.
“I’m calling because my dad passed away a few years ago,” Hannah began to explain on the phone. “We had a dog called a miniature poodle, Riley, and my parents were both very obsessed with the dog.”
Hannah went on to say that their family dog had sadly passed away recently, too, and that her mother had the poodle filled by a taxidermist.
“She takes the dog everywhere,” the girl said to Dorinda. She added that her mom transports the stuffed dog to places like the supermarket and pharmacy.
Help Wanted: Celebrity Call Center is a new scriptless series where ordinary people ask questions to a group of famous people who have provided helpful advice, and Hannah from California had a unique problem for Dorinda to solve
“I’m calling because my dad passed away a few years ago,” Hannah started. “We had a dog called a miniature poodle, Riley, and my parents were both very obsessed with the dog.”
She asked the Bravo star for her advice on how to talk to her mom about not taking the dog with her “without breaking her heart.”
Dorinda listened attentively to the call in a room in her Berkshires home wearing a headset with a connected microphone.
The RHONY star was very understanding in her outspoken response, saying she could relate to the situation in many ways.
“Well, unfortunately I have a lot of experience with this because everyone knows that my husband died eight years ago and that people deal with grief differently,” said the star.
What?! Hannah said that her mother had the dog cuddled and is now taking the stuffed dog to the supermarket and pharmacy
Handy: She asked the Bravo star for her advice on how to talk to her mom about not walking the dog ‘without breaking her heart’
Add: ‘It is a process that is so insulating. I would believe that [the dog] is part of her healing process. ‘
Medley’s late husband Richard, a financial advisor, died in 2011 at the age of 60 from liver failure.
The Real Housewife told Hannah how she coped with her grief of becoming a widow and single mother.
“Well, unfortunately I have a lot of experience with this, because everyone knows that my husband died eight years ago and people deal with grief so differently,” said the star. “It is a process that is so insulating. I would believe that [the dog] is part of her healing process. ‘
Tragic: Medley’s late husband Richard, a financial advisor, died of liver failure in 2011 at the age of 60, and said she developed ‘sort of rituals and funny things’ after his death
“I personally developed rituals and funny things after Richard died, who maybe no one else understood, but they made me feel good,” she revealed.
“I think that’s the first step,” Dorinda advised. “Find out if this is her way of dealing with her husband’s loss.”
Dorinda is joined in her episode of Celebrity Call Center by Jodie Sweetin, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Mikey Day.
Famous Faces: Dorod is joined on her Celebrity Call Center episode by Jodie Sweetin, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Mikey Day
Other stars such as Nick Cannon, who also produces the series, Kelly Osbourne, Vivica A. Fox, Johnny Weir and Nene Leakes have appeared in previous episodes.
Based on a British format, the show sees a collection of famous faces who use their own real-world experiences to provide advice and help on a variety of topics from callers across the country.
Celebrity Call Center premiered on July 13 and new episodes air on Monday nights on E !.
Tune in: Celebrity Call Center premiered on July 13, and Dorinda’s episode airs Monday night on E!