05/23/2011 12:48 pm ET | Updated Jul 23, 2011

The Gay BFFs of The Real Housewives (VIDEO)

The Real Housewives of New Jersey debuted to record ratings on Bravo last week. Let's face it -- we love to watch women throw it down. But there's something else happening on Bravo's hugely successful franchise.

For decades, gay men have had one natural ally: straight women. But that was before Bravo's Real Housewives franchise overran the airwaves like hair extensions from hell. All six current Real Housewives editions feature a gay male BFF. But it's much less Will & Grace than "Grace Humiliates Will on National TV."