It doesn't surprise me that Bravo spent some time on this. I've posted before, and I stand by it...I really think Bravo - or more likely Andy Cohen - does not like its shows messed with by those who appear on them. Andy come back swinging. And, the nature of reality tv lends itself to this. Most of the Bravolebrities are replaceable in an instant. This is in contrast to someone like Charlie Sheen who can get away with all sorts of crap because ratings would suffer with any other person in that role.
Tom was right to caution the chefs not to say stupid stuff like what Elia did in the press. Some, Dale L. and Casey (and I adore both) may have even gone too far in their support. Not smart.