Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps were guests on Amy Phillips’ RadioAndy show on SiriusXM this morning. The ladies dropped a few spoilers and sneak peeks at the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York. Andy Cohen even stopped by to share his favorite moment so far as he screens the upcoming episodes.
Sonja says that we be seeing a lot of arguments over brands – namely her and Bethenny Frankel going at it over Sonja’s attempts to launch “Tipsy Girl.” Sonja says, “Bethenny went crazy. she took it personal, she was upset.” Luann chimes in to say that there’s room for everyone – especially in the alcohol business.
Tonight Bravo gave us our first “First Look” at this week’s premiere of The Real Housewives of New York season 8. The show is returning in five days (Wednesday, April 6th) and aside from a peek at the first ten minutes of the episode and some highlights of the drama to come, we also get a look at their new taglines for the season!
Sonja is used to being herself on camera – all of herself – even when it’s not the most flattering angle or best behavior. “At this point it’s been eight years,” she shrugs, speaking from the Season 8 premiere party.
Viewers were left hanging… until now… maybe. According to an “insider,” which is always a take it or leave it situation, Bethenny suffered from uterine fibroid tumors. “Bethenny had to have fibroids removed because of concern it wasn’t taken out, she would develop cancer,” the source said. “Surgery was supposed to be very easy, but Bethenny did suffer from excessive bleeding afterward.”
Finally a bit of good news for Bethenny Frankel in her never-ending divorce saga, which has been going on for over three years now!! Yes, Bethenny’s divorce has now been dragging on longer than the length of the actual marriage!
The Real Housewives of New York star has been forking out $12,000 a month in alimony to Jason Hoppy for the past year, but she can now consider her checkbook a little fuller today as a judge ruled she can finally stop making those payments to her ex!
Real Housewives casting director Melissa Stanforth said there’s no shortage of “socialites” and “wannabes” who want to be on Real Housewives, but she shared, she typically finds “new blood” via her professional sports and high-end real estate connections.
Melissa said she asks potentials, “What’s off the table?,” to gauge if reality TV would be a good fit. “[If they] say, ‘This, this, this, and that,’ I say, ‘You shouldn’t be on reality TV.'” Every once in a while, however, a perfect Real Housewives candidate just falls into their laps.
It has only been 7 months since season 7 ended, but in just four weeks The Real Housewives of New Yorkare heading back to our screens for an 8th season! I’m a tiny bit disappointed since April has been the starting time for new seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey, but it’s looking like we’ll have to wait until later summer or fall for that premiere. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have RHONY back (even if it’s without one of my favs, Heather Thomson).
Speaking of Heather, her efforts to help Sonja Morgan with her toaster oven empire may not have been a waste of time! Sonja dished this week that there is still a very good chance we’ll see these ovens up for sale.