It is hard to believe the Real Housewives of New York is wrapping up Season 11–the time has gone by so quickly. Luann de Lesseps has been the focus of much of the season, of course. Her rehab stints, questionable sobriety, self-centeredness and cabaret obsession have worn on the casts’ last nerves. Sonja Morgan claims that Luann treats her co-stars like fans. Tinsley Mortimer dished on how arrogant Luann has become. Clearly, the ladies are over the former Countess’ behavior at this point.
Luann’s extreme self-focus became too much for Bethenny Frankel, who had a Luann triggered meltdown on the Miami cast trip. Bethenny claimed that Luann left the rehab she helped set up for her two weeks early and she was understandably not happy about it. During Bethenny’s terrifying tirade, she also implied that she might have helped pay for Luann’s rehab. Luann recently spoke out about the situation and cleared up the details of how her rehab was actually paid for.
Luann told People Now that Bethenny did not pay for her second rehab stint. To clear up the matter, Luann stated, “No, no she didn’t. She helped, but the network actually paid for that. You’re the only ones that know it. I said it here right now.”
Why would Bravo pay for Luann’s rehab? Doesn’t she have health insurance? Or have the money to pay for rehab herself if her treatment was not covered by insurance? It seems odd, but if Bravo is setting a precedent in paying for rehabs, they might want to set aside a special treatment fund for the Housewives! I won’t mention any names–you know the likely suspects.
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Bethenny may not have paid for Luann’s rehab, but Luann wants to make it clear she is thankful to Bethenny in getting the rehab paid for. Luann declared, “She helped make that happen. Absolutely. And I give her credit for that. But the network covered that for me, which was great.”
If Bravo is dishing out rehab dollars for the RHONY ladies, are they also eligible for other special Housewife benefits? Can Sonja take out a low-interest Bravo home repair loan for her crumbling townhouse? Would the network pay for Dorinda Medley’s over-the-top holiday decorations? Can Ramona Singer get financial assistance for her alleged non-invasive cosmetic upkeep? Think about those things during contract time, ladies!
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You have to wonder, is there more to the Luann rehab payment story? Did she have to pay Bravo back? Was the amount deducted from Luann’s paycheck? Maybe we will get all of the dirty details when Luann’s tell-all book comes out. Or, more likely, when one of her cabaret-weary co-stars heads to the tabloids with all the dirty details.
TELL US- DO YOU BELIEVE LUANN’S VERSION OF HOW HER REHAB WAS PAID FOR? DO YOU THINK LUANN IS TRULY APPRECIATIVE OF BETHENNY’S EFFORTS TO HELP HER GO TO REHAB FOR THE SECOND TIME?
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