Rumors have been floating around the Bravosphere since fall that Tinsley Mortimer had quit The Real Housewives of New York City in the midst of filming Season 12. And, now, it looks like we finally have an answer to the It Girl’s status as a Housewife.
Tinsley‘s castmate Luann de Lesseps opened up during a recent performance of her (never-ending) Countess and Friends cabaret show about the socialite’s future on RHONY, her engagement to Scott Kluth and more.
Luann let slip that Tinsley had stopped filming the show while discussing her mother Dale Mercer‘s reaction to the RHONY star’s recent engagement.
“I think she’s more upset that Tinsley‘s not filming anymore now that she’s marrying Scott than Tinsley is,” Luann dished, according to an article from People.
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While Tinsley appeared with the rest of her castmates (sans Sonja Morgan) during BravoCon in early November — where she excitedly told the crowd that Luann was drinking again — she reportedly hasn’t filmed since and chose to skip the season’s cast trip to Mexico altogether. However, in spite of her exit from the show, Luann claims she has nothing but well wishes for the formerly disgraced socialite.
“I wish her all the best,” she added during the Countess and Friends Q&A. “She seems very happy, and I want her to be happy and get married. That’s what she wants to do. She’s very traditional. She wants to have a baby. It’s time.”
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However, the cabaret star also admitted she has her doubts about Tinsley‘s relationship with the Coupon Cabin CEO going the distance. “I just hope there’s not [an alcohol-fueled fight] and the whole thing doesn’t implode,” she quipped.
If Tinsley doesn’t return at all as the show wraps production on Season 12 in the coming weeks, the move will be fairly unprecedented in Housewives history. (No full-time Housewife has walked away from the show since Jeana Keough quit a few episodes into Season 5 in the early days of The Real Housewives of Orange County.)
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And while her decision comes on the heels of the tenuous happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming of since fans met her in Season 9, it doesn’t exactly make much sense to throw in the towel mid-season — particularly considering that Tins was the one who recruited her pal Leah McSweeney to replace Bethenny Frankel and join the show as the newest New York Housewife.
Looks like fans will have to wait for Season 12 to premiere sometime early next year to get the full story on Tinsley‘s dramatic exit from the show that turned her once again into a household name.
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