It’s tough to join the Real Housewives of New York cast. The ladies hazed Tinsley Mortimer right up until she quit the show. They never gave Barbara Kavovit a chance. Surprisingly, they’ve embraced Leah McSweeney, torch/ravioli throwing, and all. But, then there’s Elyse Slaine. We never got a proper introduction. She didn’t get to share any of her backstory. All we know is that she’s Ramona Singer’s friend who’s hanging around a lot.
When Luann de Lesseps took her “first sip of alcohol” this season, Elyse was the only one who questioned her for doing so, given her past legal issues. Everyone ignored her, but Luann didn’t forget about Elyse chiming in.
Luann recently appeared on the podcast Reality of Reality, where she kept it very real, admitting, “I’ve always been a longtime drinker and I’ve always enjoyed drinking.” She also said, “I still do on occasion, but for the most part, I like not to drink now.”
Then Lu was asked, “Does it bother you when someone like Elyse is up in your grill?” Luann responded, “Who is she to judge me, first of all? ” But, really though, we still have very little context for her presence.
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Luann continued, “I barely know this woman. I’ve seen her around. This is not someone who I’d ring her up, call her up and say ‘Hey, let’s hang out.’ No. You know, she’s nice enough and I just don’t know her that well. For her to chime in on my sobriety is really you know inappropriate, I think because she doesn’t know a damn thing. Only what she might have read in the newspaper. If you listen to all the press that’s out there and then you watch me on the show, it’s like ‘is this the same person’?”
Luann seemingly threw some shade when she remarked, “She’s a friend of Ramona’s, but Dorinda [Medley] seems to know her. Sonja [Morgan] seems to know her. She’s kind of immersed herself. She’s not in my circle.” This gave me some strong Mariah Carey “I don’t know her” vibes.
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The podcast host asked, “Is she an official Friend of the Housewives like Barbara was?” Without any hesitation, Luann said, “No. Listen, I don’t think so.”
When the host commented, “She seems to be on every trip. It’s very strange,” Luann declared, “Well, it’s gonna change.”
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Still, Lu actually did have some nice things to say about Elyse. The artist formerly known as Mrs. D’Agostino shared, “What she says holds some truth. She’s not stupid. She’s an intelligent woman who is, you know, hanging out around this group of women and trying to figure out ‘when do I speak.'”
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