Luann de Lesseps’ tenure on Real Housewives of New York has been an exercise in maintaining the image. She’s been living with the Countess persona even though the title doesn’t apply anymore. After her divorce from Count Alex de Lesseps, Luann kept up her persona and title. It was only when Luann married Tom D’Agostino and lost her Countess title that, symbolically, the façade crumbled. During that relationship, she ignored all advice and evidence in favor of keeping the optics of a happy and successful marriage.
After Luann’s December 2017 arrest in Palm Beach, her battle with alcohol became public. And it also became a focal point on the show. Luann’s scenes became a dichotomy between the focus on staying sober, and her blossoming career as a cabaret star.
Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York has been centered around Luann de Lesseps, cabaret, and her struggle with alcohol. Luann was arrested in Palm Beach in December of 2017. She was charged with several counts, including resisting arrest with violence and disorderly intoxication. After a trip to rehab, Luann seemed to be on the straight and narrow.
In July of 2018, Luann was back in rehab after dealing with a lawsuit filed against her by her ex-husband and two children for violating terms of her divorce agreement. RHONY co-star Bethenny Frankel was instrumental in arranging Luann’s return to rehab. Luann’s legal woes continued when she violated her probation by drinking alcohol, was taken into custody, and came to a new plea arrangement.
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.
Real Housewives of New York really delivered this season. Bethenny Frankel played an important role in getting Luann de Lesseps back into rehab. In May, Luann violated her probation by drinking, and was taken into custody. She agreed to a new plea deal, and her adventures as a cabaret star continued. The other New York Ladies wished that “Countess Cabaret” would tone it down and stop being so entitled.
We watched Bethenny navigate the death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields from a suspected drug overdose. She had a nearly fatal allergic reaction to fish, and was saved by her new boyfriend, Paul Bernon.
Somewhere a satanic cult is using Ramona Singer as their icon. The recap highlighting Ramona’s season full of atrocious behavior and excuses, followed by the flashback of SEASONS worth of Ramona shrugging that she can’t help what comes out of her mouth because that’s the way she is, finally cutting to the present day Real Housewives Of New York reunion stage where, with all the sincerity of a robot, Ramona admits that she‘s horrible… It’s all literally a study of the human brain without emotional intelligence.
I could literally spend this entire recap talking about nothing but Ramona. When have we ever come across a Housewife so comfortably tactless, callous, and clueless that she offered up DEMENTIA as an excuse for being a shitty friend. DEMENTIA people! DE-MEN-TIA. This from a woman who subsequently bragged that it was OK to be obsessed with her appearance because she works “really hard” to remain ageless. Ramona’s attitude (aka the brain of a 14-year-old social media addict) is the most ageless thing of all!
Tonight the Real Housewives Of New York reunion returns! In Part 2 Luann de Lesseps is called out over her arrogant and demanding behavior in the Berkshires – especially her infamous meltdown over the Fish Room (RIP).
Dorinda Medley is ready to move forward with Luann, but not before one last showdown over a taxidermied shark.
Real Housewives of New York star Tinsley Mortimer can’t seem to catch a break. Her relationship with Scott Kluth ended because he wouldn’t put a ring on it. Tinsley’s mom, Dale Mercer, continued to nag her to get pregnant ASAP, even though Tinsley admitted she might only want little Chihuahuas in her life.
Speaking of Chihuahuas, Tinsley also lost her dog Bambi. Crying onto the shoulders of Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan probably wasn’t the best idea, but it was better than nothing. That love didn’t last long because Sonja and Dorinda Medley then started questioning Tinsley on where she got the money to buy her fancy dresses. And now, Carole Radziwill, has decided to pile on Tinsley as well.
The Real Housewives of New York is wrapping up its first season since Carole Radziwill left. Viewers remember Carole spending most of last season arguing with former BFF Bethenny Frankel. With Carole being right about everything. And Bethenny being, well, wrong about everything. Because, we came to learn over time, Carole likes to be right.
Carole left RHONY in a blaze of her own glory, announcing she was leaving the show before the season even finished airing, which is a no-no in Housewife land. And she famously told Andy Cohen that he was full of sh*t at the reunion. At the time, Carole claimed she was leaving the show to pursue her journalism career. Recently, Carole revealed that there might have been more to it than that. Which we all probably suspected.