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.
Elyse Slaine has been a quiet but tangible presence so far this season on The Real Housewives of New York City. Once rumored during filming to be a Friend of the Housewives for Season 12, many fans were surprised when the RHONY newbie didn’t make the official cast.
Recently, we here are Reality Tea covered a social media kerfuffle where Elyse clarified her role on the show compared to Season 11’s Barbara Kavovit. It seems the rookie got wind of our article, and let’s just say she doesn’t seem to happy about it.
It was a little surprising to see Elyse Slaine do a confessional interview during the latest episode of Real Housewives of New York. Who even knew she was a cast member? We got no introduction to meeting her. Zero backstory. Truthfully, she just seemed like Ramona Singer’s level-headed plus one.
So, what happened? Were she and Leah McSweeney fighting for that full-time spot on the show? Apparently, not. According to Elyse she was never even supposed to be on the show. So, no, she did not get demoted. Instead, she claims that production just kept asking for more Elyse. Let’s let her explain the situation herself.
In comparison to the other Real Housewives shows, the Real Housewives of New York cast doesn’t change too often. We all saw Barbara Kavovit struggle when most of the cast refused to welcome her into the group. That was a total fail. How will Leah fare in comparison? She’s hinted about it in some recent interviews.
Barbara Kavovit never got the chance she deserved on Real Housewives of New York. She was brought in as a “friend of” Luann de Lesseps during her most tumultuous season to date. Luann was in the midst of an emotional crisis and Barbara was apparently the one who helped get her
mostly straightened out in the office season. By the time the ladies hit filming, Barbara was still around but only as a punching bag for castmates like Ramona Singer and Dorinda Medley.
Luann, being the self-absorbed diva that she is, didn’t do much to stop it either. Whether she was so embroiled in her own issues or if she really just expended all her energy avoiding the fish room, Barbara was left out in the friendship cold.
Even though I like Kristen Taekman, she didn’t exactly make her mark on Real Housewives of New York. Other than facing Ramona Singer’s wrath for getting her hair wet, Kristen was just, well, there. In all honesty, she was just too normal for reality TV.
I thought things might get interesting when her husband Josh Taekman was implicated in the Ashley Madison scandal. In case anyone forgot, Ashley Madison is a dating site for people looking to have affairs. Josh was a member of that website. That news broke right after Kristen wrapped up her final season. I thought it was enough for her to get another season, but she moved on. Or she was fired. I have no idea.
Well, she actually could have returned to the show last season. Apparently, Bethenny Frankel asked Kristen to film. Who had any idea that these two were friends? I didn’t, but I would have loved to see if Kristen could make a bigger impact the second time around. Plus, she would be a way better “Friend of the Housewives” than Barbara Kavovit was. The RHONY ladies just didn’t give Barbara a chance.. and neither did the viewers.
Last season, for better or worse, Real Housewives of New York was anchored around Luann de Lesseps. Everyone else was a supporting player to the cabaret queen’s antics. Even fellow “OG” Bethenny Frankel, who announced she was
done with cabaret leaving the show, had a melt-down about Luann’s ego and cabaret career.
While the other New York ladies were eager to ditch Luann’s holiday cabaret show, long-time friend and newbie Housewife Barbara Kavovit attended. Unfortunately for her, she made some comments that were caught on a live mic. #rookiemistake.