Barbara Kavovit’s mayoral run had about as much influence as her tenure on the Real Housewives of New York, full of good intentions but without any impact. Sure, she’s a highly accomplished business woman who scaled the competition in a male-dominated industry, but that kind of success does not always translate into a political career.
Barbara just kind of faded into the background. Had she managed to wrangle Ramona Singer into humble self-awareness, that would have been the ultimate indication of political prowess. It seems that accomplishment belongs to Eboni K. Williams, a.k.a. the Ramona whisperer. But while Eboni tends to Ramona this season, New York City leadership leaves much to be desired in real time. Unfortunately, the person to solve the problems of the Big Apple will not be Barbara.
It’s officially the Christmas Eve for Real Housewives of New York fans. Season 13 is premiering this week, and it’s guaranteed to be explosive. Holla Heather Thomson is back, and apparently has a rocky return thanks to a feud with Leah McSweeney, or whoever she’s referring to as the “Queen Bee” of RHONY. Eboni K. Williams will make her debut as the first Black RHONY cast member. And all the while Bethenny Frankel continues to insert herself into the flood of news about the show, which is pretty “calculated” if Ramona Singer has anything to say.
I’m pre-emptively preparing to ask what are we doing without Dorinda Medley this go around. Dorinda was fired last year, and Ramona may or may not had something to do about it. And while she’s preparing to release a book (and plotting a potential RHONY return), somehow she’s still finding ways to feud with the Ramonacoaster. But is anyone really surprised?
Miss Morgan always provides the comic relief RHONY viewers need. Whether she’s paling around with her BFF the Ramonacoaster or talking about poop, she’s a fan-favorite on the show. Her reputation is definitely much shinier than Ramona’s, even if the two do get in a good deal of trouble together.
Well, she said she was thinking about it and now it’s a thing! Congrats to former Real Housewives of New York star Barbara Kavovit for joining the New York City mayoral race. Viewers probably remember Babs from her brief venture on RHONY. She is an incredibly accomplished businesswoman, but basically none of that was highlighted during her tenure on the show. Unfortunately much of her screen time was devoted to being yelled at by Ramona Singer. So, nothing new there.
Back in September, Barbara announced she was “strongly considering” running for office. Her motivation was driven by feeling “unsafe on the street” and wanted to “rebuild a safer and more inclusive New York City”. I’m guessing her stint on RHONY gave her a thick skin. After spending time with Luann de Lesseps, Ramona, and Dorinda Medley’s mouth, she’s probably invincible at this point. While this won’t be an easy journey, according to Barbara, she’s the woman to do it.
It was rumored that entertainment news correspondent Alicia Quarles would be the first Black cast member on Real Housewives of New York. Then, there was speculation that Bershan Shaw would join the cast.
As of this moment, it doesn’t look like either of them will be on the show, but there is a new addition to the show that has been officially confirmed.
Former Real Housewives of New York cast member Barbara Kavovit lasted one season in her “friend of” role for Luann de Lesseps. Barbara was a staunch defender of Luann, when most of the cast had given up on her at the time. Unfortunately for Barbara, she just couldn’t quite make it work with most of the ladies, ahem…Ramona Singer and Dorinda Medley. She even ended up losing her friendship with Luann. Sadly, Luann confirmed they are still on the outs during the last episode of the season 12 reunion when she agreed Barbara was a one hit wonder like Elyse Slaine.
Even though Barbara and Luann had a falling out, Barbara shared she still keeps in touch with former castmates Bethenny Frankel and Tinsley Mortimer. In the end, the construction business mogul was probably too normal and nice for the cast. Being the voice of reason on the show doesn’t get you far. After she left the show, Barbara kept herself busy demolishing the old offices of Harvey Weinstein. And now, Barbara announced she is up for a new challenge. One that is quite a bit tougher than being a cast member of the RHONY.
Elyse Slaine appeared on Real Housewives of New York listed as a “friend” of Ramona Singer’s. However, she soon realized that “friend” label was far from true. Ramona ditched Elyse, accused her of not being a “girl’s girl,” walked away from her at Leah McSweeney’s party, called her a “black widow,” and she agreed with Andy Cohen at the reunion when he referred to her as the “new Barbara K,” referring to Barbara Kavovit’s fall out with longtime friend Luann de Lesseps.
Normally, being a Friend of the Housewives is a great gig. They get the perks of being on the show without some of the drawbacks. However, Elyse wasn’t on the cast trip to Mexico and she didn’t get to share her side of the story during the reunion. As result, she started spilling the tea on social media.
After one season as a part-time cast member, Barbara Kavovit disappeared from Real Housewives of New York. However, that hasn’t stopped her from sharing her opinions on the cast members, past and present.
We all know about her falling out with Luann de Lesseps, the person who “brought” her onto the show. But, she also has negative things to say about some of the other New York Housewives.