We are all eagerly anticipating the return of Real Housewives of New York next week. Aside from seeing all of our favorites back on TV again, we will “meet” new RHONY cast member Leah McSweeney.
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.
Season 12 of Real Housewives of New York is going to look very different. Bethenny Frankel, one of the franchise’s “OGs,” shocked everyone by bowing out of the upcoming season. Luann de Lesseps hasn’t exactly been singing sad songs since Bethenny’s announcement.
Now that Bethenny is gone, Luann can cabaret all day (and night) without being called out for her entitled behavior. Luann even alleged that her fellow New York Housewives were glad that Bethenny had quit RHONY again.
Kelly Dodd is now an engaged woman. Since her divorce from Michael Dodd a few years ago, Kelly has been a single lady about town. Real Housewives of Orange County fans have been treated to her dating adventures, this season centered around plastic surgeon Brian Reagan. Kelly revealed the two had split in August, after an on-again, off-again relationship.
Last week, Kelly announced that she got engaged to New York City-based reporter Rick Leventhal, whom she started dating just after her break up from Brian. Why doesn’t a bat out of hell speed engagement surprise me for Kelly? Since Kelly met Rick, her Instagram posts have been filled with pics of the two of them together in New York City and Orange County. As the couple live on opposite coasts, they will have to determine where they will eventually reside. Recently, Kelly expressed that she might have an interest in becoming one of the Real Housewives of New York.
Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York revolved around Luann de Lesseps, her fragile sobriety, and her life as a cabaret star. Viewers watched Luann blissfully gazing at posters for her own cabaret show. It later came to light that there were some misleading positive comments on the poster. Luann’s cabaret obsession even pushed RHONY’s Bethenny Frankel to have a melt-down.
Luann also routinely kept her
fans friends waiting at shows, while behaving as a diva should. At Luann’s holiday cabaret show, long-time friend Barbara Kavovit is the only New York Housewife to dutifully attend the performance. Unfortunately, Barbara is caught on a live mic while in the audience, telling her sister, “She can’t really sing.” Oops!
During last season of Real Housewives of New York, Dorinda Medley made some big changes. At the reunion, she finally mended her relationship with cabaret star Luann de Lesseps. However, Dorinda wasn’t as kind to RHONY newbie Barbara Kavovit. She compared Barbara to a turnip sitting in a fruit basket. Wow.
Dorinda also moved to a new three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. And while long-time boyfriend John Mahdessian would love to move in, Dorinda isn’t exactly putting out a welcome mat.