Well, Season 12 of Real Housewives of New York might have lost Bethenny Frankel, but anything alcoholic is now officially part of the cast. At the conclusion of these episodes, I always feel a slight desire to consult Betty Ford and begin a green juice cleanse. On the bright side, Leah McSweeney has filled any remaining gaps in Bethenny’s legacy, though viewers probably miss the repetitive product placement they were subjected to for years, #skinnygirlbybravo.
While the ladies navigate brief periods of being sober, some have experienced life changes. Dorinda Medley has been struggling under the pressure of ending her relationship with longtime boyfriend, John Mahdessian. What’s more, she has found herself triggered by memories of late husband, Richard. One would think Dorinda’s tribe of girlfriends would lend support during her time of need, but according to Dorinda, that has not been the case. In fact, Dorinda feels one friend in particular has been especially insensitive. Gosh, I wonder who it could be?
Leah McSweeney’s descent into drunken anarchism was, by far, the most hilarious and entertaining display ever. Leah wasted rage against the establishment and Ramona Singer’s tiki torches will surely reverb throughout the rest of the season.
It seemed to cause a divide of the Real Housewives of New York cast. At least in that moment. Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer followed Leah’s lead while the more refined ladies stayed indoors, fully clothed. Will that dynamic change anything long term? Maybe, maybe not. But a few interesting things happened that, according to Leah, set the stage for future drama. Hopefully, friendships too.
Real Housewives of New York is currently filming and boy, do we need it. Even though Bethenny Frankel has moved on, the East Coast ladies rarely disappoint. Season 12 will find Luann de Lesseps
drinking again off of probation and still trying to make cabaret a thing. Tinsley Mortimer will be reunited with on-again/off-again ATM boyfriend, Scott Kluth for the 80th time. Stay tuned for their 3 episode wedding arc, followed by Tinsley’s journey to the lawyer’s office.
Since B has taken a hike, a new cast member will be introduced. Her name is Leah McSweeney and by all accounts, she’s got a rep to protect. Leah has knuckle tats, y’all! Buckle up, Ramona Singer. If darling Ramona was incensed at Heather Thomson’s “Holla!” on repeat, this one is sure to put turtle time in time out. Leah has already been spotted publicly arguing with Tins and Lu at an anti-bullying event, because irony is the spice of life! Dorinda Medley actually likes Leah, for now anyway. She discussed the new cast member at BravoCon and what we can expect next season.
Where are Sonja Morgan’s 36 interns when she needs them? The Real Housewives of New York star might need a permanent handler. To go with a permanent driver. Followed by a permanent accountant. Combine all of them together and perhaps Sonja could become one responsible adult. Sonja used to be known for a good smokey eye and updo while yachting with Puff Daddy en route to Gstaad. The past few years we have known Sonja to be… kinda drunky.
Far be it from me to scold Sonja’s alcohol habits, but she seems to bring attention to her penchant for vodka sodas to the majority of filmed events. Sonja is not new to having a good time but it has gotten out of hand once or twice. In 2010, she was arrested for a DWI. In 2014 Sonja showed up to a cabaret show quite messy and managed to insult the guest performer. Speaking of cabaret, who can forget when Sonja’s dress tried to run away during a drunken performance with Luann de Lesseps. We won’t even talk about last season’s Miami, where a butler is now living under an assumed name, after dealing with Drunk Sonja. Well, Sonja’s fling with alcohol continues, this time in Philadelphia. It’s safe to say all is not well in the Gayborhood.
This is not entirely unexpected. Real Housewives of New York is filming right now, minus one melodramatic humanitarian. Yes, viewers will need to find the strength to move on without Bethenny Frankel dominating every scene she is in.
You won’t find Luann de Lesseps crying in the corner over the loss of Bethenny. Especially after last season. Luann has often been the target of Bethenny’s multiple mood swings and vice versa. Fans will also be introduced to new ladies that will inevitably be reduced to showing audiences if they
crack under pressure have the right stuff. Good luck, Leah McSweeney! Now Luann shares her thoughts on life without Bethenny. You can take off your sunglasses for this one, because it gets a little shady.
Luann de Lesseps, please don’t ever change. The stah of Real Housewives of New York’s current claim to fame is the art of cabaret. And boy Lu really seems dedicated to her craft. Luann’s ever-evolving life is part comedy, part tragedy, but never uncool. Nothing can bring the cabaret train to a full stop. Except jail. Luann has even said cabaret is “her calling”. After an intoxicating arrest, family issues, rehab, and a level 10 Bethenny Frankel dinner table meltdown, cabaret has been Lu’s rock. If Luann wants to sit around feelin’ all kinds of Jovani, more power to her.
In this life, all the world is a stage and the Countess is merely a player, you guys! Obviously, she needs to share her gift with the public. In an effort to promote her masterpiece on us normies, Luann shared a brand new poster advertising her latest blessing. Some people might find it misleading, while others think the Countess can do no wrong. Oh habibi…
Do we really expect anyone on a Bravo show to get along? No sir! Real Housewives of New York might be down one protagonist, but that doesn’t mean everyone will magically stop arguing. Gone are the days where viewers expect to see lavish homes and luxurious vacations, not spoiled by errant fighting and drunken spats. Fortunately Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer have already been spotted having words at an anti-bullying event. Now new cast member Leah McSweeney is supposedly cutting her teeth in the East Coast Fight Club.
Luann de Lesseps recently headlined a benefit called STOMP Out Bullying, so naturally a shouting match occurred. We already know Dorinda and Tinsley had a blowout during the soirée, regardless of the inappropriate environment. Now with reports saying Leah was involved in the melee as well, Luann admits she has also had a run in with the new kid on the block.
Good morning, class! Today’s Word of the Day is: Ironic. The definition of ironic is, “happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this”. And what do we love more than a little “wry amusement” to get us through the day? Tinsley Mortimer and Dorinda Medley from Real Housewives of New York are going to teach us a lesson in irony.
Tinsley and Dorinda have shared a fairly basic relationship. When Tinsley first appeared on RHONY, she was living at
Grey Gardens Sonja Morgan’s exceptionally clean townhouse. When Tinsley began having issues with Sonja, Dorinda defended her. More recently, Tinsley sided with Dorinda during last season’s #clambakegate. Dorinda was uninvited to a party unless she apologized to Luann de Lesseps. Basically viewers have not seen a lot of animosity between Tinsley and Dorina in the past. All of that might change this year, as Tins and Dor have been spotted engaging in a war of words. Here’s your irony, it was at an anti-bullying event.