When Bethenny Frankel announced her exit from Real Housewives of New York, some fans were sad that we would miss out on her one-liners next season. Others understood that Bethenny had to focus on her daughter, charity work, and her relationship with Paul Bernon, who seemingly had no interest in appearing on RHONY. Then, there were some people who were downright ecstatic about B’s departure. I’m looking at you, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps.
The two of them have made several comments about Bethenny’s exit and none of them had anything to do with missing the Skinnygirl mogul. Of course, they were asked about Bethenny during a panel at BravoCon over the weekend. And, well, Ramona didn’t mince any words.
The Real Housewives of New York remain arguably the strongest franchise outof all the Real Housewives (unarguably if you ask me) but with the recent exit of Queen B Bethenny Frankel, fans wondered what was up next for the women of the Big Apple.
Speculation remained strong in the Bravo Universe, fueling even more talk about who would be the next Housewife to join the cast. Everyone from Anthony Scaramucci’s wife to none other than Wendy Williams were tossed around.
“Money Can’t Buy You Class,” but it can get you a ticket to Luann de Lesseps‘ upcoming cabaret shows. The Real Housewives of New York OG has some holiday-themed performances coming up. Of course, she will take the stage to close out BravoCon on November 17, but all know how tough it was to get tickets to the network’s first-ever convention.
Don’t worry though, if you want to see Luann do her thing, she will kick off her next round of Countess and Friends performances at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. This holiday season, the RHONY star has cabaret shows in Connecticut, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and New York, of course. Lu talked to Reality Tea about her tour, BravoCon, her upcoming book, and even spicing up the cabaret scene with a new show focused on sex and relationships.
Real Housewives of New York fans know that Bethenny Frankel’s love life has been on a roller coaster most of the time she has been a cast member. In the early seasons of the show, divorced Bethenny made it clear she wanted a family. Along came Jason Hoppy, for better or worse. The two quickly became engaged, got married and had daughter Bryn Hoppy in 2010. The couple split after a few years and have been battling off and on in court ever since over everything from custody to finances. Jason was even charged with stalking Bethenny a few years ago.
Surprisingly, the former couple is still legally married as their divorce has never been finalized. Bethenny eventually moved on to an on-again, off-again relationship with Dennis Shields, which lasted for a number of years. Sadly, Dennis died in August of 2018. Since then, Bethenny has rekindled a relationship with Paul Bernon, whom she had dated briefly before. Happily for Bethenny, this relationship has lasted and appears solid.
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!
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.
Real Housewives of New York star, and Queen of Cabaret, Luann De Lesseps hit a rough patch in the summer of 2018. Luann checked back into rehab for alcohol abuse after an intervention from friends, including RHONY co-star Bethenny Frankel.
One reason for Luann’s relapse was the lawsuit filed by her children and ex-husband for violating an agreement from their divorce. Luann was supposed to put half the money from the sale of a house in Bridgehampton in a trust fund for her kids. She didn’t. Oops!