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.
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.
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.