It was a real shocker to Real Housewives of New York fans when Bethenny Frankel abruptly announced that she was leaving the show ahead of Season 12. Thankfully, RHONY newbie Leah McSweeney was there to share her shady and hilarious commentary about the boozy goings-on.
Some cast members were sad that Bethenny left the show. Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer were thrilled to not have to compete with Bethenny for camera time. While Bethenny said that she hasn’t watched this season of RHONY, the Skinnygirl mogul was shocked that so many fans wanted her to return.
Heather Thomson may have only been on three seasons of Real Housewives of New York City, but she definitely made her mark. Holla!! She was a staunch supporter of Sonja Morgans’ storyline toaster oven. She was not afraid of Ramona Singer. And she referred to everyone, including herself, as Mama.
Most recently Heather shared that she was not surprised that Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill’s friendship came to an end. Carole is still her close friend. The two of them just sat down to reminisce about their time on RHONY and talked about behind-the-scenes drama.
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.
Bethenny Frankel knows a thing or two about exiting a Real Housewives of New York. So she’s an obvious choice as a source of comfort for recently fired cast member, Dorinda Medley.
While they both left under very different circumstances, it sounds like Bethenny thinks Dorinda got a raw deal. Bethenny even took the time to write out a post in support of Dorinda.
When Bethenny Frankel announced that she was exiting Real Housewives of New York before Season 12, viewers were stunned. Since her RHONY departure, Bethenny has been busy. She has been on the front lines with her efforts to help those affected by the coronavirus.
Bethenny had a role in getting Leah McSweeney cast on RHONY. Leah and her naked tiki torch throwing shenanigans made a big splash on the show. Leah has been attending protests and posting on social media in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The RHONY newbie has been vocal in her belief that the show needs diversity. And it turns out, Leah isn’t alone in her calls for diversity on the franchise.
High fives all around! We have officially made it through season 12 of Real Housewives of New York. It’s hard to remember that we are even still in a season 12 moment after so much cast-chatter about next season. Elyse Slaine has said she won’t be back. Not sure who was asking, but alright. More importantly, we will all be spared from Dorinda Medley’s chaos next year. Watching her endlessly complain about Tinsley Mortimer being fake while trying to avoid her obvious substance issues was…disorienting. To say the least.
Moving on. For better or worse, Ramona Singer has confirmed her return to season 13. Fans have also been waiting in suspense over the return of Leah McSweeney.
Bethenny Frankel has since moved on from her place at the top of Real Housewives of New York. But one thing she hasn’t been able to move on from is her marriage to Jason Hoppy.
The spit has been full of nasty allegations and custody battles. That’s no secret. But what may come as a surprise to many fans is that it’s still going on to this day.
Someone calling Ramona Singer “rude” isn’t shocking news at this point. Her Real Housewives of New York co-stars have called her out for her behavior so many times. She kicked Gizelle Bryant out of a photo. Margaret Josephs said she wasn’t nice to fans. The list goes on and on. Dolores Catania has made similar comments.
Now, Real Housewives of New York alum Kristen Taekman is claiming that Ramona was so out of hand that they started to run out of locations to film the show.