Take the ladies of Real Housewives of New York out of their natural habitat and all of a sudden they are concerned about propriety. Well, that’s not necessarily true for any of the trips they’ve been on. Ever. Except for last season’s getaway to Newport, Rhode Island for some inexplicable reason.
Maybe because it was Leah McSweeney’s freshman season, or because she invited her sister along. Something rubbed Ramona Singer the wrong way early on, and so the rest of the trip descended further and further into RHONY dysfunction. Leah tore curtains, interfered in Ramona’s flirtations, and ended up throwing ravioli at her. It was actually delightful to watch. But Ramona and Sonja Morgan were not as amused by Leah’s antics.
The Real Housewives of New York returned to our TV screens this week, and a whole lot has changed this time around. Ramona Singer (with a new $80k smile) and Luann de Lesseps turned a new leaf and have become besties. Lu “accidentally” moved in across from her ex-husband Tom D’Agostino. Eboni K. Williams made an amazing debut as the first Black cast member. Tinsley Mortimer and Dorinda Medley are out, at least for now. The only thing that stayed the same is Sonja Morgan still running around her townhouse with a tribe of interns.
Leah McSweeney has also undergone a pretty massive transformation since her breakout season. She upgraded her apartment and her boobs, stopped drinking and is in the process of converting to Judaism. Quite different from her first season filled with drunken pool parties and ravioli throwing.
The Real Housewives of New York are back and the world feels right again. The premiere gave us everything we love about the girls. Sonja Morgan talked to her intern about her vagina. Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer giggled about Lu living near Tom D’agostino. Leah McSweeney clowned Ramona’s Instagram posts. And Eboni K. Williams made her break-out debut as RHONY’s first Black cast member. A new era has begun, and it looks like it’ll be a wild ride.
We know there is bound to be some incoming drama between Leah and Holla Heather Thomson. In the trailer, Leah is screaming at Mama H, calling her a Karen. They’ve gone back and forth ahead of the RHONY premiere, with Leah accusing Heather of slut-shaming and Heather saying she was “assaulted” by the “Queen Bee” of RHONY. To be fair, Leah’s still a rookie, not exactly Queen material.
It’s officially the Christmas Eve for Real Housewives of New York fans. Season 13 is premiering this week, and it’s guaranteed to be explosive. Holla Heather Thomson is back, and apparently has a rocky return thanks to a feud with Leah McSweeney, or whoever she’s referring to as the “Queen Bee” of RHONY. Eboni K. Williams will make her debut as the first Black RHONY cast member. And all the while Bethenny Frankel continues to insert herself into the flood of news about the show, which is pretty “calculated” if Ramona Singer has anything to say.
I’m pre-emptively preparing to ask what are we doing without Dorinda Medley this go around. Dorinda was fired last year, and Ramona may or may not had something to do about it. And while she’s preparing to release a book (and plotting a potential RHONY return), somehow she’s still finding ways to feud with the Ramonacoaster. But is anyone really surprised?
Miss Morgan always provides the comic relief RHONY viewers need. Whether she’s paling around with her BFF the Ramonacoaster or talking about poop, she’s a fan-favorite on the show. Her reputation is definitely much shinier than Ramona’s, even if the two do get in a good deal of trouble together.
There are a lot of changes coming up for Season 13 of Real Housewives of New York. Tinsley Mortimer left the show during last season to move to Chicago to be with her boyfriend, Scott Kluth. Scott announced in March of 2021 that he ended his engagement to Tinsley. Tinsley won’t be back this season, but Eboni K. Williams is joining as the franchise’s first Black Housewife. I am excited!
RHONY also bid farewell to Dorinda Medley, who announced that she was leaving in August of 2020. Dorinda and Ramona Singer argued a lot during Season 12, but that is nothing new. There were rumors that Dorinda was actually fired because of her angry outbursts. I must admit that I am going to miss Dorinda “making it nice” at her home in the Bezerkshires.
Even though Carole Radziwill’s time on the Real Housewives of New York is long gone, she never shies away from a moment to share her opinion. But hey, she’s a writer girl, it’s in her blood. She’s flamed her ex-BFF Bethenny Frankel, shaded Tinsley Mortimer and said everyone on the cast was fake besides Dorinda Medley. Oh, and accused them of doing hard drugs on the show. For someone who is over being on Bravo, she sure talks about reality TV a lot.
And yesterday Carole decided to insert herself into some reality TV news that literally has absolutely nothing to do with her. Bachelor alum Colton Underwood came out as gay this week after appearing on the ABC dating show. He said he came to terms with his sexuality earlier this year and has been processing it.