Most of us watch reality TV for an escape. However, there are some topics we just can’t avoid and coronavirus is one of them. We’ve seen the cast of Real Housewives of New York shooting their out-of-focus at-home confessional interviews. We’ve seen almost every Bravo show shoot a Zoom reunion in response to the pandemic. However, the New York Housewives were able to shoot the reunion in person because each person was spaced six feet apart.
Aside from dictating the setup of the reunion, coronavirus was also a conversation topic with Leah McSweeney and Dorinda Medley slamming Ramona Singer’s pandemic behavior. Then, rumors started to swirl that production on the upcoming season paused because one of the cast members tested positive for coronavirus. Apparently, that’s only half true.
Even though the most recent Real Housewives of New York season just ended, they are already filming the next season, sans Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer.
Eboni K. Williams joined the cast, as the first Black cast member in the show’s history. Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps, and Leah McSweeney are still on the cast.
For the most part, pretty much nothing happened during the most recent season of Real Housewives of New York. Dorinda Medley belittled Tinsley Mortimer until Tinsley quit in the middle of the season. Leah McSweeney got wasted and threw tiki torches, raviolis, and whatever else she could pick up (and toss) for attention. She’s currently sober, so, it’s fair to assume that she will not be throwing objects next season.
But, what were the actual storylines? Yes, these women are so funny, but there was really nothing happening. No wonder they decided to shake up the cast. Elyse Slaine will not be back to continue her feud with Ramona Singer. Dorinda got fired after a season with very few redeeming moments. Eboni K. Williams was hired as the first Black cast member in Real Housewives of New York history. And, now it seems like Heather “Holla” Thomson might be back. Or at the very least it seems like she filmed a lunch scene with Luann de Lesseps and Ramona.
Tinsley Mortimer’s final season on Real Housewives of New York was a doozy. During Season 12, Tinsley was the object of Dorinda Medley’s unprovoked rage. Dorinda accused Tinsley of secretly carrying on a relationship with off-and-on boyfriend Scott Kluth. Dorinda also attacked Tinsley for not being authentic on RHONY. OK, Dorinda.
Mid-way through the season, Tinsley announced that she was ditching the show and heading off to Chicago to be with her boo. I can’t say that I blame her when her mere presence incited such anger from Dorinda.
Like it or not, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song “WAP” is a massive hit. If you’ve been living under a rock, WAP is actually an acronym and you can check out the explicit lyrics if you’re unfamiliar with the track.
Real Housewives of New York cast members Leah McSweeney and Tinsley Mortimer did a dance to “WAP” that went viral. However, Real Housewives of New York OG Bethenny Frankel isn’t feeling the song at all.
It wasn’t a surprise that Dorinda Medley was leaving Real Housewives of New York after her behavior during Season 12. I love Dorinda, but there was no excuse for her angry and nasty behavior.
She bashed RHONY co-star Tinsley Mortimer for
existing being in a relationship with Scott Kluth, and for not being honest and authentic on the show. When Tinsley announced that she was moving to Chicago, viewers watched Dorinda tell Tinsley, “I’ve got a turkey baster– maybe try and have a baby.” Not cool, Dorinda.
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.
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.