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Dorinda Medley Promise 'RHONY' Season 12 'Lives Up To The Hype'

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By Lindsay Cronin

Dorinda Medley and her co-stars are returning to Bravo tonight for the season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City and during an interview with Hollywood Life on April 1, Medley said the new season “totally lives up to the hype.”

“I think you’re going to see the women come in very strong,” Medley explained.

In August, as filming began on season 12, cast member Bethenny Frankel announced her exit from the show and around the same time, Leah McSweeney was added to the show.

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Dorinda Medley Loves The New Housewife On 'RHONY'

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“Leah is great, she’s a great new addition. We’re very happy about that,” Medley explained.

McSweeney was first spotted filming with the cast during a hotel meeting with Tinsley Mortimer. Then, during the BravoCon fan convention in November, the network officially confirmed her addition to the series.

“[She] just kind of slid right into the show. Held her ground, which I love. In the beginning, I’m not so sure about her, but see things, how that progresses as the show goes on,” Medley continued.

The 12th Season Of 'RHONY' Was Filmed At A Different Time

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According to Medley, who said the entire cast of the show "really went in there sort of guns blazing," the 12th season of The Real Housewives of New York City was filmed at a different time than normal.

“Bravo made an amazing choice a couple years ago to film us starting at the end of August,” Medley shared, adding that seasons typically begin filming on October.

It was the “smarter thing to do, because New York is at its best in the fall,” she noted.

Dorinda Medley Teases 'A Lot Of Activities' During 'RHONY' Season 12

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While some fans of The Real Housewives of New York City will miss seeing Frankel on the show, Medley let Hollywood Life know that there were plenty of other things to look forward to from the coming episodes.

“You’re going to see a lot of activities, a lot of fun, a lot of antics…I think people are going to see that the women are really happy to be back and doing what they do, which is The Real Housewives of New York City,” she stated.

Dorinda Medley Nabbed A Full-Time Role On 'RHONY' In 2015

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Medley joined the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City in 2015 during its seventh season after first appearing as a guest during the show's fourth season in 2011.

Medley's addition to the cast came after the exit of Aviva Drescher, who joined the series during its fifth season with Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson.

To see more of Medley and her co-stars, don't miss tonight's premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City season 12 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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