Luann de Lesseps opened up about new cast member Leah McSweeney during an appearance on the latest episode of the “Getting Real With the Housewives” podcast and during the show, she made an odd comment about McSweeney and alcohol.
“Leah has had her own relationship with alcohol. You just have to see that play out,” de Lesseps told Us Weekly magazine on the show.
While de Lesseps admitted that McSweeney brings “a lot” to the show, she also noted that joining an already established cast can be tough.
“It’s not an easy place to walk into, as we’ve all been around for a while, for many years. So, I think it’s difficult shoes to fill,” de Lesseps explained.
That said, de Lesseps believes McSweeney was a really great fit for the reality show.
“I think she really fit in. … She’s a tough New Yorker. She’s self-made. She’s a mother. So, she’s highly relatable,” de Lesseps shared. “At the same time, she’s very vulnerable. So, I think that’s very interesting.”
“She’s younger, so I think she’s going to appeal to some of our younger viewers, and I think that people are going to really like her and watch her struggle with, not only getting a relationship going with us, but with her own family issues,” de Lesseps explained.
De Lesseps then said that season 12, the first season without Bethenny Frankel since her season seven return, will be “the best season we’ve had in a long time.”
Frankel quit the show last August.
After joining the cast last summer, McSweeney butted heads with Medley, who she claims was the hardest on her.
“Dorinda was definitely the hardest on me in the beginning, but it didn’t last long. And then once I got past this — she was a little cold to me — but once you get past that she’s actually the warmest of everybody,” the single mom told Us Weekly.
As The Real Housewives of New York City fans well know, Medley has been featured on the show since season seven.
According to McSweeney, it wasn’t the group who she was afraid of after joining the Bravo show, but the idea of fame.
“It wasn’t really joining the group that was intimidating it was more the, ‘OK, I’m going to be on TV now and I’m not an anonymous person going through the world anymore,’ which was kind of a mind F,” she admitted.
To see more of de Lesseps and McSweeney, don’t miss the new episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City season 12 air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.