Luann de Lesseps recently appeared on Global News’ “The Morning Show,” where she opened up about Dorinda Medley‘s August 25 announcement regarding her departure from “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
Days after her cast mate was allegedly fired from the Bravo reality show, Luann admitted that her behavior during season 12 was shocking before dishing on Sonja Morgan‘s potential cabaret show and the August 2019 addition of cast member Leah McSweeney.
“I think Dorinda this season was shocking to me,” Luann told the outlet, according to a report shared by Reality Blurb on September 8.
According to Luann, Dorinda had a lot going on during production on the episodes of season 12, including a split from ex John Mahdessian, a flood at her home in The Berkshires, and a broken rib.
“She just had a lot of issues going on and a lot of anger, so it kind of comes out this season,” Luann explained. “We’ve got the reunion coming up after this finale, so I’m excited for everyone to see how that kind of pans out.”
Luann went on to say that while it is “always sad to see a cast member go,” Dorinda could likely use a “break” after her “rough year.”
“I think it was agreed between her and the network that she would take a year off,” Luann revealed. “[The] door’s always open for her. She’s got some issues to figure out. I think it’s a good thing for her. Like I said, Andy extended the olive branch; that opportunity is always there for her. I wish her the best, I want her to be well and … feelin’ Jovani.”
Looking back on her dispute with Sonja in The Berkshires, which came after Sonja revealed Luann gave her a low-ball offer to appear in her cabaret show, “Countess and Friends,” Luann said Sonja’s behavior actually made sense.
“I’m sure that Sonja would love to be on a cabaret tour with Live Nation, so I think people might guess where [her hostility] might be coming from,” Luann suspected. “I have amazing talent in my show, the top Broadway talent. I like to include Sonja, but I’m not paying Sonja more than I would pay Rachel Dratch.”
As for her thoughts about Leah, Luann said she’s liked her “from the get-go.”
“I think that she walked into a cast of women who’ve been on the show for years and she can hold her own,” Luann noted. “She’s a woman who’s self-made, she’s a mom. She’s also vulnerable, and I think that’s why people relate to her. She’s also a different age group so people can relate. She’s cool and I think she’s a great addition to the cast and I think she’s here to stay for a while.”
To see more of Luann and her cast mates, don’t miss the three-part reunion special for “The Real Housewives of New York City” season 12, which begins airing this Thursday, September 10, at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
As for season 13, the upcoming episodes have not yet gone into production but are expected to include at least one new cast member.