‘RHONY’: Bethenny Frankel’s ‘Final Act as a Housewife’ Was Helping Cast Leah McSweeney

by Jeremy Spirogis
Bethenny Frankel and Leah McSweeney

Leah McSweeney is the brand new housewife on season 12 of The Real Housewives of New York. Viewers had been capable of get a peek on the new forged addition after the trailer was launched. In the preview, McSweeney is seen saying that the women are “hot messes.” The Married to the Mob vogue line founder was forged on the fact sequence due to her reference to Bethenny Frankel.

Bethenny Frankel and Leah McSweeney
Bethenny Frankel and Leah McSweeney | John Lamparski/Getty Images / Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

Frankel’s “final act as a Housewife” (as Andy Cohen mentioned when Adrienne Maloof skipped the RHOBH reunion) was linking McSweeney to Bravo producers who in the end forged her.

“Leah was in talks to join the show before anyone knew that Bethenny was leaving. Bethenny was the one who made the introduction to casting. She is by no means is a ‘replacement’ for Bethenny like everyone is saying she is because she was never meant to be on the show without Bethenny,” a supply instructed People.

This tidbit implies that Frankel was being thought of for season 12 of RHONY, however in the end determined to go away to give attention to her producing deal. Another supply instructed the publication that McSweeney was supposed to come back in as a friend of Frankel’s.

“The plan was to bring Leah on with Bethenny and introduce her to the group as Bethenny’s friend,” one other insider revealed. “But with Bethenny out and Leah already cast, they were stuck and needed to find a reason for Leah to make sense on the show.”

The storyline for season 12 is that McSweeney is Tinsley Mortimer’s friend as a result of the previous didn’t actually know anybody on the forged.

“Leah is a great addition to the group, and really holds her own. But she didn’t know anyone before she started because Bethenny was supposed to be there with her, guiding her through,” the supply added.

Why did Bethenny Frankel stop ‘RHONY’?

Just forward of the start of filming for RHONY season 12, Frankel dropped the bombshell that she was leaving the sequence.

“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel mentioned in a press release to Variety again in August 2019. “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have.”

With Frankel shifting on from RHONY, the forged of the NYC-based present goes to most undoubtedly change its dynamic. Luann de Lesseps mentioned that the ensemble was relieved when the Skinny Girl founder determined to go away.

“I think the whole cast is relieved, in a way, and it also leaves breathing room for other women to shine and show their personalities because a lot was Bethenny coming in and kind of stealing the show,” De Lesseps mentioned in an interview on SiriusXM. “But guess what, she can’t steal our show. This season is amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to see the new season.”

RHONY Season 12 premieres on April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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