Dorinda Medley’s ‘RHONY’ Exit Brings Avalanche of Love From Fellow Bravolebrities
Dorinda Medley is sadly leaving The Real Housewives of New York City after six seasons. The Berkshires resident made the announcement official on Tuesday in an Instagram post that left fans shocked. Medley has been a stable of the Big Apple franchise and will be sorely missed. Her fellow Housewives and Bravolebrities reached out to Medley to give her words of encouragement.
Why is Dorinda Medley leaving?
Medley confirmed she was exiting RHONY following season 12, the show’s current season. The reality TV star took to her official Instagram account to share the news with all of her followers.
“What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice…,” she posted on Instagram. “But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away.”
Throughout her time on the Bravo series, Medley made some iconic phrases that are quoted by fans everyday. “I’ll tell you how I’m doing, not well bit*h,” “I made it nice,” “Clip,” and “Jovani!” were some of the one-liners that have converted Medley into a legend.
“I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about myself, about life, and about women along the way,” Medley added. “Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my cast mates for constant stimulation and entertainment. I wish you all health, happiness, and success.”
Former ‘RHONY’ stars react
One of the first RHONY stars to react to the news was Bethenny Frankel, who returned to the franchise in season 7, the same year Medley joined the show. The Skinnygirl founder left ahead of season 12 and a year later Medley is now doing the same.
“Every woman in this world wears a little sparkle, some in their dress, and some in their eyes,” Frankel shared on Instagram. “Use each moment to make another’s eyes sparkle and to warm a heart. Don’t let anyone or anything dull your sparkle. Don’t let the insecurities of others dull your sparkle. You will be missed…let the next chapter begin.”
Carole Radziwill left RHONY in season 10 but had a deep connection with Medley when she joined the cast.
“And so it goes…. RHONY fans will miss her quips, her humor, her in-your-face bullsh** detector, and her intelligence,” Radziwill tweeted. “But what they will come to miss the most is her honesty and realness in a sea of mendacity. Onward, my love.”
Jill Zarin replied to Medley’s post writing, “Good luck. The best is yet to come.”
Current ‘RHONY’ stars share sweet posts
Luann de Lesseps also took to Instagram to share photos of them together as well as some words following Medley’s departure.
“Love you Dorinda Medley, so many great memories,” the Countess posted. “We will miss you tremendously and support you in your decision.”
Sonja Morgan also congratulated Medley by sharing a very sexy photo of them both.
“What are we doing here without Dorinda?” Morgan questioned in a nod to one of her iconic lines. “Watching to see what the next chapter is for the Queen of ‘Making It Nice’ and who always speaks her mind. Sending all my love. Forever friends and always remembered on Bravo of the many years.”
Leah McSweeney, who joined in season 12, also shared a post dedicated to Medley.
“Thank you Dorinda for always having my back and supporting and lifting me up, lending me your YSL caftan, helping us unclog Ramona’s toilet, comforting me after the Newport debacle, and many moments I will never forget,” the Married to the Mob designer posted.
Ramona Singer, who has found herself at odds with Medley, also took the opportunity to honor her castmate.
“This photo was taken before Dorinda joined the show,” Singer shared. “I’ve had some wild times with her. We have had our ups and downs. Dorinda will always have a special place in my heart. You will be missed.”
The extended Bravoverse also reacts
Stars from other Bravo shows and Housewives franchises also took to social media to share their thoughts on Medley’s departure.
Former RHOC star, Tamra Judge, posted a photo of herself with Medley.
“Dorinda, you will be missed icon but it’s pretty amazing on the other side. Vicki [Gunvalson], Tamra, LeeAnne [Locken], Nene [Leakes], [Lisa Vanderpump], Bethenny, gone but never forgotten.”
Stephanie Hollman from RHOD: “You had such an amazing ride and you will be missed.”
Lisa Rinna from RHOBH: “True Queen.”
Andy Cohen: “What a ride. Unforgettable.”
Margaret Josephs from RHONJ: You are a legend, forever an ICON, love you.”
Melissa Gorga from RHONJ: Say it isn’t so. Legend.”
LeeAnne Locken, formerly of RHOD: “You are an AMAZING HUMAN and the world is better for having you in it.”
The Real Housewives of New York City continues to air every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.