‘Real Housewives of New York:’ Luann de Lesseps’ Response to Bethenny Frankel’s Accusation

The Real Housewives of New York third and final installment of the reunion show found Luann de Lesseps in the hot seat once again. With jabs about her singing, self-absorption, and lack of accountability on just about anything, de Lesseps was definitely in the line of fire during the concluding reunion episode. One particular brouhaha erupted regarding de Lesseps former arrest in December 2017.

“Real Housewives of New York” Luann de Lesseps | Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Not a very merry Christmas

According to Entertainment Tonight, de Lesseps was charged with disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery on a law enforcement officer on Christmas Eve in 2017. She was held at the Palm Beach County Jail in Palm Beach, Florida and released on her own recognizance 10 hours later. Entertainment Tonight reported that before her arrest, de Lesseps slammed a door, kicked at least one officer and said, “I’m going to kill you all.” 

It had been a particularly difficult year for the reality star. She had announced that she and her husband, Tom D’Agostino, were divorcing after just seven months of marriage. Also, de Lesseps daughter Victoria had been arrested and charged in April for driving under the influence.

Frankel called foul on publicity

During the third part of the reunion show, Frankel accused de Lesseps of leveraging her arrest to boost her stardom. “You actually reveled in that you had a comeback from this arrest and that you were more famous than ever,” Frankel said, according to Entertainment Tonight. “It took you on something where you were like, ‘Wow this is it. I’m really famous now.'”

The accusation was shot down by de Lesseps. “You think I took that as a positive thing for me?” she asked Frankel, who replied, “Yes I do. I think you said, ‘While I’m at it!'”

Refusing to admit to what Frankel was implying, de Lesseps looked at her situation as turning something negative into something positive. “I really made lemonade out of lemons,” she said. “I really got dealt a really tough hand… I was kind of in a thing called the pink cloud… When you first get sober, you have this moment of elation.”

Mending fences

Despite being on guard in the beginning, de Lesseps acknowledged areas where she was coming up short as a friend. “By looking at myself I realized that I could have done better as a friend and I was absent because I really just needed to take care of myself,” she said, as reported by Entertainment Tonight. “That looked like I was not grateful for them. For that, I’m sorry.”

Frankel and de Lesseps have sparred in the past, most notably on what has become an infamous blowout caught during an episode that aired in June, where Frankel lambasted de Lesseps for not being there for her when her on-again off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields, passed away in 2018.

When Entertainment Tonight spoke to de Lesseps about the scuffle last month, the reality star said she and Frankel are in a better place. “It’s something that happened, you know, over six months ago, so it’s always hard to see that again because we’ve gotten to a different place,” she said. “It was tough. I felt really bad because I know there were a lot of things going on in there and it wasn’t just about me. I think I handled it pretty well considering.”

She chose to see the argument as a sign of caring. “It was a tough moment and I think, as we go back a long time, I think that friends do get angry at each other and they do yell at each other,” de Lesseps told Entertainment Tonight. “If you don’t care, you don’t bother with people, right? So I thought it was a true show of [Bethenny’s] love for me.”

Though there’s been no official announcement on when Real Housewives of New York will start airing season 12, it’s a sure bet fans will be tuning in when it premieres!