‘RHONY’: Luann de Lesseps Hints About New Cast Member Joining the Show

Producers from The Real Housewives of New York City may not be scrambling to replace Bethenny Frankel. Luann de Lesseps hinted that someone new has already been cast during an interview on Michelle Collins‘ SiriusXM show, People reports.

Although de Lesseps knows someone new has been cast, her announcement came before Frankel announced her departure. She also does not think ex-husband, Tom D’Agostino’s former girlfriend, Missy Pool will be the new cast member either.

The cast of “RHONY’ Season 11 | Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” she said “Because I think they already cast somebody else. Can’t tell you who, but I think they did!” She also refused to reveal any further information about the potential new cast member.

She made the announcement after Barbara Kavovit said she was leaving

Fans may have whiplash after the RHONY exodus. Only days before Frankel’s announcement, Barbara Kavovit told a fan on Instagram she didn’t think she’d return to the show.

Kavovit was cast in the “friend” role on RHONY. While she was involved in most of the show, she never held a golden apple or received a tagline. Upon telling a fan she was leaving she wrote on Instagram about staying true to herself. “Don’t ever lose sight of who you are or where you come from,” she wrote. “Stay true to your beliefs and don’t “sell out”- know your worth! Don’t ever lose your passion or your day job, don’t rely on anything or anyone to make you a success- do it on your own.

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A day at the office

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Fans begged her to stay on the show. One fan wrote, “I’m gonna miss you on the show ❤️❤️ I only watch it for Bethany , Dorinda and you.” However, when one fan pressed her about “definitely” not coming back, she hinted that the door was always open. “Not too much in life is definite love 💜.”

Who are some rumored candidates?

When de Lesseps chatted with Collins she addressed the prospect of Pool joining the show. An unnamed source asserted that Ramona Singer was trying to get Pool on the season 12 cast. Singer recently posted an Instagram photo with Pool, “Fun weekend with my girl @missypool!”

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Fun weekend with my girl @missypool!

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While having Pool join the cast would certainly kick up the drama, it seems unlikely that she was tapped. Also, Deidre Scaramucci, Anthony Scaramucci’s wife was also rumored to join the cast. But she confirmed after four Skype interviews she was not cast. “They decided not to offer me the job, but I wouldn’t have taken the job anyway once I thought about it,” she told Page Six. “I’d have no say over how it’s edited or what gets put out there . . . I didn’t want to double down on any negative press.”

Some fans are hoping RHONY resurrects an alum who knows what she is doing. Chief Real Housewives correspondent for ET made the call for any former RHONY to join. “Someone call up Kristen Taekman and Heather Holla Thomson STAT. We at least need the majority of the season six squad back together,” he tweeted. “We need people who know how the play the game. There’s no time to train!!”