‘RHONY’: Luann de Lesseps Hoped for an In-Person Reunion 3 Months Ago
In the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, de Lesseps pondered the fate of RHONY‘s reunion as The Real Housewives of Atlanta aired their Zoom reunion. “Will we have our reunion in person?” she tweeted along with praying hands and hopeful face emoji.
A slew of fans thought it was wishful thinking on de Lesseps’ part. Some people thought the remark was insensitive considering the magnitude of the pandemic. However, Page Six reports that the cast is slated to have an in-person reunion, filmed on Long Island on August 5. If the reunion takes place in person, it will be the first in-person taping for producer Andy Cohen since production was shut down in March.
Productions make adjustments
Typical Housewives reunions feature the cast crammed together on couches while Cohen sits in the middle of the melee. But COVID-19 guidelines may influence set restructuring. Page Six shared that reunion guidelines are still being worked on but the cast and crew will be following CDC mandates.
Productions like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have returned to the studio and re-configured the set, for instance. The giant spinning wheel on Wheel of Fortune has been designed. Contestants have enough space between each other, Deadline reports. Jeopardy contestant podiums will be properly spaced too.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which also filmed remotely from the casts’ homes is rumored to return to the stage this fall, according to Variety. Some possibly variables include no live audience and a hybrid of in-studio and at-home sketches. Jimmy Fallon was one of the first to return to The Tonight Show studio after working remotely.
“As a New Yorker, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us get back to where we are now,” Fallon said, USA Today reports. “And to all the states going through the tough parts right now – our friends in Florida, Arizona, Texas, California, all over the South – I know how hard it is, and I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s rough.”
The entire cast may not be on board quite yet
New York is managing to keep infection rates under control. But some cast members may be a little hesitant to appear together for an in-person reunion. Dorinda Medley shared information about COVID-19 antibodies and the unknown factor about the duration they are protective. “You should continue to protect yourself and others since you could get infected with the virus again,” according to the article she shared. Medley also tagged the cast in the post on her Instagram story.
Leah McSweeney previously railed against Ramona Singer for careless behavior during the pandemic. Singer initially fled New York for Florida when infection rates spiked. She was alledgely partying in Boca Raton and later tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. When infection rates soared in Florida, Singer then returned to New York.
“I am so disgusted by some of my castmates and their families who spent the entire f**king quarantine in Florida, living it up, showing everyone how they’re living it up,” she shared in an Instagram story, Page Six reports. “Then Florida of course faces surge. They f**king come back to New York and they’re out like nothing. Not quarantining. Not taking this sh*t seriously. And basically laughing in all of our faces.”