‘RHONY’: New Cast Member Leah McSweeney Has a History of Racism and Homophobia

There’s a new real housewife in town.

The Real Housewives of New York City is going through some changes. Last week, OG housewife Bethenny Frankel announced that she was leaving the franchise to explore new things.

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“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in a statement to Variety. “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. My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride. I am so grateful to them for highlighting my entrepreneurialism and allowing me to pave the way for many women to achieve their goals. I am excited for my future. The best is yet to come.”

As soon as Frankel announced her exit, people began to wonder who could replace such an icon.

Leah McSweeney joins ‘RHONY’

According to multiple sources, the rest of the women on RHONY were blindsided by Frankel’s choice to leave but the show was quick to move on.

“I think they already cast somebody else,” Luann de Lesseps said last week on The Michelle Collins Show. “Can’t tell you who but I think they did. I can’t tell you sweetheart. I don’t know that much about the person.”

The new cast member turned out to be entrepreneur and founder of the streetwear brand Married to the Mob, Leah McSweeney.

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McSweeney’s past

Now that McSweeney has been thrust into the limelight, fans of the show are digging up some things from her past.

What has been concerning some people is a text relationship that McSweeney had with Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che.

“I met a comedian, I’ve dealt with a few comedians,” McSweeney said on her podcast “Improper Etiquette” on Tuesday. “They are the worst, I don’t even know why I entertain this but I have to say … Michael Che is so arrogant and so rude and disrespectful that I cannot even believe that someone … you’re like a D-list celebrity to me, whatever, that’s why I don’t even care that I’m saying his name. I’m not like blowing up Jay Z’s spot.”

But some text messages that were allegedly between Che and McSweeney contained slightly alarming messages from the new housewife.

In one message, obtained by Paige Six, McSweeney said that all of the guys on the dating app Raya looked “gay.”

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And at one point, she made things racial.

“U hate me cus I’m white,” she alleged. “Our conversations r everything to me btw. We have a lot of friends in common and if anyone of them saw this I would b so ashamed.”

Eventually, Che ended the text relationship.

“Do u ever want to meet up?” she wrote. “Or r we just gonna text each other randomly until eternity? Well I did think it was odd u kept saying ur fat.”

“I [don’t] wanna meet up,” he responded. “You text really strange declarations looking for a reaction, and I don’t wanna know what’s the real life equivalent of that.”

McSweeney has not responded to the leaking of the messages.