Even though Sonja Morgan brought Tinsley Mortimer into the RHONY group, LuAnn D’Agostino has known the former socialite for years. She had seen her around NYC at events, and then in Palm Beach because Tinsley was living there, and of course, LuAnn has been a staple in that social scene since she met Tom.
In fact, LuAnn saw Tinsley right before she was arrested, and now she’s opening up about the newest RHONY to The Daily Dish!
As for her joining the cast, LuAnn is very supportive of Tinsley, who is hoping the show will revamp her image.
“I’ve known Tinsley throughout the years, not well, but I know Tinsley and I thought, she’s walking into a tough crowd, and I feel like she needs to reinvent herself,” she explained. Adding, “I hope for her that Housewives is gonna be something that’s beneficial to her.”
LuAnn also confirmed that just because she was arrested, doesn’t mean she planned on treating Tinsley any differently; she was happy to welcome her to RHONY!
“I happened to see Tinsley in Palm Beach just before this whole incident happened where she got arrested. And so I was quite surprised and shocked,” she recalled. Elaborating, “But at the same time, I think she was in a really bad place, and I think you do really silly things sometimes when you’re not in a great place. So I hope being on the show and being back in New York City is gonna be a good thing for her. And I think it will.”
So did LuAnn offer up any advice for the newbie; of course! “The only advice I tend to give to any woman starting on the show or being in the Housewives is just to be yourself, because the camera doesn’t lie,” LuAnn revealed.
And she’s cautiously optimistic for Tinsley, and based off of her premiere I agree with Lu. “She keeps it real, Tinsley, so I think she does well for a first seasoner on the show,” she wrapped!