The Real Housewives of New York have a new addition to the season 11 cast!
Barbara will join Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, and Tinsley Mortimer, who are all expected to return for season 11.
A rep for Bravo had no comment about Barbara’s hiring but she’s been spotted filming with the cast at multiple events including Bethenny’s SkinnyGirl Jeans launch and the opening of Bluebird London.
Things have been going so well for Barbara that she recently secured a spot as full-time Housewives replacing Carole Radziwill, who exited the show following season 10.
Sources say Barbara was present when the RHONY cast filmed the season 11 title opener this week.
“Barbara is a no-nonsense chick,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She’s already known many of these women for ages and has been a great fit so far. She doesn’t back down from a fight and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.”
“She’s a perfect Housewife in the sense that she’s glamorous and fun and outgoing,” a second source tells PEOPLE. “She’s really young at heart and very sweet. She’s very successful as a businesswoman and always tries to push a women’s empowerment message through her construction company work.”
Barbara may be a Housewife newbie but she’s very familiar with the cast and has previously appeared on the show.
She appeared on an episode during season 9, where she was overheard speaking negatively about Luann’s upcoming wedding to Tom D’Agostino.
“I think she has something to prove,” Barbara told Carole Radziwill. “She’d rather go through with it and get divorced than call it off.”
Barbara unsuccessfully took Bravo to court to try and stop the audio from being aired in May 2017. A judge tossed out the case.
However, the past is in the past for Bravo and production since Barbara is bringing the type of drama they want.
“No one cares about that,” the first source tells PEOPLE. “Producers just want a good TV show, and so far, Barbara is bringing that.”
“She’s been friends with Luann for a while. They fell out last year as Barbara was the one who was recorded off mic talking about Tom and Luann fighting at a party. They’ve since made up.”
I hope Barbara is a good fit for the show. I’m not sure about it but I trust Bravo when it comes to RHONY.