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PHOTOS: Is Elyse Slaine the Newest Addition to RHONY?!?!

There’s a new Housewife on the block!

Rumor has it Elyse Slaine will appear on season 12 of the Real Housewives of New York. It’s unclear what role Elyse will play, but she will be joining fellow newbie Leah McSweeney, who is a confirmed full-time Housewife for season 12. If I had to bet, I think Elyse will be a friend of the Housewives, but you never know with Bravo.

The Real Housewives of New York season 12 cast will also include returning Housewives Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, and Tinsley Mortimer.

The rumored newbie was spotted filming with the RHONY cast over the weekend in Newport, RI. Elyse even posted a few photos from the trip, including one with Ramona and Sonja, which she later deleted on her Instagram.

However, speculation that another new Housewife would be joining the show for season 12 first surfaced last week. The RHONY cast recently filmed a “girls only” dinner party at Ramona Singer’s house in the Hamptons. Before the dinner party commenced, Ramona showed off the tablescape and decor on her Instagram stories.

Fans quickly noticed that the table was set for 7, which is one too many, considering there are only six confirmed Housewives for season 12. This tiny detail led many to believe that another new Housewife would be joining the show for season 12.

Days later, Elyse popped up in Newport with the RHONY cast. This all but confirmed the speculation that Bravo would be adding another newbie into the mix for season 12.

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So, who is Elyse Slaine? Well, we can tell you she’s friends with Jill Zarin, which makes even more sense since we know that Jill will appear on season 12. She is also said to be close friends with Ramona as well.

Elyse is a “femme fatale” who has been linked to many notorious and wealthy Manhattan men. According to Page Six, Elyse was previously married to David Slaine, who worked for the Galleon Group hedge fund before pleading guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud in 2009.

In 2014, Elyse split from boyfriend Donald Drapkin, who was the founder and chairman of  Casablanca Capital. Clearly, Elyse has a type. After the split, Elyse kept the couple’s three-bedroom duplex at 700 Park Ave, which they purchased for around $4.2 million in May 2013. In 2017, after Drapkin’s untimely death following a skiing accident, Elyse sued his two children Matthew and Nicole Drapkin. In the lawsuit, Elyse claimed that Mathew and Nicole were blocking her from taking over the three-bedroom duplex. Elyse insisted Drapkin wanted her to have the home.

Meanwhile, Elyse was also once dubbed one of Wall Street’s “most fascinating first wives.” Hopefully, this means Elyse will be a great addition to the RHONY cast.

The Real Housewives of New York will return to Bravo for season 12 in early 2020.

Thoughts on Elyse joining RHONY? Do you think she will bring something new to the show?

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