Luann de Lesseps is spilling some major tea about what the Real Housewives of New York is like without Bethenny Frankel.
In a new interview with Rob Shuter on the Naughty But Nice podcast, the Countess dishes on what RHONY is like without B, and why the show is so much better without the Skinny Girl mogul.
Luann also hints about the real reason B really left RHONY and addresses her decision to start drinking again as seen in the season 12 trailer.
While Bethenny has insisted that money had nothing to do with her decision to leave RHONY, Luann heard something much different.
“I heard through the grapevine that it was contractual. I assume it was about money,” Luann confessed.
Rob then suggests that Bravo refused to pay Bethenny more money for season 12, which is why she decided to exit.
Luann agrees with the assumption saying, “I don’t think [Bethenny] expected it to go that way.”
Speaking of RHONY, according to Luann season 12 is “the best one yet” because of Bethenny’s absence.
While Luann admits she had plenty of “good times” with B she also admits that she found the Skinny Girl mogul “annoying” on the show. However, Luann also points out that she will NEVER forget how Bethenny helped her out in the past.
“Bethenny is a good reality star — she just is, but it does get annoying because you’re like, ‘What about what I said? What about what I have to say?’ I feel like this season, you’re going to get to know us better because there’s more room and I feel like people are going to really love the new housewife,” Lu explained.
Meanwhile, as we all know Luann is back to her old ways – i.e. drinking – as seen in the season 12 trailer.
Yet, this time around Luann insists she is in control of it all and is no longer letting booze take the driver seat.
“So the inside scoop is I drink on occasion and I’m no longer on probation,” she admitted.
Since finishing her probation in August 2019, Luann decided to start drinking again – in moderation.
“I’ve gone through a really rough time,” Luann explained. “So now I’m in the driver’s seat and I can decide for myself… I’m feeling really good. I haven’t been drinking for the last month so I’ve been doing yoga and just taking care of myself.”
Season 12 of the RHONY premieres Thursday, April 2, at 9 p.m. ET
Thoughts on Luann’s comments? Do you believe that B left RHONY over money?