Heather Thomson is opening up about filming season 13 of the Real Housewives of New York alongside Leah McSweeny.
The former RHONY staple, who semi-returned to the franchise for season 13, claims Leah played up the drama for the cameras.
She also points out that there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed when filming, and Leah did just that.
“We’d be talking, and then the camera would go on, and it would be a different scenario. I think there’s a line that gets crossed,” Heather told Us Weekly. “I am very much about individuality and letting people be who they are. I say it on the show, exposing one’s body; that kind of talk empowers some people. Some people being buttoned up and a little bit more polite, someone would say empowers other people. I’m not going to judge that.”
While Heather insists she wasn’t bothered by Leah’s comments, she did have some concern about what her children, Jax and Ella, would think.
“I would say it was uncomfortable for me being a mother. Where she crossed a line [is] saying what a man’s worth is,” she noted. “That crossed the line for me on so many levels because I would never diminish a man to that. I was offended on different levels. My kid’s faces, like, flashed in front of me sitting at that table.”
She added that while she usually isn’t easily offended, she found Leah’s language “vulgar.”
“It’s just not what I talk about. I swear, like a sailor, I have a potty mouth. I say the f word all the time. … I’m not offended by that type [of] talk. I don’t think people should be,” she clarified. “However … when I’m in mixed company, I try to judge the crowd, so to speak. I think if you’re making someone uncomfortable, maybe you can pivot. But also, that person that you’re making uncomfortable also could try to pivot. There’s always cooperation to be had. There’s always a way to meet in the middle.”
“She only read the headlines. No one at that table actually listened to the podcast. So I knew she was going to gun for me,” Heather said. “I was given a heads-up … from one of the other women on the show.”
She continued: “I wasn’t really that worried about it because I still, to this day, stand behind the podcast and everything that I have said about the franchise, my experience on the franchise, all the women on the franchise, and the jokes that get fired at you on Watch What Happens Live. You have to quick-fire responses.”
However, Heather quickly noted that it’s all part of the reality TV experience.
“It’s part of the show we’re on. We’re supposed to pick on each other a little bit. That’s kind of how it is,” she wrapped.
The Real Housewives of New York City airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.