Don’t worry, Bravo fans; according to Countess Luann, the Real Housewives of New York franchise is here to stay!
Luann de Lesseps says that the New York Housewives franchise is “not going anywhere” despite Bravo putting season 14 on pause.
While appearing on The Wendy Williams Show in November, Andy Cohen confirmed that RHONY was “on pause” following season 13.
“We have a lot of casting happening, and we’re looking at every option,” Andy said at the time.
“‘New York’ is not going anywhere,” Luann told Page Six, adding that she’s being patient as the network “[gets] casting in order” for season 14.
She admits she was initially “disappointed” when she heard the news about the temporary break on filming but quickly saw the silver lining.
“I got to say, I’ve been so busy with my cabaret tour and shows and getting ready that it’s kind of a blessing that we weren’t filming this fall because I really needed the time,” she confessed. “When I got that call, I was in St. Tropez, and they said, ‘You don’t have to be back.’ I was like, ‘Yes!’ And I stayed a little longer.”
Luann noted she has little input when it comes to casting but insists she’s open to a few new apple holders joining the cast.
“The casting is not up to me, obviously. Of course, they weigh in with [me] because I’ve been around for a long time,” she said. “I try to go into things with no preconceived notions like I did on the ‘Ultimate Girls Trip.’ I didn’t have any expectations. I just wanted to have the full experience.”
She continued, “I feel the same way about casting, and I’ve heard that they’ve got some great candidates. I don’t know who’s staying, who’s going, but I’m looking forward to the next season. It’s going to be a strong one.”
As for Eboni K. Williams’ possible return for season 14, Luann said, “I don’t know who’s coming and who’s not coming back. But I think we all landed in a very good place with [Eboni] at the end of the season. Even though we didn’t have the reunion, I felt like we landed and ended in a good place. I’m not opposed to having her back. Let’s see what happens.”