Leah McSweeney believes that she likely won’t be offered an apple as Bravo prepares to reinvent The Real Housewives of New York City. Leah, 39, appeared as a full-time cast member for two seasons, between 2020-2021.
The designer revealed in a recent interview that she’s prepared for the worst as she awaits the network’s decision about her potential return.
“I think I’m not coming back,” she said Thursday, during an appearance on the “We Should Talk” podcast with Gibson Johns. “It’s just the better way to think about it.”
Leah added—“I mean look, I have to see if they offer me to go back, I have to wait to see who’s on it and which show it is, and whatever … you know I can’t think the what if.”
Andy Cohen announced in March that the east coast series would be split into two shows, a recast original and a throwback series based on the lives of an OG cast.
“We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we’ve come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans,” the Bravo executive said in an interview with Variety.
Cohen clarified that the network was focused on the reboot, but had the “RHONY Legacy” concept brewing as well.
Bravo has yet to announce any casting decisions.
“I would be like bummed, just because [my] second [season] was just not fun, you know what I mean,” Leah explained. “I mean maybe the show’s not supposed to be fun though I don’t know.”
The once-popular reality show’s ratings nosedived last season, amid cast conflicts and Covid-19 lockdown issues.
“I wanna have fun on my last season, but yeah I just think, OK, I’m not going back,” the Married to the Mob founder added.
Former RHONY cast members weighed in on the idea of appearing under a different title after Cohen dropped the bomb. Jill Zarin hinted that she’d be up for a comeback, but Bethenny Frankel called the idea “f**king boring.” Carole Radziwill declared that she was not interested.
Last July, Cohen addressed fan backlash over Leah’s sophomore season, on his SiriusXM radio show.
Andy shared that he was surprised by how swiftly fans turned against Leah, after taking an initial liking to the outspoken single mom.
“People are really on her this season and they’re saying she’s… I mean, I haven’t… people online, at least, are turning on her in a way that I’ve not seen from one season to the next,” Andy told his guest, Michael Rapaport, during the July 12 episode of “Andy Cohen Live.”
“Every season’s different, every episode is different, and there’s ebbs and flows so I understand why people are frustrated,” Michael replied. “But you’re not, Leah’s not — somebody’s not built to be a housewife. You’re not built to be a housewife, so I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it and salivate watching it.”
Andy seemingly agreed with Michael’s assessment.
Controversial “Housewife,” Eboni K. Williams, claimed that the network’s maneuver came after her former co-stars refused to come to the negotiating table to hash out a way to coexist on the series.
“They were unwilling to come to the table and meet me even halfway in that negotiation,” Eboni, the show’s first black cast member, said during an April appearance on Carlos King’s podcast, “Reality with the King.”
The Bravo personality said that she believed if her co-stars had been “willing to enter into the negotiation of coexisting and sharing space with myself and additional women outside of their particular New York world and bubble, you would have had a Season 14.”
Eboni told Page Six in March that she was looking forward to her return to the franchise.
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