Luann de Lesseps was spotted looking apprehensive while reading a hard copy of Page Six’s report that claimed that the Real Housewives of New York City: Legacy was “dead.” On Tuesday, a tipster spotted the Bravo veteran picking up Monday’s copy of The Post at New York City’s Match 65 Brasserie, on the Upper East Side.
The snitch reported that the RHONY OG appeared anxious, as she checked out the story.
“She was definitely on edge,” the insider revealed.
The spy added that Luann was “pacing back and forth at the bar” and “chit-chatting away” on her phone as she read the article. Luann, who was wearing a black hoodie and white coat, continued her phone conversation while she ate a steak.
The outlet reported Monday that the spin-off show had “officially collapsed,” after the network took back its offers to the RHONY veterans who were tapped to form the new cast. Sources reported that Bravo had no plans to kickstart the revamped series. Insiders clarified that the project could be revived at a later date.
Luann, 57, confirmed to People on Tuesday that talks had “stalled on the series.”
“I always said, ‘Never count out the Countess,’ but in this case it’s, ‘Never count out the New York City Housewives,’” she told the outlet.
“Bravo is a genius at reinventing the wheel,” the cabaret star added. “They’re breathing new life into RHONY right now and I have no doubt they’ll find a way to bring the OG’s and beloved New York City Housewives back together again. It may be not right now, but I have faith in Bravo and trust that they’re going to create something really spectacular that the fans will love in the near future.”
The outlet was the first to report that Bravo had “hit pause” on the series due to the stalled negotiation. The network is reportedly “regrouping” to determine the spinoff’s future.
“Sometimes in life, a pause is needed,” Luann quipped. “For the moment it’s not going anywhere but never say never.”
Luann was an original cast member when the show debuted in 2008 and remained on the show for 13 seasons.
“Who would have thought, when we started it all those years ago, that we’d still be here today?” she said. “Bravo is like family. These women are like my family. That will never change for me. And I’m so thankful for all they have brought to my life.”
Sources told Page Six that Bravo was lowballing the ladies, but production insiders alleged that the women were overestimating what they were worth. Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Dorinda Medley were all expected to be part of the RHONY Legacy cast.
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