Is 'The Real Housewives of New York City' Alum Dorinda Medley Returning to the Series?

Toni Sutton - Author

Aug. 16 2021, Published 8:25 p.m. ET

Dorinda Medley attends the Immersive Van Gogh Opening Night in New York.

After six seasons of being a cast member on The Real Housewives of New York City, Dorinda Medley announced that she was giving back her apple and exiting the franchise that made her famous. Throughout Season 12 of RHONY, it was apparent that the queen of "making nice" was not having the best season and had hardly any patience for her fellow co-stars. Dorinda's sting on Season 12 started with her pressing Tinsley Mortimer about her love life and why she wasn't opening up to the rest of the cast.

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Fans noticed her aggressive behavior and called out the alum on social media. Dorinda revealed her departure from the reality television show as Season 12 began wrapping up. She wrote on Instagram, "What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to make it nice. But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away."

Dorinda and Tinsley talking to each other at a party.
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She went on to thank Bravo and NBC, her castmates, and everyone she met along the way and wished them all "health, happiness, and success."

Per Us Weekly, Andy Cohen made it clear that she was welcomed back to the show anytime. On Radio Andy he said, "Sometimes taking a pause is a good thing, and I am really hopeful that this is indeed a pause and that she would rejoin the show at some point." Dorinda is indeed making a comeback to the franchise, but will she be back on RHONY?

Is Dorinda Medley coming back to 'RHONY'?

While Dorinda is not coming back to The Real Housewives of New York, she will be returning to the franchise in a different role. Daily Mail reports that Dorinda will lead the cast that’s been selected for the spinoff Housewives Mash-Up. This new series will reunite several stars from some of the Housewives franchises like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, and The Real Housewives of New York City.

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A production source exclusively told Daily Mail, "Viewers love Dorinda and we thought it would be great to have her star in a new show that brings her together with past favorites from other franchises. The show will see Taylor Armstrong, Jill Zarin, Vicki Gunvalson, Eva Marcille, Brandi Glanville, and Phaedra Parks, who will hang with Dorinda at a top-secret location. Each one of these women is television gold, and they are all Bravo fan favorites."

Taylor Armstrong, Jill Zarin, Vicki Gunvalson, Eva Marcille, Brandi Glanville and Phaedra Parks

According to the source, filming is set to begin in September of 2021 and will last for one week.

Housewives Mash-Up will air on the streaming platform Peacock, and we'll be sure to update you with the release date as soon as it's announced.

In the meantime, you can watch new episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City on Bravo on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST.

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