Though we'll likely never get over the unexpected departure of Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City, there's at least some positive casting news that we can dissect in between bouts of crying over missing the reality star.
Leah McSweeney is apparently going to be holding the golden apple next season on the show, and from the looks of her Instagram page, we're in for a treat.
We have a few tips for Leah ahead of her RHONY appearance — like being okay with taking the fish room in Dorinda's Berkshires house, not trying to go out with Ramona, and not saying "life is a cabaret" like LuAnn. Luckily for her, she does already have a castmate ally.
So who is Leah McSweeney from RHONY, who does she know on the show, and how did she get cast? Keep reading!
Leah McSweeney from RHONY is an entrepreneur, and she's no stranger to drama.
Bethenny truly paved the way for entrepreneurial women to be featured on the show, as it was initially pitched as a show about women who stayed at home.
Leah's current work might fill some of the void left behind by Bethenny. She is the founder and CEO of the women's clothing line, Married to the Mob, and she has a strong fashion background. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) and she was born and bred in New York City.
Leah's NYC background makes her the only cast member who was born and raised in the city, which might give her an edge that the franchise hasn't seen before. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart on the Upper East Side for high school (which boasts alums like Lady Gaga), but she was kicked out.
Her family then moved to Newtown, Conn. where she finished up high school. She went back to the city for college, but she didn't complete her degree at the time.
She got into an altercation with the NYPD in 2002, and she ended up suing them and winning a settlement of $75,000. According to her side of the case, her friend was getting beat up one night outside of the Hammerstein Ballroom in the city, and she threw a bottle at a cop to try to stop the beating.
The cop then allegedly punched Leah in the face and she lost two teeth after falling and hitting a grate. She used the money from her settlement to fund her streetwear line, Married to the Mob in 2004.
Her fashion line takes a feminist approach to certain iconic brands, making it a favorite of starlets and consumers alike. She also writes an advice column for Penthouse magazine.
She made an appearance on Patti Stanger's show, The Millionaire Matchmaker, but she was unsuccessful in forging a long-lasting relationship. Nowadays, she co-hosts a podcast called "Improper Etiquette," which gives women advice on how to be bosses in business.
She's already friends with Tinsley Mortimer.
It seems like Leah's "in" to the group is a friendship with Tinsley Mortimer, who joined the show back in 2017. Their friendship makes sense, as Tinsley is the next youngest in the group, and she's had her run-ins with the police too.
As for her personal life, it seems like Leah will fit right in with most of the cast. Like her co-stars Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, and Dorinda Medley, Leah is also a single mother to one daughter, Kier ("Kiki") who is 12.
Kiki's father is Leah's ex, Rob Cristofaro, whom she founded Married to the Mob with. It seems like Leah is single, but hopefully she doesn't try to get with Harry Dubin, since basically every other cast member already has.
RHONY is slated for a 2020 return.
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