New Faces! ‘RHONY’ Season 13: Everything We Know


    Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New York City is shaping up to look a little different.

    “We’re working on next season,” Andy Cohen teased to Us Weekly in August 2020. “I’m excited for what we have planned.”

    The long-running reality TV show first saw changes during the summer of 2019 when Bethenny Frankel opted not to return for season 12 just before filming began. While fans often ask the Skinnygirl CEO to come back via social media, Bethenny’s made it clear that she’s done with the franchise.

    “I haven’t been watching. I saw the first episode and part of another one, so I don’t know what’s going on there. There’s a lot of talk about what’s going on there, and I read comments that people say to me, ‘Please come back,’ and ‘Please save the show,’” she told Fortune in July 2020. “It’s all flattering, and I wish the girls well. I’m doing other things, though, and I just don’t know how that really would fit into my life as is.”

    Later that month, Bethenny simply tweeted, “I AM NOT COMING BACK.”

    As the season played out, fans saw Tinsley Mortimer quit after she got engaged to off-again, on-again love Scott Kluth and moved to Chicago.

    “I, of course, am going to miss my new friendship with Leah and Sonja’s crazy antics with me,” Tinsley said during her final episode, referring to Leah McSweeney and Sonja Morgan. “I have changed so much since coming back to New York and moving into Sonja’s townhouse. … It’s taken me a little bit of time, but I finally feel like myself again. I feel confident again.”

    News broke in August 2020 that Dorinda Medley was the next RHONY star to exit the series. Cohen acknowledged at the time that Dorinda struggled during season 12.

    “She was in a bad place, her house had been flooded, her dad was sick. We lost Bethenny right as filming began and we lost Tinsley halfway through the season. So maybe Dorinda didn’t feel like she could take the year off,” the Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host said on Radio Andy. “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. … I think a pause is a good thing and she will come back renewed and refreshed.”

    While Dorinda may be back in the future, she won’t be included on the upcoming season. Scroll through for everything we know — so far — about season 13:

    Tinsley’s Out

    “Thank you mugshot, thank you Sonja, thank you townhouse, thank you everybody else I met along the way. It’s been a great ride and I’m just so happy with where I am right now and so excited for my future,“ Tinsley, who joined the cast of RHONY during season 9, said on the June 2020 midseason finale.

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    Dorinda’s Out

    Dorinda announced her departure in August 2020. “What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice,” she wrote via Instagram the time. “But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away. I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about myself, about life and about women along the way.”

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    Elyse Is One and Done

    “In response to many of your inquires, the answer is no, I will not be returning to #RHONY,” Elyse Slaine, who was featured in a “friend” role on season 12, tweeted in September. “Thank you for the support, laughs, and friendship. I adore so many of you. I value you, and I am always available to chat.”


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    Leah Is In

    While Leah’s status was in question in September 2020 when fans noticed she removed “RHONY” from her IG bio — and TMZ reported that she was struggling to strike a deal with Bravo — she later confirmed that she wasn’t done with the series.

    “I’m comin back,” Leah replied to a social media user. “My work here isn’t done yet!”

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    Eboni Williams Joins

    The TV host confirmed she will be a full-time cast member on season 13 in October 2020. “NYC is filled with successful and dynamic Black women. I’m excited to join this legendary franchise as the first Black housewife,” she said in a statement to TMZ. “Can’t wait to share a slice of life in this city that hasn’t been seen before. Anyone who’s aware of my work knows I don’t hold back. I’m going to keep it just as real here as I do everywhere else.”

    Leah later shared a selfie with Eboni via Instagram, writing, “Let the games begin.”

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    Bershan Shaw Is Filming

    Us confirmed in October that RHONY season 13 will feature Bershan, a motivational speaker and business coach. 

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    The OGs and the Newbies

    It’s likely Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps will be back for season 12. Luann even teased new blood, telling Extra in August 2020 that there will “definitely” be “some new Housewives” added to the mix.


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    Filming Schedule

    According to TMZ, production on season 13 is set to begin by the end of September 2020. RHONY typically follows the women from Labor Day through Christmas or early January.


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