Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Barbara Kavovit Becomes RHONY's Newest Full-Time Cast Member For Season 11!

As previously reported, Barbara Kavovit has joined The Real Housewives of New York City for its upcoming eleventh season, alongside Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, and Tinsley Mortimer, who are all expected to return.

However, sources have revealed to PEOPLE that Kavovit will be a full-time Housewife, who will be replacing Carole Radziwill.

As previously reported, Kavovit has been spotted filming test scenes with the New York City Housewives at a few events, including Frankel’s SkinnyGirl Jeans launch, where she danced alongside Frankel, Morgan, and de Lesseps.




The publication claims that  Kavovit is getting the official Housewives spot as she joined returning cast members on Monday as they filmed the opening sequence for the new upcoming season.

“Barbara is a no-nonsense chick,” a source close to the cast told PEOPLE. “She’s already known many of these women for ages, and has been a great fit so far. She doesn’t back down from a fight and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.”

“She’s a perfect Housewife in the sense that she’s glamorous and fun and outgoing,” a second source told PEOPLE. “She’s really young at heart and very sweet. She’s very successful as a businesswoman and always tries to push a women’s empowerment message through her construction company work.”

You may remember of Kavovit’s off-camera conversation with Carole Radziwill about de Lesseps’ relationship with her then-fiancé, Tom D’Agostino Jr., during season 9 of the Bravo hit reality series.

While Kavovit did not appear on the episode, which aired in May 2017, Radziwill’s mic picked up their conversation at a mutual friends’ holiday party. “I think she has something to prove,” Kavovit told Radziwill at the time about de Lesseps’ upcoming New Years Eve nuptials.“She’d rather go through with it and get divorced than call it off.”

According to multiple reports, Kavovit tried to prevent Bravo from airing her conversation with Radziwill at the time. De Lesseps, meanwhile, did split from D’Agostino Jr. after only seven months of marriage in August 2017.

But that's all in the past now. “No one cares about that,” the first source told PEOPLE. “Producers just want a good TV show, and so far, Barbara is bringing that.”

Adds an insider, “She’s been friends with Luann for a while. They fell out last year as Barbara was the one who was recorded off mic talking about Tom and Luann fighting at a party. They’ve since made up.”

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