Out with the old, in with the new!
An insider dished exclusively to RadarOnline.com that producers are looking to “aim younger” with the new women they’re hoping to cast.
"They are testing out two younger potentials," the insider explained, confirming that fashion designer Leah McSweeney, 36, is one of the new stars.
As Radar previously reported, The OG of the Big Apple dropped the bombshell news that she was quitting the franchise, moving on to bigger and better projects after shooting to fame on the Bravo show.
“I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in a statement to Variety. “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women.”
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“They are testing out two younger potentials,” an insider dished to Radar about show execs trying to find fresh faces for RHONY.
Left High And Dry
Execs were blindsided by Bethenny’s departure just as filming began for RHONY Season 12. “She backed out so late, they do not have a Plan B yet,” the source spilled to Radar.
The insider warned that the network was trying to attract younger viewers for the Housewives shows. “Look what happened to Vicki Gunvalson on The Real Housewives of Orange County, they wanted to get younger women on, so they demoted her," the source told Radar.
Bethenny’s quitting put the show execs in a tailspin. “It’s not looking good,” the inside warned Radar. “Season 12 could be a train wreck.”
Leah McSweeney, 36, is the CEO of street wear line Married to the MOB, is a friend of Tinsley Mortimer’s and was brought in to do test filming with the ladies in the wake of Bethenny’s abrupt departure Radar confirmed.
Bethenny caused an uproar when she Tweeted: ““I had to go since I’m the only one that is actually married…that’s how crazy this ride is.” But her estranged husband Jason Hoppy’s attorney told Radar that the two were still legally married. “I’m not newly married,’ Bethenny clarified on her Instagram Stories. “Believe me, when there is something to tell you, I will tell you.”