The wait is over for the women of the concrete jungle to return to our screens! Today, Bravo announced that Season 8 of The Real Housewives of New York City is coming back this spring, but with some major changes! No longer a part of the cast are Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman, as each announced their departure shortly after last season wrapped! Heather has been dealing with some personnel issues with one of her partners at Yummie Tummy, the brand that she built from the ground up, and decided to take time off from the show to focus on that. Kristen has been focusing on some issues of her own, after it was revealed that her husband Josh was caught in the middle of the AshleyMadison scandal. While the trailer didn’t reveal any appearances from Taekman, she has teased a few cameo appearances on her twitter.
This season promises more drama than ever, including new boobs, new beaus, and a new ‘Wife! This season, Bethenny and Ramona navigate the waters of their dating lives, LuAnn gets engaged, Carole continues to explore her relationship with Adam, and Sonja spends time focusing on her businesses. And that’s about where the fun stops. This season looks like a housewives bloodbath, with essentially everybody feuding with everyone else. Bethenny, who wasn’t necessarily at the center of the drama last season, certainly seems to be changing that around this year. She’s seen in a screaming match with Dorinda, John, LuAnn, and even telling Sonja “I want nothing to do with you.” She’s even seen fighting with newcomer, Julianne “Jules” Wainstein. You can view the trailer yourself at http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/season-8/videos/the-rhony-wives-are-back
Speaking of Julianne Wainstein, her official bio states the following:
“Stay-at-home mom and socialite Julianne Wainstein, known as “Jules” to her friends, joins The Real Housewives of New York City this season, bringing a youthful and dynamic point of view. The Hong Kong-born beauty had a colorful upbringing traveling the world with her parents and gaining experiences that ignited her own love of travel and culture.
Inspired by her father’s successful career as a fashion entrepreneur, Jules studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, eventually securing her first job as an assistant buyer and designer at a boutique fashion company in SoHo. A true businesswoman at heart, Jules honed her socialite skills as an event planner for the Women’s International Zionist Organization, a non-party international movement that raises money for schools and programs for women and the elderly in Israel.
Today, Jules lives with her husband of eight years, Michael Wainstein—a principal at Private Capital Group—and their two children, five-year-old Jagger and two-year-old Rio. The couple splits their time between their homes in Manhattan, Water Mill, and Miami while traveling the globe with the hope that their children will one day share their passion to explore. Whether walking a red carpet or attending a charity gala, Jules loves the social scene Manhattan has to offer and is part of an elite circle of classy women that includes good friend and current housewife Dorinda Medley.
Jules juggles her various career opportunities, spending time with her family and friends, and volunteering with as many charities as possible.”
She certainly seems like a great addition to the cast!
Season 8 of The Real Housewives of New York City premieres on Wednesday, April 6 at 9PM! (It should be noted that this is a new night for the series, which normally airs on Tuesdays. To learn more about the series, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/about
It will be joining an April of heavy programming, including Season 5 of Shahs of Sunset, Season 3 of Southern Charm, Season 1 of The Real Housewives of Dallas, Season 3 of Thicker Than Water, along with yet-to-be-announced premiere dates (I’m guessing Mondays) for both Married To Medicine: Houston and Below Deck: Mediterranean. It’s going to be an exciting spring on Bravo.
Let us know what you think about the new season of RHONY in the comments!