A familiar face may be returning to season 11 of The Real Housewives of New York City. According to a new report, former star Kristen Taekman has been spotted filming with Bethenny Frankel.
Taekman originally appeared on the show in 2014 and 2015, but insiders say that she is not returning as a full-time cast member, and this is most likely a one-off appearance.
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Carole Radziwill revealed she would not be returning this summer and Barbara Kavovit has joined the cast along with returning stars Frankel, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Tinsley Mortimer, and Dorinda Medley.
Kavovit is from the Bronx, and she is a businesswoman with a college-age son. Bravo has not yet confirmed that she is replacing Radziwill, but she was seen filming scenes with Frankel, Morgan, and de Lesseps at Frankel’s SkinnyGirl Jeans launch. She also filmed the Season 11 opening sequence last month.
“Barbara is a no-nonsense chick,” a source 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.”
Kavovit is the founder and CEO of Evergreen Construction, which offers construction management services to clients in New York City. And, before starting her own company, Kavovit spent years running Anchor Construction, one of the largest female-owned general contracting companies.
She also launched her own line of tools for women called DIYVA, has worked as a columnist for the New York Daily News, was the home-improvement correspondent on the WE TV network, designed homes for celebrities Amber Valletta and Linda Evangelista, and written two books.
Kavovit is currently working on her third book, a novel about a woman who wants to build New York City’s tallest skyscraper. In an interview last year, she said that she hopes to encourage young women to break into the male-dominated construction field.