With the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City upon us, Dorinda Medley is opening up about what we can expect, how she joined the show and more in a new episode of Kate Casey’s podcast, Reality Life.
Dorinda explains it was her close friendships with Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps that motivated her to join the show. “I was friends and am friends with a bunch of the girls. When they were starting it, it was called Moms of Manhattan.”
Medley explained why she was hesitant to join the show at first. “I wasn’t on it because I was a single mom and they were sort of floating it around to a bunch of people. I went on the couple of shows just as guest appearances, but it just didn’t fit into my life then because Hannah was at sort of a private school, I was a single mom.” She continued, “To be honest with you it just didn’t make sense to me. I was like, ‘Why would people want to sit around watching us go to lunch?’ It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
Dorinda shared that Ramona convinced her to do the show after her husband Richard passed away. “When he passed, Ramona came up to me and was like, ‘I think Andy [Cohen] is interested. Would you be interested in just trying it out and doing it for a season? What are you going to do Dorinda?’ because Hannah had left for college. Ramona was an amazing anchor for me after Richard died. She was just there one hundred percent.”
She added, “Lu was like, ‘Come on just try it.’ So I just thought ‘Here we go. I’m going to change the paradigm again.’ And I just sort of threw my hat in the wind. It’s kind of funny. I was at Richard‘s grave on his birthday when they made me the offer. I thought, ‘Alright this is a sign. I’m going to give it a shot.’”
Despite her hesitation, Dorinda revealed that the show helped her cope with the loss of her husband. “The overall is that it’s been the most wonderful thing that happened because it forced me to get back out there. It forced me to have a schedule again, to move my life forward, to be with these women, to be exposed to a whole different life which now I enjoy.”
And of course we all know that Dorinda hasn’t gotten a lot of support from her friends or viewers about her relationship with her boyfriend John Mahdessian, but she says it doesn’t bother her. “It doesn’t matter what a thousand other people think. Nobody likes anything mean to be said about anybody you care for, but you know you just have to kind of take it with a grain of salt. To tell you the truth, I think it kind of makes your relationship stronger or destroys it.” She continued, “I know people don’t believe this, but I see him two or three times a week. I really have tried desperately to keep my own life, keep my girlfriends. That’s one thing I didn’t do with Richard. I kind of became all about Richard which is what he needed. When that doesn’t work out, it’s hard to climb back a little bit.”
So what about the new Housewife Tinsley Mortimer? “Tinsley came on. She’s fantastic. She’s interesting. I didn’t know Tinsley at all so it was interesting getting to know her.”
Dorinda believes last season was a little too dramatic. “I think last year may have been a little bit dark.”
So what can we expect from this season? “It was a slow start.” She continued, “We still have our things, but it’s not dark. Last year, none of us could barely stand each other at the reunion. This year, we will probably all go out to dinner.”
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Thank you to RealityTea for their transcript of Dorinda’s interview.
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