Viewers may still have quite some time to wait for a new season of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City," but sources are already speaking out about who may or may not be appearing on the show. Longtime cast member Heather Thomson and close friend Kristen Taekman have already announced that they will no longer be a part of the cast, but will others join them in leaving?
According to reports from E! Online, a majority of the original cast will be returning for Season 8. Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps, Carole Radziwill and Dorinda Medley are all said to be appearing on the show. It is also reported that a new cast member will be joining the "RHONY" cast. Juliana Weinstein has reportedly begun filming scenes for the show. Furthermore, sources say Bethenny Frankel, 45, who returned in Season 7 after a lengthy hiatus, is back and bringing the drama. She is said to have called out several cast members during early filming.
Kristen, 38, announced her departure from "RHONY" in October after she and her family were rocked by an alleged cheating scandal. Her husband, Josh Taekman, was exposed during the Ashley Madison hack which revealed the user information of hundreds of thousands of members. The following month Kristen released a statement to E! News in which she said she'd had a great run with the reality show, but it was time to move on. She claimed she wanted to use her newfound free time to focus on her husband, two children, and her latest business venture. In July it was reported that Heather a close friend of Kristen's on the show, announced that she too would be quitting. She reportedly found that "the cons of doing the show far outweigh the pros."
Bravo has not yet released an air date for Season 8. Viewers looking to get their "Real Housewives" fix can tune into "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," which premiered Nov. 8, or "The Real Housewives of Potomac," a new addition to the "Housewives" franchise premiering on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. EST. The show will follow six wealthy Maryland residents as they juggle various daily struggles. The cast is comprised of a diverse group of women including business owners, models, former pageant queens and more. Bravo also plans to release 'The Real Housewives of Dallas," though the show has not yet received an official air date at this time.