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Luann de Lesseps is ‘back in the driver’s seat’ on RHONY and promises season 12 will be the best

It is shaping up to be a season of ‘redemption’ for Housewives fan favorite Luann de Lesseps.

Following a ‘rough time’ with her drinking that briefly landed her in jail, the 54-year-old is off probation and has hit the ‘reset’ button just in time for season 12.

 

Luann sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV from her home where she is self-quarantining due to the coronavirus and dished that this is the best season in years for the Housewives

The Countess: Luann de Lesseps sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV to talk about her season of redemption on the Real Housewives of New York, back this week, and how it’s the best one yet

‘I feel like it’s our best season yet, I really do, because it’s a lot of fun.

I feel like we really have a lot of fun,’ Luann said. ‘Last season was a little dark and heavy and I feel like this season is a lot lighter, a lot more fun.

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De Lesseps had gone through a personal battle in the last few years with her drinking but in August of 2019 she revealed that she had successfully finished her probation.

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‘I feel like I’ve been really put under the microscope and really judged for my drinking, because I had a really bad night, let’s call it that,’ Luann said. 

‘And at the same time, you know I feel like I’m back in the driver’s seat.

I got through a really rough time. I’ve kind of hit the reset button.

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‘I feel like it’s our best season yet, I really do, because it’s a lot of fun.

I feel like we really have a lot of fun,’ Luann said. ‘Last season was a little dark and heavy and I feel like this season is a lot lighter, a lot more fun.

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Dishing: Luann sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV from her New York home where she is self-quarantining due to the coronavirus and dished that this is the best season in years for the Housewives

Her reset came at the right time for the show which Luann said has returned to a really fun place after last season which was fraught with drama.

That drama culminated with star Bethenny Frankel quitting the show for the second time. And, if fans thought her departure was a shock, Lu explained that it was also abrupt for the Housewives.

  

Viewers won’t have to wait long to see how the show deals with Frankel’s exit from the franchise, however, as it will be addressed in the premiere this week.  

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‘We have a new housewife, as you know,’ Luann said. ‘It’s not been easy to step into the shoes of being a new housewife.

Especially with a cast that have known each other for so long.’

‘We have a new housewife, as you know,’ Luann said.

‘It’s not been easy to step into the shoes of being a new housewife. Especially with a cast that have known each other for so long.

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Entrepreneur Leah McSweeney was brought on to replace the Skinnygirl mogul and she told DailyMailTV last week that she was immediately ‘vibing’ with the Countess. 

‘I feel like, she comes in, she does a great job,’ Luann said, echoing McSweeney.

‘She’s a mother, she’s a business owner, she’s a tough New York broad.

Adding: ‘I feel like people are really going to love her.

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Drama! Bethenny Frankel exited the show last season and fans won’t have to wait long to see how the show deals with Frankel’s exit from the franchise as Luann says it will be addressed in the premiere this week

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Newcomer! Entrepreneur Leah McSweeney was brought on to replace the Skinnygirl mogul and she told DailyMailTV last week that she was immediately ‘vibing’ with the Countess

The singer and performer certainly knows a few things about what it takes to make it on the hit Bravo show as an original cast member since season one in 2008.

‘It’s pretty amazing, when we first started, it was just a pilot 12 years ago,’ Lu told DailyMailTV.

‘ I feel really lucky because, you know, Desperate Housewives is gone, Sex and The City is gone. 

‘We’re kinda the reality of those 2 shows combined and, you know, we still have a job! It’s awesome.

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This season, Luann, she seems to be over the hump when it comes to Housewives drama: ‘This season is the season of redemption for me.’

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‘I feel like I’ve been really put under the microscope and really judged for my drinking, because I had a really bad night, let’s call it that,’ Luann said. ‘And at the same time, you know I feel like I’m back in the driver’s seat.

I got through a really rough time. I’ve kind of hit the reset button.

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Drama: Ramona Singer was spotted taking a drink from Luann’s hand in the trailer for season 12

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Troubles: De Lesseps had gone through a personal battle in the last few years with her drinking but in August of 2019 she revealed that she had successfully finished her probation

‘I’ve been through so much and I feel like the women are like, “Let’s give Lu a break.” Which is good, because I feel like I have my girlfriends back.

They’re much more supportive. 

‘I’ve gotten through a touch couple of years, and it’s really about, you know, me coming back to who I am and carrying on with my life.

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Part of her life these days includes a new romantic partner, her agent. Luann revealed that the pair have been seeing each other but they’re not rushing to ‘label it’ as she is on the east coast and he is on the west coast.

 

‘He’s very dear to me and that’s where I am at,’ she quipped. 

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‘I’ve been through so much and I feel like the women are like, “Let’s give Lu a break.” Which is good, because I feel like I have my girlfriends back.

They’re much more supportive.’ (Pictured with the cast in Mexico)

Currently, Luann is home in self-quarantine due to the coronavirus.

Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen recently announced that he had tested positive for the illness.

Luann told DailyMailTV that Andy had sent her a text telling her is feeling much better.

In fact, the star is returning to host his hit late-night show, Watch What Happens Live, from home.  

As for Lu, she had recently been on tour with her hit cabaret show when she was forced to cancel future dates and hunker down at home because of new social distancing rules.

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Back on stage! When the pandemic is over, Luann said she is ready to return to her cabaret show and release her new single Viva La Diva (Pictured in October)

However, she’s wasting no time inside and even has a new song on the horizon called Viva La Diva.

‘I’m planning my new cabaret show, which come out this fall, and including Viva La Diva, my new dance single with Desmond Child – you know, who wrote Living La Vida Loca and Livin On A Prayer – so I’m super excited about that. 

‘When this is all over, I can’t wait to get back out on tour and get back to my life.

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The new season of Real Housewives of New York premieres on the Bravo network on Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m.

EST. And, tune into DailyMailTV all this week for exclusive interviews with the cast.

 

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Big Apple: The new season of Real Housewives of New York premieres on the Bravo network on Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.

m. EST.

And, tune into DailyMailTV all this week for exclusive interviews with the cast

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