RHONY: The Real Housewives of New York City cast member Barbara Kavovit clapped back at Luann de Lesseps for throwing shade at her during the reunion.
Taking to her Instagram account, Kavovit wrote, “Hello. You don’t lose real friends, real opportunities, or real relationships when you start standing up for yourself and setting clear boundaries.”
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“You lose abusers, manipulators, narcissists, control freaks, attention seekers and mental-health destroying leeches,” she added. The quote was directed at Steven Bartlett.
Kavovit’s name surfaced towards the end of the RHONY reunion as the group discussed Ramona Singer’s fallout with former friend Elyse Slaine. Host Andy Cohen pondered whether Slaine was the “Barbara K” of this season.
Following in the footsteps of de Lesseps and Kavovit, Singer and Slaine ended a long-time relationship following Slaine’s appearance on the show. Singer insists that Slaine betrayed her and wasn’t there when she needed her. That’s when Cohen thought Slaine was this season’s “Barabara K.”
De Lesseps nodded with a smile on her face as Sonja Morgan chimed in, “Yeah!” Cohen wasn’t sure if Lesseps and Kavovit were still friends. “No,” de Lesseps replied, adding, “that was her doing though.” Producers recalled last year’s reunion when Kavovit told de Lesseps that she wasn’t the singer Adele.
“It was Barbara’s doing,” de Lesseps said. “Girlfriend, I can carry a tune, so to hell with Barbara,” de Lesseps said on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM show. “That’s the second time, also, that she got caught on camera talking smack about me. You have to pull the weeds, so you can make room for the lowers.”
Responding de Lesseps’ comment to Us Weekly, Kavovit said, “That’s the thing with a narcissist, you can look at yourself and believe that everything about you is so wonderful and throw everyone away.”
“I remember last year, picking her up off the floor, literally, trying to carry her, protect her,” she continued. “I was her protector for 14 years. To make it like she’s pulled weeds like I was the bad person like Bethenny was the bad person? My prediction? She hasn’t hit rock bottom yet.”
“There is no good with Luann. I had a 14-year friendship with her that I will walk away from forever,” she said. “She will never have me as a friend again.”
The narcissism of this woman, the self-importance and her blatant disregard for people that have helped her has got to stop,” she blasted de Lesseps. “Not only myself, but [our mutual friend] Anne and I are sure Bethenny [Frankel], and even Mary, who does her makeup, we are disgusted with her. It’s just her total disregard for anyone else. I have no words for her anymore,” Kavovit said.