Entertainment TV Leah McSweeney Is Bravo's Newest 'Real Housewives of New York City' Star Season 12 of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City star is expected to premiere in Spring 2020 By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 15, 2019 10:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email It’s official! Leah McSweeney is officially a New York City Housewife. On Friday, the 38-year-old founder and CEO of fashion label Married to the Mob was announced as the newest star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, during BravoCon’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen taping. She’ll be joining returning Housewives Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Tinsley Mortimer, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan. Asked by host Andy Cohen about her impersonation of her cast mates, McSweeney said, “They’re all unique individuals, but they’re all very badass.” BravoCon 2019: What to Know About the First-Ever Bravo Convention, Including the 88 Stars Coming Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images PEOPLE had reported in August that McSweeney was one of the women who was filming for RHONY‘s upcoming twelfth season, in place of Bethenny Frankel — who had left the show. “A few women had been previously testing for a spot, one of which is Leah McSweeney,” a source told PEOPLE. “Reports that she’s a new Housewife are very premature — they’ve been known to downgrade people if they don’t gel with the group, like Barbara Kavovit last year.” Luann de Lesseps Hints That a New Housewife Has Been Cast on RHONY: ‘Can’t Tell You Who!’ “There’s also always a chance the network could bring someone else back, too,” the source adds. “Bravo rarely closes the door to those possibilities, and Bethenny’s high salary could open things up. No one really knows what’ll happen right now. And if they do, they’re not telling the cast just yet.” Also in August, de Lesseps teased about McSweeney’s addition, telling Michelle Collins on her SiriusXM show that the Bravo series had cast someone great. “I can’t tell you who, but I think they did!” she said. “Don’t quote me.” Season 12 of The Real Housewives of New York City is expected to premiere in 2020.