The three-part Real Housewives of New York City reunion came to an explosive end on Wednesday. But although the night was packed with major surprises (like how Ramona Singer almost invested in Sonja Morgan‘s Tipsy Girl?), none seemed to shock as much as what happened in the night’s final moments.
It was an unexpected move – not only because the two Housewives have been at each other’s throats all season, but also because their resolution appeared to come out of nowhere.
Asked by host Andy Cohen how could get beyond some of the things that were said between them, Frankel was quick to say that she didn’t know if she could.
“Today was like a new wound,” Frankel explained – pointing to de Lesseps’ false accusation that she had begun dating Dennis Shields while he was still married and living at home with his family.
She addressed de Lesseps: “I was fine with you and I did apologize to you in the Berkshires. And I did intend to invite you to Mexico. What happened earlier tonight was reprehensible.”
De Lesseps quickly apologized. “I was fed information that was obviously incorrect,” she responded. “So I said I was sorry about that.”
Frankel and de Lesseps – who have been on the Bravo reality series since its first season – both agreed they didn’t want to continue down the path they’ve been going down.
“I don’t know – I don’t feel anger,” the 45-year-old Skinnygirl mogul said. “It’s got to stop. This nonsense has got to stop.”
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” said the 51-year-old Countess. “I don’t like it and I don’t want to be that friend.
Frankel then owned up for her part of it, and apologized. “I should not have called you those names,” she admitted. “Because the truth is – no matter whether it’s with Tom or whatever you do, it really is your business. It’s not mine.”
She continued, “I think I just hit the wall and it all came out. This is eight years of history – this isn’t one night in the Berkshires. And it blew up that night and I don’t want to go back there.”
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“Neither do I,” de Lesseps said.
If they decide to move on like it looked like they might, de Lesseps will probably have the easiest time forgiving and forgetting. And she mentioned at the reunion, she’s not one to hold grudges – even gushing that her ex-husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps and ex-boyfriend Jacques Azoulay are both attending her upcoming wedding to fiancé Tom D’Agostino, Jr.
“I’m so secure with my relationship with Tom that I didn’t even think twice,” de Lesseps said, when talking about having D’Agostino, Jr.’s exes Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan at their engagement party. “They’re my friends. I wanted them to enjoy this moment in my life.”
“Truly, I’m so happy with Tom,” she added. “And so it was natural for me to have Sonja and Ramona here. Tom is great friends with everybody he’s dating, really. Some of his longest lasting relationships he’s been friends with his exes. So I was cool with that.”
The Countess also dropped any anger she with the rest of the Housewives when it came to how they handled D’Agostino’s infidelity.
“At the end of the day, I realized that the girls were really there for me and they were really my friends,” she said. “I was devastated. Thank you girls for being there for me. When the s— hit the fan, you were there.”
“What I really like about you know is how happy you are,” Singer told her. “I’ve never seen you look happy. You’re glowing. You’re happy. And I hope one day, I can find happiness like the way you’re feeling right now.”
And while Frankel didn’t join the rest of the New York Housewives for their post-reunion hug, she did admit she would change something looking back on the season.
“I wish I were less aggressive when dealing with situations,” she explained.
There’s always next season.