RHONY: Is Elyse Slaine another new addition for season 12?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- "Reunion" -- Pictured: (l-r) Sonja Morgan, Bethenny Frankel, Andy Cohen, Luann de Lesseps, Tinsley Medley, Ramona Singer -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- "Reunion" -- Pictured: (l-r) Sonja Morgan, Bethenny Frankel, Andy Cohen, Luann de Lesseps, Tinsley Medley, Ramona Singer -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo) /
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The cast of RHONY is potentially growing again – and adding some new and interesting women to the lineup.  Who is Elyse Slaine?

With Bethenny Frankel gone, presumably Barbara Kavovit too, there were some big shoes to fill on RHONY for season 12.  We know Leah McSweeney has been filming with the other ladies, but it seems we might have another new addition too.  Elyse Slaine has been spotted filming with the cast in New York and apparently on a cast trip, but who is she?

Elyse and the headlines

Googling Elyse brings me to an interesting article from the Observer in 2010, “The 46-year-old was wearing studded Louboutin boots, a ruby ring on her right hand and a Harry Winston diamond watch on the other.”  Another article in The Wall Street Journal discusses her ex-husband, David Slaine, and how he betrayed a long-time friend by wearing a wire to catch him in “the biggest insider-trading case in two decades.”  Elyse was dating Donald Drapkin last year when he passed away in a skiing accident in Aspen and has been battling his children over a gifted Manhatten home.

Ramona Singer posted a photo of herself, Sonja Morgan and Elyse at The Black Pearl on a potential cast trip to Newport, Rhode Island.

The Real Housewives of New York aside, it sounds like Elyse has lived a pretty interesting life.  Sometimes Ramona can be less-than-welcoming to the “new girls,” so it’s nice to see her posting a photo of the three of them on her Instagram already.

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The absence of Bethenny will be noticeable but with new faces and new drama, it will be an easier pill to swallow.  RHONY will persevere!  We did it once, and we will do it again!

The Real Housewives of New York will be back next year on Bravo.