EXCLUSIVE: Andy Cohen on How ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Will Handle Luann de Lesseps’ Divorce
Andy Cohen found out about Luann de Lesseps’ divorce just live everyone else.
“I read it on Twitter,” Cohen tells ET’s Leanne Aguilera. “I didn’t not see it coming, but I didn’t see it coming. You know what I mean?”
Last week, The Real Housewives of New York City star announced that she and her husband of seven months, Tom D’Agostino, decided to separate. The announcement came after new rumors of infidelity and fighting between the pair surfaced.
It’s with great sadness that Tom & I agreed to divorce. We care for each other very much, hope you respect our privacy during this sad time!
— Luann de Lesseps (@CountessLuann) August 3, 2017
The now-former couple’s tumultuous relationship was well-documented on the show, but their split won’t be. Filming for season nine, including the show’s reunion special, wrapped before they called it quits. The reality star is now taking some “time to [herself]” in Switzerland.
“I spoke to her the day she was leaving the country,” Cohen reveals. “You know, I think she very wisely is leaving the country to kind of gather her thoughts and get it together. I think it’s all happened in front of the cameras and, if you see the reunion, I think you’ll be surprised, because you’ll begin to see the first signs of cracks in the relationship at the first part of the reunion.”
RHONY’s season finale airs Wednesday night on Bravo, with the reunion episodes kicking off next week.
“The reunion takes on a new meaning when you know the ending of the story, frankly,” Cohen says. “So, it’s interesting seeing it through that lens … I look forward to talking to Lu about where she’s at as soon as I can.”
Yes, fans will likely have to wait for a special episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to hear de Lesseps’ take on the split. Of course, there will be much to explore in season 10 of RHONY, too. Cohen says he thinks there will be a lot of “I told you so” moments between the former Countess and her castmates.
“I think the wild thing is, she had just gotten all the other women in her corner and rooting for her,” he adds. “That’s what’s also really sad about this, you know? Everybody was on her team.”
There is one silver lining in the split for Cohen, though. He can now bring de Lesseps on his Fox show, Love Connection! ET caught up with the star at Fox’s Television Critics Association press day in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
“I absolutely love it,” he says of the dating experiment. “This is a dream job for me, said a guy who has a lot of dream jobs. Yeah, this is at the top of the list.”
Love Connection airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Check out the video below to see ET’s behind-the-scenes look at de Lesseps’ Real Housewives co-star Ramona Singer’s time on the show.
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