A familiar face will be returning to the Real Housewives of New York City for Season 11. According to a new report, former star Kristen Taekman has been spotted filming with Bethenny Frankel.
The model/blogger originally appeared on the show in 2014 and 2015, but insiders say that she is not returning as a full-time cast member, and this is most likely a one-off appearance.
Carole Radziwill announced in July that she would not be returning to the show, and sources say that Barbara Kavovit has joined the cast along with returning stars Frankel, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Tinsley Mortimer, and Dorinda Medley.
The saga continues with a cameo by unproblematic-but-bland former RHONY star Kristen Taekman! pic.twitter.com/jRoBcaOQbN
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) October 10, 2018
Kavovit is from the Bronx, and she is a businesswoman with a college-age son. Bravo has not yet confirmed that she is replacing Radziwill, but she was seen filming scenes with Frankel, Morgan, and de Lesseps at Frankel’s SkinnyGirl Jeans launch. She also filmed the Season 11 opening sequence last month.
Kavovit also joined de Lesseps and Singer at the opening of Bluebird London, but Bravo did not film that event for the show.
“Barbara is a no-nonsense chick,” a source told People Magazine. “She’s already known many of these women for ages and has been a great fit so far. She doesn’t back down from a fight and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.”
Another insider added that Kavovit is a perfect Housewife because she is glamorous, fun, and outgoing. And, she is sweet and young at heart. It also helps that she is a successful businesswoman, and she sends a message of female empowerment through her work at her construction company.
Kavovit is the founder and CEO of Evergreen Construction, which offers construction management services to clients in New York City. And, before starting her own company, Kavovit spent years running Anchor Construction, one of the largest female-owned general contracting companies.
She also launched her own line of tools for women called DIYVA, has worked as a columnist for the New York Daily News, was the home-improvement correspondent on the WE TV network, designed homes for celebrities Amber Valletta and Linda Evangelista, and written two books.
Kavovit is currently working on her third book, a novel about a woman who wants to build New York City’s tallest skyscraper. In an interview last year, she said that she hopes to encourage young women to break into the male-dominated construction field.
Her co-star Bethenny Frankel also has a new book in the works. The SkinnyGirl mogul is allegedly writing a controversial tell-all, and she has told her publisher that she won’t hold anything back.
New episodes of Real Housewives of New York City will return to Bravo next spring.