Real Housewives of New York star Tinsley Mortimer is clearing things up about her role in Season 12. After her co-star Luann de Lesseps said at her Countess and Friends cabaret show last weekend that Mortimer had quit filming RHONY, Mortimer says that’s not true, and she is on her way back after taking some time off to celebrate her engagement to Coupon Cabin CEO Scott Kluth.
Mortimer told People magazine that she has been in Chicago with Kluth, and the last few weeks have been a “wonderful whirlwind of excitement” after he proposed to her in front of the Chicago Water Tower on November 24th. The 44-year-old says that they both wanted to spend this special time with each other and their families, and that’s why she hasn’t been filming with the rest of the RHONY cast in recent weeks.
“As with many relationships, life does not completely stop for love, which is why I will continue to honor my work commitments in NYC while Scott focuses on CouponCabin’s busy season in Chicago,” said Mortimer.
She added that it was important for her to set the record straight, and any reports that claim she had to make a choice between Kluth and RHONY are “100 percent untrue.” Instead, Mortimer says they are just enjoying this happy time in their lives.
Mortimer also said in her statement that she would soon be calling the city of Chicago home. And, even though she didn’t come right out and say it, the implication was she would be finishing up her current contract for the rest of this season, and that would conclude her time on RHONY.
During de Lesseps’ show last Saturday, she told the audience at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in New Jersey during a Q&A that Mortimer was “not filming anymore,” and she missed out on the cast trip to Mexico. Even though an insider had previously claimed that Kluth wanted Mortimer to quit, she says that’s not true.
Another source said that Kluth is extremely supportive of Mortimer’s career, but he simply chose not to appear on RHONY.
“He’s an amazing, loving guy and wants nothing but her happiness,” says the insider.
Luann de Lesseps also said that she wishes Tinsley Mortimer “all the best,” and it’s time for her to get married and start a family like she’s always wanted.
New episodes of Real Housewives of New York will return to Bravo in 2020.