Poor Luann de Lesseps has been so embattled during her recovery from alcoholism. She could always use another friend — and there’s good news.


Luann’s friend Barbara Kavovit will be joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City.


This won’t be the first time that viewers have heard what she has to say on the show, however. …


Us Weekly confirms that Barbara Kavovit is joining The Real Housewives of New York City!


Barbara, who runs an on-the-go bag business called DIYva, is known for her friendship with Luann de Lesseps.


Given Luann’s recent struggles with sobriety and the hurtful claims that some have made about her recovery, fans will be happy to see Luann have another ally in the room.


It is unclear whether Barbara will be a Full Housewife or not, and Bravo has declined to confirm that Barbara is joining at all just yet.


But given that Carole Radziwill has just departed after six seasons of that status, someone has to fill that role.


Back in Season 9, Barbara had an off-camera discussion with Carole Radziwill about Tom D’Agostino, who was, at the time, Luann’s fiance.


She didn’t show up on camera in the episode, which aired in May of 2017, but fans could hear her voice because it was picked up by Carole’s mic.


“I think she has something to prove,” Barbara could be heard speculating about Luann’s determination to get married.


If you’ll recall, everyone tried to talk her out of marrying this man who was clearly no good for her. To no avail.


“She’d rather go through with it and get divorced than call it off,” Barbara assessed.


It was reported that Barbara tried her best to prevent the audio from airing. She and Luann are friends.


After all, in May of 2017, Luann and Tom were still married. But that wouldn’t last much longer.


Their 8-month marriage came to a crashing halt in August of that year.


(You know, just how Barbara and Bethenny and everyone else had told her that it would)


Clearly, Barbara’s little bit of gossip that aired hasn’t hurt her friendship with Luann in the long run. They were spotted hanging out together just last month!


As we mentioned, Carole has departed from the series.


“After six seasons on Bravo’s RHONYC, I have decided to return to what I do best,” Carole said in a statement.


Carole clarified that she means that she will be focusing on “journalism and producing.”


“I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind,” she writes.


That is a very generous assessment. Every Housewife has fans and haters in droves.


“My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years,” Carole explains.


That definitely sounds a lot better than Bethenny and I stopped being friends and this isn’t fun anymore.


“And,” Carole continued. “I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament.”


“I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I’m thrilled to leave frenemies behind,” Carole says.


Carole’s statement concludes: “I will remember this entire experience with delight, humor, and a veracious accuracy.”


Let’s hope that Barbara Kavovit enjoys her stay.

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