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BravoCon 2022: From Cast Announcements to Shady Panels, Here’s What Went Down

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Calling all Bravo fans – it’s time to dissect everything that went down at BravoCon 2022.

It looks like this year was packed full of cast announcements and shady comments. Andy Cohen announced the cast of the highly anticipated RHONY reboot, and Kathy Hilton and Lisa Rinna addressed their explosive post-Aspen drama.

Meanwhile, Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney opened up about their separation, and Andy Cohen teased about Jen Shah’s future with RHOSLC.

Buckle up, grab some popcorn and get ready to check out everything that happened at BravoCon 2022.

The Real Housewives of New York Season 14 Cast and Andy Cohen
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The ‘Real Housewives of New York’ season 14 cast was announced

The highly anticipated RHONY reboot is set to premiere in 2023, and Andy Cohen finally announced the all-new cast for season 14 at BravoCon. The reboot – which will be released separately from the “Legacy” version of the show made up of alums from the original series – will feature seven all-new Housewives. Creative director Sai De Silva, model and philanthropist Ubah Hassan, home renovator Erin Dana Lichy and former J. Crew president Jenna Lyons will star alongside influencer Lizzy Savetsky, fashion publicist Jessel Taank and brand marketer Brynn Whitfield. Cohen confirmed that production for the show will begin in the fall.

Related: ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ is getting a reboot – with a brand new cast

Erika Jayne, Lisa Rinna, Crystal Kung Minkhoff, Dorit Kemsley at BravoCon
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Lisa Rinna came to BravoCon after all and flipped off fans

Amidst rumours that she was leaving The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Rinna had announced that she’d be skipping out on this year’s BravoCon due to “scheduling conflicts.” The RHOBH star ended up showing up after all, shocking fans as she made her way to the stage. After being at the centre of plenty of drama this season, Rinna arrived to some cheers and some boos from the crowd as she approached her castmates Crystal Kung Minkoff, Dorit Kemsley, Sutton Stracke, Kyle Richards, Garcelle Beauvais and Erika Jayne. In retaliation, Rinna decided to flip off the crowd before sitting beside an uncomfortable Kung Minkoff.

Rinna spoke to outlets about the incident afterwards, saying, “We are the No. 1 show on cable and on television and I’m a f—king rock star.”


See also: Denise Richards may be ready to return to ‘RHOBH’ – even with Lisa Rinna

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Kathy Hilton still doesn’t regret calling Lisa Rinna a ‘bully’

Despite Lisa Rinna getting booed on stage, her co-star Kathy Hilton doesn’t regret calling her “the biggest bully in Hollywood” at the RHOBH reunion in response to Rinna starting drama about Hilton’s alleged Aspen blowup.

“She is a bully. She bullied everybody, and I think that is just the worst,” Hilton told Extra at BravoCon.

The reality star added, “I never, ever should have apologized… She was saying, ‘I get ya, you’re preaching to the choir…’ and agreeing with me… I did say something I shared. I certainly didn’t say what she says I said… I will not let that go.”

Related: Who is Kathy Hilton really? It’s time to talk about her off-camera personality

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Kathy Hilton says that her and Kyle Richards are in a ‘better’ place after the Aspen drama

After feuding for months as a result of the drama surrounding the season 12 trip to Aspen, Kathy Hilton says that she’s in a “better” place with her sister Kyle Richards.

“We’re texting back and forth,” the hotel heiress explains. “Things seem better. The texts end with a little heart.”

“We’re going to have to work on it and spend some time on the relationship, but she needs to sit down and hear form me what I really said.”

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Andy Cohen made some cryptic comments about Jen Shah’s future on RHOSLC after her guilty plea

It looks like Jen Shah might not be able to return to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City in season four. At BravoCon, Andy Cohen made comments that implied that Shah would no longer be on the reality show after she pled guilty to fraud back in July. A fan asked the Bravo producer why Shah wasn’t on the series’ panel this weekend, and he responded cryptically.

“Once we wrapped [Season 3 and] she pled guilty, I think that was kind of, unfortunately, the end of, you know, the engagement there,” Cohen teased. “But I hope to sit down with her and talk to her at some point on camera because I have a lot of questions for her.”


Related: The ‘RHOSLC’ season 3 trailer promises black eyes and more Jen Shah drama

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Ashley Darby has been getting flirty with ‘Summer House’ star Luke Gulbranson

Watch out, Michael Darby, it looks like The Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby might have a new love interest after separating from her long-term husband. During BravoCon, she was spotted getting flirty with Summer House star Luke Gulbranson.

In an interview with Page Six, Darby said, “Luke is really cute. We’ve exchanged numbers, so I’m definitely down to see what this is all about. He’s someone I definitely see myself having fun with.”

While she’s ready to have a fun flirtation, Darby revealed that she’s only “curious” about Gulbranson, and has her eyes on another Bravolebrity: Family Karma’s Brian Benni.

“There are just so many cuties around here at Bravo Con. Oh, my God,” she swooned before teasing that she talked to Benni “a little bit the other night … but it was really innocent and fun.”

Related: Interview: Ashley Darby opens up about divorce, claps back at fellow ‘RHOP’ star

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Teresa Giudice and Joe and Melissa Gorga’s feud was alight at BravoCon

Melissa and Joe Gorga skipping Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruela’s wedding this summer definitely didn’t mark the end of their feud. In fact, their long-standing argument really was at the heart of BravoCon this weekend.

In an interview with Page Six, Joe Gorga said that the feud is “ruining” his life and he wants to put the family drama in the past.

“At this point, I just don’t know what else to say. I’m tired of talking about this for 13 years,” Gorga explained. “I’m 48 years old, and I’m happy that I woke up this morning and happy that I have healthy kids, a beautiful wife, a beautiful life and I just want to be happy, man. This kind of drama is ruining my life.”


On Saturday, however, Joe Gorga delivered a pretty unhinged rant about his relationship with his sister Teresa at a panel for The Real Housewives of New Jersey. A fan reportedly asked Joe and Melissa whether they hesitated joining the show when “there was family drama prior to you joining.”

Related: Melissa Gorga reacts to being left out of Teresa Giudice’s bridal party

Melissa said that she and Joe made the decision together, and that “Teresa 100 per cent knew, it was never behind her back.” However, Joe jumped to his feet to offer up a fiery speech about their choice to join RHONJ.

“This is the s—t that pisses me off,” he yelled before comparing getting cast on the show to working a construction job. “[If I] built this building and I have a cousin that does electrical [then] I’m giving you a job.” He then continued on to say, “Not that we are being in competition. F—k that. We’re family.”

Teresa’s eldest daughter, Gia, said that she hasn’t cut off her uncle Joe and aunt Melissa in light of the feud. Gia spoke with Page Six at BravoCon about where they all stand.

“We don’t really talk as much now, but it’s OK. I’m sure we’ll move forward somehow,” she explained. “I texted my uncle for [his] birthday just out of respect – and for the holidays. He texted back just like, ‘Thank you.’”

“Honestly, the biggest thing I want is for whatever happens between them to not affect my cousins and I,” she continued. “[What happens] between my mom and uncle, that’s between them. My cousins and I are good. We still talk here and there. We’re good.”


Katie Maloney (R) and Tom Schwartz (L) attend Kyle Chan's 3rd annual #LOVECAMPAIGN Party at SUR Lounge on June 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz open up about where they stand after their divorce

Vanderpump Rules star Katie Maloney has revealed that she’s ready to move on and is dating a 25-year-old after finalizing her divorce with co-star Tom Schwartz.

“There’s a guy who’s, like, 25 that I’ve been hanging out with,” the 35-year-old reality star said. “It’s fun.”

Related: Will it last or is it trash: Vanderpump Rules love predictions

The romance isn’t serious, though. “Single girl Katie is having a good time,” she continued. “It’s just casual. It’s just fun. I haven’t been single since I was 24, and the landscape is totally different.”

Maloney also added that she had initially tried to move on by downloading the private dating app Raya, but she was turned away.

“They waitlisted me, so I thought, ‘This was a sign,’” she said. “Instagram works. You can just slide in some DMs. That’s what’s up. Instagram is kind of a dating app. Also, all the guys are kind of, like, young. But that’s kind of fun, too.”

Related: Celebs who have been spotted on the Raya dating app.

Tom Schwartz on the other hand, who is rumoured to have hooked up with co-star Raquel Leviss, says that he was “a sad sack of s—t” for the first few months after the divorce.

“I’m guilty of indulging in those feelings a little over it,” Schwartz said. “I turned emo for a while. I was kind of wallowing in my own little pity party.”

Schwartz continued on to say that he’s “good now. I feel great.” He also said that, despite reaching the end of their marriage, he wants the best for Maloney.


“I’m the number one champion for Katie,” he said, turning to her. “I’m rooting for you. I still love you.”

Related: What is Lisa Vanderpump’s net worth and how does she make her money?

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Raquel Leviss claims Garcelle Beauvais’ son Oliver Saunders ‘misled’ her before they went on a date

VPR’s Raquel Leviss addressed the explosive drama around her hookup with RHOBH star Garcelle Beauvais’ son Oliver Saunders. In September, Oliver’s wife, Samantha Saunders, publicly accused Oliver of cheating on her with Raquel. Now, Raquel has revealed that she had no idea that Oliver was married when they hung out.

“I would like to clarify that I did not know Oliver had a wife. He misled me,” she claimed at BravoCon. “I was in Vegas this year just trying to have a good time being single, and we didn’t hook up either, by the way. Just wanted to clarify all that.”

“I was getting ready to go on a date with him when I found out he had a wife, so it completely changed the dynamic of the day and my mindset going into that.”

Raquel even added that Samantha was right to call out Oliver on Instagram over his “unacceptable” behaviour.

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