RHONY star Heather Thompson 'QUIT filming' mid-season due to 'messy feud' with nemesis Leah McSweeney03/30/2021
HEATHER Thompson reportedly quit filming for RHONY midway through season 13 due to her "messy feud" with Leah McSweeney.
The designer, 50, got into a heated row with "demeaning" Leah during a weekend away at the Hamptons, Us Weekly reported.
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Heather quit RHONY in season seven and has been making cameos ever since, however bosses reportedly "maneuvered" a more permanent return for her for season 13.
She clashed with Leah during the girls getaway, which Ramona Singer reportedly invited her on.
“Shortly after she arrived, Leah and Heather butt heads. Their exchanges got messy and included some name-calling," a source told Us Weekly.
"Heather could see Leah was acting up for the cameras and using behavior she considered demeaning and exploitative and frankly, crossed a line."
The insider added: “Heather wanted no part of Leah so after she left that weekend Heather had no interest in continuing the season at all and stopped filming.”
The source claimed that Heather was "stunned" by the animosity with Leah, 38, as they previously only had an "uneventful" meeting at Dorinda Medley's house in season 12.
Heather and Leah's confrontation is hinted at in the season 13 trailer, in which Leah calls Heather a "Karen".
Ramona, newcomer Eboni Williams, Luann de Lesseps, Leah and Sonja Morgan are all appearing in the latest season.
Elsewhere in the trailer, Eboni – who is the show's first Black star – confronts Ramona for making a "triggering" comment about "the help".
During one scene in Ramona's kitchen, she asks her assistant, "Are you Diana?" to which she replies: "No, I'm Michelle."
The Bravo star rolls her eyes and sighs: "Ugh, I get my help wrong."
Eboni, who is standing nearby, looks awkwardly down at the kitchen counter and mutters: "She said she gets her help wrong?"
The lawyer and TV host, 37, confronts Ramona later on during a group dinner, admitting: "The 'help' comment was a little triggering for me."
The footage then shows Ramona raising a toast, saying: "Here's to hospitality!"
In another scene, Leah screams profanities at her fellow cast members, yelling: "You're a f***ing h*e,you're a h*e, you're a h*e, you're a h*e.
"Biggest h*es ever."
Eboni was announced in October as the newest Housewife to be joining RHONY after Dorinda Medley was fired and Tinsley Mortimer quit.
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