‘Real Housewives of New York City’ — Meet the New Castmates (EXCLUSIVE DETAILS)

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Following a huge cast shakeup on The Real Housewives of New York, Bravo has finally revealed that Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson are joining the remaining stars, Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan on the popular show. The reality series returns for its fifth season on June 4, at 9 p.m. — and Celebuzz has the inside scoop about the dramatic season to come.

“This upcoming season is a whole new experience. We’re all friends, but there will be drama!” Ramona told us, in an exclusive interview.

A Bravo source gave us the skinny about the new castmates:

  • Carole is a distant relative of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a best-selling author and journalist; 
  • Heather is a fashion designer; and 
  • Aviva is a Wall Street housewife.

Back in September, Bravo confirmed that the NY Housewives would be losing over half its cast. Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop and Alex McCord will not be returning for the upcoming season.

Although Bravo is trying to keep the fifth season under wraps, photographers caught Ramona and Sonja filming in Miami last year. Ramona stayed pretty mum about their antics, only saying, “We had a wonderful time.” But she hinted that the Housewives will be taking “a lot of trips and traveling outside the city.”

Meanwhile, LuAnn seemed positive about the new season — and the new gals, telling us in December: “So far so good, but you never know what is going to happen. With girls, there’s always going to be drama.”

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