During an interview with Hollywood Life, Mortimer opened up about filming the new episodes without Frankel. Frankel quit the series in August after appearing in a full-time position on eight of the Bravo reality show’s past 11 seasons.
“She was very much missed. I think she was a good strong balance in our group that I personally missed having around this year. She’s a lot of fun too!” Mortimer said while promoting her XXO Tinsley for Winky Lux eyelashes earlier this week.
Frankel shocked viewers of The Real Housewives of New York City when she confirmed her exit from the series months ago. She was quickly replaced by new cast member Leah McSweeney, who was first caught filming with Mortimer at a hotel shortly after Frankel left the show. Since then, McSweeney has gotten close to a number of the show’s stars, including Luann de Lesseps. Meanwhile, Mortimer, who got engaged to Scott Kluth in November, took a bit of a break from filming after her fiancé’s proposal. She reportedly had “no regrets” about doing so.
“She decided after multiple conversations with [Scott Kluth] that having a family and being with him is more important than anything else,” a source told Hollywood Life at the time.
The insider also revealed that after taking a break from production, Mortimer was allegedly focused on her wedding and was also hoping to have kids with Kluth sooner rather than later.
As The Inquisitr reported weeks ago, Mortimer addressed the rumors regarding her potential exit from The Real Housewives of New York City in December during an interview with People magazine. At the time, Mortimer said that she was planning to continue to film the upcoming 12th season of the show with her co-stars. She denied that her fiancé gave her an ultimatum and forced her to chose between him or the show.
“Any reports saying that I had to decide between Scott or the show are 100 percent untrue,” she stated.
After telling the magazine that she and Kluth were celebrating their engagement in Chicago, Mortimer said that she and Kluth would be returning to production. While they were enjoying their engagement in The Windy City, Mortimer’s co-stars enjoyed a girls’ trip to Mexico, which they shared plenty of photos of on their social media pages.