Luann was on Megyn Kelly this morning to update us on her sobriety. This seems like a terrible idea. She will be thirty days sober tomorrow. I’m thrilled to hear that come out of her mouth. You never heard Kim Richards mention how many days she was sober and that to me indicated she wasn’t really in a program. In my experience in the real world, people in recovery would… in the middle of idle chit chat… say something like, “I am 98 days sober. Would you like more coffee?” So this is a good sign.
Another good sign is that she is going to AA meetings and has a “whole new family.” Megyn stupidly interrupts her to talk about Palm Beach. That’s old news, Megyn. We’ve all heard this script on other shows. Ask about the court cases. As about her children. As what led up to the relapse. We know what happened in Palm Beach.
Luann says that part of her probation is not being allowed to drink. She sees that as a good thing. Luann seems “uncomfortable in her skin” in this interview in a way I’ve never seen her.
Finally she is asked about the relapse. She says she wanted to chance her life. They tell you to change people,places and friends so she wanted to move to upstate New York. She found a beautiful home, and wanted to move but her children, who apparently live in the Hamptons house weren’t happy about it. The Count came for a visit and decided to sue her and block the sale of the house. She said he was staying at her house in the Hamptons at the time. She pretends she is not furious about it. She says that she was “going big” on the new house and it had a lot of property. Now she agrees with the Count that she needs to go with something smaller and let the kids keep the house in the Hamptons. It sounds like she has agreed to sign the house over to the kids. With the renovations it would be approximately the $4 million she owes them. She says that she decided to “keep her home for the children because she loves them.”
Apparently, finding out about the lawsuit in the press led to her relapse. She keeps talking about “getting sued by the Count” and never mentions her children were also suing her. She says she felt betrayed and really hurt by the lawsuit. She really just wanted to flip the Hamptons house and get to a fresh start. She was really set on the new house. She was already picking out the piano for the house with Billy from her cabaret show. She was planning were to put the tennis court. She was picking out gates. In her head, it was already a done deal. She was devastated. She was with a girlfriend that day who said, “I love making watermelon martinis” and Luann said, “I’m in!” She had two or three of those and two bottles of rosé and a six-pack of beer all by herself. The audience is gasping. Luann says she was dancing in her kitchen in a bikini.
Luann and Megyn talked through and entire commercial break and I wish I could have heard that. We move on to the reunion. Luann says she loves the reunion because you can say what you want to say without getting edited. Oh they still edit it a lot, Lu. She says you can air your grievances about the season. Luann says she had to take care of herself first so she went to rehab. Megyn asked if Luann has any grievances she wants to air now, since she could not be at the reunion. Maybe about Dorinda? Luann says, “I can’t give that up!” There is a major fight with Dorinda and Luann on the finale this week. Luann says they are still not cool, unfortunately. Luann says she loves Dorinda but there are some issues that need to be addressed and she hopes they are going to be able to turn things around because she loves Dorinda and she’s known her for a long time.
Luann says the reunion is coming up and she is excited to see it. Megyn mentions that the RHONY environment might not be a good place for a recovering alcoholic. Luann says that she went to Cartagena with the ladies and she had a great time and she was sober. She really had a good time dressed up like Sophia Vergara. She said that she had mocktails when the ladies drink and she discovered you can have a good time going out to dinner without cocktails.
Megyn gives a shout out to Bethenny, for taking care of Luann. Bethenny took care of the Bravo side of things for her letting them know she had gone to rehab again. Luann says her girlfriends Anne and Barbara were also there to help her get the help she needed. Luann says that cabaret is saving her life and encourages everyone to buy tickets.
That was a good interview. We eventually found out everything we wanted to know.