Today I woke up to a shocking text from a dear friend that hit me like a lightning bolt: Dorinda Medley announced she’s leaving The Real Housewives of New York after six seasons. I know. You’ll always remember where you were when you heard the news. “So, the toilet?”, replied 80% of readers. Andy Cohen confirmed her exit to Page Six. The Daily Mail claims she was sacked, while Dorinda’s Instagram post is pretty vague. I’m guessing she was fired, since Real Housewives rarely leave of their own accord. Being paid six figures a year to talk shit about your “friends” and get wasted at fancy events? Come on, it’s the dream.
Here’s Dorinda’s post:
View this post on Instagram
What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice… But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away. I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about myself, about life and about women along the way. Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my cast mates for constant stimulation and entertainment. I wish you all health, happiness and success. Clip! Dorinda
Dorinda entered the show late in Season 7, but immediately fit in perfectly with the RHONY craziness. Visits to her mansion in the Berkshires (renamed “The Beserkshires”) turned into an annual shit show. Her relationship with (now ex) boyfriend, dry cleaning magnate John Mahdessian, caused all sorts of drama due to his general grossness and heavy partying. Dorinda also battled with grief and depression over the 2011 death of her second husband, Richard Medley.
Dorinda was most famous for her hair-trigger temper, which got considerably worse after a few extra dirty martinis. This past season was a rough one for Dorinda, who faced intense backlash from viewers. She systematically bullied Tinsley Mortimer up until Tinsley’s mid-season departure and then sparred with Ramona Singer, who insisted Dorinda needed to deal with her anger and drinking issues. If your behavior is so shitty that it makes human-nightmare Trump supporter Ramona appear rational and sympathetic in comparison, maybe it’s a good time to say goodbye to reality television.
Even though she had a poor final showing, news of Dorinda’s departure will surely leave fans “not well, bitch!” Dorinda was a RHONY icon, possessing many of the attributes that make a great Real Housewife: bullheaded stubbornness, a friendship with Candace Bushnell, witty one-liners, the ability to call other people out on their shit without ever looking inwards, and not once suffering from a hangover. Ciao and “JOVANIIII!”, Mrs. Medley. You’ll be missed.