Real Housewives of New York's LuAnn de Lesseps on Her Cheating Scandal: "The Cover Up Was Worse Than The Crime"
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of the New York franchise, not only has not one, but two singles on iTunes. And let's not forget her book, Class With The Countess. When Bravo cut three ladies from her season last year, she was one of the three left standing.
We got the chance to sit down with her in the executive offices of Macy's to gossip about everything from her recent cheating scandal to why her co-star Ramona Singer is crazy.
Cultist: I am surprised to see a New York girl in Miami during Fashion's Night Out.
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps: It's nice to have a little New York in Miami, especially when you are talking about fashion. Its fun for me!
I actually met your old castmate Jill Zarin here at Macy's last year.
She's a number. She is pretty intense. During an interview, it's like she is the intereviewer.
Tell me: When you got the news that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Alex McCord had been fired, what was your reaction?
I was really, really sad about that. Jill is the one that got me on the show. I met Jill and she said, "I think you would be perfect!" I really miss Jill and Kelly. Alex and Simon I could live without.
Back to Fashion's Night Out: What do you think of Miami style?
I used to come down and shop all down Lincoln Road. I always come down for Art Basel. Most recently I was here for South Beach Food & Wine Festival, and I did "cooking with the countess." That was really fun. Miami fashion is its own fashion, you know what I mean? This city has distinct style -- Miami chic. Very beachy, wedges, lighter dresses, and a lot more skin. It's very sexy.
You are Ms. Manners. I mean, you even wrote the book on it! How would you say we South Floridians are doing in that department?
It reminds me of my days in Italy. I have a lot of Italian friends here. I wouldn't say they are much different from New York. We are strong and professional, but we occasionally need a manners refresher. We forget to smile, say hello, compliment, be charming. Funny enough, the Italian friends story... Oh God.