‘Dark Secrets,’ ‘Psychological Warfare,’ and Cocaine

March 01, 2024

“I thought it was going to be fun,” Leah McSweeney, a former star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” said about joining the show’s cast in 2019. But after filming “Housewives,” she joined the cast of a spinoff, “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip,” for its third season, which aired last year. Last summer, Bethenny Frankel, another former “Housewives of New York” cast member, called for reality stars to unionize in order to improve their working conditions. “People can say whatever they want — oh, they’re narcissists, they want attention,” Ms. McSweeney said. “I think that they in general need to take alcoholism and drug addiction and mental health issues much more seriously, and not look at it like it’s just good ratings for television.”The post ‘Dark Secrets,’ ‘Psychological Warfare,’ and Cocaine appeared first on New York Times.