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Heather Thomson: I Was ‘Assaulted’ on ‘RHONY’ Season 13 by the ‘Queen Bee’

It’s safe to say Heather Thomson and Leah McSweeney didn’t see eye-to-eye while filming season 13 of The Real Housewives of New York City.

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“I get assaulted this season,” the 51-year-old reality TV personality recently said on the “Friends of Dorothy” podcast. “The show has changed a lot, breaking the fourth wall.”

Heather Thomson: I Was ‘Assaulted’ on ‘RHONY’ Season 13 by the 'Queen Bee'
Courtesy of Heather Thomson/Instagram

Thomson, who was a full-time Housewife from seasons 5-7, hinted that McSweeney, 38, was the one coming for her.

“People were interested in putting me down, dragging me down and showing me who is the queen bee. I just don’t have time for that stuff. It’s the new girl who was intimidated and wanted to show who’s the queen bee,” she said.

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Us Weekly broke the news in March that Thomson stopped filming the upcoming season of RHONY after a “messy” exchange with McSweeney, who joined the cast during season 12.

“Heather’s popular history with the old cast and the excitement about new cast member Eboni Williams prompted production to maneuver her return,” a source told Us ahead of the May premiere. “Shortly after she arrived, Leah and Heather butt heads. Heather could see Leah was acting up for the cameras and using behavior she considered demeaning and exploitative and frankly, crossed a line.”

The source continued, “Heather wanted no part of Leah so after she left that weekend Heather had no interest in continuing the season at all and stopped filming.”

In the trailer for the season, the Married to the Mob CEO referred to Heather as a “Karen.”

McSweeney seemingly addressed her feud with Thomson in a since-deleted Instagram Story in March.

“I don’t like women who slut shame other women,” she wrote. “Act morally superior to other women. Plastic surgery shame other women. Gossip about other women doing drugs when you know damn well they’ve done drugs also. And lastly I don’t like when white women call black women ‘articulate’. Especially while acting like the queen of wokeness.”

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Leah McSweeney. Courtesy of Leah McSweeney/Instagram

Thomson, for her part, added that her “In My Heart” podcast caused tension with her former costars Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan.


“My podcast comes up on the show and it’s totally taken out of context. They kept accusing me of talking s—t behind their backs,” she said. “They said that I was saying Luann was doing a lot of drugs which I didn’t say.”

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Thomson confirmed that the women were upset about her September 2020 podcast episode with Carole Radziwill during which the former castmates claimed “hard drugs” were present during the season 5 trip to St. Barts.

“Stronger drugs came out and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I remember saying to Luann, like, ‘I’m not into this, I’m asleep and there’s cameras right outside,’” she claimed. “I’m just like, you guys gotta get out of here!”

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