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LuAnn de Lesseps close to Carole Radziwill; wants Kelly Bensimon back on 'RHONY'

Despite no longer being a starring housewife on "The Real Housewives of New York City," LuAnn de Lesseps is still very much part of the show as a recurring housewife, frequently in scenes with the other housewives and doing the talking head interviews. As so often happens with housewives, her relationships with some of the other women has changed this season. In an interview with All About The Tea, posted on Thursday, May 22, LuAnn revealed the woman who went from being her arch enemy to her good friend.

Luann de Lesseps attends the Tavern on the Green Grand Opening Gala on May 12, 2014 in New York City.
Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images

When asked which cast member she thinks she bonded the most with this season, LuAnn named Carole Radziwill. LuAnn said that she actually became close friends with Carole, who was her arch enemy last season. She added that she has great respect for Carole.

Upon Carole Radziwill's addition to the cast for season five, which also introduced Aviva Drescher and Heather Thomson, there was immediate speculation that she would either bond with or become enemies with LuAnn because of their royal titles. As Ramona Singer gleefully exclaimed to Carole upon learning that she's a princess, via her marriage to the late Prince Anthony Radziwill, she's a real princess while LuAnn is only a countess.

As it happened, the two didn't get along. In one episode, Carole even snapped at LuAnn for using the term "Native Indian" when referring to her heritage and joking about scalping, raping and pillaging. LuAnn countered that she's certainly not insensitive or racist and that Carole is just annoyed by her period. Thankfully for LuAnn, the two made up at the beginning of season six and seem more now willing to just accept the other person as she is.

In her interview, LuAnn also revealed which former housewife she wants back on the show. She said that she would love to see Kelly Bensimon, who starred on the show with her from seasons two through four, as a housewife again. Viewers in fact will see Kelly on "The Real Housewives of New York City" soon, albeit very briefly. In an interview with Wetpaint Entertainment in late April, Kelly revealed that LuAnn asked her to come on the show in order to walk in her fashion show and meet the other ladies.

Like LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimon also thinks that Carole Radziwill is great. Maybe in a future season of "The Real Housewives of New York City," all three will star as housewives?

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