Kelly Bensimon on New Season of Real Housewives: ‘The Bar Is So High’

Kelly Bensimon on New Season of Real Housewives: ‘The Bar Is So High’
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07/13/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT

Kelly Bensimon says she's ready for season 3 of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she's not sure which of her costars will be joining her in the fall.

"I am coming back," Bensimon told PEOPLE at Three-O Vodka's recent launch party. "But I actually don't know who else is coming back. They don't really tell me."

Rest assured, though, Bensimon expects more drama.

"We start shooting in two weeks," she said. "And it's going to be interesting now because the bar is so high. When Gretchen Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County is getting a motorcycle at a party and Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey is throwing over the table, what's going to happen?"

Bensimon, who joined the New York cast for season 2, has lived through plenty of drama already and is looking forward to returning as a veteran.

"Because I know these women now, I'll be able to do things with them," she said. "Last season, it was hard. It was like the first day of school. Now I know everybody, so we're going to have a little fun."

And Bensimon isn't wasting any time getting to know the other women of the Real Housewives franchises.

Over the weekend at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, N.Y., Bensimon told PEOPLE she recently met Danielle Staub of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

"When I met Danielle, she said, 'Thank you so much for being supportive of me," Bensimon said. "She was just really excited and flattered that I supported her. Unless you do something wrong to me, I will give you a chance."

As for Staub's nemesis, Caroline Manzo, she's "the all-time mama bear," Bensimon said. "And actually, she was really sweet and really nice."

Bensimon has also bonded with two of the Atlanta women recently. "I was going down to Atlanta to open a hotel, so I called NeNe Leakes," Bensimon said. "I took out NeNe and Lisa Wu Hartwell and we had so much fun. They're crazy, fun and spirited. They're awesome girls."

Whether think she's awesome or not, doesn't matter to Bensimon. "I am who I am," she said. "I'm a very accomplished person. If you like me or if you don't like me, you have an opinion. I think that's really important." -- Kelsey Witten and Jeffrey SlonimDemis Maryannakis/Splash News Online

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