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RHONY Star Sonja Morgan on Quitting Drinking to Appease Her Cast Mates: I Wanted to 'Take the Air Out of Their Tires'

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RHONY Star Sonja Morgan on Quitting Drinking to Appease Her Cast Mates: I Wanted to 'Take the Air Out of Their Tires'

Originally posted 04/07/2016 12:15PM

Sonja Morgan has opened up to PEOPLE about her decision to stop drinking – not that she necessarily thinks she needed to.

"I don't have to drink. I don't need to drink. I don't drink at lunch. I don't drink with my daughter. I don't drink when I have business the next day. I wish I could say the same about some of my cast mates, because they do have to drink," she told PEOPLE at Dorinda Medley and Jules Wainstein's Real Housewives of New York season 8 premiere Wednesday at 42 West.

The 52-year-old Morgan, who only sipped water at her afterparty, explained that her RHONY cast mates have been bugging her to quit alcohol for awhile.

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Sonja Morgan and LuAnn de Lesseps Talk Bunking Together on This Season of RHONY: We 'Feel Like We're a Married Couple'

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Sonja Morgan and LuAnn de Lesseps Talk Bunking Together on This Season of RHONY: We 'Feel Like We're a Married Couple'

Originally posted 04/07/2016 10:05AM

Are Sonja Morgan and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps the Upper East Side's newest odd couple?

At Dorinda Medley and Julianne "Jules" Wainstein's season 8 premiere of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City Wednesday at 42 West in N.Y.C., de Lesseps opened up to PEOPLE about moving in with pal Morgan this season at her sumptuous-but-chilly Upper East Side townhouse.

"I was actually staying with her while I was looking for an apartment this season," admitted de Lesseps. She has that big, rambling townhouse. Her daughter went to boarding school.  My kids were both at college – Noel went to college – and I thought, 'You know what, I'm going to stay with Sonja.' "

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Real Housewives of New York City Season Premiere: Bethenny Is Back! And Immediately Implies the New Housewife Could Have an Eating Disorder

Originally posted 04/06/2016 11:40PM

There was so very much Bethenny Frankel on Wednesday night's season premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City, and so very much Bethenny Frankel in all of her many forms. Bethenny-the-businesswoman. Bethenny-the-flirt. Bethenny-the gossip.

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PEOPLE Review: A New Face and Fresh Gossip on the Season Premiere of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City

Originally posted 04/06/2016 08:00PM

New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote not long ago that middle age is a time of growth rather than the proverbial "crisis." Does he watch Bravo?

We're up to season 8 of The Real Housewives of New York City, and while there are hints of mature thoughtfulness in the premiere – newly single Bethenny Frankel is ready to renew her focus on entrepreneurial projects – the chief source of growth will probably be the ladies extending their gossipy scrutiny to newcomer Julianne Wainstein.

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All the Scoop on Countess LuAnn's Wedding Plans!

All the Scoop on Countess LuAnn's Wedding Plans!

Originally posted 04/01/2016 10:40AM

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RHONY Wedding Bells Are Ringing: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Spills All the Details on Her New Year's 'I Do's!

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The Real Housewives of New York City's Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Dishes on All the Details on Her New Year's Eve Wedding

Originally posted 03/30/2016 11:15AM

The Countess is getting hitched!

Less than a month has passed since her businessman fiancé, Tom D'Agostino popped the question, but de Lesseps is already planning all the details for her walk down the aisle.

"I plan to make it a weekend to remember, with a cocktail party on a private yacht kicking it off," she tells PEOPLE of the Palm Beach, Florida, destination wedding set for New Year's Eve (which also happens to be D'Agostino's 50th birthday).

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FIRST LOOK: Watch the Dramatic Real Housewives of New York City Season 8 Trailer – and Meet the New Housewife!

Originally posted 03/01/2016 10:00AM


The women of The Real Housewives of New York City are back – and there's plenty of booze, younger men and yelling to go around.

PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the Bravo reality show's eighth season, which will debut April 6 at 9 p.m. ET. In the trailer, RHONY stars Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan welcome newcomer Julianne "Jules" Wainstein to the mix. The new housewife promptly assesses her costars this way: "These girls clearly didn't take their menopausal medication."

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Ramona Singer Says It's 'Funny' That LuAnn de Lesseps Is Engaged to Her Ex – But They 'Didn't Have Any Chemistry'

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Ramona Singer Says It's 'Funny' That LuAnn de Lesseps Is Engaged to Her Ex – But They 'Didn't Have Any Chemistry'

Originally posted 02/09/2016 10:30AM

These Housewives didn't break the "Girl Code."

After Bethenny Frankel revealed that her Real Housewives of New York City costar LuAnn de Lesseps's new fiancée once dated Ramona Singer, the pinot grigio connoisseur confirmed the report – but denied any behind-the-scenes drama.

"Yes, I did date him, but we just didn't have any chemistry. I do think he's a nice guy," Singer, 59, told E! News on Monday. "Now that I'm single again, I'm realizing just how small the dating pool is and how funny it is that Luann and I overlapped."

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