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Dorinda Medley quits Real Housewives of New York City on a low note

Dorinda Medley, writing on Instagram from her home in the Berkshires, quit The Real Housewives of New York City. That leaves RHONY with just four cast members: Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and brand-new addition Leah McSweeney.

Dorinda’s announcement comes after the RHONY cast filmed an in-person reunion for season 12, and after Tinsley Mortimer left the show mid-season.

Dorinda has been on the show for six seasons, since season 7 in 2015, hosting annual gatherings at her mountain home Blue Stone Manor that have become a cornerstone of the franchise and its drama, from Luann’s fish room to Bethenny Frankel’s classic “mention it all!” GIF moment in a fight with Ramona. And of course, she inspired a song by screaming “Jovani!” at Luann during a cabaret performance.

In her Instagram post, Dorinda wrote that being on RHONY “was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away.”

She also wrote, “What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice…”

She exited on a positive note: “Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my cast mates for constant stimulation and entertainment. I wish you all health, happiness and success.”

But this season has been anything but positive for Dorinda. It’s been quite the low, actually. Her cruelty and angry outbursts—and her avoidance of talking about them, and the possible underlying reasons for them—have been a recurring theme during this drunken mess of a season.

Dorinda Medley, right, points at Elyse Slaine, perhaps asking her who she is and why she's suddenly all over RHONY. On the far left, former cast member Jill Zarin and former countess Luann de Lesseps watch
Dorinda Medley, right, points at Elyse Slaine, perhaps asking her who she is and why she’s suddenly all over RHONY. On the far left, former cast member Jill Zarin and former countess Luann de Lesseps watch. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

Meanwhile, Ramona has publicly accused Dorinda (and Sonja) of having a problem with alcohol, though Ramona challenging the other women about monstrous behavior is certainly very precious, considering how awful she’s been this season.

Here’s the full text of the caption on Dorinda’s Instagram post announcing her exit:

What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice…

But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away.

I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about myself, about life and about women along the way.

Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my cast mates for constant stimulation and entertainment. I wish you all health, happiness and success.

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