Elliman agents headline new era of “Real Housewives of New York”
RHONY veteran Kelly Bensimon, newcomer Erin Lichy to star in upcoming series’
Douglas Elliman’s Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Erin Lichy (Getty)
The new era of the “Real Housewives of New York” will feature some real estate faces.
Douglas Elliman’s Kelly Killoren Bensimon will return to the TV screen for a spinoff of the Bravo reality series, “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy.”
Bensimon will headline season five of the series — alongside fellow Douglas Elliman agent and franchise veteran Ramona Singer and four others— premiering on NBCU’s Peacock streaming service.
The show will follow the former RHONY stars to Saline Beach in St. Barthélemy. It was originally planned as a standalone series to air on Bravo, but the network paused the series in January.
Though shooting hasn’t started yet, Bensimon, who’s licensed on the island through Douglas Elliman’s Knight Frank, said she hopes viewers will get a sneak peak into her work. And if not, she said she still plans to visit her clients and listings while she’s in the area.
“My bikini is my best uniform,” she said.
While she’s away filming, Bensimon said her 12-person team will continue to service her listings across the city and in the Hamptons, South Florida and California.
Since her debut on the show in 2009, Bensimon has pivoted from her career as a writer for Page Six and Assouline books, among others, and jumped fully into real estate. She started with Dolly Lenz Real Estate in 2017 and moved to Warburg the following year.
Bensimon joined Douglas Elliman in 2019 as a member of The Holly Parker Team before branching out with her own team in 2022, the same year the firm named her Rookie of the Year.
“It’s so serendipitous for me,” Bensimon said. “My life has changed so much since I was on the show 10 years ago.”
Douglas Elliman’s Erin Lichy is also headed to the RHONY universe as part of the all new cast of the season 14 reboot of the show. Bravo announced the revamped series, after low ratings plagued the 13th season and prompted the network to cancel the reunion.
Bravo released the trailer for the show earlier this week. It’s set to premiere on July 16th at 9 p.m. ET.
Lichy is a member of the Eklund-Gomes team, which topped The Real Deal’s ranking of resale brokers in the city and placed fourth among new development brokers. Lichy has worked on several projects in the city, including Fortis’ Olympia Dumbo.