Leah McSweeney jokes 'hell has frozen over' because she and Ramona Singer are ...

Leah McSweeney was the newbie last season on the Real Housewives of New York but for her sophomore season, the 38-year-old has a year of sobriety under her belt.

The designer exclusively sat down with DailyMailTV senior correspondent Alicia Quarles and opened up about how difficult it's been to stay on the wagon during COVID-19.

She also reveals that 'hell maybe has frozen over' in season 13 of RHONY since she and Ramona Singer are finally in a 'good place.'

Big Apple: Leah McSweeney exclusively sat down with DailyMailTV senior correspondent Alicia Quarles to talk season 13 of the Real Housewives of New York

Big Apple: Leah McSweeney exclusively sat down with DailyMailTV senior correspondent Alicia Quarles to talk season 13 of the Real Housewives of New York

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After bursting onto the scene last year as the RHONY fan favorite, going into her second season, Leah said she wondered: 'does it all go downhill after this?'

'Sometimes, I'm sure with some people, being on TV does change them, you know? And sometimes it's not really for the better. Me personally? I don't think I'm any different,' she reflected.

Perhaps, at her core, McSweeney is the same but unlike her first season, the reality star was sober while filming this time around.

'It was hard. I'm not going to lie,' she explained. 'I did have a reference point, obviously, because I didn't drink for nine years. So it was definitely nowhere near as difficult as the first time that I quit drinking. But it was still hard because, like, who wants to be in reality when you're in a lockdown during a pandemic?'

'It was hard. I'm not going to lie,' Leah said of staying sober. 'I did have a reference point, obviously, because I didn't drink for nine years. So it was definitely nowhere near as difficult as the first time that I quit drinking. But it was still hard because, like, who wants to be in reality when you're in a lockdown during a pandemic?'

'It was hard. I'm not going to lie,' Leah said of staying sober. 'I did have a reference point, obviously, because I didn't drink for nine years. So it was definitely nowhere near as difficult as the first time that I quit drinking. But it was still hard because, like, who wants to be in reality when you're in a lockdown during a pandemic?'

Ultimately, Leah learned that not feeling groggy or hungover made filming more enjoyable but she

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