RHONY's Luann de Lesseps Has First Sip of Alcohol After Probation: 'It Tastes So Good!'

Luann de Lesseps ripped the bandage off on Thursday's The Real Housewives of New York City, drinking alcohol for the first time since her probation ended.

"Oh it tastes so good," she said. "Oh that's good!"

"To be able to have a sip of vodka and not get arrested is huge," she continued. "I don't have to make excuses. I'm a grown woman and I'm ready."

The Countess, 54, made the decision to take a sip of a vodka drink before taking the stage at a comedy show benefit event for STOMP Out Bullying! she was throwing with Chanel in the City host Chanel Omari.

As de Lesseps told fellow New York City Housewife Dorinda Medley before having the beverage, she hadn't drank at all since her probation was completed on Aug. 28, 2019.

"I might, eventually," she said. "I might."

Back in January, de Lesseps told PEOPLE that she's approached the decision to drink again slowly and responsibly, after much soul-searching.

"New Year’s has been a time of reflection," explained de Lesseps, of her choice. "I’ve learned a great deal about myself, and I’m in a very good place and finally back in the drivers seat."

"I’ve always said my journey is day by day," she added. "I’m toasting to a happy new year ahead!"

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

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