Season three of Love & Hip Hop: New York aired on VH1 from January 7, 2013 until April 15, 2013.
The season was produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment, Toby Barraud and Stefan Springman for NFGTV, and Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson, Danielle Gelfand and Jeff Olde for VH1. It consists of 14 episodes, including a two-part reunion special hosted by Mona Scott-Young.
The show underwent major cast changes after last season's reunion special, in which all four original cast members accused their producers of manipulating storylines for drama. On September 7, 2012, VH1 announced that Chrissy Lampkin and Jim Jones would leave the show to star in their own spin-off show Chrissy & Mr. Jones, along with Emily Bustamante and Jim's mother Nancy Jones. Somaya Reece quit the show all together, while Olivia Longott's role would be diminished significantly, appearing only as a supporting cast member.
On December 4, 2012, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop would be returning for a third season on January 7, 2013. Rich Dollaz and Yandy Smith were the only major cast members from the first two seasons to remain on the show, with Yandy taking over for Chrissy as the lead. Erica Mena was promoted to the main cast, along with author and former hip hop groupie Winter Ramos, who had a brief guest appearance last season. They were joined by video vixen Tahiry Jose, radio personalities Raqi Thunda and Jen the Pen and celebrity stiletto expert Rashidah Ali. Joe Budden, Yandy's boyfriend Mendeecees Harris, Consequence and aspiring rapper Lore'l appeared as supporting cast members, with Joe's girlfriend Kaylin Garcia appearing in a minor supporting role. Former main cast member Kimbella Vanderhee returned as a guest star for two episodes.
New York, where it all began. To make it in this city, you always have to remember where you came from, to get to where you're going. You always have the family you're born with. What counts is the family you build. Sex is always the lure but be careful not to get trapped. Someone's always trying to make it to the top. Its staying there that means you've made it. Its always easy to say "I love you" but it means nothing without respect. So welcome back to New York. The players change but the game always stays the same. Cause it ain't all fair, in Love & Hip Hop.
Yandy has given birth to a baby boy with her boyfriend Mendeecees, and thinks its about time he put a ring on it. Rapper Joe Budden struggles with substance abuse and feelings for his ex Tahiry. Erica mixes business with pleasure with her manager Rich as she embarks on a music career. Rapper Consequence and his long time girlfriend Jen the Pen clash over his Muslim faith and how to raise their son.
The cast retooling had a mixed reception from audiences with the season garnering the lowest ratings in the franchise's history at that point.
Main and supporting cast members in order of appearances.
|Onscreen title||Status||No. of episodes||Reunion?|
|Jen the Pen||N/A||Main||13||Yes|
|Kaylin Garcia||Joe's girlfriend||Supporting||9||Yes|
- Kaylin is credited under "guest" in the end credits.
|Onscreen title||Status||No. of episodes||Reunion?|
|Peter Gunz||Rich's business partner||Guest||3||No|
CEO of CMG
|Mona Scott-Young||CEO, Monami Entertainment||Guest||3||Yes|
|Ebro||Hot 97 program director||Guest||2||No|
|Dr. Alan Hirschmann||Pediatrician||Guest||1||No|
|Charles Aziz Bilal||Head iman||Guest||1||No|
|Keenan||Sr. Mgr. Ent. Marketing||Guest||1||No|
|Angela Yee||Radio personality||Guest||1||No|
|Lauren||Jen's best friend||Guest||1||No|
- Mendeecees' children Lil Mendeecees and Omere Harris and Jen and Consequence's son Caiden make minor, uncredited guest appearances throughout the season.
- Albee Yours and Mal also appear in one episode each, although they are uncredited onscreen.
- Somaya Reece appears in a still photograph.
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|21||1||"The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth..."||January 7, 2013||2.59|
|22||2||"Raq and a Hard Place"||January 14, 2013||2.20|
|23||3||"Family Matters"||January 21, 2013||1.93|
|24||4||"Life Support"||January 28, 2013||2.19|
|25||5||"Can't Take the Heat"||February 4, 2013||1.92|
|26||6||"Ain't Always About the Dollaz"||February 18, 2013||1.88|
|27||7||"Burn After Reading"||February 25, 2013||1.81|
|28||8||"Closing the Book"||March 4, 2013||1.81|
|29||9||"Redemption Song"||March 11, 2013||1.62|
|30||10||"Do the Right Thing"||March 18, 2013||1.51|
|31||11||"With or Without You?"||March 25, 2013||1.75|
|32||12||"One Day at a Time "||April 1, 2013||1.78|
|33||13||"Reunion – Part 1"||April 8, 2013||1.80|
|34||14||"Reunion – Part 2"||April 15, 2013||2.35|
- New Season (00:30) – released December 19, 2012.
- Super Trailer (03:55) – released December 24, 2012.
Check Yourself: Love & Hip Hop and bonus scenes were released weekly with every episode.
|Love & Hip Hop seasons|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ||
|Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8|
|Chrissy & Mr. Jones | 1 | 2|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6|
|K. Michelle: My Life | 1 | 2 | 3|
|Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood | 1|
|Leave It to Stevie | 1 | 2|
|Love & Hip Hop: Miami | 1 | 2|
|Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies | 1|