Even though the Real Housewives franchise has been going strong since 2006, there still hasn’t been a gay full-time cast member. That is so shocking for many reasons. It felt like that could have been a possibility on Real Housewives of New Jersey when Rosie Pierri was making her regular cameo appearances. Everyone loved Rosie. She brought heart and humor to the show. She even had an organic connection to the cast. Why wasn’t she promoted to a full-time cast member? That was a definite misstep.
During Season 7 of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Robyn Levy and her wife made occasional appearances. We never got to know her very well, but she was close with the cast members during that time period, so why didn’t she get more screen time? All of the full-time cast members have been straight women. Erika Jayne, an avid LGBTQ advocate, thinks it is time for a change. I couldn’t agree more.
The RHOBH cast member shared, “I would love a gay couple on the show.” Let’s open this discussion beyond the Beverly Hills series. What’s with the lack of inclusion among the casts for all of the other shows in the Real Housewives franchise? She continued, “I’ll go on the record to say the first person to put a gay married couple on the show would make me very happy.”
Erika explained, “However you serve it up, I think that the word [housewives] has evolved so much and has such a different meaning now, why not? Why not put the first gay couple on there? Quite honestly, that would change the dynamic and make it much more interesting and open up the audience to a much bigger place. But I don’t know if anybody’s brave enough to do it.”
At this point there are seven Real Housewives shows on Bravo. There has to be someone with a genuine connection to the cast that would be willing to share her life with the viewers. Let’s hope that this franchise makes some moves to diversify in the near future. It’s surprising that this hasn’t happened sooner, but better late than never, right?
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