Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer, both of Real Housewives of New York, are looking to grow their New York posse. According to a People, both ladies are hoping for new cast members IF RHONY returns. The two longtime frenemies were on a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show promoting their juicy new program called the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip on Peacock.
But because Bravo has been so tight-lipped on whether RHONY is coming back and if so…WHO is coming back, those questions were the topic of conversation. Kelly asked the pair how they would feel about a cast shake-up. “…I do think we could use some more cast members. If we come back. I would definitely like to see a lot more people come on, because I’ve got to haze somebody new!” Ramona, joked.
Mmmmm, why do I think that wasn’t a joke?! Ramona has been rolling her eyes, interrupting people, and just plain disregarding the presence of new cast members since the beginning of time. Let’s face it, Ramona doesn’t play nice with others.
This made for entertaining TV back in 2008 when RHONY premiered, but it has gotten a bit old in a new and improved culture climate that holds individuals accountable. Ramona has always resembled a mean girl during much of her airtime. But some fans feel her actions have snowballed into a much-needed Bravo firing since she remains completely unself-aware.
Bravo added new cast member Leah McSweeney in RHONY Season 12 and then Eboni K. Williams in Season 13. But they have kept the NY cast small unlike sister shows like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Real Housewives of Potomac which both have seven cast members.
“We’re only five right now, so we have a small cast compared to a lot of the franchises, so I think we need kind of a reboot and it’s always nice to have new people on the show also — make new friends and experience new personalities and different energies,” said Luann.
“It re-energizes us,” agreed Ramona. “I think it’s a good thing,” added Luann.
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RHONY season 13 ended without fans getting a reunion finale. This was a first for a Real Housewives franchise. Originally back in September, Bravo said it was due to scheduling conflicts amongst the cast. It was later confirmed Ramona was under internal investigation after a complaint was lodged by Eboni and a crew member.
It was reported Ramona said, “This is why we shouldn’t have black people on the show” in reference to Eboni after Luann kicked Eboni out of her home. “Cast and members of the production were interviewed, but the investigation was closed after nothing substantial was found,” said a source.
Ramona and Eboni had a tumultuous first season together. Eboni, the first Black RHONY cast member, was offended and rightfully, so when Ramona referred to her Hampton staff as “the help.” Eboni confronted her then, and later in the season, when the duo attempted to talk politics in reference to the 2020 election. At a get-together Ramona (in Karen-style drama) threatened to walk out of her own apartment. After words were exchanged, Eboni responded with, “that’s your privilege, this is the white female fragility.”
For all of Luann’s and Ramona’s comments about a cast shake-up, it is interesting they both assume the show can’t go out without them. They should ask Real Housewives of Orange County alum Vicki Gunvalson how that worked out when she made the same assumption.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK LUANN AND RAMONA SHOULD RETURN TO RHONY? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A COMPLETE REBOOT WITH AN ACTUAL GROUP OF ALREADY ESTABLISHED FRIENDS?
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