The Real Housewives of New York has undergone plenty of changes throughout its 13 seasons. It all began with Jill Zarin and her “fabulous circle of people” playing tennis and going to charity events. To be fair, the current ladies still do that, but also aren’t afraid to jump in pools naked or throw ravioli at one another. Long gone are the days of the Jill vs. Bethenny Frankel feud. Or Alex McCord and Simon van Kemp’s co-dependent relationship. And while a lot has changed, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps have managed to make it through.
RHONY fans have watched kids like Avery Singer grow up. We’ve mourned deaths, including that of Jill’s longtime husband Bobby Zarin. And while Jill the OG may have not held an apple since Season 4, she’s still an important part of RHONY history. So it’s no wonder she was invited to appear as part of Watch What Happens Live’s episode featuring housewives from seasons past. She earned her place.
Take the ladies of Real Housewives of New York out of their natural habitat and all of a sudden they are concerned about propriety. Well, that’s not necessarily true for any of the trips they’ve been on. Ever. Except for last season’s getaway to Newport, Rhode Island for some inexplicable reason.
Maybe because it was Leah McSweeney’s freshman season, or because she invited her sister along. Something rubbed Ramona Singer the wrong way early on, and so the rest of the trip descended further and further into RHONY dysfunction. Leah tore curtains, interfered in Ramona’s flirtations, and ended up throwing ravioli at her. It was actually delightful to watch. But Ramona and Sonja Morgan were not as amused by Leah’s antics.
The Real Housewives of New York returned to our TV screens this week, and a whole lot has changed this time around. Ramona Singer (with a new $80k smile) and Luann de Lesseps turned a new leaf and have become besties. Lu “accidentally” moved in across from her ex-husband Tom D’Agostino. Eboni K. Williams made an amazing debut as the first Black cast member. Tinsley Mortimer and Dorinda Medley are out, at least for now. The only thing that stayed the same is Sonja Morgan still running around her townhouse with a tribe of interns.
Leah McSweeney has also undergone a pretty massive transformation since her breakout season. She upgraded her apartment and her boobs, stopped drinking and is in the process of converting to Judaism. Quite different from her first season filled with drunken pool parties and ravioli throwing.
When Season 13 of Real Housewives of New York premiered, we once again saw Sonja Morgan living in her town house. It had been rented out before the pandemic hit, and Sonja had tried to sell it several times. But never fear–Sonja has interns, whose duties include drawing Sonja a bubble bath. That town house needs to go.
Sonja hosted a brunch for the RHONY ladies. Leah McSweeney brought newbie Eboni K. Williams with her. Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, who have somehow become besties, confronted Sonja about not being in contact with them all summer. It is obvious that Sonja is going through a lot.
Who’s happy that Real Housewives of New York is back? I know I am! The girls looked amazing on the premier episode. Say what you want about these women, but Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, and LuAnn de Lesseps look better than ever. Leah McSweeney looked great as well, but I was most impressed with Eboni K. Williams.
Eboni made a statement in her first few seconds on screen, without saying a word. In the scene, Eboni and Leah walked through Central Park together for a chat and Eboni was wearing a sweatshirt with the names of the Central Park Five. This is the kind of perspective that’s been glaringly absent on RHONY for over a decade. Overall, it seems that Leah and Eboni have a nice energy together on screen that also translates to print.
The Real Housewives of New York are back and the world feels right again. The premiere gave us everything we love about the girls. Sonja Morgan talked to her intern about her vagina. Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer giggled about Lu living near Tom D’agostino. Leah McSweeney clowned Ramona’s Instagram posts. And Eboni K. Williams made her break-out debut as RHONY’s first Black cast member. A new era has begun, and it looks like it’ll be a wild ride.
We know there is bound to be some incoming drama between Leah and Holla Heather Thomson. In the trailer, Leah is screaming at Mama H, calling her a Karen. They’ve gone back and forth ahead of the RHONY premiere, with Leah accusing Heather of slut-shaming and Heather saying she was “assaulted” by the “Queen Bee” of RHONY. To be fair, Leah’s still a rookie, not exactly Queen material.
It’s officially the Christmas Eve for Real Housewives of New York fans. Season 13 is premiering this week, and it’s guaranteed to be explosive. Holla Heather Thomson is back, and apparently has a rocky return thanks to a feud with Leah McSweeney, or whoever she’s referring to as the “Queen Bee” of RHONY. Eboni K. Williams will make her debut as the first Black RHONY cast member. And all the while Bethenny Frankel continues to insert herself into the flood of news about the show, which is pretty “calculated” if Ramona Singer has anything to say.
I’m pre-emptively preparing to ask what are we doing without Dorinda Medley this go around. Dorinda was fired last year, and Ramona may or may not had something to do about it. And while she’s preparing to release a book (and plotting a potential RHONY return), somehow she’s still finding ways to feud with the Ramonacoaster. But is anyone really surprised?
Ramona Singer’s outlasted everyone to be the longest running Real Housewives of New York cast member. We don’t know how she did it, but she’s still going strong. Heading into her 13th season is no small feat. Not many Housewives can claim to have done the same. In the past, Ramona doesn’t vibe too well with the new faces of the group. It makes you wonder if Ramona is going to have the same apathy toward newbie Eboni Williams.
Eboni’s first season is upon us, and everyone’s waiting to see how she vibes with the other women. It’s only natural to assume Ramona won’t take kindly to another new woman in the group. She had quite a difficult time adjusting to Leah McSweeney’s explosive arrival last season. From what it looks like, Leah & Eboni probably have more in common. Surely, they’re going to bond quicker than Ramona could ever do with Eboni. Don’t be so sure about that.