Real Housewives of Potomac is in fine form this season. And the legendary feud between the Grand Dame Karen Huger and Gizelle Bryant is still going strong. During the RHOP premiere episode, Wendy Osefo threw a “nude interlude” party to show off her new breasts and ample new butt.
Karen took a moment to call out Gizelle for having a “fiery box” and said that’s why they “went to Sing Sing.” What the hell was Karen talking about? Gizelle dissed Ray Huger’s “broken penis.”
Eboni K. Williams may be the first Black cast member on Real Housewives of New York, but her repeated attempts to educate her co-stars about racial issues have fallen flat. Even Eboni’s bestie, Leah McSweeney, realized that Eboni was fighting a losing battle at her Harlem dinner party. The ladies were there to eat, not learn. And Ramona Singer was already lacing up her running shoes.
RHONY viewers met Bershan Shaw at that dinner. Bershan is friends with Ramona. In March of 2021, Bershan, who is a motivational speaker, was added to the cast. She is also a cancer survivor. I thought Bershan seemed interesting and fun.
Breaking: Real Housewives of New York is painfully boring this year. Oh, you already heard? Great! You and everyone else who tunes into Bravo. What’s that? You blame the two newest Housewives exclusively? Riveting. Can you repeat that at least 600 more times for me? That’d be swell.
Somehow, on a franchise where the women literally claim to be ageless, the two millenails are taking the blame for committing a heavy lift and derailing the entire series. How’s that for work ethic!? I’m still not even sure what Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, and Sonja Morgan are supposed to be bringing this year. That is, besides ongoing drunken spectacles, judgmental side-eye, and…poop? I mean, really. That’s it. But by all means, let’s throw this season’s flop onto the back of newest Housewife Eboni K. Williams who actually maintains a job/personality outside of the Bravo spotlight.
It’s clear that the adjusted atmosphere on the Real Housewives of New York is not speaking well to all viewers. Ratings have taken a nose-dive this season and it’s not hard to see why. In the same way a new cast member is going to change the group dynamic, for better or for worse, Eboni K. Williams is making her mark on the show.
Without taking on the moral discussion of what Eboni is bringing to RHONY, it’s a change to the status quo. Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and alum Dorinda Medley, ruled the roost with their enduring friendships and fights. They knew how far to push each other’s buttons, but hugged it out in the end. With Dorinda fired, and the addition of Eboni, it seems that quirky dynamic is gone. At the very least, it can be said that the decision to take on social justice issues has overshadowed it.
Real Housewives of New York has been under plenty of scrutiny this season. It’s not looking good. With the exit of Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer, there was plenty of speculation about how the new cast would work. Leah McSweeney was added last year, bringing some
chaotic energy youth into the mix. And Eboni K. Williams was added, becoming the first Black housewife to join the franchise.
But Eboni has had a lot of hate for her role on the show, with fans calling her too “preachy.” It’s no surprise that educating OG housewives like Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps might be a tall order. And Eboni is taking the hate in stride, refusing to apologize for who she is. Aside from Eboni, Leah has also been blamed for “ruining” the franchise.
Woe is the current season of the Real Housewives of New York. The fans have made it very clear that Season 13 was NOT it. Leah McSweeney isn’t having the best season by a longshot, and the fans aren’t afraid to let her know it. There are mixed feelings about newbie Eboni K. Williams bringing issues of race to the forefront. And frankly, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan are having their same old storylines, but without all the usual goofiness. It’s clear a change is needed, starting with adding more people to the group.
In the midst of poor ratings for RHONY, a bunch of rumors have emerged. The origin of the rumors is mysterious — is that you, Elyse Slaine? Or maybe Harry Dubin is trying to cause drama between his circle of ex-lovers. There was word the filming for the reunion is on hold and a cast shake-up is imminent. And there have been whispers that the Ramonacoaster might be coming to a full and final halt, after 13 seasons. Many fans were outraged — Ramona can be problematic and a bit of a mess, but she’s been instrumental to RHONY since the beginning. Literally, there’s no one else who would poop on the floor, eat dog food, and accidentally Instagram their bank statement except for Miss Mona.
Bershan Shaw took things to the next level on last week’s episode of Real Housewives of New York. She set her sighs on ALL of the women, and didn’t hold back. In particular, it was Sonja Morgan on the biggest receiving end of Bershan’s new attitude. She was called a clown and repeatedly mimicked by the New York newbie. This is already rubbing everyone the wrong way. Nobody knows Bershan like that to take this type verbal lashing from her.
Bershan’s walking a fine line because she’s risking getting iced out. These women don’t know her that well, and she’s already pissed them off. If she doesn’t back down a bit, they might do whatever they can to further alienate her. It was clear at the dinner she was just spewing whatever she could to get a reaction. Some of it was factual, but none of it landed the way she wanted. Now, she has a target on her back, and tensions are dangerously high.
It’s obvious that Real Housewives of New York is NOT having its best season by a longshot. Truthfully, it’s sad considering the RHONY girls had a reputation for bringing it year after year. Their dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a stressful election, and a veryyy small group of women. And while it’s clear there’s a lot going on both on and off the screen, the ladies are, in the words of Bershan Shaw, kind of being boring grandmas. Bring back Dorinda Medley and the Berkshires — the stakes are dire.
Rumors have been swirling that RHONY is in for a major shake-up. There’s been talk that OG Ramona Singer might be getting the boot. Apparently, filming the reunion is on hold amidst talk of bad ratings for the longtime series. Fans are pointing their fingers at everyone, from Leah McSweeney’s behavior to Eboni K. Williams‘ push to get the ladies to confront their white privilege. The silver lining, as always, is Sonja Morgan who brings the funnies week after week, since all of the women are really lacking on storylines this time around.