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Leah McSweeney and Ramona Singer have bickered back and forth since Leah stepped on the scene of the Real Housewives of New York. The Ramonacoaster tries to be a pseudo-parent to Leah at times and seems to get overly offended whenever the newbie talks about sex. Meanwhile, Leah hasn’t always kept her cool, throwing digs at Ramona and literally throwing ravioli at her. Their dynamic is old-school Real Housewives drama and seems like they’ll never truly find resolution, which is probably good for TV.

And the current season of RHONY has been hard on both of them. Leah’s been receiving a lot of hate that even has Andy Cohen shocked. And Mona is battling rumors that she’s been fired before the imminent cast shakeup prior to next season. Despite the noise going on in the background, the two still find time to argue about trivial things like penis talk and Holla Heather Thomson. But both are standing their ground — particularly Leah when it comes to defending Eboni K. Williams’ mission of talking honestly about race with the ladies.

Eboni K. Williams Real Housewives Of New York

The Real Housewives of New York is obviously NOT having its best season by a longshot. The COVID-19 pandemic and a small group of unmarried ladies has just had a dark vibe throughout the first half of Season 13. And it’s a shame because the show finally hired its first Black castmate Eboni K. Williams, and she’s been receiving a lot of heat from fans and her co-stars.

Eboni has been unapologetic about who she is and what she stands for. She came onto an all-white cast and hasn’t been shy about bringing up acts of racism, white privilege, and microaggressions. She won’t apologize to Luann de Lesseps after Lu referred to her as “angry” and makes her confront the connotations of her words. She wasn’t down with Holla Heather Thomson whitesplaining and being fake woke. Particularly when Holla Heather calls her a “race-baiter” (so gross).  And she’s teaching Ramona Singer how to stop being so tone-deaf, which is somewhat working. That is when Ramona’s not running away or being the Apologizer for being born white. Sigh.

Leah McSweeney Real Housewives Of New York

This season of the Real Housewives of New York has been dark, and fans are not afraid to let everybody know it. And I’m not even denying that this season has been particularly boring and off for our big city ladies. There’s a major divide when it comes to newbie Eboni K. Williams bringing conversations about race to the forefront. Leah McSweeney, who was loved as a ravioli-throwing rookie, has been receiving a whole lot of backlash. Is it because she put Holla Heather Thomson in her place in the Hamptons? Or because she always throws age digs at Ramona Singer? Honestly, I’m pretty neutral about Leah, but the vitriol thrown her way does seem to add up.

Leah’s undoubtedly had a rough second season of RHONY. She lost her grandmother. She’s on a journey of being sober again. And, as always, she’s been pretty honest about her mental health and the struggles she faces from being on the show. Even the Ramonacoaster, who rarely gives her BFF Sonja Morgan a pass, told the viewers to be easy on her. But that also might be because she’s trying to save her own job.

Bershan Shaw Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills

What the hell is happening to the Real Housewives of New York? What was once a top-tier Real Housewives city has become, and it pains me to say this, pretty boring and forgetful. I don’t blame it all on the ladies, though — the COVID-19 pandemic hit NYC hard and the women are feeling the blues. Filming was halted a handful of times because of coronavirus and I commend the group for finishing a season under such stressful circumstances. But I’m still here to throw a little shade because it’s clear the group is NOT bringing their A-game.

RHONY is pretty different this year. I’m still wondering what we’re even doing here without Dorinda Medley. Eboni K. Williams is trying her best to educate the women, but professional runner Ramona Singer isn’t having it. And while I appreciate Eboni’s efforts and the pressure she’s under as the first Black New York housewife, it’s not exactly bringing the best out of the ladies. I need more of Eboni and Sonja Morgan hunting men and less of Leah McSweeney using Eboni’s arguments in an attempt to seem woke and shade Miss Mona. And while I know there’s a lot of Leah hate out there right now, I feel for her too. Especially after she came out of the gate guns blazing last season, and is going through a lot of personal growth this year. 

Leah McSweeney

The current season of the Real Housewives of New York has been a doozy, and not exactly in a positive way. The ladies attempt to keep their high-energy vibes amidst the coronavirus pandemic that hit NYC extremely hard. The five apple-holders seem to be on edge, whether it’s family issues or, in Ramona Singer’s case, the calls for accountability amid a racial reckoning and complete political turmoil in the U.S. Sonja Morgan’s drinking a littttle (or a lot) too much and having meltdowns about her past life. Even a new and improved Luann de Lesseps was set off by newbie Eboni K. Williams that turned into a vitriolic feud. And Leah McSweeney is sober again and dealing with a lot of family issues behind the scenes.

It’s no secret that Leah’s had a rough one. She’s receiving a lot of hate, which I can understand, but even Ramona told fans to give her a break. She lost her grandmother while filming in the Hamptons which led to not one, but a few outbursts from Leah. Her half-hearted attempt to defend her friends from Holla Heather Thomson’s slander turned into a whole mess. But I commend her intention — she wasn’t down for the ladies to be buddy-buddy with Mama Heather without knowing the rumors she was spreading about them.

Eboni K. Williams Real Housewives Of New York

The Real Housewives of New York are serving up a season of wokeness. The arrival of Eboni K. Williams has been a game changer for this group of privileged women. They don’t seem to understand how to talk to or act around a Black woman. This has already led Eboni to spend many episodes attempting to educate and inform these women. She shouldn’t hold her breath that someone like Ramona Singer is going to change so quickly.

With Heather Thomson out of the picture, there’s room for a new friend in the group. Bershan Shaw is FINALLY making her debut on the show which should be a thrilling addition. How well will she acclimate to the group? These women can be a tough group to break into and get to know. Her connection to Ramona might make it even more difficult for some of the ladies to accept her. Ramona isn’t exactly the most beloved person of all time.

Eboni K. Williams Real Housewives Of New York

Eboni K. Williams made history as the first Black Housewife on Real Housewives of New York. Finally! Eboni is a television host, and an attorney.

Her bestie is RHONY co-star Leah McSweeney. Leah had been struggling with the impending death of her beloved grandmother, and Eboni had her back. Eboni handled all of her co-stars’ diva behavior with grace.

Heather Thomson Real Housewives Of New York

Heather Thomson’s random inclusion in the Real Housewives of New York cast getaway to Ramona Singer’s Hamptons house seemingly served the sole purpose of whipping Leah McSweeney up into a frenzy.  I’d venture a guess that producers were hoping the fallout from Heather’s podcast would cause more of a reaction from Luann de Lesseps or Sonja Morgan.  But the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dinner was rather tame by RHONY standards.  Ramona and Leah had a heated argument about proper decorum at the table, but that’s standard.

No, the big payoff for shoving Heather into this mess was her fight with Leah in the van.  They were going tit-for-tat the whole time, but it all came to a head when Eboni K. Williams told Leah about a conversation she had with Heather.  A little bit of misinformation, and the stress Leah was feeling about her grandmother led to an altercation on the way to Pageant night.  And ironically, the whole thing could have been avoided had Eboni not thrown in the word “irresponsible.”