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.
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.
At this point, I’m ready for Season 13 of the Real Housewives of New York to be over already. And it honestly makes me sad as hell to say that. RHONY used to bring reliable entertainment year after year. I never get tired of Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer’s Thing One and Thing Two antics. I loved the mess that was Tinsley Mortimer, particularly when Dale Mercer was involved. Before Bethenny Frankel started bashing Bravo, she was the Queen B. But this year, it’s just a bust.
RHONY has gone through a major shift in the past year, much of it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eboni K. Williams’ entrance as the first Black cast member has brought conversations about racism and white privilege to the forefront. Luann de Lesseps is past her days of falling in bushes and sleeping with pirates, opting for yoga and alcohol-free rose instead. And the majority of scenes in Season 13 fluctuate from being dark and gloomy to downright boring. Although she came in hot, Bershan Shaw had a point when she called them a bunch of “boring grandmas.”
Every Real Housewives of New York fan can clearly see that this season is a total bust. And while everyone is trying to point the finger at one person or thing to blame it on, I don’t think it’s that simple. The ladies are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic which hit NYC especially hard. And they filmed the majority of the season amidst one of the most contentious presidential elections of all time that had everyone on edge. Not to mention a national reckoning regarding racism. Also, at least half of the ladies are going through serious personal issues behind the scenes that are taking their toll on them.
Behind the RHONY seems, it sounds like Bravo is worried about the fan response to this season. The addition of Eboni K. Williams has been heavily debated, with some praising her for making the women confront their white privilege and others (AKA Ramona Singer) thinking she’s too “preachy.” And while Leah McSweeney was a fan-favorite last year, the fans have turned on her so bad that even Mona is asking them to give her a break. Sounds like Leah is a victim of the sophomore season scaries.
Okay, what in the actual hell is happening on Real Housewives of New York? The ratings have fallen faster than Luann de Lesseps’ last marriage, and that’s saying something because she was Mrs. D ‘Agostino for approximately 5 minutes. Eboni K. Williams was highly touted as the new woman on the scene and the first Black cast member, which was supposed to be a compliment to diversity but wound up being an exercise in failure.
Leah McSweeney has been riding the wave of the sophomore curse and may or may not be sinking the boat. The jury is still out on whether or not Leah is an asset or just a complete ass as she navigates a fine line between being woke and plain annoying. Now we’re hearing Ramona Singer is fired, which made Bethenny Frankel smile for the first time in 15 years. Today we receive news that the reunion is on hold, Andy Cohen is having a freak out, and something in the milk definitely ain’t clean in New York.