Whew! This season of The Real Housewives of New York has wasted no time diving into the drama deep end. Ending last week’s episode with Luann de Lesseps kicking Eboni K. Williams out of her home was shocking. Nobody saw that coming. The fight was initially about Leah McSweeney, but things quickly spiraled out of control. Hopefully Luann’s able to understand where she went wrong, and important conversations can be had to create change.
Heather Thomson’s presence on this vacation to The Hamptons is triggering Leah. This is a powder keg waiting to explode. These two women are not vibing in any way, shape, or form. Something is going to give when it comes to these two. They started off in a rocky place on the trip, but things gradually got a bit better. That is no more. No more pleasantries between the two. This show might only be big enough for one of these Queen Bees.
The Real Housewives of New York are truly having a season unlike any other, and fans are split on whether that’s a good or a bad thing. Eboni K. Williams joined the cast as the first Black cast member and is ready to school anyone, namely Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, who could use a lesson or two. Leah McSweeney is back for a second, and 100 times more sober, season and it’s been a rough one for her. Meanwhile, the ladies are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic without getaways to Dorinda Medley’s house in the Berkshires. But hey, at least Mama Heather Thomson made a quick return to pay homage to the good old days.
Holla Heather’s time as a friend-of on RHONY this season was cut short, and she’s pointing the finger at Leah. Leah has shown she’s not down to play fake nice with someone who she says “slut-shamed” her co-stars and accused them of doing hard drugs. Heather claims she was assaulted by the “queen bee” of RHONY, who she insinuates is Leah. But truthfully if we’re picking a queen bee of the show this season, it’s Sonja Morgan’s poodle Marley for sure.
The current season of the Real Housewives of New York is truly unlike any other. The smaller gang of five women take on the coronavirus pandemic (namely, Ramona Singer’s maskless antics) and a racial reckoning across the country that truly impacted NYC in a significant way. The show FINALLY added its first Black cast member Eboni K. Williams, a friend of Leah McSweeney and a totally badass career woman.
It’s clear as Bravo has started to diversify Real Housewives casts from many cities that the burden is being put on the woman of color who are responsible for educating and correcting the behavior of upper-class white women of privilege. Just look at Tiffany Moon’s first season on the Real Housewives of Dallas or Crystal Kung Minkoff’s first few episodes on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And honestly, it’s not their job to be the moral compass of the group. Just show me their massive houses and fabulous lifestyles, and let the ladies who can’t get with the program read a book to deal with their own issues.
Last week’s RHONY episode was especially hard to watch. Luann de Lesseps called Eboni “angry” and kicked her out of her house for correctly saying she has more education than her fellow co-stars. The Countess needs a chill pill. I’d understand the outrage if Eboni was trying to be the queen of cabaret or a spokesmodel for Jovani, but that’s not the case.
Barbara Kavovit’s mayoral run had about as much influence as her tenure on the Real Housewives of New York, full of good intentions but without any impact. Sure, she’s a highly accomplished business woman who scaled the competition in a male-dominated industry, but that kind of success does not always translate into a political career.
Barbara just kind of faded into the background. Had she managed to wrangle Ramona Singer into humble self-awareness, that would have been the ultimate indication of political prowess. It seems that accomplishment belongs to Eboni K. Williams, a.k.a. the Ramona whisperer. But while Eboni tends to Ramona this season, New York City leadership leaves much to be desired in real time. Unfortunately, the person to solve the problems of the Big Apple will not be Barbara.
Eboni K. Williams may be the newbie on Real Housewives of New York, but she is bringing it this season. Eboni is the first Black female cast member on RHONY. She is a television host and attorney, and her wit and intelligence are a welcome addition to the show.
Leah McSweeney and Eboni are tight. Surprisingly, Ramona Singer seemed to hit it off with Eboni. Normally, Ramona enjoys hazing new cast members, so this was atypical. “What really surprised me the most was my immediate connection with Eboni,” Ramona said. “It just felt so natural, so right.”
This week’s Real Housewives of New York ended on a bad note, to say the least. This is the first time ever – a show based in NYC – is featuring a Black cast member. Eboni K. Williams is doing a nice job of treading water in scenes where the drama isn’t on her, and then making a splash on OGs, Ramona Singer and LuAnn De Lesseps, when they speak out of turn.
Eboni – like the OGs – is not one to sit back and let things that are bothersome go in silence. Early on this season, Eboni called out Ramona for referring to people as “the help.” She was able to graciously eat her dinner while Sonja Morgan slurred through a speech about diversity and JP Morgan Chase Bank interest rates. Now this week, she tried to show LuAnn why it’s problematic to refer to people of color – on television nonetheless – as angry. It did not go well. We’ll have to wait until next week to see how this implodes, but it looks like it did not conclude well.
It was a brief return to Real Housewives of New York for “Mama” Heather Thomson. In fact, in the trailer for Season 13 of RHONY, sophomore Housewife Leah McSweeney screamed at Heather, “Why do you have to be in everyone’s business like a Karen?” Welcome back, Heather! Holla!
When Heather arrived at Ramona Singer’s house in the Hamptons, she had no idea that Leah had riled up her former co-stars against her. First, Heather was given the dreaded “lower level.” Leah didn’t appreciate the way that Heather discussed her former RHONY co-stars in the press.
Kelly Dodd is not known for mincing words, and that’s basically what makes her popular with certain people. She has been on Real Housewives of Orange County since Season 11, and the lack of filter on her mouth combined with her lack of patience for Vicki Gunvalson endeared to her a large audience. Kelly has weathered several storms on camera, including quite possibly the most erratic weather system that appears at least once a year, Shannon Storms Beador.
Kelly makes a point of letting people know exactly what’s on her mind and it often works against her. She goes for shock value and doesn’t care if the results place her in an unflattering light. Either way, it keeps her name in people’s mouths, which makes Andy Cohen happy. That said, her problematic personality does lend itself to humor… sometimes. She might not be drowning in pesky things like facts, but she can be funny. Recently Kelly and her husband have been traveling on the East Coast and chilling with friends. But don’t worry, she packed
her mask the sarcasm in a carry-on bag.