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.
If you blinked, you might have missed Barbara Kavovit’s short run on the Real Housewives of New York during Season 11. She came in as a friend of Luann de Lesseps, which didn’t last long once she started bashing the Countess by saying she couldn’t sing. Some would argue that’s exactly what real friends are for. However, when it comes to Lu and her cabaret, getting in the middle of that is a death sentence for any friendship. Since then, Lu’s best friend has been Jovani, with Ramona Singer coming in a not-so-close second.
Barb The Builder wasn’t the best fit for RHONY, considering she really didn’t get too involved in the drama. Also, she didn’t really have the most natural chemistry with the ladies, particularly Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley. Following her short reality TV run, Barb made a run at becoming the mayor of New York City. However, she dropped out of the race, showing that Miss Morgan’s voting power might carry more weight than everyone thought.
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.
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.”
The success of a Real Housewives season is based on several factors, one of the biggest being the cast. The Real Housewives of Potomac has been so successful because the cast is truly an ensemble and they all bring their A-game year after year. And we saw last year on the Real Housewives of Orange County that no matter how hard you try, some ladies will just NOT work well together to make good TV. The rumblings around the current grandma-filled season of the Real Housewives of New York is also evidence of that, especially considering they’re a teeny tiny cast of 5 this year. And that’s clearly why Bravo is taking its time to figure out the next move for the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Last season of RHOA was a bit all over the place. The Bolo hype was real, but aside from that, the season felt disconnected and a little stale. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will obviously never resolve their issues, and that as a storyline is played out. Newbie Drew Sidora and her bad wig was a bit of a bust. And Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey essentially brought NOTHING to the season, and 50 Cynt even had a whole ass wedding. And again I’m pleading, WHY IS Marlo Hampton STILL PEACHLESS? Make it make sense.
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.