It’s safe to say that nearly every Bravo fan is eagerly awaiting the premiere of the Real Housewives All-Stars series. The first rendition of the spin-off will follow seven women, and one surprise guest, from different cities on a tropical vacation that’s bound to be chock-full of tequila, drama and antics. The first cast includes Kyle Richards, the solo rep of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Real Housewives of New Jersey sista-in-laws Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice were there too, macrame and all. Of course, we had Real Housewives of New York OGs Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer. And Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey joined the party.
The cast for the first season of the spinoff has been controversial to say the least. Kandi Burruss of RHOA has let her dream cast picks be known. And OGs from the Real Housewives of Orange County Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson begged to get in on the action. Despite the mixed feelings, the show’s down to be good. I mean, you have the Ramonacoaster and Twirl on the same vacay. Some messiness is bound to go down.
It’s really unknown how the first season of the Real Housewives Spin-Off in Turks and Caicos will go. The cast, comprised of 7 women from different cities, has gotten mixed reviews. A lot of the picks made sense — Teresa Giudice, Ramona Singer, Kyle Richards and Luann de Lesseps are OGs. Kenya Moore is messy, especially on vacation, so she had to be thrown in the mix. But Cynthia Bailey and Melissa Gorga, two of the most boring ladies on Bravo right now? That seemed like a bit of an oversight. And no Real Housewives of Potomac or Real Housewives of Salt Lake City were included, to fans’ dismay. This group is in need of Karen Huger and a few fireball shots.
Fans have been blessed with a few sneak peeks via housewives’ Instagrams of the trip that show the ladies dancing, drinking and showing off their bikini bods. There’s a supposed 8th surprise guest that apparently isn’t Jill Zarin, Tamra Judge or Vicki Gunvalson, so all bets are off on who that could be. But put this many housewives in one house and you’re bound to get drama. Especially if you come between Ramona and her room, or Tre and her macrame beach outfits.
It feels so good to have our girls from The Big Apple back. This season of The Real Housewives of New York is already off to a great start. Eboni K. Williams has been an incredible addition so far. After Ramona Singer’s comment about “the help” on last week’s episode, Eboni plans on confronting her. Good for Eboni for taking it upon herself to hold that woman accountable. Between her and Leah McSweeney, we might see a change in Ramona this season.
Hopefully the women can get through to Sonja Morgan and learn what’s troubling her. She’s felt distant from everyone this season, and she seems on the verge of spiraling. Ramona & Luann de Lesseps wants to learn the root of the distance, but Sonja isn’t spilling. This trip could be their way in to learn what’s actually going on in her head. The last thing anyone wants is a full fledged spiral from Sonja. Fingers crossed things start to change.
It’s 2021. It’s long past the point where questioning someone’s choices to alter their physical appearance is a thing. In the world of the Real Housewives, it seems like a must to maintain a youthful appearance. The expectation is to be honest about it though. So denying your nip/tuck becomes a bigger issue than choosing to get the procedure.
Of course, Ramona Singer isn’t one for always being honest with herself or others. It’s a theme that comes up often on the Real Housewives of New York, and Ramona has been on the show since day one. Her personality, her intentions, and even apologies have been questioned. Ramona can be caught in a lie, and still push her narrative. It’s amusing for reality TV, but clearly exposes her as someone who cannot or will not own up to something. Whether it’s delusion or not, who knows? At least we can all have a laugh about it at Ramona’s expense.
Eboni K. Williams made history as the first Black woman to be a cast member on Real Housewives of New York Finally! The attorney and television host is already making her mark with her fun vibe and fresh voice. I think she is a great addition to the franchise. Her Season 13 tagline, “I’ve had to work twice as hard for half as much, but now I’m coming for everything” displays her strength and confidence.
RHONY viewers know that Eboni is tight with co-star Leah McSweeney. She has some trouble trying to fit in with Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan. “Ramona and Sonja, in particular, are very, very close and that’s cool. I love best friendships,” Eboni shared. “But does it feel like a third wheel type of thing sometimes? A little bit.”
The ladies of the Real Housewives of New York are back and better than ever. The addition of Eboni K. Williams has breathed new life into a stale franchise. Leah McSweeny was a decent newbie last season, but Eboni is “IT”. It remains to be seen what her full dynamics with the rest of the group will be. She and Leah bonded almost immediately, but there will undoubtedly be clashing with the other women.
One thing that stood out on the premiere episode of RHONY was the animosity toward Sonja Morgan. Why do Ramona Singer & Luann de Lesseps suddenly have such deep contempt for her? What exactly did Sonja do wrong? If she wants to distance herself from the rest of the group for a while, so be it. Why crucify her for taking some personal time? This unholy alliance between Luann & Ramona is going to be the wildcard this season.
Take the ladies of Real Housewives of New York out of their natural habitat and all of a sudden they are concerned about propriety. Well, that’s not necessarily true for any of the trips they’ve been on. Ever. Except for last season’s getaway to Newport, Rhode Island for some inexplicable reason.
Maybe because it was Leah McSweeney’s freshman season, or because she invited her sister along. Something rubbed Ramona Singer the wrong way early on, and so the rest of the trip descended further and further into RHONY dysfunction. Leah tore curtains, interfered in Ramona’s flirtations, and ended up throwing ravioli at her. It was actually delightful to watch. But Ramona and Sonja Morgan were not as amused by Leah’s antics.
The Real Housewives of New York returned to our TV screens this week, and a whole lot has changed this time around. Ramona Singer (with a new $80k smile) and Luann de Lesseps turned a new leaf and have become besties. Lu “accidentally” moved in across from her ex-husband Tom D’Agostino. Eboni K. Williams made an amazing debut as the first Black cast member. Tinsley Mortimer and Dorinda Medley are out, at least for now. The only thing that stayed the same is Sonja Morgan still running around her townhouse with a tribe of interns.
Leah McSweeney has also undergone a pretty massive transformation since her breakout season. She upgraded her apartment and her boobs, stopped drinking and is in the process of converting to Judaism. Quite different from her first season filled with drunken pool parties and ravioli throwing.