Season 13 of “The Real Housewives of New York,” saw a cast mix-up, low ratings, and allegations of racially insensitive comments toward the show’s first Black cast member, Eboni K. Williams. In response to the seemingly faulty season, show producer Andy Cohen has announced that another major change is coming to the Big Apple.
When speaking to Variety on March 23, Cohen revealed that Bravo producers explored many options to revamp “RHONY.” Cohen explained, “We talked about everything. There were people who really wanted: ‘Let’s just totally start over.'” The solution, per Cohen, was to divide the show into two separate entities, saying, “We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we’ve come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans.”
The first step, as Cohen outlined, includes a flagship “RHONY” show, but with a revamped cast. “We are searching for a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country,” he said. However, in an attempt to also cater to longtime fans of the show, Bravo is planning to launch another series that includes past “RHONY” cast members. Casting decisions haven’t been made for either installment, but Cohen did extend one invite, saying, “We are interviewing multiple groups of friends. So certainly if Eboni [Williams] is interested and has friends that would meet our casting goals, then of course they would be considered.” Interesting!