‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Adds First Black Cast Member With Eboni K. Williams
Eboni K. Williams has joined the cast of "The Real Housewives of New York City" for the upcoming 13th season, Variety has confirmed with Bravo.
Williams - a journalist, television presenter, lawyer, and writer - is the first Black performer to join the New York franchise.
“NYC is full of successful and dynamic black women. I am very excited to be the first black housewife to join this legendary franchise, ”Williams said in a statement. “I can't wait to share a piece of life in this city that has never been seen before. Anyone who is aware of my work knows that I am not holding back. I will keep it as real here as anywhere else . "
Williams is the newest housewife to join "RHONY" as the show messed up its veteran cast last year. Leah McSweeney joined the series last season. In the next season, longtime fan favorite Dorinda Medley won't be part of the new season, nor will Tinsley Mortimer, as both women left the show after season 12. Before Season 12, the original actress Bethenny Frankel left the series in 2019.
Williams will perform alongside McSweeney and veterans Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan in the new season.
Williams is currently the host on Sean "Diddy" Combs' Revolt TV. She holds a law degree from the New Orleans College of Law at Loyola University. She switched to journalism, became a CBS News correspondent in 2014 and then moved to Fox News where she appeared on shows such as "Hannity", "Outnumbered", "The Five" and "Fox News Specialists". In 2017 she wrote a book called "Quite Powerful: Appearance, Substance and Success".
Williams' addition to "Real Housewives of New York City" comes as Bravo stepped up its diversity efforts on its programming and after the release of "Vanderpump Rules" cast members for racist action and re-surfaced tweets, including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute . Bravo has been broadcasting the predominantly black hit franchise "Real Housewives of Atlanta" for years. Recently, Garcelle Beauvais became the first black cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and quickly became a fan favorite.
Shari Levine, the managing director of Bravo, recently spoke to Variety about diversifying some of the white taxi driver performers, hinting at adding black women to the "housewives" category.
"Yes, we want to add variety to our shows," said Levine. "We think it is appropriate and should be done."
Talking about the Vanderpump Rules shots, Levine said, "We clearly went for the Vanderpump Rules, and we've been very vocal about it. We are aware of what the moment is. And we all feel about it Intolerance and as part of a culture that does not cause pain to people, the same. "
Kate Aurthur contributed to this report.
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