“Real Housewives of New York” star Eboni K. Williams recently slammed Bravo producers for trying to make her a “scapegoat” and blaming her for this season’s low ratings.
While defending herself, Eboni said that producers decided what to show and what to leave out when editing the show and that she is not to blame for the plummeting ratings.
And the producers are reportedly not happy about it.
“Blaming production is the worst thing you can possibly do,” one insider told the Daily Mail. “First it was [Ramona Singer] and [Luann de Lesseps] who Eboni said she had issues with – so what is it Andy Cohen’s fault now or Lisa Shannon’s (from Shed, the production company)? Our network and production company take good care of us. They want our show to succeed. Andy takes all of our calls and cares about us and our show.”
Apparently, viewers are being put off by the issue of race coming up on the show. The show has been running for 13 seasons and Eboni is the show’s first Black Housewife, despite the fact that New York is one of the most diverse cities on the planet.
The source was not very complimentary of Eboni.
“It seems like Eboni is on a mission to take the show down. Speaking on the record to slam producers is shocking to me. Shocking,” the source said. “She wants Ramona demoted, if not fired and now she’s going after production. This is not going to end well. Bring on the very much delayed reunion,.”
The show’s reunion has been delayed until September and filming on the series’ 14th season will not begin until 2022.
While Bravo appeared to welcome Eboni with open arms, the network obviously wanted the issue of race to be a factor on the show considering the events from last summer and the aftermath.
But producers and the remaining cast members, were not ready for any real dialogue surrounding race and social injustice and seem to be spinning the narrative that Eboni is just another difficult Black woman.
It’s difficult to watch.