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NEW YORK — Reports are circulating that the “Real Housewives of New York” could be facing a shutdown — and Eboni K. Williams is being blamed for all of the behind-the-scenes friction.
The shutdown follows weeks of mediocre ratings, ultimately leading to production as they try to work out who to hire and fire.
This season, Eboni’s race discussions have been blamed for viewers logging off. And now, the show’s first Black Housewife is being blamed for the extended delays.
“At this point they could just shut it down. Eboni’s saying she’s traumatized; the rest of the ladies are just shocked. I don’t know how they sit down together and figure this out. I don’t know if it’s even possible,” an insider told the Daily Mail, adding that they fear there is “no going forward and no coming back.”
Cast members are also reportedly miffed at Eboni for a recent interview she did with USA Today, claiming they called treated her “less than human.”
But Eboni has pointed the finger at the network’s editing and says that she has been made the “scapegoat.”
Ramona Singer may be facing the chopping block.
“People have been very vocal about their dislike for Ramona this season. It doesn’t make sense to have her on the show anymore. She has become completely unlikable,” an insider told The Sun. “As for Leah and Eboni, they have been criticized by viewers on social media. And Eboni blaming producers for low ratings last week doesn’t help her case.”
However, it seems Eboni is being hung out to dry, despite the network posting a public message of support.
“Our viewers don’t want to be lectured to. They want a fun show – tipsy, middle aged women with money fighting about petty stuff. Yes — let’s talk about the important issues facing our nation — but this cannot be the center of our show,” an insider told Daily Mail last month. “It’s not what our show is, but week after week, scene after scene, everyone is being schooled by a former Fox News host.”