How the RHONY’s newest housewife has made history

How the RHONY’s newest housewife has made history

10/08/2020

Hot on the heels of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who just cast their first Black housewife on the most recent season of the hit show in the form of instant fan favorite Garcelle Beauvais, New York is following suit. Seeking to emulate the actual make-up of the population of NYC, the show has cast Eboni K. Williams as its newest star. Fans of the Bravo franchise will know both The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Atlanta already feature all-Black casts (aside from original RHOA cast-member Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who left in 2012).

TMZ confirmed Williams will join returning RHONY stalwarts Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Leah McSweeney, and Sonja Morgan on the hit show. The move to cast Williams comes shortly after the recent losses of two ‘wives, in the form of Tinsley Mortimer, who left mid-season to move away with her boyfriend to Chicago, and Dorinda Medley, who announced her departure in August amidst escalating drama with her cast-mates and Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen.

Eboni K. Williams is set to shake up RHONY

Attorney and TV host Williams is a hugely impressive lady, and a major get for the show. As People notes, she currently fronts and executive produces Revolt Black News, but has credits on Fox Sports, Fox News, NBA 2K, and lots more to her name. Prior to working in television, however, Williams earned her law degree at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She subsequently specialized in family law and civil litigation, after getting her Juris Doctor degree, and even released a book in 2017 entitled Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance & Success.

Of her historic casting, Williams stated, “NYC is filled with successful and dynamic Black women. I’m excited to join this legendary franchise as the first Black housewife. Can’t wait to share a slice of life in this city that hasn’t been seen before. Anyone who’s aware of my work knows I don’t hold back. I’m going to keep it just as real here as I do everywhere else.” Beauvais previously admitted to feeling “pressure” as the first Black cast-member on RHOBH, as per People, but it seems Williams is an expert negotiator so she shouldn’t have any issue standing up to the NYC ladies.  

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