RHONY star Heather Thomson says story lines are fake, forced

RHONY star Heather Thomson says story lines are fake, forced

11/27/2021

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As Heather Thomson posed for a Post photographer outside BondST restaurant, a young fan came up and said: “Oh my god, are you Heather? From ‘Housewives?’”

Thomson smiles and happily poses for a selfie with the fan. But, she made it clear to the Post, she “has reached the end of the road with ‘The Real Housewives of New York.’”

“I went to the show because [producers say they] want to empower women, but at the end of the day they actually do the total reverse of that,” she told The Post. “They’re showing women behaving badly, and at each other’s throats.”

In an exclusive interview, Thomson, 51, insists that she can no longer be part of a “machine” that rewards this — or of scenes she alleges are fake.

She also claimed that she watched as castmate Ramona Singer, 64, made an alleged racist comment that led Bravo to put a RHONY reunion on ice last month.

A production source previously told Page Six that Singer said, “This is why we shouldn’t have black people on the show” — in reference to Eboni K. Williams after Luann de Lesseps kicked Williams out of her home. Singer denied making the comment, calling it a “terrible lie.”

However, Thomson told The Post: “I was there and I heard Ramona say that and I freaked out.

“I went to the show because [producers say they] want to empower women, but at the end of the day they actually do the total reverse of that,” she told The Post. “They’re showing women behaving badly, at each other’s throats.”

In an exclusive interview Thomson, 51, insists that she longer wants to be part of a “machine” that rewards women for their outrageous behavior as she painted a damning picture of a show where scenes are allegedly faked.

She also claimed that she watched as fellow housewife Ramona Singer, 64, made an alleged racist comment that led Bravo to put a RHONY reunion on ice last month.

A production source previously told Page Six that Singer said, “This is why we shouldn’t have black people on the show” — in reference to Eboni K. Williams after Luann de Lesseps kicked Williams out of her home. Singer denied making the comment, calling it a “terrible lie.”

However, Thomson — who quit at the beginning of filming — told The Post: “I was there and I heard Ramona say that.

“Bravo said there was an investigation. To my knowledge, they’ve never offered or required unconscious bias or sensitivity training to the cast or producers on the show ever. I was never asked. Do they know and care about the effects [the show] has? It’s nonsense. They are not interested in people, they are interested in money.”

A spokesperson for Bravo had no comment for this story.

Asked whether she believed that Singer has an issue with people of diversity, Thomson replied: “What do you think?”

Thomson started burning her bridges when she claimed in the new book “Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It,” by Dave Quinn, that co-star Sonja Morgan allowed men to “put lit cigarettes in her vagina” for fun.

Morgan then posted on social media “liar, liar pants on fire” while other housewives claimed they didn’t believe the story. Then a video surfaced with Morgan and “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” star Josh Flagg talking about a night out when Flagg “stuck a cigarette up her [Morgan’s] vagina.”

“I wasn’t telling a secret,” Thomson told The Post. “It was this thing they were into for a while. I was not dropping tea in that book. I was talking about something that was public knowledge.”

Flagg denied the story and recently told the Juicy Scoop podcast that it was all a joke and that “Heather [Thomson] is full of s–t.”

But Thomson is standing by her story, saying she had heard that Morgan was working on what Thomson calls a “dark cabaret” show in the book — and which another show insider compared to “the girlie shows in Bangkok.”

But, Thomson said, she was shocked when she and her husband, Jonathan Schindler, ran into Morgan and Flagg at the Boom Boom Room at Manhattan’s Standard Hotel in 2014.

“I saw them together and I saw that she had been drinking … and I was keeping an eye on her,” Thompson told The Post. Moments later, “I was like, ‘Wait, where is Sonja?’”

She found Morgan and Flagg on the roof deck

“They were about to show [another man] the trick that they do,” Thomson said of the illicit cigarette. When she asked what Morgan and Flagg were doing, she added, they told her: “Yeah, we’ll show you. We make it smoke.”

“This is not Moulin Rouge!” Thomson told them, persuading Morgan to leave with her. “This guy [Flagg] is not your friend. And I took her home. I did what I thought was right and that was [to] remove her from the situation.”

Thomson also noted that she had alerted RHONY producers to her worries about Morgan’s drinking, as other cast members have also said they’ve done.

“I absolutely talked to production when I had concerns that it was getting out of hand and it was dangerous,” Thomson said. “It was difficult to work with and witness, and I got no response, really.”

It was one of many times, she said, that she and producers didn’t see eye to eye.

A native New Yorker, Thomson worked for years as a fashion designer, creating clothing lines for Beyoncé, Sean Combs and Jennifer Lopez. But after her son, Jax, was born in 2004 with pneumonia and then needed a liver transplant at six months old, Thomson let herself go a little bit.

“I went to buy shapewear and I was a little bit disappointed at my choices,” said the mom of two (daughter Ella is 14). “So like any good designer would do, I took matters into my own hand.”


Thomson at Manhattan’s BONDST, her favorite restaurant.

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