Eboni K. Williams, the first Black cast member to join Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of New York’ franchise, has opened up about what fans can expect from the 13th season.
The newest Real Housewives of New York City star, Eboni K Williams, 37, is already making history as the show’s first Black woman to appear as a main cast member. The accomplished media personality, who has also worked as an attorney, opened up about joining the Bravo show during the December 14 episode of HollywoodLife‘s TVTalk. “[It’s] a huge honor and a huge responsibility,” Eboni said of being cast as the show’s first Black housewife. “What is this Black woman perspective or vibe or energy going to be like after not having that on RHONY? I consider it a really beautiful and gracious privilege. They could’ve picked anybody, so the fact that that honor was bestowed upon me, I feel very special and just am really looking forward to representing black excellence.”
The reality star, who also hosts a podcast Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams, said she was enjoying getting to know the other housewives on a “deeper, personal” level. “New York is big, New York is small,” she began. “I’ve been around LuAnn [de Lesseps] the most at a few different charity events [and] I kind of started hanging out with Leah [McSweeney] over the summer.” Eboni also revealed that they were about half way through filming season 13, and teased some of the upcoming drama.
“The only thing I can tease is Ramona [Singer] is Ramona. Nobody’s walking on egg shells. I can tell you there’s been a little bit of concern around that. Frankly, if we’re being candid with me being the first Black Real Housewife [of New York] ‘Oh, are people going to feel comfortable being themselves? Are people going to be afraid of being perceived as racist and all of these things?’ I can understand under normal circumstances where that [concern] would come from — RHONY ain’t no normal circumstances, baby.” She added that her fellow cast members weren’t “afraid to say s**t”.
She continued, “These are some grown ass women and that’s how we approach it. So, all of the drama that is expected or anticipated, it’s just a natural collision of what happens when you put five dynamos together … so you guys can buckle up, strap in, get ready for a hell of a roller coaster.”