The Real Housewives of New York City Just Cast Its First Black Housewife

Emily Tannenbaum
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Eboni K. Williams is joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City, making her the first Black housewife on RHONY since the franchise spin-off began in 2008. 

As first reported by TMZ on October 8, Williams, an accomplished media personality, author, and former lawyer, is joining the reality series following the departure of Dorinda Medley. 

“NYC is filled with successful and dynamic Black women. I’m excited to join this legendary franchise as the first Black housewife,” she said in a statement, per People. “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.”

In August 2019 actor Garcelle Beauvais became the first Black woman cast on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, while The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Atlanta have both featured predominantly Black casts in the past. 

Reactions to Williams’s casting range from “FINALLY” to tweets about RHONY cast member Ramona Singer, who was called out this summer for posting “All Lives Matter.” The RHONY cast also includes Luann de Lesseps, Leah McSweeney, and Sonja Morgan. 

“Eboni Williams will be the FIRST black RHONY,” one user tweeted. “The fact that we still gotta say first black is insane but I'm happy it’s her.”

“This franchise historically has not had a Black lens, and now it will for the first time in 13 years,” Williams said in an interview with Essence. “I’m beyond. I’m thrilled. I’m honored. It is my great hope that my presence on this show will just do it justice. Do Black women justice. Do our culture justice. I can only hope to touch on the magic that are Black women.”

It’s unclear when the next season of  The Real Housewives of New York City will air. 

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