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He called Ebony K. Williams, 37, the first black cast member whose sole purpose was to preach to these white women about their privilege and inherent racism.
They are Ibram X. Wanted Kendy in a dress.
A source close to the production said, “There is something wrong with his hand. “At the time they were casting it, they thought it would be a good idea to get these women into the race to school a black woman.”
In other words, the producers were looking to take advantage of the weak race relations and divisions in our society for ratings. Of course, it had the opposite effect.
“By the time it aired, our country was in a different place and the producers had f-ked themselves out,” the insider told The Post.
The result has been a spectacular snoozefest. In one episode, Ramona clashed with Singer Williams, who tried to “connect” with Singer through politics. The 64-year-old singer said she doesn’t want to talk about “race, religion or creed” – an idea that was once considered good manners and conventional wisdom.
After all, I don’t know the tunes in any “Real Housewives” franchise to learn about complex, heated social issues. They want real estate porn, conspicuous consumption, vanity pop-star careers and cat fights. They watch to see who leads the biggest race that season at the Betty Ford Clinic.
This Bravo escapism is pure and simple, not a PBS documentary. And boy could we use a little escapism nowadays.
But the producers pulled a grand bait and switched to the loyal fan base, who thought they were ordering a pair of Jimmy Choos from Bergdorf, but instead delivered the book “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo.
The proof is in numbers. The April 6 episode of “RHONY” reportedly only had 764,000 live viewers, the lowest in franchise history.
Amid falling ratings, the season 13 reunion has been postponed and production of the next season has been put off until January. Things are in limbo, the source said.
Rightly so, fans have been expressing their displeasure online about directing the show, calling Williams a “preacher.”
The source added that the show’s alum and current housewives are keeping their eyes on this mess.
“Behind the scenes is despair.”
It’s not necessary to blame Williams, a lawyer and TV host.
“Ebony is great. He’s just on the wrong show,” said the source.
The Ebony is courageous and extremely intelligent. But he was not friends with any of these women, many of whom have decades-long friendships. They roam in different worlds. They clearly have different interests and values, something that has nothing to do with their different skin colors.
“The production is pounding her and asking her to look into it, push Ramona on that. Don’t blame any girl: Blame the production and casting choices.”
Williams has said he should not be a scapegoat for disappointing ratings. Rather, he has blamed the producers of the show for the way he edited the show.
The source also notes that Novice wasn’t the only bad casting choice. Leah McSweeney, 38, has also drowned out the chemistry of magic ever since. “She’s like a ’90s teenager: cruel and obnoxious. They could have easily fixed it by bringing back the original women.”
A show like “The Real Housewives” doesn’t mirror the Big Apple. This is a slice of the demographic, with large apartments, fancy cars, and luxurious lifestyles by old-guard standards. And it worked: audiences have been eagerly pressed against the window into this money-laden world since 2008.
I am not in tears for the cast of ‘Housewives’. They will be fine as they continue their sometimes questionable business ventures and are worshiped whenever they come to their local gay bar.
It is the industry that is sick. Veterans of the entertainment world have continued to anoint themselves preachers rather than court jesters – their original role. If people want to know about race relations or white privilege, there are a million outlets for that. “The Real Housewives of New York” is the last place anyone goes in search of enlightenment. Unless one’s idea of enlightenment is a good plastic surgeon and an expensive bottle of champagne.
The show is committing suicide by voxism.