Bethenny Frankel revealed that she’s tried to get a Black woman on The Real Housewives of New York. This comes amid the supposed cast shakeup. Earlier this month, Dorinda Medley announced her exit from the series. Rumors are also swirling that motivational coach Bershan Sahaw will join the show.
Leah McSweeney, who just confirmed her return, said the show needs to be more diverse. Apparently, Bethenny previously called for more diversity on the show. She revealed that she tried to get more women of color on RHONY. But her calls fell on deaf ears.
As fans know, the show doesn’t accurately reflect the culture of New York City.
Bethenny Frankel wanted more women of color on RHONY
The Skinnygirl founder made a virtual appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, September 24. Bethenny Frankel addresed the lack of diversity on The Real Housewives of New York. She admitted that she’s given suggestions for women, “including several African-American women.”
“I love you and I love what you guys are doing and I wanted to say that because I got messages about that,” Bethenney said.
Andy agreed that she tried to recommend women, such as alum Aviva Drescher. However, he didn’t say anything when Bethenny mentioned that she also tried to get women of color on the show. Reports surfaced that Bravo is considering Bershan Shaw, who would be the first Black woman on RHONY.
Fans thank Bethenny for addressing diversity issue
Following Thursday night’s episode of WWHL, fans took to Twitter. They thanked Bethenny Frankle “for trying to refer black women to #RHONY!”
One fan argued: “I mean it’s NYC. There are black millionaires ‘housewives’ a plenty on the UWS.”
Bethenny responded to the fan’s tweet and backed up her claims that she’s tried to get Black women on the show.
“For years, I have submitted black women. We live in NY. This isn’t a new or innovative concept. It’s truth,” the RHONY alum wrote.
Would she ever return to RHONY?
Andy also asked Bethenny Frankel if she would ever return to the show that made her a star. She was one of the original New York Housewives when the show debuted in 2008.
In addition, Bethenny has appeared in several Bravo spinoffs. She also had a short-lived series titled Bethenny Ever After, which followed her turbulent marriage to phamarceutical rep Jason Hoppy. But she remains unsure about returning to the original show that started it all.
“I don’t know. If you get my gate code and there’s a Brink truck full of a lot of cash, you know,” Bethenny joked. “It’s all about the Benjamins baby!”
She exclaimed that RHONY would have to be “a diferent show” for her to return.
“I have a different career now as a result of not being on,” Bethenny continued. “Just different opportunities do come because of it.”
Bethenny says she has “had ideas” about the show. She would revive RHONY into a compeltely “different show.” This comes after fans claimed Season 12 had too many drunken moments. Fans are hoping for a shakeup when it comes to the cast as well as the storylines.
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