During a series of new interviews with Hollywood Life, Eboni, who hosts her own podcast, admitted that when it came to being cast for season 13 of the long-running Bravo reality series, she felt privileged by the opportunity
“[It’s] a huge honor and a huge responsibility,” Eboni told the outlet on TVTalk of being cast as the first Black member of the show.
Eboni K. Williams Will Represent ‘Black Excellence’ On The Show
“What is this Black woman perspective or vibe or energy going to be like after not having that on [‘Real Housewives of New York City’]? I consider it a really beautiful and gracious privilege,” Eboni continued. “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.”
Since being cast months ago, Eboni has been getting to know her co-stars on a “deeper, personal” level.
Eboni K. Williams Has Grown Close To Luann de Lesseps And Leah McSweeney
“New York is big, New York is small,” Eboni explained. “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.”
As for what fans should expect to see on “RHONY” season 13, Eboni said that her cast mates didn’t treat her any different due to the color of her skin.
“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,” she admitted.
Eboni K. Williams Confirms The ‘RHONY’ Cast Didn’t Hold Back
According to Eboni, she worried that her cast mates wouldn’t be themselves out of concern that they may offend an entire race.
“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 noted, adding that her co-stars weren’t “afraid to say s**t”.
Eboni K. Williams Describes ‘RHONY’ As A Rollercoaster
“These are some grown a** 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,” she added.
“The Real Housewives of New York City” season 13 will air on Bravo sometime early next year but a premiere date has not yet been set.