Andy Cohen calls new ‘RHONY’ cast the ‘right group of women’ ahead of premiere
Andy Cohen expresses confidence in the new cast of the “Real Housewives of New York City.” The Bravo executive commended the new “Housewives” for their hard work in revitalizing the iconic franchise at the Season 14 premiere party held at New York City’s Rainbow Room. Cohen marveled at the task of reinventing a show as brilliant as “RHONY” and acknowledged the group of all-stars who had contributed to its success.
Playfully, Cohen joked about the seemingly simple solution of finding a new group of women to continue the legacy of the show. However, he assured the audience that they had indeed discovered the right group of women for the job. Cohen reflected on the effort put into the new season of “Real Housewives of New York” at the premiere party in NYC.
The upcoming season, premiering on July 16, will feature a completely new and diverse group of women, including Sai De Silva, Ubah Hassan, Erin Dana Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Jessel Taank, and Brynn Whitfield. Although new to Bravo, this cast is certainly capable of bringing the drama. A teaser trailer released in May hinted at conflicts between Lyons and her co-stars.
De Silva bluntly informed former J.Crew creative director Lyons, “We definitely talk s—t about you” during a group dinner. In another intense moment shown in the preview, Hassan and Lyons got into a heated argument while riding in a Sprinter van. Bravo made the decision to recast the show due to declining viewership and backlash against the all-white cast in Season 13. They attempted to address the issue by hiring Eboni K. Williams, but tensions escalated when Williams accused co-star Ramona Singer of racism.
Amidst the controversy, Bravo also created a “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” season featuring several OGs from “RHONY.” However, a third-party investigation brought the season and its reunion to an end. Although there were plans for a spin-off “Legacy” series with fan favorites, the idea was ultimately replaced by the “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy” version.
The new cast has received support from former “RHONY” stars, including Dorinda Medley, who expressed excitement about watching the diverse group of women from different areas of New York. Medley highlighted the financial power and technological advancements that women possess today compared to when she was on the show.
The new season of “RHONY” will premiere on July 16, offering viewers a fresh take on the iconic franchise.
Andy Cohen is feeling confident about the new “Real Housewives of New York City” cast.
The Bravo executive, 55, praised the new “Housewives” for “working so hard” to revamp the iconic franchise at the Season 14 premiere party in New York City’s Rainbow Room.
“Reinventing ‘RHONY.” Wow. How do you do that? What a task,” he told the crowd Wednesday night. “How to reboot a show with a legacy as brilliant as ‘RHONY’ and with a group of all-stars who really made that show what it was.”
“And the answer seemed simple: just find a new group of women! No biggie!” he joked. “And guess what? We found the right group of women.”
The new season — which returns to Bravo on July 16 — will follow an entirely new group of diverse women: Sai De Silva, Ubah Hassan, Erin Dana Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Jessel Taank and Brynn Whitfield.
While the new group of women is new to Bravo, they surely know how to bring the drama.
A teaser trailer of the new series was released in May and it mainly teased conflict between Lyons and her co-stars.
“We definitely talk s—t about you,” De Silva bluntly told the former J.Crew creative director during a group dinner.
Elsewhere in the preview, things get heated between Hassan and Lyons while they were riding in a Sprinter van.
“I’m not going to be ready to talk to you. I don’t give a f—k!” Hassan screamed at the businesswoman.
In another moment, a smiling Hassan quipped, “Jenna can suck my d–k.”
Bravo execs decided to completely recast “RHONY” following Season 13’s declining viewership and backlash for its all-white cast, which they attempted to fix by hiring Eboni K. Williams.
However, things only got worse after Williams accused then-co-star Ramona Singer of racism.
A third-party investigation ensued and essentially put an end to the season and its reunion that year.
While there were plans to do a spin-off “Legacy” series featuring fan favorites, the idea was eventually squashed and replaced with the “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy” version.
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Meanwhile, the new cast has received lots of support from former “RHONY” stars, including Dorinda Medley, who told OK! Magazine last year that she was “really excited” to watch.
“I think it’s such a beautiful thing to watch these girls from all different areas of New York; they are a very diverse group,” she told the outlet. “That’s what was so beautiful when they walked on stage.”
“You have to remember, we are in our 50s, so the world that we navigated was a very different world,” she continued. “Women today have financial power, they have children, they have devices!”