After weeks and weeks of delays, the The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion was canceled by Bravo.
Ostensibly, the cancelation was due to scheduling and personality conflicts after a troubled season.
Now, we know the truth.
Bravo conducted an investigation into Ramona Singer for alleged racism … which led to there being no Reunion at all.
TMZ reports that Bravo initiated an ongoing third-party investigation.
The investigation followed Eboni K. Williams reporting an allegation of racism against Ramona Singer.
She filed the formal complaint weeks before the original Season 13 Reunion special would have been filmed.
Apparently the probe was investigating a “racially motivated” comment made by Ramona.
The investigation launched and got underway.
Bravo decided to keep pushing back and postponing the Reunion filming until the investigation had concluded.
The investigation included sit-down interviews with both the cast and production crew.
Ultimately, the investigators did not speak to anyone who corroborated Eboni’s report.
As is often the case following this kind of TV network investigation, there’s a lot that we don’t know, but it looks like Ramona is off the hook.
However, once the investigation concluded it’s apparently unsuccessful fact-finding mission, time had passed.
The network concluded that it was really too late to film the Reunion at this point.
After all, there had been so many weeks since the previous season had filmed. It was time to move on.
“It was already a low-rated season,” observed one inside source that spoke to TMZ.
“So,” the insider explained, “there were concerns about who would tune in 3 months later.”
That is understandable — Reunions aren’t just interesting, they are also expensive, and gamble on being widely viewed.
Eboni was not the only one to speak out about Ramona.
A crew member had also filed a complaint about Ramona, specifically on the topic of race.
Knowing that she was not the first to experience this from Ramona reportedly encouraged Eboni to file her complaint.
While no one is exactly surprised to hear that Ramona doesn’t know how to speak on matters of race, apparently it’s not enough.
Will the next person to file a complaint get better results?
Or will knowing that even a fellow Housewife’s complaint went nowhere drive crew members to keep quiet no matter what she does?
That said, while many are disappointed, Eboni was allegedly — per this insider — satisfied that at least there was an investigation.
However, Eboni didn’t want the Reunion canceled and felt that she had unfinished business with her castmates.
All of the Housewives lost out on some money when the Reunion was canceled, with OGs like Ramona, Luann, and Sonja missing out on a three-figure paycheck.
Reports about what is to come in Season 14 have been all over the place.
Some claim that the new season will see a bunch of returning OGs.
Others think that it will be a little more varied with old and new cast members.
We hope to see Eboni return for another season. First of all, she’s smart and a good addition to the cast.
Given that so much of the backlash against Season 13 was loaded with white fragility and outright racism, not asking her back would send the wrong message.
Besides, Eboni has a score to settle with some of her castmates.