Well, Season 13 was not the greatest for the cast — and fans — of the Real Housewives of New York City. Much of the city was shut down due to the pandemic as the Housewives filmed, and cast members garnered backlash throughout the season, leading to a first in Real Housewives history. In September 2021, Bravo pulled the plug on the multi-episode reunion special, citing “scheduling changes around taping” as the reason. However, more plausible explanations for the cancellation quickly emerged.
Ratings for RHONY Season 13 fell to an all-time low (even if Rihanna was among the show’s fans). As reported by Variety, the Aug. 31 season finale drew only 841,000 viewers, whereas last season’s finale drew more than 1.1 million. In addition, Variety reported in November 2021 that Eboni K. Williams, the series’ first Black Housewife, filed a complaint against her castmate Ramona Singer, alleging that she made a racially insensitive statement while filming. Bravo conducted an internal investigation into the allegation, in which Ramona was cleared, but the complaint reportedly made filming a reunion or planning for Season 14 much more complicated.
Thankfully, Bravo’s cancellation statement assured fans that RHONY would receive another season. “It’s disappointing to not be able to bring the cast back together, but we are happy to have ended on such a high note with the finale, and are now shifting our focus to next season,” the statement read. However, when RHONY finally returns to our screen, the show is going to look a lot different. Here’s everything we know so far about RHONY Season 14.
How Will RHONY Season 14 Look?
Bravo announced in March 2022 that in another Real Housewives first, RHONY will be split into two entirely different shows. Season 14 will essentially be a complete reboot with an entirely new cast, with Bravo aiming to depict a diverse friend group that represent New York City from all angles. “This is the most multicultural, diverse, and energetic and exciting city in America,” Real Housewives honcho Andy Cohen told Variety. “We’re looking for a group of women who are real friends, and who are of diverse backgrounds, races and religions.”
Still, Bravo execs assured fans that their favorite ‘Wives wouldn’t be gone forever. The network simultaneously announced a second series with a working title of RHONY: Legacy, which would follow fan-favorite stars from previous seasons. Later, several outlets reported that Ramona, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Tinsley Mortimer, and Dorinda Medley were among the women in contract negotiations. However, Ramona and Tinsley reportedly bowed out before talks began in earnest. As of January 2023, the Legacy cast still hadn’t been announced, and Page Six reported that Bravo scrapped the series amid stalled contract negotiations. According to the outlet, the network rescinded its offers to the women and no longer plans to air Legacy.
Luann, who already shot Bravo’s upcoming RHONY spinoff, Welcome to Crappie Lake, with Sonja, confirmed the news on Jan. 31 — but offered hope for the future. “While it’s true that negotiations have stalled on the series, that doesn’t mean the show is over for good,” she told People in a statement. “I always said, ‘Never count out the Countess,’ but in this case it’s, ‘Never count out the New York City Housewives.’” Noting that Bravo is “breathing new life into RHONY right now,” Luann added, “I have no doubt they’ll find a way to bring the OGs and beloved New York City Housewives back together again. It may be not right now, but I have faith in Bravo and trust that they’re going to create something really spectacular that the fans will love in the near future.”
RHONY Season 14 Cast
On Oct. 16, during BravoCon 2022, Andy Cohen revealed the new Real Housewives of New York City. Sai De Silva, Ubah Hassan, Erin Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Lizzy Savetsky, Jessel Taank, and Brynn Whitfield were announced as part of the Season 14 cast during one of the BravoCon episodes of Watch What Happens Live. A subsequent press release confirmed that the new season would follow this group of “seven dynamic women who run in the same social circles.” “These women have made their mark in NYC and will now share their lives as they juggle careers, family life and jam-packed social calendars in the city that never sleeps,” Bravo said.
The new Housewives started filming just days later, but not even a month into production, changes were already being made. On Nov. 17, Page Six reported that Lizzy was no longer filming for RHONY, and she later confirmed she would not star on the show due to anti-Jewish comments in an Instagram post. “As a proud orthodox Jewish woman, I thought participating in this series would be a great chance to represent people like me and share their experience,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, from the time of my announcement in the cast, I was on the receiving end of a torrent of antisemitic attacks. As this continued, I realized that this path was no longer right for me and my family.”
During a Jan. 2023 “Ask Andy” segment on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the host and executive producer teased his first impressions of RHONY Season 14. “They’re super fashionable. The things that they are arguing about are as ridiculous as early RHONY,” he sad. “I think it’s going to be a different show. It’s so hard because everyone is going to compare it to RHONY, which was so perfect. And I hope this is perfect in a totally different way.”
RHONY Season 14 Premiere Date
Bravo has yet to confirm a premiere date for RHONY Season 14, but production on the season had reportedly wrapped by January 2023. Originally, Daily Mail reported that the season would begin shooting in early 2022, but given that filming didn’t start until the end of October, it’s likely that Season 14 could premiere in spring 2023 at the earliest.
This post will be updated with additional cast and premiere details as more information on RHONY Season 14 becomes available.
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