Eboni K. Williams may be new to the “Real Housewives of New York,” but that’s not going to stop her from being herself.
The “Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams” podcast host, 37, announced earlier this month that she was joining “RHONY” as its first black cast member — and told Page Six in an exclusive interview that she’s excited to bring a new perspective to the show when Season 13 premieres in 2021.
“I’m a huge fan of the entire ‘Housewives’ franchise,” Williams said. “But it was so glaringly obvious to me and I think the rest of the country that you can’t have a show about New York and not have a black woman’s lens represented … So for 12 years, that had been the case. I do think people were making efforts around it. I’m not sure as to why it never happened until now.”
The attorney said “it’s been an adjustment” for her to share her personal life on camera, but Season 13 “is gonna be unlike anything ‘RHONY’ fans have ever seen.”
“You know, of course, the obvious thing is I’m black. Eboni K. Williams, nice to meet you. Right? And we will have those conversations because they’re authentic. Because they’re relevant. Because we can’t not have them, especially in this moment where our country is going through a racial revolution. And I think it’s overdue,” she said.
While Garcelle Beauvais said she felt “pressure” when she joined “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” as its first black cast member, Williams said she looks at her experience differently.
“I call it a gracious responsibility because I am new to ‘Housewives.’ I am new to Bravo. But I’m actually not new to being the first black woman in a space,” she said. “I’m not very rainbows and sunshine and kumbaya. That’s just not my style.”
She also said that adding more diversity to the show is better for everyone’s “bottom line.”
“So when we talk — I talk about diversity and increasing opportunities for black people in this country specifically, it’s really not about like, ‘Oh, it’s the right thing to do…’ I don’t really think that argument works because if that were the case, if people were gonna do what was the right thing to do, it would’ve been done a long time ago. So the argument that I really stick to is it’s good for business. It is good for business to make the pie bigger. It is good for everybody’s bottom line to have an offering of content,” she said.
“An offering of whatever it is, if it’s law, if it’s academia, if it’s finance and real estate, in this case, television, where more people get to see themselves and their experience is represented in a fuller way because it’s not displacing white people. It’s not like they kicked off all the white ‘Housewives’ to bring me on.”
The television host is currently recuperating from a cast trip to the Hamptons, which she said was like “last year’s Hamptons trip times, at least one hundred.”
During last year’s trip to Ramona Singer’s home, Leah McSweeney ended up throwing tiki torches around the backyard after the women got drunk and she ended up naked in the pool with Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer.
“I feel like I know everybody a lot better,” she added. “And I think they know me a lot better. So here we go!”
She noted that social distancing measures and precautions were taken for the trip and whenever the women are filming, especially since a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in production.
Williams teased that fans can get to know her ahead of Season 13 by reading her book, “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success,” but that they can look forward to seeing “a fuller woman that is looking to define family for herself. That loves love and is not going to give up on love. That is, I have a very strong sense of humor that some people get some people don’t. We’ll see. And I just have a big heart.”
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