Real Housewives of New York City’s Ramona Singer is getting canceled, with the online backlash reportedly costing the 66-year-old business opportunities.
On October 30, Vanity Fair published an exposé on the reality show. Although the article included many shocking revelations, it was Singer’s alleged racist comments that have sparked uproar on social media.
As a result of the fallout, Singer is apparently not attending BravoCon, according to Page Six. The three-day event runs from November 3, and showcases some of the network’s biggest reality stars. Singer was supposed to appear on a panel for the spin-off Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy, but her name seems to have been removed from the BravoCon app.
Newsweek has reached out to a representative for BravoCon, Ramona Singer and Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy for comment via email.
In the exposé, RHONY star Eboni K. Williams recounted a “virtual education session” with Singer and fellow cast members Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps and Leah McSweeney. Williams, 40, was the first Black housewife in RHONY‘s history, joining the show in 2021 for Season 13.
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A representative for NBC was also on the call, along with a publicist for Bravo—the network that created the series and was purchased by NBC in 2002—and two representatives from a racial justice organization.
Williams described the meeting as a “cover your a**” move” that coached characters on what they should and shouldn’t say on TV. One example presented was the bigoted trope that Black fathers abandon their children.
“What if they don’t have a father? Why can’t I say that?” Singer supposedly said in the meeting. “Most of them don’t.”
In response, a publicist reportedly told Singer that she has a father, to which the reality star claimed she’d read a study that backed her remarks.
In a statement to Vanity Fair, Singer said: “The training included ‘open dialogue.’
“In that spirit, I asked a question about a statistic I had read about single-parent households, where children with single-parent households were statistically less likely to succeed than two-parent households.”
While filming Season 13, Singer purportedly told a Black female production member: “There’s so many of you guys here now, please don’t change your hair as I’m not gonna be able to remember anybody’s names.”
However, Singer told Vanity Fair that it was “strictly a commentary on my inability to remember names.” Singer has also denied saying “there’s so many Black chicks” on-set, along with the claim she used the word “n*****” during a conversation with Black producer Darian Edmondson.
Although Williams also called out de Lesseps in the exposé, Singer appears to be receiving most of the fall out online.
“That Vanity Fair article just reinforced why I can’t stand Ramona Singer,” said Yasmine.
“The Ramona Singer racist comments were more shocking than anything else in the Vanity Fair pieces,” agreed @KiraJW.
“She’s TRASH,” said @valerieguerrero.
“When are y’all going to 100 percent fire her and distance yourself from this?” asked Jamie, tagging the Bravo account in her post. “We are done with Ramona.”
“It’s nice to see Ramona finally facing repercussions,” said @DonnGunvalson, after news of her allegedly being dropped from BravoCon broke.
“It’s amazing that most of what was in the VF article about Ramona we already knew, but it is THIS that made Bravo finally distance themselves,” wrote Dame Brian Moylan.
“Black @Bravo fans for years have been calling out the racist behavior of Ramona Singer and were dismissed at race baiters and wanting to be divisive,” commented @Pragmatism14.
“Those dismissive fans are super quiet now that it has been publicly exposed that she has committed racist actions.”