The producers behind Real Housewives of New York are working overtime behind the scenes to try and bring the franchise back from the dead.
Sources connected to production reveal the producers are currently working on casting for season 14. Normally, the show would already be in production, but it was postponed from late 2020 to late 2021.
Bravo made the decision to put the show on ice to allow the controversy from season 13 to cool down and to allow a strategy to be created to fix the issues.
Season 13 ended with the reunion being called off after Ramona was investigated by the network over alleged racist comments made about her costar Eboni K. Williams.
The franchise — normally one of the highest rated — struggled to maintain an audience throughout the season. After the final episode aired, the ladies started publicly blaming the other for the disastrous season.
At the time, sources told Radar the producers were ready to clean house and demote Ramona, Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan. Our insiders told us the trio was being paid too much and the producers needed to cut the budget.
Our sources said the three were offered friend roles, but it was unclear if they had accepted. In the past several months, the producers have gone back and forth on their decision and appear to want the trio back.
In November, Andy Cohen said RHONY was on pause and the producers were casting. “We have a lot of casting happening, and we’re looking at every option, man,” the exec said.
Now, a source dished to Deuxmoi “a RHONY OG is in early talks/negotiations for a comeback next season – not full time. The cast is slowly starting to take shape, think old school New York.”
The potential OG cast members — who starred in season 1 — include Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord, or Jill Zarin. Bethenny has previously spoken about having no interest in returning, Alex lives in another country but Jill is likely.
Bravo has yet to comment on any casting speculation.