Andy Cohen Finally Breaks Silence On Future of ‘RHONY’ Amid Cancellation Rumors

Andy Cohen is the mastermind behind The Real Housewives of New York City and all of the other franchises. The Watch What Happens host serves as an executive producer on all the editions and has insight on all the happenings. Fans have been wondering when the new season of the Big Apple-based show would start filming season 14 as growing rumors suggest it’s getting axed for good. During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, Cohen finally gives an update and reveals what’s going on with the show.

Andy Cohen looking confused
Andy Cohen | Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images

Is ‘RHONY’ coming back?

Cohen has been making the press rounds promoting his new book “Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love.” On Thursday, Nov. 11, he made a stop at the Wendy Williams Show where Michael Rapaport was guest hosting for the day. Bravo fans are well aware that Rapaport is a Real Housewives superfan and knows everything surrounding all the franchises. Rapaport wasted no time in asking Cohen about the future of RHONY and what was going on with the show. The question came as cast shakeup rumors go rampant on social media.

“We are kind of on pause at this moment. We have a lot of casting happening and we’re looking at every option,” he said.

He later added, “We are working on it. I love New York. We all love New York.”

The current cast of RHONY includes Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, and Eboni K. Williams.

Cohen also teased that Singer and De Lesseps would be on the second season of The Real Housewives: All-Stars set in the home of Dorinda Medley at the Berkshires.

New rumors around ‘RHONY’

From what Cohen said on The Wendy Williams Show, the show is not canceled forever. If it was canceled, Bravo would’ve possibly released a statement like they did earlier this year with The Real Housewives of Dallas. After five seasons, the latter show was axed and a sixth season would not be produced even after testing out new housewives to shake things up.

Not all shows placed on hiatus get the boot as The Real Housewives of Orange County recently experienced. After season 15 of the Southern California-based show ended, the show was placed on a long pause. The reality series would later return with the axing of three housewives and the return of Heather Dubrow to the franchise.

A new report from former TMZ reporter Anthony Dominic, suggests that RHONY is in for a really long break.

“I’m told Bravo currently doesn’t have a new season slated for next year and the franchise will take some serious time off before the reboot. The series is still alive, but Bravo wants to take the time to make the return worth it,” he tweeted.

Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, Ramona Singer, Eboni K. Williams, and Luann de Lesseps in promo photo for 'RHONY' Season 13
Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, Ramona Singer, Eboni K. Williams, and Luann de Lesseps | Sophy Holland/Bravo

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Why is ‘RHONY’ taking such a long hiatus?

RHONY faced low ratings throughout season 13 and it’s possibly why Bravo wants fans to really miss the show. The more viewers long for a show, the more expectation the new season can generate. Some people tried to put the blame on newbie Eboni K. Williams, the first Black housewife of this franchise, for making the show too political. However, the political commentator was not about to take the blame for the viewership levels.

“From my experience in television, any expectation to carry ratings around a program will go to the veteran talent,” she said in an interview with Insider. “So I think it’s nonsense to correlate the ratings performance of a 13-year series to a freshman talent. I just don’t buy it.”

In addition, there was a rumor that Williams had an issue with Singer after she allegedly said something racist. The comment was reportedly investigated by a third party and nothing was able to be proven.