One thing fans of The Real Housewives of New York City missed after the season 13 finale was the reunion. Bravo reunites the cast following the show’s season to hash out all the drama they lived through the year. However, viewers were not treated with this special when the season ended and the cable network has confirmed it has officially scrapped plans to film a reunion.
Why did Bravo cancel the ‘RHONY’ Season 13 reunion?
Fans that followed RHONY Season 13 will be deprived of the cast coming back together to recall their issues and resolve them in front of cameras. Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, Ramona Singer, Eboni K. Williams, and Luann de Lesseps were the housewives this season and went through turbulent times throughout the year.
As recently as September 10, the reunion was still in the works. Andy Cohen tweeted to ask fans to submit their questions for the RHONY special. However, seven days after that hopeful message, it has now been confirmed that the reunion will not be happening at all.
In a statement to Variety, the cable network said: “Due to scheduling challenges around taping the reunion of The Real Housewives of New York City in a timely manner, Bravo confirmed there will not be a reunion for this 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.”
It’s with those words from Bravo that one of the most controversial seasons in the show’s history will go on without a reunion to cap off the show.
‘RHONY’ was criticized for being too political
Season 13 of RHONY saw a ratings drop compared to prior seasons. All of this coincided with the casting of the first Black housewife in the show’s history. The show was shot during the middle of the pandemic as the Big Apple was still largely shut down. Most of the season was filmed in a bubble with only the housewives that were cleared by production following the proper coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols.
When Williams came into the group, she wanted to make meaningful friendships with her co-stars. To do so, she wanted to have deep conversations about her background, noting how history her casting was on the show as the first Black housewife. Politics was at the forefront of the conversation and housewives like Singer tried to shut down any talk about that which turned to be really toxic.
Fans on social media have pointed at Williams for changing the tone of the show and therefore the ratings dropoff. However, Williams was not going to allow people pin the issues in audience levels on her.
“From my experience in television, any expectation to carry ratings around a program will go to the veteran talent,” she explained 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.”
Bravo has not confirmed if RHONY will return for season 14.