- Bravo plans to "recast" RHONY ahead of Season 14
- No cast members are confirmed for the reboot OR the new spinoff
- Network looking for a "multicultural group of friends" to centre the original show around
Bravo is set to reboot RHONY Season 14 with an updated cast and has ordered a separate “throwback” spinoff of sorts set to feature former cast members, according to a shocking new Variety report.
Andy Cohen himself made the revealing news to the trade outlet, confirming months of rumours about a potential reboot for The Real Housewives of New York. Confirming that Bravo is basically recasting RHONY ahead of Season 14, the former Bravo executive explained that it was necessary after Season 13. “You know that we’re at a crossroads for RHONY,” he told Variety. “We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we’ve come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans.”
While the network hasn’t confirmed who will return for the RHONY reboot or what the cast will look like for Season 14, a few of our favourites could be out. (Season 13 starred Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Eboni K. Williams, and Leah McSweeney.)
In a two-pronged plan, Bravo plans to recast RHONY and get filming going in the summer, while working on a separate “throwback” series set to air later this year. The network is looking for “a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country,” he continued. “We’re looking for a group of women who are real friends, and who are of diverse backgrounds, races and religions.”
Internally, the spinoff show is being referred to as RHONY: Legacy or RHONY: Throwback and will feature former cast members, although no one signed on.
According to Andy, controversial Season 13 cast member Eboni K. Williams could return for Season 14 but nothing is set in stone. “We are interviewing multiple groups of friends,” he dished. “So certainly if Eboni is interested and has friends that would meet our casting goals, then of course they would be considered.”
For more from Andy on the big changes set to hit RHONY, be sure to read the Variety article in its entirety.
The Real Housewives of New York City is expected to return for Season 14 later this year.