Leah McSweeney is ready for some major changes in the Big Apple.
The Married to the Mob founder would love to see Bravo add more diversity to all of its shows, including The Real Housewives of New York.
Leah would like to see the diversity shown by Bravo to go beyond just race, especially on RHONY.
“I hope that there’s not only diversity of race, but an even deeper diversity of where someone lives or what their interests are,” Leah explained to Page Six. “I hope that there’s just more diversity all across the board because New Yorkers are not a monolith, obviously. I think that it is gonna head in that direction.”
Over the years, several Real Housewives franchises have been highly criticized for their lack of diversity. For years, franchises like Orange County, Beverly Hills, Dallas, New Jersey, and New York have featured all-white casts with little to no diversity.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills made waves earlier this year when actress Garcelle Beauvais joined the season 10 cast and became the first Black Beverly Hills Housewife. This move was much celebrated by fans, who wondered what took the franchise so long to diversify its cast.
Tiffany Moon is rumored to be joining the season 5 cast of RHOD, making her the first Asian-American Housewife. On the other hand, Noella Bergener is rumored to be joining season 15 of RHOC as a friend of the Housewives. She would be the first bi-racial woman to appear on the franchise.
Meanwhile, Leah is telling her critics to “f–k off” after receiving backlash for wearing a sheer face mask to the RHONY season 12 reunion.
“The fact that there’s so many people commenting about my sheer mask not being COVID safe makes me question everybody’s intelligence and just common sense,” Leah said in an Instagram story on Saturday, Aug 8. “Like no shit. Obviously, it’s not for protection. It’s part of my look, obvi.”
“And you know what was for protection? Getting tested for COVID the day before; getting tested for COVID two days before that. Staying 6-feet apart from everybody. Everyone wearing masks, nonstop, that were around us. Washing our hands constantly,” Leah continued.
“The protocol that went into the reunion was insane and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Anyone leaving a comment being like ‘That sheer mask doesn’t help’ – f–k off,” she concluded.
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The Real Housewives of New York airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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