It’s no secret that most of the Real Housewives franchises have lacked any diversity for far too long. In fact, it took most franchises more than a decade to add any diversity to its cast.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was no different. It wasn’t until season 10 that Garcelle Beauvais became the first black Beverly Hills Housewife. The franchise added more diversity to its cast during season 11 with Crystal Minkoff, the first Asian-American Beverly Hills Housewife.
Over the years, many fans have often wondered why certain Real Housewives franchises lacked diversity, considering they are the most diverse locations in the country.
Now, Andy Cohen explains why it took so long for Bravo to diversify the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast.
Andy recently appeared on Garcelle’s podcast, Going to Bed with Garcelle, where he opened up about why there haven’t been any women of color on RHOBH until recent years.
In the episode, Andy said they wanted “to get it absolutely perfect.”
He clarified, “I think that it was a bad cycle because then the longer you waited, the more you wanted to get it absolutely perfect when you did cast a woman of color and bring them into the group. You wanted that person to succeed.”
“Over the years, there have been people that we did not cast that were people of color,” Andy continued. “We really wanted to get it right so that we weren’t casting someone that would be a one-season housewife or like, ‘Oh, well, she’s boring’ or she didn’t fit. I just think it was this vicious cycle of wanting to get it absolutely right.”
“The true answer is,” he finally admits, “there is no excuse. It’s bad, and there is no excuse.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.