Ramona Singer is shutting down reports that she allegedly made racist comments about her Real Housewives of New York costar Eboni K. Williams.
According to a report by Page Six, an alleged racist comment made by Ramona ended up canceling the season 13 reunion and forcing Bravo to launch an investigation into racism.
A production source told Page Six that Ramona said, “This is why we shouldn’t have black people on the show” about Eboni after Luann de Lesseps kicked the RHONY newbie out of her home.
However, Ramona denies making the comments.
“I never said that. It’s a terrible lie. It’s very disappointing that even after my name was cleared that people still want to slander me,” she told Page Six in a statement.
The RHONY OG then noted that she signed a confidentiality agreement and couldn’t share her side of the story any further.
As a result of the incident, a source claims that Ramona had to undergo sensitivity training; however, a second source says that all Real Housewives cast members go through such programs.
This all came to light following a report from TMZ that revealed, ahead of the season 13 reunion, Eboni filed a formal complaint of racism against Ramona, which resulted in a third-party investigation.
RHONY cast and crew members sat down for interviews as part of the investigation that ultimately cleared Ramona. No proof corroborating Eboni’s claim was found. This investigation took weeks and kept forcing Bravo to push back filming for the season 13 reunion. At the end of the investigation, Bravo felt it was too late to film the reunion.
A source told TMZ, “It was already a low-rated season so there were concerns about who would tune in 3 months later.”
It turns out Eboni wasn’t the only one to file a formal complaint against Ramona. A crew member did the same prior to Eboni’s claim, which is why Eboni felt so strongly in making an official report about Ramona’s alleged behavior.
Meanwhile, reports are floating around that Ramona and Sonja Morgan are the only season 13 RHONY cast members that are returning for season 14.