Who is Eboni K. Williams on 'RHONY'? Get to know the Bravo newbie
Eboni K. Williams joined 'RHONY' in season 13 as its first Black cast member, but she has thoughts on the show's next chapter
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In 2021, Bravoholics were introduced to Eboni K. Williams, the youngest member of The Real Housewives of New York City and the franchise's first Black cast mate.
Before season 13 even kicked off, fans were anxious to become acquainted with a new face. But there are definitely questions about her place in the series now that unexpected RHONY season 14 news has surfaced.
Allow us to introduce you to the show's newcomer and what's next for her.
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After the premiere of season 13's first episode in 2021, Williams—who took Dorinda Medley's place—joined Andy Cohen and her cast members on Watch What Happens Live! and made a huge confession in the process.
"No Andy, I didn't watch a lot of RHONY, I watched all of RHONY," she joked. "I'm a Bravoholic like everybody else, of course!"
Her season was met with some challenges. She was labeled as "difficult" by peers and media outlets alike, engaged in political disagreements with costars (Singer is a pro-Trump Republican) and hosted a disastrous Shabbat dinner.
And as if adjusting to filming a reality TV show wasn't enough, she had to do so with COVID-19 restrictions. We're stressed just thinking about it all, honestly.
Who is Eboni K. Williams on 'RHONY'?
Williams is a Louisiana native and former pageant queen who attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She practiced corporate law and was the only Black woman at her Charlotte-based law firm, according to Vanity Fair (opens in new tab).
She began dabbling in broadcast journalism—contributing to Fox News during the 2013 George Zimmerman trial—before landing her own show at Fox titled Eboni's Docket. She allegedly wasn't worried about appearing on the controversial network, as she believed Fox was in need of "an educated, unapologetic, skilled, Black legal and political expert."
Since leaving Fox, Williams began hosting State of the Culture on Revolt TV.
Eboni K. Williams: Fox News' agitator
Eboni came under fire at Fox for criticizing former President Donald Trump for the way he handled the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. As a result, she ultimately decided to leave the network.
Who is Eboni K. Williams engaged to?
The new housewife is currently single, though she recently ended an engagement in 2020. You'll have to keep digging for more clues—Williams doesn't name her ex-fiancé or keep traces of him on her social media pages.
What is Eboni K. Williams' net worth?
Reports speculate that the 37-year-old has an estimated $3 million.
Who are Eboni K. Williams' parents?
Eboni was raised by a single mother and did not know her father growing up. During her time on the RHONY, she actually attempted to uncover his identity.
During one episode, she met with a genetic investigator to learn more about her roots. The results she received were shocking and emotional, as the investigator was able to narrow down Eboni's father to one of three men, all of whom are from the same family line.
"I don't even think I was prepared for this," Eboni said. "I think I hadn't allowed myself to entertain the possibility that I have a dad who is still alive. Wow."
Eboni K. Williams age
Williams is 37 years old. Prior to Williams, Leah Sweeney, who joined the RHONY cast last season, was the youngest at age 38. The rest of the cast is between 55 and 64 years old.
What is Eboni K. Williams' tagline on 'RHONY'?
“I’ve had to work twice as hard for half as much, but now I’m coming for everything.”
Eboni K. Williams on 'RHONY' season 13
Naturally, emotions ran high, and even Williams had tiffs with her cast mates, particularly for an insensitive comment from Singer and an argument with de Lesseps. Watch it all unfold in the season trailer below.
What happened to Dorinda Medley?
Williams is filling the empty slot that Dorinda Medley left in the RHONY cast. Medley was a RHONY regular for six seasons until August 2020 when she announced that she was leaving the hit Bravo series.
Medley posted on Instagram announcing her exit: "What a journey this has been....Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my castmates for constant stimulation and entertainment. I wish you all health, happiness and success."
Currently, she's dipping into writing and real estate, and even listed her Berkshires estate, which she made nice, on Airbnb.
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However, while fans initially thought it was Medley's own decision to leave the series, the Bravo personality revealed months later on former RHONY cast mate Bethenny Frankel's "Just B" podcast that she actually was not asked to return by show producers, People (opens in new tab) reported. The snub was rumored to be the result of Medley's copious drinking and outbursts throughout the season.
Medley told Frankel: "I was ready to go back, I was excited to go back, I was planning to back, and I thought I would have a great year. I wasn't given that option."
Medley admitted: "I had a rough season, but that's what we do as Housewives. We have good seasons. We have bad seasons. We come back and we change it up."
Eboni K. Williams and 'RHONY' season 14
In a shocking reveal to Variety (opens in new tab), Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen said that the franchise will have not one, but two editions, one with its familiar faces, and one with newbies, which requires a "major casting search."
"There are thousands of stories to tell here [in New York]," Cohen told the publication. “This is the most multicultural, diverse, and energetic and exciting city in America: We are searching for a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country."
Though it seems like a fair approach, Williams alleges that the reason the show is splitting in two is because her costars did not want to have her back.
“They were unwilling to come to the table and meet me even halfway in that negotiation,” she stated on Carlos Kings' “Reality with the King” Stitcher podcast (opens in new tab). "Only Sonja Morgan was willing to come to the table and negotiate a future that involved me as a part of this ensemble."
In typical Bravo fashion, we've likely not heard the last of this he-said, she-said debate. We'll keep you posted as it all unfolds.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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