Ramona Singer Used the N-word and Said ‘Most’ Black People Don’t Have Fathers in the Home
Ramona Singer is facing allegations of using a racial slur towards a black crew member from Real Housewives of New York and making generalized comments about the absence of fathers in the African-American community, as revealed in a recent report.
The 66-year-old reality TV personality has been a focal point of multiple race-related complaints within various media organizations including Shed Media, Warner Bros. Discovery, Bravo, and NBCUniversal, as reported by Vanity Fair on Monday.
The Real Housewives of New York alum Ramona Singer has been accused of using racially offensive language and perpetuating stereotypes, according to reports. Fellow cast member Eboni K. Williams brought the allegations to light during the RHONY reunion special.
Williams alleged that Singer used the N-word while recounting a conversation that had occurred off-camera.
Ramona Singer allegedly told Williams that she didn’t understand why the term was offensive and questioned why the use of the word was permissible in rap music. Williams further claimed that Singer perpetuated stereotypes by stating that “black people don’t have dads” and “live a different life.”
Williams clarified that she didn’t believe Singer was “a racist,” but thought her comments were ignorant. Singer, for her part, admitted to using the term in question but did not address Williams’ other allegations during the reunion special. She expressed remorse for her actions, stating, “I’m so sorry if I’ve ever hurt your feelings, Eboni.”
Season 13 was the first of the franchise to feature black cast member, Eboni K. Williams. After the incident, a virtual education session was held focusing on race and acceptable commentary on camera. Participants in this meeting included: Ramona Singer, Williams, Leah McSweeney, Sonja Morgan, and Luann de Lesseps, as well as representatives from NBCUniversal, Bravo, and a racial justice organization.
The session, perceived by Williams as a precautionary measure, covered topics including avoiding the perpetuation of racial stereotypes, such as the absent black father trope. During the meeting, Singer, referencing a study she had read, questioned the guidance, asking why it was not permissible to say that most black children do not have present fathers. Singer’s question was met with a personal counter from the show’s publicist, who is black, affirming the presence of her own father. McSweeney, another cast member, has supported Williams’ recollection of these events.
In response to the Vanity Fair report, Singer stated that the training encouraged “open dialogue,” and she had asked a question relating to a statistic on single-parent households, citing a study that children from single-parent households were less likely to succeed.
The 13th season had featured a notable altercation between Williams and de Lesseps, where Williams was labeled as an ‘angry woman’ by de Lesseps.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.