Andy Cohen Believes Ramona Singer Was Wrongfully Fired For Using N-Word, Bethenny Frankel Reacts!
Andy Cohen kicked off BravoCon with a bang Friday during a Q&A session, moderated by Jeff Lewis. Fans fired off various “Housewives” themed questions, with one person asking for the Bravo executive’s thoughts on Bethenny Frankel’s crusade against the network dubbed “the reality reckoning.”
Cohen replied — “As we can all see, Bravo and the shows that are on Bravo bring millions of people so much joy and so much happiness, which is why we’re all here — to have fun. I live in the joy that these shows bring people, and I think we all do, and I think that’s the place that I’m at.”
Cohen went on to speak to Rolling Stone and was asked to comment on the recent Vanity Fair exposé that claimed that “Real Housewives of New York City” alum, Ramona Singer, used the N-word while filming the Bravo reality series. ]
He called the bombshell article a “factually incorrect rehash of old stories.”
The “Watch What Happens Live” host landed in controversy after the “Watch What Crappens” podcast’s Instagram account posted a meme captioned — “Vanity Fair breaks the news that adults drink and Ramona is a racist.” Cohen weighed in via a laughing emoji, inviting a response from both Frankel and RHONY alum, Leah McSweeney, whose personal story was featured in the Vanity Fair piece.
“Wow. Andy thinks racism and addiction is [sic] hilarious,” McSweeney wrote on her Instagram Story Thursday. “Good to know.”
Frankel called Cohen’s reaction “shocking, especially right now” during Thursday’s episode of the former RHONY star’s “Rewives” podcast.
“Riddle me this,” the Skinnygirl mogul said. “If Andy Cohen is laughing at something regarding racism, why would he not be asked to leave BravoCon if Ramona texted something to someone in the media?”
“It’s 50 shades of bulls–t is what it actually is across the board,” she continued, noting that “for the first time in Andy’s career, he’s starting to feel what it feels like to be a Housewife.”
Frankel stated — “Every day something you say is being written about, no one is there to save you, no one is there to protect you, you’re on your own, getting canceled, losing sleep, drinking more than you should because you have anxiety, taking anxiety medication, taking sleep medication.”
“I didn’t really think much about it,” Cohen admitted to Rolling Stone when asked about his posted remark.
Singer was scheduled to appear at BravoCon, but got the axe after sending a Page Six reporter a text message that contained a partial racial slur. The Bravo veteran was photographed glaring at a paparazzo Tuesday night in the wake of Bravo’s decision. Singer was also fired from her her job at real estate firm, Douglas Elliman.
Singer denied the allegations, telling Rolling Stone — “I stopped filming RHONY in February 2021. These accusations were all aired publicly in September 2021. These claims were investigated by the network back then and they found no basis for the claims. I stand by all my comments in the article. I am extraordinarily disappointed that Vanity Fair and Page Six felt the need to re-amplify this non-story.”
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