The 13th season of The Real Housewives of New York City was no fun for anybody involved. Ratings were sliding, fan dissatisfaction was rising, and the women onscreen were trudging through COVID-restricted social gatherings and getting into fights about politics and race in a way that flattered very few of them. In response, Bravo made the fairly radical decision to completely overhaul the RHONY franchise, casting six brand new housewives for a rebooted 14th season, while promising a "RHONY Legacy" series that would reunite some of the show's long-standing cast members.
Those plans have evolved somewhat, but regardless, the RHONY reboot is premiering soon, with a trailer heralding a brand new look for the show. We've gathered all available information for Season 14 — and for what's become of the RHONY Legacy idea — so you're up to date in time for the new season.
Nope! The entire season 13 cast — including longtime veterans Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, and Sonja Morgan, along with newer housewives Leah McSweeney and Eboni K. Williams — was jettisoned in order to make room for an entirely new cast.
Six women make up the Season 14 cast, ranging in age from early 30s to mid-50s. They are:
Jenna Lyona is famous within the fashion industry as the former president and executive creative director of J.Crew, where she oversaw that brand's rise to industry tastemaker. She and J. Crew parted ways in 2017, and since then she starred on the Max series Stylish with Jenna Lyons. Her marriage to artist and restaurateur Vincent Mazeau — the father of her only son, Beckett — ended in 2011. Lyons was subsequently romantically linked to jewelry designer Courtney Crangi, from whom she split in 2017. As is alluded to in the Season 14 preview clip, Lyons was outed in the media by the New York Post before she was able to come out on her own terms as a queer woman.
Yes, Lizzy Savetsky was originally cast and reportedly had been filming with the Season 14 cast before being dropped from the project in late 2022. At the time, Savetsky claimed that she left the show after a "torrent" of anti-Semitic attacks online. It later was reported in the Post that Savetsky departed after an argument about interracial dating with Brynn Whitfield, who is biracial, that reportedly involved Savestsky and her husband either saying or repeating racial slurs.
Not to the flagship show. When the plans were announced for a fully rebooted RHONY, Bravo also announced plans for a RHONY: Legacy show, which would bring back a group of the former NYC Housewives, though nothing concrete was announced in terms of format or cast members.
Variety's Kate Aurthur tweeted in January that Bravo was in negotiations with Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, and Jill Zarin for the Legacy show, with Ramona Singer conspicuously absent from that group. Page Six then reported that contract negotiations had actually stalled out and that the Legacy series was "dead."
But, of course, dead isn't always dead in Hollywood (or in NYC, in this case). In May, Bravo announced that the legacy housewives from NYC would be reuniting on the 5th season of The Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip on Peacock. The third season of Ultimate Girls Trip just finished airing in April, while the fourth has already filmed.
The original announcement stated that the RHONY: UGT cast would include original cast members LuAnn and Ramona, along with Sonja, Dorinda, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, and Kristen Taekman. There have since been rumors that Bethenny Frankel and/or Jill Zarin might be filming scenes for Ultimate Girls Trip on the sly, but thus far there's been nothing to substantiate that talk as anything more than wishful thinking.
The revamped Real Housewives of New York City premieres on Sunday, July 16th at 9PM Eastern.
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Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.