The upcoming reunion for The Real Housewives Of New York City has been cancelled.
‘Due to scheduling challenges around taping the reunion of “The Real Housewives of New York City” in a timely manner, Bravo confirmed there will not be a reunion for this season,’ a spokesperson for the network told DailyMail.com.
‘It’s disappointing to not be able to bring the cast back together, but we are happy to have ended on such a high note with the finale, and are now shifting our focus to next season.’
This comes after news emerged the ‘cast and crew’ were left ‘fuming’ by the decision to postpone the reunion from a previously scheduled date of September 23.
Cancelled: There will be no reunion for season 13 of The Real Housewives Of New York City
News of the cancelation comes after a series of delays regarding the series’ The finale of Real Housewives of New York aired August 31, and reunion episodes typically air the week after the finale. Such a delay is unprecedented in Housewives history.
For months, the network and production company have been grappling with the fall out of a tumultuous season and spiraling ratings.
The constant back-and-forth seems to have left the cast and crew reeling.
‘For the love of God — put us out of our misery and stop f***ing around with our lives,’ the production insider vented on Friday.
‘This is ridiculous and so unfair. This season should’ve been wrapped by now,’ the source continued.
They also suggested something dramatic was afoot if the network continued to delay the show.
‘We all know there is something big happening behind the scenes but Bravo needs to just step up and deal with it,’ the source said. ‘It’s become an utter joke now.’
The Club Bravo Instagram account, who were the first to report the latest delay, said it was the result of an unspecified ‘crew problem.’
Last month, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that the reunion was in the process of being scheduled for either late September or early October.
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That delay reportedly frustrated several members of the cast who had been withholding their participation.
Insiders with the production singled out Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps as holdouts who now want to ‘get this over with’ as quickly as possible in order to take an ‘ultimate girls trip.’
One production source griped that the reunion should just be scrapped altogether after facing lengthy delays.
‘Now we are at the point where they should just pay us for two reunion episodes and move on,’ they said.
When the reunion was previously being scheduled, insiders had revealed that the production company Shed had to bring together cast members who weren’t speaking in order to gain their participation.
‘Ramona went to dinner with Eboni to make peace and LuAnn had to be coaxed to answer her phone while living her best life in Europe, but we’re making it happen,’ a source revealed.
Sources added that creator and executive producer Andy Cohen and Bravo were delaying production on the next season in the hopes more time will give the network a chance to ‘reinvent the show.’
DailyMail.com previously broke the news that the season 13 reunion was being postponed from its original August 5 premiere date amid turmoil within the cast.
‘It’s heart breaking to think that our once great show has devolved into a place where it is so divided and no longer fun,’ a source said.
‘There ended up being more drama in the press and social media than there was on the show,’ the insider continued.
Ratings on the Bravo franchise took a nosedive this season as viewers continued to tune out week after week, leaving Bravo and production company Shed media scrambling with how to save the show.
Multiple show sources have told DailyMail.com why they believe viewers were so turned-off this season.
‘Four things resulted in this season being a challenge,’ a production source explained.
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‘Bravo and production made a terrible decision in letting both Dorinda and Tinsley leave, the cast was far too small without enough storylines to sustain a season, New York was in the middle of COVID when filming began – so it was a nightmare to film anywhere and showcase the city – and Eboni’s constant preaching on the show and then trashing of the show in the press left a terrible taste in the mouths of her cast and most importantly the viewers.’
‘Never in a million years did I think RHONY would go woke, but it did and it has cost them dearly,’ the source added.
Season 13 saw the departure of fan-favorite Dorinda Medley as well as Tinsley Mortimer and featured Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney and newcomer Eboni K. Williams.
This season the Bravo show recorded its lowest rated episode of all-time, earning only 764,000 live viewers. (The only episodes rated lower were the ‘secrets’ recap episodes for season seven and 12.)
Williams, the first black Housewife in franchise history, has butted heads with show OGs Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps throughout the season.
Some have accused the attorney and former Fox News host of being ‘too woke’ and attributed her serious storylines about race relations to be at least partly responsible for the ratings slump.
Others, however, have praised Williams for not being afraid to have tough conversations and call out Ramona for her sometimes blatant ignorance about cultural issues like racism.
Regardless, the tone is a departure for the once delightfully absurd show that featured the likes of Aviva Drescher throwing her prosthetic leg across the room or Leah McSweeny tossing tiki torches in the nude in the Hamptons.
‘Our viewers don’t want to be lectured to. They want a fun show — tipsy, middle aged women with money fighting about petty stuff. Yes — let’s talk about the important issues facing our nation — but this cannot be the center of our show,’ a source previously told DailyMail.com
‘It’s not what our show is, but week after week, scene after scene, everyone is being schooled by a former Fox News host.’
The Real Housewives of New York premiered in 2008 with Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin. It was the second installment of the Real Housewives franchise after the original, Orange County.