Real Housewives of New York City newcomer Bershan Shaw gushes over Ramona Singer, but she admits she doesn’t want to be the OG’s “science experiment on race” as she discusses tension with Eboni K. Williams.
Bershan made her grand debut on the June 29 episode as she was introduced to the cast as Ramona’s friend. Prior to her first RHONY appearance, Bershan stopped by The Wendy Williams Show and first discussed her friendship with Ramona.
“I met Ramona in the summer, and Ramona and I hit it off,” she told the daytime talk show host. “She and I really did hit it off. And Ramona is a straight shooter, which I love. She’s bold, she’s in your face, [and] she tells it like it is.”
Wendy then brought up the fact that many fans have labeled Ramona a racist, but Bershan said that notion is completely inaccurate as she believes the reality star simply “lives in her bubble.”
“Ramona is definitely not a racist,” the motivational speaker insisted. “What she is is she lives in her bubble. So what we have to understand is everyone doesn’t grow up in a diverse background. Everyone doesn’t grow up around African-Americans, Hispanics, and all of that stuff. So in her bubble, she lives the way she lives, but we hit it off.”
Though Wendy seemingly agreed, she said she wouldn’t want Bershan to be Ramona’s “science experiment on race,” to which Bershan wholeheartedly concurred.
As for the newbie’s relationship with Eboni, it seems the two aren’t exactly the best of friends even though Bershan initially believed they would have a lot in common. However, as it turns out, she was wrong in her original assessment.
“People did think that we would get along right away. And I gotta tell you, I thought that we would get along right away, you know, sister to sister,” she explained. “I think I can be a lot. I’m a big personality. I’m like, ‘Hey, girl!’ And different people handle you differently.”
“She’s reserved,” she continued. “So it didn’t take well because I think some things I said may have offended her. I didn’t mean to, I’m just thinking this is sister talk. I’m thinking, ‘Girl we’re having a good time,’ and it was like, ‘Oh, okay.'”
The Real Housewives of New York City season 13 airs Tuesday nights on Bravo at 9/8c.