A date for the Real Housewives of New York City season 13 reunion will reportedly be set following rumored behind-the-scenes turmoil among the apple-holders.
Fans have been struggling to keep up with all the drama taking place since filming wrapped, but it seems there is finally some sort of resolution in sight.
A source close to production told PEOPLE on Wednesday that an “in-person” reunion taping will take place “soon” following multiple scheduling delays. Though production has yet to select a location for the taping, the ladies will all come face to face in the coming weeks.
“I was told a time. I was told that we’re having a reunion. I was told what to wear to said reunion,” the Holding Court podcaster told Variety last month.
As for how soon the taping will take place, the Daily Mail is reporting it will all go down in late September or early October. If fans recall, the original date was set for August 5, and according to sources, the production company has been working overtime trying to get the women to come together since that initial date.
“Ramona [Singer] went to dinner with Eboni to make peace and LuAnn [de Lesseps] had to be coaxed to answer her phone while living her best life in Europe, but we’re making it happen,” an insider told the outlet.
The insider also noted that, prior to the drama settling down, everyone was really concerned about what would happen once the women came face to face for the first time in months.
‘The division had run so deep among the cast that we were worried that this would be an absolute dumpster fire that would look horrendous for each of the women and the network,” the source said.
Meanwhile, another source seemingly claimed that paychecks likely had something to do with the cast agreeing to attend the taping.
‘”I think this works out well for the cast as they are paid per episode,” the insider explained. “By holding a reunion the newer cast will make upwards of $10,000, while the OGs will be pulling in over six figures.”
Nevertheless, the show will be placed on a “pause” until sometime next year following the reunion as Bravo and Andy Cohen attempt to “reinvent the show.”
“After the reunion, the show will now be placed on pause while the production company and the network work out how they can revamp it for next season while pretending this season doesn’t exist,” a source claimed.
“Andy Cohen and Shari Levine at Bravo know what they are doing. By having a slight pause, the noise can be reduced, they can reinvent the show, bring it back and make it fun again,” the person added.
As for what went wrong this season, and ultimately caused the ratings to drop, one production insider shared their thoughts.
“Four things resulted in this season being a challenge,” the insider explained. “Bravo and production made a terrible decision in letting both Dorinda [Medley] and Tinsley [Mortimer] 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.”
The source added, “Never in a million years did I think RHONY would go woke, but it did and it has cost them dearly.”
Of course, many others would disagree with the insider’s take, including Eboni herself, as she has vehemently defended herself against those who have attempted to blame her for the ratings drop. In fact, she suggested that the OGs of the show should be held responsible for the decline.
“From my experience in television, any expectation to carry ratings around a program will go to the veteran talent. So I think it’s nonsense to correlate the ratings performance of a 13-year series to a freshman talent,” Eboni told the Insider in July. “I just don’t buy it.”