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New ‘RHONY’ star Eboni K. Williams to debut as first black cast member
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Seven years ago, Eboni K. Williams was broke. Trying to transition from being a lawyer to a TV personality, she was living in Los Angeles and working mostly for free as a commentator at places like the NFL Network, just to get experience.
“It was the last $340 I had. I could have either paid my car payment or bought a [ticket] to New York to interview with CBS,” she told The Post. Making the “ultimate bet” on herself, Williams opted to audition as a legal analyst for the network.
“My car was repossessed by the time I got back, but that was OK because CBS gave me the job.”
She’s come a long way, baby. On Tuesday, Williams makes her debut as a cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” the Bravo show where wealth — and drama — are celebrated.
“My fortune has changed in recent years. I wanted to show another pathway to living this affluent, elite lifestyle,” Williams, 37, told The Post.
“Marrying wealth is one of them, being born into wealth is another, and there’s also rolling up your sleeves and doing the damn thing. That’s what I represent.”
Williams isn’t just bringing a new kind of money to the show, which co-stars longtime housewives Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and last year’s bombshell rookie, Leah McSweeney. She’s also the first black cast member in the franchise’s 13-year history.
It’s a title Williams is used to having: “I was the first black woman at my law firm, I was the first black woman in my gifted classes in high school. The first black woman in most of the pageants I was ever in,” said the former beauty queen, the first runner-up for Miss North Carolina in 2009. “I was the first black woman to host an early prime-time show on Fox News Channel. I chose to wear it as a privilege. As Kamala Harris says, ‘If I’m first, I better damn well not be the last.’ ”
She is acutely aware of what her presence on the show means. “These women, they don’t want to talk about race,” she said of her castmates. “If they did, it would have been brought up 13 seasons ago.”