In an effort to provide fans with some much-needed escapism, many Bravo shows have continued to film despite the global pandemic. Unfortunately, as a result, cast members of the network have revealed positive coronavirus diagnoses and some rather controversial opinions. Now, the saga continues with reports emerging of a certain Real Housewives of New York member flaunting guidelines at the expense of her co-stars.
All of the drama comes on the heels of the Real Housewives of New York shutting down Season 13 filming due to a cast member testing positive for coronavirus, according to Page Six. The show even had to cancel a planned trip to its old stomping grounds in Upstate New York, where former cast member Dorinda Medley notoriously hosts guests at Blue Stone Manor.
This isn't the first time Ramona Singer has been noted for breaking rules. The end of Season 12 on Real Housewives of New York saw drama boiling over between Singer and newcomer Leah McSweeney over Singer’s apparent disregard for rules and regulations. McSweeney accused Singer of traveling while not wearing a mask, going to public events in New York City and even lying about donating blood for charity. At the reunion, McSweeney said:
It’s not about wearing a mask, you idiot. It’s about showing yourself dancing like you’re having the best time during a pandemic.
At the time, Ramona Singer doubled down on her defense, stating that she took every precaution while traveling everywhere from Aspen to Boca Raton, Florida while experiencing sinus infection symptoms. Singer then revealed she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies months later in July. Singer stated:
I would live my day the best I could with what I had. Avery and I would do workout classes. We were donating to charities. People said we were inspirational. Because you know what, what am I going to do, hole up and cry all day?
Many viewers no doubt know Ramona Singer is notorious for her lack of self-awareness on Real Housewives of New York, but many probably have strong thoughts when it comes to her take on the recent controversies. In Leah McSweeney’s own words last year, it was “despicable and very déclassé.”
Questionable behavior and controversial opinions have become a trend for the Real Housewives franchise. For the entirety of Season 10 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kelly Dodd came under similar fire for her stance on coronavirus. She posted on Instagram at one point that it was “God’s way of thinning the herd.” Her comments and willingness to boast about going to public gatherings during the pandemic even saw Dodd fired from her brand endorsement with Positive Beverage, with questions still lingering about whether she'll be fired from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
There's a strong chance Ramona Singer will again face the wrath of her castmates and fans once Season 13 of Real Housewives of New York premieres. Until then, let’s all hope for a rope strong enough to tie the Stinger down.