Bravo is set to reboot and completely recast The Real Housewives of New York City after 13 seasons.
The network is said to be searching for a more diverse group of friends who best reflect one of the most multi-cultural cities in America.
It comes after the most recent season saw declining ratings, and did not receive the all-important reunion episode.
The current line-up of stars are Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, and Eboni K. Williams.
RHONY shake-up! Iconic series to be rebooted with a NEW CAST as Bravo searches for a more diverse group of Housewives … but past stars will be invited back for a spin-off show
While those Housewives will not be featured in the main show, there will be a second spin-off show featuring past beloved stars, with a working title of either ‘RHONY Throwback’ or ‘RHONY: Legacy.’
Executive producer Andy Cohen revealed the news in an interview with Variety.
Cohen, 53, said the two-part strategy ‘takes into account everything that our passionate audience has really been telling us over the last year,’ and will involve ‘rebooting and recasting’ the series from scratch.
‘You know that we’re at a crossroads for RHONY,’ Cohen told the outlet. ‘We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out where to go. And the plan that we’ve come up with, I think, is a real gift to the fans. ‘
Talking about searching for a more diverse cast for the reboot, Cohen told Variety: ‘This is the most multicultural, diverse, and energetic and exciting city in America: We are searching for a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country. ‘
‘We’re looking for a group of women who are real friends, and who are of diverse backgrounds, races and religions.’
Last year, a spokesperson from Bravo told DailyMail.com that the reunion show for RHONY had been canceled.
‘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,’ they said.
Season 13 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.)
It also 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.
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.
End of this era: The first season of RHONY premiered on March 4, 2008, with season 13 finale airing August 31, 2021
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 from 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.
In July last year, an insider told DailyMail.com that a cast shakeup was on the horizon.
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.
Coming back? Some of the original stars could be making a comeback on a spin-off show (Pictured: Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, and Bethenny Frankel)
Newcomer: Eboni K. Williams was the first black Housewife in RHONY’s history, but now she will not be returning to the main series