Produceres of The Real Housewives of New York City are reportedly on the hunt for a minority cast member to join the show for season 10.
As the ninth season of the series comes to a close, a new report has suggested that Bravo TV is planning to make their cast more diverse.
“After nine seasons, the show’s been very white, and in the most diverse, melting pot of a city,” an insider of the Big Apple series told Page Six earlier this week.
“They just shot the reunion — so now is the time [that] they start really looking at what they’ll do with the next cast,” the source continued.
Another source added, “New York is such a diverse city. The show should definitely reflect that.”
Cast member Bethenny Frankel recently weighed in on the issue, as well.
“I would like to see some younger cast members. I’d like to see an African-American woman on the show," she told Parade magazine earlier this month. "I suggested someone who didn’t work out. There are really no Jewish women in the cast. There are also no Asian, Latino or gay women on the show. I’d like it to represent New York more.”
Just last year, Jules Wainstein, whose parents are Jewish and Asian, was added to the cast for season eight. However, just months later, the mother of two left the series amid a messy split from her husband Michael.
“She’s Asian and Jewish, but you don’t have to remember that ‘cause she’ll tell you, like, two dozen times,” Carole Radziwill said of her former co-star.
As for who producers could add to the show, an insider said the potential new season 10 cast member would likely be someone who is already in the same social circles as the ladies of season nine.
“Unless you’re famous, you really have to be friends with someone on the show to get cast,” the source said.