‘Real Housewives of New York City’ reboot debuts with new stars vying for restaurant choices and cheese

Bravo has an all-new cast of New York City Housewives for season 14 of the hit reality show



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Left to right: Brynn Whitfield, Erin Lichy, Sai De Silva, Jenna Lyons, Jessel Taank and Ubah Hassan star in ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ reboot.

New cast, same petty arguments!

Season 14 of The Real Housewives of New York premiered on Sunday night, with an all-new group of Housewives entering the long-running franchise after Bravo decided to scrap its previous stars and start over. It’s a bold move — the first of its kind in the history of the real housewives universe – and time will tell if it will pay off in the long run for viewers.

Sunday’s debut undoubtedly brought new energy to the show, with updated music and graphics giving it a sparkling new shine alongside a friend group of bold, independent personalities hired to represent the diversity of the Big Apple. But as the episode progressed, the show’s format seemed all too familiar, with disputes settling around minor misunderstandings and breaches of party etiquette.

Look no further than eight minutes. After meeting our Housewives – brand marketing consultant Brynn Whitfield, interior designer and consultant Jenna Lyons, fashion journalist Jessel Taank (Bravo’s first South Asian Housewife), designer/influencer and Brooklyn native Sai De Silva, model and hot sauce entrepreneur Ubah Hussan and realtor/interior designer Erin Lichy – we learned that Erin felt “a little salty” towards Sai and Brynn after ditching a dinner party. group she had planned because they didn’t like the place Erin had chosen for them to eat.

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“The girls and I wanted to get together for dinner. It was a huge group. Nothing was available at the last minute, so I chose [somewhere]. The restaurant was once New York’s hippest spot. It’s easy to get to and it’s convenient,” Erin explained in the confessional, with the name of the restaurant in question flagged by Bravo editors. “But Sai and Brynn ditched the group dinner, and then they posted on Instagram that they were at Casa Cipriani. . And it’s hurtful. I think it’s just a very heinous thing to do.”



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Erin Lichy poses at the season 14 premiere of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City.’

“I didn’t care if other people had different plans, but it was like, ‘We should do something together,’ so I made the effort to do something together,” Erin continued, remembering what happened to Ubah. “I mean, I would go with anybody to a local bar and I would be happy, I don’t have to go somewhere fancy all the time, I don’t care. [And] we were with our husbands, me and Jessel. I understand. They could have just said, ‘Listen, guys, go with your husbands, we’re going to Casa.’ Nevermind. But they didn’t. They were like, ‘I’m so tired.’ Jessel thought they had gone home, but they went to dinner. That’s what bothered me.”

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Brynn and Sai, for their part, seemed shameless about their decision while discussing it with Jessel.

“I’m sorry I kinda gave up on dinner. I didn’t know how to say I wouldn’t be caught dead at [that restaurant]. It’s not 2005 and I’m not a D-list model,” Brynn said, as Sai and Jessel also shaded the establishment. For example, Olive Garden for me is more classy. The ones with the rugs? They have good breadsticks. The breadsticks, they slam! I’ll go.”

“Is it bad that I don’t want to go to [that restaurant]?” asked Sai, from the restaurant in question. [It’s] good for teenagers, I think.”

“[Maybe] if I was drunk enough? Or if I have out-of-town guests, like Florida?” Brynn added. “I can’t. I didn’t even do it back then!”

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Gavin Bond/Bravo Brynn Whitfield

This conflict quickly sparked another, in which Brynn apparently heard that Erin was “walking away from Sai because Sai bullied her a bit” when she criticized Erin for having cheese on her charcuterie platter. .

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As Brynn recalls: “Supposedly, Sai said, ‘Oh, you eat cheese?’ And Erin is like, ‘Isn’t that cool or fancy or something?’ And supposedly Sai goes, ‘That’s weird.’ “

“For the record, I didn’t say, ‘Cheese is weird,'” Sai clarified in a confessional. “I know I didn’t because I ate it! I remember eating cheese more than anyone!”

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“Erin and I have similar friends. We’ve been running in the same circle for a few years now. But Erin is always arguing with someone or angry at someone,” Sai added. “So now it seems Erin is the common denominator here.”



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Like any good Housewives disagreement, it all came to a head when the cast reunited at Jenna’s house for a girls’ night out. There – in front of a wide array of strategically placed cheese platters – Erin defended herself, denying she ever said that about Sai and claiming that “[Brynn] was lying.”

“None of that is true. I would never say I distanced myself because I served him a cheese platter. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” Erin said, fighting Brynn’s insistence that she had said it. “It’s your embellishment. And I don’t like it when people say s— I didn’t say.”

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“That’s so obnoxious of Brynn. … She’s literally s— up. She’s now doing b——- up. I was just telling her that in passing as a joke. like , ‘Oh, she said your cheese platter was bad.’ Like, what the f—?” Erin said in the episode, adding that she was “turned off” by Brynn and had “no interest in her.”

Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty The new cast of "The Real Housewives of New York City"  with Andy Cohen at BravoCon 2022.

Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty The new cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City” with Andy Cohen at BravoCon 2022.

Brynn and Erin then separated from the group and they quickly settled things. “I’m offended, not by the cheese, I don’t care…I don’t like the tasteless stuff. I felt like you were deciding who you were going to line up with and then you got weird with me. And you did — you know that,” Erin said — a statement Brynn “100%” agreed with.

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“Actually, I don’t think there’s a problem with us,” Brynn told Erin. “Don’t take it personally.”

Erin then agreed to move on. “It’s hard to stay mad at Brynn,” she said. “She’s fun, she’s sweet, she’s bubbly. She makes it light enough that you kinda forget it.”

As for the restaurant door, Brynn and Sai admitted to not wanting to go to Erin’s restaurant of choice, which Erin gave them a pass to. “I realize it’s not about the restaurant, it’s not about the reservation, it’s about wanting to spend some quality time together and not worrying about those other things,” noted Brynn. “And that, I understand.”

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Sunday’s episode ended with the ladies sharing a laugh, although a preview of the season showed more disagreements to come. Proof once again that in Housewives universe, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Real Housewives of New York airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

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