Insiders say that Heather Thomson tried to discover herself a job on the “Real Housewives of New York” as a crusading ethical ally to Eboni Ok. Williams. While some ponder whether she walked away from the present when the plan backfired, sources shut to Thomson strenuously say that’s not the case.
Production sources say Thomson — a former full-time forged member who has made occasional appearances on the Bravo present over the previous couple of seasons — doesn’t have an apparent clique among the many common forged, and she or he might have thought that backing Williams in her often-racially-tinged battles with the “Housewives” stars was a “way to fit in.” But it appears that evidently her alleged efforts served solely to alienate Williams.
On Tuesday’s episode of the present, Williams and sequence veteran Luann de Lesseps had a clumsy rapprochement after Williams mentioned de Lesseps had “triggered” her by calling her “angry” in an earlier confrontation, a phrase that conjured the ugly stereotype of the “angry black woman.”
While the pair appeared to be shifting towards a decision on their very own, Thomson, 51, chimed in to supply recommendation on how de Lesseps ought to proceed — particularly, by providing an apology to Williams with out anticipating to get one in return.
After the episode aired, Williams told Insider that “to have this white woman, despite her [good] intentions, step into the space of translator, it furthers a narrative that there’s some inability to connect with me directly in shared humanity.”
She mentioned Thomson had carried out “more harm than good” throughout the dialogue and accused her of “whitesplaining” on behalf of Williams.
Later within the episode Thomson condescendingly informed Williams that she was “articulate,” which Williams instantly recognized as a “microagression,” despite what she as soon as once more believed to be good intentions.
Insiders mentioned that they believed Thomson had been “embarrassed” when her alleged play blew up in her face, and determined to cease filming.
“She started making excuses about why she couldn’t show up for shoots,” mentioned an insider. We’re informed she’s not planning to return to the set.
But sources shut to Thomson informed Page Six that removed from looking for out a distinct segment as an ally to Williams, producers had requested her to step into that function.
An insider mentioned execs invited Thomson — who has labored for vogue corporations based by Beyonce and Diddy — again onto the present to “be a bridge” between Williams, who’s the present’s first black forged member, and the WASP-ier veteran “Housewives” forged.
And they are saying that she actually didn’t give up the present as a result of she was embarrassed by the way in which issues panned out with Williams.
“[Thomson quitting] had nothing to do with Eboni and everything to do with Leah,” mentioned the supply, referring to sophomore forged member Leah McSweeney.
The supply mentioned that McSweeney had been gunning for Thomson since earlier than they even appeared on-air collectively.
McSweeney and Thomson had a nasty run-in on the show about whether or not McSweeney had an ethical duty to vote within the 2020 election.
“Leah made her super uncomfortable and she didn’t want to deal with her,” mentioned the supply.
Reps didn’t remark.