"The Real Housewives of New York City" has a new slate of stars, with a younger and more diverse cast introduced Sunday at the fan convention BravoCon in Manhattan.
During a live shoot at Manhattan Center for his Bravo talk show "Watch What Happens Live," franchise executive producer Andy Cohen introduced the seven cast members of the upcoming season 14: Sai De Silva, Ubah Hassan, Erin Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Lizzy Savetsky, Jessel Taank and Brynn Whitfield. All but Savetsky came out on stage for a few moments to greet the crowd. "One of the group is not here tonight," Cohen, 54, told the audience. "You will be meeting her very soon."
Production is set to begin this fall for a premiere next year.
The basic-cable network said in its announcement that the seven women "run in the same social circles, thriving in one of the most diverse and electric cities in the world. From fashion and real estate, to philanthropy and social influence, these women have made their mark in NYC and will now share their lives as they juggle careers, family life and jam-packed social calendars … ."
Per Bravo descriptions, the women are:
- Sai De Silva, a New York City born-and-raised Afro-Latina who is creative director of the lifestyle and parenting website Scout The City. She, her husband David Craig and their children London and Rio live in Brooklyn.
- Ubah Hassan is a Somali model and philanthropist who had fled Kenya and eventually moved to Canada, where she was recruited for a New York modeling agency. She also founded the hot-sauce company Ubah Hot.
- Erin Dana Lichy, raised in Manhattan, owns the home renovation and design firm Homegirl. She and her attorney husband and their three children live in TriBeCa.
- Jenna Lyons is former president and executive creative director of J.Crew Group, and now co-founder and CEO of the direct-to-consumer beauty brand LoveSeen. She resides in New York City with her son, Beckett. Of her casting, said Anthony Allen Ramos, a spokesperson for the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, in a statement, "Bravo has a long history of casting interesting, entertaining and dynamic LGBTQ people in their highly popular programming and it’s exciting to see Jenna Lyons, a highly successful woman in business and a member of the LGBTQ community, join the newly rebooted #RHONY."
- Lizzy Savetsky, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, came to New York for college. A digital influencer who hosts the Jewish-matchmaking Instagram show “Bashert,” she is the wife of plastic surgeon Dr. Ira Savetsky, with whom she has three children.
- Jessel Taank is a fashion publicist and brand consultant of British Indian descent. She and her husband, financier Pavit Randhawa, have twin sons.
- Brynn Whitfield, a brand marketing and communications professional, migrated to New York from the Midwest and now lives in Manhattan's West Village, jocularly referring to herself as a “trophy wife in training.”
In March, Cohen told Variety that Bravo was "rebooting and recasting" the series following a low-rated 13th season and what he called "disenchanted" fans on social media.