Eboni K. Williams talks about her debut on 'Real Housewives of New York City'

The attorney, author and businesswoman became the first Black cast member in the show's history.
5:03 | 05/05/21

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Transcript for Eboni K. Williams talks about her debut on 'Real Housewives of New York City'
Be New York tough. Back now with Eboni K. Williams making history the first black cast member of "The housewives of New York City." Let's meet Eboni. I've had to work twice as hard for half as much but now I'm coming for everything. Eboni K. Williams making her debut on "The real housewives of New York City". These women are crazy so far in a good way. Everybody was as advertised. I can tell you that much. The former lawyer turned TV personality first cast member for the second running housewives in 13 seasons. Are you ready to fall in Is that doable? Yes, I am. Reporter: Jumping into the flow with Luann and Ramona. New boyfriend? Boy, do you rebound fast. How do you find a boyfriend during covid? Boyfriends are just skimming the surface for the north Carolina native. She is not afraid to speak her mind and show viewers where she stands. And now we're going to speak to Eboni K. Williams who is joining us now. Eboni, thank you for joining us. You are making history for this franchise so what made you decide to do the show? Michael, so great to talk with you. You know, I tend to pick jobs throughout my career where I can maximize my ability to have impact on the audiences. So, you know, as you noted I started my career as a trial attorney, then I went to cable news and broadcast and talk radio and, you know, it just kind of made sense to reach the massive and compelling audience of the cultural juggernaut of "Real housewives." The tag lines are my they're phone for it. Yours is I've worked hard -- I've worked twice as hard for half as much but now I'm coming for everything. What do you mean by this? Well, you know, Michael, here's a black woman in America, I'm sure you can understand as a marginalized person in America, period, there is an expectation of overexcellence that we have to measure up to and, listen, it's something my mother Gloria raised me with to work twice as hard. Never be afraid of hard work actually and I think I've always measured my expectations and now I'm over that, Michael. I'm coming for it all. I want the successful career, I want the family. I want love, I want children, I want the husband, I want everything. And why do you think it took 13 seasons to cast a black woman? Well, that's a question probably best answered by bravo but I loved Roni and watched all 12 seasons and now we're on 13. Listen, I think I believe in divine timing. I'm a woman of faith. You know, there's so many incredible black women that could have taken on this position so I'm really honored that the network chose me to give this responsibility to and I can tell you I'm definitely here to seize this moment. I think they got the perfect one for it right now and one of the clips we see you, you're wearing the shirt with the names of the central park five wrongfully accused of assault in 1989. Was that simply an outfit choice or sending a message with this new platform you have. Yeah, that sweatshirt was a play out of my big pretty powerful where I really take on very intentionally around the power of the aesthetic so when production told us we were filming a scene in central park I had to bring the central park five with me and now the exonerated five to pay homage to the legacy of what, you know, our people have gone through in the city. Have you had any uncomfortable moments on the show where race played a factor? Of course, you're going to definitely see that play out throughout the season and, listen, that was one of the challenges that made me excited about this opportunity, you know, I am somebody that really runs towards growth opportunities and opportunities to elevate and change and that includes for me not just my castmates and so we'll have those uncomfortable conversations and I think we're all going to be better off for it. Important conversation to have. Did anyone in the reality verse reach out before you started and what advice were you given before you took the role? Yeah, so my big sister in this reality TV show universe has been Dr. Simone Whitmore from "Married to medicine Atlanta," such an inspiration to me and the black excellence they represent and she told me just to remember that you can't please all the people all the time, Mike. You know, you have to stay true to yourself and to show up with authenticity and that's really the name of the game. 100% correct and continue to do that, please, we'll be watching and Eboni K. Williams, thank you for joining us this morning. Thank you, Michael Strahan. "The real housewives of new York City" airs Tuesdays on bravo.

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