Real Housewives of New York star Avery Singer says being associated with the show has impeded her ability to get a job in finance. Avery, the daughter of former RHONY star Ramona Singer, made the revelation on David Yontef’s podcast, Behind the Velvet Rope and shared her thoughts about the other kids of the franchise’s stars.
“I have taken a backseat from the show for an extremely long time because I worked at Morgan Stanley,” she said. “Like most of my finance career, I couldn’t get jobs because of me being associated with the TV show.”
Avery continued by slamming ‘Bravo kids’, saying many of them used the success of their parents to get further ahead.
“There are many Bravo kids that ride their mom’s coattails that are like a wannabe Kylie Jenner, all duck-faced, posting,” she added.
Despite not calling anyone out specifically, she is likely alluding to Kim Zolciak-Biermann’s daughter, Brielle, who just last week shared a post warning people about getting too much lip filler.
Avery says she no longer watches any shows airing on the network.
“I don’t watch Bravo period. I’ve never seen a lot of the shows,” she told Yontef. “I’m now starting a company and I did most of that by myself.”
It was this remark that set a lot of reality TV fans off – because she had leveraged the network, the show and Andy Cohen himself to help promote her business, Bach Boss, which is a luxury party planning concierge.
“It’s rich that she’s hating on Bravo when she went on Watch What Happens Live to shill her 'boss babe' Bach party business,” one user wrote on Reddit.
On the one hand, I totally see how companies would want to stay away from hiring someone associated with being on a reality TV show. But in this case – I hardly think it’s about her affiliation with the show or network and more about how problematic her mother has been over the years she was on the show.
Ramona was one of the original cast members on RHONY. She stayed on the show for 13 seasons until her exit in 2021. So Avery really grew up in front of the show’s audience. But during that time, we saw a lot of controversy with Ramona, who often expressed ignorant, racist and hugely out-of-touch sentiments.
Back in 2021, when the show cast its first Black housewife, Eboni K. Williams, the season was especially contentious. It was reported that Ramona made a racially insensitive remark that prompted a third-party investigation. Sources told Page Six the remark went as follows:
“This is why we shouldn’t have Black people on the show,” she allegedly said.
In the end, Ramona was cleared of any wrongdoing, much to the dismay of Eboni – but longtime fans of the show certainly agreed that she was indeed capable of saying something so racist.
Ramona had long been under fire for her conduct on and off the show, and toward the end of filming, her behaviour grew to be especially erratic, perhaps because there was a Black person on the show, and one who wasn’t afraid to call her out on her crap.
During the pandemic, she endorsed a video that likened the COVID-19 vaccine mandates to “Nazi territory”. And of course, there was the infamous exchange during Eboni’s “Black Shabbat” dinner, in which Ramona said Jewish people hated her. At this same dinner, she also suggested she was a victim of "reverse racism" after a Black nurse refused to give her pain medication during her labour and delivery.
However, there are some kids from the franchise who were able to make quite the success of themselves. Gigi and Bella Hadid, daughters of former Real Houseives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster, have become some of the most successful and well-known supermodels in the world.
Same thing goes for Amelia and Delilah Hamlin, the daughters of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin who’ve had success models and in fact, their transparency about their personal lives seemed to make them more relatable to fans as they shared their struggles with disordered eating and substance abuse.
Albie and Chris Manzo, sons of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, own and operate an Italian restaurant with two locations – one in New York and one in New Jersey. They also sell Blk Water. Their sister, Lauren Manzo, runs her own business, Cafface Beauty Bar. Her success even led to her hiring Ashlee Holmes, the daughter of Caroline’s former showmate Jacqueline Laurita.
But by far, my favourite example of reality TV nepo baby success is Gia Giudice. In 2021, an old clip of a song she wrote to express her feelings toward her mom and uncle’s family drama went viral on TikTok. People used the audio as part of a trend to recall their own awkward, cringey moments, and she saw an opportunity.
"I was like, 'What the hell is going on?'" she told Bravo Insider. "But then I was like...It's literally everywhere. I guess I just have to own it…I saw that my song was going viral, and I was like, 'Wait, this is like the perfect door-opener to be starting something really cool,'" she said. "So I decided to launch those sweatshirts."
From there, she went on to make sweatshirts with the lyrics to the song. She and her three sisters model the sweaters, wear them on the show, and advertise them on Instagram. With nearly one million followers on Instagram, it’s safe to say people know about the brand.
There are tons of other examples of just how successful you can go on to be when you are a reality TV star by proxy – further challenging Avery’s claims that the reasons she isn’t getting interviews is due to the show. There may be validity to some of what she’s saying because she’s dealing specifically with the finance industry, which can be quite conservative. But even still, if she wanted to start her own finance business, as opposed to a luxury party planning one, I imagine she’d be able to acquire a decent clientele, especially considering Ramona’s connections. She spent years working as a successful realtor with some of New York’s richest buyers.
Whether it’s Real Housewives or any other reality show out there, the added visibility that comes with being a reality TV nepo baby can either make you or break you. It truly depends on who is on screen serving as your ambassador - and in Avery’s case, her mother’s loose lips may have sunk her ship.