A brand-new cast member of Bravo’s revamped, ethnically diverse “Real Housewives of New York City” left the show after her husband repeated the N-word while recounting a discussion between two of its co-stars, Page Six has learned.
last wednesday, inform us that Lizzy Savetsky had left the show before it concluded its first season, saying she had experienced a wave of anti-Semitism.
“since then [it was announced she was joining the cast]She said, “I was on the receiving end of an avalanche of [anti-Semitic] attacks. As this continued, I realized that this path was no longer right for me and my family.”
And while we’ve heard there’s more to the story, production insiders downplayed the drama other than the cyberbullying.
Now it turns out, in fact, that things went off the rails a few weeks ago while Savetsky was filming a scene with co-star Bryn Whitfield, and things only got worse from there.
We are told that Whitfield asked the orthodox Jew Savitsky, who had a good reputation as a matchmaker, if she had set her up with a Jewish man. But Savitsky said that—although she had no problem with Jews dating non-Jews—she would rather Jews set up with other Jews, the sources said.
She added that Orthodox Jews prefer marriage between Jews to preserve ethnic lineage. We are told that she made it clear that Judaism is not just a belief system, but also a people.
Sources say Whitfield was offended, and said something to the effect that Savitsky’s terms sounded like those used by “terrible people.” [meaning Nazis] Who did evil to your people, ”which shocked Savitsky.
According to several insiders, the tension caused by the scene led to an off-camera phone call between Savetsky and Whitfield, during which they discussed the power of the racial slurs.
We’re told that Whitfield, who is half black, used the N-word during the call, but instead of using the term “N-word,” she said the word that represented her in full. We’re told Savetsky got the impression that Whitfield planned to tell the other cast members that Savetsky had also used the N-word during the call.
Sources say that Savitsky’s husband, Dr. Ira Savitsky, was furious and reported the alleged incident to the show’s producers.
But we’re told that when he narrated the call, Ira also said the actual word instead of saying the “N-word.”
We heard he later apologized, but the damage was done and we’re told that’s when “talks began” about the pair exiting the show.
Insiders made sure to point out that Savetsky has also experienced massive online anti-Semitism, and that the N-word incident alone wasn’t the only reason she left the show.
The episode is something ridiculous.
Prior to that final season of “RHONY,” the network was taking heat for its all-white cast. In an effort to rectify the problem, the producers added the show’s first black cast member, Ebony K. Williams.
But that experience It ended in disaster When Williams accused a cast member of racism, it sparked a massive third-party investigation that effectively ended the show as we know it.
Bravo announced in the spring that it Plan to fix the show With a fresh and ethnically diverse cast. But the network appears to have intervened directly in the racing scandal, despite going to great lengths to avoid exactly that.
The cast now includes creative director Sai DeSilva, model and philanthropist Uba Hassan, home renovation expert Erin Dana Lecce, and former head of J Crew. Jenna Lyonsfashion publicist and brand consultant, Jessel Tank & Whitfield.
Bravo declined to comment, and a representative for Savetsky declined to comment.