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Viewers praise first Black 'RHONY' cast member for the big statement she made in her first episode

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Eboni K. Williams, the very first Black cast member in The Real Housewives of New York City's 13-year history, made her debut during the Season 13 premiere Tuesday night.

Prior to becoming the host of Revolt Black News on Revolt TV and launching her new podcast Holding Court With Eboni K. Williams, the newest RHONY star was a correspondent for CBS News and a contributor for Fox News. Williams is also a lawyer by trade.

During the episode, Leah McSweeney stated, "Eboni is pretty much the epitome of Black Girl Magic. She is a lawyer. She's an AKA. She's a broadcaster. She took on the president, and she does this all while looking hot as **** wearing Louboutins."

Viewers welcomed Williams with open arms during her debut and even praised the new reality star for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask and a sweatshirt printed with the first names of the Central Park Five – the Black and Latino youths who were wrongfully convicted of assaulting a woman in 1989 – during her very first scene.

Meanwhile, longtime castmate Sonja Morgan was attempting to welcome Williams with open arms, when she tried to point out that she has diverse fish at her Upper Eastside townhouse.

"If you notice, my fish are every color. I have black, white, yellow," said Sonja. However, later, Williams stated in her confessional, "I feel Sonja's trying to connect on the racial diversity element of the moment, but I think the fish effort is a bit lame. I give her two points for trying."

Video Transcript

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EBONI WILLIAMS: I wear many hats professionally. I am a lawyer by trade, but I also work as a broadcaster. I currently host a show called "Revolt Black News." I think I'm the definition of a multi-hyphenate.

Season 13 of "The Real Housewives of New York City" premiered Tuesday night and introduced Eboni K. Williams, the first Black cast member in the show's 13-year history.

LEAH MCSWEENEY: Eboni is pretty much the epitome of Black girl magic. She is a lawyer. She's an AKA. She's a broadcaster. She took on the president. And she does this all while looking hot as [BLEEP] wearing Louboutins.

KYLIE MAR: Viewers welcome to Eboni with open arms during her debut and even praised the new reality star for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask and a sweatshirt printed with the first names of the Central Park Five, the Black and Latino youths who were wrongly convicted of assaulting a woman in 1989 during her very first scene. One person tweeted, "Eboni's first scene wearing a sweater with the names of the Central Park Five. She understands the assignment." Meanwhile longtime castmate Sonja Morgan was attempting to welcome Eboni with open arms when she tried to say she has diverse fish.

SONJA MORGAN: If you notice--

EBONI WILLIAMS: Yeah.

SONJA MORGAN: --my fish are every color. I have Black, white, yellow--

EBONI WILLIAMS: [INAUDIBLE] gorgeous.

SONJA MORGAN: --Black [? and ?] [? white ones. ?]

EBONI WILLIAMS: I see Black-- yeah, biracial fish, yeah.

I feel Sonja is trying to connect on the racial diversity element of the moment. But I think the fish effort is a bit lame. I give her two points for trying.

KYLIE MAR: But while many viewers think Eboni is exactly what the "RHONY" franchise needs, it looks like there's going to be some tough conversations ahead for the New York Housewives.

- Diana?

- No, I'm Michelle.

- Oh, I get my help wrong.

EBONI WILLIAMS: She says she gets her help wrong?

"The help" comment was a little triggering for me.

- Here's to hospitality assistance.

EBONI WILLIAMS: I have more education, frankly, than anybody at this table.