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'RHONY' Newcomer Bershan Shaw Defends Ramona Singer Following Allegations Of Racism

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Jul. 4 2021, Published 1:43 p.m. ET

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Is Ramona Singer, 64, a racist? The answer according to her friend and RHONY cast mate Bershan Shaw, 47, is definitely not.

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In an exclusive interview with Us Weekly, Shaw squashed the racism rumors telling the magazine, "I gotta tell you, Ramona is not a racist. I'd say this again. Everyone's like, 'She's a racist.' She's not. ...We just grew up in different ways in different areas."

Early during the current season of RHONY, the author of Life on the Ramona Coaster, raised eyebrows when she referred to some of her staff as "the help."

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The poorly worded description of Singer's employees led to a heated argument between herself and Eboni K. Williams, 37. But why stop there? During the June 29, episode, Singer didn't help her case when at the lawyer's Harlem dinner party, she decided to make an early exit. The party was meant as a means to teach Eboni's fellow costars about black history.

Singer claimed in her defense that Eboni was being "preachy" and that at the end of the day all she wanted to do was "escape" the news.

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But despite Singer's head scratching behavior, Shaw didn't jump on board the cancel culture band wagon and instead stuck up for her friend. "Ramona didn't grow up in a diverse area, right?" she told Us Weekly. "So, Ramona lives in her bubble, right? Her friends. But when we met in the summer, we hit it off. ...She's a straight shooter."

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Other RHONY cast members were also accused of not getting into the black history spirit of things. Still, Shaw had no problem with any of it. "I'm not like, you know, kissing her butt ...but she's like a lot of New Yorkers," she said.

"They stay in their neighborhoods, They're here, they're there. I just think she has a world – it's Upper East Side. She goes to the Hamptons. That's her world and that's her own bubble."

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Shaw has been a welcome addition to the 13 season of the hit reality series. Although brought in as a "friend" for this season to see how she tests with the viewers, it's clear the business coach could be back as a full-timer for season 14.

"Never say never," she told Us. "I mean, look, I like the girls. I like what Bravo's doing. ...They're trying to step it up. I like that."

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