"The Real Housewives of New York" star Eboni K. Williams' law license in North Carolina is suspended, it's been revealed, but there seems to be a perfectly good explanation for that: she doesn't practice law anymore.
After Page Six broke the news about the suspension, the reality TV star explained the situation on her Instagram in a video.
"My status is suspended for one reason and it's a very simple reason," she said. "Y'all, I haven't lived or practiced law in the state of North Carolina since 2011."
Eboni, who identified as an attorney on the Bravo show, explained that she left her home state of North Carolina 10 years ago and eventually decided to change her career. Because of this, she no longer felt the need to keep the law license active. (She was never licensed in any other state.)
"When I decided to move to New York to be full time in media in broadcast, which is my life's work and I'm so blessed to do it full time and make a wonderful living doing it finally, yes, I had no desire to reactive my North Carolina bar license," she said, noting the fees and time associated with keeping a law license current.
"It really makes no sense for attorneys who aren't practicing law" to maintain an active law license, she said, especially if there is no desire to return to that line of work.
"I love the law. I loved my career as an attorney. I loved practicing law. I no longer practice law," she said. "I've not practiced law in a full time capacity in the state of North Carolina since 2011 and thus I have chosen voluntarily not to pay those assessments."
The former Fox News host said the stories sensationalizing her suspended law license are "a desperate attempt to discredit me."
Although Eboni only recently joined the "Housewives" cast, she's proven to be rather controversial due to her opinions and heavy storylines. Throughout the season Eboni has constantly brought up racial issues, to a point where viewers have found it unnatural and unnecessarily combative at times. As "RHONY" ratings tank, many on social media have blamed Eboni for the decline in viewership.