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Is it depressing to be single in Wichita? Reality TV star thinks so

“Real Housewives of New York City” star Ramona Singer, pictured here with her ex-husband Mario Singer, said on television that she is thankful that she’s not single in Wichita, Kansas.
“Real Housewives of New York City” star Ramona Singer, pictured here with her ex-husband Mario Singer, said on television that she is thankful that she’s not single in Wichita, Kansas. Getty Images for DuJour

Although it seems unlikely she’s ever been to Wichita, a star of the reality television show “The Real Housewives of New York City” apparently has a dismal view of the city’s dating scene.

On last week’s episode of the show, which airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Bravo, castmate Ramona Singer talks about her status as a single woman. Singer divorced her husband of 22 years, Mario Singer, a year ago after accusing him of cheating on her.

In the episode, Ramona was out on the town with some friends and was discussing her dating prospects. In a cutaway interview, she tells producers she’s OK being single.

“I’m in New York City,” she says. “If I was in Wichita, Kansas, I’d probably be very depressed.”

Wichita social media took notice, and several people posted about the comment.

Liz Wine, a single woman living in Wichita, said Singer didn’t know what she was talking about.

“Wow, I feel the opposite,” Wine wrote on Facebook. “Single and happy in Wichita, while the thought of being alone in a massive city like NYC would scare the tar out of me ... and I don’t like big crowds.”

Wichitan Aaron Sidwell filmed a clip of the show as it played on his television and posted it on Facebook. His solution? Invite Singer to Wichita for a night out.

Though Sidwell, also single, is a fan of the show, he said he doesn’t like it when an outsider trashes the city he loves, and it seems like people on shows set in New York have made dissing Kansas a habit.

“Being single for me is fine,” he said. “It’s trashing my city that I don’t like.”

Wine said that in the end, she laughed Singer’s comment off.

“I am just impressed she had heard of Wichita as she doesn’t seem the brightest,” she said. “And Alton Brown likes Wichita, and I respect his opinion much more than hers.”

People with a cable subscription can still watch the episode online. That is, if they’re able to emerge from their Wichita-induced depression.

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