Roy Black is one of the most prominent criminal defense lawyers in South Florida, known as a legal commentator with high-profile clients such as Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith.
But now that his wife, Lea, is debuting this week on “The Real Housewives of Miami” on Bravo, Roy Black may get a new title: Lea Black’s husband.
Lea Black is among six women starring in the Magic City’s franchise of one of the most popular reality shows. The series, which debuts Tuesday, began shooting a year ago and already wrapped, but few people knew about it. For Black, that was intentional.
“I didn’t tell anyone,” she said in a recent phone interview. “I think people are probably mad at me. I denied doing it until Bravo announced it. I guess I’m shy about it.”
The Texas-born Black — who dubs herself the “token gringa” on the show — was cast not just because of her famous husband but due to her considerable political and charity fundraising efforts.
So will the famed Mr. Black appear on the show?
“He has a few cameos,” said Lea, who added he initially was not thrilled with his wife’s reality show role but came around. “My husband finds the whole pop scene amusing and entertaining and has enough confidence in me to know I wouldn’t do anything in bad taste.”
His law partners, however, are another story.
“I think my husband’s law partners are having a stiff drink about it about now,” she laughed. “They’re dialing 911.”
Black said she had misgivings about doing the show when first asked but hoped it would ultimately benefit her charities.
“I wasn’t sure and now I think the show’s become a phenomenon,” she said. “Bravo has created a pop culture phenomenon. I guess I decided to just live life and see what happens and go for it.”
The other “housewives” are retired NBA star Scottie Pippen’s wife Larsa, retired NBA star Glen Rice’s wife Cristy, magazine publisher Alexia Echeverria, art curator Adriana DeMoura-Sidi and public relations firm CEO Marysol Patton.