Alex McCord Is Nothing Without 'Real Housewives of New York'

Alex McCord & Simon van KempenI cheered when I heard the final news that four cast members of The Real Housewives of New York -- Jill Zarin, Cindy Barshop, Kelly Bensimon, and Alex McCord -- have been axed from the show. I've argued for some time that they should implement a do-over on that cast, and now that they largely have, my anticipation for the next season of RHWNY has been upped by about a zillion percent. But I don't feel like cheering quite so loudly when I think of one of the rejected four -- Alex.

I'm no fan, believe me; she's like nails on a chalk board most of the time she's on screen. And don't even get me started on her slimy, creepy husband, Simon van Kempen, but ... poor Alex, I keep thinking. New reports paint an even sorrier picture of her post rejection than I imagined.


While Jill is holding her annoying head high and moving on with no love for Bravo, apparently Alex is begging for scraps and will do anything for a bone. A source told the Huffington Post

Jill is done with them and ready to move on. If she’s not good enough to return to 'Housewives' she has no interest in making returning guest spots on 'Top Chef,' 'Rocco’s Dinner Party' or making a surprise secret appearance in the middle of the Housewife season. [But] Alex had the opposite response and would be happy to continuing working with Bravo in a new capacity.

Given her and her husband's penchant for publicity, it's not surprising, it's just sad. And really what else is she going to do now? All the others will be fine:

  • Jill is scrappy enough to push her businesses to success. And if not, well, there's Bobby.
  • Kelly is bat sh*t crazy, but she's gorgeous and can hang out with the cast of Toddlers and Tiaras if all else fails. She'll still be crazy, but she'll be fine.
  • Cindy wasn't even really a housewife anyway, as she didn't rank on the pecking order or utter more than 10 words the whole season. Plus, she has her successful business that she can run better without pissing Sonja Morgan off.

But Alex, what the hell is Alex going to do? She thinks she's a model, but ... She had some sort of career previously, but is anyone really going to take her seriously or buy linens from her after what they saw on the show? And her only other go-to is her husband, which is in no way a good thing. If we hear about her being kidnapped/running away with the guitar player from Journey soon, don't be surprised.

Alex and Simon's official statement is even sadder and more pathetic:

Alex and I are sad that it’s come to this. We had a great four years. We don’t intend for this to be the final time you’ll see us on television. Everything happens for a reason. We are not happy, we’re not sad. It is what it is. We thank our fans. We have tremendous, tremendous outpouring of support. I think even Bravo is surprised by how much support Alex has had. It didn’t change their opinion or didn’t change their decision. And it might not be the end of seeing us on Housewives. It might not be the end of seeing us on Bravo. We don’t know that yet either. There’s a lot to be discussed in the upcoming weeks. We wish the next season well. We’re not going away.

While that last line is unfortunate, the compassionate side of me does feel there needs to be some sort of assisted living facility or treatment facility for such fading and foul reality television stars like Alex and Simon. It would fill up fast -- Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Danielle Staub, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, and the list goes on and on. They've provided us with so much shocking entertainment, it seems only fair that they're taken care of ... and forced to endure one another. Just hold a room for Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, she'll be needing shelter soon.

Which rejected New York housewife do you think will fare the worst post show?

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