In true Jill Zarin fashion, she's denying denying denying. This time it's not about her culpability in the Bethenny saga or whether or not she acted like a real biatch in season three; Zarin is denying that she's been fired from The Real Housewives of New York. In fact, Alex McCord is denying she's gotten the axe, too. Even Bravo's denying that they fired anyone ... sort of.
So yesterday we got the good news that Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, and Cindy Barshop were canned from the show. Now it turns out that nothing has been officially decided yet. Why tease us so, Andy Cohen? Fire these losers and let's all move on.
Clearly, Bravo and I are on the same page. Hence the firings. Well, half-firings. OK, so Jill Zarin was the first to have her rep reach out to Us Weekly to say that she hasn't gotten a pink slip; she's just still in negotiations with Bravo. Then Alex piped up and basically said the same thing, only giving more info revealing that she expects to hear whether or not she'll be on season five of the show by next week. No word yet from Kelly, who probably doesn't yet know what's happening, seeing as she's busy doing cartwheels and loving rainbows.
Bravo has said that "no decisions have been made yet," but the gossip is that these ladies are totally dunzo. Reportedly, Bravo already has three replacement housewives lined up and filming starts in two weeks. If for some reason the newbies don't work out, Bravo might call back the ones they've fired to be on the show again.
Sonja Morgan, one of the remaining Wives, told Us Weekly that in fact she, Ramona, and LuAnn are the only ones who were asked back. Everyone else has been let go.
I say let's just get it out in the open. Bravo clearly needs to revamp the show, so it makes sense that they're letting people go. Not sure why they decided to keep the Countless and Ramona, but beggars can't be choosers. As long as Jill and Kelly are gone, I'm happy.
Here's to a new season of RHONY with new people!
Do you hope the rumors are true?
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