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Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop & Alex McCord Axed From 'Real Housewives of New York City'?

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 3:10PM
The Real Housewives of NYCBravo's 'Real Housewives' franchise always manages to make headlines, even when the drama is unfolding off-camera.

HuffPost Celebrity's Rob Shuter is reporting that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord were all let go from 'The Real Housewives of New York City' on Thursday, and that three new ladies will be added to the cast for its new season. Us Weekly claims Cindy Barshop is also off the show.

The 'Housewives' housecleaning leaves Ramona Singer and former Countess LuAnn de Lesseps as the only original cast members remaining. Sonja Morgan will also be staying with the show. No word yet on last season's new addition Cindy Barshop, although it's been widely reported that she will also not be returning.

Bravo has yet to release an official statement about the casting shake-ups, and it's unclear why these three ladies in particular were let go. It's possible that as original cast members, their salary demands were getting too high for Bravo's liking. As we saw this past season, all the women seemed very concerned with their own fame, personal branded products and endorsement deals.

Another possible cause is that the network, like many viewers, was getting tired of Jill's bossiness, Alex's constant need to start fights and one-up her fellow 'Housewives' and Kelly's increasingly erratic behavior.

There were also rumors that Jill was looking to do her own spinoff, a la ex-BFF Bethenny Frankel, including a possible 'Real Housewives of London' offshoot.

Either way, rumor has it that Bravo is trying to keep the ladies on the line, just in case their new crop of 'Housewives' hopefuls don't pan out.

What do you think of this news? Will you watch 'RHONY' without Jill, Kelly and Alex?

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Eve Guevara-Sansom

Speaking from a London perspective - a newcomer to RHONY - if Bravo are now going to serve Betheny and Ramona as their top catches to represent Women of New York - as America - I can only note that both Clare Boothe Luce and Ira Levin will turn in their Graves. I won't watch them - in real terms they are very - freaky. All they have is - wealth - as PEOPLE they are dull and uninteresting in real terms - lightweights in any intellect quality. Their general taste in fashion is very predictable and also uninteresting like them. It will prove to be a HUGE mistake to get rid of Jill in particular. Her 'Sisterly' feelings are genuine and she does have - class. They just failed to bring her down to their level of choking-cat levels of understanding everything. Both Betheny and Ramona would deconstruct any SANE person - so, we saw it happen to Kelly - for real. Clare Boothe Luce wrote THE WOMEN in 1936 - from behind the eyes of a Great Woman in motion - observing the choking-cat females of her Time - I despair of all that she tried to achieve - and still does in her name for Great Women. Ditto to Ira Levine. So, I won't bother to watch it anymore - those two very limited, arrogant, self-assuming females are too far up their own backsides to be alert to the stinks they create. They destroy good social culture - by demand! No thanks!

October 12 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol Shand

I think it is a shame that Jill and Alex have been axed from the show. Kelly and Cathy in my opinion have not offered much to the shows entertainment.

September 19 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elaine Leirer

It is such a relief to see the end of Alex,Simon and Jill.Kelly was never really there . Simon and Alex are posers and very annoying. Let them live on towels and oil money. Jill's absence will save Bobby money.

September 18 2011 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So glad Sonja & Ramona are staying. They seem to genuinely enjoy each other and are fun to watch. Jill is mean and controlling. Kelly is her puppet, stupid and mean as well. Cindy is Boring and an awful mother. It is so obvious she Doesn't spend any quality time with her girls. Luann, hopefully, will see how bad she looked joining ranks with Jill and Kelly. Maybe even see reality; she has a horrible voice. Sorry Alex, you can't school the brunettes in being nice or making sense any more than Luann can school them(or herself) in class or manners.

September 18 2011 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also < cindy is soo boring.

September 17 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

cant stomach Jill or nutty Kelly.

September 17 2011 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't stand Alex. Good By Wan-a-bee!!!

September 16 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roberta Thompson

I can't stand "Kelly", she is such a bitch!! I am surprised Jill is going but Alex was getting annoying. Thank you for xing Kelly you made my day. Kelly is so jealous of Bethany so it turned out is perfect!! Love the , will never stop watching.

September 15 2011 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sicka U

Hey you forget about Luann and her tired ass no singing wanna be grand self

September 15 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alex and Ramona were my first choices to go. I absolutely turned the show off because of them. They are, of
course, all opportunists and have gotten way too much attention. I don't think Cindy adds anything. Sonja is
the only interesting one, who seems harmless and is fairly nice to others.

September 15 2011 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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