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Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon Officially Axed From 'Real Housewives'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 18th 2011 5:03AM
Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, Jill ZarinReports last week of a casting bloodbath at 'The Real Housewives of New York City' have been confirmed.

A Bravo source told 'People' that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop have all been axed: "Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season 5 of 'The Real Housewives of New York City.'"

The source added, "We've had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have on-going discussions with them."

Zarin and McCord initially denied the rumors that they hadn't been asked back for Season 5, but now McCord has told 'People' that "Simon and I are sad not to continue with RHONY but it's a friendly decision and discussions with Bravo are ongoing for other projects."

Fellow cast member Zarin may spill the beans about exactly what went down during the Season 5 negotiations. In a statement, her rep said she "looks forward to personally opening up about all of this very soon and announcing some exciting new projects."

Could one of Zarin's exciting new projects be another branch of the 'Real Housewives' franchise? She and Ayda Field were previously linked with a spin-off show set in London.

The mass pink-slipping leaves just DeLesseps and Singer as the only original cast members on 'RHONY.' Sonja Morgan's a relative newbie, having joined in Season 3. Who will join them for lattes and bitching sessions in Season 5?

Stay tuned for updates.

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shadowracer

Please get Benismone to Drew.

September 18 2011 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lydia Lilli

So glad that Alex and Kelly aren't returning. BORING!! Jill kind of added to the drama so I hope they'll find some good replacements - otherwise, with LuAnn and the remaining cast it's going to be DULLSVILLE all season.
I don't think they should have gotten rid of Jill.

September 18 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
margievasicek

I'm not surprised about Jill & Kelly, but I wish Alex could have stayed. I always liked her .

September 18 2011 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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