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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."

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Sonja Uses Burlesque to Express Her Feelings on 'Real Housewives NYC' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 8th 2011 3:09AM
Sonja Morgan, 'The Real Housewives of New York City'Sonja decided to express what she's been going through in her life through art on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). More specifically, as a featured performer in a burlesque show she put on. Do these women know how to party or what?

"If they didn't get it, fine," she said later. "But I've been feeling a lot of emotions and a lot of self-mockery of late. That's how I get through tough times and I wanted to share it."

Jill Zarin definitely didn't get it, wondering at one point if Sonja was talking about her and the other women with some of her lines. Particularly, "You know those jealous b******, they're usually the snitches."

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'Real Housewives of New York' Star Sonja Morgan May Lose House, 'Hung' Experiments and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 5th 2011 12:00PM
Sonja MorganSonja Morgan's life (and financial woes) have been splashed on the front pages of tabloids and TV screens thanks to her role on 'Real Housewives of New York City,' but now the reality star is speaking out about her messy divorce and money troubles.

According to the New York Post, Morgan may lose her Upper East Side town house.

"I'm sure the world thinks, 'Sonja doesn't have to worry, she's got that husband there for her.' But I'm on my own," Sonja said.

Sonja claims in court papers that John Adams Morgan, her 80-year-old ex-husband, is refusing to pay her a $3 million divorce judgment and $300,000 in back alimony. Sonja also claims he has barred her from selling and visiting properties she co-owns with him in Colorado and France.

Last fall, Sonja filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

In other TV news ...

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'Real Housewives of New York City' Star Sonja Morgan Ordered to Pay $7 Million

by Chris Harnick, posted May 23rd 2011 12:00PM
Sonja MorganSonja Morgan has been ordered to pay $7 million after a failed movie venture. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the United States Court of Appeals has upheld the $7 million judgment against the 'Real Housewives of New York City' star.

The ruling alleges Morgan is liable for fraudulent conduct because the potential John Travolta film, 'Fast Flash to Bang Time,' didn't get made. Morgan was ordered to pay Richard Rionda del Castro and his company, Hannibal Pictures, $7 million.

"With the confirmation by one of the highest Courts of our country, the masks are falling and there is no longer any doubt that we were defrauded and severely damaged," Rionda del Castro said in a statement. "We are now going to collect to the fullest extent of the law."

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Sonja Forgets the Bottom Half of Her Costume on 'Real Housewives of NYC' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2011 4:09AM
'The Real Housewives of New York City'When you're hosting a dinner party, it's important that you stand out so people remember you. If it's a masquerade ball, it's even more crucial that people can find you and know which costume you're wearing. Sonja made it abundantly clear who she was on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo) every time she bent over.

Apparently, she was wearing an incomplete costume and she made sure everyone knew it. "I'm missing half my costume! There's something that goes with this," she said at one point.

To another group of people, it was, "I forgot my costume! There's a petticoat that goes down here."

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NYC 'Housewives': Alex, Sonja Fight Over Who Hijacked the Marriage Equality March (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 15th 2011 5:40AM
Alex, Sonja Fight on NYC 'Housewives'On 'The Real Housewives of New York' (Thu., 10PM ET on BRAVO), Sonja Morgan hijacked the marriage equality march, making it all about her once she was named grand marshal of the event. Alex McCord's husband Simon was scheduled to take the podium, but Sonja wouldn't share the mic.

Later at an event for Sonja's artist beau Bryan, she and Alex debated who was the event's bigger bridezilla. "You kicked [Simon] off the podium!" said Alex. Sonja replied, "I was invited to speak, and you were not."

They fought by simply talking at the same time. Sonja seemed to win, merely for being louder. "Now is not the time," she said. "This is my home. I have guests arriving. This is about Bryan and myself today -- it's not about you. You need to have some manners."

"Excuse me, Sonja, I'm not done yet," said Alex, following her into another room and continuing to chatter away.

Finally Sonja yelled, "Don't you ever talk to me like this again. You have the worst manners. This is the wrong time and the wrong place, and you know what, at the wedding march it was the wrong time and the wrong place! You have crossed the wrong person. Out of my house!"

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'The Real Housewives of New York City' Season 4, Episode 2 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 15th 2011 2:00AM
the_real_housewives_of_new_york_city_2010_black_dresses_bravo['The Real Housewives of New York City' - 'March Madness']

Another week, another battle of the bitches. By the way, you look fabulous. We all look fabulous. Any discussion on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' has to start with them complimenting each other about how lovely they look. It must be in the Bravo directives because every encounter begins with the 'fabulous' mantra.

Now that the first two episodes have aired, I think it's safe to say that Alex has emerged as the victim of the season. Maybe she's taking over Bethenny's crown as the 'wife' who gets dumped on, talked about and generally misunderstood.

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'Real Housewives of NYC''s Sonja Morgan: 'I'm Not Sure What a Thug in a Cocktail Dress Is'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 7th 2011 9:00AM
Sonja MorganLast season on 'Real Housewives of New York City,' fun-loving scene-stealer Sonja Morgan spent much of her time on the outskirts, away from the drama.

She watched as Jill and Bethenny's relationship imploded, LuAnn stepped into the music studio, Alex began to find her voice, Kelly lost a few marbles and Ramona got down with some turtle time. Her personal drama, an ongoing divorce battle and financial issues all played out in the background, away from the prying eyes of the camera.

Not so much this year, the Bravo star told AOL TV.

"It's always difficult to have cameras [on you], even in the best of times," Sonja said, "because cameras get everything and it can be edited in any way the producers want to edit them."

Besides a different side of the blonde bombshell, Sonja teased the "riveting" Morocco trip, Alex's rants, her own toaster oven cookbook and what, exactly, is going on with her financial woes.

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Sonja Morgan Explains 'Real Housewives of NYC' Delay, 'Freaks & Geeks' Paley Guest List Revealed and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 4th 2011 11:15AM
Sonja MorganNow that we've come to terms with 'Real Housewives of Miami' taking 'Real Housewives of New York City's' place on Bravo's schedule, it's time to talk about why.

According to 'New York City' star Sonja Morgan, editors need more time to piece the series together.

"They want it to be the best possible season," Morgan told Star magazine. "To do that, they need some more time to edit. We've filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we're seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through."

Many insiders -- including us -- speculate the season wasn't shaping up to be very dramatic without Bethenny Frankel. Her new series, 'Bethenny Ever After,' debuts later this month.

For more on 'The Real Housewives of Miami' head on over here to meet the cast and watch a preview.

In other TV news ...

The big names are coming together for the PaleyFest event honoring 'Freaks and Geeks' and 'Undeclared.' From 'Freaks & Geeks': Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Samm Levine, Busy Phillips, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, Paul Feig and Joe Flaherty will appear. Yep, there's no James Franco on that list. Check out the 'Undeclared' list at the source. [Entertainment Weekly]

Clearasil is sticking with 'Skins.' Despite pressure from the Parents Television Council, the acne cream will not pull its ads from the MTV show. A spokesperson for the company said, "Clearasil buys advertising time in blocks and the networks slot our ads wherever they have free time," and that they do not endorse any one program. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jesse McCartney will star in Fox's 'Locke and Key.' McCartney will play Tyler, the oldest son of Miranda Otto's character, Nina. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Real Housewives of NYC' Star Sonja Morgan Files for Bankruptcy, Blames John Travolta

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 18th 2010 1:00PM
Sonja MorganSonja Morgan is joining fellow 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice on the bankruptcy train. Somebody call up Ramona Singer and get this woman some "Turtle time," stat.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Morgan, a recent addition to Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New York City,' filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In her petition, Morgan listed $19.8 million in debt with $13.5 million in assets. The source for her financial woes? None other than John Travolta.

Prior to Sonja's divorce from John Adams Morgan, the two began the aptly titled Sonja Productions, an indie movie company. The company produced 'The Marsh,' starring Forest Whitaker. Sonja Productions struck a deal with Hannibal Pictures Inc. to produce 'Fast Flash to Bang Time,' a film that had Travolta attached to star.

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'The Real Housewives of NYC' Throw a Surprise Bridal Shower (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 28th 2010 4:25AM
'The Real Housewives of NYC' Throw a Surprise Bridal ShowerIt's a bridal shower on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). A double bridal shower, actually, which is being thrown for both Bethenny and Ramona. And the presents handed out at the party are weirdly inappropriate -- but are also somehow completely expected, given the nature of the show.

[Spoiler alert.]

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A Bad Time for a Fight on 'Real Housewives of NYC' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 16th 2010 4:25AM
A Bad Time for a Fight on 'Real Housewives of NYC'A new cast member has arrived on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo). Divorcee Sonja Morgan has joined the show, and apparently she's a fan of sex, shopping and plastic surgery. (This is according to the description of her on the show's official website). Wow. A 'Real Housewife' likes sex, shopping and surgery. What an unexpected surprise.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Two New 'Real Housewives of New York City': Sonja Morgan & Jennifer Gilbert

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:30PM
Real HousewivesWatch out, Manhattan, because the cutthroat world of being rich on TV just got a little more crowded, as Bravo has announced two new cast additions to their hit reality series 'The Real Housewives of New York City'.

According to the network's press release, 'The Real Housewives of New York City', which follows the lives of a number of the city's social elite, will be adding Sonja Morgan and Jennifer Gilbert to the upcoming third season, which will debut next year.

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Bethenny Frankel replaced on The Real Housewives of NYC

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 3rd 2009 1:22PM
bethenny_frankelBF is nobody's BFF these days... or so it seems. Just days after Bravo announced that three reality stars were getting spinoffs of their own, one of them has made news again. Bethenny Frankel is out of The Real Housewives of New York York City and Sonja Morgan has been added.

Now, this could be as simple as Bethenny is moving on to star in her own show as was announced. However, there are rumors that in the few episodes she's done for the new season of Real Housewives, Bethenny has been feuding with the other ladies.

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