UPDATE: A rep for “The Real Housewives of New York City” has finally spoken out about last week’s report that cast members Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop had been fired from the show.
“Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City,” a network spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “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.”
The “Real Housewives of New York City” are getting a makeover, but it’s not the plastic surgery kind this time. Three stars of the show have been cut … from the cast!
A report at The Huffington Post claims Jill Zarin, Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon have been axed.
Those three won’t be returning as full-time cast members for Season 5, along with last season’s new addition Cindy Barshop, who let’s face it, was a dud. They were all allegedly let go and notified of the news Thursday morning by Bravo. A source at Entertainment Tonight also claims to confirm the news.
That means only “classy” Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona “Pinot” Singer and bankruptcy ridden Sonja Morgan remain as cast members. Count LuLu reportedly dished to the press on Wednesday that three new ladies were being courted to join the cast.
The report then does add that the allegedly axed wives could return next season if the new castmates don’t pan out.
Bravo isn’t confirming the reports, claiming “No decisions have been made yet.”
Watch the Ladies Tear Each Other Apart in the “RHONYC” Reunion Episode: