Jill, Kelly, Alex, Cindy fired from Real Housewives of New York City

Possible Real Housewives of New York City cast for Season 5

It’s been rumored for months that Bravo was planning on overhauling the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City and that appears to be the case as Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord (which include’s Alex’s husband, and honorary “housewife,” Simon van Kempen), and Cindy Barshop were all reportedly contacted by Bravo earlier today and told they would not be back for the fifth season of the reality series.

That leaves only Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps as returning cast members, the latter of which revealed yesterday on New York Live that there would be three new women added for next season.

The cuts seem to match up with the planned “Real Housewives Live Tour” in October with the exception being Jill Zarin’s scheduled appearance in Atlanta. Sonja Morgan was scheduled to appear at the Chicago show and LuAnn de Lesseps was on the bill in Atlantic City. (Perhaps Jill will be replaced in Atlanta by Ramona Singer?)

There has been no official confirmation of the reports, only these lukewarm responses from the ladies stating that no final decisions have been made:

Alex McCord via Twitter: “Speaking for myself only, there is no decision yet whether I’m in or out of #RHONY -Nothing’s finalized, though I’d like to do another year.”

Simon van Kempen via Twitter: “Per @BravoTV we r still under consideration #Fact RT @SirEddieCorp: @mccordalex are the rubies true were u let go fm#RHoNY @SimonvanKempen”

Jill Zarin via statement to TooFab.com: “Jill has not been fired from The Real Housewives of New York City. The truth is that Jill is still in discussions with Bravo for season 5 and hasn’t made a final decision about returning to the show.”

Cindy Barshop in a statement to HuffPost Celeb: “Everything out there right now is just rumors. Nothing is 100 [percent] decided yet, it could go either way.”

UPDATE – Jill Zarin just posted this on her Facebook page:

You guys are so sweet. Sign up at jillzarin.com for my newsletter. My fans will get my first comments when I am allowed too. I hate not telling you more than you know. But I am under contract with Bravo that is very specific about penalties if we leak anything etc. That’s why I couldn’t confirm rumors from August that came out. I feel terrible. But don’t worry….as Bobby says..”It’s ALL good.” I promise.

UPDATE – Alex has clarified her position on Facebook as well:

I can confirm that I have not been ‘fired’ by BRAVO for next season’s Real Housewives of New York City. There are many rumors swirling around. Here’s the truth – Simon & I are still under consideration for season 5 & we’ll know one way or another very soon. I have to laugh at all the purported ‘insiders’ giving ‘off the record’ quotes. Some of the things I’ve read are frankly just absurd. Check back here or on Twitter & I’ll let you know the truth when I know something definitive. Alex

Don’t count out the castaways completely though because according to HuffPost Celeb there is a chance that they could still come back:

But according to another insider, the three housewives who were not invited back were told that they could possibly be reinstated next season if any of the new cast members don’t work out — and we’re sure that Zarin, McCord and Bensimon have their fingers crossed that they won’t.

I completely agree that the show needed to be overhauled because it had lapsed into unentertaining and over-intentionalized non-stop petty bickering saturated with so much finger pointing and desperate attempts to win viewers’ favors that it felt like a political race. Regardless of who they kept, flushing more than half the cast will most certainly make it possible that the show can be entertaining again – of course all of it depends on the new ladies they bring in.

So what do you think? Do you like the cuts? Should they have cut more? Less? Someone else?

  • Oh dear lord ladies !!! This is just sad your 15mnts are OVER !! Suck it up move on ….

  • Deidre Lee

    Excellent….but Luann should be included in the fired list.

  • I think luann should go n jill and alex should stay luann is annoying trying to correct everyone like she’s so great ..n when u go to the city a few days a week guess what u are a weekend mom !! Kelly is such a ditz n not in a good way get over urself ur not better than anyone n but out when other people are going discussing their issues cindy …who???

  • jessica

    Im SO relieved Bravo is going to switch up the cast and keep only a few (tho i wish Alex would be invited back!!). As the writer said, all last season was a political debate and NO ONE looked good. And frankly, I wanted to shoot myself after watching BOTH of the reunion shows as it was basically them all screaming at once for 180 minutes straight. Jeez women, get on with your lives!

  • Annah

    I totally agree with these cuts. Perfect choices, these 4 ladies are annoying to watch and make the show unbearable. Hope they don’t come back.

  • chawms

    I agree with everything, except I wish Alex would stay and LuAnn would be taken off. I have to laugh every time LuAnn talks about class. No one who truly has it talks about it. Someone needs to call her on her Countess shtick. Ridiculous. It says EVERYTHING that she desperately holds on to a title that has nothing to do with her. Is she that insecure on her own? And her singing is laughably pathetic.

  • chartman

    i am just sick that luann was not fired as she, jill, kelly and cindy were mean girl bullies. i know 3 out of 4 isn’t bad but luann is a monster. i know she needs the money as she was the poorest of all the housewives. but her, go out and get your self a job or a rich man as the one she hung her hat on just sells wine. i don’t think that will pay all her bills. just plain sick she is still on the show. this could do harm to the show as all the polls agreed with me and will affect the ratings. luann will now grab hold of the two new women that she knows and hope that will help her reputation, sorry bitch won’t help. i do not reward bad behavior.

    • catdoc

      Luann is the poorest on the show? Don’t you read the paper? I don’t recall Luann filing for bankruptcy like that idiot Sonja.

  • catdoc

    Sonja was probably kept on the show out of sympathy for her broke ass. Still waiting for the toaster oven cookbook. Not interested in this show anymore–can’t stand the sight of disgusting Sonja Tremont (no longer a Morgan) and shriveled-up Ramona.