Although rumors have swirled all week about The Real Housewives of New York cast shakeup having left Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop without a spot on the upcoming season, Bravo finally admits the rumors are true.
Huffington Post blogger, Naughty but Nice Rob, first broke the shocking news earlier this week, but without an official statement from Bravo, cast and fans may have believed the rumors weren't true. In a statement released last night, Bravo execs confirm that Jill, Alex, Cindy and Kelly will not return next season. A Bravo spokesperson tells People.com, "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 spokesperson goes on to say that Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan will return.
Alex McCord took to her Twitter account yesterday to tell fans she will not return for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York. Alex tweets, "Nothing was decided until today, but as of tonight a decision has been reached. @SimonvanKempen & I are leaving #RHONY, sadly but amicably." In a statement to HollywoodReporter.com, Simon says he and Alex are sad to see this happen, but that fans haven't seen the last of the couple yet, "And it might not be the end of seeing us on Housewives. It might not be the end of seeing us on Bravo. We don't know that yet either. There's a lot to be discussed in the upcoming weeks. We wish the next season well. We're not going away. We remain happy and long may that continue."
Jill seemingly refers to the fact she knows she's not returning to the show when she tweets last night, "When one door closes..another one opens.I love all my fans and can't wait for @SkweezCouture to launch this wk and announce my next project." Jill just can't seem to admit to her fans that she was "let go." Since sources say the four women didn't see this coming, maybe Jill's still taking time to process what has happened.
While it's sad to see Alex go, it'll be interesting to watch what happens next season with the addition of three new The Real Housewives of New York cast members and what dynamic they'll bring to the show.
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