Reports 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 Fieldwere previously linked with a spin-off show set in London.The mass pink-slipping leaves just de Lesseps 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.