Saturday, September 24, 2011

Alex McCord Blames Jill Zarin For Her RHONY Firing

As Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen take in the fact that they'll no longer appear on The Real Housewives of New York, they are turning their anger towards Jill Zarin.

Despite the fact that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop are also on the Real Housewives of New York chopping block, Alex McCord thinks that Jill Zarin is the reason that she and husband Simon Van Kempen were released from the Bravo show.

I personally think that Alex and Simon are blaming the wrong person. While I believe that Jill Zarin did try to get the Brooklyn based pair ousted from the show (per Alex's claims), this was clearly bigger than Ms. Zarin herself. After all, Jill was also let go from RHONY, so Bravo would have no incentive to listen to her if she was also getting the axe.

Word has it that Bravo was hoping to recast RHONY with 'real' society women, and most of the current cast didn't fit that profile. The only one who really fit was Countess LuAnn De Lesseps, and she made it through the cut. Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan also made it, but I'm not entirely sure why.

To be fair, Jill, Kelly, Cindy and Alex didn't really have much to offer RHONY anymore. Jill was becoming a highly disliked instigator who reportedly hired people to post positive things about her on Twitter. Kelly was Jill's sidekick, so without Jill, there's no need for Kelly. Cindy was pretty much universally disliked from the start and got bad press for being racist. And Alex was interesting at first, but there's only so much we can care about when she and Simon shop for pretentious clothing and call their kids by their pretentious names, Francois and Johann.

Alex should remember that RHONY wasn't originally cast as a 'Real Housewives' series. The show was originally called Manhattan Moms, although it never aired under that name. So the women weren't cast to fit the Real Housewives stereotype, which Bravo seems to be migrating towards with the new cast. The new castmates seem to be more wealthy than the originals, and Bravo reportedly specifically sought out specific 'types' - Carole Radziwill as a single woman and Aviva Drescher as a Wall Street wife. The show also cast Heather Thomson, creator of Yummie Tummie, who has links to big name celebrities.

Bravo may also be trying to keep interest going in the RHONY series. The show saw increased ratings after Bethenny Frankel's departure, so Andy Cohen and the other Bravo execs may expect this shakeup to cause even more of a boost. And, Alex McCord shouldn't be too sad...Andy's offered her and hubby Simon guest spots on other shows, so she can at least keep her name in the Bravo spotlight a tiny bit.

No comments: