After poor ratings and demands of a total cast overhaul from hoards of angry viewers, Bravo has finally decided to give the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City the boot. Well, some of them anyway.
According to reports, earlier this morning Cindy Barshop, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, and Jill Zarin were notified by the network that they would no longer be full-time cast members, leaving LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan (Lady Morgan if you're nasty) at the helm when the show returns.
It's not yet clear whether that means that the ladies will be off the show completely, or if they're just being demoted to quasi-Housewives, like the new additions to the Beverly Hills cast, who have yet to make an appearance. Either way, it's definitely not good news for Cindy, Alex, Kelly, and Jill.
We guess Sonja was right about that whole pecking order thing after all! Especially since it was rumored that the network was hoping to recast the show with ladies who led flashier lifestyles, in an effort to duplicate the success of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And well, we know that Sonja Morgan doesn't exactly fit that description anymore.
Insiders say that Ramona Singer's contract is currently being negotiated, and it's possible that if the price isn't right, she won't be returning to the show either. But we're sure that Singer won't hesitate to take whatever the network's offering so she can continue to plug her pinot and everything else she's selling on a weekly basis.
And for those of you worried that you'll miss all the drama that Jill Zarin naturally brings to the show, other sources reveal that Manhattan's resident Queen B and the other ladies who were fired were told that there's a chance they'd be asked back if any of the three new cast members don't work out.
We can almost hear Jill and her team plotting away...