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The Real Housewives franchise has been successful and a major hit series for Bravo. Radaronline reports Jennifer Gilbert and Sonja Morgan are the newest additions to the cast of the Real Housewives of NYC.

Sonja is on the right in the above photo, and is described as a New York socialite who has traveled the globe. Her social circle includes European royalty and top-notch designers. In addition to modeling in Paris and Milan, Sonja worked for multiple restaurants as a consultant and manager. The single mother of one loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing and doesn’t miss an opportunity to visit France whether it’s for charity or pleasure.

Jennifer is described as a business woman who owns an event planning company called “Save the Date”. In addition, she co-owns the baby carrier company Portamee. She earned the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award at the age of 29. The mother of three has been married to her husband for seven years.

Veteran cast mates: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin will return in season three which airs in 2010.

Despite the 2 new additions, it has been confirmed that Bethenny will appear on the show for the entire 3rd season.

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Bethenny Frankel had some choice words for Jon Gosselin during a segment the duo taped together for The Insider that aired Tuesday.

Never shy to give her opinion, The Real Housewives of NYC star told Jon, “I think you’re defeated. You need to pull yourself up from your bootstraps and get back to your kids and get your crap together.” Bethenny continued, “You need to pull it together.”

Jon– who halted production on Kate Plus 8 – replied, “That’s what I am trying to do.”

“Everyone’s mad at you right now,” sneered Bethenny, 38. She goes on, “America has a big problem with the fact that [your kids] are growing up on a television show. You never know what the effects will be 20 years from now.”

Referring to some of Jon’s latest antics, Bethenny added – “It looks like you went through a rebellious phase.”

Jon responded, “Of course. I went from [age] 32 to 23. My therapist has told me that. My therapist told me I went from 32 to 23.”

In other news, Kate Gosselin refuted Jon’s claims that the show was harmful to their kids. Kate said Monday on the Today show. “Times eight, there was wailing and sobbing. They love the crew, they love the interaction, they love the events. It is not harmful to them. They are angry.”

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Bethenny Frankel confirms she is indeed getting her own reality show, but denies leaving The Real Housewives of NYC, at least not yet.

“The spinoff news is totally true, but me being replaced after five episodes is totally false,” she told Usmagazine Monday at the Los Angeles premiere of Couples Retreat. “I haven’t started doing the spinoff show. I have started doing Housewives.”

It was reported last week that Bethenny would be replaced on the show’s third season by Sonja Morgan — a real-life friend of cast member Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.

So what can fans expect from her new reality show? “It will be just about my entire life,” she said. Adding that boyfriend Jason Hopper will be a part of her show as well. “If I know Bravo and if they know me, I just think it will be the truth, which is the balance between career and relationships and all things in between. If he is part of my life, he will be part of the show.”

Surprisingly, Bethenny says she regrets her recent diss of fellow Bravo star, Rachel Zoe. “I probably wouldn’t do it again today because it was such a big ordeal. I mean, it was unsolicited. No one asked my opinion about what I thought about that.”

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Real Housewives of New York City star, Bethenny Frankel is apparently getting replaced on the show, reports USmagazine.

Bethenny is being replaced by socialite Sonja Morgan, who is a friend of Countess LuAnn De Lesseps a source tells US.

Bethenny, the author of the New York Times bestseller Naturally Thin, was confirmed by Bravo earlier this week to be getting her own show. Her new Bravo reality series will follow her as she attempts to balance her career and love life.

An insider tells Life&Style magazine that Sonja will likely make her appearance around episode five of the new season. “It’s not pretty between Bethenny and the other cast members in the episodes that they’ve already taped.” the insider adds. “I think the show is going to explode this season!”

Gawker is also reporting that Sonja is the wife of John Morgan, a great-grandson of J. Pierpont Morgan of J.P. Morgan. The couple has one daughter.

UPDATE: A spokesperson from Bravo says Bethenny is going to be on the entire third season of the show according to Gawker. When asked if Morgan was joining the third season, the spokesperson said, that “we haven’t released any details for season three.”

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Bravo is currently developing new shows for three of their network stars, reports Variety.com.

Those networks stars include Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City, Fabio Viviani — a season five finalist of Top Chef, and Christian Siriano – winner of season four’s Project Runway.

Bethenny’s show has been rumored for some time now, and this is the first official confirmation that the show is indeed coming soon. According to Bravo VP/general manager Frances Berwick, the shows will be docuseries that focus on the lives and careers of all three reality show vets.

The untitled show starring Bethenny will showcase her career as a natural foods chef, as well as her love life.

Fabio will star in “Fabio: A Catered Affair,” which will chronicle the challenges he faces as he and business partner Jacopo Falleni look to expand their restaurant and catering business in Los Angeles. Christian’s show will focus on him setting up his new clothing line.

Tell Us – Which Spin-off Reality Show Are You Most Excited To See? Do You Think Bethenny Can Carry a Show By Herself?

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In not so shocking news, Bethenny Frankel is reportedly feuding with her Real Housewives of NYC costars according to the NYDailyNews.

The shocker however is that the only housewife Bethenny is reported to be getting along with these days is her former nemesis, Kelly Bensimon. According to the report, Bethenny and Kelly made up during the summer.

Bethenny’s biggest feud is with her former BFF Jill Zarin. Her recent comments dissing Jill will certainly not help matters. The rift was more evident between the ex-besties last week during a dinner Jill hosted for 40 friends at Saks Fifth Avenue; Bethenny was the only “Housewife” who hadn’t been invited.

However, Jill isn’t the only NY housewife Bethenny is alienating herself from as she has been gradually cutting ties with Countess Luann De Lesseps, Alex McCord and Ramona Singer since news that she’d get her own show on Bravo broke during the summer.

The NYDailyNews goes on to report the the separation between Bethenny and her co-stars might be an intentional move by Bravo producers, who want her to stand alone in an attempt to pave the way for her own reality show.

I highly doubt this rift between Bethenny and the other housewives is intentional though. Perhaps they just got tired of Bethenny running her mouth and talking negatively about them behind their backs.

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Ready or not! You are about to see a whole lot more of The Real Housewives of New York City’s Kelly Bensimon.

The mother of two is set to pose for Playboy according to InTouch Magazine.

In Touch is reporting that Kelly will pose partially nude for the December issue of the men’s mag.

According to an insider, her ex-husband, French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, took the photos. “Kelly is a former model, so she will be a natural,” the insider says.

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