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It’s deja vu all over again for the Real Housewives of New York City as the Bravo network has decided to bump the show yet again.

After being bumped earlier this year in favor of the lackluster Real Housewives of Miami, Bravo has decided to delay filming on the new season of RHONY and some are now wondering if this could be related to the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong.

“We were originally meant to start filming on Labor Day,” a member of the RHONY cast tells the Huffington Post. “Then we all received an email saying we would start filming September 8th, when Fashion Week started in the city. Now we have all been notified that it has been pushed back another three weeks at least.”

The cast member adds that with the recent tragedy involving Russell, Bravo is now more hesitant to shake-up the cast fearing they might end up casting someone who’s too dark or mentally unable to handle being on a show like the Housewives.

“We expected a huge shake-up in the New York cast,” another star of the show reveals “But now, after what has happened, it might be more beneficial to proceed with the devil you know. The New York cast is certainly whacky but [for] the most part, we are all mentally stable which has to be a bigger priority at the moment than making crazy TV.”

Another source connected to production however assures E! the delay has nothing to do with Russell. “The shoot schedule for RHNYC was pushed due to production details that needed to be finalized and there is absolutely no correlation between RHNYC and RHBH production concerns,” reveals the source.

Meanwhile, whether or not Bravo decides to shake up the cast, it appears new cast member Cindy Barshop is likely done with the series.

A source confirms to the RumorFix blog that Cindy has not been invited back for another season of the Real Housewives of New York. If true, this doesn’t come as a surprise as Cindy didn’t add much to the show, was dull, and just seemed like a deer in headlights in most of her scenes. Let’s face it, she was out of her league with these women, who might or might not hold a PhD in drama!

Now if only Bravo can axe Kelly Bensimon as well. In light of the above comments, hopefully Bravo now realizes that having someone who might be mentally unstable on the show is not worth the risk.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE DELAY IS RELATED TO RUSSELL? SURPRISED CINDY MIGHT BE DUNZO?

Guess what – Kelly Bensimon isn’t nuts – she says so herself! In a new interview for Shape magazine, the 43-year-old Real Housewives of New York castmember talks about all the boring stuff, like her diet and exercise routines, and the important stuff: like how she just plays a wackjob on TV!

Kelly informs Shape that her infamous St. John’s breakdown, oh excuse me – break through, was simply her responding to other people: “people called me crazy,” she acknowledges. “But what they saw was me reacting—in an honest way— to a situation that wasn’t honest. Then everyone ganged up on me. So of course I looked crazy!” Oh, yeah… that’s what happened – Al Sharpton ganged up on her and forced her to eat jellybeans and undercooked meat!

After the tumultuous third season of Housewives in which everyone on Earth decided she was a few jellybeans short of an Easter basket, Kelly felt she had to return to the show – for her daughters, of course: “Teddy said, ‘You have to show them the real you.’ So this season I’m sort of the voice of reason. I’m listening to the others and giving advice and focusing on being a good mother and friend.” Wow – if this past season was Kelly demonstrating listening skills, then yeah… she’s crazier than we all thought!

Despite the fact that Bethenny Frankel was apparently the administrator of the “Systematic Bullying” that plagued her during Season 3, Kelly alleges she reached out to Bethenny following filming to clear the air. The mag reports: “After Bethenny left the series, Kelly says she offered to meet for coffee and a talk.” Kelly claims: “She wrote back saying she’d moved on from it all. That really upset me. She created all of this chaos, and then she moved on?” Interesting…

Kelly address the idea that she’s not the brightest bulb. I mean she went to Columbia University, after all! “I find it hilarious when someone says I’m not smart. I’ve written three books, including American Style, a review of U.S. fashion, which is a textbook in some schools.” In fact, Kelly is so smart she has a fourth book – a fitness and lifestyle guide – in the works.“The premise is that you can be healthy, happy, and hot,” explains Kelly. If you haven’t had enough of Kelly’s advice, you can pick up the book next year.

Finally, Kelly debunks the rumors that she abuses drugs: “My body is like a Ferrari,” says Kelly. “I know what it needs to run well—and that doesn’t include drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.” If you want to know what Ms. Krazybeans eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – you can check out the article yourself, because I’m all crazied out!

The September issue of Shape is on newsstands now. Run – don’t walk – and get one!

So, what do you think of Kelly’s declaration of sanity? Are you interested in buying Kelly’s new book? Thoughts on the cover photograph?

In today’s reality news, Bravo Housewives continue their attempt at world domination!

The Bravo network announced earlier this week that for the first time in history of the series, Housewives from various cities will gather together on one stage for what is being called “The Real Housewives Live Tour.

According to the press release, “Fans will have the chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite cast members as the ladies discuss the most talked about moments, reveal cast secrets and answer questions straight from the audience.”

The three-city tour begins in Atlantic City, NJ on October 1 with Caroline Manzo (RHONJ), LuAnn de Lesseps (RHONY), Kyle Richards (RHOBH) and Vicki Gunvalson (RHOC).

On October 8, Sonja Morgan (RHONY), Gretchen Rossi (RHOC), Lisa Vanderpump (RHOBH) and Phaedra Parks (RHOA) will meet fans in Hammond, Indiana.

The tour will then conclude October 15 with NeNe Leakes (RHOA), Jill Zarin (RHONY), Melissa Gorga (RHONJ) and Marysol Patton (RHOM) in Atlanta.

For the fans looking to get up close and personal with the cra cra housewives, it’s gonna cost you! The ticket prices will range from $49.50 to $170.00. They go on sale Friday, August 19.

In other housewives news, a new report is once again dispelling those silly Jill Zarin is considering leaving the Real Housewives of New York City rumors. According to the NY Post, that is far from the truth as the Jillousy has practically been begging Bravo to keep her on the show.

“Jill would re-sign tomorrow if she could. She has been pitching herself very aggressively to keep her on next season, because she’s terrified she’ll be phased out,” reveals a source. “She would love to have her own show like [former "Housewives" star] Bethenny Frankel, but she’s not getting it.” Ouch!

This makes you wonder if Jill was indeed one of the reported two NYC Housewives who told Bravo they would be willing to take a pay cut to remain on the show. In the meantime, some are speculating that Jill alongside Countess LuAnn and Sonja Morgan will indeed be returning next season due to the fact that Bravo is including them in the tour.

Perhaps Jill has now received word from Bravo that she will be returning because she has changed her tune since last week. Jill recently told UsWeekly that she is NOT leaving the show.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE BRAVO HOUSEWIVES TOUR? WILL BE BE ATTENDING? PLUS ARE YOU SURPRISED JILL IS DESPERATE TO REMAIN ON RHONY?

Just as suspected by most, it appears those convenient reports of Jill Zarin contemplating leaving the Real Housewives of New York was indeed just an attempt to save face.

The reason? Well according to a new report by the Rumorfix, the decision to leave or continue the show is NOT up to Jill! It is completely up to Bravo as Jill remains under contract with the network.

In fact, a source close to the show confirms that if Jill does leave the show, it won’t be because she chose to move on.

“Bravo decides who comes back, they are the ones who draw up the contracts. It seems like Jill is just trying to give herself an out in case she isn’t asked back, or just phased out,” reveals the source.

So there you have folks, this appears to be nothing but a poor attempt by the Jillousy to save face in case Bravo decides to fire her.

Personally, believe it or not, I would like to see Jill remain on the cast as she is a key part of the show as is Ramona Singer. I think starting with an all new cast will prove to be a risky move for Bravo. A good option might be to fire Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop, and then bring in 3 new housewives aka some new blood to join Jill, Ramona, LuAnn, Alex and Sonja.

The bad news for Jill however is that fans of RHONY feel very differently. Our poll asking whether or not you want Jill to return had over 82% of fans voting NO! A similar poll done by the Rumorfix had over 83% of fans voting no. The question now is will Bravo listen?

TELL US – SURPRISED BY THIS REPORT? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE BRAVO DO? BRING IN A NEW CAST OR FIRE SOME OF THE CURRENT CAST MEMBERS?

A day after a mysterious “source” leaked a story online about Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin contemplating leaving the show, Jill is now speaking out via a new statement and twitter.

The article written by the Huffington Post had stated that over the weekend, while out dining with her husband Bobby Zarin, Jill was overheard saying she is thinking about leaving the show. A “source” then added that Jill’s maybe exit was because she wanted to focus on her business venture(s) while leaving the show on a high note. Once again, that two part reunion is a high note?

Jill’s manager, who states Jill is unable to comment on her contract matters, released this statement – “Jill was the very first Housewife cast on The Real Housewives of New York City and is grateful to be part of a pop-culture phenomenon that is one of the highest rated docu-series on television. Jill is grateful to Shed Media US and Bravo for opening the door to some amazing opportunities.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE NEW BIKINI PHOTOS OF RAMONA SINGER!

“In addition, Jill has been able to promote her philanthropy work through the Housewives series and none of this would have been possible without Bravo,” the statement continued. “While no decisions have been made about next season, Jill will always consider herself part of the Bravo family that helped change the landscape of television.”

Jill also took to her twitter page and made the following tweets below -

“I am sad someone would leak a private conversation we had over the weekend over dinner. Glad they didn’t hear everything!”

“If you want to know my plans for future..sign up for my newsletter at jillzarin.com. I always tell my fans first! As soon as I can I will!”

Gotta love that Jill as she even manages to plug in her newsletter. As posted yesterday, I suspect this is a ploy by the Jillousy to save face just in case Bravo decides to fire her. A report stated Bravo plans to make the decision by the end of this week. So the question is…

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JILL’S STATEMENT AND TWEETS? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ALL THIS? DO YOU WANT TO SEE HER RETURN?

According to a new report, Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin is considering leaving the show.

The Huffington Post is reporting Jill and her husband ‘Bawby’ Zarin were dining in Southampton when he was overheard telling Jill she should not return for another season of The Real Housewives of New York.

“Bobby made it clear that it was Jill’s decision but couldn’t understand what she would have to gain from returning to a fifth season,” a friend who sat at the next table to the Zarins reveals. “Her daughter is in college and it’s time to take her parents on the cruise of a lifetime they have always wanted to do. Plus the success of her Skweez Couture and other deals she has coming up are a full-time job.”

The “source” who managed to conveniently plug Jill’s Skweez line, also reveals that Jill, who earns $265,000 a season, doesn’t need the money and wants to leave the show on a high note. Who knew that two-part reunion was a high note?

“The ‘New York’ show has been super successful but next season will never top the numbers they have now and after the failures of D.C. and Miami shows, everyone thinks the high point of the franchise is behind them not in front of them,” a Bravo insider reveals. “Everything has to come to an end. And the reunion show Part 2 ratings were very disappointing.”

Jill is now repotedly hoping to be freed from her Bravo contract which she has 2 more years on. A spokesperson for Jill did confirm that she was at the Southampton restaurant with her husband but declined to comment on whether Jill had made any decision about her future with the show.

Oddly enough, the writer of the article, Rob Shuter, tweeted last week that the RHONY Housewives would find out this week if they were being asked back by Bravo for another season. You have to wonder whether or not this article is a certain housewife’s attempt to save face in case Bravo doesn’t ask her back.

Well if Bravo is listening to America, most of the fans clearly favor the Blondes over the Brunettes according to the polls. And immediately following the reunion, Andy Cohen stated, “Thank you for all your comments on the reunion and the future of RHNYC. Consider yourselves heard loud and clear. There is work to be done!!!” We will find out exactly what work is being done soon enough.

Moving away from the Team Brunette leader to the Team Blonde leader Ramona Singer who recently visited Italy with her husband Mario Singer, and stripped down to her teeny bikinis! Those bikini photos of 54-year-old Ramona are below!

Photo credit: WENN.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS REPORT? ARE YOU BUYING IT?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE RAMONA’S BIKINI PHOTOS!

Bravo executive and talk show host Andy Cohen is planning to write a memoir!

Andy, 43, himself made the announcement Monday on his blog. “It’ll be a memoir, of sorts, about my intersections with pop culture over the years, from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today,” he wrote.

The book will chronicle Andy’s journey from a closeted gay teen growing up in 1970s suburban St. Louis to a multi-hyphenate cable television powerhouse. The yet-untitled book, which is being published by Henry Holt and Company, will be released next summer.

In other news, Huffington Post columnist Rob Shuter tweeted days ago that the Real Housewives of New York City will find out this week who will be returning or getting the axe.

Filming on the new season will reportedly begin by labor day. And judging from recent comments by Andy Cohen, it’s safe to assume there will be a major shake-up with the cast.

Rob also tweeted last week that two of the RHONY housewives are so desperate to remain on the show that they told Bravo they are willing to take a huge pay “cut in $270,000 per season they make.” Wowzers. Of course, we will report on the latest the minute the cast announcement is made.

TELL US – WILL YOU READ ANDY’S MEMOIR? THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH THE RHONY CASTING?

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter states Andy received a “low seven-figure” amount for his forthcoming memoir.

Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s round two hundred for Real Housewives of New York frenemies Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer.

Season four of the show has finished airing, capped off by three hours worth of hateful and hostile reunion footage. While these two ladies are schooled in the art of cat fighting, especially with each other, things got even more heated during the reunion when Ramona’s love affair with Pinot Grigio was addressed. In the aftermath of both ladies’ allegations of alcoholism, the women continue to speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings.

In an interview with People, Jill says she was hoping to help her friend (sure, we all buy that) by accusing Ramona of having a problem. “During the reunion, [Ramona was] hitting below the belt. I tried to be a friend to Ramona. And I thought that she was acting a little bit erratic, more so than before. I was trying to help her and point it out. A lot of times people who have problems don’t see it themselves. That’s why there are interventions … I really wanted to try to help her. And instead she tried to turn it around on me.” Cue the violins.

Jill is, of course, referring to the fact that Ramona called her out for being an alcoholic and going to AA. Jill contends, “Whether it is true or not, is irrelevant.” She reiterates that she went to the meeting with a friend to show support, but is appalled that Ramona would out anyone for attending something that is supposed to be anonymous for a reason.

Jill hopes that Ramona’s irresponsible statements won’t deter others from getting help through Alcoholics Anonymous. Ironically enough, Jill has since seen an example of her worries on the subject. A fan of Jill’s has reached out to her. Jill reveals, “The mother tells me the daughter is scared to go in the program because she’s worried that a friend of hers might out her. It’s destructive to people and the damage that [Ramona] caused is going to prevent people from getting help.”

As for Ramona, she stated in her Bravo blog that she was embarrassed by the reunion show. “To say I was embarrassed by everyone’s behavior on the reunion, including my own, would be an understatement,” wrote Ramona. “Who would ever think that we are a group of educated, sophisticated, polished, New York women? This was not evident in what I watched. The reunion was mostly negative energy. I, myself, made a few comments that I am not proud of.”

Jill however wants Ramona to make things right. Jill asserts, “She should really retract that and try to figure out how to go back out there and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ So will this deter Jill from famewhoring filming another season of the show? She admits, “The damage is done. I don’t know if I can film with these girls.”

She may not have to, if recasting reports are true (oh please let them be true!). According to the Huffington Post, season five of New York is scheduled to begin filming around Labor Day, meaning that cast members must be secured ASAP. An unidentified Bravo housewife reveals, “No one knows at the moment who is in or out, but the second the contracts go to our representatives we all email and call each other immediately. So if someone does not get a letter we know within hours. All the cast will now be glued to their iPhones as they wait for the call from Bravo on whether they are being invited back.”

Another housewife chimes in, adding, “What’s happened with other casts in the franchise is offers go out to the women they want and those [they] don’t do not hear a word. Technically no one gets fired they are just not invited back.” Sounds a lot like sorority rush…no wonder the ladies seem so catty!

If the show is recast, the bigger question is whether it will be able to hold the viewers’ attention. Former fans seem turned off by the ladies’ negativity and mean girls mentalities. Ratings for the show took a nosedive from the first half of the reunion to the second half, plummeting from 2,325,000 viewers to 1,781,000 in a mere week. Numbers don’t lie…and that can’t be good.

And finally, Bravo’s own Andy Cohen posted the following cryptic message on his facebook page yesterday morning: “Thank you for all your comments on the reunion and the future of RHNYC. Consider yourselves heard loud and clear. There is work to be done!!!” Wonder what that means?

Photo by: Brad Barket/Bravo

ARE YOU ON JILL OR RAMONA’S SIDE REGARDING THE AA DEBACLE? WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE RECAST? MORE IMPORTANTLY, ARE YOU EVEN STILL WATCHING???

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