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A day after the shocking news by Bravo, stating they were postponing the Real Housewives of New York City in favor of the Real Housewives of Miami two weeks before its premiere date, many are now wondering what the real reason is.

As we pointed out yesterday, Popeater reported back in December that Bravo higher ups were not happy with the way the 4th season was going after viewing the footage. Things were apparently so bad that Bravo asked Bethenny Frankel to return to the show for many appearances, something she wanted no part of.

Fast forward to today and the NY Post as well as the NYDailyNews are both reporting Bravo pulled the plug on the Feb. 15 premiere because they thought it was too boring.

According to the Post, the producers decided to cancel the original premiere because “it lacked the explosive catfight-filled drama expected of” other Bravo housewives series. In fact, Andy Cohen emailed the entire cast of the show early yesterday informing them of the news.

“We decided yesterday that our best bet was to give ourselves a little breathing room,” Andy wrote. “I would rather get the show right than rush it to air.” Andy also warned the cast not to tweet about it until Bravo made the official announcement.

Sources tell the Post that following good ratings for its drama-filled Beverly Hills counterpart, the producers simply felt the New York show didn’t have enough drama to satisfy viewers. “They wanted the ladies to fight like cats and dogs, but they got along,” said a source. “[But] they are now freaking out that they’ll get fired for being boring and replaced by more fiery women.”

The NYDailyNews also confirms the Post’s story adding the cast was informed of the change just hours before it became public news. Bravo also reportedly received negative feedback following the sneak peeks they aired this week during the RHOBH. The final reason for the change? Bravo “thinks ‘Miami’ is more like ‘Beverly Hills‘” and bets fans of the latter, which just ended its season, will “piggyback” onto “Miami.”

The cast of the show are however giving a different reason for the sudden cancellation. Both Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord tweeted yesterday that Bravo simply needed more time to finish the editing considering they were still filming just a week ago.

In an interview with Star magazine, Sonja Morgan gives the same reason. “I think they feel like they have such good stuff, they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure it’s done properly. Personally, I’m relieved. It gives me more time to relax, especially considering Ramona [Singer] and I were shooting seven times a week. They’ll have Miami go out first and when they’re done, we’re up.”

Sonja added, “they need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through.” Safe to assume they “filmed like crazy” because Bravo wasn’t happy with the footage they saw more than halfway through filming.

As for Bravo, Andy released this official statement – “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and I assure you that ‘the Real Housewives of NYC’ will be well worth the wait.” The new season is now slated to air in April or May.

TELL US – WHICH STORY DO YOU BELIEVE REGARDING WHY THE SHOW WAS POSTPONED? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE SNEAK PEEKS?

Could this be the Bethenny Frankel factor?

In an odd and unprecedented move, Bravo has decided to axe the Real Housewives of New York City, at least for the time being. With less than 2 weeks before it’s scheduled Feb. 15 premiere date, Bravo announced today that the 4th season of the RHONYC has been pushed back to late Spring.

The show taking it’s place? The all new Real Housewives of Miami, which will be making its debut on Feb. 22. No reason was given for the sudden move to postpone the RHONYC, which was still being heavily promoted on the network as of Tuesday.

The clues might lie within a December report by Popeater which stated Bravo execs became “increasingly concerned” with the way the 4th season was going based on the footage they saw more than halfway through filming. That same report stated the execs wanted Bethenny Frankel to make more appearances on the show.

Bethenny however had no interest in returning to the show with a source close to her saying the thought made her “physically sick.” Another sign of trouble was the fact that the show was still filming as of 2 weeks ago despite its close premiere date.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BRAVO REPLACING RHONYC WITH RHMIA?

UPDATE – A new post will be posted within the next hour with photos & bios of the RHMIA cast!

Below are some tweets made by the New York Cast over this story –

SimonvanKempen – #RHoNY Delay is good as we were still filming up until last week & a 2/15 premiere was a very quick turnaround. Gives us a chance to breathe.

mccordale – #RHONY will start in Spring – find out who the #thuginacocktaildress is when the weather’s warm enough to wear one!

UPDATE #2 - Simon just tweeted that Bethenny will not be making any appearances on the 4th season. Previous reports had stated she would be making guest appearances on the show.

With the second season of her Bravo spin-off show set to debut February 28, Bethenny Frankel is in full promotion mode.

In an interview with Redeye, the Bethenny Ever After star reveals she has zero regrets about leaving the Real Housewives of New York City following three seasons.

“I do not not miss being on the ‘Housewives’ at all,” said Bethenny. “It’s more [the] filming. Ten times as hard. Emotionally, nothing could be more difficult than that.”

And in a separate interview with Starpulse, Bethenny was asked if she will be tuning in to the new season of the NYC Housewives. “I will absolutely watch the first episode of RHONYC. I’m definitely curious. Then I’ll decide about what I’ll watch after that,” she answered.

As for the second season of her own show, Bethenny promises it will be “filled with laughter, tears, drama and real reality.” She adds, “This year marriage, motherhood, career, in laws, religion and turning 40. This season is incredible. I gave everything. I’m so proud.”

In other news, UsWeekly is reporting today that Kim Zolciak is not the only nurse on the Bravo network. Apparently, before becoming a world renown Countess, LuAnn de Lesseps had humble beginnings as a nurse!

LuAnn, 45, reveals she worked as a a Licensed Practical Nurse before embarking into a modeling career. “I knew that nurses were always in demand and that I could have a fulfilling career in the health field,” LuAnn said to Forbes. “I think the people skills I acquired as a nurse definitely have helped me be a better entertainer, and I never forget to be grateful for good health.”

The fourth season of the Real Housewives of New York City premieres Feb. 15.

TELL US – ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO BETHENNY EVER AFTER? SURPRISED LUANN WAS A NURSE?

After not conquering the music business, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is now ready to try her hand at acting!

Yes, according to the NYPost and other media outlets, Lulu, star of the Real Housewives of New York City, has snagged herself an acting role on Law And Order: SVU.

What is the challenging role you ask? Well LuAnn, 45, will be playing “an eccentric art patron who poses semi-nude for a painter.”

The episode, set to air Feb. 23 on NBC, will open up with a crime scene involving her character. The Post adds that LuAnn is the first NYC Housewife to land an acting gig though former housewife Bethenny Frankel has also done some acting in the past.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK LUANN WILL MAKE A GREAT ACTRESS? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN?

It seems Simon van Kempen, who has been described as being a honorary housewife on the Real Housewives of New York City, is finally getting his own spinoff show! Albeit a web show.

According to Popeater, Bravo has given Simon, husband of Alex McCord, his own spinoff webcast which will focus more on his everyday life away from the drama that is ‘Housewives.’  But fret not as Simon will continue to appear on the NYC Housewives.

“I’m delighted to get a mini spinoff from ‘Housewives’ and so glad I didn’t have to get pregnant or married to do so!” Simon tells Popeater referencing Bethenny Frankel. “Seriously, Alex, the boys and I have a lot of fun living in Brooklyn, and these webisodes give viewers a chance to see all four of us away from the drama of ‘Housewives.’”

So what can we expect from Simon’s web show? Simon promises that fans will get to see him “shopping, cooking, accidentally injuring myself and attempting to overcome one of life’s toughest afflictions.”

The new yet to be titled spinoff is slated to air during the new season of the Real Housewives of New York, which debuts February 15 on Bravo.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON SIMON’S WEB SPINOFF? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN?

In not so surprising news, exactly a week after we posted this blind item about her, photos of Victoria de Lesseps, daughter of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, have now hit the net.

TheDirty website published some photos of the 16-year-old Real Housewives of New York City teen today. As you can see (some more photos are posted below), the pictures show Victoria smoking and drinking.

According to the source who first emailed us these photos and more last week, some of them were taken at Victoria’s boarding school with some others taken during a Summer vacation in the Hamptons. The source also told us there were videos to go along with the photos.

The insider tells TheDirty blog that Victoria is a “mess” who “wasn’t against hooking up with a girl if she was drunk enough.” Here’s to hoping LuAnn can step in and help her daughter get back on the right path.

These new leaked photos are in addition to the youtube video that leaked almost 2 weeks ago showing Victoria rolling up a joint and using the N-word, something LuAnn called “unacceptable.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE PHOTOS OF VICTORIA? WHO DO YOU BLAME?

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It seems Luann de Lesseps and cast-mate Ramona Singer have now made up following what Ramona calls an “accidental” re-tweet she made last week which showed the Countess’s 16-year-old daughter Victoria de Lesseps rolling up a joint and using the N-word in a youtube video.

In the above photo, tweeted by Alex McCord this week, you can see the Real Housewives of New York City stars looking rather chummy as they all headed out to lunch in Los Angeles paparazzi capital aka The Ivy restaurant.

The NY ladies are currently in LA to promote the upcoming 4th season of their Bravo show. “Luann and I may have our differences but we all respect each other,” Ramona told Radar on Wednesday. “We do get along and in fact we are having lunch together today.”

RadarOnline reported earlier this week that things had gotten so bad between Ramona and LuAnn that the two ladies refused to speak to each other or even be anywhere in the physical vicinity of one another.

“Ramona and Luann have both insisted to producers that they expressly be kept away from each other throughout the trip,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “To say they loathe each other would be an understatement!”

The source also added the two requested to “be put on totally separate flights and in addition they have requested that they are not even placed on the same floor of the hotel in LA.”

In other NYC news, Sonja Morgan hosted a ‘Show Me Your Best Burlesque’ party days ago.  The theme of the party was “Fishnets, Feathers and Flesh,” and in attendance were some of her fellow NYC Housewives.  Photos of Alex, Kelly, Ramona, Sonja and new housewife Cindy Barshop at the event below.  Also below are photos of the NYC Housewives doing press in LA. Judging by the pics, it’s pretty obvious how the cliques aligned this season.

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Almost a week after a classless youtube video of her 16-year-old daughter made it’s way online (the video has since been removed from Youtube), Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is finally breaking her silence and denouncing her daughter Victoria de Lesseps’ actions, which included rolling up a joint and using the N-word.

In a statement given to Popeater, the Real Housewives of New York City star calls her daughter’s actions “unacceptable” and promises to use this setback to teach her about the consequences of said actions.

“I am the parent of a teenager, and as any parent can attest, teenagers go through periods of doing things that are wrong and not appropriate and that are later regretted,” said LuAnn. “My daughter Victoria knows that the behavior she exhibited was unacceptable. I have chosen to deal with this as a private family matter and an opportunity to discuss consequences of our actions.”

If you recall, LuAnn’s costar Ramona Singer re-tweeted the video after a fan tweeted it to her. Ramona then took down the tweet almost immediately. And now, Ramona is once again apologizing for her actions in a brief interview with Popeater’s Rob Shuter calling the re-tweeting “accidental.”

“I’m not very tech savvy, and [I'm] heartbroken that I accidentally retweeted this. I called Luann and Victoria immediately to apologize and tell them to remove the video. Regardless of our catfights on the show, our children are off-limits,” stated Ramona.

Alex McCord and hubby Simon Van Kempen however seemed to have a different take on things as they feel LuAnn should be more forgiving towards Ramona based on her own past actions.

“None of us are perfect, and sometimes we all tweet or retweet a little too hastily,” Simon said. “But it would be a little duplicitous for LuAnn to complain too much about Ramona’s regretful retweet when both she and Jill Zarin had great fun lambasting our oldest son throughout the third season.”

Alex added, “In the four years we’ve been involved with ‘Real Housewives,’ neither Simon nor I have ever said anything negative about any other castmates’ children. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for many others on the show.”

And finally, while LuAnn wants to deal with this issue privately and understandably so, Rob does report that Bravo cameras were on hand a few days ago to film an event during which Ramona, Alex and others discussed the issue. Which raises an important question – Is it fair for LuAnn to not want this issue discussed on camera?

One side of the argument is that LuAnn signed up for the show and to put her life on television, good or bad. Plus the issue is already public knowledge and involves a costar. Another side of the argument is that though LuAnn signed up to do the show, her daughter did not and should not have her dirty laundry aired on TV. Which brings us to the question…

TELL US – DO YOU THINK IT’S FAIR THAT LUANN WANTS THE VICTORIA/RAMONA STORYLINE OUT OF THE SHOW? SHOULD BRAVO LEAVE IT OUT? THOUGHTS ON LUANN’S COMMENTS?

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