It’s no secret that Jill Zarin has been dying to get back on Bravo forever. The Real Housewives of New York original cast member has had varying stories about how she ended her time on the show. But 10 years after her departure, she did manage to land a place on Peacock’s Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club. Which didn’t exactly work in her favor. Her castmates regularly accused her of being thirsty, which is a label she’s carried for years.
In March, Andy Cohen announced that the slumping RHONY would be split into two series, one being a Legacy series. Naturally, Jill was the first to offer herself up, fulfilling Andy’s prediction that she would call him for the chance. But Radar Online is now reporting that Jill is out of the running.
While the report is unconfirmed, sources say that Jill was not selected for the series that would feature past Housewives from the once popular franchise. A source shared, “They are just not that into her. It seems like every few years, Jill tries to get back on the show and each time she is rejected. However, this time, with all the ladies being fired, Jill really thought she had a chance [on RHONY Legacy].”
The insider added, “Jill reminded Bravo that she found Bethenny Frankel and thinks she can do it again. She has put together a list of ladies, including herself, to pitch to Bravo.”
As for the original RHONY, after multiple snoozy seasons, Bravo decided it was time for an overhaul. Andy didn’t outright say that current cast members wouldn’t be coming back. But he did allude to the idea that fresh faces were needed. He stated at the time, “There are thousands of stories to tell here. This is the most multicultural, diverse, and energetic and exciting city in America: We are searching for a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country. We’re looking for a group of women who are real friends, and who are of diverse backgrounds, races and religions.”
Unfortunately, sources have shared that Bravo was struggling to find a new cast. Now rumors are swirling that they have finally made some headway. One TV insider dished, “It’s a very diverse bunch and much younger than the cast that was let go. They are not trying to find a new Ramona [Singer] or Sonja [Morgan] or Luann [de Lesseps]. They want totally original women who don’t remind you of anyone that has been on the show before.”
More reports suggest that Jill isn’t the only one who will be overlooked for RHONY Legacy. While this is also unconfirmed, an insider is claiming that Luann will not be part of the series. Even though it was reported last month that Luann and Sonja were filming their own spin-off, new reports claim that Lu has signed a deal with E! Network.
Regardless, Jill maintains that she isn’t the thirsty former Housewife that she’s been accused of being. She recently insisted, “I’m not thirsty. Let me set the record straight: I am not thirsty, I am hungry. I am hungry for success; I am ambitious and I am driven.”
TELL US – DO YOU THINK JILL IS REALLY BEING PASSED UP FOR LEGACY? DOES SHE BELONG ON THE SHOW? WHO WOULD YOU CAST FOR RHONY LEGACY?
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