Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop Officially Fired From ‘Real Housewives’

It looks like the reports of a cast overhaul at The Real Housewives of New York City have been confirmed.

A Bravo source told People that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop have all been axed: “Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City.”

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The source added, “We’ve had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have on-going discussions with them.”

All four dismissed housewives are actively pursuing businesses outside of the series. McCord and husband Simon van Kempen are launching a home bedding business called Aluxe Home. Aside from Squeez, Zarin is also working on her home collection. Barshop owns Completely Bare, a national chain of hair removal spas. And Bensimon continues to write about fashion and design jewelry.

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