We all know of my slight obsession with Bravo and the Real Housewives of (Insert: Obscure Affluent Community) series. About 0.0005% of me died a bit when I caught word (via Huffington Post) that New York Housewives Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, and Cindy Barshop (she seems nice) were fired Thursday morning.
If we want to break it down honestly – they were expendable personalities to the show. Zarin and McCord were cast members from the series inaugural season and their shift in personalities over the years have been quite evident. Zarin, who was once portrayed as a reliable friend, someone you’d want on your side, became snippy after the fight with Bethenny. She claimed she was still a nice person, but the show certainly did not air her in that light. McCord on the other hand started the series as a mousey personality from Brooklyn (gasp!) looking for a spotlight in someway. She got stepped over numerous times and out shined by the brighter personalities (Bethenny Frankel<3) but eventually came to put those hives to good use when she was able to defend herself in social scenarios.
Kelly Bensimon was an interesting addition to the cast a few seasons back. I can’t really talk smack about someone whose professional career I actually respect. Same goes for Cindy – it was a shame that her Housewives stint was brief, but she’s a real businesswoman so career > crazy.
The remaining cast members are Countess (does she still get that title after a divorce?) LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer (the only original cast members left) and Sonja Morgan. Being a huge fan of the show, I can completely say that I’m okay with this transitional phase. They honestly almost lost me after Bethenny left to get hitched and live happily ever after, but got me back with all of Sonja’s financial woes, The Countess’ raspy voice, and Ramona’s grape infused rants. I’m excited to see what kind of socialitey personalities they take on to complement the three remaining Housewives.
Is anyone else banking for Tinsley Mortimer?