Confirmed: The Real Housewives of New York City Sacks Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon

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Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop have all been let go from The Real Housewives of New York City cast, according to a Bravo source.

Rumors about the casting change began last week amid reports that Zarin, McCord and Bensimon were fired from the show. At the time, their reps denied it.

Looks like there was obviously some truth to it, sadly.

Bedlam

"Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn De Lesseps will be returning for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City," a network spokesperson said.

"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."

"We continue to have on-going discussions with them."

Whatever the hell that means. McCord told People:

"Of course Simon and I are sad not to continue with RHONY but it's a friendly decision and discussions with Bravo are ongoing for other projects."

Zarin's rep said: "Jill is humbled by the extraordinary amount of media interest in her response and looks forward to personally opening up about all of this very soon and announcing some exciting new projects."

Jill was the first to really tease her departure this fall.

Bensimon, meanwhile, said through a rep that she was still negotiating her contract. Even if she were to return, it'll be a new-look RHONY.

When Season 5 airs, Countess LuAnn and Ramona will be the only original cast members returning. That leaves a lot of open, snobby slots to fill.

To you agree with the decision to fire Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barsho? Sound off in the comments below ...

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I think it was a rubish desiton to re cast more than hafe
The house wifes.I think its right that cindy left she just never fited in with the other laddies as for the rest wee have been watching them for years and got to no them and for a lot of people that's why wee watched it season after season there was a lot of un finishes problems with the wifes that wee will never see now!! But really to wish u would bring back jill kelly alex with out simon :p

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It wont be the same without Jill....wont miss Kelly or Alex (or Simon)

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RHONY ABSOLUTELY SUCK! without Bethenny, Jill, Kelly, Alex and Cindy, whos bright idea was it to fire them? despr8! everyone says The real housewives of Atlanta is the next best thing. NEVA WATCHING RHONY AGAIN!

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was just getting use to crazy kelly...and love jill...don't and won't watch this show until they return...theres still housewives of new jersey....

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the best thing they did was get rid of kelly.

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You should have kept all the brunettes on the show and taken off the blondes-Ramona, Alex, and Sonya!!!! Please bring back Jill and Kelly!!! Really miss them being on the show! I actually don't watch it as much without them on! Please BRAVO and Andy-Bring them back next season!!!

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I miss Jill and Kelly. Would love for you to bring the back!! I think Jill is misjudged and has a loving heart and is a true friend for friends that don't continous stab her in the back(ex.Ramona) Please take Ramona the drunk off the show and bring back Jill and Kelly!!! The show is quite boring without them!!!!!

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These new women on the housewives' season 5 are super boring.

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I can't hold back any longer...Ramona...fix the bugs eyes..get a grip...ur husband is bound to find better on good nites. Your such a drama queen as so "very" totally full of shit trying to look good and fit in...take you PN and bath in it....that's about the best you'll do.
Sonya...your poop smells as the next bad next bitches. All you blondes, get a grip....you look like idiots...lay off the booze. Doesn't help you any of you...at ALL! You look like idots that can't communicate in a social w/a group of intellengience. Luanna; respectfully I hope I spelled your name right....you have "class"...you go girl. Their all jealous. The new girls. Look out. Let your heart be your guide and skip the drama...p.s. blondes like that...trouble. Usually w/them...there's no truth to any action they per take. Lone story short...as a viewer...i could tell friends from bullshit!

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I did not watch in 2011 and saw Episodes 8-18 in a marathon yesterday and today. It was so depressing. Nothing but fighting and hatefulness toward each other. It is just a shame LuAnn wasn't canned with the other 3.

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