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.

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"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 was so sick of Jill, Kelly, and LuAnn that I seriously considered not watching anymore. Thankfully two are gone now, but with the "Countless" still there, I'm not sure I can stomach it. I'd rather them have left Alex and dumped LuAnn.

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Yes. Not Alex though. Jill, and Kelly yes. They are both out of touch with reality. Very boring females with a flase impression of who they really are. Kelly seems like she is always on something and hated Bethany because she was more beautiful, smarter and very successful. they should have kept Alex.

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Well, I guess I'm not surprised. However, Jill did seem to be one who wanted everyone to think like her and follower her as 'the leader'. It think she tried to get all the ladies to side with her regarding issues with Bethany. Unfortunately, she lost her friend- because betrayal & lost trust. Cindy was probably too bland for what the show wants to create as 'reality'. Kelly is unique and probably a really smart gal. Personally Ramona paints the worst picture of a woman/mother and friend...I find her hard to watch. So not sure if I'll continue to view. Certainly, Bethany's success is something to admire in the face of what was shown on RHNY. I can remember when Ramona eluded to Bethany as the 'underdog' ...I guess Bethany showed them all.

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I REALLY like Alex and Jill; Kelly and the other one not so much. I wish BRAVO would reconsider. Mona still on REALLY?????????

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Glad to see Alex go. She has one weird shaped head, how the heck she thinks she is model material is beyond comprehension. Obviously her ugly husband tells her she's beautiful. If it looks like a horse and walks like a horse....guess what...its probably a horse! lmfao

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The show will miss Jill, Ramona is a drunk and needs help. I will not watch until Jill returns.

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I hate to see Alex go, but Cindy, Coo-Coo Kelly and Jill...not so much....

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jill is like a poison shes vile she thinks shes so much better than the rest ,that poor husband of hers is like a puppet she even speaks for him ? good riddance she needs to get back to selling her curtains ha ha

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jill best ever !!!!!!!!!! Love your husband Bobby your daughter and your wonderful mother. We all wish we had a mum like yours PLEASE DONT GO. Honest true and great sense of humour as opposed to Ramona who only thinks of herself is delusional in thinking she is doing things for her daughter when she is obviously doing it for herself!! needs to age gracefully also needs to address possible mental health issues.

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cant believe the likes o sonja who as obvious mental health issues sorry 4 being nasty but true jill bethany and sometimes luanne speak sence but 4 heaven sake ramona isnt rite i eel so soorry 4 her shes making a dick o hersel tho she is amusing lol