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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jill zaron is the star o the show ratings will plummet without her

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i have watched the last three seasons of the Real Housewives became more and more horrified at all of the womens behaviour as season three went on. I was amazes that some of the women Ramona, Betheny and Alex in particular felt that it was ok for them to say and do as they pleased but for some reason would attack for Jill and Kelly for every thing they disagreed with especially Ramona and Alex who as far as I can see spent their whole time attacking others. I really like Jill and I do believe that though she made a mistake with her friendship with Betheny is probably the most sincere of the group. Will I be watching season 4? probably not if the first episode is anything to go by, I was appalled at Alex's behaviour at a friends wedding, she went out of her way to attack Jill and try and make her look silly in front of a group of friends,I was impressed with how Jill responded calmly and pleasantly GO JILL and in the words of Betheny Alex you need to GET A LIFE.

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Jill it wont be the same without you. A wont be watchin again till they ask yot to return. Dx

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I am so happy that Alex is gone- Too funny that they're talking to Bravo about "other projects". Probably time they both got back to work. Sorry to see Jill and Kelly leave though. Kelly redeemed herself this last season. I like and miss Bethenny on the show despite her endless self absorption.

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LuAnn is a horrible individual who after her divorce thrived on making Bethanney's life difficult by influencing Jill and encouraging the rift between them. Her song 'Money cant by u Class' is very true,,,, shes has plenty of $$$$ and not a bit of Class

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Jill is vile. mean girl is far too gentle an adjective....shame, shame on you nasty piece of work! Good riddance you mean jealous, nasty article. Bethenny we love you in England and wish you and your family all the best

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I can't believe Luan is staying!!! She needs to go along with the others. Even though I'm sad to see Alex go :( Maybe Bravo will have a change of heart.

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i am only on season 2 here in ireland as far as i can see the only genuine on is jill the nicest and most down to earth the rest are all psychos lol

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I cant believe your keeping Ramona!!!! I will NOT watch this show without Jill. Ramona is the biggest cry baby of them all. My group of girl frinds ( the 8 of us) would get together for RHONY, have dinner and drinks. Not anymore. We will have to what for Atlanta to come back. So long,RHONY!!!

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Thank God that wackadoo kelly is gone!!!!