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 won't watch again as long as they continue to let Ramona get away with her childish, rude, obnoxious
behavior. No way that is entertaining. People have enough problems without being stressed by some
horrible person on a reality show.

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The postings are what's BORE RING. What keeps people watching this show is that all these women are back stabbing and manipulative! All of them have some emotional baggage and psychosis - some just conceal it better than others. The biggest loss from the show was Bethany. Faithful viewers got over that and those who liked Jill, Alex, and Kelly will get over their departure as well. (I, for one, won't miss Alex or her whack job of a husband!)

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yipeeee buh byeeeee jill. sorry to see alex go...alex has a good heart. why are the keeping luan? luan is so BORE RING DAH LING. ramona and the other blondie were the only fun ones on vaca! go ramona...sell that wine girl. jill the master of back stabbing...what does around....

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Without Jill and Kelly, I have no reason to watch the show anymore. They, along with the Countess, were the only reason I watched it in the first place.

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Yay! I'm so glad crazy Kelly is gone!! Best thing Bravo ever did! I just can't forgive her for the way she treated Bethany, calling her a "hoe bag" and disrespecting her the way she did when Bethany was pregnant. Who does that? RUDE RUDE!! Hopefully she will now have time for some therapy and more jelly beans:)

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Are you kidding, you are really keeping Ramona who is the biggest back stabber of all of these women and it all has to be about her. If she isn't the center of attraction, she makes herself the center of attraction.. Cindy should not of been let go, she is the most sane along with the Countess, has nice things to say about people and tries to protect for the evilness.. Jill was not a bad person, lets face it, they are all rich and think they are better than everyone else.. Cindy was normal, Alex got caught up in the Ramona gossip mill and talking about everyone else.. Oh good lord, get rid of all of them and have normal people do reality TV.. Cast sucks, and you have lost me as a viewer...

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If they are firing Jill because of being argumentive how do they justify keeping Romona, I will truly miss Jill she was one of my favorite thank you for getting rid of Alex & Simon Cathy I am neutral

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we all know that those let go, needed to leave. They had turned what could be a viewable interesting production into a wasted hour of arguments. Good riddens to bad rubbish.

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I will certainly miss the characters of Jill, Kelly and Cindy. I believe their contributions to RHONY will be sorely missed. I have no intentions of watching their replacements or Ramona. We all know things change and nothing remains the same, however, why destroy what works in a reality show?

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Bring back Jill!!!! and Ramona need to check in to a rehab for her wine(whine) problems ...Just saying

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