The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Struggling to Find New Cast, Facing Cancellation

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Are you a female resident of the Garden State whose taste for drama is matched only by her love of sequins and spray tans?

Then contact Andy Cohen ASAP, because you might have a future flipping tables on one of reality TV's trashiest series!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Cast

Yes, The Real Housewives of New Jersey is actively looking to reinvent itself, and that means it's on the hunt for new cast members.

This is hugely exciting news for Jersey residents.

Along with the E Street Band and Chris Christie's gravy supplier, the show is one of the state's most reliable sources of steady employment.

With Siggy Flicker departing and ratings at an all-time low, the cast and producers are "desperate" to pull RHONJ "out of the gutter."

And in this case, that's not just a euphemism for moving out of New Jersey. (Is this thing on? Anyone? We'll show ourselves out.)

Siggy Flicker Picture

A production source tells Radar Online:

“Network execs told the ladies that they had to get the show ‘out of the gutter’ or else it was going to be canceled."

The surprising part of all this?

Insiders say the show is finding trouble finding affluent women who are willing to blow up their personal lives on national TV for 15 minutes of fame.

Go figure.

“The women were told to find a way to make the show better and to help find a new lady to join the show that wouldn’t be so divisive," says the insider.

Teresa Giudice Poses

"Bravo wants fun and this season was not fun," the source adds.

Wait ... there was a fun season of RHONJ?!

Would that be the one where Teresa Giudice went to prison, or the one where her husband went to prison?

We kid. In its early days, the show really did have a sense of fun and frivolity.

Of course, it's hard to hold onto that when you have cast members serving hard time.

Anyway, the effort to land a new Jersey Housewife has reportedly gone in some bizarre directions.

Melissa Gorga on a Red Carpet

According to one report, Melissa Gorga attempted to convince Chrissy Teigen to join the cast.

It didn't pan out for the obvious reasons that Teigen is:

1. Not from New Jersey;

2. Not a housewife;

3. Far too famous to ever seriously consider such a move.

But we can't blame Gorga for trying something desperate, as sources say if the show doesn't land a new lady soon, it won't be returning for another season.

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