August 25, 2011 06:22 AM by Martha Zaborowski
The cast of The Real Housewives of New York were expected to begin filming Labor Day weekend, but filming has been delayed at least 3 weeks. Why? It was rumored that it could be due to sensitivity surrounding Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Russell Armstrong’s suicide, but Bravo has indicated “the shoot schedule for RHNYC was pushed due to production details that needed to be finalized and there is absolutely no correlation between RHNYC and RHBH production concerns.” Does that translate to The Real Housewives of New York being recast? What are the latest rumors on who is leaving The Real Housewives of New York?
A source tells RumorFix.com that Cindy Barshop is expected to leave The Real Housewives of New York. This news wouldn’t be too surprising because most fans felt she wasn’t much of presence on the show this season. But what about Jill Zarin? Could she be leaving the Real Housewives of New York? From her friendship-turned-feud with Bethenney Frankel to her “cyberbullying, mean-tweeting” battle this season, Jill has been a major force on The Real Housewives of New York. After filming this season, Jill indicated through media sources, including her Twitter @jillzarin, that she was “tired” and was considering taking her parents on a cruise instead of filming. Regardless of her filming preference, Jill is still under contract; and unless Bravo chooses to release her from her contract, she would have to film. Additionally, a source tells Rob Shuter of the Huffington Post in regards to cast changes: “We expected a huge shake-up in the New York cast…but now, after what has happened [with Russell Armstrong], it might be more beneficial to proceed with the devil you know. The New York cast is certainly wacky but for the most part, we are all mentally stable which has to be a bigger priority at the moment than making crazy TV.”
But perhaps Jill Zarin is being let go from The Real Housewives of New York. She posts on Twitter: “Just finished planning a trip of a lifetime! Monaco, Italy, Greece, and Croatia. @bobbyzarin is the best husband. So grateful.” She doesn’t indicate when she plans on leaving on vacation; but if it were in the next few weeks, it would certainly conflict with filming. In response to a fan telling her she was “classy” during The Real Housewives of New York reunion show, @JillZarin writes: “Not sure my best moments. Classy is not engaging but that’s what they pay us big bucks for. Hah!” Is she sarcastically calling out Bravo for expecting cast members to amp up the drama and not paying them enough to do so?
Do you think Cindy Barshop or Jill Zarin are leaving The Real Housewives of New York? Do you care? Who do you want on the show?
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