Jill Zarin Confronts Andy Cohen About Getting Fired from Real Housewives
10/16/2012 AT 12:05 PM EDT
Monday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live took a turn for the awkward when host Andy Cohen sat down with former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin to talk about her dismissal from the show.
The first season of the show without Zarin and former cast mates Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon wrapped on Monday, but Zarin did not want to let season 5 end without getting an answer to her uncomfortable question: Why was she fired?
Cohen claimed that the show needed a fresh cast, especially in light of the explosive season 4 reunion featuring the original Housewives.
"We were looking to shake the show up," Cohen told Zarin. "The last reunion, I think you would agree, was incredibly toxic for everyone involved."
Cohen's explanation did little to soothe an obviously hurt Zarin, who also complained that Cohen and the producers favored former costar Bethenny Frankel over her. "Oh andy! I forgot to mention the skinnygirl bottle behind your head for one year on WWHL. How do u think i felt?" Zarin later Tweeted in reference to a bottle of Frankel's Skinnygirl alcohol on the WWHL set.
Since her firing Zarin has taken to other projects like her Skweez Couture shapewear and Jill Zarin Jewelry line, but getting the pink slip still stings.
"It felt like a death. It felt like my funeral," she said. "I was heartbroken."
Despite the fact that he brought up the incident, Cohen was taken aback by Zarin's upfront approach.
"I can't think of another instance of a fired employee confronting the network abt her dismissal. On camera. #MetaByBravo #WWHL" he Tweeted.