11:39 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 10/15/2011 01:50PM
Though she was let go from The Real Housewives of New York City last month, Kelly Bensimon says she harbors no hard feelings.
"I'm not angry," she told PEOPLE. "I had a great opportunity. I mean, three years! Three years I'm on television. ... The show is on all over the world and we're still going to be on for a long time. It's like the Baywatch of Housewives. For me, it's just the gift that keeps on giving."
Speaking at a QVC charity event in New York City to benefit breast cancer research, Bensimon called her stint on Real Housewives a "huge leap of faith" and said she looks forward to watching upcoming seasons of the Bravo hit.
Originally posted 09/17/2011 09:05PM
The Real Housewives of New York City is officially down four familiar faces.
Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop, the newest addition to the popular Bravo show, were not asked back for season 5.
"Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City," a network spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "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 and we continue to have on-going discussions with them."
Originally posted 09/16/2011 10:00AM
Bravo is remaining mum on the reports that three of the Real Housewives of New York City are set to be fired, but a source tells PEOPLE that only Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan are close to signing their 5th season contracts.
Alleged pink-slip recipients Jill Zarin, Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon, meanwhile, are chiming in on social media.
Zarin – who told PEOPLE last month, "I don't know if I can film with these girls," after feuding with fellow cast member Ramona Singer – Tweeted Friday: "I plan on discussing my future in my next newsletter. Sign up jillzarin.com. I love you for caring so much."
McCord, who was involved in a public dust-up with costar Sonja Morgan at a Marriage Equality event last season, addressed rumors of her departure on her Facebook and Twitter pages, saying "Nothing's finalized, though I'd like to do another year."
Originally posted 09/15/2011 03:45PM
Is The Real Housewives of New York City going to be down three familiar faces when it returns for season 5 on Bravo?
According to a new Huffington Post report, which cites sources inside Bravo, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord have been fired from the show, and were given the news on Thursday morning.
Originally posted 09/05/2011 05:30PM
Just ahead of the season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Monday, the stars of The Real Housewives of New York City are opening up about the suicide of Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband, Russell.
"That made me cry," Ramona Singer told PEOPLE before heading off to spend the Labor Day weekend aboard a 150-ft. yacht in Newport, R.I., and Nantucket, Mass. "[Taylor is] lovely and it's hitting her hard. The night before the memorial service, I had dinner with [Taylor's costars] Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards and we talked about it. And they've been so supportive."
Originally posted 08/17/2011 08:30AM
Kelly Bensimon is setting the record straight about her sometimes outrageous behavior on The Real Housewives of New York City.
After Bensimon, 43, had her now-infamous meltdown during a cast trip to St. John's, "people called me crazy," she admits in the September issue of Shape magazine."But what they saw was me reacting – in an honest way – to a situation that wasn't honest. Then everyone ganged up on me. So, of course I looked crazy!"
Bensimon was so distraught by the backlash from her erratic behavior on the show that she almost didn't return for the fourth season. It was her daughters, Sea, 13, and Teddy, 11, who convinced her to let the public know who she really is.
Originally posted 07/26/2011 11:40AM
The women of The Real Housewives of New York City met up to discuss their fourth season of the hit reality show recently – and the fireworks aired Monday night. Here are the most dramatic moments:
1. Sonja's Meltdown: When host Andy Cohen asked Sonja Morgan about her tough year, which included filing for bankruptcy, she broke down in tears. "The $7 million, that wasn't what really killed me," she said of money she was ordered to pay in a lawsuit against her. "What was very upsetting to me was that my marriage fell apart ... I didn't care about the trial. I didn't care about the money. I was focused on the past, my husband and what we had together."
2. Jill Insults Alex: When Andy asked Jill Zarin about criticizing Alex McCord and Ramona Singer for wearing white to a wedding, Alex fired back, saying, "It's a lot ruder to call someone a 'f–– bitch' at the wedding than it is to wear cream."
"By the way, " Jill said in response, "you are an effing bitch."
Originally posted 07/20/2011 02:45PM
Put seven Housewives in a room, ask a heated question about etiquette and you'll get 37 different opinions – plus raised voices, pointed fingers and general exasperation.
With The Real Housewives of New York City wrapping up a lively season this Thursday, the ladies – Jill, Kelly, Alex, Sonja, Ramona, LuAnn and Cindy – reunited to rehash all their personal drama in a two-part reunion special, and PEOPLE.com has an exclusive first look at the action.
With blondes and brunettes separated on different couches, the ladies begin to address Cindy's possible etiquette breach – taking a business phone call during a breakfast at Sonja's home. As Cindy explains herself – even rising from the couch for extra emphasis – Kelly defends her castmate, telling Sonja, "She's a working woman with two kids. ... If I came to your house and I had a call, I would take it. Sorry."
Originally posted 06/29/2011 03:55PM
They don't always get along, but perhaps the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City will sing along to Countess LuAnn de Lesseps's latest musical endeavor.
After all, they seem to be her inspiration.
"Gold, diamonds, caviar," de Lesseps, 46, sings in the music video for "Chic C'est La Vie," while she's joined by fellow Housewives Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon." "Life is but a dream when every day you're living in is featured on TV."
Originally posted 06/09/2011 04:05PM
When in Rome ... or Morocco!
On Thursday's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, the women, who are on a fabulous Moroccan vacation, will take a break from their squabbling to soak up a little local culture.
"Welcome to the belly dancing den," Sonja Morgan tells costars LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop and Jill Zarin.
In a first look at the episode, three women demonstrate the dance before the reality stars give it a try themselves.
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