Alex McCord defends nude photos; Jason Colodne sues employer for $55 million over show-related firing

The Real Housewives of New York City concluded its first season last week, and left two quasi-scandals in its wake, one involving naked pictures and one involving real-life consequences for appearing on the show.

First, cast member Alex McCord topless picture that appeared online and naked in pictures published by In Touch, whose photographer sent an e.mail to Gawker to “describe these photos as a Playboy audition.”

Alex doesn’t say they were for Playboy, but instead refers to vague “projects.” “I did the photos after the birth of our second son. I was shocked at how quickly my body came back. I just sort of thought, ‘Wow!’ At that time I had the opportunity to meet a lot of photographers. And there were a couple of people who asked me to work on … projects,” she told People.

How did they get online? “I’m not sure exactly how that happened. It’s a non-issue. I’m one of a billion people out there who has nude photos of themselves. So what.” Her husband, Simon van Kempen, also doesn’t care. “There is no point running and hiding. … In the day of the Internet, if it’s on one web site, it’s on 100, so own it. Embrace it,” he told the magazine.

Meanwhile, the boyfriend of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart runner-up and now Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel says he was fired for appearing on the show. Jason Colodne “was fired from his Wall Street firm — Patriarch Partners — after colleagues saw promos for the series,” and he “is suing his former firm in federal court for $55 million, arguing that they terminated him for something he did on his private time,” The Street reports.

A lawyer for the company, Hillary Richard, called the show “low-brow” and said, “Can you imagine asking people to invest millions of dollars into a project when you’re on a show that’s basically a laughing stock?”

Real Naked Housewives of New York City [Take a Report]
Why Does Alex McCord Keep Being Naked? [Gawker]
Bravo’s Real Housewife Alex McCord Explains Nude Pics [People]
Reality TV Might Get You Fired in Real Life [The Street]

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