Only Kelly signed to return to NY Housewives; others could be replaced, report claims

Of the six Real Housewives of New York City, only one has re-upped for the third season, which would be her second: Kelly Killoren Bensimon. Alex McCord is also close to returning, she says, and although there’s talk that the network will replace the other women if they want too much money for their third season, it’s kind of impossible to imagine any of them not returning, so this is all probably standard contract negotiation via the media.

An alleged “network insider” quoted by The New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher gossip column says, “The Housewives all want six-figure deals. They barely made 10 grand for the first season, and now are all a bit too big for their britches. They want the whole shebang: a clothing allowance, money for hair and makeup, a set raise and a promised amount of screen time.”

In case Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel, and LuAnn de Lesseps are too demanding, the report claims that “Bravo has quietly been interviewing at least 30 prospective cast members. One ‘Housewife’ source tells us that the interviewees are single moms in their 30s who are as attractive and well-connected as socialite Bensimon.” (What kind of anonymous source would be so generous and ass-kissy to Kelly? Hmm.)

Alex, however, seems confident she’ll be back. “We’re in discussions for next season. Let’s put it this way: We’re headed to Australia to promote the show. And we wouldn’t be doing that if we weren’t ready for next season,” Alex told the paper.

Meanwhile, in a Newsday story about the New York Housewives’ homes in the Hamptons, Kelly confirms she’s been asked back, and says that the other women “were [originally] really offended that I didn’t know who they were. Next season we’re going to have fun.”

Drama builds for NY “Housewives” return as ladies wait for more cash [New York Daily News]
The Hamptons Homes of ‘Real Housewives of NYC’ [Newsday]

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