Bravo Confirms Real Housewives of New York City Firings

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The widely circulated rumors of Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop, and Kelly Bensimon's departures from RHoNY have finally been confirmed by Bravo. The network released a statement on Sunday reading: "Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season five of The Real Housewives of New York City. 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 ongoing discussions with them." It sounds like they might even mean that, if another member of the large, incredibly dysfunctional Bravo family is to be believed: Millionaire Matchmaker's Patti Stanger tweeted, "Hey @Jillzarin fans: don't panic, she may have a show of her own...stay tuned!" And Alex's husband Simon Van Kempen assured the Hollywood Reporter that he and his wife "don't intend for this to be the final time you'll see us on television." No word from Cindy and Kelly, but we're sure they share in their fellow former castmates' determination to somehow remain in the spotlight. [Us]