Layoffs Hit Real Housewives of New York City

Photo: Heidi Gutman/? Bravo

According to reports, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, and Kelly Bensimon will not be returning for the next season of Real Housewives of New York City. Original castmates LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer will be allowed to soldier on without them, along with newish addition Sonja Morgan. The fate of Cindy Barshop is not exactly clear, though it's not looking very good for her, either. (Or, as she told the Huffington Post, "Nothing is 100 [percent] decided yet, it could go either way.") The axed ladies will be replaced by a trio of presumably realer, as-yet-unidentified wives, though they could be invited back if the new gals prove themselves to be insufficiently interesting to Bravo's viewers. Finally, the show's first real New York story. [HuffPo]