With filming underway for the new season of "The Real Housewives of New York," it's still hard to believe that Alex McCord, Jill Zarin and wacky Kelly Bensimon won't be back to share their drama on camera. However, now one of the ladies is confirming that Bravo wanted at least one of the fired housewives to appear on the fifth season.
"Before filming began, Bravo and I discussed me making cameos throughout the fifth season," ex-housewife Alex McCord tells me. "Eventually, I decided against it. I didn't want to be the backup if things didn't work out with any of the new girls."
Although there have been mixed reports about the new women -- Carole Radziwill (a distant relative of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), fashion designer Heather Thomson and Wall Street wife Aviva Drescher (who is related to Fran Drescher) -- things must be going well as none of the fired ladies have yet been called to jump in and save the day.
"The girls have traveled to London and Miami, shooting," a Bravo insider tells me. "And although Sonia, Ramona and LuAnn have the advantage of knowing how the shows work, don't think the new women haven't figured out fast how to make sure they get as much airtime as possible."
The same insider insists that neither Zarin nor McCord have been invited back this season and warns against rumors that the network is already looking for season six replacements: "We are not casting for the next season. We don't even know until this new season airs if there will be another season. I assure you there is no one signed on for any next season."
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