Former "Real Housewives of New York City" star Jill Zarin returned to Bravo Monday night, delivering staggering ratings in a 30-minute one-on-one interview. More than 1.3 million viewers tuned in to see Zarin discuss why she was fired and her feelings on whether the network favored certain cast members over others.
“How do they feel, Simon and Alex? After the show it's very hard to get a regular job,” Zarin said. “Fame doesn’t go away so fast, but once you are fired you lose your publicist and income. I would love to know if they [Bravo] think they have an obligation.”
After the interview was taped, Bravo executive and "What What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen tweeted that he goes to great lengths to treat the "Housewives" equally, something Jill says is not true.
“Andy looked in shock when I accused him of picking sides, he looked perplexed. How do you think we all felt when he had Skinnygirl [a collection of drinks produced by Bethenny Frankel] behind him for two years? He didn’t put Ramona’s or Teresa drinks behind him. It's not me saying it; we all thought it,” Zarin said.
The replacement cast of "The Real Housewives of New York City" have not produced anywhere near the ratings the previous cast brought in, leaving Jill to argue the network “should bring back me, Alex and Kelly and fire Carole [Radziwill] and Heather [Thompson]. “Whoever was responsible for this disaster, should be fired," she said, adding, "I feel vindicated.”
BravoRatings.com says "RHNYC" ratings have declined 21 percent this season from last and are down 25 percent in the 18-49 demographic. Nevertheless, a Bravo insider says, “Jill will not be returning to the show.”
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