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The cast of The Real Housewives of New York appear in a publicity photo. - Provided courtesy of Bravo

Bravo fires four 'Real Housewives of New York' cast members, report says

09/15/2011 by Olivia Allin

"The Real Housewives of New York City" may be saying goodbye to four cast members before the next season of the popular Bravo series.

The Huffington Post reported that Kelly Killoren Bensimon, 43, Alex McCord, 37, and Jill Zarin, 47, were notified on Thursday morning that they would not be part of the full-time cast in the upcoming season.

Bravo has not commented on the matter. Zarin's spokesperson told Us Weekly that she has not been fired from the show and that she is still negotiating with the cable network over her return to the series for season 5.

"There's no such thing as a pink slip when it comes to TV," Zarin told CNN's "Showbiz Tonight." "It's really more of, they ask you if you're interested in coming back, and it's a negotiation and if the money's right and the timing and the terms and everything. So everybody has a different deal."

"So I think Bravo is speaking to all the 'Housewives,' Zarin added. "I think they're also speaking to potential new 'Housewives."

Us Weekly added that Cindy Barshop, who joined the cast in season 4, was also not asked to return full-time, but the Huffington Post quoted Barshop as saying: "Everything out there right now is just rumors. Nothing is 100 [percent] decided yet, it could go either way."

If the reports prove to be true, the remaining cast-members will include LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan, who joined the cast in season 3.

Singer is in contract negotiations, but an inside source told Us Weekly that if an agreement can't be made, she might get axed from the reality show as well.

The Real Housewives of New York City" debuted in 2008 and is one of several shows in the hit reality television franchise, which is known for airing heated squabbles between its cast members. Its fourth season began airing in early April.

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