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Bravo Considers Replacing Entire "Real Housewives of NYC" Cast

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May 16, 2011 | 12:04pm EDT

real housewives of nycThe New York Post reported today that Bravo producers are currently looking to find replacements for the current ladies that make up The Real Housewives of New York City. A source confirmed with the paper that the network is searching for several women, meaning the entire group (which consists of Sonja, Alex, Jill, Cindy, Kelly, LuAnn and Ramona) is in danger of getting booted off the show. Apparently, producers are looking to reform the New York series and make it more like the one they've got going in Beverly Hills because the finale of the first season garnered the highest ratings the franchise had ever received. "They want an entirely new cast to replicate Beverly Hills. They want rich, rich women, like Adrianne Maloof and Camille Grammar, dripping in glamour and $10 million penthouses. And they don't want to fake it. They are discreetly reaching out to women who fit the bill," the source said. A Bravo representative confirmed they were exploring their options regarding the major swap, who said "We are always casting for new housewives in every city." But when asked if a complete changeover was likely, she said "We've never done it before." And while the idea of it is uncomfortable, The Real Housewives of New York City as a show hasn't been doing so well since Bethenny left (which was evidenced by this season's premiere earning lower ratings than Swamp People, America's Best Dance Crew, and Mounted in Alaska, AND the fact that the season was originally supposed to premiere on February 15th but was delayed because there wasn't anything exciting happening). All in all, I'd say I think Bravo is wise to consider implementing some changes to the series so it doesn't become a flop like The Real Housewives of DC was. But I am most definitely not in favor of anything that would take Simon Van Kempen away, because he did the impossible and made the attire for people who start their own internet companies consist of hush puppies.

Sources: NYP, X17, TV Time

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