In need of a serious breath of fresh air, Bravo issued pink slips to 4 NY housewives before filming for season 5 started. Those axed were Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, Cindy Barshop and Alex McCord. Avoiding the cut were Luann DeLesseps, Ramona Singer and season 3 rookie Sonja Morgan. One blog described the fired ladies as “boring old ladies” and I am willing to bet many fans agree. I myself have been perpetually dissapointed in the NY housewives, being one myself! I’m a native of New York and I find it ironic that my favorite ladies are from Jersey. RHONY is in serious need of a casting face lift.
However, many speculate that the new wives aren’t much of a change. “They replaced a bunch of boring old ladies in their 40s with boring old ladies in their 40s,” said another blogger. Any truth behind these statements remains to be seen in future episodes, but personally I really hope the newbies don’t disappoint us! Here is a little background on newcomers Carole Radziwill, Aviva Drescher and Heather Thompson :
Carole Radziwill is the wife of the late Anthony Radziwill, who died of cancer in 1999. The two have no children. Anthony was the son of Lee Radziwill, who was the brother of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The two are said to have been America’s first reality stars due to the publics obsession with their lives.
Carole is a best selling author and also a former ABC news correspondent. She has worked with Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer. She is expected to fill the role of single girl on RHONY, formerly occupied by Bethenney Frankel before she was married and pregnant. She eventually left the show for her own spin off, Bethenney getting married. Up until now the single girl has been Sonja Morgan.
Aviva Drescher is married to Spencer Clarke securities & investment banking founder Reid Drescher. The two have three children together. The network was looking for someone to fill the role of wall street wife and Aviva is expected to take it. He is the cousin of Fran Drescher, star of The Nanny. Fran slammed Aviva for taking part in the show; “I would never [do a reality show],” Fran told Perez Hilton. “First of all, I don’t like them. It appeals to the lowest common denominator. It’s not really reality, because they have to have conflict in them to have people sitting there. I’ve never flipped a table in my life. I’m scared to admit it, but one of my cousins is one of the new Housewives of New York.”
Tragically when Aviva was six years old, she lost her left foot in an accident involving a barn cleaning machine’s conveyor belt. Aviva says rescue workers spent “three hours sawing free my mangled, manure-ridden leg,” which was amputated two months later
The last new NY lady is fashion designer Heather Thompson. She is married with two children. Thompson is also a famous and accomplished celebrity stylist. She is accredited for awards received by Sean Combs AKA a P. Diddy for his clothing line Sean John, and has also worked with Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce Knowles to help launch their respective clothing lines. She is the founder and creator of Yummie Tummie, a shape wear line she was inspired by after having children and being disappointed by other brands.