'The Real Housewives' Roundup: Former Housewives Edition
'The Real Housewives' Roundup: Former Housewives Edition
Gina Pusateri
Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
We've started fresh with three new cast members of The Real Housewives of New York City after axing three of the show's perennials. So what have they, and other former Housewives, been up to lately?

Bethenny's Take Over
Bethenny Frankel, the crown jewel of the Bravo empire and the most successful former RHONYC cast member, is starting her own talk show, Bethenny, on June 11 on Fox. Bethenny told RadarOnline that her show is going to be pretty racy.

"Ellen is not remotely as inappropriate as I am," Bethenny said of her executive producer, Ellen DeGeneres, who lobbied for Bethenny to get the show.

Bethenny also revealed that during the first six weeks of her show, guests will include Lea Michele of Glee, Denis Leary, Bobby Flay, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson and Snoop Dogg. Aww, our little Bravolebrities grow up so fast! Here's a sneak peek:

The Former Three
As for the recently fired housewives of RHONYC, they don't seem to be letting their dismissals slow them down.

"I have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but right now I'm very peaceful," Jill Zarin told the Huffington Post. Jill is continuing to sell her shapewear collection on HSN and is planning to launch a jewelry line at Lord and Taylor in July.

Kelly Bensimon just released her fourth book, I Can Make You Hot (which, according to the same Huffington Post article, isn't exactly flying off the shelves). Her publicist also claims that she has an upcoming cameo in a Woody Allen film.

Alex McCord has had a rougher go of things, after having to "completely start over after firing," she told Celebuzz

"Being on the show is such a double-edged sword," she said. "These shows are meant to cover your real life, but the show actually swallows up your real life. So when there is no show, you have to completely start over. Your former life is gone... and reality TV is seen as a liability for some companies."

Now that she's started over, Alex is going to be the new correspondent on RumorFix.com for her former show. She also recently launched a linen company with her husband, Aluxe Home and Hotel Collection.

Bankrupt Jersey Girl
Looks like former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub is going to get a taste of her co-star Teresa Giudice's medicine: she has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

According to The North Jersey Record, Danielle listed 35 creditors in the bankruptcy, including the IRS, the state of New Jersey Division of Taxation, nine law firms (that's what happens when you get too sue-happy), and American Express. Uh-oh, Danielle: this looks like a bigger problem than a little stripping can fix.

Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer

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