Jill, Alex, Cindy and Kelly Not Returning on 'The Real Housewives of New York City' Season 5
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It looks like The Real Housewives of New York City will be a little less crowded when the show returns for its fifth season (or so it seems).  Bravo has finally released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter confirming rumors that Cindy Barshop,  Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, and Kelly Killoren Bensimon will not be returning next year.

"Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season five of The Real Housewives of New York City. We've had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have ongoing discussions with them," the statement said.

Jill's rep, meanwhile, was quick to shed light on Jill's busy schedule despite her departure on The Real Housewives of New York City.

"Jill is out of town with her husband Bobby and they are visiting her daughter Ally at college for family weekend so she is not speaking with the press. I can tell you that she is very happy and extremely busy with the national launch of her shapewear line Skweez Couture by Jill Zarin which will debut at Lord and Taylor stores across the country this month and then roll out at other national retailers in the coming months. Jill is humbled by the extraordinary amount of media interest in her response and looks forward to personally opening up about all of this very soon and announcing some exciting new projects," the rep said. 

Will you still watch The Real Housewives of New York City without Jill, Alex, Cindy and Kelly? Who do you think should replace them? Share your thoughts below!

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