Jill Zarin is there if you need her, Bravo.
The reality star who was fired from “The Real Housewives of New York City” at the end of last season, along with three other cast mates, has criticized the show in the wake of her departure and has let the network know she’s still available.
Zarin apparently thinks her disappearance from the “Housewives” lineup has led to a viewer revolt of sorts; ratings for the first two episodes of Season 5 — featuring three new Housewives — have dropped 21%, going from roughly 2 million viewers to 1.6 million.
“I’m happy that these new women are enjoying their fame; I’ve reached out and offered [Bravo] any support they need,” Zarin recently told The New York Daily News. “You don’t change what works.”
According to the Daily News, a show insider concedes the ratings dive is alarming to the network. “The new girls don’t seem to be working, and Bravo is concerned,” their source says.
One person who doesn’t appear to be concerned is Bravo exec and “Housewives” honcho Andy Cohen.
As previously reported, Cohen is rumored to be distancing himself from the “Real Housewives” franchise as his own career takes off, with him focusing on his nightly Bravo talk show “Watch What Happens Live” and promoting his new book. He allegedly “doesn’t care if the ratings for this season tank” and has “backed away from the show,” the source tells The Daily News, adding “this is the first season he’s not editing [the show’].”
Still, Bravo doesn’t want Jill Zarin back and says there are no plans for her to return.
“We wish Jill the best, but there is no consideration of her returning to the series,” a network spokesperson told People.
“The Real Housewives of New York City” airs Monday at 9/8c on Bravo. Watch a preview of tonight’s episode below.
[iframe http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/tv/The-Real-Housewives-of-New-York-City/98644/2249427487/Diss-Invite-Sneak-Peek%2C-Part-1/embed 580 476]