The three-part reunion has wrapped, which means the time has come to start gossiping about the future of The Real Housewives of New York.
The cast, that is. The franchise isn’t going anywhere.
It was reported that week that first-timer Jules Wainstein wouldn’t be returning for another season.
“Jules is going good through a divorce and is putting her family first,” her rep told E! News, though not stating directly that she was leaving the series.
However, a source told Radar Online that Bravo executives “aren’t renewing her contract.”
In fact, “they are going to start casting for replacement housewives soon.”
As for Dorinda Medley, who is credited with bringing Wainstein into the group, her future “is up in the air.”
However, “they are leaning towards not renewing her contract,” the source pointed out.
Another reason Medley might not make it to season nine? Her friendship with Wainstein.
“She is friends with Jules and they’re allies and she is leaving, so that’s a problem.”
One original cast member who might be on the chopping block is LuAnn de Lesseps.
The countess got engaged to Tom D’Agostino this past season after about 4 minutes of dating, but it’s believed she’s resistant to a televised wedding.
“If that becomes a bigger issue it’s going to jeopardize her role,” the source said.
“The wedding is a big part of her storyline and not filming it for the show would make her irrelevant going forward.”
As for Carole Radziwill, Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer?
“Everyone is likely safe,” the source said.
Frankel, however, doesn’t know if she wants to be a part of it.
“Something very dramatic happened at the reunion to question my integrity,” Frankel told Entertainment Tonight.
“If someone questions my business or my integrity, I take it really seriously; I don’t just kind of gloss over it.
“So, I think maybe the ‘fun and light’ Bethenny that people expect, with the quips and the comebacks, wasn’t there.”
This year, Frankel pointed out, was nothing like last year.
“I didn’t enjoy it at all,” she said after the reunion wrapped.
“Last year, we all went to dinner afterwards. This year ended differently.”