Much speculation surrounds which of the Real Housewives of New York City will be back for Season 4. My guess? All of them. During the Reunion Show Part 3, host Andy Cohen asked each of them if they’d be returning — and every single one left the door open for Season 4. And here’s why, one by one, I bet each returns:
Kelly Bensimon: As she claimed during the reunion, she “loves” the new Kelly that came out on the show and wants her contradictory nature to be celebrated! Why? Well, who knows, but despite the bad press and most likely negative impact on her children, the woman loves the attention. She is “flattered” by press coverage and that “people are interested” in her life, even if it’s due to her insane antics. Now here’s the question: should Bravo have her back, because as many have speculated, she is mentally unstable and it’s exploitative. Hate to tell you, folks, but reality tv is exploitative by its very nature — and crazy sells.
Jill Zarin: Reality tv audiences love controversy so why wouldn’t Bravo beg Jill to return? I wouldn’t be surprised if they upped her salary to boot. And why wouldn’t she be back? She has a book to hock, she’s now besties with Kelly and she probably hopes to redeem her now-tarnished image. I know there’s a petition out there to get her booted, but save your signatures. This trouble-maker will be back. With a vengeance.
Alex McCord: Please. What are her and Simon’s other options? Plus they have a book to sell. This is one Housewife I think Bravo could let loose and it wouldn’t affect Season 4 whatsoever. Alas, probably not to be. The revamped “Speak My Mind” Alex McCord will be back. Y-A-W-N.
Luann de Lesseps: The Countess probably has another song in her, and what better venue to get a hit on iTunes than RHONY? And, she’s probably already bought a dozen one-shouldered numbers specifically designed for Season 4.
Ramona Singer: About 15 episodes x $10,000 per episode = lots of pinot grigio. Enough said.
Sonja Morgan: The self-proclaimed “hostess with the mostest” might have a DUI under her belt, but no matter. There’s more white wine to drink and more young men to meet.
And now, the biggest question mark…
Bethenny Frankel: Sure, she has her own show, but who knows if she’s going to want to expose baby Bryn to the cameras and at some point Bethenny Getting Married? might not play without following her as a mom. And even so, RHONY, as she’s admitted, has been awesome publicity for her. It’s helped her sell books, coin a signature drink and opened new possibilities. I think she’ll be the last hold-out (maybe for more money?) and to keep her options open as long as possible. But I bet she’ll be back for one more season, maybe in a less frequent capacity. If not, it’s because she took another opportunity (Dancing with the Stars?). In the future, I could even see her on a talk show like The View, where Lord knows they need some fresh voices.
Bottom line — these women love the spotlight. Plus, they all have stuff to market and this is free publicity. Better than free — they get paid for it! And they’re not about to give it up. Am I wrong?