When Jill Zarin was fired from The Real Housewives of New York after Season 4, it was widely assumed that both viewers and Bravo were sick of her. But does her October 15 episode of Watch What Happens Live signal a change of heart for the network? Wetpaint Entertainment has already reported producers are meeting with potential new candidates for Season 6. Could there also be a return of an old, familiar face too?
Not so fast. “Andy had her on because he knew it would be good for ratings [for WWHL],” a show source tells us. “And because she was relentless. She’s been calling and calling for months trying to get on the show.”
“Andy’s no dummy,” the source continues. “He knew having her on as a one-time special episode would make good TV. But at the end of the day, no one really trusts Jill – that’s why the episode she did was pre-taped, not live like the rest. They never know what kind of stunt she’s going to pull.”
“I don’t think there’s any danger of her returning to the network,” the source adds. “I don’t think anyone wants that to happen.”
But it won’t be for lack of trying. “Bravo is where I started, they’re the ones that discovered me, they’re the ones that invested in me and maybe they’re the ones to ask me to have my own show,” she recently told TooFab. “ Kim [Zolciak]’s and Bethenny’s shows were amazingly successful and if I could bring the ratings Monday and it’s all about what the fans want, [Bravo] should listen.”
The Real Housewives of New York Season 5 Reunion: Part 2 airs on Monday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. Jill’s appearance on WWHL will air at 11 p.m. that same night.