UPDATE: As of October 11, Bravo has taken down the video preview of Jill Zarin's Watch What Happens Live interview, still scheduled for October 15.
The Real Housewives of New York fans will have the pleasure of seeing former star Jill Zarin face off with Bravo exec Andy Cohen in a special appearance on Watch What Happens Live on October 15. But why is Jill’s interview pre-taped for a live show?
When a fan saw a preview for Jill’s WWHL appearance, they asked Jill how that was possible. In the wee hours of October 9, Jill tweeted, “Filmed it today,” meaning October 8.
Jill was removed from the RHONY cast after Season 4, along with co-stars Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop, and Kelly Bensimon, and no definitive reason was given for Bravo’s re-casting. Aviva Drescher, Heather Thomson, and Carole Radziwill were added for Season 5.
In the preview of Jill’s interview, Jill compares getting fired to “a death,” and says it felt like “my funeral.” Andy will apparently ask her if she pays for her Twitter followers, and if she thinks one of the new castmates was brought on “to replace” her. Juicy stuff!
The last time we can remember any of the Housewives doing pre-taped interviews with Andy Cohen for WWHL was back in August, when Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice gave individual interviews after their tabloid wars in Season 4.
The general idea back then was that there would be too much shouting (ha!) back and forth if they filmed a confrontation live. Is it possible that Andy pre-taped his interview with Jill for the same reason?
When one of Jill’s fans tweeted at her, “Did @bravoandy give you an actual concrete answer for firing you?” Jill tweeted, “U tell me after watching, we’ll TAWK.” That’s awfully coy, and seems to suggest that Andy will be wishy-washy with his answers.
What do you want to see in the Jill interview?
The Real Housewives of New York Season 5 Reunion: Part 2 airs on Monday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Source: @Jillzarin, @Jillzarin, Bravo
Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.
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