In the process of promoting his tell-all memoir Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture, Bravo executive Andy Cohen let a juicy nugget of Real Housewives of New York gossip slip. Namely, the real reason behind firing former castmates Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Alex McCord, after Season 4.

As AdAge reports, Andy discussed the lengthy and rigorous research that goes into every Bravo show, during a Q&A presented by Deutsche, New York, on June 28. In explaining that Bravo execs “snort up research like fine Colombian cocaine,” Andy spoke about how important Twitter, Facebook, and blog comments are when considering the future of a franchise like Real Housewives, and its cast decisions.

“Three cast members from The Real Housewives of New York were fired from the show because of negative feedback about them on social media,” reports AdAge. “That kind of engagement is shrewdly pushed along by Mr. Cohen, who says of his post, ‘I’m the biggest s**t-stirrer on the planet and I get paid to do it.’”

Hmm... We wonder how the opinionated Jill will react to this revelation, especially considering her recent call to action on her blog, where she casually suggested that her fans protest her firing. Kelly appears to be just fine without the reality cameras, but Alex may have thoughts to spare on the subject, now that she has her new video blogging platform.

We can’t wait to hear from the ladies!

The Real Housewives of New York airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.  

Source: AdAge

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