Bravo’s classic ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ is dead

“The Real Housewives of New York City” as we know it is dead, Page Six has learned.

On Sunday, we reported that contract negotiations for the version of the show featuring a beloved cast including Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan had stalled.

Now, we’re told that talks have officially fallen through, that Bravo has rescinded offers to the talent, and that there are currently no plans to air the show — which it rebranded as “Legacy Edition” last year.

Sources noted that the network “never says never” and that the show could be revived in some form in the future, much like “Real Housewives of Miami,” which was pulled from cable in 2013 and returned eight years later with a new cast on NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

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Meanwhile, the network is moving forward with a completely revamped “Real Housewives of New York City,” which will star a new, ethnically diverse cast of women, including former J. Crew honchon Jenna Lyons, Sai De Silva and Ubah Hassan.

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The show has featured a gradually evolving cast for 13 seasons, but Bravo decided to start fresh with an all-new cast for its 14th outing.
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We had reported that Bravo was in talks with a bunch of “original” cast members, including de Lesseps, Morgan, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Dorinda Medley, for what technically would have been the first season of “Legacy.” However, Singer and Tinsley Mortimer had bowed out before contract negotiations began in earnest.

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But sources said the talent felt they were getting lowball offers from Bravo and that the network was unwilling to guarantee they would appear in enough episodes per season.

“It’s just not worth it,” sniffed a source close to the stars.

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The newly revamped “Real Housewives of New York City” is still expected to air.
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Meanwhile, production sources told us the talent seriously overestimated how much money they’re worth, with one source saying they seem to think “they should do what the cast of ‘Friends’ did in their prime.”

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We’re then told the network officially canceled the email offers at around 6pm on Monday.

“RHONY” — the second-longest iteration of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise behind its Orange County, Calif., counterpart — debuted in 2008 and aired continuously with a gradually evolving cast for 13 seasons.

RHONY cast
Most of the original “RHONY” cast was slated to return for “Legacy.”
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It started with an array of stars including de Lesseps, Singer, Zarin, Frankel and Alex McCord and ended in 2021 with de Lesseps, Singer, Morgan, Leah McSweeney and Eboni K. Williams.

The final season’s cast fared so catastrophically that the network decided not to film a “reunion episode,” which typically ends each season throughout the franchise. She also decided to scrap the entire cast and start over.

The show debuted in 2008.

The show debuted in 2008.


The Real Housewives

The show debuted in 2008.


Shortly after, Bravo announced plans to split “Real Housewives of New York City” into two shows, relaunching the regular “RHONY” with an all-new cast and launching the “Legacy” edition with veteran cast members.

Meanwhile, de Lesseps and Morgan have recorded their own show inspired by Paris Hilton’s reality show The Simple Life, which aired in the early 2000s.

Bravo declined to comment.


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