Andy Cohen is on a mission to save The Real Housewives of New York City after another failed season. “After Andy was pushed out of his executive role at Bravo he took a back seat on ‘Housewives’ and focused on his own show,” a network insider tells Confidenti@l via the NY Daily News.
Insiders reveal that Bravo is begging him to return to the struggling franchise, and that he has already been calling on a few of the ladies to talk about their future. However, none of the cast has been officially confirmed yet.
Cohen reportedly met privately with Carole Radziwill and LuAnn de Lesseps about their future on the show.
“LuAnn is back for sure,” another source claims. “They are now negotiating her fee. Last season The Countess was paid a day rate every time she filmed as a ‘friend’ on the show. Plus, she got a bonus if her scene made it into the series.”
“Carole is also safe,” the insider continues. “She is a dear friend of Andy’s and has formed a genuine friendship with Heather Thomson. This is what the show is looking for. They want genuine relationships and drama, and want to stay away from anything the ladies ‘stage’ to make good TV… such as throwing an artificial leg.”
“Ramona is the heart of the show and will be welcomed back if she agrees that her marriage troubles be part of her deal,” a friend close to Ramona reveals. “At the reunion, Ramona shut down any questions of her doomed marriage. She will not be able to do that if she returns.”
“It is the end of the road for Aviva. She has not been told anything officially, but has been told if she wants to start looking for other TV opportunities, it is fine with Bravo,” a network exec reveals.
A rep for Bravo said: “Andy Cohen continues in his role as an active Executive Producer on ‘The Real Housewives’ series, including ‘The Real Housewives of New York City. ‘He was not pushed out of Bravo. He transitioned voluntarily out of his development role last January in order to focus on hosting and producing his five night a week live talk show, his “The Real Housewives” production responsibilities, and other host duties for Bravo including reunion shows, as well as launching his own production shingle, “Most Talkative.”
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