The Real Housewives franchise is never short of drama, especially surrounding those housewives who have “moved on” from the show that made them famous. It was announced in the fall that Jill Zarin was fired from The Real Housewives of New York City after four seasons on the show.
Zarin did not leave quietly and is upset with the franchise for parting ways, she’s most upset that Bravo refuses to acknowledge her for introducing the channel to one of its biggest stars, Bethenny Frankel. According to Zarin, she brought Frankel to Real Housewives and should receive compensation for all future projects regarding the housewife. Frankel currently stars on the Real Housewives spinoff “Bethenny Every After.”
“I didn’t just make the show popular, I cast it,” Zarin told The Hollywood Reporter. “I brought in Bethenny, and I don’t a percentage of anything she spins off.” Normally one can assume this type of success doesn’t happen as quickly as it did for Frankel. However, is it fair to Zarin to assume she has a right to some money?
Zarin’s strong beliefs led to a big rift between she and Frankel just before season there ended. Despite their differences, Frankel supports Zarin after news of her firing. Frankel feels that Zarin is just going through a hard time after being fired from the show, and finds it difficult to watch Frankel’s current success. Regardless, Frankel told reporters at Bravo’s winter previews, “She’s a survivor and is definitely well-to-do.” Will the two be friends again? Both are mum on the subject.
“Bethenny Ever After” will appear on Bravo’s winter schedule, along with a new season of Real Housewives.