Jill Zarin refuses to move on
The reality show star awkwardly appeared on Bravo TV last night to confront her former boss about her firing at the end of Season 4.
You get fired, you move on, right? Well, that wasn't the case last night on Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and his guest, former The Real Housewives of New York City star, Jill Zarin. The chat-fest was taped instead of the usual live show, and clips of the interview were heavily promoted on the network leading up to last night.
Zarin starred in Seasons 1 though 4 of the dramatic reality show which follows upscale women in the New York City social scene. After the Season 4 reunion and feedback from the viewers, Bravo decided to mix up the cast by firing four cast members: Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop. This led the way for new cast members Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson to create new chaotic situations to yell about in Season 5.
In last night's awkward interview, it seemed that the reality show star blamed her dismissal on Cohen's favoritism towards Skinnygirl brand mogul Bethenny Frankel. She felt he sided with Frankel in a feud the two had back in Season 3. Cohen refused to back that claim and even seemed astounded that the former NY housewife just didn't accept his explanation as to why she was fired. Cohen said, "We were looking to shake the show up," Cohen told Zarin. "The last reunion, I think you would agree, was incredibly toxic for everyone involved."
Zarin claimed that her fans missed the family element on the show and that trying to replace her "voice of reason" with Thomson failed miserably. She confidently said, "You can't replace me! You can try, but you know you can't replace me."
The jewelry and shapewear designer seems to be having a hard time leaving the spotlight, but she promises she has a few television projects up her sleeve. One thing is certain: it won't be the last we hear of Zarin despite her admission that being fired "…felt like a death. It felt like my funeral. I was heartbroken." Somehow, she'll probably find her way back to TV soon, as if last night was just the beginning of a new chapter.