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Bravo confirms the exit of 4 NYC 'Housewives'

Sep. 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM ET

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Season four of "The Real Housewives of New York City" featured, from left, LuAnn de Lesseps, Cindy Barshop, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Sonja Morgan.

So long, ladies.

Bravo said in a statement to TODAY.com that reports that Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon are exiting "Real Housewives of New York City" are indeed true.

"We've had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers," the statement said. "It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have on-going discussions with them."

Bravo also confirmed that Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn de Lesseps will be back for season five.

The Huffington Post first reported the exits on Thursday. A source told Us Weekly that new cast members have already been selected. "Ramona knows these women -- she introduced them to Bravo. The Countess knows two as well," the source said.

A source also told the Huffington Post that if the new ladies don't work out, Zarin, McCord and Bensimon could be back.

 

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