Jill Zarin, a former cast member of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City," returned to the network that made her famous. Zarin swung by "Watch What Happens Live" for a one-on-one confrontation, er, conversation with her ex-boss, the courageous Andy Cohen. This season of the hit "Housewives" show was the first one without the brazen New York City maven and socialite.
Both Jill and Andy were smiling, but the gloves came off in this episode. Last season, Zarin was let go from the reality franchise along with castmates Alex McCord, and Kelly Bensimon. The three were replaced by new "Housewives": Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, and Aviva Drescher. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer from previous seasons rounded out the cast.
Most of us will never get to confront a boss after we've been fired. There's a reason why security escorts the newly terminated out of the building. Getting canned really pisses people off. Even though it was a kinder, gentler Jill who sat face-to-face with Mr. Cohen, she was clearly as angry as one could be under the circumstances.
The conversation was juicier and more controversial than any political debate. Actor Mark Consuelos tweeted, "Stuck in my hotel room watching Frost-Nixon on Bravo!" Jill accused Andy of taking sides in her epic battle with Bethenny Frankel. She rallied off evidence, such as Andy dining with the lovely Frankel and displaying her SkinnyGirl cocktails on the "WWHL" set. As an avid viewer, it did seem as though Bravo and Andy sided with Bethenny. As Jill said, of course the network would want to make Bethenny's spin-off show a success.
Andy himself seemed blindsided by the confrontation. He tweeted, "I can't think of another instance of a fired employee confronting the network abt her dismissal. On camera. #MetaByBravo [sic]." He explained to Jill that the show had become too toxic, and they needed to shake it up. Say what you want, but it took guts for Andy to invite this exchange with Jill.
All in all, it was a good conversation, and the fans want more. At least this fan does. Jill Z. remains in the spotlight with her Skweez Couture shapewear, new jewelry line, and TV gigs, such as ABC's "Good Afternoon America."
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