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‘Real Housewives of New York’ cast blames each other for ‘Legacy’ deal collapse

By Oli Coleman,


“Housewives” divided cannot stand … each other.

Page Six has learned that the “Real Housewives of New York City” died as they lived : fighting.

We hear that the potential stars of the new “Legacy” edition of the Bravo show weren’t on the same page about whether or not to accept a deal that would get the show on the air. And that the ones who were ready to sign on the dotted line were pretty pissed at the holdouts who brought the whole thing crashing down.

We previously reported that the network — which has rebuilt the “main” “Real Housewives of New York” show from the ground up and booted the veteran cast members — had been in talks with old-timers Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Dorinda Medley about a so-called “Legacy” edition that would run parallel.
We’re told that Jill Zarin drove a hard bargain, and sources close to Kelly Bensimon say that’s what tanked the deal.
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But talks came to a standstill with the talent asking for more money per episode and more guaranteed episodes per season — but Bravo insisting that the stars overestimate their worth.

Now we hear that it wasn’t a unanimous decision on the part of the “Housewives.” Sources says that, for example, Bensimon was ready to sign, but a source close to her complained to Page Six that “[Zarin] pushing for a big payday was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Sources say that Bensimon was ready to sign the contract.
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We hear that Zarin did indeed drive a hard bargain.

Medley was also ready to accept the terms and get the cameras rolling, we’re told. And sources say Morgan was barely paying attention to the whole affair.

Meanwhile, a Page Six spy spotted de Lesseps at Upper East Side cafe Catch 65 reading our story about the doomed deal and seeming “on edge.”

Bravo didn’t get back to us.

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