Ousted 'Real Housewives' Jill Zarin in Talks With Fox for New Reality Show (Exclusive)
Looks like Jill Zarin, fired by Bravo before The Real Housewives of New York hit season five, won't be absent from your TV screen for long.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Fox is in talks with Zarin about her own show to be tentatively titled The Beverly Jillbillies, based on a fashion-out-of-water move on her part to Los Angeles. The show's producers and Fox could not confirm, but Zarin did admit she is currently house-hunting in Los Angeles.
Last September, Zarin -- an original cast member on Bravo's Big Apple installment -- was not asked back for the show's fifth season, along with Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop.
In a recent interview with THR, the outspoken reality TV star and mom, 48, discussed her departure, saying she wanted a finder's fee for bringing Bethenny Frankel on the much-talked-about series.
"I didn't just help make the show popular; I cast it," she said. "I brought in Bethenny, and I don't get a percentage of anything she spins off. The first, second and third season salary pretty much added up to the fourth season. I worked really hard."
Zarin said Bravo executive Andy Cohen called her right after she learned from the network that she would not be returning for he new season.
"He said they wanted the series to go in a different direction and that last season ended very dark -- which I find ironic because they could have controlled that. I filmed many happy scenes that the network canned," she said.
Though Zarin and Frankel have been estranged for some time now, Frankel showed some compassion for her friend-turned-rival at the TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., this past weekend.
“She’s a survivor,” Frankel told reporters. “She’s well to do. She’s not worried about finding a job. I’m sure probably [the firing] just stings a little bit, I’m sure it’s difficult. And it’s difficult to watch what’s gone on with me and she handles it the way she knows how.”