Jill Zarin’s Former ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Co-Stars Pay Tribute to Bobby Zarin After His Death

15 Jan

JustJared.com:

Jill Zarin‘s Real Housewives of New York co-stars are showing their support after she announced Bobby, her husband, passed away at the age of 71.

“With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support during this difficult time,” his family posted on Twitter.

Jill‘s co-stars, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Aviva Drescher, and more posted tributes.

Our condolences go out to Bobby’s loved ones during this time.

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Alex McCord Reunites with Ramona Singer on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’

5 May

EOnline.com:

Talk about a blast from the past! The Real Housewives of New York City veteran Alex McCord joined her former costar Ramona Singer on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Alex, who was an original cast member of the series and left after season four along with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Jill Zarin and Cindy Barshop, revealed what she’s been up to living life Down Under. Naturally, Andy Cohen launched a speed round of questions to get updates on her life now. Here’s what we learned: Her sons do not of Australian accents, she keeps in touch with Jill the most, “She’s such a great pen pal,” she said, and husband Simon van Kempen has not recorded any more songs and he’s in law school.

But does she watch Real Housewives? “Not at all,” she said. “Not even Australia?” Ramona asked, referring to the wonderful The Real Housewives of Melbourne. “No!” Alex said.

Alex also gave her take on the happenings currently taking place on RHONY.

“It made me sad,” she said about Ramona’s divorce from Mario Singer. But she wasn’t surprised about Bethenny Frankel‘s divorce from Jason Hoppy. “I mean, I’m sad about it, but I didn’t think that was going to work…Look, I think that a marriage is a partnership and if it’s…not equal, if you don’t come at it from a level playing field then that’s a problem and I don’t think it did,” she said.

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Alex McCord Is Now A Psychologist….In Australia

3 Mar

BravoTV.com:

We can always count on Andy Cohen to spill the tea, and this bit of news is piping hot. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host recently shared some huge intel about Real Housewives of New York City alum Alex McCord on Twitter Wednesday. 

Andy sent a big mazel out to Alex, who just became a psychologist, he shared. “Too bad she is all the way in Australia, a thriving NYC practice awaits,” he tweeted.

Alex decided to leave the Big Apple behind and move to Byron Bay, Australia a couple of years ago with her husband, Simon van Kempen, and their two sons, Francois and Johan. She revealed that she was studying psychology during an interview with the Australian morning show Sunrise last July

She even said that her time on RHONY has come in handy during her studies. “I’m so happy we’re here. It’s fodder for my studying psychology now, which is what I’m doing,” she shared.

On RHONY, we saw Alex work in merchandising and design, as well as explore other career interests, including modeling.

The family ultimately decided to make the move Down Under in order to be closer to Simon’s family in his native country. These days, Simon owns a local law firm and the boys have just gone back to school. “It’s a massive change for them. For the first 10 years of their life for basically each of them, it was the high rise, the buildings, the bustle of New York, and funnily enough, they’re back at living where I was living at their age,” Simon said of how the kids are adjusting to the move on Sunrise. “We’re giving them a sort of sense of what I grew up with, and plus, they’re with our family, and learning to live with family is part of what growing up’s all about.”

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Alex McCord Questions Why Former ‘RHONY’ Co-Stars Would ‘Give Up’ Kids, Husband for ‘Crazy Women’

6 Jul

DailyMail.com:

She was one of the controversial stars of The Real Housewives of New York before being unceremoniously fired in 2011 after four successful seasons.
But these days, Alex McCord and her Australian husband Simon Van Kempen are living a much quieter life away from the spotlight, trading in the bright lights of the Big Apple for Byron Bay.
During a rare public appearance on morning show Sunrise this week, the 42-year-old insisted she’s much happier away from the reality series, stating: ‘All the women who stayed on the show have lost their marriages and their family.’
She boldly added: ‘Why would you ever give up your children and your husband for crazy women?’
Alex, who was previously fixated on climbing the social ladder in New York and even once declared she didn’t ‘ever want to live in the suburbs’, now insists she’s content in a small town.
‘We’re now five minutes from all of Simon’s family,’ she explained, adding that his siblings also relocated from around the globe to move back to where they grew up in recent years.
‘I’m so happy we’re here,’ Alex says. 
Alex now lives worlds away from the bright lights of New York City in a stunning two-story rural home with a pool and picturesque views of the Australian countryside.
She resides there with husband Simon and their two children, Francois and Johan. 
Simon said it’s been a ‘massive change’ for their sons, but he’s happy they are now surrounded by extended family.   
The former model is now studying psychology, while Simon runs his own law firm in Tweed Heads. (Alex says her experience on the show is good ‘fodder’ for her studies.)
They recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.

Aviva Drescher, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop Talk About Being a ‘Real Housewife’

8 Mar

NYPost.com:

During Aviva Drescher’s two seasons on “Real Housewives of New York City,” she was manipulated by producers, vilified by castmates, publicly shamed by her octogenarian father and berated as an “idiot” and “witch” by the Twittersphere.

And she’d do it all again.

“It helped me raise awareness for amputees, and opened up a lot of business opportunities for me that continue to come,” says Drescher, 45, who lost one leg as a child in a farm accident. Though dismissed from the franchise back in October 2014, she is vying to get back on the show.

“I have four children,” she says. “There’s never enough money in New York City.”

Since Bravo launched the “Real Housewives” franchise in 2006 with the Orange County, Calif., edition, it has produced eight spinoffs — including the NYC version, which has cycled through 14 stars since 2008. Over the past decade, the collective brand has tallied nearly 20 post-filming divorces, four arrests, one suicide and enough chatter about rehab stints, cheating and bankruptcy to occupy a year’s worth of Lifetime movies. The eighth season of “RHONY” premieres April 6 with a new sacrificial lamb: pin-thin Flatiron mom Julianne Wainstein.

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Once you make the cut, you better deliver.

“It’s not a show that celebrates women,” says Kelly Bensimon (“RHONY” seasons 2-4).

“But that’s just the nature of the beast: He who barks the loudest gets the bone.”

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Alex McCord, a star of the first four seasons of “RHONY,” says the show quickly turns “ ‘Hunger Games’-ish,” with women going more and more overboard to increase their airtime and secure spots for the following season.

“It’s about who can throw the biggest, best party,” she says.

During the debut season, her husband, Simon van Kempen, shelled out $5,000 to charter a yacht for her birthday.

“I’m sure he thought, . . . ‘Wouldn’t it look great on camera?’ ” admits McCord, who says that, during “RHONY’s” early years, Bravo didn’t put “a dime” toward events the “Housewives” threw.

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Meanwhile, Cindy Barshop (“RHONY” Season 4) directly reached out to producers about joining the show to get some press for her laser hair-removal business (she now owns VSpot, a vaginal rejuvenation spa on the Upper East Side).

After an interview at her West Village apartment, Barshop was sent to hobnob with series Queen Bee Ramona Singer.

“They wanted to see how we interacted. I could talk to a wall, but there just wasn’t chemistry,” says Barshop, who adds that Singer “had her own agenda” for acting mute.

On her way out, Barshop and a producer got stuck in the elevator, and the beauty maven turned on the charm.

“They taped me in the elevator and sent the reel to Los Angeles, and a week later they called and said, ‘You got it.’ ”

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Alex McCord Moved To Australia….Like 4 Months Ago

23 Jan

Inquisitr.com:

Former The Real Housewives of New York star Alex McCord will no longer be seen around the streets of Brooklyn. This morning, Alex and her husband Simon Van Kempen announced that they will be packing their bags and moving across the world to Simon’s home country of Australia. The couple will take their sons, Francois and Johan, with them and continue to raise them down under.

“And we’re off,” Simon revealed on his social media accounts, “off to Australia to live! Our beautiful Brooklyn home went on the market this morning!”

That means the townhouse Alex McCord and Simon renovated while filming the hit Bravo show is on the market. The 6-bedroom townhouse in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood has an asking price of $2,695,000.

According to a new Bravo report, former Real Housewives of New York star Alex McCord will leave her life behind in Brooklyn to perhaps pursue a new career in Australia. McCord and Simon have not filmed for Bravo for years. Many were hoping that the couple would return, since they seemed so eager to film the show. Perhaps this is Bravo’s chance to expand the housewives franchise to New South Wales.

“After 18 years in New York for Alex, and 28 years outside Australia for Simon, we’ve made the decision to move to Australia to be with family. Over the last few years, all of Simon’s family have reconvened from as far as Europe to all live within 20 minutes of each other on a collection of beautiful beaches on the north coast of New South Wales. We are the last of the family to move back, and it’s time,” Alex McCord reveals about the decision to move to Australia.

“Our children have never had the opportunity to live within walking distance of grandparents and cousins, and with our two boys aged 8 and 10 it’s the perfect time for the extended family to enjoy each other. We both love New York City, and Brooklyn specifically, almost as much as each other; however, we’ve been there, done that and written the book—literally—on raising Little Kids in the Big City. It’s now time for a new adventure,” Alex McCord added.

Alex McCord was one of the many housewives who were fired after the controversial fourth season of The Real Housewives of New York, something that was covered by The Inquisitr. Not only were the women starting to display bullish behavior, but fans were also losing interest because Bethenny Frankel had gotten her own reality spin-off show, distinguishing the feud between Frankel and Kelly Bensimon.

Alex McCord continued to dish about the housewives for various websites, a job she could easily do from Australia. Since the Bravo franchise has been a massive hit in Australia, it doesn’t sound like it will be too hard for these two to find work.

I apologize for being super late with this one.

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