Jill Zarin‘s return to “The Real Housewives of New York City” will touch on the new man in her life and her relationships with other cast members … but her story’s only getting part-time shine.
Production sources tell TMZ … Jill’s role on the upcoming season of ‘RHONY’ that of contributor — not a regular — as a “friend” to full-time ‘housewives’ like Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer.
We’re told Jill’s filmed episodes for Season 11 in which she divulges details about how she’s found happiness with her new boyfriend, Gary Brody, following the death of her husband Bobby earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. Jill appeared briefly in Season 10 when the cast attended the funeral.
Our sources say it’s unclear how much the show will touch on Jill’s life in the aftermath of Bobby’s death or her new rug line business, Jill Zarin Rugs Collection, but will definitely cover her relationship with Brody … who she started dating a couple months ago.
We’re told the 2 have known each other longer, but bonded over tennis and things got serious quickly — they’re already living together in Manhattan.
As for Zarin’s “friend” status with the cast … we’re told it doesn’t apply to Bethenny Frankel, with whom she had a notorious falling out years ago. Our sources say the women are cordial, though still not close enough to hang out.
Bethenny Frankel addressed the death of her on-and-off boyfriend, Dennis Shields, on Monday morning.
After attending his funeral in Long Island, the reality star posted a picture of Shields laying in bed with her dog Cookie, who passed away earlier this year, on her Instagram. “Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love,” she wrote. She added the hashtag “#nowandforever.”
Shields, 51, was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment on Friday morning of a suspected OxyContin overdose. Though Frankel recently admitted that she “loves” the millionaire investment banker in an episode of the “Real Housewives of New York,” she also said she “could never marry him.”
Shields, however, gushed about Frankel as recently as last week. “She’s great. She’s a great mother. She’s a great person. She’s really, really smart. She is terrific in every way,” he said on a business podcast.
Jill Zarin, Frankel’s former “Housewives” co-star expressed her condolences. “I know what it is like to lose someone so soon. It’s unbearable,” Zarin told us on Friday. “There is nothing worse than sudden death. You can’t prepare. There is no time to say goodbye.”
Will Jill Zarin return to The Real Housewives of New York City? She wants to, in a small way, and she’s got the time.
The 54-year-old reality star left the Bravo show in 2011 after season four, then returned to make brief appearances on the series during seasons nine and the current season 10, the latter of which showed her and her former co-stars at her late husband Bobby Zarin‘s funeral. The reunion sparked rumors that Jill could soon return to RHONY, which were fueled further this week after cast member Carole Radziwill announced this week that she is leaving.
“Somebody started a rumor that I was in talks with Bravo. That’s not true. That’s not true,” Jill said on Saturday at the sixth annual Luxury Luncheon, with this one honoring Bobby, in the Hamptons.
“I would like to come back as a friend,” she told E! News. “I’ve said that before. I would. I don’t know if my friend would like to do it, but, yeah, ’cause I think I have the time now. I couldn’t do it for many years because of Bobby, and I was talking care of him. But now I have the time. And I think Luann needs me.”
Love after loss.
Zarin and Gary Brody have been dating for about six months and Zarin “is very happy” with Gary Brody, a source told E! News.“Ally loves him,” the source said about her daughter.
Zarin, Brody and Ally Shapiro were together in London and attended Wimbledon together.
Bobby passed away on January 13, 2018 after a battle with cancer.
Guests at the “Gotti” premiere buzzed that Jill Zarin was stepping out with a new man.We’re told her arm candy for the evening was clothing-company exec Gary Brody — but sources say the pair are just pals.“He was very handsome,” said a spy at the after party at Tao Downtown.The twosome were side by side all evening, and the former “Real Housewives of New York City” star — whose beloved husband Bobby passed away in January after a long battle with cancer — introduced Brody to everyone she spoke to.
A pal of Zarin’s told us, “If she’s dipping a toe in the dating pool again, I think that’s great.”
Her rep declined to comment.
Ramona Singer is recovering after getting into a fender bender in the Hamptons over the weekend.
The Real Housewives of New York City star, 61, was heading east on Montauk Highway in her Maserati when she was involved in a four-car pileup, a source close to the star tells PEOPLE.
According to the insider, Singer was left injured in the accident and is “a little swollen and bruised” but recovering well.
“She was very shaken,” says the source. “It was very upsetting for her.”
A rep for the star did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Page Six first reported the news of the accident.
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