After Bravo gave Jill Zarin the boot from Real Housewives of New York, she remained pretty classy about it.
She said all the right things you're supposed to say publicly as to not burn any bridges, but now she's opening up a little more and we're learning some real feelings!
Jill insists she was never a brat over the salary (although she also says she wasn't paid what she deserved), and that her firing felt completely random. She also wishes she could get finder's fees for Bethenny Frankel's success.
First off, I like to say I was fired because I'm not embarrassed about it. I didn't do anything wrong, so I really don't know why they fired us and kept the other girls. I was upset because I was told to put my life on hold. But I didn't argue, I wasn't going to try to sell anyone. I said, 'OK. Thank you for everything you've done for me.' Andy Cohen called shortly after, which I'm sure was a difficult thing to do. He gave me the respect I deserved considering I committed four years of my life to the show. 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.
We were finally making a decent amount of money last season. That was never a concern. They're getting a lot of money now, so that's another thing I'm disappointed about. I didn't get to make the money I feel I deserved. I didn't just help make the show popular; I cast it. 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.
Hmmm, sounds like she's realizing leaving some embers on that bridge is worth it if means getting some things off her chest!
All right, now it's time for all the Bethenny fanatics to sound off…. sound away!!!
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