There's been speculation for a while now, but this past weekend Bravo officially confirmed it: Real Housewives of New York cast members Cindy Barshop, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, and Jill Zarin have not been asked to return for season 5.
In a statement to Us Weekly, the network said of the cut, "Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season five of The Real Housewives of New York City. We've had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have ongoing discussions with them."
Luckily, none of the ladies seem to be taking it too hard – McCord wrote of her departure on her Twitter account, saying, "Nothing was decided until today, but as of tonight a decision has been reached. [Husband] SimonvanKempen & I are leaving #RHONY, sadly but amicably."
[Via Us Weekly]