Housewives Switcheroo: Why Miami Suddenly Replaced NYC

Entertainment Feb. 4, 2011 AT 11:33AM
Housewives Switcheroo: Why Miami Suddenly Replaced NYC Housewives Switcheroo: Why Miami Suddenly Replaced NYC Credit: Bravo

Watch what happens, indeed!

It came as a table-flipping shock to just about everyone on Thursday, when Bravo announced that Real Housewives of Miami would premiere its debut season Feb. 22 -- and that Real Housewives of New York's fourth season, originally slated for this month, was pushed back to May.

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Promos for the beloved Big Apple leg of the franchise had been running on Bravo for the past week; multiple sources confirm that NYC cast members Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn deLesseps, Ramona Singer, Kelly Bensimon, Sonja Morgan and newcomer Cindy Barshop were notified about the last-minute switch on Thursday morning.

So, is something rotten in the state of Manhattan?

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"No conspiracy here, folks," Bravo's Andy Cohen tells UsMagazine.com in a statement.

"We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and can assure you that the Real Housewives of NYC will be well worth the wait and the Real Housewives of Miami is hot, hot, hot."

Alex McCord told Us at an NYC event on Thursday: "I think this is definitely the best season so far -- [But] there was no way they were going to get [editing] done in time."

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In the meantime, the brand-new Miami cast is ready for its closeup. The women include fashion editor Alexia Echevarria, divorced publicist Marysol Patton, two basketball wives (Larsa Pippen and recent divorcee Cristy Rice), politically involved mom Lea Black and fiery, newly-engaged Adriana DeMoura-Sidi.

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