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EXCLUSIVE: Luann de Lesseps Is Ready to Bring Jill Zarin Back to ‘Real Housewives of New York’

by Brice Sander 9:37 AM PDT, June 09, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Luann de Lesseps Is Ready to Bring Jill Zarin Back to ‘Real Housewives of New York’

Luann de Lesseps says it might be time to bring back one of the OG Real Housewives of New York.

“You know, I always miss the girls who aren’t on the show anymore,” Luann says. “Kristen [Taekman’s] a great girl, so is Heather [Thomson]. But you know, they’ve moved on and I just keep moving forward.”

“I feel it’s really authentic [this season], because we’re all old friends,” she notes. “We’ve known each other a long time, and there’s a lot of flashbacks going on to the previous seasons, and I think it gives it weight and depth, and I think it kinda jells.”

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Still, Luann says there’s one former co-star she’d like to see back on screen.

“Oh, Jill Zarin!” Luann says. “Everybody wants to see Jill.”

Jill was let go from the Bravo hit in 2011, when the show was heavily revamped and recast. In 2014, executive producer Andy Cohen teased that they tried to bring her back to film one scene for season six, but it didn’t work out.

“Ramona [Singer] found out and she put the kibosh on that,” Luann reveals. “Because Jill had the ‘goods’ on her … What that means is Jill knew what was going on in Ramona’s life.” (Ramona and her husband, Mario, split in 2014 after it was revealed Mario had cheated on the Housewives star.)

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“[Jill]’s the Jewish mom,” Luann notes. “She knows everything.”

While it might be fun to see Jill again, it’s unlikely to happen. In that same 2014 chat, Andy joked that there would be “a little bit of a cast mutiny” if the former star returned. Her onetime friend turned enemy, Bethenny Frankel, came back to the show after a few seasons away in 2015.

You can keep up with Bethenny and Luann’s adventures every Wednesday night on Bravo when The Real Housewives of New York airs at 9 p.m. ET. Get an update on Kristen Taekman’s life since the show in the video below.

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