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Former 'Real Housewives of New York' Star Alex McCord Slams Show's 'Crazy Women' and Their Failed Marriages

by Jackie Willis 12:11 PM PDT, July 05, 2016
Playing Former 'Real Housewives of New York' Star Alex McCord Slams Show's 'Crazy Women' and Their Failed Marriages

Alex McCord doesn't appear to have fond memories of the four seasons she spent on the Real Housewives of New York.

McCord left the Bravo show in 2011 and a few years later, picked up and moved to her husband Simon Van Kempen's native Australia with their two sons. In an interview with the the country's morning show, Sunrise, on Monday, McCord reveals what she really thinks of the reality series.

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"All the women who stayed on the show have lost their marriages and their family," she says. "Why would you ever give up your children and your husband for crazy women?"

McCord's former cast mates have faced some splits over the years. Countess Luann de Lesseps divorced her husband, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, in 2009; Bethenny Frankel split from Jason Hoppy in 2013; and Ramona Singer divorced her husband of over 20 years in 2015. However, Jill Zarin, who also left the show in 2011, is still with her husband.

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McCord also claims that the Bravo series portrays the women on the show in a much glitzier light. "The funny thing is when I look back and remember the parties and events, and they look so glamorous but they never are," she recalls. "It's not very glam in real life. Anyone who has had that life would understand."

She now seems quite pleased with her new life. "We’re now five minutes from all of Simon’s family," the mother of two continues. "I'm so happy we're here."

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While McCord doesn't seem to have any desire to return to RHONY, Frankel did come back to the show but has refused to have her daughter, Bryn, on the series. "You know, the truth of the matter is I think it's great, I think it's great that my daughter's not on the show," Frankel candidly told ET. "I really do. I think, you know, the days of me putting people on the show that didn't sign up for this are over."

Frankel added that she wants to shield her only child from her work responsibilities regarding the program. "I've chosen this, and I find it to be very stressful, and I find it to definitely be interesting and a therapeutic process, but [it's] definitely work," she explained. "I do feel like it is -- it is work. It takes away from running my businesses and it's definitely a job. ... There are press responsibilities, there are Twitter and press arguments that you would never otherwise be involved in. And it's, you know, it's a rose that has petals and thorns."

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