Former ‘Real Housewives’ Star Alex McCord: I Had To Completely Start Over After Firing (EXCLUSIVE)

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Former Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord is opening up about how her life has changed for the getting the boot from the series last September.

In an exclusive interview with Celebuzz, the mother-of-two from Brooklyn reveals that she and husband Simon van Kempen were left with one option: to completely start over.

“Being on the show is such a double-edged sword,” she told Celebuzz. “These shows are meant to cover your real life; but the show actually swallows up your real life. So when there is no show, you have to completely start over. Your former life is gone … and reality TV is seen as a liability for some companies.”

McCord was one of four New York housewives axed from the Bravo show; co-stars Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Bishop were also let go, in one fell swoop.

Though she no longer has to worry about her words and actions being edited down for television, McCord says she is still nervous about the effects that the show — not to mention a simple search in Google — may have on her two children, Francois and Johan.

“My oldest son, who is 8, just Googled himself for the first time in his computer science class,” McCord said. “It’s a whole new conversation I never thought I’d have.”

During her stint on the hit reality show, McCord’s two children were portrayed on the show as out of control, which became a heated topic among fans and the media. Even today, an innocent search in Google will draw up plenty on the dynamic boys — not to mention those racy pics of their mother that were leaked onto the Internet, in 2008.

Still, while McCord described the experience of filming her children as “nerve-wracking,” she is now focused on moving beyond the camera.

“Now we have time to focus on the boys, and not how the show is going to portray them,” she told Celebuzz.

McCord and van Kempen also have budding new careers. They recently launched a linen company, Aluxe Home and Hotel Collection, and Alex will give her thoughts on this season of New York on her own blog for RumorFix.

“When I got let go, I thought I’d take a step back and not watch the show at all. But it isn’t realistic,” she said.

“I’m just disconnected enough to enjoy the show … and thrilled not to have that gut-wrenching ‘Oh no! What are they going to do with what I said?’ feeling every time a new episode airs.”

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Monday nights at 9PM ET on Bravo.

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