Former ‘Real Housewives’ Star Jill Zarin Talks ‘Watch What Happens: Live,’ Plotting TV Return (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Jethro Nededog / October 18, 2012

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The former Bravo star says some of the gals are miserable.
Fired The Real Housewives of New York City castmember Jill Zarin returned to her old stomping grounds on Bravo with a prerecorded interview with Andy Cohen on Monday’s Watch What Happens Live.

The ex-Housewife, who felt she was never given a chance to say goodbye to the fans, had a lot to say. And, apparently, the viewers wanted to hear her out. The late night talk show saw a 44 percent increase over the previous Monday’s episode with 1.3 million viewers tuning in. That’s music to Zarin’s ears.

“I was testing the water,” Zarin, 48, tells Celebuzz. “When Andy asked me to come on the show two weeks ago, I didn’t want to do it. I knew it would bring out a lot of feelings that I had put to bed and I didn’t want to rehash that again.”

“But, I wanted to see if the fans wanted me back,” she added.

What was the reception to Zarin’s appearance? And how will she return to TV?

Zarin says her phone “blew up” after the WWHL appearance with calls from networks and agents. And, she also has something to pitch.

“I’ve been working on my own show — about me, my family, work,” Zarin, who founded Skweez Couture shape wear, says. “I have lots of characters in my life – with me, family members, customers and in my house. My nephew and my assistant are living with me. There’s lots of drama.”

In September 2011, Bravo informed Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop that it wouldn’t be renewing their contracts for Season 5. And although Cohen has said (and reiterated on Monday’s WWHL) that the network – and many fans – thought the show had gotten too toxic, Zarin still doesn’t understand why she was fired.

“I don’t see any difference among the housewives,” she explains. “I like drama as much as anyone else, but it doesn’t need to be so mean-spirited. New Jersey and Atlanta are just the same and the New York housewives were meaner this season. I don’t see what [Bravo] achieved by changing the cast.”

What did you think of Zarin on WWHL? Would you watch her show? Sound off in the comments section below.

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