‘Couples Therapy’ Stars Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen on ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Staginess: ‘The Viewers Are Seeing It Now’ (VIDEO)

It’s been a while since Alex McCord and her husband Simon Van Kempen were ousted from Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York, but the drama between them and some of their former castmates continues.

In 2011, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and McCord got the axe from the Bravo docu-series. Since their unceremonious departure from the show, McCord and Van Kempen — who can currently be seen trying to fix their marriage on VH1’s Couples Therapy — have kept in touch with some of the other Real Housewives stars.

“I talk to Ramona [Singer] very regularly,” McCord told Celebuzz. “I talk to Sonja [Morgan].” McCord is not on speaking terms, however, with fellow ousted housewife Zarin — but her husband is. After production wrapped, Van Kempen extended the olive branch to his former reality TV nemesis.

“Simon and Jill talk,” she said. “Jill and I e-mail back and forth,” Van Kempen added. “There’s a lot of things she said about me over the years. It’s all water over the bridge.”

“I wish her the absolute best,” added McCord.

McCord isn’t quite done with the Real Housewives franchise yet, however. This season, she was offered a job to cover the Bravo series for RumorFix, and while she initially was unsure of her decision to do so, she now credits her recaps with helping her move on from the franchise.

“After the re-cast, I was going to completely cut the cord and completely separate myself from Housewives,” she told Celebuzz. “However, the good folks at RumorFix offered me a job covering it. It’s been a great healing process.”

Despite not being a regular viewer anymore, even Van Kempen has begun to pick up on the production’s editing tricks — and he believes viewers can as well.

“Watching this season, you can now see, like, ‘Oh, I know what they did here,'” said van Kempen. “When Aviva [Drescher] arrives in St. Barts,  it was daylight, and when they arrive at the house, it was dark. And that’s why they kept them waiting, so Romana and Sonja could get sloshed at the hotel.”

“It those conceits that we always see as former castmates, but the viewers are seeing it now,” he concluded.

Couples Therapy airs Wednesdays at 10PM ET on VH1. Below, McCord and Van Kempen dish on their Couples Therapy castmate Courtney Stodden

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