Why The 'Housewives' Divorce Rate Is So High

Andy Cohen explains what might cause 'Housewives' couples to split.

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For The Real Housewives, happily ever after more often than not ends in divorce.

That's what the numbers prove of the trend that's taken over the famed Bravo franchise. More than half of all the current cast members on the six series under the Bravo franchise — New York City, New Jersey, Miami, Atlanta, Orange County and Beverly Hills — have been divorced at least once, according to the calculations over at Buzzfeed.

But Andy Cohen, Bravo's executive vice president and Watch What Happens Live host, rationalizes the series' split-up statistic as a representation of the state of marriage in the country.

“I think it’s a phenomenon among America," he told Celebuzz at the Bravo upfront event in New York City. "The divorce rate is 50 percent and about 50 percent of the Housewives have gotten divorce. So I think we’re a reflection of what goes on in America."

But upon closer look, Buzzfeed found that frequetly-reiterated figure is in fact far off, as the nation-wide rate is actually lower. In fact, the Housewives divorce rate — 51.3 percent — is nearly double that for average American women at large, which currently stands at 22.4 percent.

The trend has hit headlines recently, as Real Housewives of Atlanta's Porsha Stewart became the latest of the Bravo franchise to announce her marriage is heading for divorce. The breakup comes on the heels of two other Housewives heading to splits-ville in the past few months — New Jersey's Dina Manzo separated from husband of seven years, Tommy Manzo, and Bethenny Frankel, formerly of the New York City cast, filed for divorce from her second husband, Jason Hoppy, in January.

Though the cold, hard numbers can be grim, Cohen put a positive spin on the situation as he speculated if the spotlight may play a part in pushing Housewivesto divorce.

“I think what it does is accelerate any problems that exist, because people have opinions about their problems and they’re voicing them," he explained. "I think a lot of women find great strength by doing the show and they feel like, 'Wow, I can do this.' It’s an interesting phenomenon.”

For more Bravo scoop, check out The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast dishing on season 5 in the video below.

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