Some of us are still processing the news that Bethenny Frankel won’t be returning to Real Housewives of New York — I’m still accepting condolence cards and Edible Arrangement baskets, FYI — but others have already moved on to the future of the show without our favorite Skinny Girl mogul. According to Radar Online (which at this point is a fundamental part of the Bravo Cinematic Universe), the show may be altering the Housewives formula and adding a man to the mix.
Radar Online reports that a source close to the show (possibly Lisa Vanderpump?) says that “at the moment, nothing is off the table.” The show’s producers are said to be “always looking to tinker with the formula to make sure the show doesn’t get stale.” Well then why did we get approximately twelve episodes about Dorit’s dog on the most recent season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? And for that matter, why is the franchise still segregated?
“Over a decade ago the show was focused on casting married ladies with children, [and] there was outrage when Bethenny Frankel, a single lady without a child was cast,” the source added. “Now most of the women are not even housewives!” That’s right, they’re alcoholic cabaret stars.
The source says that “it isn’t clear if the guy will be a gay man who runs the home while his husband brings home the bacon, or if they go with a straight stay-at-home fella, whose wife is the bread winner.” Clearly if a man is going to join RHONY as a main cast member, he will have to be gay — otherwise Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan will just take turns trying to fuck him. (It’s worth mentioning though that Real Housewives Atlanta had Miss Lawrence and Derek J in pretty prominent roles, even though they never officially had peaches.) And can you imagine a straight man trying to comfort Tinsley when she starts crying about her frozen eggs during a vacation to Majorca? Not believable.