The Real Housewives of New York City Cuts Mean No More Simon van Kempen

105998181 The Real Housewives of New York City Cuts Mean No More Simon van Kempen

Bye-bye Simon!

Stop the presses! Four of the ladies from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City have been cut from the new season, so Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, and Cindy Barshop will no longer be around to air all their crazy drama and terrible brand image over the airwaves (unless they, like Bethenny Frankel, get a spin-off show). That leaves only two of the original NYC‘ers in the cast, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer. Also avoiding the chopping block is Sonja Morgan who is bankrupt, which is a known requirement for being on a Housewives show.

But the real tragedy will not be losing these four women — who we’re sure will be replaced by equally entertainingly desperate social-climbers — but the lack of Simon van Kempen, who has been the best part of the show since its inception.

With the exception of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, most of the husbands of Bravo’s cattiest women are either divorced, distant, or nonexistent. “Housewives,” we’ve long-ago learned, is kind of a flexible term in the world of Andy Cohen. Many of the women aren’t wives, and with all the financial problems surrounding the ladies, actually having a house isn’t necessarily a requirement either.

But Mr. van Kempen was different. If anything, he overshadowed his wife in terms of eccentricities and drama-making. Plus, he wore a ton of pink and had a funny accent, leading viewers to speculate on his sexual orientation, a very important component of any reality show.

Plus, there was this:

Mrs. McCord and Mr. van Kempen spoke to Us Weekly about the cuts yesterday, which comes across like couple is getting a divorce from Bravo:

“After four seasons on Real Housewives of New York City, Simon and I are moving on. It’s a completely friendly departure and while it was their decision and not ours, we are in close communication with both Bravo and the production company about our next move, in addition to fielding outside offers.”

So it’s not that mommy and daddy didn’t love Bravo, it’s just that they’re having some problems right now and will be sleeping on the couch for awhile. Oh well. Hopefully the lack of cameras mean that Mrs. McCord and Mr. van Kempen will now become fixtures in New York’s socialite gadfly scene, and we’ll have a chance to rub elbows with Simon at whatever hotel consultancy gala is going on this week.


  1. lilymaid says:

    Simple Simon  and his Svengali dynamics with Alex will surely not be missed.  He is under the impression that he is a director, fashion advisor, interior decorator, author and social media consultant.  Socialy significant…not…..singer……not…..sexually secure….not………….in a word     buhbye

  2. I’ll sincerely miss Jill’s cattiness and Kelly’s weird sayings and actions. With the two of them gone, who will The Countess associate with? I cannot imagine The Countess being friends with Ramona, especially after the digs Ramona made about The Countess’s parenting.

  3. WHY says:

    I’ll miss Simon and Alex and the chums. They are entertaining and informative. Looking forward to seeing them in the future!

  4. Jenronlove says:

    I think that simon enjoyed being on the show more than alex did. He is a great entertainer because he is so crazy… Too bad

  5. Lynn says:

    Can’t imagine who decided to cut Alex and leave on that awful LuAnn – I’ll cross over and watch OC and New Jersey from now on. Glad to see that Kelly and Cindy have gone though. Thought Jill was entertaining but a real fair weather “friend”. I watched the couch episode 2 last night and was appalled at the rudeness of LuAnn to Alex. Kelly needs a psychiatrist for her passive aggressive tendencies and is continually trying to convince herself she’s “nice” – she’s not convincing anyone else. Also LuAnn should buy her own book on manners and READ it. She sure needs the lesson.  Very classless person with no voice.  What a joke.