The Real Housewives of New York City Casting Update: Farewell, Jill and Ramona?

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The Real Housewives of New York City has been renewed for a third season on Bravo. It will premiere in early 2010.

But questions still surround at least two original cast members, as the network is openly auditioning new, rich women for a role on the series.

The newest trouble maker, Kelly Bensimon, won't be replaced, however. She was actually the first to sign on again, according to insiders at E! News.

"She is considered the most hated woman in New York and will do anything to reverse that opinion," said a source, not giving any credence to the levels of vitriol aimed in NYC at Ruth Madoff.

The Real Housewives of New York City Cast

As for Bethenny Frankel, who recently got engaged to Jason Hoppy? Count her in, as well.

"Bethenny Frankel loves being part of the Bravo family, and if invited back, she will 100 percent RSVP for the Real Housewives party," said her rep.

So, who does that leave out?

Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer are reportedly holding out for more money. These two believe they are the most integral stars on the show, though sources say Bravo isn't giving in to their demands.

"Bravo put out that press release saying they're casting for new housewives because Jill and Ramona are playing hardball," said an insider.

Should the show go on without this pair? Or do anything in its power to re-sign them? You tell us!

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