‘RHONY’: Did Dorinda Medley Quit or Get Fired?

Yesterday Dorinda Medley shocked fans of The Real Housewives of New York City when she announced that she was leaving the show. The announcement came with no warning and left people wondering what had happened. Did Medley suddenly decide she wanted to leave the show or was she fired?

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Dorinda’s announcement

Medley notified fans of her exit on Instagram.

“What a journey this has been,” she wrote. “I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice…But all things must come to an end. This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away.

“I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about myself, about life, and about women along the way. Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my castmates for constant stimulation and entertainment. I wish you all health, happiness, and success. Clip!”

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How do the other real housewives feel?

Once news of Medley’s departure broke, some of the other housewives took to social media to send her well wishes.

“Every woman in this world wears a little sparkle, some in their dress, and some in their eyes,” Bethenny Frankel wrote in an Instagram post. “Use each moment to make another’s eyes sparkle and to warm a heart. Don’t let anyone or anything dull your sparkle. Don’t let the insecurities of others dull your sparkle. You will be missed…let the next chapter begin.”

Luann de Lesseps also shared her feelings.

“Love you @DorindaMedley💕” she captioned a sweet photo of herself and Medley. “So many great memories. We will miss you tremendously and support you in your decision 💯  #friendsforlife.”

Was Dorinda fired or did she quit?

From the sound of Medley’s departure announcement, it seems like she and Bravo parted ways on good terms. But some sources have said that Medley was fired.

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“It’s obvious she needs to work on herself,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “The reunion was rough and she wouldn’t acknowledge her bad behavior.”

Others have said that the split was more amicable.

Other notable housewife exits

Medley is only the latest star to exit the franchise. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was also shaken up as Lisa Vanderpump left after last season. The Real Housewives of Orange County lost Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson and NeNe Leakes has been in extended contract negotiations with The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Are more housewives leaving ‘RHONY’?

Whenever one housewife exits a city’s show, people start to wonder if the rest are safe. Well, according to David Yontef, host of Behind the Velvet Rope, Medley may not be the only one to go. 

“For everyone asking is this the end of the RHONY cast shake ups, I say first and foremost, I don’t work for Bravo,” Yontef told Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

“It wouldn’t shock me if one more person were added to the list but as is, replacing Tinsley and Dorinda would bring about a completely new show that people would be thrilled to watch,” he continued. “I have been saying this on my Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast for the past several months that an RHONY cast shakeup was inevitable after this season.”