‘RHONY’: Why Is This Season Short, Plus Why Do Cast Members Insist They Quit (When They Were Really Fired)?

Comedian and Andy Cohen’s assistant Daryn Carp offered her thoughts on why some Real Housewives insist that they quit the series (but instead were probably fired). She also shared why this season of The Real Housewives of New York City was a little shorter than what is normally aired.

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Carp dished about all things Bravo and Real Housewives on the Out in the Wild podcast. She revealed that while most cast members do not quit the show, it varies on how some of the women handle their departure.

Why was the latest ‘RHONY’ season so short?

The podcast hosts wondered why the RHONY season was shorter, but Carp shared it depends on programming. She said viewers are seeing about 80 hours of footage crammed into a one-hour-long show.

“Sometimes it just depends on programming and what else we need to fit in,” Carp shared. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of content for the season. Like if we feel like we have enough to make 13 episodes the best ever, why stretch it to 17? First of all, it costs more money and we don’t want to piss off the fans.”

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But one of the podcast hosts shared that a few deleted scenes ended up online that would have been extremely memorable if they had aired. Carp says the network certainly has footage that they put online for the fans to see. But why isn’t some of the footage fans might deem to be important, not included? “Sometimes you get that sentiment, without having to necessarily say that line,” Carp said. She adds that production has to weed through thousands of necessary lines. “And only a limited 44 minutes with commercial breaks that we can fit in.” Carp adds that the “lost” footage also creates a conversation for Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen of scenes fans didn’t see.

Do they quit (or are they really fired)?

Carp revealed that most cast members do not quit on their own. She referred to Carole Radziwill from RHONY. “Her storyline was the marathon. Totally important, totally that’s a great thing, I’d never run a marathon. [But] okay, now what? I think the audience can feel it too [that a storyline has come to an end].”

The discussion then turns to how Radziwill left the show. The podcast host referred to a tweet from Radziwill announcing she had quit the show. “I think sometimes, I can’t say for Carole’s situation specifically, I think you want to get ahead of the rumors that are already going to start about you,” Carp remarks. “So if something’s going down, if someone spreads a rumor about my girlfriend, I might tell my girlfriend first about that rumor before it gets to her. Just to make sure I can control the situation the best that I can.”

Carp says some Housewives will just back away from the public eye for a few months before making any comment. “Or I’m going to attack it head-on and create a ruckus and create press behind whatever I’m saying.” Carp says she thinks Radziwill wanted to get ahead of the game.