DORINDA Medley, who has been a main cast member on The Real Housewives of New York City since season 7, was fired last week.
Now, Bravo’s having “second thoughts” about letting her go after six seasons, with one insider calling the initial canning a “big mistake.”
Dorinda Medley was fired from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City last week[/caption]
According to the Daily Mail, the 55-year-old was informed of the news on Tuesday, just days after the passing of her friend.
Originally, sources close to the network claimed that it was a “mutual decision” to have Dorinda depart from the long-running reality series.
A rep for Bravo gave an update to Pag Six over the weekend, though, saying Dorinda is actually just “on a pause” from the show and “the door remains open,” if she cleans up her act.
She reportedly was fired from the show for being a “mean drunk,” often making fun of her co-stars, including Luann de Lesseps for her alcohol-involved arrest, and refusing to admit she was crossing the line.
The reality star was reportedly let go because she was a ‘mean drunk’[/caption]
The network said she could return, eventually, as the ‘door remains open’[/caption]
Sources said: “That’s just not where they want the show to go.”
According to the outlet, show executives wanted to move away from Dorinda’s “abrasive behavior.”
So they are instead casting a new co-star for next season.
Another added, “In this climate of social justice and cancel culture, she was not a good representative of the show or the network.”
The insider shared: “If she’d have said [at the end of the season], ‘Look — I’ve been depressed and that’s why I’m acting like this,’ or, ‘I miss my [husband, Richard, who died in 2011],’ and said she’d work on it, I think it would have been different.”
Dorinda joined as a RHONY main cast member in season 7[/caption]
Co-star Ramona Singer said she was ‘shocked’ by the news of Dorinda’s firing[/caption]
After the firing, a production source said: “It’s a big mistake. We’re all surprised as even though she had a tough season, she is a fan favorite who people are rooting for.”
The insider added: “Dorinda was the only housewife left who owns both her own apartment in New York City alongside a second home in the country. You watch, this is an error that they will regret.”
RHONY cast member Ramona Singer said she was in “shock” about Dorinda’s exit.
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She told ExtraTV: “We’re going to be sad to miss her. I was in shock and I think the whole world was in shock. Where would we be without Dorinda?
“We only wish her the best. I’m speechless about it.”
With Bravo’s latest statement, Dorinda could return to RHONY if she improves her behavior.