The dispatched Housewives are Cindy Barshop and Kelly Killoren Bensimon (seated in photo), and Alex McCord and Jill Zarin (standing, second and third from left).
The cast shake-up was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, which cited a statement from Bravo that read: “Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn de Lesseps will be returning for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City. We’ve had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers.”
Addressing the four exits, the cabler said, “It is a friendly departure… and we continue to have ongoing discussions with them.”
Season 5 of RHONY is due to premiere in spring 2012.