Andy Cohen is giving fans the inside scoop on season 9 of the Real Housewives of New York.
In a recent interview with AOL.com, Andy dishes on RHONY newbie Tinsley Mortimer, Jill Zarin’s return, and if Jules Wainstein was miscast.
First Andy gives the 411 on Tinsley revealing that we will see the former socialite try to rebuild her life after her tragic fall from grace.
“She’s trying to rebuild her life! I think what’s interesting with Tinsley is her friendship with Sonja,” Andy explains. “They coexist as roommates, but she still manages to work her way in with the rest of the group even though Sonja is like her den mama, basically. [Laughs] But, after a few episodes in, she and Sonja and Ramona are at Beautique picking up guys! The results are hilarious.”
As for Jill Zarin’s surprising and unexpected return, Andy says it’s going to be great for fans to catch up with the OG RHONY; revealing that we may see Jill numerous times throughout season 9.
“Well, she only appears once or twice. It’s fun, and it’s great to have her back! Look, I love Jill, and she’s obviously part of the reason the show is as successful as it is. She’s an original.”
However, Andy says he had to make sure Jill kept her mouth shut and didn’t spill the beans about her return.
“I told her 1,000 times, “Do not tell a soul that you’re doing this! Keep your mouth shut!” But, it’s going to be great. The truth of the matter is that we didn’t tell Jill that she was in the super tease because we wanted it to be a surprise to everyone.”
Adding, that neither he nor Jill knew how much of a big deal her return would be.
“Including Jill! I think it was better that way, actually. She emailed me that morning, and she was like, “My phone is blowing up! I had no idea!” It was great because, you know, I didn’t want Jill … You know, Jill is a Yenta! She likes to talk, and I didn’t want her telling anyone that she was in the super tease. I just wanted it to come out [in the trailer].”
Finally, Andy opens up about replacing Jules Wainstein with Tinsley; saying that he doesn’t believe Jules was miscast at all and that Bravo would have happily had her back for another season.
“I never really feel like anyone is miscast. Look, we had a great season last season, and Jules was a big part of it! First of all, her situation changed. She split up from her husband, and there were extenuating circumstances with that,” Andy says. “I think there could’ve been a moment where Jules came back [for another season], but I just think it’s dependent on the women and what’s going on in their lives. I thought we had a good season with Jules.”