Amid rumors that Tinsley Mortimer is on the chopping block for season 12 of the Real Housewives of New York, the socialite turned reality TV star is reportedly fighting to keep her position on the show.
“She’s in survival mode, running around trying to get big prestigious names” to join her on the Bravo show, a source told Page Six. “She’s trying to make herself look better. But her society friends want nothing to do with it. They view the show as a toxic car crash — though they all watch it with their friends. ”
As we previously reported Tinsley is rumored to be part of a cast shakeup that involves the exit of herself, newbie Barbara Kavovitz, and veteran Housewife Luann de Lesseps in an effort to make room for new Housewives. Bravo is rumored to be courting Anthony Scaramucci’s wife Deidre Ball.
However, sources close to Tinsley insist she’s staying put on RHONY; claiming that Tinsley was shooting “test scenes” with a “younger” potential new Housewife just last week.
The source continued: “She’d hoped to get a bigger name on the show. She was scouring for women and struck out with some very important people.”
Another source added: “Tinsley is not going to make it next [season]. No one has spoken to her since filming stopped. She’s too scripted and doesn’t offer a lot. They’re still editing the reunion .?.?. so it kind of depends on how the audience engages with that, but it’s not likely.”
Meanwhile, a friend of Tinsley says all the rumors reek of a “‘Housewife’ hit job.”
“There’s a ‘Housewife’ that’s trying to have her not come back, and thinks she has power within the media to create this media storm,” said the friend. “They’re spreading lies. It’s typical ‘Housewife’ drama. Tinsley not coming back — is not true.”
Another friend of Tinsley concurs saying these rumors are nothing more than typical Housewives fodder.
“This is completely made up, none of this is factual and sounds like a desperate attempt for someone to create their own narrative about Tinsley. The fact of the matter is every season there is speculation of who is coming back or not .?.?. So, at this point, it is all silly gossip ultimately stirring up buzz for the next season.”
Page Six reports that none of the RHONY have signed contracts for season 12.
The Real Housewives of New York airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.
Thoughts on this latest report? Which Housewife do you think wants Tinsley gone?