In September 2010, the fourth season began filming with Cindy Barshop as the series' newest housewife.Bravo pushed the Season 4 premiere back until April 7, 2011, and instead premiered The Real Housewives of Miami.

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Kelly Killoren Bensimon was added to the cast for the second season, which premiered on February 17, 2009.

Sonja Morgan was added to the cast during the third season, along with Jennifer Gilbert in a recurring capacity.

On August 31, 2010, Frankel made an official announcement that she would not be returning to The Real Housewives of New York City series for its fourth season.

Of the original housewives, Frankel initially left after the third season before returning for the seventh; Mc Cord and Zarin left after the fourth season; and de Lesseps was a friend of the housewives in the sixth.

The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Morgan in the third, Radziwill in the fifth, Medley in the seventh, and Wainstein in the eighth.

Other housewives include Kelly Killoren Bensimon (seasons 2–4), Cindy Barshop (season 4), Aviva Drescher (seasons 5–6), Heather Thomson (seasons 5–7), and Kristen Taekman (seasons 6–7).Despite the series title, the women featured were not all housewives.The Real Housewives of New York City (abbreviated RHONY) is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2008 on Bravo.Developed as the second installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, it is currently in its eighth season and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in New York City.The series originally focused on Lu Ann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex Mc Cord, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin.The eighth season lineup of housewives will consist of de Lesseps, Frankel, Singer, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley, and newcomer Jules Wainstein.