Jill Zarin wasn’t included in the recently-filmed “Real Housewives: Mashup” special. According to the former “Real Housewives of New York City” cast member, she was happy about it.
Weeks after a number of “Real Housewives” cast members, including her former co-stars, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, filmed the upcoming Peacock show in Turks and Caicos, Zarin spoke to The Sun about why she didn’t want to be included in the production.
“I would never want to be seen in a bathing suit right now,” she explained.
Jill Zarin Gained Weight During The Coronavirus Pandemic
According to Zarin, she didn’t want to be around the rest of the “Real Housewives” because she put on weight during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am so Covid-19-20… like gained 19-20 pounds. There is absolutely no way I’d be in a bathing suit – only coverup,” she shared. “But even so, I would have felt very uncomfortable around those gorgeous women. I’m more real.”
Zarin went on to say that she didn’t want to compete with the bodies of her fellow Bravolebrities because her body is “very real.”
Jill Zarin Believes She Would Have ‘Made Sense’ For The ‘Mashup’
“I won’t compete with those bodies. I’m very real so I don’t think I could have done that. I like to live vicariously through them and I’ll leave the fighting up to them,” she continued.
Although Zarin doesn’t believe she was in good enough shape to be a part of the upcoming show, she told The Sun that her appearance would have made sense. After all, she’s one of the OGs of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
“It definitely would have made sense but I would never have done All-Stars,” she insisted.
The ‘Real Housewives: Mashup’ Featured Seven Cast Members
In addition to feeling that she would have been a good fit for the concept of the “Real Housewives: Mashup” series, Zarin said she’s someone who loves to travel.
“I would never have done that particular house although I love to travel and go to different houses,” she stated.
According to The Sun, an insider earlier this month revealed that while there were going to be eight cast members on the show, producers ultimately decided to cut the cast lineup down to seven ladies.
“The cast size had to be cut down to seven, as the largest-sized house the show could book is seven bedrooms due to Covid protocols,” the source explained.
Producers Did What They Could Amid The Pandemic
“This is not the ideal cast that Bravo wanted but due to scheduling conflicts with current seasons filming and Covid, everyone is just excited they are going through with this,” the source went on.
The insider also said that while the show is expected to include four to six episodes, that may change.