By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
The fans have spoken, and Bravo is listening!
After ex-cast member Jill Zarin appeared on Andy Cohen‘s Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, fans besieged the network demanding the feisty housewife be asked to come back for the next season of The Real Housewives of New York City, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
“Jill’s appearance solidified the likelihood that she will be featured on the sixth season,” a source close to the situation tells Radar. “Jill and Andy were even trending for a long time Monday night on Twitter. That is the kind of buzz that the network wants for the next season. Jill is a polarizing figure and she has a very, very strong personality.
“Jill is open to the idea of coming back to the show and would be willing to appear as a guest star. Viewers love to watch Jill tussle with Ramona Singer and LuAnn de Lesseps. There was no where near as much drama on the show this year, even with the addition of three new cast members after Jill, Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon were fired.”
As previously reported, Zarin opened up about the sudden axing on Monday, telling Cohen that it felt like “a death.”
“It felt like a death…..It felt like my funeral. I was heartbroken and I felt like [Bravo was] my parents and that when it was ‘Bethenny [vs.] Jill,’ you picked favorites,” Zarin confessed. “I even felt [my dog] Ginger got it bad.”
This isn’t the first time Zarin has been asked to return to the hit show, in January of this year a source told RadarOnline.com that Zarin had been invited back, but that she had declined to re-join.
“I thought about quitting the show during season 4, because my husband wanted his wife back,” Jill told Radar in an exclusive interview. “I had such anxiety and pressure to act a certain way and I was paranoid for a reason, because people were planning and plotting against me.
“I’m too old and have grown up too much to do Real Housewives anymore, I want to set an example to my kids and my grandkids.”
So might Jill have had a sudden change of heart?
“The outpouring of support that Jill got after her appearance on Monday night is really changing her mind. She is in a better place now and really does love being on the show. Jill is in much more control of the situation because she knows the show needs her more than she needs them,” the insider says.