Is Bravo Considering Adding a Male Cast Member to RHONY for Season 12?

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REPORT: Bravo TV Producers Could Add a Male Cast Member to RHONY for Season 12

Is the first househusband about to be added to the Real Housewives franchise?

According to a new report, insiders revealed to the Straight Shuter podcast that Bravo TV producers are considering a major cast shakeup ahead of the 12th season of The Real Housewives of New York City because they don’t want the series to grow stale after the sudden exit of Bethenny Frankel.

“At the moment, nothing is off the table,” a source revealed, according to a report from Radar Online on August 27. “Producers are always looking to tinker with the formula to make sure the show doesn’t get stale.”

As Bethenny recently pointed out, she was the only “married” cast member remaining on the show before her exit. So, when it comes to a potentially unconventional casting decision for season 12, a househusband wouldn’t be completely outlandish.

“Over a decade ago the show was focused on casting married ladies with children, [and] there was outrage when Bethenny Frankel, a single lady without a child was cast,” the source pointed out. “Now most of the women are not even housewives!”

As for whether or not the potential male addition would be gay or straight, the insider said that hadn’t yet been decided upon.

“It isn’t clear if the guy will be a gay man who runs the home while his husband brings home the bacon, or if they go with a straight stay-at-home fella, whose wife is the bread winner,” said the source.

Bethenny confirmed her exit from the show last week, revealing she is excited about what the future holds. Her exit comes months after she inked a deal with MGM Television and producer Mark Burnett that requires her to develop, produce, and/or star in a number of unscripted programs.

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