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BUZZ: Unrealized Castings: Andy Cohen’s Desired Housewives

BUZZ: Unrealized Castings: Andy Cohen's Desired Housewives

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It’s the franchise that has brought us epic catfights, drinking, and drama, courtesy of names including Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Lisa Vanderpump, Teresa Giudice, Dorit Kemsley and so many more. But “Real Housewives” fans are missing out on even more star power, The Post can reveal: Several big names have turned down the opportunity to bear their Botox, Birkins, and Bentleys on Bravo’s juggernaut franchise.

Bravo’s “Holy Grail” of “Real Housewives ” — aka Andy Cohen’s wish list — includes Vanessa Bryant, Chrissy Teigen, Julia Fox, Jana Kramer, and Ayda Field Williams. Top of the wish list is Vanessa Bryant, whom casting director Jennifer Redinger says the franchise pursued “every year.” Bryant, see holding youngest daughter Capri’s hand, with daughter Bianka sitting left, said through a rep that she had no interest in being on the show. A rep for Bryant told The Post, “Vanessa has never been asked nor does she have interest in being on the show.”

Next on the list are Ayda Field Williams, the wife of British pop star Robbie Williams, and Chrissy Teigen, the model and TV personality married to John Legend. Both names have been bandied about as replacements for Lisa Rinna, who dramatically quit the RHOBH franchise after eight seasons. Teigen, 37, is Kyle Richard’s top choice to succeed Rinna. And while Teigen is a self-professed super fan of the show, she reportedly wants to keep her involvement on the viewer level, telling ET Online last year, “A lot of people think that I, like, love conflict or I’d be so good on, like, ‘Real Housewives’ or something…I’m always like, ‘No, no.’” Although Teigen has seemingly taken herself out of the running, a production source said she has “never been in casting consideration,” leaving the door open to her changing her mind.

Field, 48, checks a lot of boxes: She’s stylish, entrepreneurial, and is already good friends with cast member Crystal Kung Minkoff.


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