'The Real Housewives of New York City' adding two new women
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/15/2009
Bravo has announced that socialite Sonja Morgan and event planner Jennifer Gilbert will both joinThe Real Housewives of New York City's cast for its upcoming third season.
Morgan -- who has worked as a manager and consultant at various New York City restaurants -- is being billed by Bravo as "a fixture of New York City society, running in social circles that include European royalty and top-notch designers."
She is a single-mother of a 9-year-old daughter.
Gilbert owns and runs Save the DateR -- a corporate and social event planning company -- and also serves as the co-owner of Portamee, a baby carrier company. She is a graduate of MIT University's "Birthing of Giants" program and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young at the age of 29.
Gilbert and her husband have been married for seven years and have three children together.
While Bravo renewedThe Real Housewives of New York City for a third season in July, it began casting for additional housewives because all the women -- except Kelly Bensimon, who had joined the show for its second season -- were still unsigned. The reason for the hold-out was reportedly money.
Earlier this month, Bravo announced it was developing a new reality series starring Frankel that will follow the former The Apprentice: Martha Stewart runner-up as she focuses on her love life and career as a natural foods chef.