After months and months and months and months of speculation (legit, we’ve been waiting since the first season ended in 2017), Foxtel has officially pulled the plug on the Real Housewives of Sydney.
Foxtel’s executive director of television Brian Walsh confirmed to TV Tonight that the Sydney edition of the global Real Housewives franchise will not be returning for a second season.
“Sydney won’t happen again. Once bitten twice shy,” Walsh said. The series starred local affluent women Athena X Levendi, Krissy Marsh, Lisa Oldfield, Matty Samaei, Melissa Tkautz, Nicole O’Neil and Victoria Rees.
Despite it being in his best interest to offer positive promo for his shows, being the overlord of Foxtel, Walsh previously rinsed the show in an interview with The Daily Telegraph shortly after it first aired, telling the publication that he believed the women had gone “too far”.
“A lot of the women in this show were nasty for nasty’s sake and have no redeeming features,” he said.
American network Bravo, which has aired several seasons of the Real Housewives of Melbourne, refused to air the Sydney version because of its “extreme” content.
“The program didn’t feature enough of the fun and friendship between the women,” a U.S. television insider previously said.
And as for the Melbourne series, Walsh said that the Toorak ladies may potentially return if they overcome “some hurdles”.
“Housewives remains an important franchise but we have to be convinced the narrative is there to take it forward,” he said.
“After the last series, it started to become somewhat repetitive with the girls. It always comes down to Gina having a falling out with the new one. So they are working on that.”
The shock announcement about RHOS comes after BTS footage was leaked that shows housewife Victoria Rees losing her shit and shouting homophobic slurs at the show’s producer during filming in Singapore.