Andy Cohen speaks out on Lizzy Savetsky’s ‘unfortunate’ ‘RHONY’ exit

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Andy Cohen finally spoke out on Lizzy Savetsky’s unexpected exit from the “Real Housewives of New York City” reboot, calling the situation “unfortunate.”

The co-executive producer confirmed the news of Savetsky’s departure from the Bravo reality show due to anti-Semitism — which Page Six broke on Wednesday — while giving a very personal take on the matter as a fellow Jewish American.

“I can confirm that she is leaving, unfortunately,” he told People on Friday. “What I can also tell you is that when I’ve spoken out against anti-Semitism, the response that I’ve gotten has been quite alarming.”

Cohen, 54, believes we’re “living in really messed up, weird times right now,” which he feels have been exacerbated by wide-reaching platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

“I think social media makes it a whole lot worse. It’s a really rough time,” he lamented. “As a Jewish American, it saddens me to see what’s happening with anti-Semitism.”

As we exclusively reported, Savetsky, 36, quit the “RHONY” reboot before the new season even finished filming after receiving a barrage of anti-Semitic comments online.

“As soon as she was announced [at BravoCon in October], she was getting insane threats and anti-Semitism on social media,” a source familiar with the show told us, while another added, “She experienced hate from fans for being pro-Israel.”

A third insider explained that the influx of unanticipated messages genuinely “scared” the mother of three, so she bowed out.

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“What I can also tell you is that when I’ve spoken out against anti-Semitism, the response that I’ve gotten has been quite alarming,” Cohen said Friday.
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Bravo confirmed the news to Page Six shortly after, saying, “After thoughtful consideration and discussion with Lizzy, we have reached the mutual conclusion that Lizzy will not be a cast member on ‘RHONY.’”

The social media influencer — who has used her platforms to condemn celebrities like Kanye West for their dangerous rhetoric — elaborated on her exit via Instagram later that day.

Lizzy Savetsky with her husband and two daughters
Savetsky and her plastic surgeon husband share two daughters and a son.

“As a proud orthodox Jewish woman, I thought participating in this series would be a great chance to represent people like me and share my experience,” she explained.

“Unfortunately, from the time of my announcement in the cast, I was on the receiving end of a torrent of antisemitic attacks,” she continued. “As this continued, I realized that this path was no longer right for me and my family.”

Savetsky, who is married to a plastic surgeon, concluded her post by saying that she’s “looking forward to [her] next chapter.”

The cast of “RHONY” Season 14 was announced at BravoCon in October.

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The cast of “RHONY” Season 14 was announced at BravoCon in October.

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