Is Rachel Uchitel ready to to "make it nice?"
Page Six reported that the 45-year-old, who shot to notoriety as one of Tiger Woods’ many mistresses, was “on the shortlist” to join the Bravo show last season, but producers opted for Leah McSweeney instead. Now that Medley is out, interest in the former nightclub hostess has been renewed.
“She’s linked to New York — growing up here, and she was on the cover of the New York Post as ‘New York’s tragic face,’ ” a source tells the publication.
The public was first introduced to Uchitel in 2001 after her banker fiancé, James Andrew O’Grady died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. On September 14 of that tragic year. She was photographed and appeared on Page 1 of The Post holding up a missing person flyer for her lost love.
In addition to her alleged high-profile fling with Woods in 2009, actor David Boreanaz admitted to having an affair with former Bloomberg News producer in 2010. At the time of the affair, the Bones star's wife was pregnant.
Uchitel stayed in the spotlight as a special correspondent on nightlife for Extra and appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, where she was treated for addictions to alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepine drugs.
The mom, who shares an 8-year-old daughter Wyatt with ex husband Matt Hahn, may be a natural fit for the Housewives job as she already has connections to a number of Bravolebrities. According to Page Six, she’s been linked to serial Housewives dater Harry Dubin, who has famously courted cast members Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, and was married to former cast member Aviva Drescher.
With or without Uchitel, RHONY is certainly in for a shakeup next season. After Medley was reportedly fired after six seasons, OK! has learned she isn’t the only lady on the chopping block — both Singer and de Lesseps are doing everything they can to remain on the reality show.
“The show has gotten too old and stale. What was once fun is now a bunch of rich old white ladies complaining about their lives that most people would kill for. Overall ratings for the series has been steady but numbers in the younger advertiser demo are not good and only getting worse. Ramona is the oldest at 63 years old and is fighting for her life on the show,” sources tell OK!.
“Meanwhile, Luann looks like a baby at 55 years old compared to Ramona, but it is feared her storyline has come to a natural end and it is time to replace her with new blood too," the insider adds.
“Luann was demoted from a full-time cast member to being a ‘friend’ on the show once before. After that humiliation, she’s not as scared as Ramona. Outside the show, Luann has her cabaret shows and a life. If she gets fired again, she will be OK," the source reveals. "It is Ramona everyone is worried about. This show has become Ramona’s entire life, she would be lost without the show and they paycheck. Being on TV is her identity.”
However, a source close to production told OK! "that this was a mutual decision between Dorinda and production."