“The show just didn’t do well and it wasn’t worth airing another season,” a source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com. “The DC housewives were meant to be starting shooting their second season now and they haven’t heard a peep from Bravo. No one from the cast has been contacted yet and told that the show is cancelled.” RadarOnline.com has learned that the DC franchise isn’t the only Housewives show that has been struggling to lure viewers – Miami has also been performing poorly in the ratings war, forcing producers to reassess any further expansion. “After DC failed in the ratings and Miami just bombed, they realized they can’t just start a show anywhere and it will succeed,” the source said. The Housewives franchise has been a phenomenal success, spawning a total of seven different franchises – Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, DC, Beverly Hills and Miami. “Bravo used to think it was about the brand and they could switch the housewives at any point but now they have realized it is about the women involved and that has changed their perspective,” the source said. “They’ve realized a lot with the failure of DC and Miami, and they’re going to concentrate on the successful shows they have and not expand any further. Andy Cohen has made it official that there will be no more new Housewives franchises.” In the meantime, when it comes to DC: “We’re just hoping that people forget it ever happened,” the source said.RHoDC premiered last August and starred Mary Schmidt Amons, granddaughter of radio and TV personality, Arthur Godfrey; Lynda Erkiletian, owner of one of DC's top modeling and talent agencies; Catherine "Cat" Ommanney, a native of London, she's an interior designer and the wife of White House photographer Charles Ommanney; Michaele Salahi, a self-proclaimed model and socialite; and Harvard Business School graduate, top-selling real estate agent, active political fund-raiser and philanthropist, Stacie Scott Turner. We blame this on that crazy bitch and famewhore Michaele Salahi, who crashed a White House state dinner. According to reports, Bravo was insistent on Michaele being a member of the cast; the four other housewives refused to sign on for a second season if she was part of the cast. So there you have it.
Update, March 30: Bravo just announced 11 -- count 'em 11 -- new shows for the 2011 season. The network also renewed “Top Chef Just Desserts”, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"; “Bethenny Ever After” and “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover". Noticeably absent from from the list? "The Real Housewives of DC" or "The Real Housewives of Miami".
Update, April 7: It's official! “The Real Housewives of DC" has been canceled. Andy Cohen tells the Washington Post, "We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise. I wish all our D.C. wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity."