Real Housewives of New York City

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Bethenny Frankel, who?

While we love the Bethenny, we so don't mind Cindy Barshop, the newest member of The Real Housewives of New York City who—for lack of a better term—is Frankel's replacement.

"It's a lot of work," Barshop recently told me about filming her first season, the series' fourth, airing April 7. "I didn't realize how difficult it was going to be. It's like being on Survivor!"

OK, she didn't have to eat bugs and swim through swamps, but...

She did have to endure the crazies: Sonja Morgan, Alex McCord, Luann de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Ramona Singer.

Cindy admits she lost her cool during an all-girls wannabe Sex and the City trip to Morocco. "I actually did," said Barshop. "I really surprised myself. I guess somebody hit one of my core buttons with my family."

Barshop is a successful business woman, owning a string of waxing salons called Completely Bare. She's also a single mother to baby twins.

But this is reality television. Let's get to the nitty-gritty. Does she have any skeletons in her closet?

She insists there's no rap sheet to be found. "When I was in high school, I got I a little bit of trouble, but no, never booked," Barshop said.

How about a sex tape?

She laughed, "No, but I plan on having one soon—just kidding."

Let's hope she is.

Marc Malkin is on vacation

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