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'I'm Not As Engaged': 'RHONY' Alum Jill Zarin Talks 'RHUGT' Season 2, Fan Backlash

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Jul. 20 2022, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

Jill Zarin may have a lot of history on reality television, having starred on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City for its first four seasons, but when it came to her time on Peacock's Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip, Zarin said she had a much different outlook on fans' reactions to her behavior on the show.

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'RHONY' Alum Jill Zarin Isn't Concerned With The Backlash She May Receive For Her 'RHUGT' Antics

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After admittedly taking things to heart during her days on The Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin decided to go into filming on Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip with a much different mindset.

"It's great," Zarin told OK! Magazine of the Peacock series on July 18. "But I'm not as engaged as I used to be."

"I now put all those news alerts into my spam," Zarin admitted.

Zarin spoke to the outlet during a luncheon she hosted in the Hamptons this past weekend.

Jill Zarin Used To Get 'Hundreds' Of News Alerts Each Day While Starring On 'RHONY'

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At the event, Zarin was joined by Real Housewives of Orange County alums Vicki Gunvalson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Real Housewives of Dallas' LeeAnne Locken, Real Housewives of Dubai cast member Caroline Brooks, former RHONY star Barbara Kavovit, and Real Housewives of Toronto's Kara Alloway.

"I used to get hundreds of them a day and it would either make me happy or sad or whatever. I don't really see them now unless I'm looking," Zarin continued of the backlash she received during her time on The Real Housewives of New York City.

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'RHONY' Alum Jill Zarin Isn't Concerned With People Liking Her Anymore

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"Whether people like me or they don't like me, it doesn't change who I am. I don't let it affect me anymore. That has really helped my mental health, to be able to be on a show and not lose it," Zarin explained.

Jill Zarin Admitted Late Husband Bobby Zarin Was Missed At Her Annual Event

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After revealing the luncheon was held in honor of Bobby Zarin, who died from cancer in January 2018, Zarin said the 2022 event was the first time in two years that she was able to host the Hamptons festivities.

"We miss him [Bobby] terribly and after he passed, I didn't want to really do it. I did it one more time. But it wasn't the same. Then we took a year off and then the pandemic happened," she revealed.

"As long as someone does all the heavy lifting, I'll invite all the people and make it happen," she added.

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