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GINA and LYDIA are out, JACKIE, GAMBLE, AND JANET are back, and new housewives are welcomed for season five of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MELBOURNE

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They’re bold, they’re sassy and they’re back!

It’s official, Gina Liano will not be returning for season 5 of RHOM (image – Foxtel)

The Real Housewives of Melbourne return for a hotly anticipated fifth season with a brand-new line-up of glamourous women sure to bring plenty of memorable moments, scandalous gossip, outrageous accusations and loads of bling.

Previously making the decision to leave the series, Jackie Gillies – one of Australia’s highest profile professional psychics and wife of Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies – is putting her stilettos back on and returning for the fifth season. 

When production commences this week, Jackie will be reunited with returning Housewives Gamble Breaux – a singer songwriter who shares her Mornington Peninsula home with husband Dr Rick Wolfe, stepson Luke and six Pomeranian fur babies; and Janet Roach – co-founder of Raw Essentials Tea and The Roach Foundation (providing much needed emotional and financial support to burns patients) and mother to two boys and two beloved fur babies.

FOXTEL also announced today new housewife Simone Elliott, a successful businesswoman who juggles a high-flying corporate job with raising two children and studying for her MBA.  Simone will share the spotlight and screen this season with the three previously announced glamorous new Housewives: yoga teacher, qualified personal trainer and mother of three Cherry Dipietrantonio; self-made business woman, “Champagne Dame” Kyla Kirkpatrick; and multi award-winning news anchor and mother of one, Anjali Rao.

Original cast members Gina Liano and Lydia Schiavello have made the decision to leave the series.

Foxtel’s Group General Manager, LifeStyle, Wendy Moore said:

Alastair McKinnon, Matchbox Pictures Managing Director, said: 

“The drama is back. The glamour is back. The long-awaited return of the Housewives promises to deliver all the extravagant fireworks audiences the world over have come to know and love. Melbourne, start your engines.”

The Real Housewives of Melbourne is the first Australian instalment of the globally renowned  reality franchise and provides an inside and exclusive look into  the extraordinary lifestyles of these wealthy and extravagant women. 

The 10 x one-hour series is produced by Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group in conjunction with Foxtel.  Executive Producers are Pip Rubira and Dan Munday along with consulting Executive Producer Lisa Potasz for Matchbox Pictures. The series will air on FOX ARENA at a date to be announced. 

The first four seasons of The Real Housewives of Melbourne are currently available to watch on demand. Season 5 is set to premiere later this year on FOXTEL’s FOX ARENA

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