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Housewives fan favourite vacates throne

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■ MELBOURNE’S reality TV queen has quit the Real Housewives of Melbourne as part of a seismic shake-up of the show.

In a shock move, sequined style icon GINA LIANO has turned on her stiletto heel and sashayed out of Housewives abode. Liano, a lawyer and civil celebrant, was one of the original housewives and parlayed her popularity into products including perfume, jewellery and shoes.

However, the G-train has come to a halt with Liano choosing to exit the show, which will start filming its long-delayed series five within a matter of days.

It is understood she is focusing on her legal career.

Liano’s departure will be formally announced at the Foxtel show’s start of filming brunch on Wednesday, where a number of new faces in the franchise will be revealed.

In fact, sources hint that up to four new housewives could be announced in the biggest overhaul of the cast in the show’s history. Series five was originally set to start filming around March last year but the COVID-19 crisis saw the production postponed.

At that stage, the cast comprised Liano, GAMBLE BREAUX, JANET ROACH, LYDIA SCHIAVELLO, CHERRY DIPIETRANT­ONIO, KYLA KIRKPATRIC­K and ANJALI RAO.

Now, more than 12 months later, the show is back on track, albeit with some fan favourites missing.

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