Having Jill back on the show would be like taking a huge step backward for RHNY. I can't see how it would do anything except be a drag tp the momentum. Unless there's a reason to think she has sparks with several of the new women, what would be the excitement with that?
For one thing, it's an admission that they don't have confidence that they can find new, interesting people-- which I can't believe--.
Plus I would expect on NY and BH especially they want to go further upscale, in money, talent, influence, and looks-- none of which Jill does. She's more in the older mode, of housewife with connections, rather than shaker and mover on her own-- or someone doing a star turn. Plus she's actually not terrible bright-- which I noticed toward the end of her last run. The only reason I can think of, if she is so willing to collaborate with them in moving the show in certain directions is that they would have a conduit for any plot they wanted to engineer.
But don't the women all try to do this anyway? to a degree?
I wonder if the new women this year have been more resistant to signals from the producers. I can imagine all of them telling the producers where to get off-- Aviva is incredibly self-righteous, Heather is very independent, and Carole has a healthy skepticism about the reality tv--. All of them are much less desperate to be on the show than is usual-- so maybe the producers think back to good old days when people were compliant.