"I really haven't had time to digest it properly," Morgan, 47 said. "My voicemail was filled up today...At first, I just thought it was the usual rumors."
Morgan then spoke with her producer who gave her the bittersweet news -- she's still in, but Zarin, 47, Bensimon, 43, McCord, 37 and Barshop are definitely out. "I've been invited back. I found out today last minute."
Morgan is bummed to say goodbye the quartet, but she explained optimistically: "I feel like all seven of us are stars in our own right We had the best season ever, the greatest ratings for New York Housewives ever."
(Rounding out the group are LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer.)
"Whatever happens, everyone is a star in their own right. Obviously, first choice is always to be asked back and have a choice. You like to have a decision to make. But to not be asked back is sad, but nothing is final. You never say never!"
And her exiting friends will be just fine, she added. "I have 100 percent faith in every girl that is on the show. We didn't get here for any reason except we are all very talented and have a lot to share on screen."
She hasn't yet spoke to Zarin et al, but she plans to. "I'm going to reach out and see and make sure they are happy. I'm sure that everybody has plans. I'm not worried."
Her career suggestions for her pals: "I can see Alex and Simon [McCord] having their own show with the kids doing all this freaky deaky things they do in Brooklyn. And I could see Jill, sort of like Barbara Walters having a talk show. And then I could see Kelly going off...her doing fashion."