Well, it looks like The Real Housewives of New York City is going to get a little less shrieker. I said “a little“! Because Bethenny Frankel broke the skinny girl hearts of all RHoNYC fans by leaving that bitch for a second time.
According to Us Weekly:
The reality star, 48, confirmed the news herself in a statement to Us on Wednesday, August 21. “I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter,” she said. “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have.”
Despite Bethenny having some huge career success and doing a lot of philanthropy, her personal life has been a messier than a Ramona Singer and Harry Dubin french kiss: her ex was arrested for allegedly stalking and threatening her, her ex-boyfriend died of an overdose and her EX tried use that against her in a custody case and a piece of fish almost murdered her.
The Skinnygirl founder mentioned the stress the court battle had on her work life. “This ongoing, horrible situation has been another job,” she explained. “Managing it has effects [on] all areas of my life. Going through the six-and-a-half-year nightmare and trying to separate that from my daughter and from my work, I was getting pulled in so many different directions, and something has to give.”
More recently, Frankel bravely opened up on the series about feeling devastated after the August 2018 death of her on again off again boyfriend Denis Shields.
No word on how her co-stars are taking it but I’m sure Sonja Morgan is crying over her (almost made!) toaster oven, LuAnn de Whateverherlastnameisnow is probably fighting for the center apple-holding spot, and Ramona is snorting Pinot Grigio and yell about how she’s finally going to get the biggest room on vacations!
Bethenny has left the franchise before only to return a few seasons later once she realized the attention is good for business and that she’s the only funny person in the room when the room is filled with hard-drinking narcissist cougars who all hang out at the same bar and hit on the same men. Once she gets a break from the madness, and needs more attention for her business, she’ll come back to where she belongs: as the delusional ringleader of that delusional fuckery circus.