Bethenny Frankel may have been knee deep into the season 8 drama on the Real Housewives of New York but claims that she’s left it all in the past and is distancing herself from the drama.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bethenny opens up about getting sucked into the drama on RHONY and hints that it may be time for her to step back and take another Housewives hiatus.
“I’ve been definitely distancing myself from the show this summer. It was a long year – it definitely works.”
“I’m glad that the audience is enjoying it, but I’ve left it behind,” Bethenny added.
Bethenny hesitation about the show seems to stem from the explosive and epic reunion the RHONY cast filmed a little over a month ago, which Bethenny says was “by far” one of the hardest they’ve ever filmed.
“It was very, very negative and I didn’t enjoy it at all,” Bethenny revealed. “Something very dramatic happened … that questioned my integrity. If someone questions my business or my integrity I take it really seriously – I don’t just gloss over it.”
Going on to say, “So I think that maybe the fun and light Bethenny that people expect, with the quips and the comebacks weren’t there.”
The SkinnyGirl mogul feels that her costars are guilty of a lack of transparency, and this may be what prevents her from returning for season 9.
“I live my life honestly. You have 50 percent of the cast that has a whole taboo, police line, ‘do not cross’ section of their life that is not discussed on camera and never has been. For legal issues and liability issues, Bravo doesn’t need to bring it up, and it’s a difficult line to ride, and that may be why I don’t come back.”
Despite all the drama in her life, Bethenny says she’s in a good place.
“My summer of freedom is lighting me up. I am in a really happy place.”
Bravo isn’t going to let Bethenny go; they will do whatever they need to get her stay. I think Bethenny teases fans every year that she might not come back. Honestly, I think RHONY would suck without her, even though I believe she’s been WAY too serious this season. Bethenny needs to lighten up and have some fun.