Rumors of a shakeup on the Real Housewives of New York have been swirling for months but I don’t think any fan expected this big of a plot twist for season 12!
Bethenny Frankel has revealed that she will NOT be returning to RHONY for season 12.
The SkinnyGirl mogul announced her exit from RHONY in a statement to Variety.
“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Bethenny said in a statement. “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. My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride. I am so grateful to them for highlighting my entrepreneurialism and allowing me to pave the way for many women to achieve their goals. I am excited for my future. The best is yet to come.”
Bethenny was an original cast member of RHONY when it first premiered in 2008 and remained apart of the cast until season 3 in 2010. She rejoined the cast during season 7 in 2015 and has continued to create drama and bring in the ratings ever since.
Bravo has yet to comment on Bethenny’s departure.
Oh my god, I’m shocked by this news. Bravo is going to have to find someone fabulous and big to replace Bethenny. The RHONY cast is so perfect right now so I’m worried about how Bethenny’s exit could affect the show. I hope she will return to the show eventually.
Thoughts on Bethenny’s departure? Do you think Bethenny will ever return to RHONY? Sound off below!