Bethenny Frankel shocked fans when she announced she was leaving the Real Housewives of New York on August 21. Now, she’s opening up her decision to leave the show that made her famous.
“It wasn’t about money,” Bethenny said at Yahoo! Finance’s All Markets Summit on Thursday, Oct. 10 in New York City. “If I went back, it was about money, if that makes any sense.”
Ultimately, Bethenny says her decision to leave came down trusting her business instincts and doing what is best for her at this stage of her life.
“When I joined The Housewives, everyone told me not to do it and I went with my gut to do it,” the SkinnyGirl mogul continued. “And when I thought about leaving, everyone told me not to leave. And I went with my gut to leave.” Bethenny says her decision to leave was tricky down to the very last minute, adding, “that morning [I announced my departure], I thought I was possibly going to go back.”
Bethenny went on to say that she wanted to leave RHONY on a high-note and more importantly on her own terms. She also said she didn’t want to overstay her welcome.
“Leaving the Housewives was because I think that I just didn’t want to be at the party where my eyelashes were falling off at two o’clock in the morning, not literally on the show, which that would happen also, but the metaphorical eyelash-hanging-off party. I like to leave when something for me is at its peak and I was talking to Bravo about many different things and I just decided let’s roll, it’s time to go,” Bethenny continued.
As for Bethenny’s next step, she confirmed that her deal with MGM and Mark Burnett is still in place. She also revealed that she recently she’s sold two shows and met with various streaming networks.
“Most of the shows are around women, business, some are around food. But mostly entrepreneurs and women,” Bethenny concluded.
Thoughts on Bethenny’s comments? Do you believe that Bethenny left RHONY because of money?