Bethenny Frankel Confirms Her Return To The Real Housewives of New York!! Is Jill Zarin Next?

Bethenny Frankel

She’s baaaack!  Bethenny Frankel is returning to The Real Housewives of New York next season.  There have been rumors swirling for weeks and Bravo needed a cast shake up and Bethenny is on board!   Bethenny blogged about her decision to return to her reality TV roots. 

Bethenny shared on her website, “Well, there has been a lot of speculation about my return to television and to Bravo in particular. Bravo and I have maintained an incredible partnership and relationship over the years, which is something I am very proud of and grateful for. It really is where it all began for me, and you can’t forget where you came from.”

She continued, “After my talk show ended, I really had doubts about ever going back to television. I’ve been through a lot personally, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to expose myself to any more public scrutiny. That said, I’ve been so fortunate to be able to connect with the audience and inspire them to fulfill their wildest dreams. I learned a lot about myself through that experience. I really need to be able to express myself freely and creatively; I like when no two days are the same, and I don’t thrive when being filtered or edited.  I also love the ability to be able to focus on all the many aspects of my life and my business, which a talk show didn’t allow for. Most importantly, I missed being on the journey with you all, who were there with me from the beginning.” 

Bethenny gives the show props for changing her life.  “When I joined The Real Housewives (originally named Manhattan Moms), I was financially, personally, and professionally insecure. Embarking on that adventure with you and with Bravo changed my life forever.  After many years of hesitation, I have decided to return to my roots on The Real Housewives of New York City. I have been through a long and arduous road since my departure, and I’m finally coming out on the other side. It finally feels right to go home again.” 

She’s very excited to see what happens,  “The idea of doing the show feels exciting and refreshing, like it did at the beginning all those years ago. New faces, new circumstances, and in many ways, a new me and a new life. I am truly coming from “a place of yes,” which is the only way to approach anything in life. This feels like the Eagles “Hell Freezes Over tour,” but never say never. Thank you for your honesty, for standing by me, laughing and crying with me, supporting me and motivating me.  I can’t wait to see what the road ahead has in store for us. Watch what happens.” 

Wow.  I thought there was a small possibility that she’d return, but deep down I figured it was too “good” to be true.  Let’s face it – having an original return will be interesting to see, especially with the way the franchise has changed since Bethenny’s days.   I’m also a little shocked that Bravo let her announce it since they love to leave us hanging with cast rumors until the show returns and releases its first trailer for the season.  

We know Sonja Morgan is thrilled!  Do you think Jill Zarin will be next?!!



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