Love her or hate her, Bethenny Frankel‘s been a major source of contention, controversy, and conversation since her return to the show that made her famous. So is she enjoying her renewed stint on reality TV? When asked if she would be back for another season of the Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny seems like she’s made up her mind: “You might not see me back.”
Bethenny claims the RHONY reunion was the proverbial straw that broke the Skinny Girl’s back, noting that “something very dramatic” happened during filming. Since then, Bethenny has taken a step back from her costars, and from the show.
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Bethenny told ET that the show is “definitely work. … This is just a summer of freedom. I’m glad that the audience is enjoying [the show], but I left it behind.”
Although she continues to see Carole Radziwill socially, Bethenny reveals that she’s had virtually zero contact with her other costars this summer. She’s spent most of her time in the Hamptons since the show wrapped.
Bethenny still defends coming back to RHONY after a long hiatus, saying she doesn’t regret her decision. And as incredibly insane as this season has been, she asserts, “I’m really proud of the show this season and I really do care about and respect most of the women that are on this show.”
As for the “dramatic” event at RHONY’s reunion, Bethenny says that it had something to do with the women questioning her character. She defends, “Something very dramatic happened that questioned my integrity. If someone questions my business or my integrity I take it really seriously.” Yeah, we all saw how that turned out for Sonja Morgan!
The Skinny Girl mogul also claims that her costars aren’t always one hundred percent truthful in showing their lives to viewers, and she takes issue with that. Defending living her life “honestly,” Bethenny explains, “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 does not need to bring it up and it’s a difficult line to ride, and that may be why I don’t come back.”
So, this has to do with honesty on camera? Call me a cynic, but if total honesty is required of every reality TV housewife, Bravo might as well shut this whole franchise down, STAT!
Although she’s taking a step back from the show, Bethenny is still marching full steam ahead in her business, which includes launching a new Watermelon Lime Margarita drink soon.
Bethenny is also happy to be free after the endless divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy was finalized. Though there are still “some obstacles” to overcome, Bethenny shares, “I am really happy that I am on the other side of it, for sure.”
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