It was a shock when “OG” Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel decided to ditch the show after Season 11. After the death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields in 2018, a heartbroken Bethenny had found love again.
Her new love, Paul Bernon, literally saved her life during a scary allergic reaction. Bethenny’s new man is all about privacy, so her decision to leave RHONY might not have been difficult. Or else, Luann de Lessep’s relentless obsession with her cabaret show might have been a factor.
Real Housewives of New York fans know that Bethenny Frankel’s love life has been on a roller coaster most of the time she has been a cast member. In the early seasons of the show, divorced Bethenny made it clear she wanted a family. Along came Jason Hoppy, for better or worse. The two quickly became engaged, got married and had daughter Bryn Hoppy in 2010. The couple split after a few years and have been battling off and on in court ever since over everything from custody to finances. Jason was even charged with stalking Bethenny a few years ago.
Surprisingly, the former couple is still legally married as their divorce has never been finalized. Bethenny eventually moved on to an on-again, off-again relationship with Dennis Shields, which lasted for a number of years. Sadly, Dennis died in August of 2018. Since then, Bethenny has rekindled a relationship with Paul Bernon, whom she had dated briefly before. Happily for Bethenny, this relationship has lasted and appears solid.
It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little over a year ago that Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel lost her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields to a possible overdose. Dennis had even recently proposed to Bethenny, and bought her daughter Bryn Hoppy a ring as well.
Bethenny was a trooper, and somehow managed to film a season of RHONY shortly thereafter. Some of the cast consoled her, namely Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan. But there were also two little fur babies that Bethenny had gotten with Dennis that also provided her comfort. And according to Bethenny, they are still keeping the memory of Dennis alive and well.
Saying goodbye may be difficult for some, but not for former Real Housewives of New York starBethenny Frankel. She surprised fans when she announced she would not be returning next season.
Love her, or hate her, you had to admit Bethenny made for some interesting TV viewing. Personally, I will miss her acerbic humor, running commentary on the ladies, and her own loss of control at many dinner parties.
When Bethenny Frankel announced on August 21 that she was leaving Real Housewives of New York, everyone was stunned. Viewers were stunned. Her RHONY co-stars were stunned. It was the departure that no one expected.
Bethenny’s new man, Paul Bernon, is very private and doesn’t want to be on camera, so that could be one reason for Bethenny’s departure. There were also rumblings that Bravo executives were angry for months that Bethenny had plans to produce unscripted shows for television with Mark Burnett.
On Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York, we saw Bethenny Frankel struggle with the death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields. Dennis died on August 10, 2018 of a suspected drug overdose. Viewers saw Bethenny’s raw feelings as she grieved for Dennis. She was truly heartbroken.
Bethenny told RHONY co-star Dorinda Medley that Dennis had proposed to her, and he even gave her daughter, Bryn Hoppy, a ring. That is just so sad. Bethenny kept the engagement a secret. Then, Bethenny revealed that both she, and her daughter, had texted Dennis after his death.
The show may be called Real Housewives of New York, but none of the cast members are actually wives. Sure, they all have been at some point, but not anymore. It should actually be titled The Real Ex-Wives Of New York.
While that may be a more applicable label, Sonja Morgan is pretty sure that marriage is on the horizon for one of her co-stars. She believes that Bethenny Frankel will be the next RHONY cast member to get married. Sorry, Tinsley Mortimer. Bethenny has been in a happy, stable relationship with Paul Bernon for a hot minute now. It is a far cry from her previous relationships with Dennis Shields and ex-husband Jason Hoppy. That’s for sure!
Well, it is with great sadness that I announce Real Housewives Of New York season 11 has come to an end. I am so thankful god has granted these women the serenity to accept that they WILL NOT change and will forever remain the lovable, dysfunctional, bizarro world kooks we have come to adore.
For all the drama and insults they inflict upon each Real Housewives Of New York is unlike any other franchise in their ability to brush it off, chalk it up to experience, and come back together as more than friends, but family. After so many years knowing each other on and off Bravo, this show is also unique in that most of the relationships predate the show, and will outlast it too.
Unequivocably the major subject of this reunion (and so many others) has been Luann de Lesseps. No wonder Luann has such a huge ego! It’s impossible for me to comprehend that there was a time when Lu was a ‘Friend of…’ and I’m very curious to see how that will play out with Vicki Gunvalson on Real Housewives Of Orange County (which starts next week. WOOT!)