Bethenny Frankel Stans and haters were both caught off guard when she announced her departure from Real Housewives of New York– mere hours before shooting Season 12 began. Ramona Singer even claimed that she and the RHONY women had no idea Bethenny quit until the news hit the media.
Now, there are already reports
about Bethenny’s replacement about a new cast member.
Remember when it was all “about Tom?” I kind of miss that. Because these days, it’s all about Bethenny Frankel. First, to the shock of fans and, apparently, cast mates, she announced her departure from the Real Housewives of New York.
Then, she broke Twitter with her announcement that she “is the only one that is actually married,” causing endless speculation that she secretly married her current boyfriend, Paul Bernon. She also tagged all of her castmates in her announcement. Reminder: all of her castmates are single and desperate not to be single. Well, all except Dorinda Medly, She wouldn’t marry boyfriend John Mahdessian and for all the free dry cleaning and Christmas décor in the world.
Bethenny Frankel is just all about the surprise announcements this week. First, she quits Real Housewives of New York mere hours before Season 12 started filming. The fans were shocked , but so were her now-former costars, apparently. Ramona Singer claimed that they all found out about Bethenny’s departure in the media.
Well, she’s not done with the big news this week. Bethenny said that she is married. In the most casual way: via tweet.
It is always tough when a new housewife joins a cast. Most of these people are not actually friends offscreen. They are casual acquaintances at best. So when a new lady gets thrown into the mix, you never know if there will be chemistry or not. And last season, there was decidedly not chemistry with Barbara Kavovit and the rest of the Real Housewives of New York. I know what you’re thinking… “Barbara who?” Right there with, ya’, friends. Literally the only thing I remember about Babs is the obscene amount of body glitter she wore during the reunion.
Barbara’s bad chemistry is our good fortune, because now we get to spend the off-season speculating about whether we will get a replacement New York Housewife for next season. Allegedly, Ramona Singer wants her good friend Missy Pool to join the cast. Missy is the ex-girlfriend of Tom D’Agostino, the man to whom Luann de Lesseps was married for 2.2 seconds. If that is true, either Ramona is a terrible person or she really, really hates LuAnn. Or both.
Ramona Singer has given Bethenny Frankel lots of flack for “not supporting other women” and I wouldn’t blame her for feeling that way (again) if her recent comments are true. Ramona claimed that Bethenny never told any of the Real Housewives of New York cast members that she quit the show.
Apparently, the RHONY ladies found out just like the rest of us did: through the press. To make matters worse, Ramona posted a video on her Instagram Story strongly hinting that she was about to film for the new season last night. So did the cameras capture the ladies’ reaction to Bethenny’s departure? I wonder if they will show that footage when Season 12 airs. Probably not, but I would love to see it. That or the group text with Bethenny excluded full of Housewives bitching about getting blindsided while bragging that they do not “need” B.
Just because we’ve done this before, it doesn’t mean that it is easy. In case you missed it, Bethenny Frankel left Real Housewives of New York. Again. She announced the news yesterday and I don’t know about you, but, for me the term “blindsided” wasn’t enough to define my shock.
She just came off of a such a solid season. RHONY had such a great cast of women who party, argue, and make up, in the most perfect cycle. Where does the show go from here!? Bethenny’s absence came completely out of nowhere and I am so embarrassed to admit that I am still processing it.
Wow, Bethenny, wow. This is truly the end of an era. Bethenny Frankel is done with Real Housewives of New York. Who saw this coming? After a rough Season 10 feuding with Carole Radziwill, Bethenny had a great follow up with Season 11.
At the very least, she ended things on a high note, on good terms with almost everyone. She’s even in a stable relationship with Paul Bernon, who does not want to be on this show, so this does make some sense. Still, it really does feel so sudden. Who’s going to reveal Luann de Lesseps’ private secrets? Who is going to put Ramona Singer in her place?
Season 11 of the Real Housewives of New York was dominated by Luann de Lesseps. If Luann wasn’t center stage, her co-stars were gossiping about her behind her back. Luann’s arrogance, cabaret obsession and sobriety were all called into question during the season. Luann was usually denying, deflecting and oblivious to the concerns of her co-stars like Bethenny Frankel, Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan.
Luann’s road to sobriety has been bumpy, to say the least. An embarrassing arrest in Palm Beach in late 2017, two stints in rehab and probation violations have resulted in Luann’s sobriety becoming tabloid fodder. Luann admitted earlier this year that she had fallen off the wagon and was given additional probation restrictions. Some co-stars like Ramona Singer have accused Luann of continuing to drink, which she obviously did not appreciate.