Bethenny Frankel is going back to her roots. The TV personality, author and entrepreneur is headed back to “Real Housewives of New York City” after quitting the Bravo reality show four years ago, Us Weekly reports.
“The former talk show host, whose self-titled daytime program was canceled in February, will appear in the show’s upcoming seventh season, insiders tell Us. Producers hope her return will help boost ratings, which fell to 1 million (from a record 2.6 million) during season six,” the story reports.
The story quotes a source saying: “Bringing her back is a last-ditch effort.”
The report adds: “Frankel will benefit, too, by having an outlet to promote her Skinnygirl empire, which includes a cocktail line, shapewear, and several books, including a new children’s book, ‘Cookie Meets Peanut.’ (The story was inspired by her 4-year-old daughter, Bryn, and her beloved dog, Cookie.)”
Frankel’s exit from the Bravo show back in 2010 came about after some turbulence on the show.
“At the time, she hinted to Us she’d decided to leave because of events that had transpired the previous season, when she fought with former BFF Jill Zarin and longtime rival Kelly Bensimon,” the story notes. “She added that she didn’t see ‘any reason to go back.'”
Both Zarin and Bensimon left the show in 2011, the piece notes.