One of the mainstays of Bravo’s popular “Real Housewives” reality franchise is exiting the show. In an exclusive, Variety reports that Bethenny Frankel will leave “The Real Housewives of New York” ahead of the show’s upcoming 12th season.
“Frankel first joined the acclaimed reality series back when it premiered back in 2008 before exiting the series in 2010 during the show’s third season,” Variety notes. “She then rejoined the show during its seventh season in 2015 and has been with it since. She has also made guest appearances on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ and starred in the spinoff shows ‘Bethenny Ever After’ and ‘Bethenny & Fredrik.’”
The report quotes a statement from Frankel in which she says: “I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter. It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have. My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride. I am so grateful to them for highlighting my entrepreneurialism and allowing me to pave the way for many women to achieve their goals. I am excited for my future. The best is yet to come.”