Is Bethenny Frankel Coming Back To The Real Housewives Of New York City? UPDATED

Source: Us Weekly

Four years after quitting the Real Housewives Of New York City, veteran Bravo star – and head honcho of the Skinnygirl empire – Bethenny Frankel may return for season seven as a full-time cast member. Conflicts between Bethenny, Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon were a key reason for her departure from the show back in season three. Now that Jill and Kelly are both long gone from the show (but not from our hearts!) I guess Bethenny is cool with coming back. Only Ramona Singer and LuAnn de Lesseps are still around from the early days, and both of them are now in part-time roles.

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This announcement makes a lot of sense to me from Bravo’s perspective – RHONY ratings have been on a steady decline for years and this is a sure way to get more viewers back on board. I’m just not so sure about why Bethenny would do this.

I am, and always have been, a fan of Bethenny Frankel – hell, I even read and enjoyed her silly inspirational book, A Place Of Yes. But I have to admit that her move back to Bravo seems like a step backwards, and a desperate one at that. It’s like, “Well, I lost my reality show when my marriage ended and then my talk show got cancelled. I guess I’ll be a Real Housewife again!” you know? It’s kind of depressing, especially since she certainly doesn’t need the exposure to pay the bills. This feels more like a personal need for the spotlight – and that bums me out.

Source: Perez Hilton

What do you think – do you think going back to RHONY is a step down for Bethenny? Are you excited to have her back? Should I start a Kickstarter project now to get Kelly Bensimon and Jill Zarin back on the show? Just kidding on the last one…sort of.

UPDATE: Bethenny has officially confirmed her return to the show, stating that she’s ready for a fresh start.

“I’m such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season…Slightly exciting, a little bit of anxiousness, but it feels fresh. It doesn’t feel like [how] I felt going into the third season of the Housewives. There was just so much muck and I just didn’t feel it was good energy.”

Do you think Jill Zarin is on the phone with her lawyers, right this very second?

7 thoughts

    1. I suppose it had to happen eventually 🙂

      I get what you’re saying. I think I found her refreshing in comparison to phonies like Jill, but she can definitely be abrasive. Like her or not, it will definitely become the Bethenny Show. I don’t know if that’s a good thing.


  1. I no longer watch any of the Real Housewife Franchises, but I have to say Bethanny was a pleasure to watch back in the day. I’m all for her being brought back…girlfriend planted the SEEDS on that show for heaven sake. They should roll out the red carpet! Also, me thinks she could use the paycheck considering her talk show got the + since she’s the bread winner I think she’s paying alimony if I’m not mistaken? (I could totally be mistaken). Bethanny is good reality TV. Plain + Simple!

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