In a surprising turn of events, Hamptonite Bethenny Frankel has announced she is leaving Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City.
Variety reports that Frankel is exiting the show to focus on daughter Bryn, philanthropy and her TV production partnership with Mark Burnett. “With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have,” she said in a statement. “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.”
Frankel, one of the biggest stars of the Real Housewives, has found great success as a businesswoman and personality. She founded the Skinnygirl lifestyle brand, as well as the B Strong charity, which provided relief to those affected by hurricane disasters, including Houston, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.
The star took to Instagram with a personal note to her many fans. “I am fortunate to have created a business and career that some people only dream of. I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 9 years old, and she has changed me as a human being. I was able to give back and help people all over the world who have been hit with the worst of unforeseen circumstances, which we will all continue together,” she wrote.
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I wanted to take a moment to write a personal note to you. I am so grateful to you for sticking with me through everything. You started this journey with me in my tiny apartment in my late 30s, wondering what would happen to me. I was broke, single, had no family and no idea what the future held. I had big dreams and I never stopped, but I honestly didn’t know if I would ever get here. You helped me to get here. I would read your letters and messages and grow from your struggles. You would give me your honest opinion about my products and projects and helpful advice about divorce, relationships, motherhood, miscarriages, health, and surviving the death of a loved one and almost my own. You have shared your ideas with me and I have been inspired by and learned from you. I am fortunate to have created a business and career that some people only dream of. I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 9 years old, and she has changed me as a human being. I was able to give back and help people all over the world who have been hit with the worst of unforeseen circumstances, which we will all continue together. GO for it. Whatever it is. Reach for your dreams in life and love and make the impossible happen, because it can happen and it WILL happen. Come from a place of yes and it’s yours for the taking. Thank you so much for your love and support. And stay tuned, you haven’t seen the last of me. There are many amazing things to come. I love you all and am so lucky to have you in my life! PS: New York City is still my playground. . ♥️xo♥️ . B
Created by East Ender Andy Cohen, The Real Housewives of New York City is about to enter its 12th season. The remaining cast includes Tinsley Mortimer, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan and frequent East Enders Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps.