Ten days after the cancellation of Bethenny, host Bethenny Frankel has written an open letter to fans about her experience on the show. She says she “felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted” and Warner Bros’ decision not to go forward with Season 2 came as a relief. You can read the full letter here, but here is an excerpt:
Unlike my time on Bravo, I felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted. I am a free spirit… I am more comfortable in my natural surroundings and in a setting where I’m surrounded by crazy, where anything goes and where I can be authentically me. When interviewed about the show, I always said that it could only work if I was true to myself and only if it was genuinely a good fit and marriage which it turned out not to be.
I am so grateful for the experience and to those of you who went on this journey with me. It was fun, exciting, scary and a great challenge.
As easy as people like Ellen, Oprah, Wendy, Rachael and Steve make it look, it is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done, and I have so much more respect for them having been through this experience. They are warriors and champions who make a very difficult job look effortless.
So to answer how I feel, I am relieved. What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break. I have been striving and climbing and white-knuckling for so long that I need a rest from the grind. I’m a little over myself and wouldn’t blame anyone else for being over me as well.