“Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise, and I couldn’t be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!,” Andy Cohen, Executive Producer of The Real Housewives franchise said in the announcement confirming weeks of speculation.
Frankel, who became a reality-TV star when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, was cast in The Real Housewives Of New York for its first three seasons, as well as two spinoff series on the network, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After…
In addition to Frankel, Bravo said the next season of TRHONYC will follow returning cast Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan.
“Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning,” Frankel said in today’s announcement. The audience wasn’t willing to be there for her when she did her syndicated talk show Bethenny, which Warner Bros. premiered in September of 2013 but canceled in February ’14, though repeats continued to be seen on Fox stations into early fall ’14. Ten days after the cancellation, Frankel wrote an open letter to fans, saying she felt “diluted” by the experience, and relieved by Warner Bros.’ decision not to go forward with a second season.
“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.” Back then, she praised other syndicated talk show hosts “Ellen, Oprah, Wendy, Rachael and Steve” as “warriors and champions who make a very difficult job look effortless” and said she was “a little over myself and wouldn’t blame anyone else for being over me as well.”