Bethenny Frankel Says Leaving ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Had Nothing to Do With This

Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel recently announced her exit from Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New York. A fan favorite of the show, the former reality star claims it was time for her to move on and pursue other projects.

Despite speculation on underlying reasons for her departure, Frankel commented that this one particular issue had nothing to do with her leaving the series.

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Making the announcement

Frankel made it public in August that she was not returning to the Real Housewives show. “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,” Frankel said in a statement to People, referring to her 9-year-old daughter Bryn whom she shares with ex Jason Hoppy.

The former reality star also dedicated a lengthy Instagram post to her fans and followers, expressing her gratitude for their loyalty over the years.

“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,” she wrote in August. “You have shared your ideas with me and I have been inspired by and learned from you… 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!”

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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

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Not a monetary decision

Though there are often reports of contract disputes and salary negotiations when a cast member leaves a popular show, Frankel insists that her choice to move on had nothing to do with finances.

“It wasn’t about money,” Frankel said, according to People. “If I went back, it was about money, if that makes any sense. When I joined The Housewives, everyone told me not to do it and I went with my gut to do it. And when I thought about leaving, everyone told me not to leave. And I went with my gut to leave.”

The former Real Housewives star revealed that there were certain aspects to being on the cast that she wanted to leave behind. “Leaving the Housewives was because I think that I just didn’t want to be at the party where my eyelashes were falling off at two o’clock in the morning, not literally on the show, which that would happen also, but the metaphorical eyelash-hanging-off party,” she said.

She added that she likes to head out on a high note. “I like to leave when something for me is at its peak and I was talking to Bravo about many different things and I just decided let’s roll, it’s time to go,” Frankel said.

It’s all about the work

Frankel is now looking forward to her new projects with MGM Television and Mark Burnett to develop several TV projects. “Most of the shows are around women, business — some are around food,” she said, as reported by People. “But mostly entrepreneurs and women. But not in a touchy-feely way but in sort of a hardcore way, if that makes any sense.”

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Lucky to be loved ♥️ #AllYouNeed

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Frankel revealed that when it comes to business, her main focus is on pushing yourself to reach the top, regardless of who you are or where you’re from. “With #MeToo and with this as such a conversation because of the pay difference, I’m not the person for this conversation because I’ve always been about female empowerment,” she told Yahoo! Finance. “I’ve never even seen gender. I don’t see race, I don’t see religion, I don’t see gender. That doesn’t even occur to me. Just go there and be the best.”

Above all, Frankel wants to motivate women to work hard. Period. “I’m about telling women, just go get it. Be better. Most people move the papers around the desk metaphorically and think they’re working hard,” she said. “It’s about working hard.”

Frankel’s fans can’t wait to see what she has in store!