What Bethenny Frankel Told ‘RHONY’ Fans After Shocking Exit

The Real Housewives of New York is down an OG once again with the announcement that Bethenny Frankel was exiting the Bravo franchise. News of her shocking exit left fans wondering about the future of the show and Frankel’s next move. The controversial housewife eased some of that pain with a mushy letter recalling her journey on RHONY.

Bethenny Frankel is leaving 'RHONY'
Bethenny Frankel is leaving ‘RHONY’ ahead of Season 12 | Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Bethenny Frankel Quits ‘RHONY’

Just ahead of the start of production of Season 12 of RHONY, Frankel confirmed she was not returning to the show as she was going to focus on her business and a development deal she had with Mark Burnett.

“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in a statement via Variety. “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. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have.”

Frankel also added: “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.”

Bethenny Frankel’s Heartfelt Letter To Fans

Following the corporate statement, Frankel took to Instagram to address her fans directly with a heartfelt message where she reviewed all of her RHONY history and all the support she’s received throughout the years.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

The Skinnygirl founder appreciates that her fans helped her get to where she is today.

“I had big dreams and I never stopped, but I honestly didn’t know if I would ever get here,” Frankel continued. “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.”

The former talk show host also went on to talk about her success and how that helped her give back to humanity.

“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 stated.

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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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Frankel had inspirational words to all of her followers showing herself as an example to persevere and fight for your dreams.

“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,” she added.

“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!”

Frankel finished off by making a call back to her RHONY tagline: “PS: New York City is still my playground.”