‘RHONY’ Alum Bethenny Frankel Returns To Reality With HBO Max

Bethenny Frankel is returning to reality television toplining her own show after her exit from The Real Housewives of New York City. The popular television personality announced she was leaving the Bravo reality series back in August 2019. Since her departure, Frankel has been developing various concepts and one of them landed on the new digital platform HBO Max.

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Bethenny Frankel took a ‘big shot’

The Skinnygirl founder is going to use her business savviness in The Big Shot with Bethenny (working title) that has an eight-episode order. Each episode of the docuseries will be thirty minutes and follow a group of business-minded individuals competing to work on Frankel’s executive team. Through a series of real-life tasks and challenges, each aspiring mogul will be tested to see how far they can push their creativity and determination to rise to the top.

“I first met Bethenny when I put her on the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City and she’s always both impressed and entertained me,” Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming, HBO Max, said via Deadline. “It’s incredible to see her empire continue to grow and I know that candidates will be clamoring to work for her.”

Frankel used her exposure on RHONY to gain attention for her Skinnygirl lifestyle brand. She has grown her business immensely and now fans will be able to get an inside look at how Frankel does it all.

“Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible,” Frankel said in the statement. “My mantra is to come from a place of ‘yes’ and to find and create the solution. I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me. MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution. I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward.”

Bethenny Frankel quits ‘RHONY’

Ahead of the season 12 production of RHONY, Frankel dropped a bombshell when she announced she was leaving the show. The news took all the fans by surprise as there were many reports the cast was going to remain unchanged for the new season.

“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in a statement to Variety back in August 2019. “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.”

The cast had to go on without Frankel on the Bravo reality series and according to Luann de Lesseps they are all relieved.

“I think the whole cast is relieved, in a way, and it also leaves breathing room for other women to shine and show their personalities because a lot was Bethenny coming in and kind of stealing the show,” De Lesseps said in an interview on SiriusXM. “But guess what, she can’t steal our show. This season is amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to see the new season.”

The Big Shot with Bethenny doesn’t have a premiere date set but it’s expected to start streaming later this year.