‘RHONY’: Many Fans Miss Seeing Bethenny Frankel on the Show

Even though fans had months to prepare, many expressed that they missed seeing Bethenny Frankel on The Real Housewives of New York City.

Season 12 began with the shock that Frankel had left the series. Cameras captured each of the cast members receiving the news, looking stunned. “What?” Luann de Lesseps says pecking away at her phone. “This is ridiculous.”

Dorinda Medley, Bethenny Frankel
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“You’re kidding,” Dorinda Medley says also looking at her phone. Meanwhile, Sonja Morgan remarks about how the news is “huge.” The cast also seems to be floored because Frankel didn’t appear to tell the ladies she was leaving. Ramona Singer says, “To me, that’s an F you, I’m sorry. It’s an F you.” Although viewers witnessed the cast receiving the news and have had a few months to digest her departure, many still weren’t happy to see her missing from the show.

Fans were missing Frankel

A number of fans took to Twitter to express how much they missed Frankel. “Missing you so much tonight on RHONY,” one person tweeted, however many tweeted the same statement during the season 12 premiere.

Frankel tried to respond to as many comments as possible with emojis or a simple, “Awwww.” Many remarked how the show wasn’t the same without Frankel. “It’s just not the same.. you made the show,” a person tweeted. Some people anticipated the series would be boring without Frankel, despite the explosive first episode. “[100%]missing your! What a lame season opener,” a person shared.

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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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Although Frankel isn’t on RHONY, she will return to television. “Not liking the show without you Bethenny,….. you were the show and we miss you,” one fan tweeted. But Frankel responded, “I miss you! I’ll be back on tv soon! I have my hands full with my daughter & #bstrong Stay tuned! Xoxo.” Frankel announced she partnered with Mark Burnett to create an Apprentice-style show called The Big Shot With Bethenny. HBO Max will stream the reality series.

She has her hands full with the pandemic

Frankel’s nonprofit BStrong rallied to provide the desperately needed medical supplies to hospitals and the medical community throughout the United States. “I am working my heart out. This is a daunting effort. Thanks for your support!” she responded to a tweet from a fan thanking her for her efforts.

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MISSION #4: A: 2,500 KN95 NIOSH masks, 2,500 surgical masks and 2,500 #CoronaKits (sanitization, hydration, immunity) enroute to Mount Sinai South Nassau Mental Health Counseling Centers on behalf of @amyschumer . B: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital on behalf of The Joel Foundation . C: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to St. Charles Hospital on behalf of The Joel Foundation . D: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to St. Francis Hospital on behalf of The Joel Foundation . E: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to Eastern Long Island Hospital on behalf of The Joel Foundation . F: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on behalf of The Joel Foundation . G: 1,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 1,000 surgical masks to Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services . H: 5,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical mask en route to New York Presbyterian Columbia University . I: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital . J: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH maks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to Memorial Regional Hospital . K: 2,000 KN95 NIOSH masks and 2,000 surgical masks en route to Coral Gables Hospital . MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED! . *#CoronaKits will be shipped separately and after the most essential masks. . This is still a devastating crisis. People are begging and pleading for basic essentials enabling them to do their job and risk their lives to save ours. It is time to dig deep and spread the word and encourage people to donate. Missions like these cost millions of dollars. . We are fighting day and night to get thousands of nationwide hospitals the aid that they need but we cannot do this without YOU. You are helping. You are part of the change in the world. YOU are saving lives. . Thank you @billyjoel, Alexis, and @amyschumer. . Continue to donate and support #BStrong and @globalempowermentmission by clicking the link in my bio. #thisisacrisis #COVID19 #Coronavirus . ❌⭕️❌⭕️ #BStrong

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Her organization has managed to donate masks and hazmat suits to healthcare professionals. “This is a moving target at all times. I realized very early—earlier than, I think, anyone—about the mask problem,” she told  W Magazine. “I pivoted to dealing with masks and protective gear and gowns and working with state government and hospitals and individuals and executing the acquisition and the distribution of these masks for the most critical problem that we’ve ever had, which is that our health-care workers are basically firefighters fighting with out equipment.”

Frankel’s mask effort started with 10,000 masks and quickly grew to more than one million. “Ok @AndrewYang donate to #bstrong so we can donate millions of MEDICAL grade masks and hydration sanitization kits to hospitals nationwide. We started with 100k masks being distributed next week. [100%] of the effort goes to the relief,” she tweeted in late March.