‘RHONY’ Season 12: What Fans Are Telling Andy Cohen To Do After Bethenny Frankel Exit
Andy Cohen is the man behind The Real Housewives of New York City and all the franchises of the hit Bravo reality show. Soon after Bethenny Frankel announced she was leaving the program to pursue other opportunities, fans flocked to social media to suggest ideas for what to do next.
Why Is Bethenny Frankel Leaving ‘RHONY’?
Just a few days before production for Season 12 of RHONY commenced, the Bravoverse was shaken with news that Frankel had quit the show a second time in her reality show career. The Skinnygirl founder first left the Housewives franchise in 2010 after three seasons only to rejoin in 2015. The official reason for Frankel leaving this time is due to her production deal with Mark Burnett and MGM Television.
“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 is grateful for her time on the cable network show where she became a household name.
“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,” she ended her statement.
What Are ‘RHONY’ Fans Telling Andy Cohen?
In the post where Frankel penned a heartfelt message to her dear fans that have been with her through her journey, Cohen replied with a crying emoji. Viewers replied to his comment in hopes that the EP could reverse the decision and make a change. Here are some of the replies from Instagram:
“Please Andy, do something! I’m devastated! At least one more season! Bethenny Frankel please,” a fan implored on Instagram.
“Don’t let her quit. It won’t be the same without her,” a RHONY viewer wrote.
“Offer her more money! All your franchises are taking major hits. Keep the Queen,” another Frankel fan replied.
“Don’t let her leave us. In all seriousness, it’s time to bring back Jill and dare I say, Kelly? Maybe even Heather. Love Tinsley as a person but her time on the show is beyond over. Like I said, replace her with Jill, Kelly and Heather and I think we’ll have a recipe for success,” an avid follower suggested the former Bravo executive.
“Throw all the money at her. We need her witty comments,” another viewer replied to the television host.
Who Is Replacing Bethanny Frankel On ‘RHONY’ Season 12?
Although there is nothing official yet, there are rumors that Tinsley Mortimer’s friend, Leah McSweeney, is replacing Frankel in the upcoming Season 12 that is set to start shooting soon.
“Leah is a friend of Tinsley [Mortimer} and the two have already filmed a workout scene together,” a source told ET.
However, if the casting was up to Ramona Singer she would want to stir it up bringing in her friend Missy Pool. That would be Luann de Lesseps ex-husband’s Tom D’Agostino ex, which would make things awkward on the show for the Countess.
“Ramona knows that having Missy join would be great for TV. Ramona and Lu aren’t in the best of places, and Ramona would like another ally for herself. Ramona knows how much it would get under Lu’s skin if Missy joined. She thinks Missy would be a great fit, so she made the introduction and pitched the idea,” an insider told Hollywood Life.