Filming for season 12 of RHONY had already begun when production was blindsided by the notification from her agent she would not be returning. They were filming background shots for the past couple of weeks. All six women had asked back and Bethenny gave no indication she would not be returning. Production isn’t sure about casting either of the two women who have been testing for the friend role. It’s possible they will go with a returning housewife.
Well this sucks. Bethenny Frankel has decided not to film for RHONY for the twelfth season. The news came as a shock to her fellow castmates. The news also came as a shock to me. Bethenny and the entire cast (except for Barbara) were set to begin filming any day now. It’s very late in the game for Bethenny to jump ship.
“I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel, 48, said in a statement to Variety on Wednesday.
Bethenny Wants To Focus On Powerful Women
“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. Bethenny Frankel continues, “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.”
I immediately checked in with Tamara Tattles exclusive sources who confirm the accuracy of Bethenny’s statement. Tamara Tattles source exclusively revealed that Bethenny has better opportunities on the horizon.
Bethenny Frankel Moves On To Bigger Things
Mark Burnett has an unscripted show for her in development. She will be a true executive producer with control over the narrative. Her statement makes it clear that she is tired of the screaming and misogyny on the RHONY. Her deal with Mark Burnett and MGM production allows for multiple shows across a variety of networks and streaming companies.
In addition, Tamara Tattles exclusive source report that ABC is also courting her as a permanent shark on Shark Tank.
Tamara Tattles exclusive sources also report that the are currently two women on deck for roles on RHONY. One of the two will likely take Bethenny’s spot. The other will take Barbara’s.
I am not happy with this news at all.