When Bethenny Frankel announced her departure from Real Housewives of New York last summer, she said that emotional exhaustion was behind her exit. But with season 12 of RHONY officially underway, Luann de Lesseps says there was another reason Bethenny Frankel called her out. De Lesseps claims that a contract dispute between Frankel and Bravo is the reason why the Skinnygirl mogul decided to give up her apple.
De Lesseps shared her thoughts on the new season of RHONY during an interview on Rob Shuter’s podcast, titled Naughty but Nice. De Lesseps threw no punches when the discussion shifted to Frankel’s release and how the cast is handling her absence.
According to All About The Tea, de Lesseps revealed that everyone is happy that Bethenny Frankel is gone and that the cast is now free to “express themselves” as never before.
“I feel like this season, because [Bethenny Frankel’s] is not here, women have a place to express themselves and show their personality more. And I think this is the best season. It’s like, Bethenny who? It’s the best season ever,” de Lesseps shared.
De Lesseps pointed out that Frankel’s release didn’t upset her, although she admitted that she misses the “toe-toe toe” with her former co-star. She added that Bethenny Frankel “absorbs a lot of oxygen”, which can make it difficult for others to express their opinions.
Anyone can imagine how the show will go without one of Bravo’s greatest personalities, but de Lesseps thinks she knows exactly why Bethenny Frankel left.
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RHONY: Did Bethenny Frankel Leave ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Over Money?
During the podcast, de Lesseps claimed that money was the real reason Frankel said he quit. The star of RHONY revealed to have heard from sources that Bravo and Frankel were unable to reach a contractual agreement for season 12, something unexpected on Frankel’s part.
“I know more or less what she’s earning… and I don’t know, but I heard rumors that it was a contract…so I assume it’s about money,” said de Lesseps. “I don’t think she expected it to go that way.”
RHONY’s cast and crew didn’t know about Frankel’s release until it was confirmed last summer. De Lesseps says that Frankel hasn’t told anyone about her release, a move she considers “not very thoughtful”, especially after all they’ve experienced over the years.
Bethenny Frankel did not respond to de Lesseps’ comments. In February, she opened up about her exit and confessed that anxiety and stress played a role in her decision.
Frankel was an original cast member of RHONY before leaving the series after season three. She returned to the series in season 7 and once starred in her spin-off, Bethenny Ever After.
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RHONY: Frankel Weighs İn On The New Season
In the premiere of season 12 of RHONY, all current cast members beat Frankel for her amazing release, including de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Tinsley Mortimer, Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan.
In response, Frankel made sure everyone knew what she thought of the season’s premiere. According to People, Frankel banged her former co-stars before wishing them all the best.
“The beginning of the show was the proverbial middle finger for me,” said Bethenny Frankel. “Women have certainly had unpleasant things to say about me.” I wish them all the best.”
Now that she’s no longer part of the show, Bethenny Frankel is focusing on charity during the coronavirus pandemic. She even launched a disaster relief program called BStrong and is working with the Global Empowerment Mission.
In addition to her comments on the cast, Frankel also said that RHONY’s ratings have dropped since its release.