After appearing on eight of the Bravo TV reality series’ 11 seasons, Bethenny has released a statement in regard to her exit from the series and revealed her plans for the future. According to the Bravo star, she has decided to focus on her daughter and working behind the scenes.
“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” she said in a statement to Variety on August 21. “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.”
She continued, “With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have. 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.”
In March, Bethenny inked a deal with MGM Television and Mark Burnett to develop unscripted projects that will feature her as an executive producer and a potential on-camera star. Since then, Bethenny has reportedly had meetings with a number of cable networks and streaming services about bringing her upcoming shows to their platform.
Bethenny also addressed her exit on her Instagram page as she thanked her fans for all their support.
“Thank you so much for your love and support,” she wrote on August 21. “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!”
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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 there. 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
Bethenny was part of the original cast of RHONY, but she left the series in 2010 after season three to pursue her spinoff series, Bethenny Ever After, and her short-lived talk show, Bethenny. She then returned to the show in 2015 for the series’ seventh season and had been appearing on the show in a full-time role ever since.
The Real Housewives of New York City season 12 will air on Bravo TV sometime next year.