Bethenny Frankel Exits ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ Ahead of Season 12

The Real Housewives of New York is about to get way more boring (no offense, Luann de Lesseps), because Bethenny Frankel is leaving the show after 11 drama-filled seasons.

According to Variety, the Skinnygirl founder, 48, confirmed that she’s retiring from the popular Bravo series, which just started production on season 12.

“I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter,” she said in a statement. “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 went on to thank her fans for their support during her Real Housewives career, adding, “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.”

The reality star originally gained popularity in 2008 when she became an original cast member of The Real Housewives of New York. Since then, she has become a staple character in the group, which currently consists of de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer.

While we have no doubt that de Lesseps will try (and fail) to replace Frankel as HBIC, we can’t seem to shake the feeling that Frankel’s confrontational personality is what made the show in the first place.

Oh, how we’ll miss you (and your unfiltered mouth), Bethenny.

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