Carole Radziwill Quits #RHONY Amid Feud With Bethenny Frankel!
Carole Radziwill has exited stage left!
After five seasons as a Housewife, the 54-year-old has announced her retirement from The Real Housewives of New York City.
“After six seasons on Bravo’s RHONY, I have decided to return to what I do best — journalism and producing,” Radziwill told PEOPLE in a statement.
“I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind,” she added. “My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years and I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament.”
“I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I’m thrilled to leave frenemies behind,” Radziwill wrote. “I will remember this entire experience with delight, humor, and a veracious accuracy. Next.”
The once solid friendship between Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel crumbled in season ten, and as the collapse currently plays out for the Bravo audience, Radziwill shared personal insight, via her Bravo blog.
“In real life, you may never discover that a friend is being nice to your face only to make rude and hurtful comments behind your back. But lucky (or unlucky) for me, I get to hear it all — Bethenny’s drumbeat of insults, her spate of digs, and her self-serving narrative.”
Radziwill accused Frankel of having a “hidden agenda” — one which involves bashing her character.
“I was taught to stand up for myself. To be heard. To defend my family and people I love. And to never let anyone question my character, intelligence, or integrity. And that is exactly what Bethenny has been slowly, insidiously trying to do all season with her hidden agenda. It’s pathetic, and I’m not about to take it. Up until this episode, I have not said a single unkind word about Bethenny in those confessional interviews or to any of our mutual friends — on or off camera. Not one single thing.”
Radziwill joined the Bravo reality series in the show’s fifth season. Will you miss Carole Radziwill? Sound off in the comments!
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays, at 9:00 p.m. ET, on Bravo.