Bethenny Frankel Quits ‘RHONYC’ Because the Show Negatively Impacts Her Custody Battle & Ramona Singer Shades Her Departure!

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It’s goodbye — again!

Bethenny Frankel has announced that she’s leaving The Real Housewives of New York City for the second time since the reality series launched in 2008.

She confirmed the news via Instagram Wednesday, shortly after buzz about her exit flooded the interwebs.

“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,” she wrote in a message to loyal viewers. “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.”

But all of that has changed since the early days. Since then she’s become a mother, an author and a successful entrepreneur.

“I had big dreams and I never stopped, but I honestly didn’t know if I would ever get here,” she continued in the post that featured a photo of her from the show’s title sequence. “You helped me to get here. 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.”

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The 48-year-old then offered some words of inspiration for her fans.

“GO for it. Whatever it is,” she insisted. “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.”

Bethenny first left the series in 2010, after the third season.

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Barbara Kavovit shared her sadness about the news, as well as a few kind words for Frankel.

“Bethenny played such a huge role on RHONY over the years and I’m sad to see her leave the show,” she said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “That being said, she excels at all that she does and I’m excited to see what the future holds for her.”

But Ramona Singer shaded Bethenny’s resignation announcement. She told People that while she “respects the fact that Bethenny has decided to go on with other endeavors,” she wishes that she and their co-stars had been given a heads up.

“I’m only disappointed that Bethenny did not inform her co-stars that she’s not coming back to the show,” Singer said. “When she left in season 4, we found out through the press she was doing her spinoff, ‘Bethenny Getting Married.’ She was upset we never congratulated her, but we were upset she never told us! And that’s how we feel now. There is a camaraderie among us as a cast. Love us, hate us, not like us — we are a team. To hear this from the press and not through her is upsetting.”

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Ramona added that the show will absolutely go on without the Skinnygirl mogul.

“The show’s a machine and it will continue on,” she said bluntly. “We’re all just a cog in the wheel. No one is irreplaceable.”

As fans know, Bethenny and her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy are involved in an ongoing custody battle. During the case, Bethenny testified that her ex inflicted emotional and mental “torture” upon her, following their 2012 breakup.

Throughout the heated trial, Jason referenced scenes from the Bravo reality series where Bethenny made disparaging comments regarding his parenting and the custody fight. As a result, “Bethenny has decided to walk away from the show. She’s not willing to jeopardize losing custody over a reality show. It’s just not worth it.” A source tells

The Real Housewives of New York City is currently on hiatus.


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