Bethenny Frankel Says Buh-Bye to the ‘Real Housewives of NYC’!

by | August 31, 2010 at 3:40 PM | Real Housewives of New York City, TV News

Bethenny Frankel (Bravo)

Bethenny Frankel (Bravo)

Here’s news that’s not really surprising news: Bethenny Frankel has put the kibosh on returning to ‘The Real Housewives of NYC’ for season 4. But inquiring minds want to know: Was it Kelly Bensimon’s jelly bean face that turned her away? The Al Sharpton name-calling? The Satchels of Gold outburst?!

“Last season was scary and painful,” she tells Us Mag. “It took all of the joy out of it.”

While we figure the aforementioned were all contributing factors that influenced the reality star to cut and run from those who were unmedicated and certifiable, you better believe the mean-spirited antics of Frenemy #1 Jill Zarin left an even bigger scar that was just too messy to clean up!

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“My gut’s saying not to be part of this cast,” Frankel says on her decision to not return.

However, for Bethenny and ‘RHONY’ fans, you musn’t fear! The fast-talking multi-media entrepreneur—whose spin-off ‘Bethenny Getting Married?’ was a hit for Bravo this past spring—isn’t completely off the hook, as she’s contractually obligated to make a few appearances on her old show, which begins filming September 20.

Hmmm…what do you think about Bethenny leaving the show? Is she even replaceable?

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