Bethenny Frankel is heading back to ‘Real Housewives of New York City!’ Four years after quitting the reality show, the Skinnygirl is reportedly set to return to Bravo for Season 7.
The Big Apple is about to see a lot more cat-fighting! Original drama queen Bethenny Frankel who appeared on the premiere season through Season 3 is coming back to RHONY, according to a new report. Plus, will her frenemies Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon also return?
‘RHONY’: Bethenny Frankel Returning To Season 7
Bethenny Frankel has a multi-million dollar business under her designer belt, but that doesn’t mean she’s too good for a good ol’ TV smack down!
The reality star turned media mogul, 43, will be back, as a full-time cast member on Season 7, according to US Weekly, as an effort to boost ratings after a Season 6. The series dropped to 1 million viewers, in comparison to RHONY‘s record-high of 2.6 million, so “bringing her back is a last-ditch effort.”
Since she last appeared on the series, Bethenny’s professional life has boomed with her Skinnygirl line of cocktails, shape wear and a recently released children’s book, though her self-titled daytime talk show was cancelled in February 2014.
On the personal front, she’s since divorced her second husband Jason Hoppy who starred on her three-season hit, Bravo spinoff Bethenny Getting Married?, which was retitled Bethenny Ever After, after its first season. The former couple shares one daughter, Bryn, 4, who was born just a few months before Bethenny originally quit RHONY.
Update 10/1: Bethenny responded to the casting rumors on Oct. 1, telling Just Jenny, “I haven’t singed or decided to do anything,” adding, “it’s not what everyone thinks it is.” So what is it then? “I’m talking to Andy about two different projects, because he’s got a production company now…So I don’t want to say much more, but I haven’t signed anything and I have a great relationship with Andy and the housewives and they’ve asked me to come back for years.”
Update 10/2: Bethenny spoke exclusively to HollywoodLife.com on Thurs. Oct 2 in New York City, telling us that RHONY is not a done deal — at least for now. “I have not signed on to return back to the Housewives.”
Jill Zarin & Kelly Bensimon Coming Back To ‘Real Housewives?
When Bethenny left the show, she was fighting with Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon, and there’s a chance she might do it again!
The magazine reports Jill “might come back to rehash their issues,” though its just talk, at this point.
Despite rumors that she had been fired, HollywoodLife.com confirmed LuAnn would be coming back. Her rep told us, “LuAnn had a great season and she is looking forward to returning,” adding that “every year, they talk about the same potential of firings.”
Aviva Drescher who made headlines for throwing her prosthetic leg on the Season 6 finale was reportedly fired, but Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, and Kristen Taekman are all set to return.
HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Bravo who has not confirmed the casting news yet. Bravo has previously said that casting decisions are always on the table until the new season starts filming.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited that Bethenny is returning to RHONY? Let us know if you think Bravo made the right choice, plus, are there other original New York City housewives that you’d like to return?
— Elizabeth Wagmeister, with reporting by Lauren Carr