On Wednesday, Bethenny Frankel announced her departure from Bravo's hilarious and drama-filled, Real Housewives of New York City franchise.
The shocking news broke ahead of the season 12 premiere. She is one of the original cast members, kicking off the series in 2008, so her exit is definitely a hard one to swallow.
In a statement to Variety, Bethenny revealed she's leaving in order to focus more on her family, philanthropy, and outside projects.
I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter. 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. 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.