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    Bethenny Frankel Announced Her "RHONY" Exit And Fans Are Feeling Personally Attacked

    Way to be uncool, Bethenny!

    On Wednesday, Bethenny Frankel announced her departure from Bravo's hilarious and drama-filled, Real Housewives of New York City franchise.

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    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.

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    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.

    Bethenny also released a personal statement on Instagram, where she thanked fans for taking this wild journey with her.

    Although this isn't the first time Bethenny's taken a hiatus from RHONY (she left in 2010 during Season 3 and returned to the main cast in 2015), this announcement seems a little more concrete.

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    From her heated arguments with Kelly Bensimon to her hilarious one-liners, Bethenny will definitely go down in reality star history and will truly be missed.

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    But I'm not the only one taking it hard, fans on Twitter could not hold back their feelings either:

    Live shot of me processing the @Bethenny exit. #RHONY

    Me: *texts everyone I know freaking out about the fact that Bethenny is leaving #RHONY again* Everyone I know:

    On my way to Andy Cohen’s office to secure Jill Zarin’s season 12 #RHONY contract now that B*thenny is quitting

    I tweeted this less than 24 hours before the Bethenny news. #rhony https://t.co/x7RY7ip5x5

    my statement of bethenny frankel leaving #RHONY in three bethenny frankel memes:

    Me to @Andy, concerning @Bethenny’s #RHONY departure

    Wow Bethenny WOW. RIP to a true Housewives LEGEND. #RHONY

    Vanderpump, Vicki and now Bethenny. Hasn’t this community been through enough?????????????

    reach out to a gay friend to make sure they've seen the Bethenny news, don't let them be alone when they find out

    It’s just like WHY WOULD BETHENNY DO THIS TO US NOW??? I understand she has a life and needs and wants but WHAT ABOUT OUR NEEDS AND WANTS. I NEED AND WANT HER ON MY GODDAMN TV

    Bethenny Frankel quitting 'Real Housewives of New York City' has ruined my day, my year and my life. Please respect my privacy at this time.

    “Bethenny Frankel to exit #RHONY”

    RHONY ladies at the first day of filming S12 today after Bethenny made her departure announcement:

    ME RIGHT NOW Bethenny Frankel to Exit 'Real Housewives https://t.co/mo5JkV2YO0

    “where were you when you heard the news that bethenny was leaving #RHONY ?”

    This may be controversial, but #RHONY Seasons 7-11 is the greatest 5-year run in reality TV history. Thanks for the incredible ride @Bethenny.

    Let's not think of this as a "good bye," instead, view it as a "see you later. We'll always have reruns...

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