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Bethenny Frankel Returning to RHONY & Season 7 Cast Announced!

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For a while now, there’s been talk of Bethenny Frankel making a return to The Real Housewives of New York City for Season 7. To be honest, I didn’t really think it would happen. Bethenny already made it big with her Skinny Girl cocktail line and seemed to have moved on to things other than reality TV. But, apparently, after a failed marriage and talk show, Bethenny is ready to return to her Bravo roots! Today, Bravo and Bethenny together announced that she will, in fact, be making a triumphant return to RHONY next season. I’m sure both she and the network are hoping her return will provide a much-needed ratings boost for the New York installment of the Housewives franchise. The former/future Housewife was previously featured on The Real Housewives of New York City during Seasons 1-3 and starred in two spin-off series (Bethenny Getting Married and Bethenny Ever After). 

“I’m genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny said in a statement. “Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!”

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Bethenny also told US weekly that a reason why she decided to come back was for a new start. “I’m such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season,” she explained. “Slightly exciting, a little bit of anxiousness, but it feels fresh. It doesn’t feel like [how] I felt going into the third season of the Housewives. There was just so much muck and I just didn’t feel it was good energy.”

Andy Cohen is also thrilled with her return. “Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise, and I couldn’t be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!,” he says.

Also, in a rather unprecedented move, Bravo seems to have confirmed the entire Season 7 cast in today’s announcement. According to, Bethenny will be joining Season 7 along with Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan. This comes despite rumors that Ramona had been demoted to a supporting role. It seems unlikely that Bravo would announce the Season 7 cast without signed contracts so does this mean that all the ladies have already signed contracts for next season? Guess we’ll just have to wait and watch!

What do you think of Bethenny’s return to RHONY?

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  • doloresd

    Yuck! Not many people want to see Bethenny Frankel return to the Real Housewives of New York. I won’t be watching. Heather is annoying enough. Heather curses like a sailor and is such white trash. I love Carole, Ramona, Sonja, LuAnn and Kristen but I can’t stomach Bethenny. She is such a fake person who is really a snake in the grass. Whoever made the decision to bring Bethenny back should have their head examined. You are making a huge mistake and will lose a huge portion of your audience. Same thing that happened with Teresa and Joe Giudice. People are just sick of the losers on these shows. You need new casting directors. Please stop ruining the Franchise.

    • Love Bethenny. Always intelligent,honest with good story lines. Also love her wardrobe. The best dressed housewife so far and her lit has changed so much it will be interesting to se what she does next.

    • doloresisdumb

      Bethenny is awesome. It was pure brilliance to bring her back. Thank god Aviva isn’t back. Now the cast is perfect.

  • Eugenia Gutkin

    So, when is the Season 7 premiere?

  • Sorry typo – her life has changed so much not her lit!

  • John

    Bad news, Bethenny is a snake in the grass. Vicious, nasty, me,me, me ,dynamics, cant stand her. She will ruin the show with her double standard attitude. Not a good bone in her body, She will make the show boring and self servicing. You lost me and I really enjoyed all the hoopla, You SCREWED IT UP GUYS.

  • desireed

    I am super excited for Bethenny to come back. The show was not as fun without her.

  • Brendan

    Probably no one reads this, but I feel compelled to write here anyway. I am very excited that Bethenny is returning to the show. I’ll be interested in what sort of chemistry she will have with the rest of the group – especially the new cast members. Everyone gets so dramatic about any changes ‘ruining the franchise’. Seriously? It’s melodramatic bullcrap. All these girls are great.

    <3 Bethenny!

  • Sally

    I LOVE Bethenny, she is such an inspiration to women everywhere! Cant wait to see her back on Bravo!

    • ladancerly

      I agree. Bethenny is a gutsy savvy self made millionaire with an awesome sense of humor. Look forward to seeing the show with her back . Hopefully she will put luanne in her place. Can’t stand luanne she won’t even shake a driver’s hand .. bet she’d sleep with him though.