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RHONY News: Andy Cohen Dishes About Bethenny Frankel's Return, Explains Why Aviva Drescher Was Fired & Addresses Jill Zarin Rumors

Bethenny Frankel is returning to The Real Housewives of New York City after three seasons off the show, so how did Andy Cohen convince the former talk show host to return to the hit reality show that made her famous? Andy Cohen, The Watch What Happens Live host spilled the tea in the latest episode of Ask Andy, the Real Housewives franchise's executive producer opens up about her return, why Aviva got fired and talks about Jill Zarin. Check it out below!

"The thing transpired in her kitchen," he says of their early conversations. "I went over there to convince her to come back to the show. She had different ideas about things she wanted to do. I kind of said I don't think that those are good ideas. I have a good idea! I brought it up and she said OK I'm listening. I told her all my reasons. I could tell that she was seriously going to think about it. We had a very long talk about it. And then she said I'm in. We had a deal. This all happened in late-June, I think, or July. The idea that we've been able to keep it a secret for as long as we did, was great."

Does Andy think Bethenny will jibe well with the rest of the cast? "I don't know," he admits. "I think the Heather-Carole [friendship] is a coin toss. I think she and LuAnn weirdly will get along. I think the rest are up for grabs."

One Housewife she won't have to worry about: Aviva Drescher, who is not returning. So what was behind her exit? "That was a situation where we listened to the fans," Andy reveals.

Andy also shares that the idea of having Jill Zarin return to the franchise has been discussed. "There's a story in my book [the Andy Cohen Diaries] where I talk about—and no one knows this either—that there was a plan for Jill to come back last season, for one scene," Andy says. "It was my fantasy. And it didn't work out. It was at the very last minute that it didn't work out." But don't expect her to come back for Season 7: "I think there would be a cast mutiny."

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