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Bethenny Frankel Says She's ‘Distancing’ Herself From RHONY And Isn't Entirely Sure If She'll Be Back For Season 9: “I Left It Behind”

Bethenny Frankel revealed in a new interview that she is “distancing” herself from The Real Housewives of New York City after filming a tumultuous Season 8 reunion special. The Skinnygirl mogul also reveals that she's unsure if she'll return next season.

"I've been definitely distancing myself from the show this summer," Frankel told Entertainment Tonight. "It was a long year – it's definitely work. I'm glad that the audience is enjoying it, but I've left it behind."

Part of Frankel's hesitance seems to stem from the explosive reunion taping for the show last month, which she told ET was "by far" the hardest one she's ever filmed.

"It was very, very negative and I didn't enjoy it at all," she said. "Something very dramatic happened … that questioned my integrity. If someone questions my business or my integrity I take it really seriously – I don't just gloss over it."

"So I think that maybe the fun and light Bethenny that people expect, with the quips and the comebacks weren't there," she added.

Frankel also takes issue with a lack of transparency she feels some of her co-stars are guilty of.

"I live my life honestly," she said. "You have 50 percent of the cast that has a whole taboo, police line, 'do not cross' section of their life that is not discussed on camera and never has been. For legal issues and liability issues, Bravo doesn't need to bring it up and it's a difficult line to ride, and that may be why I don''t come back."

Despite the drama, Frankel is keeping busy expanding her highly successful Skinnygirl cocktail brand.

"This is just a summer of freedom and doing what I want to do and definitely making some changes in my personal and professional life," she said. "I just launched a new watermelon-lime margarita with my new cocktail partners, so I'm deciding what my priorities are and how to lay it out."

And of course, the Bravo reality star is relieved to have recently finalized her nearly four-year divorce battle with her ex-husband Jason Hoppy.

While "there are still some obstacles," such as selling the apartment the pair once shared, Frankel said she's "really happy" to be on the other side of it.

"My summer of freedom is lighting me up," she added. "I am in a really happy place."

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