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Dorinda Medley Confirms Her ‘RHONY’ Exit Was Not A ‘Mutual’ Decision!

Dorinda Medley is speaking out about her departure from The Real Housewives of New York City for the first time since she announced in August that she was leaving the Bravo hit reality series. 

Medley, who appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s podcast, “Just B,” on Tuesday, October 6, according to E! News. She began by acknowledging that she “did not have a good season this year.”

“ I'm not gonna make excuses for it," she says. "But I was doing real. You know, that's where I was at that time.”

Medley believes that things could've been much different if she would've taken a year off from RHONY like Bethenny once did.

“I'll be honest with you, I felt very, very scared going into the season because not only was my life very intense with all the things...the house, my father, [I] broke a rib, breaking up with John...” Dorinda says before Bethenny cuts her off to provide context for those who might not have watched season 12 of the Bravo hit reality show: “She broke up with her boyfriend, her father got sick and her house flooded.”

“Yeah, and then I broke my rib,” Dorinda adds. “So it was like, wow...I was sort of a toothpick in an ocean. I didn't get my voice out correctly.” 

Bethenny agreed, explaining that on the show, “You get in over your skeeze.” 

“You drink, something happens, you say something, and then you're in your head about what you just said, but the show must go on,”  Bethenny said.

Frankel continued, “You're still filming, there's still cameras. So that's what is challenging and that's where I do feel you.”

“Everybody always gets their resurrection season. So the next season, the person is super cautious,” said Frankel.

Dorinda responded, “Listen, I had a rough season. But that's what we do as Housewives,” Medley said. “We have good seasons. We have bad seasons. We come back and we change it up.”

Medley revealed that she was looking forward to returning for season 13 to redeem herself after a bad season. 

“I was looking forward to coming back this year. I was looking forward to having that moment,” she told Bethenny. “I mean, when I found out when this thing all went down, I was just getting off the phone with this woman who's doing a Blue Stone Manor gingerbread house. And I'm thinking, 'It's gonna be great for the show! Oh my god, this is gonna be my season. I'm gonna come back 'cause everything's done, I'm in a good place.'”

“So it really know, no one likes rejection,” Medley shared, according to E! News.

Bethenny agreed, comparing the situation to a bad first date: “You hope the guy calls and then you get to go again to just, like, make it nice. You wanted to make it nice! That's the truth.” 

Dorinda continued, “I didn't talk because I didn't want to talk,” she explained. “I was ready to go back. I was excited about going back. I was planning on going back. And I thought I would have a great year. I wasn't given that option. So do with that as you want.”

“They're calling it a pause, which I don't really...for me, I'm an old-fashioned girl,” Dorinda added. “If you're not waitressing and getting paid, you're not waitressing...At the end of the day, it was a mutual 'no.' This is pretty much the first time I've spoken as honestly outside of you and I talking that I've done.”

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