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Bethenny Frankel Reveals The ‘Excuse’ She Used To Leave ‘RHONY’

According to a report via Page Six, Bethenny Frankel revealed she was able to leave The Real Housewives of New York City thanks to a “technicality” in her contract.

“I used a technicality deal point as my excuse,” she said in a TikTok video that was posted on Wednesday. “I had just lost someone very close to me [Dennis Shields], and I went to work when the show came back. I didn’t want to. Pros play hurt. I’m a professional. I show up on time. I deliver. That’s my reputation in business.”

But Frankel explained that producers had added a new term to all of the “Housewives”‘ contracts when many of them did not show up to film because they “didn’t like other people” or “were at odds” with cast members from different cities.

“They decided not to film, so it affects the quality of the show. So this became something where they had to add this into all contracts,” she said. “This new point said that if you don’t appear in an episode, then you won’t be paid for it.”

Frankel said the clause made sense for other “Housewives” but not for herself.

“It just doesn’t make sense for me because I already knew that the production company said that, ‘We’d never air an episode without you,'” she shared. “They told me that directly. I have receipts. And I already knew that I’m a professional and there would just be no situation where I wouldn’t show up for work.”

Unhappy with the new terms, Frankel decided to leave the show. “I’m the type of person [where] that one thing will give me an excuse, so I said no,” she recalled. “And then the powers that be said, ‘We would have changed it, et cetera,’ but every little thing matters. And, you know, I don’t bluff, and I just was looking for a reason, and that was a good reason.”

The Skinnygirl mogul said the new term in her contract was the “catalyst” that made her decide to leave the series.

“That’s a little business-is-personal nugget about the fact that I knew that I had showed up for work every single day when I experienced a tremendous loss, so obviously I’m going to show up for work every day under any circumstance. There can be no more extreme circumstance than that,” she said. “The little tiny minute detail that would have never come to pass. It was the impetus. That was the catalyst that just said boom, I’m not going back.”

She also shut down rumors that she had departed the Bravo show regarding issues over her paycheck.

“People thought I left the ‘Housewives’ because of money,” she said. “If I had stayed, it would have been because of the money. I left because I wanted to leave. I was ready to leave.”

Frankel left RHONY in 2013. But in 2021, Frankel starred in the HBOMax reality show called The Big Shot with Bethenny. The reality series was produced by her own B Real Productions, as well as reality TV mega-producer Burnett and MGM.

Frankel has remained focused on her philanthropy efforts with her B Strong foundation including her Skinnygirl Jeans, Skinnygirl Supplements, numerous investments, and speaking opportunities.

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