Bethenny Frankel wanted to quit RHONY sooner but only stayed for ‘astronomical’ paycheck – The Sun
BETHENNY Frankel wanted to quit Real Housewives of New York City sooner but said she only stayed for the "astronomical" paycheck.
The 49-year-old franchise OG admitted she didn't leave RHONY because of the money, but rather it had been the only thing keeping her on the show.
She told Variety: “It no longer became this platform to promote my business."
“It was really the paycheck, which was, you know, astronomical at that point. And so I was staying because of money.
"And I just thought to myself, a bartender, a high-class prostitute who’s making a lot of money, you gotta sometimes make a move, and just say, ‘Let me just do what feels right to me.’”
Bethenny said of her decision to leave the long-time Bravo show: “Well, it’s exhausting and emotional.
"People across the franchise will tell you they develop anxiety, and it’s very stressful.
"And that’s not how I am in the relationships that I’ve cultivated over the years.”
Season 11 of the reality show saw Bethenny mourning the sudden loss of her on-again off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields.
She was also still embroiled in a long-time custody battle with her ex Jason Hoppy, the father of her nine-year-old daughter, Bryn.
More recently, she's been enjoying a blossoming relationship with film producer and real estate executive boyfriend, Paul Bernon.
She said the emotional toll the show the show took didn't outweigh her other priorities.
“So if we’re just showing me having lunches and on vacations, then I’ve got three jobs — because I’ve got to be a mother too.”
“I just felt like I have to kind of really spend my time focusing on business, my daughter, philanthropy.”
Bethenny announced last week she'll star in new reality competition show called "The Big Shot with Bethenny."
MGM Television and Mark Burnett will produce the show, which will feature contestants competing for a coveted spot on the Skinnygirl founder's executive team.
She said in a statement: "Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible.
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