Bethenny Frankel busted out of the Real Housewives of New York franchise over a contract dispute, Page Six reports. A sources says that she already had "one foot out the door" as negotiations for her ninth season kicked off with Bravo, and she "was confident there were options out there for her. She's happy in her personal life with real estate exec and film producer Paul Bernon."
When she threw out a huge number and they didn't bite, she wasn't shocked, Page Six reports. Still, she put the info out on social media so fast, some of the show's top producers found out about it online.
She told Variety that she was leaving to focus on "my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women."
As part of her philanthropy, she is joining the fight to save the Amazon rainforest, which is being ravaged by fires. Frankel announced her plans on Twitter to charter a supertanker to spray fire retardant.
"Gearing up to attack the Amazon crisis, specifically saving the lives of indigenous tribes & animals," Frankel wrote in a tweet. "Tomorrow I'll get specific but, I'm chartering a full size supertanker (fire truck in a plane) to spray massive area. I'll reach out w details for you to donate. Planning trip."
Jill Zarin, meanwhile, told People that she'd considering returning to the show. "All I can say is the they've started filming and I'm here," Zarin, 55, told People as she prepared to play in a tennis match with pro John Isner at the Brookfield Place Open in New York City. "I'm at the tennis event today. Watch and see what happens, as Andy Cohen says."
Season 12 of The Real Housewives of New York City is expected to premiere next year.