Bethenny Frankel claims her 'Real Housewives' paycheck was 'astronomical' 1

After eight seasons, “The Real Housewives of New York” turned a pair of golden handcuffs for Bethenny Frankel.

“Everyone thinks I left because of money. I wasn’t leaving because of money, I was staying because of money,” Frankel, 49, defined to Variety. “It no longer became this platform to promote my business, because I had done that, and there was more promoting sort of new and questionable businesses than the legitimate ones at this point, if that makes any sense.”

Frankel introduced in August she deliberate to exit the Bravo actuality present after first becoming a member of the solid in 2008.

“So it wasn’t the platform anymore. It was really the paycheck, which was, you know, astronomical at that point,” she went on. “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.’”

The Skinnygirl founder claims she simply knew she now not wished to be part of the sequence, and was on the lookout for any excuse to make her exit.

“I just was looking for a reason. And I just was ready to do it,” she continued. “I didn’t need to be there anymore. I didn’t need to be there anymore. I imply, truthfully — I simply didn’t.

She went on to element the telephone name whereby she informed her publicist, Jill Fritzo, that she now not wished to movie.

“I remember Jill, who’s on this phone call was like, ‘Wait, what are you saying? Are you sure?’ I had to deal with this, because they were starting to film, and I thought to myself, ‘I’m out. I’m just out.’ And Jill’s like, ‘Wait, what do you mean? Once you’re out, you’re out.’ I said, ‘I know. I’m out.’”

Luann de Lesseps claims she and her co-stars sit up for getting the highlight now that the scene-stealer has left the present.

“I think the whole cast is relieved in a way,” de Lesseps, 54, stated on SiriusXM’s “The Jenny McCarthy Show” in October — two months after Frankel introduced her exit. “It also leaves breathing room for other women to shine and show their personalities because a lot was Bethenny coming in and stealing the show.”

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