Bethenny Frankel Leaving 'The Real Housewives of NYC'

Bethenny Frankel became a star thanks to The Real Housewives of New York City -- and ironically, now that she's actually a wife and mother, she's decided to put her Housewives days behind her. Frankel, 39, broke the news on Tuesday that she won't be joining the New York cast for its next season. The reason? Last season took too much out of her, and she doesn't "see any reason to go back."

"Last season was scary and painful," the chef and diet guru told Us Weekly magazine. "It took all the joy out of it."

Frankel admitted back in July that she might not be able to "mentally handle" another season, describing the dynamic between her and the other housewives and "dirty and nasty." It's not hard to imagine why: The reality star had more than her share of drama, between a falling-out with former best friend Jill Zarin, her unexpected pregnancy, her dying father, and the insults directed at her during Kelly Bensimon's spectacular breakdown.

The only member of any Housewives cast to land her own show, Frankel had the added pressure of filming the spinoff Bethenny Getting Married? -- while planning a wedding, preparing for childbirth and launching her Skinnygirl Margarita brand. No wonder she needs a break!

Turns out, however, that she can't get away that easily. Us Weekly says that Frankel's Bravo contract obligates her to make a few appearances on next season's Real Housewives, and the network is allegedly trying to woo her back. We're assuming that she'll continue with her hit spinoff show, although they may have to change the title (Bethenny Got Married? Bethenny and a Baby?). We'll miss seeing Bethenny trade quips with the other Housewives -- but on the other hand, if we get to see little Brynn (now three months old) on camera, it may be worth it.

Will The Real Housewives of New York City be the same without Bethenny? Chime in below!

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