After much speculation, former talk show host Bethenny Frankel is officially a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York for the second time around. Frankel confirmed her return to RHONY in a press release on Monday, saying "I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City. Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!"
This news is kind of shocking, especially because Frankel's had quite a bit of success since leaving the show. It sort of feels like she's taking one giant step backwards and not too long ago, she seemed to share that sentiment. Anyone else remember when she was utterly and completely over RHONY? Let's revisit:
The time Frankel said wouldn't share her personal life:
"Would I ever put every intimate detail of my personal life or my daughter in that? No. But I think that I connect to women about my personal perspective and experience. It's not about seeing what my daughter's doing. And it's not about seeing who I’m married to or who I'm sleeping with," she told a radio show on October 1, 2014.
The time Frankel compared RHONY to war:
Back in April, the reality star delivered a speech where she said that thinking about her days on RHONY was like having "flashbacks from Vietnam."
When she said she was over reality TV:
In 2011, after she left the Housewives and was filming her own spinoff, Frankel said, "I'm getting tired of reality TV, of every moment being documented. But a talk show, where I could have longer conversations than on Facebook or Twitter— would be great. There are many things I want to talk to women about. While the other housewives were off getting drunk, I was doing business."
The time she dismissed the idea of returning as "crazy":
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