Bethenny Frankel explains ‘RHONY’ exit: ‘It wasn’t what I wanted to be doing anymore’

“It’s just not what I wanted to be doing anymore,” Frankel, 50, told Paris Hilton on the latest episode of the socialite’s “This is Paris” podcast. “I didn’t want to be arguing about things that didn’t really matter anymore. It’s changed. I was there in the beginning when it was something that none of us really even knew what it was.”

The business mogul had previously admitted in the past that she joined the popular show because she was “broke and didn’t have anything to lose” in showing the world who she was and claimed she was paid an “astronomical” sum for her likeness.

“Everyone thinks I left because of money. I wasn’t leaving because of money, I was staying because of money,” Frankel, 49, explained to Variety in February 2020. “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.”

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‘Real Housewives of New York’ alum Bethenny Frankel explained her decision to leave the reality show and said it ‘became not who I really was anymore.’ (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

‘Real Housewives of New York’ alum Bethenny Frankel explained her decision to leave the reality show and said it ‘became not who I really was anymore.’ (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

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