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Bethenny Frankel Opens Up About Walking Away From 'RHONY' Salary

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By Lindsay Cronin

Bethenny Frankel is opening up about her decision to walk away from her full-time role on The Real Housewives of New York City.

During an interview with Variety on February 20, the Skinnygirl founder and CEO said that while there have been reports claiming she left the show due to a salary dispute, those rumors are not at all true.

"Everyone thinks I left because of money. I wasn’t leaving because of money, I was staying because of money," Frankel explained to the outlet.

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As she prepares to star in her new series, The Big Shot with Bethenny, Frankel is explaining that when it came to her decision to leave The Real Housewives of New York City after eight seasons, she did so because the show was no longer providing her with a platform to promote her business.

"There was more promoting sort of new and questionable businesses than the legitimate ones at this point, if that makes any sense," Frankel explained, seemingly taking a dig at her former co-stars.

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After revealing that the show quit focusing on her businesses in the way she had hoped, Frankel said she was ultimately staying on the series because of the paycheck.

"It was really the paycheck, which was, you know, astronomical at that point. 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,'" she recalled.

Bethenny Frankel Quit 'RHONY' At The Last Minute

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According to Frankel, she and her producers went back and forth about her return last year but when it came to her conversations, they were never financially-charged.

"There was some little conversation back and forth that was not financial," she confirmed. "And it just was like a sort of just a moment where I said, “You know what? I’m out.” I just was out. I had to deal with this, because they were starting to film, and I thought to myself, 'I’m out. I’m just out.'"

Bethenny Frankel Addressed The 'RHONY' Season 12 Trailer On Instagram

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After seeing that The Real Housewives of New York City season 12 trailer had been released by Bravo ahead of its April 2 premiere, Frankel mentioned one particular scene on her Instagram page in which her former co-star, Sonja Morgan, was seen with her pants around her ankles.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Morgan shared a clip in which she was seen falling backward while seated in a chair and said that it was in that moment that she needed Frankel to be at her side.

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