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Bethenny Frankel Slams 'RHONY' as 'Exhausting And Taxing'

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By Lindsay Cronin

Bethenny Frankel doesn't appear to have any regrets about her decision to quit her gig on the Real Housewives of New York City cast last August. In fact, during a new interview, the reality star and Skinnygirl mogul has slammed the series as "exhausting and taxing" while looking back on the eight seasons she spent filming with her co-stars.

"Well, it’s exhausting and emotional," Frankel told Variety on February 20.

Frankel appeared on seasons 1, 2, and 3 before taking a few seasons off and returning for season 7.

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'RHONY' Wasn't A Good Reflection Of Bethenny Frankel's Real Life

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According to Frankel, The Real Housewives of New York City wasn't an accurate portrayal of the relationships she has in her real life.

"People across the franchise will tell you they develop anxiety, and it’s very stressful. And that’s not how I am in the relationships that I’ve cultivated over the years. My ex Dennis used to say, 'If someone said what that person said to you, I would never speak to them again as long as I live,'" she recalled.

Bethenny Frankel Often Felt Worn Down While Filming 'RHONY'

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During filming on seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel experienced plenty of drama, falling outs, and making ups with her many co-stars and looking back on the ups and downs, she said that the emotional exhaustion she and her cast mates went through during production actually led to even more issues between them.

"You’re in a show environment, and it’s taxing. But sometimes what’s happening emotionally on the screen is also a result of exhaustion," she explained.

For Bethenny Frankel, 'RHONY' Was A Balancing Act

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"I have a real career. So it’s really hard when we’re not covering that what I’m really doing is my career, because I then have to do the show and my real career. So if we’re just showing me having lunches and on vacations, then I’ve got three jobs — because I’ve got to be a mother too," Frankel explained.

"So it becomes really exhausting and taxing, and you get mired in caring about things and people that you just normally wouldn’t care about," she added.

Bethenny Frankel Refuses To Sacrifice Her Sanity For A Bravo Paycheck

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When it comes to Frankel's sanity, she told Variety that there is simply no amount of money that would make her want to sacrifice her mental health and her emotional health.

"And you can’t pay me enough to just have a hysterical meltdown crying right now. There’s no amount of money that could make me want to sit somewhere and cry over something I wouldn’t normally care about," she said.

Frankel's former co-stars will return to Bravo in The Real Housewives of New York City season 12 on April 2 at 9 p.m.

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