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'RHONY' Star Dorinda Medley Weighs In On Bethenny Frankel's Season 12 Absence

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By Lindsay Cronin

Dorinda Medley shared her thoughts on Bethenny Frankel during an appearance last week on Danny Pellegrino's podcast series, Everything Iconic.

When the host questioned Medley about whether or not she and the rest of the Real Housewives of New York City cast have been in touch with Frankel in the months since she announced she was leaving the show, Medley confirmed they had.

"Yeah. I love Bethenny. I'm close to her. You know, I think she's great," Medley told Pellegrino on Thursday.

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Dorinda Medley Thinks Bethenny Frankel Is 'Happy' After 'RHONY' Exit

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According to Medley, she believes Frankel is in a good place now that she's exited The Real Housewives of New York City.

"And I think that you know, everything has... I think she's doing her thing and I think she's happy," Medley explained.

Frankel quit her role on the Bravo reality series in August of last year after appearing on eight of its past 11 seasons. As fans will recall, Frankel left the show after its third season but returned for season seven.

Dorinda Medley Doesn't Want To Focus On Bethenny Frankel Ahead Of The 'RHONY' Premiere

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As Pellegrino's questions continued, Medley seemed to make it clear that she was ready to move on from Frankel's time on the show and focus on the ladies that will be featured on the upcoming 12th season of The Real Housewives of New York City.

"There's too much focus on that, you know what I mean?" she asked.

Then, after Medley admitted that she cried when she found out Frankel wouldn't be back, she told Pellegrino sh had to get off the phone.

Bethenny Frankel Quit 'RHONY' Before Production Began On Season 12

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“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in a statement to Variety at the time of her exit last year. “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have. My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride."

Bethenny Frankel Has A New Show Coming Soon

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Following her exit from The Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel teamed up with producer Mark Burnett on a new show, The Big Shot with Bethenny, which is expected to air on HBO Max and will feature a number of contestants fighting for a chance to work with the Skinnygirl mogul.

To see more of Medley and the rest of Frankel's former co-stars, don't miss the Real Housewives of New York City season 12 premiere on April 2 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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