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Bethenny Frankel Leaving 'Real Housewives of New York'

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By Gary Trock

"The Real Housewives of New York" will have one less housewife next season, because Bethenny Frankel is out.

The "RHONY" star made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, in an article first posted by Variety.

Frankel said, "I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter."

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She added, "“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."

Frankel starred on the Bravo reality show for 11 seasons, and has been a staple in the franchise.

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She also regularly appears on "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen, and the TV host has listed her as one of his favorite "Housewives."

Frankel clearly doesn't want to mix it up on reality TV with the likes of Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps anymore, and tells Variety, "With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have."

It's possible the war with Luann helped Frankel make her decision, as the two stars got into a heated argument last season over Luann's issues with alcohol addiction.

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However, Frankel does not harbor any negative feelings about her run on "Housewives," and says, "My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride. I am so grateful to them for highlighting my entrepreneurialism and allowing me to pave the way for many women to achieve their goals. I am excited for my future. The best is yet to come."

Bravo has not yet commented on the departure.

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