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Bethenny Frankel denies she's leaving 'The Real Housewives of NYC'


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/05/2009 

Bethenny Frankel has denied that she's leaving The Real Housewives of New York City during its upcoming third season.

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"You heard it here: the rumors about me not being on Housewives are false. you're stuck with me!!!" wrote Frankel in a Friday evening post on her Twitter account.

"I repeat: I'm on Housewives for season 3!!!"

Frankel was presumably responding to an early Friday Life & Style report that claimed she was being replaced midway through The Real Housewives of New York City's third season by socialite Sonja Morgan.

"It was just signed yesterday," an insider told Life & Style.

In addition, the insider claimed that Morgan would replace Frankel around the third season's fifth episode.

"It's not pretty between Bethenny and the other cast members in the episodes that they've already taped." the insider told Life & Style. "I think the show is going to explode this season!"

This isn't the first time this year that Frankel was rumored to be leaving The Real Housewives of New York City -- which she has appeared on since it premiered last year.

While Bravo renewed The Real Housewives of New York City for a third season in July, it began casting for additional housewives because all the women -- except Kelly Bensimon, who had joined the show for its second season -- were still unsigned. The reason for the hold-out was reportedly money.

A week after the renewal announcement, it was reported that Frankel was leaving The Real Housewives of New York City to star in a new Bravo reality series that would document her alleged engagement and wedding to Jason Hoppy.

Bravo offered no comment when asked about Frankel's new project and it subsequently began production on The Real Housewives of New York City in August with Frankel and the five other women -- Bensimon, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer -- all onboard, reportedly settling the contract dispute.

Last week, Bravo announced it was developing a new reality series starring Frankel that will follow the former The Apprentice: Martha Stewart runner-up as she focuses on her love life and career as a natural foods chef.

Shed Media U.S. -- which produces The Real Housewives of New York City -- will also produce Frankel's new show.

(Photo credit Bravo)


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