"Bringing her back is a last-ditch effort," a source recently told Us Weekly, referencing how Frankel's return would likely increase show ratings.
Frankel was an original Housewife and left the franchise after its third season back in 2010. Her decision came several months after giving birth to her four-year-old daughter Bryn with ex-husband Jason Hoppy, and she had many conflicts with her former best friend Jill Zarin and longtime rival Kelly Bensimon on the series.
Telepictures production company had confirmed in February Bethenny was being canceled after only one season. Prior to her talk show, Frankel starred in the Bravo spinoffs Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After. She's also written books and created a Skinnygirl empire.
Frankel and Hoppy, 44, divorced in late December 2012 after three years of marriage, resulting in an ugly year-long legal battle.