Frankel, 45, tells PEOPLE that the decision to not have 6-year-old Bryn on season 8 of the Bravo reality series came down to “a couple of reasons.”
“My daughter is not on the show for a couple of reasons. A child with a microphone on them, with a mic pack on them, is not really natural. That’s kind of like working. You have to be somewhere and you’ll have a microphone on you and it’s being filmed,” Frankel explains.
“You don’t know the effects of that later. If she were running through a sea and playing, that’s not something that I would be upset about. I mean, people take pictures of us sometimes on the street,” the Bravo personality continues.
The Skinnygirl founder also mentioned the Gosselin family of TLC’s Kate Plus Eight as an example of what she doesn’t want her daughter’s lifestyle to parallel.
“But I would say the way that it was with the Gosselins with all those kids that were working, they had to have a tutor around or supervision,” Frankel explains. “That doesn’t sound natural to me.”
Frankel, who finalized her divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy in July, told PEOPLE in April of shielding the couple’s daughter during the split, “I think kids need stability and to feel calm and proud of their home. She’s an amazing, amazing little girl. She’s so happy. She’s not really aware of what’s going on, which is great. I’m proud of that. It has been by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever been through.”