Entertainment TV Bethenny Frankel Is Leaving 'The Real Housewives of New York City' "My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride," Bethenny Frankel said By Natalie Stone and Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 21, 2019 06:52 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Bethenny Frankel‘s time as a Housewife is coming to an end once again. The Skinnygirl mogul is leaving The Real Housewives of New York City ahead of the upcoming season 12. “I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel, 48, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “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,” said Frankel, who is mom to 9-year-old daughter Bryn, whom she shares with ex Jason Hoppy. “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,” she continued. “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 did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Bethenny Frankel Says She’s Living ‘in the Moment’ Nearly 1 Year After Dennis Shields’ Death Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Following news of Frankel’s exit, was first reported by Variety, Ramona Singer — who began on RHONY with Frankel and has never missed a season of the franchise — told PEOPLE exclusively that she “respects the fact that Bethenny has decided to go on with other endeavors.” “Bethenny found love in her life, and it’s so fantastic that she’ll be taking the time to grow that relationship away from the cameras and to explore other business opportunities,” said Singer, 62. “I’m only disappointed that Bethenny did not inform her costars that she’s not coming back to the show,” Singer added. “When she left in season 4, we found out through the press she was doing her spinoff, Bethenny Getting Married. She was upset we never congratulated her, but we were upset she never told us! And that’s how we feel now. There is a camaraderie among us as a cast. Love us, hate us, not like us — we are a team. To hear this from the press and not through her is upsetting.“ “I really wish her well, though,” Singer continued. “The show’s a machine and it will continue on. We’re all just a cog in the wheel. No one is irreplaceable.” The RHONY season 11 cast. Bravo The mother of one joined the Bravo reality series in season 1, but exited during season 3. Frankel later rejoined during season 7 and has starred on the show since. Her departure comes after costar Luann de Lesseps hinted this week that a new Housewife may be joining the fold when the show returns for season 12. The topic came about on Michelle Collins‘ SiriusXM show on Monday, when Collins asked de Lesseps about a rumor that Singer is gunning for the show to cast Missy Pool, an ex-girlfriend of de Lesseps’ ex-husband Tom D’Agostino. “I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said de Lesseps, 54. Pressed to explain why, she revealed, “Because I think they already cast somebody else. Can’t tell you who, but I think they did!” “Don’t quote me,” she added. As for whether the potential incomer is married or single? De Lesseps wouldn’t bite. “I don’t know,” she said. “I can’t tell you that.” In addition to de Lesseps and Singer, the cast includes Frankel, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer. A premiere date for RHONY‘s return has not yet been announced.