Bethenny Frankel Still Watches 'The Real Housewives of New York City'

The talk show host compares her experience on the show to being a freshman in high school

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Bethenny Frankel is busy with her new talk show but she still finds time to catch up with The Real Housewives of New York City.

“Do I still watch it? I don’t watch it religiously but I’ll sometimes catch up,” the Bethenny host says on Monday’s episode of her Fox show. “It’s not anything against them. I’ve been busy planning the talk show and kind of doing my own thing. It was a long time ago.”

Responding to a question from a member of her audience, Frankel attributes her time on the Bravo reality show with launching her TV career.

“I was in a different place in my life and I’m so grateful for the experience [because] it did get me here,” she says.

But the show she originally signed up for is not the show it has become. “It’s a totally different show than when I started,” she says. “It was just about women who had children and were married and it was kind of more fun and playful. Then it got crazy. Then it got really crazy and it was a different show.”

Some of the crazier scenes happened between Frankel and Kelly Bensimon and her former best friend Jill Zarin – who were both let go from Real Housewives of New York City for the current fifth season.

“As far as Jill and Kelly and Alex being fired, it happens all the time in Housewives,” Frankel says. “They keep recycling and they kind of let you know that if you’re a Housewife, you can be replaced. And they just want to spice it up a little bit.”

Now that they’ve all moved on from being Housewives, Frankel says she has no hard feelings for her costars.

“I wish Jill the best. I wish Kelly the best,” she says. “Honestly, it was an experience that I’ll never forget and the year with the first five of us is definitely very nostalgic. It makes me feel old and that feels like freshman year in high school.”

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