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October 15, 2011 01:50 PM

Though she was let go from The Real Housewives of New York City last month, Kelly Bensimon says she harbors no hard feelings.

“I’m not angry,” she told PEOPLE. “I had a great opportunity. I mean, three years! Three years I’m on television. … The show is on all over the world and we’re still going to be on for a long time. It’s like the Baywatch of Housewives. For me, it’s just the gift that keeps on giving.”

Speaking at a QVC charity event in New York City to benefit breast cancer research, Bensimon called her stint on Real Housewives a “huge leap of faith” and said she looks forward to watching upcoming seasons of the Bravo hit.

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“The show started off in one way and it needs to take a different direction because that’s the nature of the TV beast,” she said. “I’m excited to watch it. It’s going to be great.”

As for rumored the new cast, Bensimon said, “I don’t know them, but I’m sure they’re going to be very interesting, lovely women.”

She did have some words of advice, however.

“Make as many mistakes as possible,” she said. “Do anything that you can do that you can learn from your mistakes. Because if you don’t learn from your mistakes then you’re what? Boring!”

Never one to be boring herself, Bensimon was known for her sometimes eyebrow-raising antics on the show. She said she’s embracing her role as a “supermom” for the moment, but hasn’t ruled out future reality TV appearances.

“I love doing reality because for me, I just have a really good time,” Bensimon said. “And I have a really kooky life and I’m not going to make apologies for it. I have a lot of fun and I make a lot of mistakes.”

“Again, that’s just part of who I am,” she says, “and I just want to keep growing and showing my kids that out of anything bad comes something great.”

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