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Bethenny Frankel In Talks To Make Triumphant Return To 'RHONY' Alongside Tinsley Mortimer As Bravo Seeks To Save Troubled Series, Insider Divulges

Aug. 24 2021, Published 11:44 a.m. ET

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After OK! spilled Bravo is considering a permanent hiatus for it’s beleaguered series Real Housewives of New York, rumors are swirling NBC is eager to save the show by completely shaking up the cast.

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The biggest bombshell is the report that Bethenny Frankel could make her triumphant return alongside socialite Tinsley Mortimer — who quit in 2019 to be with her then-fiancé Scott Kluth. (The two have since called it quits.)

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Source: Sophy Holland/Bravo; Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo
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An insider spilled to gossip Instagram handle Deuxmoi that Bravo is “working overtime to secure a Bethenny Frankel” return, who announced her departure (for the second time) in August 2019.

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Frankel left the hit show after the first three seasons, but she revealed earlier this year to Paris Hilton on her podcast that Bravo offered her “a number I couldn’t refuse” to come back for season 7, explaining that her return to the franchise was on her terms, as she was able to work on other projects while filming the show.

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Source: Patrick Ecclesine/Bravo
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She said she hung up her RHONY hat again because the show became something she didn’t want “to be doing anymore,” she told Hilton: “I didn’t want to be having those conversations; I didn’t want to be arguing about things that really didn’t matter to me.”

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A second insider spilled some deets on what could be holding back Frankel’s return. The source spilled “they’re [Bravo] in real talks but she wants an executive producer credit and to shape the show,” which network execs aren’t too keen on giving her “that power” so they are working out a deal.

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Source: Mathieu Young/Bravo
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Although multiple sources have squealed that OG Housewive Ramona Singer has gotten the axe, the insider insists — as does she — that she will be back for another season.

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As for newcomer Eboni K. Williams, according to the insider, her fate is apparently already sealed. “The Bravo Gods also wanna keep Williams around for another go,” the insider dished, adding that she’s brought new life to the show and some buzz the series needs as ratings continue to decline.

Other rumored additions are composer Lucia Hwong Gordon and former The View cohost and actress Sherri Shepherd. The insider noted that we can expect cast exit and addition announcements very soon.

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