Even though Dorinda Medley isn’t returning for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York City, Andy Cohen is optimistic that fans will see the reality star on the series again one day. 

“I love her,” the 52-year-old producer said on his Sirius XM show, Radio Andy, on Wednesday, September 9. “She has been so iconic to the show from the moment she walked in.”

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However, Cohen explained that it might be better for the 55-year-old Bravo personality to take some time off since “she didn’t have a great season this season.”

“She said something at the reunion that struck us all, which was that she should have taken the year off,” said Cohen. “She was in a bad place. Her house had flooded and her dad was sick. Maybe Dorinda didn’t feel like she could take the year off but sometimes taking a pause is a good thing, and I’m really hopeful that this is indeed a pause and that she will rejoin the show at some point.”

Cohen admitted he has said that to her “a couple times,” which is not something he says “too often.” He added: “The door is definitely open. I just think a pause is a good thing and she will come back renewed and refreshed.”

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In August, Medley announced that she would be leaving the show after six seasons. “What a journey this has been. I have laughed and cried and tried to Make it Nice,” the housewife captioned a photo of herself in a glitzy dress, referring to her iconic catchphrase. 

“But all things must come to an end,” she continued. “This was a great outlet for me to heal when my late husband Richard passed away. I have met so many interesting people and learned so much about myself, about life and about women along the way.”

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“Thank you to Bravo and NBC for the incredible ride and to my cast mates for constant stimulation and entertainment,” she concluded. “I wish you all health, happiness and success. Clip! Dorinda.”

However, a source previously told OK! that Medley was fired from the series. “The show has gotten too old and stale. What was once fun is now a bunch of rich old white ladies complaining about their lives that most people would kill for. Overall ratings for the series has been steady but numbers in the younger advertiser demo are not good and only getting worse,” the insider explained. 

The RHONY reunion airs on Bravo on Thursday, September 10, at 9 p.m. ET.

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