Bethenny Frankel, formerly of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, learned this month that her daytime talk show, Bethenny, has been canceled, but as production winds down she penned an open letter on her blog expressing relief.
Frankel writes that some of the compromises she has had to make in order to have a talk show have felt inauthentic to her, plus “… I tend to be quite inappropriate which may not be suitable for daytime television or for the suits that run network television nationwide.”
She goes on to write, “Unlike my time on Bravo, I felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted. I am a free spirit. My late father (a horse trainer) used to say ‘She is a mustang. You need to let her run.’ I am more comfortable in my natural surroundings and in a setting where I’m surrounded by crazy, where anything goes and where I can be authentically me.”
Frankel thanks her staff and lauded their professionalism, as they continue to work hard even when they know the show is in its last days. She also thanked her fans.
“I am so grateful for the experience and to those of you who went on this journey with me,” she writes. “It was fun, exciting, scary and a great challenge.”
Many have asked how she feels, she says. “So to answer how I feel, I am relieved. What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break. I have been striving and climbing and white-knuckling for so long that I need a rest from the grind. I’m a little over myself and wouldn’t blame anyone else for being over me as well.”