It's one of the biggest questions for The Real Housewives of New York City
: Will Bethenny Frankel
return for a fourth season?
The natural-food chef, 39, has had an extremely hectic past year. She fell in love, got pregnant
, published another book, lost her father, had a baby
, and got her own Bravo spin-off, Bethenny Getting Married?
All the while, she was embroiled in an emotionally draining feud
with castmate Jill Zarin
throughout the just-concluded season 3.
Speaking to reporters last week, Frankel said she had her doubts about continuing on the show that made her famous. "I don't believe in staying at the party too long," she said. "What am I going to say to Jill? And Kelly Bensimon
? I see Alex McCord
and Ramona Singer
on my show, which is nice and pleasant. The purpose I have on the Housewives
is to comment. It's who I am. If they still need my running commentary and Greek chorus, I guess I'd do it, but I don't know. What would I be doing there?"
Frankel seems to crave a healthy – i.e., drama-free – environment in which she and husband Jason Hoppy
can raise their new daughter, Bryn, born in May. And for one thing, that means no Jill. "She's reached out a couple times in the last few months," Frankel said. "She's not in my life anymore. This is a time when I really want who are good for me and my family. I want Bryn's life to be perfect for as long as it possibly can." –Tim Nudd and Charlotte Triggs