Dorinda Medley has a message for fans hoping to see Bethenny Frankel in Bravo’s upcoming « RHONY » spinoff.
« No one convinces Bethenny, not even me, » Medley, 57, admitted during an exclusive chat with Page Six at BravoCon 2022.
“Bethenny is a strong woman. Bethenny is a rock,” she explained of her good friend. “She’s a badass businesswoman. She makes her decisions and sticks to them. »
Frankel, 51, claimed in April that she had been approached to be part of the « Real Housewives of New York City: Legacy » team, but chose not to take the opportunity at the time.
« When people ask me, I say, ‘There’s a number, but I don’t think you can afford it,' » she said on her ‘Just B with Bethenny’ podcast, teasing that she could be persuaded by the good salary.
“From a business perspective, [it’s] probably smarter for them to keep mixing ingredients they already have on the shelf: people who will do it for so little because they will do it for next to nothing for relevance and shock,” Frankel continued.
« Housewives » honcho Andy Cohen revealed the next phases of « RHONY » in March, telling Variety that a reboot — featuring all-new and diverse women — was in the works as well as a « Legacy » project.
Cohen, 54, said the double show approach « takes into account everything our passionate audience has really told us over the past year » – which saw « RHONY »‘s ratings plummet and the cancellation of the season 13 reunion.
The new cast of ‘RHONY’ – featuring Sai De Silva, Ubah Hassan, Erin Dana Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Lizzy Savetsky, Jessel Taank and Brynn Whitfield – was announced during a ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy’ taping. Cohen” Sunday night in Manhattan. Hammerstein Ballroom.
Cohen told Page Six at BravoCon that the “RHONY” reboot takes priority over “Legacy,” which has yet to finalize its casting. He did, however, mention on the press line that Frankel « doesn’t want » his apple back.
The Skinnygirl CEO quickly became a viewer favorite when the original iteration of « RHONY » premiered in 2008.
She remained a full-time cast member for three consecutive seasons before going on hiatus to pursue a spin-off show, more business opportunities, and a now-defunct daytime talk show.
Frankel finally returned to « RHONY » in 2015 for season 7 and finally left again – for good this time – after 2019 season 11. Medley entered the fray the same year that Frankel returned and filmed alongside of the latter during its entire second section.
Medley was notoriously « paused » by Cohen after season 12.
She made a triumphant — albeit temporary — return to the « Real Housewives » universe when she hosted the franchise’s OGs at her Massachusetts estate, Bluestone Manor, for Season 2 of Peacock’s « Ultimate Girls Trip. » .
At BravoCon, Medley was greeted with cheers from fans who have missed seeing her on TV since “RHUGT” wrapped in July. Attendees frequently chanted « Make it nice! » — her catchphrase — whenever she appeared on stage or in public areas during the convention.
At one point during the three-day event held at the Javits Center in Manhattan, Medley pressed Cohen himself about his future on the network.
« When are you going to pause Dorinda Medley and press play? » she questioned during an « Ask Andy » panel.
« Wow, not since Jill Zarin asked me why she was fired, have I ever been so publicly lashed out by a former ‘housewife,' » he said, while also assuring her: “Dorinda, your time is drawing near. »