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Bethenny Frankel on show cancellation: 'I am relieved ... I'm a little over myself'

USMagazine, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 8:30am (PST)
  • No hard feelings here. Almost two weeks after her talk show was canned following just one season, Bethenny Frankel has opened up about having to say goodbye, and how "relieved" she is that's its actually over.

    "Well this is an open letter, so maybe you have heard the news. 'Bethenny' won't be coming back for another season," Frankel, 43, posted on the show's site on Feb. 25. "People ask me how I feel about this, so I wanted to share it with you straight up."

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    "What I love about doing my talk show is connecting to women. I love the opportunity to inspire, to be inspired and to be able to help women to be their best, succeed and feel better about themselves," she wrote. "I also love working with such an incredibly talented and hard working staff and crew."

    The former Bravo star admitted that although it was tough to tell her crew that they were out of the job, she didn't enjoy some of the elements that the job required. "Unlike my time on Bravo, I felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted. I am a free spirit," she continued. "When interviewed about the show, I always said that it could only work if I was true to myself and only if it was genuinely a good fit and marriage which it turned out not to be."

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    The syndicated talk show proved to be difficult, but she's grateful nonetheless. "As easy as people like Ellen [DeGeneres], Oprah [Winfrey], Wendy [Williams], Rachael [Ray] and Steve [Harvey] make it look, it is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done, and I have so much more respect for them having been through this experience. They are warriors and champions who make a very difficult job look effortless," she added.

    "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."

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    Production company Telepictures officially confirmed on Feb. 14 that Frankel's show would not be returning for season two. Frankel will "continue to fight to grow" her empire," an insider told Us at the time. She's a "fighter."

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