Read her touching open letter to fans.

on Feb 24 - The Dish0

Last week, Bethenny Frankel revealed her talk show would be canceled after one season. During its run, the show struggled to grow its audience, despite memorable moments like her twerking lesson and shaving Reza Farahan's mustache.

Beyond a short statement, in which she thanked fans for their support, Bethenny hasn't said much about the show's cancellation. Until now. In an emotional open letter she posted on her website, the Skinny Girl mogul says goodbye, shares why she's "relieved" the show isn't returning, and what's next for her. Here's the text in its entirety:

Well this is an open letter, so maybe you have heard the news. "Bethenny" won't be coming back for another season.

People ask me how I feel about this, so I wanted to share it with you straight up.

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.

I also love working with such an incredibly talented and hard working staff and crew. Unlike working with my assistant, daughter and Cookie in my apartment, I interact with hundreds of people every day. I see a unique cast of characters and those days are filled with laughter.

The most difficult part of this departure was having to tell them that they were out of a job although they know it is part of the career path they have chosen. Even more amazing is how professional they are and how despite the cancellation, every day they come in wanting to produce the best shows they can. I have heard horror stories about the end of a show run where the staff checks out completely. They take pride in this work and this show and they are finishing as strong as we started. That is inspiring to me.

My friend Robert Verdi described doing a talk show better than anyone. Before we started, he told me, "You are a traffic cop." What he meant was that to guide the amazing interviews, business segments and relationship talk, you are directing traffic. "Coming up," "When we come back," "Up next," and the list goes on and on.

In order to have the freedom to create a talk show, there are required elements that the job entails. This is the part that I didn't enjoy so much and that wasn't authentic to me. In addition, I tend to be quite inappropriate which may not be suitable for daytime television or for the suits that run network television nationwide.

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. 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.

I am so grateful for the experience and to those of you who went on this journey with me. It was fun, exciting, scary and a great challenge.

As easy as people like Ellen, Oprah, Wendy, Rachael and Steve 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.

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.

I love you all and we will be in touch as we always were. Thank you for always being there.

Love,

Bethenny

What do you think about Bethenny's open letter? Tell us in the comments.

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22 comments
Kittycatcom
Kittycatcom

Sincere Bethany as usual...happiest when with Bravo apparently...viewers myself included showed disappointment when she left...I hope your thinking of Bringing her back...I see a good fit and I don't see a risk with this one...

michelle.romig.94
michelle.romig.94

I am very upset by this decision.  Bethany has empowered me and helped me through some recent upsets in my own life.  I just want to say, this lady will be a #1 fan of yours forefver!!  Thank You!  Love you Bethany.

onaadams
onaadams

Gee whiz -- I almost want Jason and Bryn and you to show up together on one stage.  In Pennsylvania,  with Jason's mom and dad, and Jason's friends!!   I doubt that will never happen.  Wish you luck, though.  MOST of all, my wishes go out to the precious BRYN and thankful she has very LOVING grandparents.   Good luck Jason and Bethenny -- think of Bryn.  

befrank
befrank

Maybe Bethenny should move to night time TV

conniejay
conniejay

Congrats on the season! Most people don't even get that, and you DID IT!!!  When I watched you doing the show, I thought to myself....go girl.  It was such a big deal. 

I'll still be drinking your margaritas!!

tribeca-alex
tribeca-alex

pure bs.  she wanted to be on tv.  forget all the drivel about inspiring & connecting to women.  thats all pr bs.  the show was your typical silly nonsense & she wasn't even funny like ellen is.   if you want to really connect & inspire women, go work or volunteer for one of the many women's charities that have a great need for help.  what a phony.  ellen, what were you thinking???

krissyderic
krissyderic

Instead of owning her failure, she has to blame the format and all the other crap that she is saying. Time to get over yourself, girlie. Be honest with your "fans". Fake and phony are not becoming. KARMA is a beotch.

Happy
Happy

I think it was true Bethany. Life is to short, take the time to enjoy some of your success. Especially your daughter, they are only under our influence for a very short time.

kath1962
kath1962

I to felt a disconnect ,she is one of my fav house-wife,she will fine her new place and it will work. hope to see another book.

tennisfan
tennisfan

Kudos to you, Bethenny.  Your letter was honest, reflective and gracious.  Good luck to you; be sure to take the time and space to truly enjoy your life.

CathyWatchesBravo
CathyWatchesBravo

I loved the show! Bethany you did a great job and should be proud ... no shame - NONE!!! LOL ... Enjoy your well deserved time to chillax!

vicki1fan_
vicki1fan_

Love Bethenny but felt a disconnect from the show. I think  Mustangs aren't made for talk shows they are created to be uncensoredd and running wild. . 

stevec121
stevec121

She hit the nail on the head, the show was not her.  As Bethenney is an original, it was difficult to see her trying to fit into a mold of what others believe is necessary for success.  Formulas don't work for everyone. Happy to see her move on knowing she will, as always, land on her feet.  Much success to her in the future.

spdaley
spdaley

I love you, Bethenny.  You have always been and will always be my favorite skinny girl!!!

macnmac
macnmac

I agree with her --this show was not Bethenny. In order to do a show as this then it should have been about what she does--healthy cooking is one.  Its like football --you do not take a linebacker and make him play Quarter Back.  Ellen should have learned from Oprah for success -everyone she backed she put them on tv in their field. Ellen did not do this with Bethenny instead she put her out there inteviewing reality stars--please why the shows are bad enough why have them as guest on a show.

whymoi
whymoi

@stevec121 Sorry, as a used-to-be HUGE fan of Bethenny, I never saw her as "an original."

In fact, I could not get past 6 episodes of her new show. 

I did not recognize the Bethenny I used to loved so much because that Bethenny was funny, witty, didn't take herself too seriously, a smart business woman, self-deprecating...

The Bethenny that showed up on her self-entitled show was shallow, egotistical, manipulative, phoney, and at times, mean-spirited.

And, as long as shows such as Jerry Springer and Maurie Povich are still on our airways, I really don't buy the notion that the powers-that-be would not let her be her "authentic self."

conniejay
conniejay

@andrsgarc Almost forgot about that. The Omarosa interview was not a good look.  What host has let a guest come on and berate them like that? Omarosa tried it with Wendy Williams, but she was not having it.

CathyWatchesBravo
CathyWatchesBravo

@andrsgarc  

Omarosa is an irrelevant disgusting human being! I have never met anyone that can actually stand to watch her ... I know she craves any attention she can get, but unfortunately for her, nobody cares, nobody is watching much less listening to her opinion! Nobody is listening, we just change the channel on the rare occasion somebody gives her a moment of air time. Omarosa = "EW" 

krissyderic
krissyderic

@andrsgarc  She sure was in more ways than bethy not succeeding on this horrific show. Too bad she can not be honest and state that the Networks didn't want this trashy show of hers. It was just AWFUL and still is. Ugh,