In a surprising casting development, alleged celebrity and former Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel is returning to The Real Housewives of New York City!
Four years after she quit the show that launched her career, Bethenny is returning to her roots and rejoining the long-running Bravo series next year.
The former natural foods chef and talk show host, whose self-titled program was canceled in February, will be on the show's upcoming Season 7.
Producers hope her return will help boost ratings for the maligned program, which fell to 1 million viewers (from a record 2.6 million) during Season 6.
"Bringing her back is a last-ditch effort," one source says.
Frankel will benefit, too, from promoting her Skinnygirl empire, which includes a cocktail line, shapewear, and several books, including a new children's book.