Bethenny Frankel officially quits Real Housewives now that her spin-off is a success

Bethenny Frankel has officially quit The Real Housewives of New York City now that she has a successful spin-off, Bethenny Getting Married, so she won’t be around to make acerbic comments about former friend Jill Zarin and frightening trainwreck Kelly Killoren Bensimon.

Bethenny told Us Weekly that “Last season was scary and painful. It took all of the joy out of it,” so she doesn’t “see any reason to go back.”

Of course, I doubt that’s what she’d be saying if Bethenny Getting Married was a flop. The magazine reports “Frankel is contractually bound to make a few appearances on RHONY next season,” but Bethenny said, “My gut’s saying not to be part of this cast.”

Bethenny Frankel Tells Us: I Quit The Real Housewives of New York! [Us Weekly]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.