Bethenny Frankel is putting her daughter first.
ET recently caught up with the 45-year-old Real Housewives of New York star, who explained why her adorable 6-year-old daughter, Bryn, doesn't appear on the hit Bravo show. Bryn previously made appearances on Frankel's spinoff show, Bethenny Ever After, which aired from 2010-2012.
"You know, the truth of the matter is I think it's great, I think it's great that my daughter's not on the show," Frankel candidly tells ET's Lauren Zima. "I really do. I think, you know, the days of me putting people on the show that didn't sign up for this are over."
Frankel explains that she wants to shield her only child from her work responsibilities regarding the show.
"I've chosen this, and I find it to be very stressful, and I find it to definitely be interesting and a therapeutic process, but [it's] definitely work," she admits. "I do feel like it is -- it is work. It takes away from running my businesses and it's definitely a job. ... There are press responsibilities, there are Twitter and press arguments that you would never otherwise be involved in. And it's, you know, it's a rose that has petals and thorns."
"So, I don't think it's really place for a child -- I don't," she continues. "I mean, when my daughter was a baby, she didn't really know what was even going on. But what? You put a microphone on a 6-year-old?"
Frankel admits that filming the drama-filled reality show is "intense." However, she definitely doesn't regret her decision to return to RHONY last year.
"It was exciting to come back because it had been a different show [when] I left, that I felt I didn't want to be part of," she explains. "And then I came back and was really proud to be back, and proud to say that I was housewife. And this season is so great."
Still she doesn't know if she'll come back for another season.
"[The show] has its drawbacks," she explains. "I have so many different businesses, and I do have my daughter, and I do have a personal life. And, so, it's a decision. And it's not just me saying, 'Oh, being coy.'"
"I think so, but I don't know," she muses. "There are days when I say, 'I don't know, is it worth it? How long am I going to do this?' I mean, I'm really glad I came back."
Frankel also opened up about her health problems
during the candid sit-down, and admitted that her battle with endometriosis, uterine cysts and aggressive fibroids definitely took its toll on her appearance -- specifically, her recent weight loss.
These days, she says she "definitely feels better."
"People say that I look better," she said. "I've lost weight, so that's maybe not the best. People are still commenting on that, but I did, so I understand why they are saying that."