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EXCLUSIVE: Bethenny Frankel Explains Why Daughter Bryn Isn't Seen on 'Real Housewives of New York'

by Antoinette Bueno 7:05 AM PDT, June 30, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Bethenny Frankel Explains Why Daughter Bryn Isn't Seen on 'Real Housewives of New York'

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."

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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."

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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."

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