Bethenny Frankel Announces Break From Divorce Podcast Following Mom's Death

After careful consideration, she is pausing the 'Just B Divorced' series and removing episodes. 

In the wake of her mother, Bernadette Birk's, death, Bethenny Frankel is taking a step back from her podcast. 

In an Instagram Story posted on Tuesday evening, the 53-year-old Real Housewives of New York City alum shared with her millions of followers that after careful consideration, she is pausing the Just B Divorced series and removing episodes. 

"I have chosen to temporarily remove my divorce podcast as a result of an overwhelming response and an influx of messages that have converged with the most significant loss of my life," she explained. 

Bethenny Frankel Instagram Story announcing a step back from the 'Just B Divorced' podcast - Bethenny Frankel via Instagram

The news comes after Frankel said on a recent podcast episode that she was "relieved" upon having a miscarriage with then-husband Jason Hoppy. She also stated that while married to Hoppy, she would "force" herself to have sex with him. The two were married in 2010, split in 2012 and finalized their divorce in 2021.

"In a constructive way, I said, 'I'm kind of relieved … because I don't think this is a healthy or positive relationship.' It was like the first step to saying something," Frankel recalled telling Hoppy at the time during the now-deleted episode.

"The unforeseen circumstances and the reaction to this triggering topic has confirmed how important this conversation is," Frankel continued her statement on Tuesday about her podcast. "In the coming weeks we will continue this dialogue to help you navigate your challenging divorce journeys."

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy - Andrei Jackamets/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Over the weekend, Frankel shared with her fans that her mother, Bernadette Birk, died at age 73. The entrepreneur posted a series of photos and a caption devoted to their relationship over the years. 

In the post, she described her mom as a woman with beauty and intellect but who also struggled with some self-destructive tendencies.

"Despite not being equipped to be a mother, she loved me and I have beautiful memories of her," said Frankel. 

This story was updated on April 24, 2024 at 8:33 a.m. ET.