[EXCLUSIVE] Bethenny Frankel Confirms She Is Returning To 'RHONY'

Bethenny Tells Access: I Get Into "Trouble" on 'RHONY' Later This Year

Bethenny Frankel confirmed exclusively to Access Hollywood Live's Billy Bush and Kit Hoover Thursday that she is returning to Bravo's reality series "The Real Housewives Of New York City" (RHONY) in 2016.  After appearing on the Bravo franchise for Seasons 1-3 and last year's Season 7, Bethenny confirmed she will be back for Season 8 later this year:

"Yes. I am back [this season], and it is spicy." She elaborated: "You know last year, I had my 'new car smell' still on me. And I wasn't getting into too much trouble," she joked. "This season [Season 8], I am knee-deep in the mud."

Bethenny, who has always been a fan favorite and one of the few (and very first) single "Housewives" to be featured on the popular Bravo series, will be back on TV when the show returns for its 8th season to inject her bold and bawdy sense of humor and direct manner into the NYC group of "friends."

During the interview with Billy and Kit, Bethenny also shared intimate details about her life, including a recent health issue and her still-pending divorce from Jason Hoppy, as she prepares to return to the Bravo show, which helped launch her TV fame and Skinny Girl business.

Bethenny on Her Recent Health Issues, Staying Fit and Dating

When asked by Kit about her workout routines and keeping her bikini-ready body, the Skinny Girl mogul and millionaire confessed to Access Hollywood Live that she has not been able to work out for the past eight weeks due to a recent undisclosed health issue.

"I've had a couple of little health issues lately.  I haven't been exercising at all for about eight weeks," she revealed. And later in the interview, she added: "[I have] not been feeling myself lately in some ways."

While the entrepreneur did not elaborate on what was keeping her from her normal routine and workouts, she told Billy and Kit that she avoids extreme exercise and tries to make sure she is active throughout the day. She does, however, work to include exercise into her everyday life and travels.

Bethenny also elaborated on how she manages to work exercise into her busy lifestyle as business woman and single mom to daughter Bryn.

"I'm in good shape because do what I love – I walk on the beach, I'll snowboard if I am in that kind of a location. But I don’t believe obsessive exercise, I don't believe in boot camp, and beating yourself up and being crazy, and setting yourself up fo these crazy expectations that you can't keep up with," she said. "I really believe in being overall consistent in your life."

The former healthy chef/caterer also shared her advice for how people can work exercise into their own busy lives.

"Take a walk, meet a friend for lunch, walk a mile, walk a mile back --that type of thing," she said. "I'm not into obsessive exercise."

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Bethenny on Who She's Dating Now

Though she admitted on Access Hollywood Live that she is still married to New York businessman Jason Hoppy, the father of their 5-year-old daughter Bryn, the reality star did share that she was in fact dating guys in New York City. "Yes [I'm dating]."

In her interview, she stated she is dating "one person in particular" who is "successful." She confidently stated there is "one [man] that I really care about – that I like. "

When pressed further about her dating life, and if she is monogamous with the guy, she jokingly replied, "I think we are right there. I always believe in having all the burners working."

Do redheads have more fun?? Bethenny Frankel is gonna find out, as she shows off her new 'do at the Skinny Girl Candy Launch at Dylan's Candy Bar on January 26, 2016 in NYC

Bethenny dyed her hair red two weeks ago, but returned to a more natural shade for her recent Access Hollywood Live interview.

Bethenny on Her Pending Divorce

Talking about the status of her difficult divorce from her estranged husband, Bethenny spoke frankly with her signature humor as well:

"I am still married. I like to be good at everything, so I have the longest and biggest divorce in history. Three-and-a-half [years] now on a two-year marriage," she said.

And with regards to her beloved apartment whose purchase and remodel was a big part of the past reality series "Bethenny Ever After" which starred both Bethenny and Hoppy, she confirmed to Access: "I'm not [living] in that, but I still own it."

It has been widely reported that Hoppy still resides in the home they once shared, while Bethenny has gone on to purchase and remodel another (smaller) home in Soho in New York City for her and her daughter to live.


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Bethenny: "I am happy."

While her separation from Hoppy appears mired in issues of finances and family law -- of which she tried to make a light of during the interview, Bethenny said she is in a good place.

"Whatever is supposed to happen, happens. I am happy," she said.

Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City” returns for Season 8 later on this year.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord attend ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ season 2 premiere party at Gilt at the Palace Hotel on February 11, 2009 in New York Cit

Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord attend ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ season 2 premiere party at Gilt at the Palace Hotel on February 11, 2009 in New York City

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