Bethenny Frankel Quits Real Housewives of New York

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Sep. 1 2010, Updated 9:25 a.m. ET

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Start spreading the news -- she’s leaving today.

Bethenny Frankel Tuesday quit the Bravo series Real Housewives of New York, before cameras begin to roll on the show's fourth season later this month.

The East Coast socialite told US Magazine that her ongoing feuding with castmates such as Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon have taken its toll on her, and she's moving on.

“Last season was scary and painful," Frankel told Us Magazine. “It took all of the joy out of it... I don't "see any reason to go back... my gut’s saying not to be part of this cast."

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Post-Real Housewives, Frankel will likely look to independent TV ventures, as her summer spin-off, Bethenny Getting Married?, was a ratings success in its limited run.

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