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Poor Little Rich Girl! 'Desperate' Bethenny Frankel Returned To 'RHONY' Because She Needs Money

Bethenny Frankel Needs Money

Jan. 28 2015, Published 9:28 p.m. ET

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Bethenny Frankel has gone from filthy rich to slumming it on reality television just for the paycheck. Once worth around $100 million, Frankel was forced to sign back on to Real Housewives of New York because she's blowing through much of her cash.

As RadarOnline.com reported, Frankel scored a generous $1 million payday from Bravo for returning to the show.

"She's dumped so much money in legal bills into her divorce from Jason Hoppy," an insider tells Life & Style of Frankel's dicey financial situation.

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Making matters worse, "Bethenny's trying to reinvent herself again," says an insider, "and from all accounts, it doesn't seem to be working."

The revenue Frankel, 44, raked in from her ratings-challenged talk show dried up when it was canceled after just one season, and her Skinnygirl products don't seem to have the same buzz they once did.

"Bethenny's just trying to stay afloat right now and gain new opportunities any way she can," the insider explains to the magazine. "She's desperate to make the brand boom again, so she's trying to come up with new and creative ways to promote Skinnygirl."

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