Bethenny Frankel is reportedly in deep talks to return to The Real Housewives of New York (for a third time), but she's apparently not making it easy on Bravo executives.
An anonymous insider recently told celebrity gossip site Deuxmoi that the 50-year-old RHONY OG-turned-Skinnygirl mogul was willing to come back to the show under certain conditions – she's allegedly demanding an executive producer credit (which in theory would mean more money) and also apparently wants the luxury of filming only three days a week.
"They're in real talks but she wants an executive producer credit and to shape the show (ie who stays, who goes, she only films 3 times a week etc)," said the source.
The issue, reportedly, is that Bravo doesn't know "if they wanna give her that power, so they're trying to see what they can do."
The insider also seemed to confirm yesterday's report, which claimed Luann de Lesseps would return for Season 14 in a part-time role and that Dorinda Medley was not in talks to make her big comeback...yet.
However, today's source claims the rumor that Tinsley Mortimer will be rejoining the ensemble can't possibly be true because she "legally cannot talk about Scott," her ex-fiancé – who she essentially left the show and moved to Chicago for – because "he is a monster and will sue anyone."
Additionally, the insider says Bravo feels the fact that Mortimer "has nothing going on" these days would make for difficult storyline development.
As Radar previously reported, there's apparently "a serious conversation happening" between Bravo and NBCUniversal execs about how to restructure the existing RHONY cast, which could involve keeping Season 13 newcomer Eboni K. Williams and giving both Sonja Morgan and Leah McSweeney the boot.
Our sources have consistently told us that Bethenny's fellow OG – Ramona Singer – is also on her way out, despite rumors insisting that she's a shoe-in.
To make it all the more interesting, Singer just posted quite the jaw-dropping photo Monday evening.
Seated at a beautifully set picnic table in Cartagena, Colombia, was Tinsley, sitting next to her No. 1 critic Dorinda (who was not tagged), sitting next to Luann, sitting across from Sonja, sitting next to Bethenny.
In true Ramona fashion, she tagged Frankel's podcast, Just B with Bethenny Frankel, instead of B herself.
Yeah...we're going to need Bravo to chime in.