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Bethenny of New York City 'Housewives' dishes on the drama

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
Bethenny Frankel is returning with the cast of "The Real Housewives of New York City" for a new season.
Bethenny Frankel is returning with the cast of "The Real Housewives of New York City" for a new season.
  • Bethenny Frankel says latest season of "Real Housewives of New York City" is wildest yet
  • She will soon star in her own show documenting her pregnancy and wedding
  • Frankel found filming "Housewives" difficult at this stage of her life

(CNN) -- Season three of "The Real Housewives of New York City" begins Thursday, and Bethenny Frankel is already over it.

"It was a very crazy season," Frankel said. "The craziest by far."

That's saying something, given all the past drama involving the women of the hit Bravo series. An original cast mate, Frankel early on became one of the show's breakout stars, known for her quick wit and willingness to tell it like it is -- consequences be damned.

So it's no surprise that Frankel is quite open about her desire to move on to the next chapter of her life, which includes a baby, an upcoming wedding and growing her brand that now includes books, a line of cocktails and some healthy sandwich creations she's worked up with Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats.

The natural-food chef spoke with CNN about her forthcoming solo reality show, how impending motherhood has changed her and the competition between the women in the various "Real Housewives" franchises.

CNN: How's the book tour going?

Bethenny Frankel: "The Skinnygirl Dish" was already on The New York Times best-seller list for the first two weeks, so that was great.

Basically, I teach you how to look in your fridge and cabinet and accessorize with what you have. People always think they have nothing to eat, and I beg to differ.

I also teach people how to renovate recipes. So I take wings and chicken pot pie and lasagna, and I renovate them so that they are now low-fat without any sacrifice in taste.

CNN: Do we have a firm title for your new solo reality show?

Frankel: It's pretty firm. It's called "Bethenny Gets Married," and I think it will be about balancing my career, my baby and my relationship. Sort of like, can you have it all.

CNN: And can you?

Frankel: I never thought that you could, but I seemingly do with my success and my relationship. But let's see how I do and if I can keep all of those balls in the air.

CNN: How much different will your show be from the "Real Housewives"?

Frankel: There, I am one-sixth of a show. And here, I am six-sixths of a show. It won't be as catty. There'll be drama, but it will be my own drama, not drama between me and other women, which is very high school.

The drama will be about my work, about my wedding, about my life, but it won't be about what someone said about me or an argument between me and someone else.

CNN: How drama-filled is this new season of "The Real Housewives of New York?"

Frankel: It's really beyond drama-filled. It's way drama-filled. I think it's the most drama-filled of any of the seasons of any of the shows. There's a lot going on, and there's like mass hysteria.

It's not like we are ripping people's weaves off like on ["The Real Housewives of] Atlanta." The content is the same, but the delivery is different.

CNN: Are you close with any of the housewives from any of the other shows?

Frankel: I like Tamara [from "The Real Housewives of Orange County"]. I've spent a little bit of time with NeNe, and I don't know Kandi [both from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"] but I respect her, I think she is a good musician. I don't really know the women from ["The Real Housewives of] New Jersey," but I like the sisters, Caroline and Dina.

By the way, it just becomes catty either way.

CNN: Even across shows?

Frankel: Somewhat. It just becomes gossipy. Everybody talks about everything from money to contracts, press opportunities, what I got, what you got. I'm in this not to be high school, I'm in this for my life and my career.

CNN: Do you feel like you are at a different place in your life now that you are pregnant and less tolerant of the drama?

Frankel: Yes. I definitely felt that this season. I felt like I just couldn't do it, I didn't have it in me.

It's not where you want to be, it's not having the right priorities. It takes you a little while to get there.

CNN: So have you grown beyond the "Housewives" show?

Frankel: I say this season is like the greatest party, and I might want to leave from the party when it's full tilt.

We'll see. Bravo's talked to me about would I do my own show and the "Housewives," but we'll see. It's a lot.