'RHONY' Season Seven Cast: Bethenny Returns, Is Joined By Ramona, Heather And More [VIDEO]

1:27 AM EDT 10/21/2014 by Lindsay Cronin, Celebeat Reporter

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The season seven cast of The Real Housewives of New York City was announced on Monday.

Bethenny Frankel On 'RHONY' Return: "I'm Never a Housewife When I'm a Housewife!"

Following the news of Bethenny Frankel's return to the series, it was announced that nearly all the season six cast members would be back on Bravo next year for the series' seventh season.

"Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer have all signed on for another season in the Big Apple," E! News confirmed on Oct. 20. "Aviva Drescher, who infamously threw her prosthetic leg on last season's finale, is not expected to return."

Sonja Morgan Loves The Idea Of A Bethenny Frankel Return On 'RHONY'

Rumors about Frankel's possible return to the show had been going on for months ahead of Monday's announcement she'd return. As for the rest of the cast, there have been a few changes. In addition to Drescher's exit, LuAnn de Lesseps returned to her full-time role as official housewife, while Ramona Singer has been demoted to a friend of the wives.

Following the announcement of her return, Frankel told press she was "genuinely excited" about reuniting with her former co-stars. Real Housewives creator Andy Cohen also spoke out.

"Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise, and I couldn't be more excited she is coming home to Bravo," he shared in a statement.

Ironically, Cohen wasn't always on board with Bethenny Frankel being on The Real Housewives of New York City. In the video below, the Watch What Happens Live host revealed why he almost didn't cast her on the show.

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