Andy Cohen Real Housewives: Bravo Exec Discusses Bethenny Frankel's Return To 'RHONY' [VIDEO]

11:24 AM EDT 10/24/2014 by Lindsay Cronin, Celebeat Reporter

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Andy Cohen had been working on a Bethenny Frankel return for months leading up to her official announcement on Monday.

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On October 20, Frankel revealed she would return to The Real Housewives of New York City for the show's upcoming seventh season after leaving after the series' third. In a new interview, Cohen revealed he and Frankel had been discussing the possibility for months.

"She's one of the most popular housewives we've ever had on any of the shows. This is something I was working on since June," Cohen told Us Weekly at Wednesday night's GQ Gentlemen's Ball in NYC. "I think the timing was really right. I think one of the reasons she's so good as a housewife is she's really an oxymoron. She's super tough but she's super vulnerable."

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Frankel starred on The Real Housewives of New York City from season one until season three, before leaving the series for her own spinoff show, Bethenny Getting Married?, on which she starred alongside her now-estranged husband, Jason Hoppy. After three seasons of her spinoff, Frankel went on to land a talk show on FOX. The series was canceled after just one season.

Although Frankel and the rest of the cast have yet to begin filming on season seven, Frankel has already been faced with some behind-the-scenes drama. As Radar Online reported on October 23, Hoppy is heading to court in an effort to keep their daughter, Bryn, off the show.

Below, Cohen can be seen discussing The Real Housewives of New York City on Frankel's former talk show, Bethenny.

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