Bethenny Frankel claims she saved Sonja Morgan from being fired from the “Real Housewives of New York City” during Season 10.
“Years later, one of the producers, I will not say who, in the car said, ‘I think we have to let Sonja go,’” Frankel said Thursday on the debut episode of her “ReWives” podcast.
The “RHONY” alum, 52, claimed that at that point in filming, Morgan, 58, was a “disaster” and was only focusing on her ongoing townhouse problems and various business endeavours.
“There was a scene at a restaurant called Cherry, a sushi restaurant, where I just light a match about her and Tinsley [Mortimer],” Frankel added.
At that point in the season, Morgan was maneuvering her evolving friendship with co-star and socialite Mortimer – who had moved in with Morgan after hitting a low point with a divorce and an arrest.
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However, after Morgan helped her out and got her on season 9 of “RHONY,” Mortimer, 47, had managed to get back up on her feet – much to Morgan’s dismay.
“Tinsley started out living in Sonja’s townhouse, and was basically a nobody who had been arrested. By up to that point, she had this rich guy sending flowers and Sonja’s poor and bankrupt. I said something to stir that up, and it lit up Sonja, and she launched and she did not get let go,” Frankel continued.
“That is an absolute fact. I have the receipts,” she said, adding later that that was the night “Sonja resurrected herself.”
Frankel’s podcast guest, Elisabeth Moss, seemed stunned from the revelation and asked if Frankel ever told her co-stars or Morgan herself.
“The girls, they wouldn’t have cared. They wouldn’t have believed it,” Frankel claimed. “But the producers will back it up. A thousand percent.”
As for Morgan, Frankel said that she doesn’t think she knows as she never told her, but “she would totally believe me – she trusts me.”
Morgan remained a staple on the hit Bravo show since she began starring on it during Season 3. The franchise is currently filming a total reboot with a new cast while the fan-favorite cast members await news of who will get cast on the new “RHONY Legacy” show.
Meanwhile, Frankel was an original cast member on the show but temporarily left after Season 3. She returned for Season 7, but in August 2019, she unexpectedly left for good right before filming Season 12.