Radziwill, who joined the show in season 5, revealed the news in a statement to People magazine Wednesday, July 25 saying she was “thrilled” to have frienemies be left in the past.
“After six seasons on Bravo’s RHONY, I have decided to return to what I do best — journalism and producing,” Radziwill said. “I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind. My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years and I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament.
“I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I’m thrilled to leave frenemies behind,” Radziwill added. “I will remember this entire experience with delight, humor, and a veracious accuracy. Next.”
Raziwill also posted a memo on her Instagram page, which said, “Didn’t change, just learned.” It’s a call back to what Frankel had told her in the episode that aired last week: “You’ve changed.”
Her exit follows the apparent end to her friendship with Frankel who clashed with the journalist after her photographer ex-boyfriend, Adam Kenworthy, reportedly refused to photograph her charity efforts for Houston without compensation.
When the episode aired, Radziwill learned the full extent of Frankel’s issues with her ex and fired off on a Bravo blog post about the matter writing, “As a woman, it makes me sad to watch another woman, who I thought was my friend, talk behind my back with such cattiness and disrespect.”
After Raziwill’s announcement, fans fired off about what they thought about the casting shakeup.
“Happy dance!! Carole Radziwill is leaving #rhony!!!! I couldn’t be happier. I can watch the remainder of this season knowing that and enjoy it FINALLY!!!”
“I am super disappointed about this. Carole is one of the FEW actually intelligent housewives with any real substance.”
“Oh no…. you mean we won’t have to hear about running the marathon, or Adam, or her writing an article for Cosmo?!?!?! How ever will we manage 😒
“Most BORING ‘housewife’ EVER, not just for #RHONY but of ANY RH! Ugh. My carpet is more interesting.”