Carole Radziwill: I sent a note to Bethenny after Dennis’ death

Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel’s friendship may be over, but that did not stop the former Real Housewives of New York City star from reaching out to the Skinnygirl mogul after the death of her on-off boyfriend, Dennis Shields.

“I did [it] the old-fashioned way. I wrote a handwritten note,” Radziwill, 55, told Us Weekly exclusively at GoldBar in NYC on Tuesday, September 25, during the anniversary celebration for Evine After Dark, the first-ever sex and intimacy show on a shopping network.

The journalist, who announced her exit from the Bravo reality series in July, said that Frankel, 47, did not reply to her note, but she understands why.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel are seen leaving SoHo House on June 14, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel are seen leaving SoHo House on June 14, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields are seen out in Tribeca on December 08, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields are seen out in Tribeca on December 08, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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“There’s no reason to respond back,” Radziwill told Us. “I remember when my husband [Anthony Radziwill] passed away [in 1999]. I really appreciated people who wrote. Email was around, but not necessarily texting. But to get a note in the mail was really nice, and there’s no pressure to respond to that.”

Though the two women bickered throughout season 10, the Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating author wants nothing but the best for Frankel.

“I wish her well. I do,” Radziwill told Us. “I know she probably went through a really hard time. I know what that’s like. You don’t wish that on anyone.”

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Carole Radziwill attends an 'Enchanted Evening' with RHONY's Carole Radziwill and the TODAY Show's Lilliana Vazquez Hosted by Bronwen Smith Of B Floral on April 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for B Floral)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Carole Radziwill attends an 'Enchanted Evening' with RHONY's Carole Radziwill and the TODAY Show's Lilliana Vazquez Hosted by Bronwen Smith Of B Floral on April 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for B Floral)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Carole Radziwill attends The Real Housewives of New York Season 10 premiere celebration at LDV Hospitality's The Seville, produced by Talent Resources on April 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Talent Resources)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Carole Radziwill co-hosts the opening of fitness space NEO U with Cosmopolitan on February 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Cosmo)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Carole Radziwill attends the Sony Pictures Classics' 'Paris Can Wait' screening hosted by The Cinema Society & BNY Mellon at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Carole Radziwill attends 'The Real Housewives Of New York City' Season 9 Premiere Party at The Attic Rooftop Lounge on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Carole Radziwill attends The Opening Night of the New Broadway Production of 'Miss Saigon' at the Broadway Theatre on March 23, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Carole Radziwill attends the Nina Tiari collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Carole Radziwill attends the Star's Scene Stealers event at Kola House on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Carole Radziwill attends Us Weekly's Most Stylish New Yorkers 2016 at Vandal on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Us Weekly )
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Journalist Carole Radziwill visits at SiriusXM Studios on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Carole Radziwill attends L?Or�l Paris & Good Housekeeping Celebrate 50 Over 50 Event at Hearst Tower on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Journalist, author, and reality television personality Carole Radziwill attends the 2016 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: TV personality from 'Real Housewives of New York', Carole Radziwill attends B Floral's Bronwen Smith And Bravo TV's Carole Radziwill Floral And Festival Event at Studio Arte on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for B Floral)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Carole Radziwill attends as Bethenny Frankel launches Skinnygirl Candy at Dylan's Candy Bar Union Square on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Skinnygirl Candy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Carole Radziwill attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Carole Radziwill is seen on July 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Demis Maryannakis/Star Max/GC Images)
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Shields was found dead from a suspected overdose at the age of 51 on August 10 in his apartment at Trump Tower in NYC. He had dated Frankel on and off since 2016 and even proposed to her in April.

Shortly after the businessman’s death, Radziwill tweeted, “I just heard the sad news about Dennis. He was a good man. My condolences to all his family and friends. So tragic.”

With reporting by Marc Lupo

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