Bethenny Frankel was teasing her return to TV before announcing her 'RHONY' exit (Exclusive)

Bethenny Frankel stunned fans on Wednesday might when she announced that she was leaving "The Real Housewives of New York" ahead of its upcoming twelfth season.

Frankel appeared on the Bravo hit's first three seasons from 2008 until 2010, left to appear in two spinoffs on the network spotlighting her pregnancy and marriage and then returned in 2015 for its seventh season.

The Skinnygirl mogul confirmed the news in a statement released exclusively to Variety, saying in part that she has "decided to leave the 'Housewives' franchise to explore my next chapter."

"It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women," she continued. "With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Bethenny Frankel celebrates the grand opening of the GODIVA Café in NYC on April 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Godiva Chocolatier)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Bethenny Frankel celebrates the grand opening of the GODIVA Café in NYC on April 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Godiva Chocolatier)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Bethenny Frankel -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Bethenny Frankel is seen at Cipriani 42nd Street for the Variety's Power of Women on April 5, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Bethenny Frankel attends Variety's Power Of Women: New York at Cipriani Midtown on April 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage,)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Bethenny Frankel speaks onstage during day one of the 2019 Nazarian Institute on January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Erik Voake/Getty Images for Nazarian Institute)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Bethenny Frankel attends day one of the 2019 Nazarian Institute on January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Erik Voake/Getty Images for Nazarian Institute)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Bethenny Frankel attends as FAO Schwarz opens its flagship store at 30 Rockfeller Plaza on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for FAO Schwarz)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Bethenny Frankel is seen on November 09, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Bethenny Frankelattends the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/2018 Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) 2018 Ian McKellen Award Recipient Bethenny Frankel poses with her award at the 2018 Only Make Believe Gala at The Schoenfeld Theatre on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Bethenny Frankel attends the 2018 Only Make Believe Gala at The Schoenfeld Theatre on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Bethenny Frankel seen on the streets of Manhattan on October 26, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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Frankel also penned an emotional letter to Bravo viewers on her Instagram that she ended with a slightly cryptic tease for what she's planning next: "Stay tuned, you haven’t seen the last of me. There are many amazing things to come."

While many fans speculated that her private relationship with boyfriend Paul Bernon was also a major factor in her decision to exit "Real Housewives," her production deal with Burnett, the mega-producer behind long-running hits like "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Shark Tank," which Frankel routinely appears on, seems to be something that Frankel is particularly excited about.

It could also provide her the platform to return to TV in the near future.

One month after news broke in March about the deal, Frankel talked exclusively to AOL's Gibson Johns, where she shared "some hints" about what the partnership will entail -- including one show that's likely to be a starring vehicle for her, making her return to television after leaving "RHONY."

"Right now, we have about three shows we’re about to go out with and I would be part of at least one of them. One for sure," Frankel told AOL in April. "They all are female-centric, not just because it’s something that’s speaking to me but because it’s something that I understand. I understand women and the issues they go through: fertility, relationships, divorce, career, small businesses, passion projects."

So, while fans may be distraught over Bethenny Frankel's exit from "The Real Housewives of New York," they shouldn't worry too much: As she said herself, we haven't seen the last of her just yet.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: EMILY's List's Creative Council Founder and co-chair Paul Bernon speaks onstage at EMILY's List's 'Resist, Run, Win' Pre-Oscars Brunch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for EMILY's List)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Chelsea Handler (L) and EMILY's List's Creative Council Founder and co-chair Paul Bernon attend EMILY's List's 'Resist, Run, Win' Pre-Oscars Brunch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for EMILY's List)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Paul Bernon, EMILY's List Creative Council Founder and Co-Chair, speaks onstage at EMILY's List Pre-Oscars Brunch and Panel on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Paul Bernon attends the 'A Kid Like Jake' pre-party at Sundance Film Festival 2018 at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 23, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: (L-R) Paul Bernon, Shonda Rhimes and Sarah Sophie Flicker attend EMILY's List Breaking Through 2016 at the Democratic National Convention at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images For EMILY's List)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Director of 'The Intervention' Clea DuVall and Producer of 'The Intervention' Paul Bernon attend 'The Intervention' Screening & Photocall during the Sundance Film Festival: London at Picturehouse Central on June 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Picturehouse Central / Sundance London)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Producers Sam Slater and Paul Bernon attend Magnolia Pictures' 'Results' premiere hosted by The Cinema Society with Women's Health and FIJI Water at Sunshine Landmark on May 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Producers Sam Slater (L) and Paul Bernon attend the premiere of 'Results' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Alamo Lamar A on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15: Ashley Bernon and producer Paul Bernon attend the premiere of 'Adult Beginners' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 14: Paul Bernon, Sean Curran, Jason Weissman and Janice O'Leary, Editor-in-Chief of Boston Common Magazine help Boston Common Magazine and Russian Standard Vodka Celebrate Incredible Individuals at Via Matta on August 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley / Getty Images)
NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 29: (L-R) Eric Kohn, Paul Bernon and Sam Slater attend the 18th Annual Nantucket Film Festival on June 30, 2013 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for The Nantucket Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Paul and Ashley Bernon attend the SAG Indie Party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Bowlmor Lanes on April 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
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