Bethenny Frankel is officially part of the cast  of The Real Housewives of New York City season 8. Not only did the Skinny Girl founder confirm the news, she even teased that she’ll be involved in more drama.

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“Yes. I am back [this season], and it is spicy,” Frankel told  Access Hollywood Live‘s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. “You know last year, I had my ‘new car smell’ still on me. And I wasn’t getting into too much trouble. This season [8], I am knee-deep in the mud.”

Frankel was part of The Real Housewives of New York City for the first three seasons. Following a three-year absence, she made her big comeback in season 7, where she was rumored to be calling the shots behind the scenes. Last December, she was reportedly planning to leave the Bravo series if she doesn’t get a huge pay raise for season 8. And now it looks like Frankel has worked out her issues with the powers that be at Bravo.

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At present, Frankel is focusing on her health due to a recent undisclosed health issue.

“I’ve had a couple of little health issues lately,” she revealed to Access Hollywood. “I haven’t been exercising at all for about eight weeks. [I have] not been feeling myself lately in some ways.”

Though Frankel has not been able to work out, she makes sure she stays active throughout the day.

“I’m in good shape because do what I love – I walk on the beach, I’ll snowboard if I am in that kind of a location. But I don’t believe obsessive exercise, I don’t believe in boot camp, and beating yourself up and being crazy, and setting yourself up fo these crazy expectations that you can’t keep up with,” she said. “I really believe in being overall consistent in your life.”

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Frankel, who is still married to businessman Jason Hoppy, has also revealed that she’s happily dating.

“Yes [I’m dating], said Frankel, adding that there is one man that she really cares about. 

“I think we are right there. I always believe in having all the burners working.”

“I am still married,” she added. “I like to be good at everything, so I have the longest and biggest divorce in history. Three-and-a-half [years] now on a two-year marriage.” 

“Whatever is supposed to happen, happens. I am happy,” she said.

The Real Housewives of New York City returns for season 8 later this year.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV