“I’m excited,” Frankel, 43, tells PEOPLE of her decision to return to reality TV, which she denied earlier this month. “It feels like the first season when it was fresh and new and unknown.”
Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan will also be back.
Frankel left the show in 2010, and starred in Bethenny Getting Married followed by Bethenny Ever After for Bravo. She seven had her very own talk show, Bethenny, that ended earlier this year.
As for who else will be on the seventh season, Frankel says “the band is not back together,” in reference to her former co-stars, including Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer. “There are some of us who will be together, but not everyone.”
Starting out, “I had no money, no kid, no relationship. I was the perfect reality person.”
But now, having daughter, Bryn, 4, and the fact that she’s still recovering from her contentious divorce battle with Hoppy, she says, “The decisions I make affect other people … some things about my personal life will remain private.”