Bethenny Frankel shocked viewers of and her fellow stars on The Real Housewives of New York when she left (for the second time) in August of 2019. Since then, Frankel tells E! she has been enjoying her life sans constant Bravo camera surveillance.

Frankel says: “It's not that I mind it being out there, it's just that I don't want to live in conflict where it's really not necessary. And it's a really delicate balance. I'm so grateful for the show and where I came from, it was definitely a different experience from when I started the show. It's a whole different juggernaut, a franchise now. I just think it was time. I'm a person who always knows when it's time to leave the party and I think it was time for me.”

Not that the Skinnygirl mogul is taking a breather.

She says: “I thought I would be honestly less busy. I thought I'd sort of just be home in my world, relaxing, making vegan recipes maybe. But it's not really like that, but it's definitely a different phase. It's like when your hair's growing out, that in-between stage. But I'm excited for the new projects.”

A few of those new projects include business-focused shows she and Mark Burnett are collaborating on.