Bravo Superstar Bethenny Frankel Jumps Ship to ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’

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The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is joining the cast of ABC’s Shark TankBethenny herself announced earlier today (May 15).

In an interesting move, Bravo is apparently letting the RHONY star jump ship to ABC, arguably one of their biggest competitors. Shark Tank — which is one of the network’s biggest success stories as of late — features some of the biggest moguls in the U.S. including Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, and Barbara Corcoran, and aired its season finale just this past Friday.

“I guess I am a shark after all,” she posted to Twitter. “Watch out @ABCSharkTank – comin’ for u this fall. Are you excited as I am? #sharktank”

In addition to Bethenny, PEOPLE reports that former baseball player Alex Rodriguez is also joining Shark Tank next season.

We’re only a few episodes into this season of RHONY but despite that fact, Bethenny has clearly been given the OK by her home network to explore options outside of her Real Housewives contract. Still, it will be interesting to see how both she and the network handle this new challenge.

After seeing her struggle on the earlier seasons of the show, it’s really interesting to see how far Bethenny has come. It’s not like we’re overly impressed with this casting but we can definitely see why ABC wanted to snag a Bravolebrity for the show. Bethenny will bring with her a few eyeballs, to say the least, but only time will tell if this was a good move by the network.

What’s not exactly clear at this point is whether or not this will impact Bethenny’s decision to return to RHONY for season 10 — or for Bravo to even ask her back in the first place.

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays on Bravo and Slice. Shark Tank will return this fall.