Wasn't it suggested that there was some tension the summer prior to filming between Carole and Bethenny? There was that rumour that Carole was staying with a close friend in California who's husband had just died and Bethenny was harassing her to speak to the grieving widow (who was some TV exec) about green lighting a TV idea or something? I've always wondered how true that was seeing as Carole has no issue mentioning it all these days. If memory serves correct.. I think she said fairly recently that she almost didn't sign up to season 11. I think season 11 was a good victory lap for Bethenny. I seem to remember most of us despising her after the season 10 reunion but like the flip floppers we are, we all did a 180 because she had a great season with no issue holding newly deluded Luann's feet to the fire. I'm glad she stayed.