Andy Cohen Calls Dennis Shields’ Death a ‘Great Loss’ for Bethenny Frankel 

Andy Cohen and Bethenny Frankel
Andy Cohen and Bethenny Frankel  Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Andy Cohen is feeling for Bethenny Frankel. The Real Housewives of New York City executive producer revealed he’s been “in touch” with the reality star following the death of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields. 

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“I mean, man, what a loss,” Cohen, 50, told Us Weekly exclusively on the red carpet of Tribeca Talks: Ten Years with The Real Housewives of New York City on Sunday, September 23. “He was a real, he seemed like a real rock and presence in her life, so I know it’s a great loss for her.”

Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel are seen leaving SoHo House in New York City on June 14, 2016. Alessio Botticelli/GC Images

Shields was found dead in his NYC apartment on August 10 of an apparent overdose. The businessman’s cause of death, however, will remain undetermined after a religious objection prevented an autopsy from being performed. Frankel has posted a series of tributes on social media for Shields, who proposed to her months before his death.

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“Dennis would like this right now, he’d be happy,” the Skinnygirl creator, 47, told fans on her Instagram Story as she listened to Lionel Richie and Jill Johnson’s tune “Sail On” during a trip to the Bahamas on Saturday, September 22. “He would appreciate this. He didn’t care what we did. This one’s for Dennis. He’s sailing on.”

Cohen also spoke to Us on Sunday about his relationship with another New York City HousewifeCarole Radziwill. The author, who announced her departure from RHONY in July after six seasons, had a friendship with the Watch What Happens Live host before she joined the show in 2012. Cohen later revealed in his 2016 memoir, “Superficial,” that Radziwill used to attend his annual holiday party, but once she joined the show, he had to disinvite her because he didn’t want the other women to think she got special treatment.

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“Oh, that’s a good question,” Cohen told Us about Radziwill returning to his annual holiday bash.

While he played coy about whether or not she would definitely score an invite, he said their friendship will survive their recent reunion spat. (Radziwill told Cohen he was “so full of s—t” during the August 29 episode of the series after said she and Frankel both “bashed each other” during the season.)

“Yeah, it should,” he told Us. “Yeah.”

The Real Housewives of New York City is expected to return to Bravo in 2019.

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