Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images Photo: Bethenny Frankel at the Bravo Upfronts

At the beginning of the April 9 episode of Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny’s longtime assistant, Julie Plake, announced that she would be leaving Bethenny and the gals at the end of the year in order to move back to Pittsburgh to be with her boyfriend.

Julie’s been Bethenny’s assistant for pretty much as long as the Skinnygirl has been on reality TV, so the announcement of her departure was a big blow to the team.

After many tears, Bethenny came to terms with Julie’s decision and promoted Jackie to Julie’s old job, while intern Maggie was promoted to Jackie’s former position. 

Yet in her weekly session with Dr. Amador, Bethenny let the tears flow once again as she recounted her history with Julie. They met by chance before Bethenny was a success, and Julie believed in Bethenny so much that she offered to work for her for free. 

Julie has been with Bethenny through the ups and downs and it won’t be easy without her!