Andy Cohen says Dorinda Medley needed a ‘pause’ from ‘RHONY’

Bravo honcho Andy Cohen is speaking out Dorinda Medley’s recent exit from “Real Housewives of New York,” confirming that he’d be open to her return in the future.

After proclaiming his love for Medley, 55, calling the on-screen diva “iconic,” the “RHONY” executive producer asserted that even she would admit Season 12 of the series wasn’t “a great season” for the outspoken reality star.

Addressing Page Six’s report that an off-color quip regarding a turkey baster led to Medley’s firing, Cohen admitted he “didn’t like the comment,” but denied it had anything to do with her leaving the show.

“She said something at the reunion that struck us all, which was that she should’ve taken the year off this year,” he said on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy. “She was in a bad place.”

He continued, “Her house had been flooded, her dad was sick. We lost Bethenny right as filming began and we lost Tinsley halfway through the season, so maybe Dorinda didn’t feel like she could take the year off.”

Cohen then confirmed that he’d be happy to welcome Medley back into the fold once she’s been “renewed and refreshed.”

“I am really hopeful that this is indeed a pause, and that she will rejoin the show at some point. I have said that to her a couple of times, and by the way, I do not say that too often.”