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With a tumultuous season of The Real Housewives of New York behind her, Bethenny Frankel seems to be traveling the media circuit lately in an attempt to show us the “real” her. Questionable motives aside, Bethenny’s message is loud and clear: Everything Is Just Great In My Life!

In a recent interview, she attributes her success, in part, to the sage advice of wildly popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Some might recall that Bethenny visited Ellen on her talk show back in the day when Bethenny Ever After was filming and then helped Bethenny get her own talk show off the ground. At the time, Bethenny’s own (now failed) talk show was poised to go live, and the advice Ellen gave her then was, as I recall, to “just be herself.” Unfortunately, this advice didn’t work out so well for Bethenny in the end.

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Bethenny told Business Insider that Ellen has given her plenty of other valuable life advice over the years, though. As though prophetic, Ellen once told Bethenny, “You will keep repeating the same mistakes until you actually learn the lesson.” Bethenny admits that this has, for her, rung very true.

Riding the fickle wave of viewer love and hate is also something Ellen warned Bethenny about. Bethenny shares that Ellen once told her not to “get caught up in how much people love you and also don’t get sucked down by how much people hate you.”

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In an interview with US Weekly this past month, Bethenny attributed her newfound happiness (in part) to her blossoming romantic relationship with Dennis Shields, who she says is “exceptionally brilliant and funny, and a very major family person.”

Bethenny also says she’s at a good place in her life now. “I’m happy, but I’m most happy that I don’t have to depend on anyone else.”

As far as the best business advice she’s ever gotten, Bethenny sort of intimates it was, well, from herself! When told by a liquor business insider early on that she should just give up trying to break into the market, Bethenny says she trusted her gut to keep going.

She reflects that this ultimately taught her to “never assume anyone is smarter than you.” Except Tom D’Agostino! Tom is smarter than everyone, as witnessed by his slippery escape from punishment after being presented with Bethenny’s cold, hard evidence of him cheating. Tom wins the smartest reality TV idiot award. <groan>

TELL US: DO YOU THINK ELLEN’S ADVICE TO BETHENNY HAS HELPED HER AT ALL? CAN BETHENNY EVER RESHAPE HER IMAGE WITH RHONY VIEWERS? 

Photo Credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

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