Fredrik Eklund Excited To Work With Bethenny Frankel On Real Estate Spinoff; Says “She’s Crazy In A Good Way”
When the boys of Million Dollar Listing New York stopped by the Jenny McCarthy Show on SiriusXM this week to dish about their new season, Fredrik Eklund couldn’t help but touch on his upcoming real estate show with Bravo costar, Bethenny Frankel. The Real Housewives of New York star and Skinnygirl mogul has been long time friends with Fredrik, who has appeared on several episodes of this season’s RHONY with her to tease their forthcoming gig together.
When asked if Fredrik was doomed to get gray hair from working with a type A, polarizing personality like Bethenny, Fredrik joked that he knows she’s a “freak” – but he loves her for it!
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Fredrik dished to Jenny, “I love her, honestly – I love her. And I always say that to her, on camera. She’s everything to me, and we’re friends. And now we’re business partners together in this venture. But she is a freak. She’s crazy! But, like, in a good way.”
“And there’s just something about her and me that, at least to me – it’s electrifying,” continued Fredrik, who admits that he and Bethenny are a lot alike, despite butting heads. “We’re both nut cases! I mean, it’s just crazy. But it’s good.”
Bethenny told The Daily Pop on E! that she is actually a producer of the show, which places her amongst Bravo execs like Andy Cohen, who she’s also had a long time relationship with. What this role might spell for the show’s overall arc is unknown – but one can assume Bethenny might have a large portion of control on how she’ll be showcased.
The show’s premise, Property Project (a working title), will involve Bethenny and Fredrik buying high end luxury apartments, then flipping them for a profit. She told CBS news in an interview that “Fredrik has very, very, very fancy taste, but he doesn’t understand a budget.”
Bethenny also says that Fredrik will have to operate differently from MDLNY on this new show because “it’s his own money that he’s investing. So, the better the price is — and the less, you know, we have marble enrobing the toilet bowl — the more we can make some actual money. And, you know, I’m not his client anymore. We’re partners now, so I’m seeing under the hood…You know, real estate people are salespeople. I’m a realist and I’m a straight shooter.”
Well, whatever may unfold, Fredrik seems ready for it all. He’s been friends with Bethenny long enough to know what he’s getting into, right? (RIGHT?) “When you love somebody – and, you know, she’s a good friend of mine – she is all of it. She is all the colors of the rainbow. She’s crazy, but a very smart businesswoman,” says Fredrik.
When Jenny joked that she couldn’t do RHONY herself because she’s “scared” of Bethenny, Fredrik rebutted, “Well, I’m not scared of her.” Nor should he be! HE is the real estate king in this new partnership, after all. Which means Bethenny may have play sidekick once in a while, no? (A long shot, sure – but a girl can dream!)
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