According to a new report, not all reality stars are raking in the dough when it comes to their books.
The HollywoodReporter reported last week that Bethenny Frankelis the most successful of them all. Not only did she sell her Skinnygirl alcohol line for $120 million, but both of her first two books – which made the New York Bestseller list – sold a combined total of 480,000 copies!
New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice’s first cookbook – Skinny Italian – was also a hit as she sold over 100,000 copies.
Other Bravo housewives didn’t have as much luck starting with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes whose memoir ‘Never Make the Same Mistake Twice‘ flopped pretty badly. Nene’s book sold 10,000 copies according to the Perez Hilton blog.
Also flopping were Jill Zarin andDanielle Staub, as their books reportedly sold fewer than 10,000 copies each. The Jersey Shore reality stars didn’t fare much better as Snooki’s book sold 35,000 copies with The Situation’s book only selling 15,000 copies.
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Bethenny Frankel, the self-anointed Queen of TMI, opens up to Redbook magazine about her sex life since having daughter Bryn Hoppy almost a year ago.
Bethenny doesn’t sugarcoat things when she talks about what sex was like for her after giving birth. “It was like sticking my foot in a pool of cold water,” she tells Redbook. “I could have gone on forever not having sex. It wasn’t a personal thing toward my husband — I think Jason’s the sexiest man alive. But it was kind of nice to be like, ‘Nope, store’s closed.’”
And even though she delivered via C-section, Bethenny reveals sex was still painful at first. “It doesn’t matter where the baby comes out; they still cut stuff,” she says, adding that the biggest initial discomfort came from vaginal dryness. “It was kind of like being a virgin,” says Bethenny. “We had to tread lightly.”
Fast forward to today and Bethenny states she and hubby Jason Hoppy are getting back to normal. “If it’s date night, I’m putting on lingerie and we’re having sex,” she says.”If it’s the weekend and our schedules aren’t crazy, we’re having sex. But the fact that I’m even using the term ‘date night’ shows how different things are now.”
Bethenny also reveals baby number 2 might just be around the corner for her and Jason. “We throw caution to the wind and use the withdrawal method now,” says Bethenny. “If we got pregnant again, we’d be happy.”
On the 9th episode this season, with Gina gone, Bethenny begins her search for a new nanny, and as her business continues to prosper, an inspired Bethenny has dinner with her foodie pal Nick and serves up some life advice for him. Meanwhile, Bethenny is not happy that Skating with the Stars judge Johnny Weir is not on her side.
The new episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.
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Bethenny Frankel’s butt might be skinny, but her bank account certainly is not! In an article by the Hollywood Reporter we learn that everyone’s favorite housewife ,Jill Zarin – I mean, Mrs. Hoppy – is now worth $120 million dollars! Ummm… what?! That’s alotta margaritas and diet books! Seriously – that means that besides the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bethenny is the richest person to be on Bravo ever! Vicki Gunvalsun is probably working overnights RIGHT NOW upon this discovery!
So just how did Bethenny, a former natural-foods chef who just a few years ago was the poor, unmarried cast member of Real Housewives of New York City become a multi-millionairess? According to Bethenny: “Everything I create is a solution to a problem that women have,” referring to how she came up with the concept of Skinnygirl Margaritas and her new lingerie line for lazy women whose men like sexy underwear. Here’s the breakdown:
- Bethenny decided to join RHONY after appearing on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and trying to make her business BethennyBakes a more successful venture: “I didn’t know where I was in my life,” Bethenny says of her pre-Housewives days. “I was still taking the subway to events because I couldn’t afford the $20 for a cab.” When Bravo came a’knockin she told them no for TWO MONTHS because: “”I was worried that it would ruin what I had going,” recalls Bethenny, who at the time had signed on as a Pepperidge Farm spokesperson and had appeared on NBC’s Today show for a cooking segment.” After finally deciding she could use the platform to advertise and promote her brand, she became RHONY’s resident career girl and the pioneer of a whole new genre of “Bravo-lebrities” creating brands and businesses because of their successes on Housewives shows: “When I went on the show, no one was going on for business, no one had done anything.” Gee thanks, Bethenny – because of you we are now forced to endure COUNTLESS – pun intended – bad pop songs, weaves, terribly written books and cookbooks, and now SHAPEWEAR!
- Bethenny was able to parlay her success as the most recognizable and well-liked housewife into an enormous empire of products and brand endorsements, starting with her cookbook, Naturally Thin, and expanding to Skinnygirl Margaritas and beyond! Bethenny recently sold the Skinnygirl Cocktail line to “the world’s fourth-largest spirits company, Fortune Brands’ Beam Global — which distributes the likes of Jim Beam bourbon and Sauza tequila — for a price tag insiders have placed at $120 million. It’s a feat never before seen in the spirits marketplace by a single celebrity.” People apparently really really love their low-cal margaritas!
- Bethenny also claims that despite sleeping in a bed with sheets made of freshly ironed 100 Dollar bills, she is still down to earth and cheap! Describing a sweater she is wearing to lunch with the reporter: “It’s Club Monaco,” she notes without prompting. “I love their tops. I don’t have a lot of tops, but everything I buy is on sale. I never pay full price.” She buzzes on for a few minutes about her controlled spending and how her husband of one year, Jason Hoppy, recently encouraged her to purchase an $800 Chanel handbag she was eyeing. “I couldn’t do it,” she says. “I didn’t need it.” Wait – does anyone else remember when even in Season 1 of RHoNY that girlie was carrying around a Hermes Birkin and wearing Louboutins? Are those often on the clearance rack?
Also, according to Bravo, Bethenny’s reign as the most beloved housewife almost never happened since she was almost left out of the cast of RHONY! Bravo was initially hesitant about casting someone who had already appeared on a reality show: ” ‘She was one of the last, if not the last, woman we cast on the show,” says Bravo Media president Frances Berwick. “We had a few reservations and were a little on the fence since we don’t take reality stars and put them on the network.’’
Bethenny also admits she wants a talk show! The THR states Bethenny “aspires to parlay her on-air talents into more of a “conversation” with her fans — a TV format that allows a dialogue beyond 140 Twitter characters.” As for Bethenny, she admits, “Yes, like a talk show.” According to a recent report, Bethenny is in fact in talks with Telepictures Productions (the company behind The Tyra Banks Show and Ellen) about the prospect of her own show though her rep would not confirm or deny the report. Oh, sweet Jesus. Obviously unlike Kris Jenner, Bethenny Frankel is NOT worried about over-exposure!
And despite the popularity of her spinoff show Bethenny Ever After — Bravo has expressed desire to keep her on air (“I’m hoping this partnership is a long one,” Berwick says), – Bethenny only anticipates another season or two of the show. “I like to leave a party when it’s in full swing,” she says. “I don’t want to be there at 3 in the morning with the scary guy in the bad sweater with no teeth. I like to leave when everyone still has their teeth.”
So that ladies, is how you parlay Saturday nights of binge drinking and talking crap about people into a multi-million dollar empire! When is The Apprentice: Bethenny Frankel coming to TV? I wonder if Jill Zarin is going to be sending Bethenny an invoice for a “finder’s fee” after introducing her to Bravo and discovery the true cost of Bethenny’s success?
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY EARNING $120 MILLION? ARE YOU SHOCKED?
On the 8th episode this season titled “I Need Some Lovin’ From My Oven,” in the days leading up to Bethenny’s family Thanksgiving, the Hoppys head to Los Angeles for her first appearance on “Skating With the Stars.” While there, she squires Jason to her old haunts and scouts for homes for a possible move.
And in an interview with LA Times, Bethenny Frankel talks her new book “A Place of Yes” and what she plans to teach daughter Bryn about food and body image. Excerpts below -
Q: In writing “A Place of Yes,” what did you want to add to the dialog about success and self-help?
A: I wanted to talk about the power of positive thinking and that you don’t always have to know what you want — you can be on the road and you’ll eventually get there. It can be a circuitous route but if you stay the course you’ll eventually get there. You can’t assume anyone is smarter than you are, and sometimes you have to do things on your own without taking a democratic survey.
Q: You’ve been open about your past struggles with diet and body image. What do you want to teach your daughter Bryn when she’s older about having a healthy attitude toward food and her body?
A: We’ll incorporate it naturally into her life. I don’t think drumming it into a kid’s head is healthy. I don’t think it’s good to constantly talk about your own weight and the fact that you look fat in jeans. It’s better to be relaxed about it and have healthy foods around but not obsess about it.
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Bethenny Frankel is opening up about her boob job ordeal in a new interview with Life & Style magazine.
In the mag’s latest issue, the Bethenny Ever After star admits she got breast implants but says she had them removed a few years ago. Bethenny states that back in 2005, she was feeling unhappy with her natural 34C. She thought her breasts were way too saggy and approached a plastic surgeon to get a lift.
The plastic surgeon however wouldn’t perform the procedure she wanted. “He told me there would be big lollipop scars if I got a lift,” Bethenny, 40, tellsLife & Style. “Being single at the time, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea. He told me he could instead put in a small implant that would give me a lift — not as much as a real lift would but at least a little bit of a lift. So I did it.”
Bethenny says she wasn’t happy with the implants. “I was a D-cup,” Bethenny remembers. “They were still saggy — only now they were bigger! They were saggy and gigantic.”
“I was so uncomfortable. I looked like a stripper,” continues Bethenny. “I don’t think your breasts should be the first thing people notice when you enter a room.”
“The minute I had the money, I was like, ‘Let’s do it,’” says Bethenny adding that she quickly booked an appointment with a surgeon, had the implants removed and went back to her normal size.
“Now I feel comfortable,” says Bethenny. “I feel proportional — and I don’t have saggy boobs anymore. It’s the best feeling ever.” Bethenny adds that her hubby Jason Hoppy is happy with her natural size. “He likes me in a bathing suit and in lingerie — and when I’m naked,” smiles Bethenny.
Interesting comments by Bethenny though her recent photos stemming from 2009 to 2011 still show what appears to be breast implants but we’ll let you be the judge of that with more photos below. Our guess is she might have gotten smaller implants as the above photo of Bethenny in a white bikini from 2009 looks like more than just a lift.
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Following the drama filled “breakdown” episode last week, a new episode ofBethenny Ever Afterairs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.
On the 7th episode this season titled “The Mile High Club,” Bethenny anticipates her debut on “Skating With the Stars,” yet she feels like she’s on thin ice. Her schedule is hectic, Thanksgiving is approaching and she’ll be away from baby Bryn for the first time when she visits the Skinny Girl bottling plant. Also tonight, Bethenny will be forced to deal with some comments made about her by her estranged mom. A preview clip is below -
In other Bethenny Frankel news, some good news as her latest book A Place of Yes is currently #5 on the New York Time’s Best-Seller list for Hardcover Advice and Misc. This makes the third time Bethenny has made the list. Bethenny continues to ride high as Bravo recently announced her show has been picked up for a third season and a report came out last week stating she has received her own talk show.
And speaking of a place of yes, Bethenny has received criticism from many fans of her show this season for doing the exact opposite aka coming from a place of no by saying no to Jason’s parents, no to Jason, etc. And following last week’s episode in which she appeared ungrateful after receiving some surprise presents at her birthday party, which led to an odd breakdown, more fans continue to turn against her, bringing us to the question below.
Meanwhile, following the debut of Bravo’s new show Pregnant In Heels in which Rosie Pope, a maternity concierge caters to the affluent, Jill Zarin had a critique of her own. “Watching Preg in Heels. Is she deaf or have speech impediment? I can’t understand her. Does anyone else notice that? Or is it just me?” tweeted a renewed Jill. And when a fan accused her of being mean, she responded, “I was not trying to be mean. She is star of her own show and I can’t understand all her words. Asking if am only one who noticed.”
TELL US – HAVE YOUR FEELINGS CHANGED ON BETHENNY THIS SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW EPISODE OF BETHENNY EVER AFTER? PLUS THOUGHTS ON PREGNANT IN HEELS & JILL’S COMMENTS?
The RumorFix is reporting that Bethenny, star of Bravo’sBethenny Ever After, has just signed a deal with Telepictures, the same production company behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tyra, and Lopez Tonight.
Bethenny’s show is said to be currently in development; and just two months ago, Bethenny told Popeater why she wanted a talk show.
“I would like a daytime talk show because my conversation with my fans right now is through social networking, and my TV show communicates what I’m doing, but it isn’t really a dialogue or a conversation,” Bethenny told Popeater back in February. “Most of my business wishes come true,” she added.
If this news is true, it might explain why Bravo was so eager to renewBethenny Ever After for a third season despite the decline in the show’s ratings.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS NEWS? WOULD YOU WATCH BETHENNY’S TALK SHOW?
On the 6th episode this season titled “Feeing From 40,” it’s a Hoppy birthday for Bethenny—or is it? As her 40th-birthday bash draws near, Bethenny falls victim to blues and blahs, and Jason plans surprises aplenty. On edge, Bethenny distracts herself by practicing for her stint on “Skating With the Stars.” A preview clip is below.
In other news, Bethenny Frankel’smother is once again speaking out against her following the most recent episode of BEA and the release of Bethenny’s latest book A Place of Yes, in which Bethenny opens up about her childhood issues.
“I didn’t feel like a victim as a child, and I don’t feel like one now,” Bethenny, 40, writes. But “I never felt very safe, and I never felt like I could trust that someone else was in control of the situation.”
In separate interviews, both Bethenny and her mother Bernadette Parisella Birk spoke to the HollywoodLife. “I shouldn’t have been in Vegas at 13,” Bethenny explains. “I shouldn’t have been in nightclubs at 13.”
Bernadette however insists Bethenny isn’t telling the truth about her past. “She was NOT in any nightclubs at 13, unless she was crawling out her bedroom window at night,” Bernadette tells the HollywoodLife. “But yes, we took her to Vegas with us because we were not going to leave her with a babysitter,” adds Bernadette. “We took her all over the world, she wasn’t out of my sight ever.”
Bethenny admits to the site that not all of her childhood was bad. “My childhood was not terrible,” admits Bethenny. “I had a lot of happiness — or at least a lot of fun times. I did a lot of interesting things’ — but not necessarily at an age that would have been appropriate.”
Bethenny reveals that she has no intention of reconciling with her mom for the time being. “My life is kind of the way I want it right now,” says Bethenny going on to add that her intent is not to hurt her mother with the things she wrote in her book.
But Bernadette says she isn’t buying it. “If she didn’t want me to read the parts about me in the book then why would she publish it?” Bernadette wonders. “My comment is the same as it was — I consider her to be demented and beyond help,” Bernadette says. “Reconciliation is not up to her at all. She would never want to repair anything because then all of her lies would come out.” Wowzers. A picture of Bernadette is below.
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