Bethenny Frankel is the ultimate conundrum – she doesn’t want anyone in her personal business, yet she won’t she stop talking about her personal business! In her latest confessional interview Bethenny talked marriage, spinoffs, and why listening to other people is a big ole mistake. While her acrimonious divorce from Jason Hoppy remains on-going, Bethenny admits she should have followed her gut and not the paycheck Bravo was dangling in front of her nose and never said “I do!”
Speaking to NYU alumni at a special event, the Real Housewives Of New York star talked lessons she’s learned and deterred others from caving to pressures to get married if it’s not the right person. With a 50% national divorce rate, perhaps Bethenny has a point, but I just can’t stop myself from remembering all the talks Bethenny did about finding your happy and the one and how waiting for Jason was the best thing ever. So, if she knew all along Jason wasn’t the one, what was all that about?
Ironically, Bethenny, who got a degree in psychology from NYU, told an inquiring audience member that she always knew her marriage would fail “I think my instinct and gut going into my marriage [knew] it would turn out the way it did,” she confessed. “I could feel it, but I intellectualized it. People are always talking about ‘Do I go with my head or my heart?’ Go with your gut.” That’s so interesting to me… maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy then, Bethenny.
For the Real Housewives of New York, birthdays last all month long and involve multiple meltdowns and confrontations among one’s closest “friends.” Dorinda Medley’s birthday was no different, with both dinners at Petrossian her Berkshires home ending in awkwardness and tears. Dorinda starts this week’s Bravo blog admitting, “I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that my 50th birthday weekend is over. Seriously. I don’t even want to comment on it. Clearly, the girls used my birthday as more of an exorcism opportunity than a celebration,” adding, “And I thought Ramona [Singer’s] birthday went on forever…Glad mine is done and we finally moved onto Christmas parties and product launches. Next year, I might just charge for admission. Considering how it went this year, I’ll just walk in and take a bow. (OK, I’m done with that. Thanks Madge!)”
“Speaking of Ramona, I can’t tell you how happy I am for her and Avery. They’ve both grown up so nicely, right?” Dorinda comments. Despite Dorinda’s daughter, Hannah’s oft-derided comments on camera this season, Dorinda says that “Avery is such a breath of fresh air. Especially considering how New York tends to affect kids of her generation. It’s great to watch their relationship grow.” As children grow, Dorinda shares, “you find yourself having ‘girl talk’ with your own daughters and they really become your best friends. I’ve been there already and it’s really gratifying. Look at Luann [de Lesseps] and Victoria, Ramona and Avery and me and Hannah. (Bethenny [Frankel] will get to that point before she knows it, I guarantee it!)” She does warn that, “In the end, children ‘kinda’ like to know what’s going on, but you have to be sensitive to the ‘TMI.’ In a way, those boundaries between mother and daughter completely evaporate, which does have its pros and cons, I guess, but it’s still refreshing. I think Ramona handled this one beautifully and I am very proud of how she’s juggling it all.”
Luann de Lesseps, the winner for Real Housewife of New Yorkwho remains cool under the duress of the Berkshires and Ramona Singer’sAOA party, might also be the only housewife to call out the real sh*t-stirrer of the week: Carole Radziwill, in her Bravo blog. Before getting to that, Luann reviews some of the highlights, and much of the awkwardness, that is RHONY. She shares her feelings on Bethenny Frankel mending fences with Heather Thomson after the tense/weird fish/meatball debacle at Dorinda Medley’s 50th birthday dinner. Luann confesses, “At Dorinda’s birthday dinner, I was glad to see Bethenny hug it out with Heather even if it wasn’t the sincerest move, it did calm Heather down. I understand why Bethenny would want to just chill out and enjoy the party rather than be mothered by Heather. Yet, kindness comes in many forms and Heather’s approach may irritate Bethenny, but she’s coming from a good place.” After professing being “in love at first sight” with Dorinda, Luann admits, “As for my toast being awkward, at least I had something nice to say about our hostess although I admit, not one of my best!”
Although Luann also relates to Ramona’s relief at daughter Avery coming home, she comments on the awkwardness of discussing divorce with one’s children – even grown children. “As for Ramona asking Avery ‘what should she do about Mario pursuing her again?’ — it felt awkward to me,” says Luann, “yet Avery showed a lot of maturity when she said that Ramona has to do what is best for her. I appreciated how Avery put the situation into perspective by saying that for over twenty years, her dad was a good husband and father but she’s at college, living her own life and whether or not her parents are together doesn’t really affect her as much as it would have if she were younger. I think Avery’s putting on a brave face for her mother.” Luann does astutely point out that “Ramona’s already taken over Mario’s closets so it’s not looking promising for him!”
“I am a boss,” states Heather. “There are all different types of people. Not everyone has those leadership skills, or steps out, or has that real Type A personality.”
The Real Housewives Of New York star has butted heads with castmates over her outspokenness and take charge attitude, but she feels it’s served her well. However, if Heather were involved with one of the ladies in a business environment, it’s surprising who she’d choose to work with. For instance – if Heather had to hire a Housewife as an apprentice she would hire Ramona Singer “in a second.”
Like many of us, Kristen Taekman just wants to channel her inner Heather and ask Bethenny Frankel:What’s your damage? On this week’s Real Housewives of New York, Kristen summons her courage to do just that. But much to Kristen’s dismay, Bethenny’s reply is, well, not a reply at all. It is more of a walking away and dismissing her like a parking valet who just dropped off Bethenny’s newest roving “home.” And thus Kristen is systematically ignored for one more episode of RHONY. In her Bravo blog, Kristen tries valiantly to spread the goodwill around to her castmates, while still whining at full volume about the fact that Bethenny just “doesn’t like her!”
Kristen begins by rehashing the Berkshires dinner, asking, “How do we get to know Bethenny if she’s got this wall up we can’t penetrate?” Well, it certainly ain’t gonna be by accusing her of badmouthing your business. Adding some over-the-top praise (complete with six whole “!!!!!!”s) for Bethenny’s business acumen, Kristen fake-gushes, “Bethenny’s brand summit! Wow! I I would have loved to have been there. It seems like one could have learned a lot! This is a perfect opportunity for Sonja [Morgan]–it’s great for her to see what her business could aspire to be! Damn I can’t believe how big Skinnygirl has become! I can only dream that Pop of Color will grow to be that big one day!
Bethenny Frankel doesn’t want us to get it twisted. She never called Kristen Taekman “dumb,” and she doesn’t have a running feud with Heather Thomson. So, then, why were those two themes a central focus in last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York? Bethenny shares in her Bravo blog that she “just wanted to end the dynamic with Heather.” She goes on to explain her wall/no wall (oxy)moronic way of living: “Although I am a reality star, I don’t always want the spotlight on me. I love doing reality TV, because I love the connection with the audience, the running commentary, the interaction with the women, and ultimately, the humor of it all. This doesn’t mean that when I’m going through some personal sh– that I want people up in my grill. It takes me a minute to get warm,” Bethenny explains.
Bethenny argues that making up with Heather, whether real or fake, was simply because she “just wanted to hug and make up and keep it moving.” She adds, “Aside from trying to give Sonja [Morgan] some guidance in the past, I am not on top of anyone trying to do anything. I just want to ease in and keep it easy breezy light and bright. Heather and I have different approaches.” Hitting the point home with the force of a blunt hammer, Bethenny continues, “I approached Heather, because I really didn’t want this to become some insane Housewife rivalry that it isn’t. She came on strong. I backed up. That is it. Different strokes for different folks. She is not my frenemy. Life is too short.”
I still don’t know what the hell happened on Real Housewives Of New York! One minute Bethenny Frankel was crying, the next she was hugging, the next she was building flimsy walls, the next she was eviscerating, the next she was arguing, the next she was conducting a high-powered business summit, the next she was running away, then she was apologizing. Dare I say – with all her emotional turmoil – she was acting like Kelly from Scary Island. I feel like everyone needs an instruction manual for how to operate Bethenny.
Back in the Berkshires at Dorinda Medley‘s birthday dinner, Bethenny is having a sobbing meltdown because Heather Thomson tried to smother her with a meatball like some sort of depraved Upper East Side momogul version of Aqua-Teen Hunger Force. Get the memo, Heather: Bethenny doesn’t eat! Bethenny is allergic to fish – and, also Xanax!
Then Bethenny is running around to Heather’s side of the table, eyes shining with tears (or maybe it was Skinnygirl Sparklers; who knows) hugging Heather and apologizing for the walls she’s has because everyone is trying to put her in a Skinnygirl box. “I’m over myself!” Bethenny snaps. “I just don’t want attention!” Except for the times I’ve talked to the media and put myself on reality shows!