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Bethenny Ever After

At this point, I hope you all realize we’re just pawns in the Bethenny Frankel Public Relations cycle. Does it matter if she’s getting divorced? Not really, as long as you are aware that she has a new talk show. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bethenny released news she was having a sex change at this point. Anything to get this talk show in the news and stay there until the six week cycle is up.

The trailer is out, and it’s okay. I’m frankly surprised she went with this old school format. In my opinion, Bethenny should have done a Chelsea Lately type of show that was better suited to her raunchy sense of humor. Something like “Watch What Happens” or even Kathy Griffin‘s show, something quirkier, edgier, funner. Is she trying to change her demographic? I’m not sure. In any case, find it, weigh in, and don’t forget to comment and tell me what a jealous hater I am for making sarcastic comments about Bethenny. I’ll wait.

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Last night was the season finale of Bethenny Ever After. And it really felt like both the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Julie Plake left, Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel finally moved into their new apartment after a season-long HGTV show of decorating it, and Bethenny announced that the talk show is really happening.

I have to say, I’ve long had a love-hate relationship with Bethenny. I’ve loved her on Real Housewives of New York. I’ve adored her on Bethenny Getting Married?. And I’ve resented her and been in awe of her for complaining about having it all while actually accomplishing it all on BEA.

With that being said, I think it’s time for the Bethenny of reality TV to come to an end. She’s seems done. Frankly, the show seems done. And I think most of the viewers are ready to see the silly, fun Bethenny they fell in love with again. Which hopefully will happen on her talk show.

I can’t say enough about how much Bethenny is willing to let it all hang out – literally and metaphorically – and give us the very best and very worst of herself, but it seems she’s maybe given too much and it’s time to move on. I mean, case in point – do we even care about the revolving door of employees that have now come to dominate the show as Bethenny’s so-called friends and confidantes? Nope. Sorry, Jacs!

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Bethenny Frankel has been back in the news for her marital drama again – and this time she’s allegedly having an affair with her Skinnygirl partner Matt Hesse and planning to divorce husband Jason Hoppy. With an iron-clad prenup, of course!

Friends of the Bethenny Ever After star have denied rumors of marital discord, saying the couple is committed to the marriage. Well, it appears they’re also committed to Bethenny’s rising career! Bethenny refused to confront rumors head-on; taking to Twitter to encourage fans to wait and watch her talk show for the deets. Well, that lead many to speculate that Bethenny may be using the rumors to create publicity for said new talk show.

HollywoodLife is reporting that Bethenny’s sudden marital problems are no mere coincidence! “Bethenny knows better than anyone how to work the media,” a source reveals. “She’s doing this for TV ratings for Bethenny Ever After.”

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While Jill Zarin and Alex McCord are officially out of the Real Housewives of New York City, they won’t go quietly into that famewhore night and continue to draw attention to themselves, no matter what. We’ll start with the grossest news. Somehow, Alex was able to get press for a very odd passage in her “urban parenting” book, which was released two years ago, Little Kids Big City. They weren’t getting enough hate messages on Twitter, so they decided to promote the passage below, describing husband Simon VanKempen‘s reaction to the au naturale birth of son, François. Alex describes her natural birth as:

“Once he was finally out of my body, I experienced a tsunami of endorphins that was almost orgasmic and I understand completely the stories other women have written about ecstastic birth. Simon was sitting behind me at the point of birth, and later when we untangled ourselves he discovered he’d actually ejaculated though hadn’t felt any of the normal lead-up to that.”

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On last night’s Bethenny Ever After, Mexico says bienvenido to Bethenny Frankel and Co.!  Watch out Cabo San Lucas, Hurricane Bethenny is rolling into town to celebrate her birthday.  The group is greeted with coconut popsicles, and I have never seen someone so obsessed with how her child holds a flipping frozen treat…seriously, just let the kid eat the popsicle!  She and Jason Hoppy are led to their villa, and it’s a true paradise.  Jason is hoping that the couple can leave their bickering and pettiness back in the States.

At dinner, Bethenny congratulates Jason on making it through a day without ripping each others’ heads off.  She accuses him of not trusting her and not liking her, regardless of how much he loves her.  They are both saying the same thing, but yet when Jason says it, Bethenny seems very guarded.  Bless him.  Let it drop, lady!  Or don’t let it drop…that may be a better conversation than what Bethenny broaches next.  She wants to ask Veronica to be Bryn’s guardian in the event she and Jason die.  Bethenny explains to Jason that his parents are getting up there in in age, so clearly Veronica is the perfect choice.  Her near-death experience in Nantucket only solidifies this fact.

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If I have learned anything from this site, it’s that Bethenny Frankel elicits very strong emotions from people.  You either love her or you hate her…or you’re some strange, atypical weirdo who is totally indifferent to her.  I fall into that last category.  She makes a mean margarita though, and I’d kill for her wardrobe (most of the time).

The Bravo star recently sat down with Self to give tips on everything under the sun.  Seriously.  She talks about sex, yoga, acid washed jeans (don’t wear ‘em!), and being rude to Clinique saleswomen the importance of having your make-up professionally done.  Of course, given that it’s a women’s health magazine, she also shares her healthy habits and dishes on her perceived marital breakdown.

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Well, I managed to imbibe myself through another episode of Bethenny Ever After. It was more of the same with the marital drama and the non-stop product plugs. We’re in the mid-season slump here where the storylines get staid and the characters seem too cranky and the viewers are looking for a resolution and a change of pace. Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy continue to miscommunicate in their marriage, and despite that, they are considering making Skinnygirl enterprises a family business. At least they’ll finally have something to talk about! And Gina returned and blessedly hasn’t changed a bit!

Things begin with Bethenny meeting with her interior decorator Brooke, to make furniture choices for the new apartment. It seems Brooke is a bigger drama queen than Bethenny as she starts to need Xanax at the thought of Julie Plake leaving. Perhaps, it’s because Julie is the only person who can reign in Bethenny.

Next, Bethenny heads to Beam HQ where she is helping to oversee brand direction. Bethenny explains that just because Beam bought her out—identity, soul and all—she’s still involved, because Skinnygirl is more than booze—it’s now BMI tests, and depends (for when your Skinnygirl cleanse causes a mishap), and screwdrivers and tampons and mascara and vibrators—and anything a girl could possibly want or need that can be made in the colors of red and white, and have a photo of Bethenny slapped on the front of it. Skinnygirl deodorant – you got it!

Then, they do a new cocktail flavor test. Bethenny eschews every flavor, but White Cranberry Cosmo, which they plan to unveil in Aspen by Christmas. Pressure! Poor underprivileged Bethenny is excited about the launch party because she grew up skiing and will get to snowboard for the first time in years. And guess what she’s wearing? A Skinnygirl snowboarding suit!

Next, Bethenny heads to the marble yard, where she has a huge multi-contractor meltdown over bathroom plans. She loves being the center of attention in all of this mess and lecturing people on not communicating. She also loves pretending she has no control, while playing the diplomat amongst the professional renovators, who are all just hoping for their chance at a Bravo show of their own. Outside, she prays to a statue that everyone will get along and her apartment will actually happen.

Jason and Jackie pay a visit to the jeweler who made Bethenny‘s wedding ring. After last year’s birthday meltdown (Birthdays by Bravo!) Jason is walking on eggshells and feels a lot of pressure to make this one perfect. He is thinking of getting the setting changed on her engagement ring, because after less than two years of marriage, Bethenny is unhappy with it. A skinnygirl is never satisfied! And think about what that says about your marriage, Jason! Even the jewelers were like, ‘uhhh… dude – really? Not a good sign!’

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I breathed a sigh of relief when Bethenny Frankel‘s assistant Julie Plake finally gave her notice on this week’s episode of Bethenny Ever After. Julie just looked so miserable in every episode this season. I wanted to take her out for a drink and get her a new job.

It looks like she did just that. Her Twitter bio as of this week reads, “back in the burgh, working in pr & loving life.” Julie, who had worked for Bethenny for three years, decided to leave New York and move closer to her family and boyfriend. You can’t really blame her, life in New York is so expensive and can be exhausting, especially when you’re in a 24/7 job like the one of celebrity assistant.

On her Bravo blog this week, Julie explains how she felt after watching Bethenny describe to her therapist how Julie’s frazzled attitude affected her negatively. Because everything is about Bethenny.  To her credit, Julie takes the high road:

Seeing Bethenny talk about me in therapy was emotional. In my time with Bethenny, I was pretty much everywhere with her (bathroom, bedroom, fitting room), but the therapy room. I guess I didn’t realize until I saw this what an extreme part of her life I had become. I always knew it, but seeing her get emotional like that made it more real. Bethenny and her familyhave become a HUGE part of my life. I saw them EVERYDAY all day. . .not being around them is like having an empty hole. I am just glad that Bethenny has Dr. Amador to help her work through her emotions and learn tools on how to handle situations. Everyone needs that.

Having worked for a moody boss before, it makes me so angry that Julie is still deferring to Bethenny in the above blog post. I’m sure Julie did affect Bethenny’s mood, but at the end of the day, Bethenny is the one who takes home all the profits. She is the boss. Did Bethenny ever think that it was her crazy-ass behavior that made Julie so frazzled? Julie also makes a curious statement about the rest of her time on the show:

“Don’t worry though — you can’t get rid of me that quickly. I’m still around to wear out my welcome and say goodbye. . .

It’s bittersweet. . .stay tuned.”

That’s an interesting comment! I wonder if we’ll see their relationship change. Bethenny also blogged, and started it off like this: “I really liked this episode, because it was largely about female power, which is, in many ways, what I stand for.” Female power via low-calorie drinks! We’re going to destroy the patriarchy while remaining true to our inner Skinnygirl.

Bethenny says Julie’s departure was the right thing to do:

Julie made a decision. Whether that is what you or I would do is irrelevant. She was stuck. She was tormented and something needed to happen for something to happen. To be honest, it was better for everyone. When someone is struggling with something, it affects their whole environment. Jackie was so enthusiastic about embarking on a new adventure, and it was difficult to do so while Julie’s heart and head were leaving the game. It’s the circle of life in business. I love Julie, and she is forever in my heart and connected to my family, but I do believe that it was the best decision for everyone. She is happy, the office is running smoothly and quietly, and everyone has found their place.

That’s right, Julie! Every thing is so much better now that you are gone! But seriously, Bethenny is right, and Julie is probably much happier. The thing about working for a boss like that is everything else afterwards seems easy.

And what about the new Julie? Jackie also posted to her Bravo blog, but she’s a woman of few words, saying that she was “in denial” about Julie’s departure and that “I know I have big shoes to fill, but Julie is a great teacher and will help me with everything I need to know!”

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JULIE’S DEPARTURE FROM TEAM BETHENNY? WOULD YOU WORK FOR HER?

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