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It appears the Real Housewives of New York City did not need Bethenny Frankel after all.

After Bethenny left the show for good following last season, many, including us, wondered if the show could survive without her. Well, the NYC Housewives are now midway through their fourth season and the numbers don’t lie. Not only is the show doing well, in fact ratings have slightly increased sans Bethenny.

In the past two weeks, the show has received its highest ratings of the season, averaging over 2.28 million viewers per episode thanks to the boost from the Sex in the City Moroccan vacation! Nine episodes into this season, the RHONY is averaging 1.95 million viewers per episode, a 7% increase compared to the same point last season when the show averaged 1.82 million viewers through the first 9 episodes… with Bethenny on the show.

Not only that, the RHONY is also doing very well in ratings in comparison to Bethenny’s spin off show Bethenny Ever After which only averaged 1.45 million viewers for its latest season. The Bravo network is however happy with Bethenny’s ratings as her show was renewed for a third season.

So what does this all mean? Well it means we can expect more spinoffs for other popular housewives stars and more departures from other franchises. According to reports, Bravo is in talks to give Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kim Zolciak and Nene Leakes their own spin-off shows, with the strong possibility that at least one of them will be leaving the show for good.

This also proves that the Real Housewives series can indeed survive without their most popular stars aka the Teresa Giudices, Gretchen Rossis, Nene Leakes, Kyle Richards etc.

In other NYC news, to mark her recent wedding anniversary, Alex McCord posted photos of her 2000 wedding to hubby Simon van Kempen on her website Mccordvankempen.com. The couple tied the knot at Maxims de Paris on Madison Avenue. Those photos are below!

TELL US – SURPRISED THE RHONY IS DOING WELL IN RATINGS WITHOUT BETHENNY? A GOOD IDEA FOR BRAVO TO GIVE OTHER HOUSEWIVES THEIR OWN SPINOFF SHOWS?

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Less than a week after Ramona Singer dissed her costar Jill Zarin on the Watch What Happens Live aftershow (more on this below) , a new article has mysteriously made its way online today stating that Ramona is not only jealous of Bethenny Frankel’s success, but that she’s also responsible for the demise of Jill and Bethenny’s friendship.

The story posted by RadarOnline claims Ramona, star of the Real Housewives of New York City, is green with envy over Bethenny’s Skinnygirl line success. “Ramona has always been jealous of Bethenny and didn’t even want her on the show at first,” Jill a “source close the situation” tells Radar. The story also references Ramona’s recent comments that she believes Bethenny sold her drink line for way less than the reported $120 million.

Okay, so the above quote sounds plausible. It is however the next quotes that has some suspecting this has Jill’s fingerprints all over it. The “source” adds, “Ramona is trying to play the sympathy card and came up with a plan to spin her negative press by saying that she is the ‘Bethenny’ of this season… Ramona is the person who really turned Bethenny against Jill [Zarin] and now it’s backfiring on her!”

Whoa! So now Ramona is the one responsible for the Jill and Bethenny drama? Wowzers! But wasn’t it the Countess who tried to prevent Jill and Bethenny from talking last year? Odd that people, coughs Kelly Bensimon & Jill, feel the need to try to rewrite history despite what viewers saw with their own eyes.

The story becomes even more obvious that it likely came from Camp Jill when the “source” adds, “Ramona thought that if she got in a fight with Jill she could be the Bethenny of this season and gain a ton of fans like Bethenny did and build her wine to be as successful as Bethenny’s Skinnygirl brand.”

As for Ramona’s diss to Jill last Thursday, she stated on the WWHL aftershow that Jill likes to exaggerate her wealth. She basically called Jill a hypocrite for making fun of her former gay husband Brad Boles’ non existent home in Morocco on the most recent episode of the show.

“Jill loves to exaggerate,” said Ramona to Andy Cohen . “You know she sold her house four years ago and pretended on the show that she owned the house. She rented it. She pretended she owned a yellow Ferrari and rented it for one week and said, ‘Oh Bobby bought it for me.’”

Seems like the frenemy-ship between the two ladies rages on.

TELL US – IS RAMONA JEALOUS OF BETHENNY’S SUCCESS? DO YOU THINK THIS STORY WAS PLANTED BY CAMP JILL? IS RAMONA RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FIGHT BETWEEN BETHENNY & JILL?

Could baby #2 be on the way for Bethenny Frankel?

That answer is a very strong maybe! The Bethenny Ever After star was photographed above this week on Tuesday as she went for a stroll with daughter Bryn and husband Jason Hoppy in NYC.

It is however the appearance of what looks to be a baby bump that is catching the eyes of some, including us. The very skinny Bethenny, 40, appears to have some extra curves around the tummy area.

If she is pregnant, this would not come as a surprise as she has been very vocal about her desire to have a second baby. Earlier this year, she revealed that if she were to have a second child, it would be sooner than later due to her age. “I would love to have a second child, and it’s not something I have time to wait for,” she told Redbook magazine in their January issue. “You really experience your biological clock if you’re my age.”

“We throw caution to the wind and use the withdrawal method now,” added Bethenny. “If we got pregnant again, we’d be happy.”

So is she or isn’t she? Only time will tell. In the mean time, we’ll let you be the judge with more photos below of Bethenny with Bryn and Jason!

TELL US: BETHENNY – PREGNANT? OR ATE A SKINNYGIRL BAGEL?

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While her former Housewives costars continue to bicker on Bravo, Bethenny Frankel continues her attempt at world domination by gracing the latest cover of Forbes magazine.

The issue is fitting for the Bethenny Ever After star as it lists the top 100 most powerful celebrities (Lady Gaga takes the #1 spot from Oprah this year). Bethenny comes in at #42 after earning an estimated $55 million from May 2010 to 2011.

Forbes states Bethenny “represents a new breed of media-savvy entrepreneurs, who see reality television not as an outlet to feed their narcissism, but as airtime to promote their products.” Bethenny admits, “What’s the point of being on TV if you don’t have something to sell?” Below are excerpts from Bethenny’s cover story -

How Much Did Bethenny Earn? – According to Forbes, Bethenny sold her Skinnygirl drink line to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for $100 million and not the widely reported $120 mil. The deal features a multi-year payout. When you add in the sales from her expanding line of Skinnygirl products, sources close to Bethenny reveal she earned an estimated $55 million in the past 12 months (Bethenny refused to confirm the numbers). That amount is huge, especially in comparison to the estimated $700,000 she earned from Bravo for her reality show. Bethenny makes it clear this mega success is all still new to her. “Seriously,” she reveals, “it wasn’t until two years ago that I made more than my assistant.”

Growing Up Bethenny – Growing up on New York’s Long Island as the child of top-ranked horse trainer Bobby Frankel, her childhood was far from a fairytale. Bethenny grew up with multiple divorces, allegations of childhood neglect, 13 different schools, and two cross-country moves. “I had my first drink when I was 7 years old; I was betting at the track by 8,” she recalls. “My father never called me on my birthday. He never congratulated me or told me he was proud,” she says, tearing up. Bethenny would go on to attend NYU, graduating with a degree in communications and psychology.

Can Bethenny Crack a Billion? – Bethenny reveals her goal is to turn the Skinnygirl empire into a billion-dollar business. In addition to selling her Skinnygirl drink line, she also has a number of other “Skinnygirl” products in the works. And despite selling the drink line, Bethenny still retains the rights to use Skinnygirl for anything she wishes. “It would be great for Beam to sell Skinnygirl shot glasses as a complement to the cocktail,” she jokes. “But they can’t. Only I can.” New products in the works include a line of Skinnygirl nutritional supplements, with partner Matt Hesse, which has already seen wholesale orders topping $1 million in the first quarter of 2011. Her shapewear is also predicted to bring in $5 million this year (it makes its QVC debut in August). Also in the works — an online personal-training service, a fourth book and a skin-care line called Skinnygirl Face & Body. She is also contemplating soft drinks, sauces and a children’s clothing line.

“It’s a formula,” says Bethenny of the successful brands she launches with strategic partners. “They’re the expert, the formulator, manufacturer. I’m the marketer, the media person, the face–and we each know our roles.” You can read more on Bethenny’s cover story on Forbes.

Meanwhile, following her second season of BEA, Bethenny reveals she plans to lay low until filming on the third season begins in July. “I have really checked out of my own life a lot,” she told PEOPLE. “I’m laying low. I really hit the wall going 90 miles an hour.” She adds, “We’re starting filming in July for season 3, and I need the hiatus.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S FORBES ARTICLE? DO YOU THINK SHE CAN CRACK A BILLION?

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Bethenny Frankel is now responding to the $100 million lawsuit filed against her on Wednesday by an ex-manager.

As we reported, Doug Wald of Los Angeles-based Raw Talent is claiming he helped Bethenny develop her Skinnygirl cocktail line only to be cut out of the company, which was sold for a reported $120 million to Beam Global in March.

In the court documents, Doug admits the Bethenny Ever After star fired him back in 2008 after managing her for just 3 months. He however feels he is entitled to 10% of the sale proceeds plus $100 million in punitive damages.

“Unfortunately, one of the signs of success is being the subject of frivolous lawsuits, like this one,” said Bethenny in a statement on Thursday. “This is simply someone with his hand out, who did nothing to earn it, and I am not going to be bullied. We are exploring all of our options, including filing counterclaims against these people.”

Doug also alleges in the suit that he was the one who introduced Bethenny to her Skinnygirl drink partner/liquor industry veteran David Kanbar.

Bethenny spoke out once again in a separate statement to PEOPLE. “Life is good for me with all the things that are most important, namely family. But let’s be clear, I am a strong woman, and I am not afraid and won’t back down when I’m bullied by something with zero merit. Success is earned by hard work, not taking advantage of others.”

Meanwhile, Bethenny is keeping her head up as she was photographed above walking the streets of NYC on Wednesday, the same day the lawsuit was filed. A bigger image of Bethenny below.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S COMMENTS? DO YOU THINK DOUG DESERVES 10% OF THE SALE PROCEEDS?

“More money, more problems,” – Bethenny Frankel on WWHL May 8, 2011.

First comes the success, then the lawsuits. On the heels of selling her Skinnygirl cocktail line for a reported $120 million, Bethenny Frankel is now being sued by her former manager for $100 million.

Her former management company is claiming they helped broker her pairing with the Skinnygirl cocktail brand only to be cut out of the mega deal that followed afterwards.

Los Angeles-based Raw Talent sued the Bethenny Ever After star today in L.A. Superior Court. The company co-president Doug Wald alleges he met Bethenny in May 2008, while she was appearing on the Real Housewives of NYC. Bethenny then signed with APA on August 7, 2008 and orally agreed that day to retain Wald as her personal manager and pay Raw 10 percent of her earnings (she allegedly confirmed the relationship in an email sent the next day).

Wald claims he gave Bethenny advice on her Skinnygirl line and even hooked her up with her business partner/liquor industry veteran David Kanbar.

Oddly enough, Raw Talent admits Bethenny fired Wald in November 2008, days before signing her deal to develop and market Skinnygirl. Fast forward to today, and the brand has become a huge success. Seventeen months after Bethenny and David went into business together, they sold the company in March for a reported $120 million deal.

Raw Talent now claims its entitled to 10% of that deal, or an estimated $12 million. The company also wants $100 million in punitive damages to make an example out of Bethenny. The suit alleges causes of action for fraud, breach of oral contract and other counts. Neither Bethenny nor her reps have yet to comment.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LAWSUIT? DO YOU THINK IT HOLDS ANY MERIT?

As the second season of Bethenny Ever After comes to a close, everything Bethenny Frankel has been working towards throughout the season culminates with the speaking tour to promote her new book A Place of Yes and the sale of Skinnygirl Cocktails. Bethenny’s reason for going on tour: the most rewarding part of what she does is talking to women and sharing her experiences and the only way to accomplish this is to sell tickets to hear Bethenny espouse her knowledge and ideas since we don’t get to hear this weekly in the form of her show. This episode also contains lots and lots of talk about babies! Not just Bryn, but future Hoppy offspring presumably arriving in the very near future! Guys – here’s your trailer for next season: Bethenny: Baby Number Two? Since this show took place on a speaking tour and a tour bus, it was very dialogue heavy, with lots of footage of the tour and the bus, until the end when the results of the big sale of Skinnygirl are revealed. Then things get a little exciting.

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Ramona Singer isn’t one to bite her tongue and she didn’t in a recent interview with Popeater.

If you recall, Bethenny Frankel gave an exclusive interview to the Hollywood Reporter last month during which Bethenny an unnamed “insider” told the magazine that Bethenny sold her Skinnygirl drink line to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for $120 million! That figure has since been reported by pretty much every other media outlet known to man, with only a few questioning the authenticity of that number.

Well it seems Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona, who also has her own drink line of Pinot Grigio, is one of those few as she tells Popeater she doesn’t believe for a second that Bethenny really received $120 million for her company.

“Oh no, she likes to exaggerate,” Ramona told Popeater. “It’s rumored, remember? It didn’t say fact. Rumored.” Ramona adds that she suspects the actual figure is much less than $120 mil. “I was thinking before that figure came out she got about $30 million total,” Ramona said. “And divided that between her and her partners David, and usually they do a pay out, they don’t give you the money up front, they pay you out over time.”

Ramona does bring up a good point which is that Bethenny did develop her Skinnygirl cocktail line with partner David Kanbar. So if that reported figure is accurate, it’s safe to assume it had to be split.

As for Bethenny, she appeared on Watch What Happens Live last night and played coy when Andy asked her if she indeed sold her Skinnygirl line for $120 million. “Listen, I’m not going to kiss and tell. I’d be stupid if I did,” was Bethenny’s response. “I did really well. I can now you know take you out to dinner. I’m looking for an apartment now. But you know, more money, more problems,” she added.

And while Andy didn’t bring up Ramona’s comments, Bethenny did manage to say “Ramona’s off the rails more than she was on the first season,” when a viewer question asked her who she thought had changed the most on the NYC Housewives.

And finally, many are also questioning if Bethenny has had any recent work done on her face. Andy asked her this on WWHL and she denied getting any facial procedures. We’ll let you be the judge as the above photo of Bethenny (you can click on it to make it bigger) was taken just days ago at a recent event. What is interesting though is that Bethenny took a 2-week vacation back in mid April and unlike her previous vacays, no pictures of her surfaced during this period.

Meanwhile, the finale of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. Bethenny’s ever growing business hits an important point this week when she gets an offer for SkinnyGirl. The suspense is killing her, but when she finally reveals the number, will it be to her liking? Also, Bethenny takes to the stage to answer her fan’s questions about her journey and her business. And tough questions about her relationship with her in-laws, who also happen to be in the audience, come up. A preview clip is below -

TELL US – THOUTHS ON RAMONA’S COMMENTS & TONIGHT’S FINALE OF BETHENNY EVER AFTER? DO YOU THINK BETHENNY HAD SOME WORK DONE?

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