“I’m shocked, really I am!,” said Rebecca. “Bethenny and I were talking about it, really…I’m just shocked. I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher. I’ve said it a hundred times…I owe it all to you.” Fred Palascak was Rebecca’s professional partner.
Rebecca’s win wasn’t exactly a shocker to others as she scored a perfect score of 60—30 for technical, 30 for artistic impression on her final skating dance — the only perfect score of the season.
The runner-up was Bethenny Frankel, who surprised viewers by beating out Jonny Mosley on Monday night to make it into the finals. “Rebecca totally deserves it, she should be a real ice skater,” said Bethenny who also fared well on finale night, earning a total of 51 points for her dance.
Now that the show is officially over following a rather long 5 weeks, it is extremely unlikely the show will be returning for a second season. Why? Well, the ratings were simply a disaster. SWTS averaged about 4 million viewers per episode this season, a far cry from the 20 million viewers per episode it’s counterpart Dancing With The Stars averaged. In fact, the Monday night finale episode only brought in 3.37 million viewers.
TELL US – WERE YOU A FAN OF SWTS? THOUGHTS ON REBECCA WINNING?
Though Bravo wanted Bethenny, the clear fan favorite, to return for the show’s fourth season (currently being filmed), Bethenny decided she no longer wanted to do the show, instead opting to make guest appearances here and there a la Lisa Wu Hartwell on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
According to a new report by Popeater, Bravo is now worried about what effect Bethenny’s absence will have on the show’s new season. “Bethenny is the biggest star the franchise has ever produced,” a Bravo insider reveals. “She not only connected with the most fans, but she also allowed the audience to laugh at how ridiculous the other ladies are. Without Bethenny making fun of the cast, the show just won’t be as much fun.”
Popeater adds that a main concern for Bravo is who will now call outKelly Bensimon on her erratic/crazy/entertaining behavior. “Without Bethenny on the show, Kelly’s strange behavior is no longer funny, it’s just annoying,” adds the source.
Apparently Bravo became increasingly concerned after catching a glimpse of how the new season is going. Based on what they saw, they decided to ask Bethenny to return for more than the six appearances she is contractually obligated to make.
Bethenny, who is now gearing up for the second season of her Bravo spin off show, however doesn’t want to return for more appearances as she is ready to phase the NYC Housewives completely out of her life. Bethenny reportedly feels “physically sick” just thinking about having to return to the show, something she feels is a “toxic environment.”
A friend of Bethenny tells Popeater, “In her heart she wishes she could just move on.” The friend adds, “To tell the truth, she doesn’t even want to watch the new season let alone be forced to be part of it.” Ouch.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK BRAVO SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT A BETHENNY-LESS NYC HOUSEWIVES? THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY NOT WANTING TO RETURN TO THE SHOW?
Despite receiving some very low scores, Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel will be skating on the show’s finale next week. No elimination took place on the show last night as one of the “stars” Brandon Mychal Smith had to quit the show due to an illness, following his second week of not being able to dance.
Moving on to the finals alongside Bethenny are Rebecca Budigwho scored 53 last night and Jonny Moseley who scored 54. In comparison, Bethenny who called herself “the Bristol Palin of the competition” scored 38.
But while SWTS continues to be a dud overall, the best part of the show might have been the words of exchange between Bethenny and skating starJohnny Weir.
Following her performance last night, judge Johnny first paid Bethenny some compliments before adding, “But to me it’s very clear you don’t care what we think and I don’t really care to watch you actually perform anymore cause you weren’t listening to our critiques.” Johnny then added, “”Well, I mean, if she doesn’t care, we don’t care.” Ouch. Bethenny had no reply while her partner Ethan simply stated “we’ll just get our scores then.”
Some fans of the show feel Johnny’s harsh criticism of Bethenny might stem from his friendship with Bethenny’s former costar Jill Zarin. “I’m friends with Jill,” Johnny told Popeater a few weeks ago. “I see Jill all the time and adore her.”
And when it comes to Jill’s skating (it was reported a while back that SWTS first asked Jill to do the show before asking Bethenny – something the show denied), Johnny feels Jill is in good skating shape. “She was like, ‘you know Johnny I can’t skate until I’m in shape’ and I was like Jill, you’re like five pounds, you can skate whenever you want,” said Johnny.
In other Bethenny news, an announcement was made on Monday stating that Bethenny will be doing some kind of a tour.
“Join Bethenny Frankel, Best-selling author and star of “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Getting Married?” for an evening of sass and fabulous fun. America’s favorite “skinnygirl” will dish on life, her work, and her passion for living healthy and living well. Throw on your best pumps for a hilarious and unpredictable evening with Bethenny Frankel!”
The ticket prices range between $29.50 to $75 for VIP passes.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S SKATING & FEUD WITH JOHNNY WEIR?
Another milestone for Bravo’s biggest Housewives’ success story as Bethenny Frankel graces the January cover of Redbook magazine. Who shot the cover you asked? None other than Gilles Bensimon, ex-husband of Bethenny’s former costar Kelly Bensimon.
UsWeekly published excerpts from Bethenny’s interview with the mag, in which she admits her past bad habits. “I used to get drunk and binge on everything in the deli, and then do a juice fast or starve, then do it all over again,” the 40-year-old Bethenny Getting Married star shares.
And when it comes to staying in shape during and after her pregnancy with 6-month old daughter Bryn Hoppy, Bethenny reveals she was determined to not overeat “out of emotion.” She explains, “Most people treat pregnancy like the big binge, and then they can’t take the excess weight off so they go on a crash diet.”
So is baby #2 in the works for Bethenny? “I would love to have a second child, and it’s not something I have time to wait for,” she says. “You really experience your biological clock if you’re my age.”
With the second season of her Bravo spin-off show (now titled Bethenny Ever After) in the works, Bethenny is glad her Real Housewives of NYC days are long behind her.
“I’m completely done with women being rewarded for bad behavior,” she says of her former castmates. “I don’t bite the hand that feeds me, and I’m very grateful to Bravo, but thank God I got out of that alive. It was fun the first season. Then it got not fun, and then it got scary and unhealthy and disgusting.”
In other Bethenny news, her mom Bernadette Birkis once again slamming her in the press. In a new interview with the HollywoodLife, Bernadette accuses Bethenny of purposely doing badly on Skating With The Stars. “Bethenny has always had an agenda,” Bernadette says adding that Bethenny has been skating almost all of her life. “She couldn’t be that clumsy if she tried! And this is a person that lived on skates as a child.”
Bethenny is one of the three reality stars gracing January’s cover of Redbook ((on newsstands December 21). The other two reality stars are Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi and Biggest Loser’s Alison Sweeney. More photos of Bethenny in the mag below, including a photo with baby Bryn.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S INTERVIEW & HER MOM’S COMMENTS?
The DailyBeast has released the 2010 earnings list of reality TV stars and E! star Kim Kardashian is sitting pretty on top of the list.
According to the site’s calculations, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star pulled in estimated $6 million this year alone! And how did Kimmy earn her money? Well from doing a countless number of endorsements (clothing lines, watch line, swimsuit line, fragrances, and diet-products), writing a book, doing a spin-off, and paid appearances. Kim reported commands up to $75,000 per paid appearance.
Coming in second place on the list is MTV’s Lauren Conrad at $5 million. In a close third is Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel at $4 million. Kate Gosselin is also number 5 on the list pulling in $3.5 million. In fact out of the top 10 reality earners, 8 are female.
The full list is below -
Kim Kardashian: $6m
Lauren Conrad: $5m
Bethenny Frankel: $4m
Audrina Patridge: $3.5m
Kate Gosselin: $3.5m
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino: $3m
Khloe Kardashian: $2.5m
Kourtney Kardashian: $2.5m
DJ Pauly D: $2m
Kendra Wilkinson: $2m
According to the Daily Beast, Jersey Shore star Snooki failed to make the list because she only earned $750,000 this year. And while this list looks impressive, we do have some major doubts about a number of those estimated earnings.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE REALITY STARS EARNINGS LIST?
Now in it’s third week, SWTS can best be described as nothing short of a catastrophe. In addition to its bad host, bad judges, multiple injuries, and unknown stars, the show is also experiencing disastrous ratings that only continue to decline.
Just how bad are the ratings? Only 6 million viewers tuned in last week in comparison to the 19 millions viewers that routinely watched Dancing With The Stars. The ratings took an even bigger hit last night as only 5 million viewers tuned in.
“It really is,” Bethenny told reporters last week when asked if doing the show has proven difficult. “It’s like the Mafia, and I can’t get out because I’m committed and I love [my partner Ethan Burgess] and I have to do this now for him. But there are days that I’m like, ‘Why the heck did I do this’? But ultimately it is really fun.”
When it comes to the harsh criticism she has received from the judges, Bethenny joked, “I thought I was a badass. I thought I was phenomenal. I had the best time. I am the woman Johnny Weir wants to be and he clearly has an issue with that.”
And just last week, a fan asked Bethenny on Twitter if she wanted to get voted off. This was her reply – “I Love my partner&we pee laughing so I want to stay for that.plus grt for his career.”
According to the Post, a witness states Alex “had his arm ’round Kelly and they were flirting.” The two were then seen browsing art at the Convention Center the next day. Surely this story wasn’t leaked to the press by Kelly’s people.
And in a strange twist, the NYDailyNews reported back in April 2009 that A-Rod and Bethenny were hooking up, something Bethenny denied back then.
TELL US – SHOULD BETHENNY HAVE SAID NO TO SWTS? THOUGHTS ON THE KELLY & A-ROD STORY?
In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel openly admits that having a baby and getting married to Jason Hoppy has been good for her brands, which now includes two Bravo reality shows, a Skinnygirl Margarita mix, endorsement deals with Bluefly and British Airways, and several best-selling books.
“I’m not stupid,” Bethenny says. “This is about the husband and the baby.” According to the WSJ article, Bethenny can also add an endorsement for Pampers to her long list of endorsements as Procter & Gamble came calling following the birth of now 6-month old baby Bryn Hoppy.
Bethenny is even gearing up to add more to her brands as she is also working on some skin care products and a shapewear line. “It’s about allowing people into my fishbowl in order to be successful,” says Bethenny of her success on and off the TV screen.
“Our clients are very taken with her right now. Bethenny has entered into the mommy world and she hasn’t posed for Playboy,” says Amia French, a talent coordinator for Platinum Rye Entertainment, which helps corporations pair with celebrities. “Motherhood has only increased her value with us,” adds Geri Allen, a spokeswoman for Campbell Soup Co.’s Pepperidge Farm unit, which also has a promotional agreement with Bethenny.
Bethenny has without a doubt come a long way since her days on Martha Stewart’s The Apprentice back in 2005. She finished runner-up by the way. Since then, she has appeared on 3 seasons of Bravo’s the Real Housewives of New York City before ultimately getting her own spin-off show Bethenny Getting Married following the announcement of her engagement and pregnancy.
The WSJ article also mentions that season 2 of BGM will be returning in February. The new title? “Bethenny Ever After.”
Despite her success and growing number of business endeavors, Bethenny makes it clear there’s still something she would like to have. Her own talk show that is. “I want to have a dialogue with my fans, and right now the only dialogue I can have is in 140-characters,” she says, referring to her Twitter feed.
While everything Bethenny touches seems to turn to gold, her decision to appear on ABC’s Skating With The Stars might turn out to be her biggest failure yet. The ratings for the show came out yesterday and it can only be described as disastrous. Despite having a lead-in from the most popular show on TV at the moment, Skating With The Stars only managed 11.3 million viewers. A drastic drop from the 23.3 million viewers that tuned in for Dancing With The Starsjust moments before.
It gets even worse as only 6.91 million viewers tuned in for the last hour of the show’s premiere. There are now rumblings that ABC is currently in panic mode.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WSJ ARTICLE & BETHENNY’S COMMENTS?
Each of the three remaining celebrities had to perform two dances last night. The first was their “redemption” dances, which was assigned by the judges based on their past poor performances. This was then followed by their freestyle dance.
Perfect for the second week in a row was Jennifer Grey, earning a total of 60 for the night! Jennifer and partner Derek Hough did the paso doble for their redemption dance. “This is the meaning of redemption!” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Their freestyle also earned them praises from the judges.
Coming in second place for the second week in a row wasKyle Massey. Kyle earned a total of 56 points for the night. Kyle and partner Lacey Schwimmer were assigned the foxtrot for their redemption dance, earning them a score of 27. “Your footwork was much better,” said Len Goodman. “You’ve gone from messy Massey to marvelous!” Kyle fared better with his freestyle, earning a 29.
In last place was Bristol Palin and her partner Mark Ballas. Their redemption jive earned them 27 points and praises from the judges. They however scored less on their freestyle, bringing their score for the night to a total of 52 points.
Also premiering last night was Skating With The Stars, and the very long close to two hour premiere should have definitely been cut back to an hour. The leading scorer was Rebecca Budigwho looked very smooth out there, scoring an impressive 45 out of 60 points. Bethenny Frankel didn’t fare so well, scoring a low 29 out of 60. The full DWTS and SWTS scores below -
Jennifer & Derek: 60 (30, 30)
Kyle & Lacey: 56 (27, 29)
Bristol & Mark: 52 (27, 25)
Rebecca Budig: 45
Jonny Moseley: 40
Brandon Mychal Smith: 36
Sean Young: 34
Bethenny Frankel: 29
Vince Neil: 28
TELL US – WHO DO YOU PREDICT WILL WIN DWTS TONIGHT? THOUGHTS ON SWTS PREMIERE?