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An all new episode of the Real Housewives of New York airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

On the 13th episode this season titled “Your Tweeting Heart,” Sonja enlists the help of a feng shui expert to bring more positive energy into her life. Meanwhile, Ramona plans a surprise party for Sonja; Simon confronts Jill at Cindy’s product-launch soiree; and Kelly reaches out to Alex about what she deems to be Simon’s odd behavior. A preview clip is below!

Meanwhile, despite being off the show for almost a year now, it appears Bethenny Frankel’s former costars can’t stop talking smack about her. Though in their defense, she also talks smack about them on occasion.

In a very recent interview, the always classy Countess LuAnn de Lesseps revealed she is more than glad Bethenny is no longer on the show. “I’m so glad she’s gone,” says Lulu. “Oh, yeah. Let her go off with her husband, off into the sunset. God bless her.”

The Countess then goes on to sing the praises of Kelly Bensimon, whom she feels has been spectacular this season! Are we watching the same show? “Kelly’s been amazing this season, and I think you see the true Kelly,” says LuAnn. “She got a really bad rap last season. Because, you know, it’s hard to battle against Bethenny.” Right because surely Bethenny is to blame for her breakdown.

And when asked why she is always “condescending” and “vile” towards the cast (the words of Alex McCord), LuAnn admits she can be harsh at times before taking a shot at Alex… of course. “People do say that — and I guess I can come off that way — but it’s not ill meaning or anything like that,” says LuAnn who calls Alex a “weirdo.” “I guess it’s just a different way of looking at it, and I’m not going to apologize for the way I am.”

And finally, Jill Zarin took to her facebook page yesterday to gauge the opinion of her fans. And once again, the question had to do with Ramona Singer. Jill, who accuses Simon of cyber-bullying her on tonight’s episode, asked her fans, “Do you want to read a letter from Carol about Ramona? In ep. 1 you saw Carol and the “Cigar Incident.” I have been asked to make this letter public by Cindy. Should I?” A number of the votes said no, and she has since deleted the poll question from her facebook page.

Cindy also tweeted yesterday, “I never requested anything; if I wanted something posted, I would post it.” Perhaps this is the reason Jill took down the poll. Some people things never change.

Also, Ramona posted a photo of herself yesterday with her daughter Avery as a baby. That photo is below!


TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LUANN’S COMMENTS, JILL’S QUESTION & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE THE PHOTO OF RAMONA & AVERY!

According to a shocking new report by the Hollywoodlife, Real Housewives of New York City stars Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop will not be returning next season.

Cindy’s non return is a no brainier as she is normal boring and way out of her league, but Alex’s is however a shocker. The Hollywoodlife blog, which doesn’t cite whether or not Bravo is axing the ladies or whether it is their choice to leave, simply claims their source is an insider very close to the show.

We’re very skeptical of this report because for one, Alex is a key part of the cast and has been involved in a lot of drama this season. And quite frankly, both Alex and Bravo are denying this report.

“No decisions have been made regarding next season and everything at this point is rumor,” says a rep for Bravo. Alex also issued her own denial via twitter. “And @BravoTV told you that no decisions have been made so your ‘story’ is false, but when has that every stopped you from writing BS?” she tweeted to the blog.

Alex then gave a statement to Popeater revealing she suspects the “insider” is one of her castmates. “If I had a dollar every time an ‘inside source,’ i.e. a cast member, leaked a ‘story’ that I was out of RHONY, I’d be a multi-millionairess!” said Alex.

Alex does have a point as a similar report came out last year stating Bravo had fired her from the cast. This was of course false as she is still on the show. We’ll let you figure who Alex suspects is the cast member leaking out unflattering stories about her to the press. Plus axing Alex from the show makes no sense as she is currently the most liked aka the least awful cast member according to our poll. The only reigning fan favorite to ever leave a show was Bethenny, who left to do her own spin-off.

It also makes no sense that Bravo would keep Kelly Bensimon and Sonja Morgan over Alex. And the final reason? It’s just way too early on at this point in the season. There are still four regular unaired episodes, plus at least 2 episodes of the reunion show.

The HollywoodLife blog also contacted former NYC Housewife Bethenny Frankel who chimed in on the report. Bethenny reveals she isn’t surprised to hear Cindy will not be returning. “I’m not surprised about Cindy — she was new and maybe too normal,” continues Bethenny. “She looked a little overwhelmed with everything, but it’s great for her business and it definitely brought awareness to it.”

And when it comes to Alex, Bethenny states, “And Alex — I don’t know, I honestly haven’t watched enough to know.” Bethenny adds, “I know it almost happened last year, but then she really got into a lot drama.”

Bethenny once again makes it very clear how awful the show is and how happy she is to be off it. “OMG not at all! I’m happy to be off,” says Bethenny when asked if she misses the show. “I wouldn’t want to be on the show. I wouldn’t be proud to show that to my daughter. I’m proud of my show. I wouldn’t want her to see women being rewarded for bad behavior.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS? DO YOU BELIEVE THIS STORY? IF BRAVO DECIDED TO GET RID OF ALEX: SMART OR NOT SMART?

It’s finally happening! Months after it was first reported that Bethenny Frankel had a talk show in the works, she has now began filming the pilot!

The HollywoodReporter reveals the Bethenny Ever After star began filming her yet to be titled talk show – which will be an advice-based show – earlier this month.

Sources also confirm that fellow Telepictures talk show host and producer Ellen DeGeneres is involved with the project. And while Bethenny has yet to officially confirm her new venture, she did drop a major hint a while back.

“I want to be on TV in a format where I can have a longer conversation with my fans rather than 140 characters on Twitter,” said Bethenny earlier this year. “It probably will be a talk show.” Another hint was also dropped during a recent appearance on The Ellen Show. “I’m working with you now,” Ellen said to Bethenny on her show.

It appears Bethenny is in good hands as Telepictures, an extension of Warner Bros., is responsible for other successful series such as The Tyra Banks Show, Lopez Tonight and Ellen. Bethenny’s show will include multiple segments according to a source, some of which have yet to be taped.

However, the show is still in the early stages right now, meaning a network will officially order it to series only if they like what they see with the pilot. If the show does get picked up, it will likely film in New York where Bethenny resides with her family. In addition to her talk show, Bethenny is also set to begin filming season 3 of her Bravo series next month.

Bethenny was pictured above on June 8 during the Forbes Celebrity 100 Event in which she was honored. Another photo below of Bethenny with Khloe Kardashian who won the Next Gen Entrepreneur award alongside her sisters.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S TALK SHOW? EXCITED?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Bethenny Frankel recently got a whole lot richer (a whole, whole lot) due to a deal with Beam Global in which she sold her Skinnygirl brand of beverages.

Since then, her former manager has sued her for upwards of $100 million for what he thinks was his input into her business. In a recent interview on the Today Show, Bethenny touched on the lawsuit drama. “I work really hard; I have always had a conscience and integrity (which is what you do when no one is looking). I can’t control what other people are doing nor do I want to. I’m happy where I am and I only sweat the small stuff. I torture myself more over a $40 Gap T-shirt than a multimillion-dollar lawsuit,” said Bethenny.

Bethenny also hit up the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, during which she quipped that she wipes her bum with dollar bills when Jay asked about her wealth, and tried to hire fellow Leno guest Kevin Bacon (love!) to entertain her and bartend. There was an enlightening moment in the interview where she admits that Jill (or should I say Bobby) Zarin secured her a place with the Real Housewives of New York. She admits that she and Jill were friends before the show (which she recognizes is weird among reality show stars…they aren’t usually close to begin with), but vaguely cites the show as the downfall of their relationship. Regardless, she knows the show was an amazing platform for her business plan.

And of course, having a multi-million (potentially billion) dollar empire, isn’t enough for the one time New York housewife. She has several spin-off Skinnygirl products launching that are sure to keep the money rolling in for years to come. Her newest endeavor? A cleanse.

A non-preggos looking Bethenny was pictured above this week during the launching of her Skinnygirl Cleanse at a GNC in Los Angeles. She elaborates, “It gently cleanses the system on a daily basis while replenishing and restoring the system with vibrant greens. On a day-to-day basis, depending upon how I feel, I alter whether I take it at night or during the day and whether I take it once per day or more.” To coincide with the Skinnygirl cleanse is also her lifestyle website Skinnygirl Daily.

Having raked in $50+ million last year, I’m sure her diehard fans will jump on with a vengeance. It certainly can’t hurt after imbibing all those margaritas.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S COMMENTS & LATEST ENDEAVORS?


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?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE ALEX & SIMON’S WEDDING PHOTOS!

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?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE PHOTOS!

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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