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?
It looks like Bethenny Frankel should go ahead and treat herself to that $35,000 furniture. Reports show that the sales of her Skinnygirl cocktails have rocketed over the past year.
A market research firm estimates that Bethenny’s Skinnygirl drinks have had an increase in sales of almost 400%! Alcohol sales in general have seen an increase, but Skinnygirl’s sales have risen approximately 388%!
While Bethenny sold the rights to the drinks to Beam Global in a lucrative deal, she continues to work with them to promote the line and reportedly receives a cut of the profits. And promote them she does – and successfully, it looks like!
Back in 2011, she said that she created the cocktails after realizing how impossible it was to find a low-calorie drink. “I created a sub-category that never existed. I wasn’t an expert — I was just another person bothered by a 700-calorie margarita.”
Bethenny is laughing all the way to the bank as she continues to branch out her Skinnygirl brand to shapewear, cleanses, and who knows what’ll be next!? Roller skates? Budget furniture? $10 glass bowls for holding phone chargers.
In other Bethenny-is-taking-over-the-world news, she shared on Facebook yesterday that her new talk show is set to premiere on June 11th!
She shared: “I’m so excited to announce that my talk show premieres on June 11th on Fox! Want to be in my audience? Get tickets here.”
That’s just two months away, so start planning your L.A. vacays now.
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Last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After was all about good-byes and changes as Coordinator of Chaos Julie Plake announced she would be moving home to focus on her own life after years with the Skinnygirl team. Bethenny Frankel also contemplated having husband Jason Hoppy work with her and help run the Skinnygirl empire. Did I mention Bethenny is running an empire, cause she is, just in case you forgot. She’s, like, kinda the biggest deal since, like, sliced bread. Or bottled cocktails – which never, ever existed before Skinnygirl came along.
Ok, I have to admit after a couple of episodes of really liking Bethenny again, last night she was grating on my nerves with her constant pity party and I’m so amazing nonsense. We get it – you built a successful business on your own. You are NOT, Madame Frankel, running the United States from your 3-bedroom- apartment in TriBeCa with only two twenty-something assistants who can barely send an email. Stop trying to pretend you are.
Anyway, things begin with Julie sitting Bethenny down to discuss her future. Julie lets Bethenny know the time has come for her to say good-bye. Julie will be moving home to Pittsburgh and focusing on her relationship with Drew because she’s completely burned out by giving her life to Bethenny. Bethenny is upset, but supportive, and openly admits that while Julie is great at her job – the job is probably not the right fit for Julie emotionally. Bethenny also recognizes what an agonizing decision this has been for Julie. She handled it with class and gratitude – it was nice.
While sharing the news with Jason, Jackie, and Maggie; Bethenny looks like he’s gagging on that Skinnygirl cleanse she’s drinking. Jason is sad and seems genuinely upset that Julie will be leaving their family, but he is apparently pondering leaving his job to join the Skinnygirl team. In Julie’s absence, Jackie and Maggie will be promoted. Bethenny worries if Maggie will be able to handle the ball-busting Skinnygirl team – and the constant chaos. Poor Julie – she is a C.O.C. no more!
Bethenny heads over to Drybar, which is partnering with Skinnygirl to incorporate the classic Skinnygirl ponytail and margarita into their menu. The owner practices the classic ponytail on Bethenny and even after the re-do it looks like crap. Maybe it’s Beth’s hair, maybe that lady needs Tabatha to take over, but really – that was one sorry, sad ponytail that looked more ‘I just worked out’ than ‘I styled my hair this way.’ Afterwards Bethenny pours up a cocktail and wonders why people don’t drink in the morning. She prefers morning drunk to go with her morning sex and if she gets a blow-out, Jason should get a blow job, but Drybar doesn’t offer happy ending specials.
Bethenny discusses working with your spouse with the owner, who declares that it’s fun combining the two. One could say it’s the fruit in the sangria. Except Bethenny and Jason have a lot communication issues, so Bethenny seems nervous about adding more strain on their relationship. You know, more like adding a cauliflower to your sangria. Nonetheless, she doesn’t completely rule it out!
Next Bethenny meets up with Matt, her sexy Skinnygirl nutritionist or something. The idea that Matt is sexy is not lost on Bethenny who grills him continually on his single life, specifically if he dates and sleeps with models. Cause Bethenny can, like, relate. Nope, she’s not a forty-one-year-old married mother, she’s a single skinnygirl ready to mingle and dammit she’s good at being a bar slut! Oh, Bethenny… Oh Bethenny… Matt tells her he told hot girls at Nobu (does Bravo have a secret partnership with Nobu?) that he worked for Skinnygirl. Poor Beth had a wistful look on her face as she wished Matt were picking her up at the bars with a Skinnygirl diet bar ad.
Why do all of her business meetings turn into sex talk and personal life convos? Bethenny fills Matt in on how Jason has a passion for working with Skinnygirl and he is very fascinated by the operation. However she worries about mixing marriage and business. Matt feels her pain and echos that it may result in their relationship being all business talk and no break. Which is an excellent point!
Bethenny takes assistant-in-training Maggie to a high-end antique store where she and her decorator Brooke peruse $6,780,000.* vases. *Numerical values inflated for entertainment purposes. Bethenny is in shock over the prices – which are high. Like, gobsmackingly so. I agree with Bethenny – too scary! No $43,000 chair moments for me! And they definitely are not good for people with children.
Bethenny tells Maggie that Brooke didn’t know her when she was broke (well, no one did apparently because she never was. Thanks, Dad!), so Brooke expects her to spend lavishly like all her other clients, which include a whole host of famous people. And here comes the ‘I was poor and couldn’t pay my rent’ woe-is-me sob story that peppers every episode. After all that shell-shocked nonsense Bethenny discovers some bars that she likes. At $35,000 for the pair, they’re a steal!
Back at the apartment where Skinnygirl lives, the team is preparing for their big Lazy Lingerie photoshoot. Jason, apparently, chose this to be his first day of work with the Skinnygirl crew. I suppose to over-see the shoot (wink, wink). Bethenny is very excited that she has coerced her staff into prancing around her living room in their netherthings while she bounces on the sofa cheering.
Bethenny, again, explains how her business works – it’s like very, very complicated. Let’s talk about how amazing and fantastic and amazing Bethenny’s business is again! She’s so important. She is like the queen empress princess of the whole entire world. Skinnygirl alone is keeping the NASDQ alive. Bethenny’s like patenting stuff y’all. She invented bras! And margaritas! And yoga! Didn’t ya know?! ohmigawd – it’s Bethenny and her empire! It’s just, like, so mesmerizing.
Bethenny announces she is turned on by Julie wearing butt pads while holding Bryn. Dr. Amador is not working. Then she kisses her hairstylist, Stacey, on the lips to steal some of her “jarring” attention hot pink lipstick that oozes sex. Stacey is so getting some – as evidenced by the lipstick and the Skinnygirl neglige. Getting molested by Bethenny is no small fete!
From lingerie to Parenting magazine with an argument about furniture in between. Jason and Bethenny discuss the very real possibility of purchasing $35,000 furniture pieces. Jason makes some valid points about how they have a small child and they actually live in their space, so it will likely get banged up. Bethenny co-signs that she’s incapable of having valuable stuff, but she wants them nonetheless. Hey, I agree with her – if I could afford them I’d be mighty tempted. And they were awesome!
Bethenny then points out that they don’t use their valuables wisely, as evidenced by the expensive bowl being used to store iPod charges. haha. Seriously – that was my favorite scene of last night.
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Despite Bethenny Ever After‘s very low ratings this season, the world can’t seem to get enough of Bethenny Frankel herself! The skinnygirl has been branching out in all sorts of directions, using Bravo and reality television as her own personal marketing platform. One could even say that Bethenny created, what I unaffectionately refer to as, the Bravo Home Shopping Network.
In the latest on Bethenny’s never-ending empire, the star is talking about her upcoming talk show, which will go into limited release this summer on FOX. “I’m looking towards the future. I’m thinking about the talk show,” Bethenny revealed to Access Hollywood. “That’s what I’m the most excited about and the most invested in and focused on… I mean, I got a talk show!”
Bethenny also has a brand new “novel” coming out next month, titled Skinny Dipping. It’s technically a work of fiction, but the main character and the plotline closely resemble that of another skinny girl we all know! Apparently, even though it hasn’t hit bookstores and no one really knows if anyone will buy it based on her previous books reaching the New York Times Bestseller List, Bethenny has already been approached to turn her book into a movie! Oh, lord…
“I’ve been approached for the book to be a film and a television series,” she tells the Associated Press. “My gut says it really is a film; maybe later it could be a TV series. It has the arc, the story, the characters to be a film.” Bethenny is so humble isn’t she?
Bethenny is hoping to wrangle Mila Kunis into playing the main character, aka Neffeny Prankel. “When I thought about the lead character, I thought about people like Mila Kunis,” Bethenny said. “Expect the unexpected. I think that Mila Kunis would be perfect.”
One more thing Bethenny has been working on is her line of Skinnygirl Smooth n’ Shapers. The so-called lazy lingerie will be the focal point of tonight’s episode when Bethenny coerces her entire staff (hopefully minus Dwayne) to model the goods in a photoshoot for the new line. Bethenny said she wanted real women to sport the product, since that is the target audience.
Bethenny released the products are part of her “Real Women” campaign (didn’t Dove already do that?), which evokes women to “glamoflauge” amongst other tips. Below is a photo of a whole bunch of real women in their undies modeling Skinnygirl Shapers!
Which brings us to the eternal question – will Bethenny leave reality television behind now that she has so many other eggs in her basket? All signs point to yes! “I haven’t decided whether I’m coming back,” she shared with Access Hollywood. “I have a good relationship with Bravo and you never know what we’re going to do together, but I don’t know that I want to do this again.”
As for what’s next for the star, she’s not sure about that either. “Everyone asks, are you the next this, are you the next that,” she confessed. “I’m the next Bethenny! I don’t ever look at what anyone else is doing.” One has to wonder – is there such a thing as too much Bethenny? Have we reached a skinnygirl peak?
Finally, tonight marks an all-new episode of Bethenny Ever After. As mentioned above, Skinnygirl does a photoshoot and the team gets turned into sexy mamas! Bethenny and Jason continue to have drama – this time over whether or not he should join the Skinnygirl team and work for his wife. A preview of the new episode is below!
Bethenny Ever After airs tonight at 10/9EST on Bravo.
WHY DO YOU THINK BETHENNY IS SO SUCCESSFUL? WILL YOU READ HER NEW NOVEL OR BUY HER SHAPEWEAR? IS SHE HEADED FOR OVER-EXPOSURE?
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Photos below include: Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy out for a stroll; Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa protesting at DASH; Simon Van Kempen and Alex McCord attend an event; Phaedra Parks in NYC; Debbie Gibson and Aubrey O’Day at the Crystal Light launch; Peggy Tanous attends an event and many more!
Also featured: Pauly D, Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic, Dayana Mendoza, Coco Austin and Ice-T, Dee Snider, Tyra Banks, Lisa Lampanelli, Gene Simmons, Anita Gohari (Shahs of Sunset), Rachel Zoe, and so many more!
[Photo credit: Pacific Coast News]
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Last night on Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny felt the pressures of being attacked by the media over the lost at sea scandal. To get her side of the story out there, she makes some talk show appearances. On the bright side, Bethenny and Jason are still connecting and getting along better than ever.
Things start out with a Skinnygirl product placement; Jason and Bethenny are sitting around having Skinnygirl Margies and talking tabloid rage. I want a job where I hang out and drink all day. And I get a lifetime supply of said cocktails. #livinthedream
Bethenny has discovered that the media is accusing her of faking the lost at sea debacle. She is highly incensed that people want to tear her down because she is successful, but I guess that’s the breaks when you become a celebrity. Particularly, one whose celebrity is based on exposing your real-ish life to television cameras.
Proving she doesn’t really want to leave the limelight, no matter how merciless the ‘bloids and the blogs are, Bethenny announces that she has shot a pilot for a talk show produced by Ellen.
Bethenny is going to pick out a bathroom for the new apartment. In the car on the way to the toilet shop, Dwayne, who is more than just a driver, but also a lifecoach now, counsels her on handling the haters. At the toilet shop, Bethenny tries to convince her poor helpless interior designer to pop a squat on the toilets, and then insists her designer is going to get sex with the way she’s dressed. Uhh… why so much crap, Bravo, why so much crap?
Nick shows up to drop off his food blog. He is adorable. So adorable. He looks great and he reads his falafel report aloud whilst being forced to imbibe a Skinnygirl margarita. Nick’s blog is hilarious. Nick is my favorite Skinnygirl accessory. I’m glad he’s able to make light of his harrowing tale of Bethenny forcing him to get threaded. Why must Bethenny constantly harass him? At least she gives him props on his awesome writing. Please, seek other employment Nick. Call Gawker.
Leave it to Bethenny to turn all topics of conversation into sex as she insists Julie admit she’s had a panty dropping cocktail of the Skinnygirl variety. Frankly, I think it’s only fitting that a Skinnygirl Panty Dropper hit the market. I mean Frankelzombies love her sex talk so it’d probably sell like Skweeze Couture and Ramona Pinot… Errrrr… oooohhh… those actually don’t sell much, do they?
It’s Therapy Time! Everybody is looking for a flaw–most specifically Bethenny–and everybody loves to rip apart the successful amongst us. Me included apparently, given this recap and the fact that Bethenny believes bloggers are out to disparage her.
So do we think yoga is working for Bethenny? Zen-not? She is really, really worked up and cursing like a sailor (pun intended!) over these accusations that lost at sea-gate was a ruse. Bethenny has a point that people love to tear you down for small things–that’s true–but she needs to calm the eff down and relax. I agree with Dr. Amador – why continue with all of this if you are so unhappy with the perceptions in the media? Why go farther by adding a talk show to the rotation? I love how much backpedaling Bravo is doing with the whole lost at sea thing. #damagecontrol
Bethenny admits she is a workaholic and says it comes from former feelings of depression, hopelessness, and struggle; believing nothing good would happen for her. Sad. Old Bethenny was consumed by anxiety about not building a happy life for herself. Good thing her looks didn’t go before she snagged Jason! Honestly though, I’m happy she married a man she loves, had a child, and has managed to become successful – so go enjoy it! She did work hard and it has paid off. So, why so much angst?
Back at home, Bethenny continues to be consumed by stress over negative press. Bethenny believes making money has caused people to become “rabid dogs.” She is especially confused by the constant attention, given that she is currently “flying under the radar.” Flying under the radar by being on TV, starring in a show about her life, and writing books about her life, and hawking products every five minutes? That kind of flying under the radar? That’s, like, so far under the radar, she’s practically invisible.
Bethenny wants to start some gossip of her own in retaliation, and she is furious about tabloid journalists being able to make up stories. And now she is going after them for it! For Forbes sake, of course. Here’s the thing; with every rumor there’s always a grain of truth… The lady doth protest too much!
I get that its stressful handling constant negative press about yourself. Hell, I get stressed out reading negative comments on Reality Tea. And it must suck–particularly hearing negative things from your own mother–to have your life be scrutinized. Later, Bethenny smashes a wall in the new apartment to get out her frustration and build a new closet. She bashes it in the name of lying bloggers or something. She sure has a thing about people lying lately, doesn’t she?
In order to combat haters, Bethenny is making the talk show rounds to get the truth out. Bethenny is upset that her credibility is attacked by these bloggers and the tow boat operator, who accused her of fabricating the emergency. First up is The Today Show.
Bethenny and Jason are have date night. Does Bethenny ever stop talking about herself? She is ranting on and on about the Forbes article being attacked for inflating numbers, and the retractions, and the this and the that. We get it – she’s upset. Do we need an entire hour (45 minutes) of television devoted to this? Jason is supportive of her vendetta and high fives her when he learns a retraction was issued by certain media outlets, although he does point out that that’s what happens when you’re in the public eye.
I have to admit, I love Bethenny and Jason together. They have a fun dynamic and they get each other’s humor. I think it is so cute that he is completely enamored with her and loves her just the way she is. She should learn to take a compliment–her hubby thinks she’s beautiful and sexy–not meat. They have a cute funny back-n-forth about her tank top being sexy and his beard looking like a crotch hair. Jason is planning Bethenny’s birthday in Mexico and he is treading lightly after last year’s meltdown of epic proportions, which likely goes into the Bravo Hall of Fame for most ridiculous meltdown (Don’t worry – Kelly B‘s still tops it!).
Bethenny reiterates why birthdays aren’t her thing and hopes for something low-key and relaxed. They agree on dinner, Mexico, and margaritas. Sounds perfect to me.
Bethenny and a smallish posse of Skinnygirlians will be going to LA for her Ellen appearance. Bryn will also be coming with mommy. Cute. There was packing drama and no one cares. Bethenny plays with Bryn while everyone else packs for her. Jason dips out after a brief good-bye so she calls him for a better good-bye, which makes Bethenny reconsider how incredibly insane her schedule is that she barely has time for the little important things. It was a nice moment of reflection.
In LA, Bethenny and Jackie prep for Ellen. Bethenny discovers that the mostly silent Dawa is actually very involved in Free Tibet protests. Wow! Dawa = way more interesting than anyone else on this show. Going over her schedule, Bethenny announces she wants to relax and go on vacation, whilst lying in bed eating as everyone else takes care of Bryn and works around her. Oh, to be rich. Why didn’t I win Mega Millions?
Bryn also wants a vacation and says “Mexico”. Bryn is ridiculous cute. Bethenny loves going on Ellen, whom she looks up to and respects. Bethenny explains that the dynamic has changed since shooting the pilot for the talk show and she feels things are different and exciting. She feels at home with the Ellen team and everyone passes Bryn back and forth and coos over her.
Bethenny and Ellen discuss Bryn‘s verbosity and I think we know she gets it from her mama. Bryn shows off her talking skills by saying “All da boats” and “I’m da baby” and Ellen counters that it’s not really sentences. Oh, please Ellen–she’s one–and that’s really advanced for a one-year-old! I like Bryn’s babytalk. Ellen is a ball buster, but it’s all in fun.
Once Ellen cameras are rolling–on stage, that is–Ellen quizzes Bethenny about being lost–maybe stranded–at sea. Ellen and Bethenny have a good rapport about the incident and they’re amusing together. Backstage, Jackie reassures Bethenny that the bit went well and was really funny. Bethenny and Ellen are now friends and she is thrilled to be a part of the Ellen experience. Hey, who wouldn’t be?
Next Week: Does Julie quit? Bethenny and Jason ponder working together? And Skinnygirl does a lingerie shoot.
THOUGHTS ON THE EPISODE? WAS BETHENNY OVER REACTING ABOUT THE NEGATIVE PRESS – OR WAS BRAVO DOING DAMAGE CONTROL? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE REALLY WAS LOST/STRANDED AT SEA?
Rumors of trouble in Bethenny Frankel‘s marriage continue to swirl. After an article surfaced claiming husband Jason Hoppy had moved out of their apartment and was staying in a nearby hotel, photos emerged of a seemingly happily married couple celebrating their second anniversary.
Now, Bethenny is speaking out and confronting the rumors head-on. “I know you have all been worried about my relationship, and the show got off to an emotional rocky start, but isn’t life like that? Sometimes we cringe, sometimes we get anxiety, but ultimately, we buckle up, hold on, and get to the next place,” Bethenny writes in her Bravo blog.
“I love my husband and my family. Relationships may not have always been my strong point, but I am dedicated to my marriage, to being a better person every day, and to being open and honest in the hopes of helping myself — and hopefully many of you,” the Bethenny Ever After star adds. “This show is about being truthful and giving you a slice of my life during that time period.”
Bethenny explains that she is in a much happier place with her marriage, but as always, she is a work in progress. “I work on being a mother, I work on being a wife, I work on being a good friend and employer, and I work on being a success in business. If all of this comes easy to someone else than more power to them.”
And in case you’re wondering, Bethenny and Jason are still getting frisky! “As far as our sex life, we get down to it. When the show filmed, we had a baby just over one-year-old, and I didn’t quite have my mojo back,” Bethenny reveals.
“I was recently pregnant, and I assure you that wasn’t the immaculate conception. How ridiculous that my sex life is now talk show and cocktail party chatter?” Uhhh… well, if you weren’t on a reality show… oh, never mind – too obvious!
And finally, tonight is an all-new episode of Bethenny Ever After. Bethenny is the subject of constant negative press after tabloids accuse her of staging the lost at sea shenanigan for her reality show. In order to get some positive attention, Bethenny appears on various TV shows, including The Today Show and Ellen. A preview of the new episode is below!
Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.
DO YOU BELIEVE BETHENNY THAT HER MARRIAGE IS STABLE? ARE YOU TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT HER SEX LIFE?
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