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!
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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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Just how bad is it? The latest issue of In Touch Weekly magazine, out on newsstands tomorrow, states that Jason has even gone as far as to move out of the couple’s $5 million luxury TriBeCa home into a nearby Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Jason, 40, is reportedly telling friends he moved into the hotel, leaving the Bethenny Ever After star and their 23-month-old daughter Bryn behind, due to renovations. His friends are, however, not buying his claims as they believe he left due to being fed up with Bethenny’s diva behavior.
“The fighting has gotten worse,” a source revealed to In Touch. Even worse than what we’ve seen on the show? “Bethenny’s a very difficult person in relationships,” the source added.
Jason’s also said to be upset with Bethenny, 41, over her increasing obsession with her fame, looks, and the launch of her LA-based talk show.
“Her energy has been nervous and neurotic,” the source added. “He can’t take it anymore, so he’s been doing everything on his own.”
Yikes. Bethenny has yet to comment on this story, though she did tweet about her anniversary this morning. “Today is my 2nd anniversary!” she wrote.
Bethenny also tweeted this yesterday: “Bryn was in the other room w jason. I heardi smack sound & crying. She fell of her bike on her face. She’s fine but I wasn’t for a while.”
It is plausible that if Jason did move out, he has since moved back in. Perhaps he just needed some time to cool off. But if true, things are definitely not looking good for this marriage.
Oddly enough, Bethenny’s estranged mom, Bernadette Burke, spoke out against Bethenny and her marriage again this week. Talking to Radar Online, Bernadette stated Bethenny had no respect for marriage and would soon get bored with Jason.
“His problem is he’s too nice, and she’ll grab another nice one, he is replaceable,” said Bernadette. “Nice is boring and Bethenny gets bored with nice. I know she is bored because I get bored watching him.”
Bernadette continues, “She cheated on her first husband after her first couple of months of marriage. She doesn’t have any respect for marriage because she has never seen good marriages.”
Bernadette adds that Bethenny married Jason for all the wrong reasons. “She would never have married Jason but she wanted to have a child and the timing was right. She got what she wanted out of this, she married because of public opinion,” she claims. Bernadette also claims Bethenny never cares for her daughter and is always leaving her with nannies to do photoshoots.
While there might be some truth to some of Bernadette’s comments, emphasis on might, I’m not sure how she could be privy to how Bethenny cares for Bryn considering they have been estranged for years.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS REPORT? DO YOU BELIEVE IT? OR DO YOU BELIEVE BETHENNY’S MARRIAGE IS BETTER? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE COMMENTS BY BETHENNY’S MOM?
Last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After was all about team building, compromise, and mummy dearest. The Skinnygirl Team had girls night out, learned self-defense, and got to roller skate around Bethenny‘s new apartment. Bethenny and Jason practiced their lost at sea skills and compromised and communicated. Oh, and they had mouth guard sex, which I’m sure has also happened this one time at band camp. And Bethenny’s mom made an unwelcome appearance via the tabloids.
Bethenny is out to dinner with her girls, who also happen to be her employees. It’s apparently a work dinner, but they are talking about Bethenny, Bethenny’s relationship, and how she sucks at being a girls-girl because she was always alone. I guess Bethenny’s nonsense is paying everybody’s bills! Bethenny reveals that Jason is in denial about his love of therapy and the boat trip was successful in the end because they are communicating more.
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On last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After, Jason and Bethenny experienced therapy at sea and got lost among the waves. Luckily, their marriage survived intact!
First of all, let me say that the concept of sailing into your future is horrible and cliché. Yuck. Bethenny and Jason pick up where they left off last week, with Jason storming off the heliport. Bethenny just wanted an apology, but for some reason was unable to bring this up at home, before leaving, before the cameras were rolling. Hmmm… I wonder why?
Jason eventually agrees to get on the helicopter and go on the trip. Bethenny apparently spends the ride crying about her life, and when they meet up with Veronica–Bethenny’s “glammy”–in Nantucket to drop off Bryn, Bethenny fills her in on what happened. Question: Doesn’t Bethenny have a full-time nanny? Why is her hairdresser babysitting for the weekend? Why is Bryn always being watched by a zillion different Bethenny sycophants?
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