“Last season was scary and painful,” she tells the magazine about the reason she rejected Bravo’s offers to return for season 4, which is scheduled to begin filming on Sept. 20. “It took all of the joy out of it.”
This decision by Bethenny doesn’t exactly come as a shocker as she has another hit show on Bravo,Bethenny Getting Married, a show that doesn’t require her to try to decode the incoherent ramblings of NYC co-star Kelly Bensimon.
Bethenny, who welcomed daughter Bryn Hoppy in May with husband Jason Hoppy tells UsWeekly she doesn’t “see any reason to go back.”
Despite Bethenny quitting the show, viewers can still expect to see her when the 4th season of the NYC Housewives returns. Why? Well a Bravo insider tells UsWeekly that Bethenny is still contractually bound to make a few appearances on RHONY next season, though Bravo is still hoping that she’ll return full-time.
Could money have played a part in Bethenny’s decision? Hollyscoop reported just last week that Bethenny was in negotiations to return to the show. Either way, I can’t say I blame Bethenny. I’m not certain Bravo could pay me enough money to go on vacation with the nutty Kelly and mean girl Jill. I think this will definitely impact the show though. Bethenny not appearing on RHONY would be equivalent to Nene Leakes leaving the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
TELL US – WILL YOU STILL WATCH RHONY WITHOUT BETHENNY? DID BETHENNY MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION?
The NYPost is reporting that ladies are banding together, refusing to sign a new contract with the network unless they get more money. Jersey Shore money to be exact.
See, the Post states the ladies are earning a mere $4,000 per episode for their show, while MTV reality star Snookiearns $30,000 per episode on the Jersey Shore hit show.
They’ve got a lot more to say,” Jill Zarin a source close to the Housewives tells the Post, adding that the ladies “have little choice but to pimp themselves out with side gigs to bump up their earnings.”
“It’s a full-time job without the full-time pay,” a second source says. “That’s why a reality star with any sense does a book line or jewelry line to support being on the show.”
Well let’s examine things to see if the NYC ladies really deserve more money. The show averaged 2 million viewers per episode last season, while the Jersey Shore’s current season is averaging 5 million viewers. So simple calculation shows that solely based on the ratings, the ladies should be earning at least $12,000 per episode. Oddly enough, the Jersey Shore cast and the Real Housewives of NYC cast have about the same number of cast members.
Also, it is likely that Bethenny Frankel is not involved in this negotiation process with the other housewives. With the success of her spin off show, there’s a good chance her negotiations is being done solo and she will likely earn more money than her co-stars if and when she returns to the show. For example, TMZ reported Jersey Shore’sThe Situation is earning $60,00o per episode on the show, way more than all of his other co-stars.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE LADIES DESERVE MORE MONEY FROM BRAVO?
The Hollyscoop blog reports today that sources close to Bethenny say “she’s been asked to return for the new season and negotiations are ongoing.”
The site also confirms that all of Bethenny’s co-stars including the crazy controversial Kelly Bensimon have been asked back. Bethenny is currently filming a second season of her hit show – Bethenny Getting Married.
In other news, the always entertaining Kelly Bensimon continues to do interviews. Why exactly? We’re not sure, but the interviews continue to be entertaining.
In her latest incoherent ramblinginterview with Fancast, Kelly defends her fellow crazy NJ Housewife Danielle Staub and rambles about some other things. The best part of the interview might be Kelly claiming her imaginary friends tell her she’s the sanest one on the show.
Excerpts from Kelly’s interview below –
Do you care how other people perceive you? No. Why should I?
So if someone calls you crazy, do you just dismiss it? Yes. It doesn’t faze me in the least. After [the Virgin Islands episode], people were like, ‘Wow. That was really hard to watch.’ And I said, ‘Why? That’s television. What’s so hard about watching that? Because I was crying and saying leave me alone and stop berating me and attacking me?’ In normal situations, you would excuse yourself from the drama. But in normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have even been there in the first place. I would never choose to put myself in that kind of environment. I would never go on vacation with people that I wasn’t friends with or didn’t trust.
What did your close friends say when they saw that episode? They said ‘good for you.’ And they’re glad I stuck up for myself and let the other girls know it’s inappropriate behavior. My friends were laughing all over the place. They know its white noise. It’s non-coherent subject matter. It doesn’t make sense at all. Everyone’s like, ‘Kelly, you’re the only sane person on the show.’ My friends think I’m doing a great job.
What do you think of Danielle? If Danielle gets her own spinoff, I think that’d be amazing for her. She makes for great TV. She’s out of the box and has no inhibitions. It’s not my place to say whether someone has issues or not. I will say she has a lot of fun with what she’s doing. I don’t know what her real life is like, but I honestly don’t think that she’s well matched against the rest of that cast for that show. Still, she definitely is fun to watch. I love seeing her. She has no limitations and that’s great.
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The NYDailyNews is reporting today that Bravo has asked back all of the ladies of last season with the exception of one. Who wasn’t asked back? Bethenny Frankel, who has been very vocal about not wanting to return to the show.
It seems Bravo is pleased and content with the success of Bethenny’s spin off show – Bethenny Getting Married, as she is currently filming a second season.
Now on to the shocker, which is the return of Kelly Bensimon, who famously had a mental breakdown last season, and has bashed the network for false editing and forcing her to go on the St. John trip. Even Bravo’s VP of programming, Andy Cohen, recently referred to Kelly’s breakdown as “deeply disturbing” in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. But oh well, who cares! Evidently, crazy sells!
First up is Danielle of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. “Don’t hate on each other so much,” advises Danielle. “It gets ugly, and it doesn’t make anybody look bad but yourself. And if you’re going to attack one person, believe me, you’re going to make them rise to the top. [points to herself] Hello.”
Keeping bankrupt cast-mate Teresa Giudice in mind, Danielle doesn’t miss a chance to to take a shot at her rival, advising the DC ladies to live within their means. “If you have it, don’t flaunt it, because it will come back to bite you,” she says. “Be humble. Be grateful for the opportunities you have. Try to teach your children that hard work is definitely something that will become lucrative to you in the end, and you do have to always remember where you came from.”
Next up is Kelly of the Real Housewives of NYC who begins by stating she won’t tune into the D.C. show, because it’s “not my game.”
Kelly however believes being on the Bravo hit show is a good thing regardless of the many downsides, you know such as the world questioning your mental health. “So what if someone calls you a name?” Kelly says. “Haters are part of the ecosystem. Have fun with it. I’m having so much fun with it, and I’m able to be charitable on top of it. And my kids love it. It’s a win-win. I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
She continues her crazy rambling, “Now I get to put my money where my mouth is, and actually go out there and be in the trenches and be part of what’s going on and be charitable, which is important. A lot of people are skinny cats and they’re like ‘yah, I’m so cool for school, I can’t go to a party because somebody’s going to recognize me.’ I’m like ‘how about taking the hat off, smiling, putting your name out there, giving the stamp of approval on whatever charity it is, and helping them so we can make people better.”
“I’m not dating yet. I’m still just taking time for me,” the former Bachelor star told PEOPLE at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Chicago. “I’m definitely doing some ‘me time’ right now.”
And when asked about the current season of the Bachelorette featuring his ex Ali Fedotowsky, Jake had the following to say: “I feel like I know Ali [Fedotowsky] pretty well,” he said. “I think any decision she makes is going to be the right one for her. She could go either way.”
And despite has nasty split with Vienna, Jake has no regrets with doing the show. You grow up so much during that show,” he added. “You’re not the same person when you start that you are when you finish. It’s an incredible experience.”
She’s baaaack! When most people suffer a mental breakdown on national television, they go away for a while, getting help, meds and all that good stuff, but not our Kelly Bensimon!
The Real Housewives of NYCstar, pictured above attending an event this weekend, is simply relentless and simply doesn’t know how to stop herself! She continues to prove her insanity by giving multiple crazyinterviews, making crazy twitter ramblings, taking crazyphotos, and dishing out crazydiet tips!
In her latest interview with Out.com, Kelly discusses her time on the housewives, her new passion for safe sex education(guess she’s over the whole anti-bullying campaign), and other crazy topics. While the interview is really long, the good folks at Jezebel were able to sum up the best 10 Inane Kelly quotes from the interview. A few of those are below –
1.) “I was at Mohegan Sun for the opening of their Mohegan Sun Days event, it’s their [monthly] GL — GLBT night. I always think that sounds like BLT.”
2.) “So then speaking with GMHC about safe sex and also just about bullying, I learned so much about how alternative lifestyles get bullied so much and I was really disturbed by that to be honest with you because I have been a model for a long time and I have had so much respect for people that have alternative lifestyles.”
3.) “Why do we have to be all flowers and lollipops. Why can’t it be like fighting but we are actually learning. That’s called back-door education.”
4.) “The one reason I would like to do my own show is because I am exposed to so many unbelievable people and so I would use my show as a vehicle to explore all these different people that I know, whether it would be Richard Meier to the man that helps me with my computers.”
5.) “[T]hey asked me to be on the show because they wanted me to legitimize the brand and they wanted a real socialite. They wanted a real New Yorker, if you will, on the show. And it was a great opportunity for me because it’s obviously got everything that I love, whether it’s my safe sex initiative or anti-bullying or working on my jewelry line or just having my books…”
6.) “[E]verybody knows my name so that’s a huge honor and I am really grateful to Bravo for exposing me and exploiting my name like that.”
A blogger’s dream indeed. While Kelly’s actions on the show left a lot of doubt about her mental health, her actions off the show have left little doubt for most fans of the show.
When asked what she plans to do next by Out, Kelly gave the following answer: “I am in the process of working on a really, really new project that is confidential and I can’t tell you about, but its going to be very, very exciting. It’s coming out in a couple of weeks and it’s a really big deal for me.”
And then seconds minutes later, Kelly revealed the top secret confidential project to Out (you know cause if she wants to change her mind about something, it’s totally cool): “I only want one thing. I want live stream. So every time I walk into the office, I want to be live. They’re like, “What are you talking about?” I said every time I walk into to the office I wanted to be live — on me in every single meeting. How do I work, how do I do things, how do I get things done?”
Just what the world needs, a live stream on a mentally unstable being. From reading Kelly’s interview, it’s pretty obvious she believes she is sane, and does not see or understand how the rest of the world views her. It seems Kelly has a major addiction to fame as well, and continues to put herself in the public eye in a continuously failing attempt to prove she is not crazy. She came back for a second season of the Real Housewives of NYC to repair her reputation, she posts several inane messages on twitter each day to prove her sanity, and she is now willing to put her life on live stream to prove she is not crazy, while feeding her fame addiction at the same time of course.
Unfortunately for Kelly, her latest attempt to do a Truman like show by streaming her daily life to the world only shows why she continues to be a danger to herself and hopefully not her kids as well. The results of her latest attempt to prove her sanity will be the same as her previous attempts. Perhaps its time for Kelly to finally realize she indeed has a problem, and focus on getting help instead of spending so much time trying to prove her non existence sanity to the world. And where are her loved ones? Why are they not intervening and helping this woman, similar to what Britney Spears’ family did?
TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH A LIVE STREAM SHOW FEATURING KELLY BENSIMON?
Kelly, who just always happens to be in the same locations as the paparazzi, is pictured above walking in the SOHO district in NYC on July 13th. She gave a new interview to E! News during which she revealed what it would take to have her return for another season (perhaps Kelly should wait until Bravo asks her back first) and even suggests new additions to the NYC cast. Oddly enough, Kelly’s co-star Bethenny had mentioned a few weeks ago that she would only return if changes were made to the cast.
Kelly tells E! News on returning for another season – “We’re just going to see. The deciding factor is really just being able to celebrate these women—I don’t want to fight with people. That’s really like the big deciding factor, if it’s going to be authentic. If it’s not authentic, I don’t want to be a part of that.”
Kelly even has some suggestions for a new cast – “I’ve asked a lot of my friends. If they do want to change up cast, I have a lot of awesome friends that I’m sure would jump on with me. I’d be like, ‘Let’s have some good times. Let’s have some fun here.'”
Kelly is also open to making up with Bethenny – “We haven’t been in touch, because we’re not filming anymore,” Kelly explains, “but her value system has changed. I can be sensationalistic on camera, but my children are the most important things to me. So I’m happy that now we have something to bond over.”
Kelly, who plans on releasing an exercise video any day now, also continues to take her new calling as an health expert very seriously. This time around, she shares her diet and fitness tips with the HollywoodLife, “My largest meal is lunch and then I’ll have a lighter dinner, I eat a lot of carbs at lunch,” she said.
And what does Kelly eat for lunch 6 days a week? Brown rice, tofu and broccoli. Despite running 7 days a week, Kelly largest meal of the day is her 356 calories lunch, which also contains “a lot of carbs.”
TELL US: DO YOU THINK BRAVO WILL ASK KELLY BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON?