The NYPost is reporting that Bethenny Frankel will be getting her own reality show on Bravo. The big shocker however is they are also reporting this means Bethenny will no longer be on The Real Housewives of New York City. Yikes! Will the show still be worth watching without her?
According to the Post, her show will be titled “Skinny & The City.” A source said, “The show will follow her planning her wedding to [fiancé] Jason Hoppy.” Her rep confirmed a while ago that the two would be getting married.
Life & Style also reports Frankel is penning a second book about “romance, money and friends” inspired by her feud a with co-star Kelly Bensimon. Bravo had “no comment.” A picture of Bethenny and Jason below -
As we reported earlier, Kelly has signed on for the 3rd season, but she is uncertain as to which other housewives will be returning. “I am coming back,” says Kelly. “But I actually don’t know who else is coming back. They don’t really tell me.”
Kelly is however uncertain is the new season will be able to match the drama of the other housewives’ franchises. “We start shooting in two weeks,” she said. “And it’s going to be interesting now because the bar is so high. When Gretchen [Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County] is getting a motorcycle at a party and Teresa [Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey] is throwing over the table, what’s going to happen?”
She goes on to talk about The New Jersey Housewives – When I met Danielle, she said, ‘Thank you so much for being supportive of me. She was just really excited and flattered that I supported her. Unless you do something wrong to me, I will give you a chance.”
And what about Caroline Manzo? She’s “the all-time mama bear,” Kelly said. “And actually, she was really sweet and really nice.”
Kelly has also gotten close with some of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, “I was going down to Atlanta to open a hotel, so I called NeNe [Leakes],” Bensimon said. “I took out NeNe and Lisa [Wu Hartwell] and we had so much fun. They’re crazy, fun and spirited. They’re awesome girls.”
In an interview with Radaronline, Jill insists that she will be returning even though she has yet to sign the contract. In addition, she confirmed Kelly Bensimon was one of the first housewives to sign the contract for season 3. However, she failed to confirm if other cast mates had signed their contracts.
Even though Bravo released a statement saying they are looking for new cast members, Jill insists all the cast mates will be returning. “The ink isn’t dry yet, but I can tell you that we’re all set on returning,” she said. “Bravo released a statement saying they were looking for new cast members and I think people read into that. I think the show was giving some of the original cast members a chance to deal with their personal lives.”
She also refutes rumors saying she was getting paid about $30,000 an episode, but nevertheless she says she is not involved in reality television because of the money.
TMZ reports Kelly has been ordered to two days of community service. If you recall, Kelly was arrested in March after allegedly giving her boyfriend, Nicholas Stefanov, a black eye and slicing his cheek in an argument at her Manhattan apartment.
Kelly said outside of the courtroom today that she believed “justice was served.”
I’m guessing that in Kelly world, being sentenced for assaulting someone means justice for her – the assaulter.
The Real Housewives of New Jerseystar, Danielle Staub, seems to be the talk of the town. The New York housewives have all come out to give their opinions on her sordid past. Danielle, surprisingly gets sympathy from most of the housewives with the exception of LuAnn.
Here’s what some of the other Bravo housewives had to say regarding Danielle’s past -
Kelly Bensimon – “Everybody deserves a second chance,” Kelly told PEOPLE. “If you’ve made a mistake in life, you have two choices, you can either sit in the Lazy-Boy and eat popcorn and talk about it, or you can get out and do something fun. And I think that’s what she’s doing. I like her courage.”
Bethenny Frankel – “It isn’t pretty, but it was 24 years ago. I can’t even tell you all of the things I was doing 24 years ago that I shouldn’t have. Judging by her girls, I’d sooner have her babysit my kid then some of these other women. Granted, she was a moron for not outing herself. She is in fact on a reality show, but otherwise, everyone has a past and she isn’t exactly proud of hers. It isn’t anyone’s business.”
Jill Zarin – “This is something that happened a long time ago. It’s dead and buried in her real life, and it should never have been brought up,” Jill said. “But because she’s on a reality show, if you’ve been arrested and have a record, it’s going to come out. If you’re divorced, it’s going to come out. If you’ve lied about things, it’s going to come out. I think she should have known that.”
Alex McCord - Alex who is no stranger to past skeletons (she had some nude photos of her leaked last year) had this to say - “I hope she knew that when you go on a reality show, everything that ever happened in your past is going to come straight up.”
Simon Van Kempen – Honorable housewife Simon had this to say, “She made some mistakes, but she was very young. It was the innocence of youth,” he said. “Franklin Lakes, N.J., is thirty miles from where we’re standing. But it could be 300 — 3,000 miles. It’s such a different show than New York.”
LuAnn de Lesseps – The Cuntess Countess however had some not so nice words to say, “She walked up to me at a Reality Cares party and said, ‘Countess, we have to talk.’ And I looked at her and said, ‘About what? What could we possibly have to talk about?’ But maybe she wanted my advice,” said LuAnn, who is splitting from her husband. “In retrospect, I think maybe she really needed to talk to me. Maybe she was going to ask me who my lawyer is. I think if I had that kind of a past, an arrest, if I had any skeletons in my closet, I don’t think I’d be on a reality show.”
According to several reports, Danielle was in her early twenties when she committed these “atrocities,” so does she deserve a second chance? Would you go on a reality show if you had these type of skeletons in your past?
MSNBC is reporting that all of the New York housewivesincluding Kelly Bensimon will be returning for the 3rd season.
The housewives are said to have signed a new deal that will be paying each of them close to $30,000 per episode. Guess it really does pay to be an ass on national television uh? The same article goes on to say the husbands who get paid nothing, are also trying to negotiate a salary for themselves.
In other news, someone posted this genius spoof of the Reunion show. You have to see this!
The “The Real Housewives of New York City‘s”, Kelly Bensimon can’t wait to return next season especially to set the record straight. She wants people to get to know the “real her”. As you know, there were lots of drama between her and Bethenny Frankel which kept the blogs very busy.
In an interview with PEOPLE, she says it was fun being part of the show and is looking forward to next season. She is already making plans for the next season, she wants viewers to to get to see the real Kelly.
Bemison blames her nerves for getting the best of her, and not acting in an appropriate manner. According to Kelly, she agrees that the drama between she and her fellow cast mates was out of character for her.
Kelly who engaged in a continious cat fight with Bethenny says Bethenny is a “great girl”. Which is rather interesting considering they fought all season. Bensimon spent some time with two Real Housewives of Atlanta stars just last week, dining with NeNe Leakes and Lisa Wu Hartwell and she said they all had a great time.
Is Kelly Bensimon having regrets about doing the Real Housewives of New York? Well according to a new report, she is.
According to the Post, the 41 year old model, has been telling her friends she regrets she signed aboard in the first place. “She realizes it was a mistake,” a friend of Bensimon says. “It has ruined her socially. She knows how bad she came off.” This sounds about right as the show did not show Kelly is a positive light at all. She definitely came off as being shallow, delusion, self absorbed, and perhaps a little “crazy,” I mean really, who runs in the traffic?
Another insider claims, “They’re definitely going to need some new blood for the next season because these women are all starting to hate another.”
The other housewives have also been very vocal in regards to Kelly’s part of the show. Jill Zarin feels she should quit the show as it as ruined her, while Ramona states she did not enjoy filming with her, “there’s something missing. You know what I’m saying? I’d rather film with Alex and Simon. I get more spice out of Simon and Alex.”
Kelly is however denying these claims through her spokesperson saying, “I think that’s laughable. I had a fabulous experience on the show. My friends love me and had a ball watching me.”