We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night. The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live. A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!
Real Housewives of New Yorkstar, Bethenny Frankel is four months pregnant and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In addition to shooting The Real Housewives of New York City series, she just completed the filming of her first exercise DVD. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also planning a book tour to promote her new book, The Skinnygirl Dish. In a recent interview with Life & Style, Bethenny reveals her pregnancy bump and talks of the excitement of being an expecting mom.
Below are excerpts from Bethenny’s interview:
L&S: Congratulations! Are you super excited?
Bethenny: I’m really excited. I’m starting to show a little bit. I don’t fit in my pants — it’s very liberating. Now I believe that I’m pregnant.
L&S: Have you gained a lot of weight?
Bethenny: Five or 6 pounds, but they’re right in my stomach. A lot of people think being pregnant is one giant binge, but you should check yourself before you wreck yourself. I’m not changing the way I eat. If I eat chocolate cake at lunch, I try not to have it after dinner. By no means is it dieting, but I’m trying to maintain some sort of balance because I’ll have to deal with it later. I’m actually thinking of writing a pregnancy book. There’s no reason to gain 75 pounds.
L&S: Do you feel like this is a miracle baby?
Bethenny: Absolutely a miracle. I’m not young, and I run around like a maniac. I always wanted to have kids, but I thought I’d wind up adopting or freezing my eggs. I didn’t think it would just happen at my age. Did I plan the pregnancy? No. Did I want it? Yes. I felt like there was something huge missing in my life that I hadn’t experienced yet.
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.
The Real Housewives franchise doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Bravo has picked up a third season for the Real housewives of New York City reality show. The show will premiere in 2010 although production will begin in the fall. Bravo is also casting for additional housewives to join the likes of Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer and Alex McCord.
The Real Housewives of New York’s popularity continues to grow from one season to another. The season finale and reunion special averaged over two million viewers.
And if you can’t get enough of the “Real Housewives” shows then stay tuned for Real Housewives of Atlanta season 2 which will premiere on July 30th.
The Real Housewives of New York star, Alex McCord has decided to weigh in and adviceJon and Kate Gosselin after a recently publicized divorce filing.
Alex McCord, 35, and husband of nearly 10 years, Simon van Kempen, say that the key to staying together as a family while starring on TV show is to ensure your relationship is top priority.
“Remember that you [and your husband] were there first,” McCord told PEOPLE at the I Heart Gen Art 15th Anniversary benefit in New York City on Wednesday. “Remember that part of what makes raising your children a successful operation is having a successful relationship. And if you are not happy, I … guarantee you will foist that off on your kids and they will pick up on it.”
McCord and van Kempen, who have two young boys Johan and Francois, aged 5 and 3 respectively also offered some words of advice for other reality TV couples.
“Obsessively communicate,” McCord says. “Tell each other everything — the good, the bad and the ugly. Today, even I [thought to myself], ‘You can either just tell him, or you can sit and let it fester’ — and that’s when you get into trouble. So just come out with it, whatever it is.”
In a final advice, “Look out for your marriage as much as you look out for your kids,” adds van Kempen.