Bethenny Frankel Claims She Helped Cast The New Season Of RHONY! Admits She Still Occasionally Watches The Show!


Bethenny Frankel may be over reality TV, but that doesn’t mean she’s not involved. The hubris that is Bethenny is now taking credit for helping to get Jill Zarin fired to hire Aviva Drescher on Real Housewives of New York!

Speaking to the NY Daily News, Bethenny says that she is responsible for Aviva getting her new job! “I actually cast one of them,” she claims. “I cast Aviva. I’m the reason she’s on the show.”

Bethenny says she knows Aviva through a mutual friend. “She is from the upper East Side of Manhattan and was married to somebody that I know,” Bethenny shares. Please tell me Bethenny didn’t also sleep with Aviva’s ex-husband, Harry! “She just seemed like she’d be a good character. She seemed like she’d be part of some drama also on the show.”


“I don’t know her well, but a couple of years ago, I recommended her, and it didn’t happen,” Bethenny shares. “And I was talking to Andy Cohen and I said, ‘Why did you not look at that girl, the woman Aviva?’” So now Bethenny is even telling Andy how to do his job?

“And he said, ‘I don’t even know who you’re talking about.’ And I said, ‘Go back and find the tape of that woman. I think she would probably be a good housewife.’ So here we are.”

Bethenny also admits that sometimes she tunes in to watch RHONY! “I don’t watch it religiously but I’ll sometimes catch up,” admitted on her new talk show. “It’s not anything against them. I’ve been busy planning the talk show and kind of doing my own thing. It was a long time ago.”

“I was in a different place in my life and I’m so grateful for the experience [because] it did get me here,” she continued.

“I wish Jill [Zarin] the best. I wish Kelly [Bensimon] the best. Honestly, it was an experience that I’ll never forget and the year with the first five of us is definitely very nostalgic,” Bethenny reminisces. “It makes me feel old and that feels like freshman year in high school.”

“It was just about women who had children and were married and it was kind of more fun and playful. Then it got crazy. Then it got really crazy and it was a different show.”

Hopefully with the new ladies joining the show, the crazy will lessen and the interesting lives will return. Tonight is the third episode in the fifth season and the new ladies continue to find themselves plopped in the middle of last season’s nutty.

On tonight’s episode Caroline Radzwill throws a brunch that descends into a drunken mess – which is a surprise since Pinot Singer wasn’t invited! Sonja Morgan decides to launch a catering company. LuAnn de Lesseps discusses the possibility of having another child. And Heather Thomson invites some of her new co-workers along on a business trip to London. What is she thinking?!

A preview of the new episode is below. As always, Reality Tea will be live-Tweeting the episode, so make sure to join us!

Real Housewives of New York airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.