It’s easy for me to say that I enjoy Bethenny Frankel‘s bluntness, because, you know, I never actually have to sit face-to-face with Bethenny Frankel. But, when it comes to Real Housewives of New York each week, she keeps me on the edge of my seat. Which is more than I can say about the past six months of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In her blog, Bethenny defends her “at least you know where you stand with me” approach to life, but she also acknowledges that she was out of line Jules Wainstein‘s brunch.
“I am a reality star on a reality show. Bravo asked me to return because they feel that I am honest, direct, and don’t manufacture drama or edit myself. This episode is a brutally honest example of that. I always say: You may not like me, but you know you’re getting the truth. I will forever stand by my tagline,” says Bethenny. “You will also see that if I say or see something, it usually comes to fruition, often before the audience or the other Housewives see it. Please refer to my eight years on reality television.”
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Bethenny makes it be known (not that there’s any doubt) that she doesn’t like John. Nor does she trust his influence over Dorinda Medley.
Bethenny feels it was a mistake for Dorinda to bring John to her birthday party just two days after their confrontation (“He attacked my personal life and the business that I created from scratch when I was broke. This is when I become like a lion protecting its young.”) and it was a mistake for John to come.
“The sight and presence of him was too much for me,” blogs Bethenny. “I did not want him there. I made that clear. I didn’t buy his apology. Now I need to try to suck it up for Dorinda. A bitch I may be but an honest one. I don’t ‘act’ or play it up or down for the cameras because I know the audience may find me harsh. This guy had no place at my house two days after the incident.”
As for Jules‘ brunch, Bethenny, again, takes issue with John answering the door. “Why have John answer the door? Three days is not long enough for me to get over John‘s actions.” Better yet, why host such an intimate gathering at all, as “four of the seven in the group are in conflict.”
Bethenny admits she should have skipped Jules‘ brunch, “I made it clear to Carole [Radziwill] that I was dreading it, and I made a mistake in being there. I truly thought it would be a big group.”
“In my real life, like on my reality show, I speak candidly to my friends, one of whom is Carole. In that real world I tell my friends when I think someone lives in a McMansion or tries to show everyone how much money they have,” she says about Jules. “To me, bragging about nannies, not knowing how to make coffee, and your religious private Manhattan school needing your money is not for me. It is ‘all show and no go.'”
Bethenny brags on her “small” house, since Jules felt the need to compare, “I live in a beautiful house in a great area in the center of the Hamptons. It is paid in full by yours truly and completely finished. And she is right that you can put a roller coaster in her living room, but if I have to drive deep into the woods, step on nails and dog sh– to get there then, I won’t be riding it.”
She adds, “Jules has made several nasty age remarks about myself and my friends, blamed the John incident on me twice, and called me Debbie Downer,” teasing, “For now, let’s just say there is more to this than meets the eye.”
Bethenny acknowledges that she should have kept her renovation advice to herself. “And shame on us for going there if we couldn’t be gracious,” she continues. “Fittingly, the Alex and Simon‘s home was shown, and that was no accident. There are some similarities here. That said, I own my bitchiness as always. I made a mistake. All I can say is my bitchiness is there for everyone to see versus only when I’m in an interview chair.”
One last note about Jules, Bethenny says, “It is my gut and opinion that Jules has an eating issue. It is something I am very familiar and have too much experience with, and it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to put myself in a situation with a ‘smorgasbord’ between us. I am very sensitive about this, and it triggers me. You’ll see the softer side of me come out on this issue next week.”
Like I said, I appreciate Bethenny‘s bluntness because it makes for good TV, but I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of it. So, I’m curious about this “softer” Bethenny. Is that like a soccer ball to the face is “softer” than a golf ball to the face? It still hurts, but you might not lose a tooth or an eye? I can’t wait to find out.
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