The entrepreneurial waters might be getting a lot more dramatic soon because Bethenny Frankel has added another reality show gig to her growing roster. The Real Housewives of New York star and Skinnygirl mogul will be joining the Shark Tank panel this fall on ABC.
In addition to landing a real estate spinoff on Bravo with friend and Million Dollar Listing NY star Fredrik Eklund, Bethenny will now be investing in – or trampling on – the dreams of would be entrepreneurs far and wide! In addition to Shark Tank’s standard panel, Bethenny will guest star when only four of the six “sharks” are present.
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Bethenny made the announcement on Instagram Monday, posting, “I guess I am a shark after all. Watch out @sharktankabc – comin’ for u this fall. Are you as excited as I am? #sharktank.”
Shark Tank’s panel has traditionally included heavyweights of business Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Barbara Corcoran. The format of the show, with which may are familiar, includes hopeful entrepreneurs and inventors pitching their ideas to the panel in hopes that one or more “sharks” will bid on investing in them.
Bethenny’s rags-to-riches story has been prominently featured during her many years on Bravo. She broke into the business big leagues with her Skinnygirl cocktail company, which she sold at a cool $8.1 million in 2011, eventually branding the trademark into a larger empire of food, drink, and clothing.
Now in the midst of watching RHONY season 7 unfold, I can’t help but think that Bethenny seems to be phoning it in lately. Maybe it was the sh*tshow of last year that did her in. Or perhaps Ramona Singer’s frantic, nearly rabid behavior is wearing thin on her. In any case, it seems like this could be Bethenny’s last season on the franchise. Or, maybe she’ll keep the housewives gig in the rotation as a jumping off point for more TV and brand exposure?
In any case, one burning question remains: Will Sonja Morgan be pitching her toaster oven concept on Shark Tank anytime soon? Or perhaps a bidet-laundering boutique? Because THAT, my friends, would be worth some repeat viewing. She’s an International Lifestyle Luxury Brand, people!
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