That last episode of Real Housewives of New York was awkward to watch. It was clear that Dorinda Medley had a sincere interest in Bethenny Frankel’s disaster relief work, but it just didn’t go as planned thanks to alcohol consumption.
She tried to ask questions about the work at dinner with Bethenny’s team, but the editing team had to put subtitles over the jumbled, drunken words. That had to be so awkward for Bethenny to live and for both of them to watch. On top of that, Bethenny called Dorinda a “drunk” which is a big deal in general, let alone on a very popular reality TV show.
Bethenny reflected on the episode in a Bravo blog post. She theorized, “Perhaps I brought Dorinda because I sensed she needed a change.” She continued, “Had anyone else asked me (Luann [de Lesseps] did, in fact, ask to come), I certainly would have included them. Dorinda was curious about what I was doing at my birthday party, so I invited her. I’m sure you can understand why this wasn’t a group Housewives activity.” Turning this into a cast activity would never go well.
Bethenny clarified, “I felt tremendous compassion for Dorinda during that dinner and trip. I realized, while watching, that it triggers me and takes me back to my childhood. I won’t go into much detail, but I have experience with people acting irrationally while under the influence.”
She explained, “Nobody’s perfect. I worked on these missions with people with troubled and checkered pasts, brushes with the law, battles with addiction, lack of meaning in life, terrible divorces, death — you name it. No one was judging Dorinda at all. I simply know that this is becoming a pattern around me, and it makes me uncomfortable.”
Bethenny concluded, “Charity attracts all walks of life good and bad. Tune in next week!” Oh, we will.
TELL US- WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT DORINDA & BETHENNY’S PUERTO RICO TRIP? WAS BETHENNY JUDGING DORINDA FOR DRINKING? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BETHENNY REFERRING TO DORINDA AS A “DRUNK”?
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