When Bethenny Frankel decided to quit Real Housewives of New York in August of 2019, it was a surprise to many viewers. According to co-star Ramona Singer, Bethenny’s fellow New York Housewives found out the news in the press. Yikes!
Allegedly, Bravo executives were upset with Bethenny months before she left RHONY because Bethenny was teaming up with Mark Burnett to produce unscripted TV shows. Whether or not you are a fan, Bethenny does create great television.
Variety reported that Bethenny announced that her new project, an unscripted reality competition series, has been picked up for eight episodes by HBO Max. In the half-hour series, titled The Big Shot With Bethenny, competitors will vie for a spot on the executive team of Bethenny’s Skinnygirl brand. I am a Bethenny fan, but just watching the way that she treated her staff and assistants on RHONY was stressful. I know that she is a perfectionist, but occasionally I would feel panicked watching at home.
So, what does Bethenny have to say about her new project? “Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible. My mantra is to come from a place of ‘yes’ and to find and create the solution,” Bethenny stated.
She also said, “I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me. MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution. I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward.”
In March of 2019, Bethenny inked the deal with Burnett and MGM Television to develop unscripted projects that she will executive produce and
will always possibly even appear on camera. According to Variety, The Big Shot With Bethenny is the first show under this new deal to nab a series order.
Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming for HBO Max said, “I first met Bethenny when I put her on the first season of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ and she’s always both impressed and entertained me. It’s incredible to see her empire continue to grow and I know that candidates will be clamoring to work for her.”
Barry Poznick, MGM’s president of unscripted & alternative television and Orion Television, also sang Bethenny’s praises. “Bethenny is that rare talent whose creative instincts are equal to her business acumen and working with her to create this series has been an amazing collaboration. We’re giving fans what they want, access inside Bethenny’s businesses so they can see how she runs her empire, all while offering one fan the chance of a lifetime to join her executive team,” Poznick said. Bethenny will executive produce the new show along with Burnett, Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino and Poznick.
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