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.”
Andy Cohen’seternal love for Real Housewives of New York’s prodigal daughter, Bethenny Frankel, is well known. What has come under scrutiny of late, though, is just how much his affinity for the Skinnygirl mogul may influence how she appears – or how she wants to appear – on RHONY. According to Page Six, some RHONY castmates have been complaining that Bethenny may have “editorial approval” over episodes before they air, an allegation which Andy denies.
At the recent W Hotels Turn It Up for Change party, Andy told Page Six that Bethenny truly has “no warning” before episodes air, even when she looks “like a beast.” When asked directly what kind of “heads up” Bethenny may get before episodes are released, Andy answered, “She has none,” adding, “As a matter of fact, she gets the episode when everyone else does.” To hammer the point home, Andy further explained, “We send the ‘Housewives’ the episodes the week before. She has absolutely no say.”
Absolutely nothing the public says can get Bethenny Frankel rattled these days, she says. A hot-and-cold figure as a returning cast member of the Real Housewives of New York this season, Bethenny has “given up caring what people think of her,” according to Page Six. “The line for my personal private life has been so blurred,” says Bethenny, that she has basically become immune to the comments swirling around her. Especially when it comes to her messy divorce from Jason Hoppy, who she is now forced to pay $26,000 a month, plus $100,000 in lawyer fees as part of their divorce settlement.
Despite the media’s often negative depiction of Bethenny as a wife, business woman, and even a mother, the Skinnygirl mogul says she’s become numb to bad press. “It’s great because it’s created a Teflon around me that I don’t even notice it. Nobody could say anything bad about me that would really affect me.” Claiming that her persona on RHONY is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get scenario, Bethenny says she not a person who tries “to manufacture who they are. I’m honest, and that’s why I’ve been successful at it.”
There are bad lawyers and there are good lawyers. And then there are Jason Hoppy& Bethenny Frankel’slawyers, who at this point must be billionaires from handling the multi-year Divorce From Hell the couple is battling out in the press, among other places. Like reality TV.
According to pagesix.com, Jason’s legal team is firing back at accusations that Jason will be seeking more child/spousal support from Bethenny in the divorce settlement. He’s already receiving 10K per month, but some reports have surfaced that he wants more. Not so, say his lawyers. “The recent stories . . . are inaccurate and false, seemingly planted by misguided people who wrongly believe that they are furthering Ms. Frankel’s newly minted effort to cast herself as a victim, like when she recently called herself ‘homeless’ on national TV. Mr. Hoppy continues to work hard to protect his daughter from what appears to be her mother’s inability or unwillingness to put a clamp on uninvited media attention,” commented Jason’s attorney, Bernard Clair.
Whoa! Nick Lachey has a job? Okay, back to the subject at hand: Real Housewives of New York’sBethenny Frankel was interviewed by Nick Lachey on VH1’s Morning Buzz Live show this week. He describes her “triumphant return!” to RHONY, citing a ratings spike (Lachey sources are still out on what constitutes a “spike”) due to her presence on the cast this season. “I’m humbled, I’m flattered,” said Bethenny. She also claims Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, and Luann de Lesseps ALL asked her (independently) to come back on the show, so it makes her happy to feel welcomed back with open arms now that she, ah, humbly acquiesced.
Bethenny feels like the dynamic has changed this season because some of them have been together so long and are now going through some intense life circumstances (#homelesspeopleproblemsyo!). “It’s really funny,” says Bethenny, “I see things from a different perspective now. There’s something about it that’s just completely ridiculous, tragic, and hilarious.” Lachey comments, “That’s why we watch!”
The book raises the question, why would anyone want relationship advice from Bethenny given her nasty divorce from Jason Hoppy and the demise of her relationship with Michael Cerussi? “I’m owning it,” she said. “I’ve learned more from my mistakes than I have my successes in everything. I was broke not so long ago. In my business, I always wanted to be successful, and I made a lot of mistakes and I really had no idea if it would ever happen for me. It’s the same with relationships. I can still give advice on something that I’ve made a lot of mistakes in. It’s about… ‘do as I say, not as I’ve done.’ I’m still on the journey in that regard.” Yeah I’m still not sold on the idea. Brandi Glanville might as well write I Suck At Social Drinking So You Don’t Have To while we’re at it.
If you’re like me, than the news that Bethenny is returning to Real Housewives Of New York sent you scrambling to watch old episodes. You know, so you could remember a time when you actually liked Bethenny before she started sabotaging her marriage and faking story lines on her spinoff Bethenny Never After!
After 3 seasons away from RHONY, in which Bethenny divorced, underwent an acrimonious custody battle, TMI’d her every waking moment in tabloids, and attempted to spin herself into a talkshow mogul’s whose only guests were Bravolebrities before being canceled. Now Bethenny, undergoing withdrawal from lack of attention, decided to come back to RHONY to “save the show.”
I don’t know if if will work in the long run but Bethenny promises the show feels fresh and new, and at least for a few episodes we’ll all tune in to see what she’s up to. Oh, but it already looks like Bethenny is having issues – she’s pretty been absent from filming because ex-husband Jason Hoppy is blocking Bryn from appearing (as per their custody agreement). We’ll see how much of a storyline Bethenny actually gives us besides spilling about why she divorced in an effort to renovate her image and swilling products from the endless well of Skinnygirl.