Bethenny Frankel is one Bravo-lebrity that gets her hands dirty to aid those in need. Those that run in her social circles may view charity work as a fancy fundraiser or a black-tie dinner. But Bethenny actively organizes and dispenses necessities, traveling to the location of disaster and being the face on the ground.
B Strong: Disaster Relief is the organization Bethenny founded. Its first mission was to provide relief in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey touched down in 2017. Then a highly publicized trip to Puerto Rico which was filmed for Real Housewives of New York when Bethenny was still on the show. Now, the foundation is focused on helping families affected by the Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside Florida.
After Kathy Hilton made her big debut this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I’m upset it took Bravo eleven seasons to get her on our TV screens. She’s pure TV gold. Her sisterly banter with Kyle Richards is more playful (and less anxiety-inducing) than Kyle’s on-screen relationship with Kim Richards. But to be clear, Kim is TV gold in my book as well. And I’d love to see this sister trio all together on my TV sometime soon.
Kathy’s RHOBH debut was a long time coming, and it was worth the wait. While she may never want a diamond in her hand full-time, she makes the perfect friend-of who provides comedic relief and a heavy dose of wealth and fame. And while Kathy stopped watching the show after Kyle and Kim’s infamous limo brawl, she’s proving she’s a total natural.
For those viewers enjoying the cast mix on the Real Housewives of New York, know that producers are looking to shake things up more next season. With a core group that was untouched for almost seven seasons, change was arguably needed. Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Luann de Lesseps were together since Season 7. And the rotation of supporting cast members that included Bethenny Frankel, Tinsley Mortimer, and Carole Radziwell, provided shifting drama and story lines.
This formula worked until Tinsley left RHONY to follow Scott Kluth to Chicago. Dorinda was left wanting for a target for her misguided anger and starting lashing out at the rest of the cast. Unable to take responsibility or resolve any issues during the reunion, Dorinda was axed from the show. Her departure provided an opportunity to reshape the dynamic of RHONY. Producers added Eboni K. Williams to the Season 13 cast and her presence is a welcome change to a very homogeneous group. Eboni brought diversity of heritage, thought, opinion, perspective and culture. Now, Bravo producers are looking to include another woman of color to RHONY with the potential hiring of a Latina radio host.
Even when we are away from our TV screens, we love to have something Bravo-related to do. If you’re craving Bravo content during a beach day, a long flight, or during your public transit commute, pick up a book written by your favorite Bravolebrities.
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After a year in a pandemic, a United States election, and a massive boost to the Black Lives Matter movement, reality TV is looking a little differently these days. True Bravo fans will remember the 2016 Real Housewives of Atlanta episodes where Phaedra Parks and some of the other wives attended Black Lives Matter events. Four years later, these other franchises are still playing catch up. That includes the iconic Real Housewives of New York who finally welcomed their first Black cast member after eleven seasons! Welcome to a more accurate reality on your reality TV screen!
For boasting a life of worldliness and civility, Luann de Lesseps sure does seem lost. Though, who can forget that dreadful Diana Ross costume she tried to pass off just a few seasons ago? Shockingly, Sonja Morgan is coming through in a way I don’t think anyone predicted. Sonja was both eloquent and accurate when taking up for the movement and newest Housewife, Eboni K. Williams in last weeks’ episode.
There’s truly nothing better in my book than a Bravo crossover. It’s why I’m jumping in my seat for Bravo to air Winter House (I will never get used to Summer House Winter Charm) and the Real Housewives All-Stars special. Even singular episodes, like when Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel made a guest appearance on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. B and Kyle Richards go wayyyy back and it was everything to see them together on-screen. B shaded Erika Jayne. She kept her cold sense of humor around a bunch of glam valley girls. And, of course, there were SkinnyGirl margs. Sounds to me like Christmas morning.
Like I said, Kyle and Bethenny have history. They met in the 90s in LA and B even served as an assistant to the one, the only Kathy Hilton. The throwback pics are EVERYTHING and worth a deep-dive to see these two ladies starting out their adult lives, big hair and all. However, they both take (or in B’s case, took) their time on Real Housewives very differently. Kyle would have to leave RHOBH kicking and screaming, while B never wants to return. Kyle is putting on a front of close friendship among her co-stars while Bethenny isn’t afraid to lash out and burn bridges. Maybe that’s why their friendship lasted so long — because they both live on different coasts of the U.S. and don’t see each other that often. Let alone, they’ve never appeared full-time on the same show.
Bethenny Frankel is one of Bravo’s brightest stars and most successful stories. If a viewer were to model themselves by one Bravolebrity, Bethenny is a good one to emulate. She has the money, the name, and has developed her philanthropic efforts to prestigious levels. Beth might have always had that “star power” but attempts to launch her brand remained unsuccessful prior to joining Real Housewives of New York.
After 8 seasons of playing the reality television game, between taking time off to investigate other ventures, Bethenny departed the franchise for bigger and better pursuits. She currently has a gig with HBO and recently revealed her newest wine collection. Beth has proclaimed being on Housewives ruined her credibility in the business world but admits she misses aspects of the show. In a recent interview, she implies RHONY is no longer on her radar, so I suppose it was by sheer coincidence Bethenny revealed her engagement the day the newest season trailer came out.
While the concept of angels on Earth are a mythical fantasy for some, others believe souls with the purest of hearts are incorporating themselves into the lives of everyday humans. It appears we may have found solid evidence one of these angels actually exists and it’s very possible a miracle has been witnessed. Our story begins when former star of Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel, launched a brand new wine.
Forever Young is not only a Rod Stewart song that might be used in a pharmaceutical commercial for erectile dysfunction, it is the name of Bethenny’s latest alcoholic offering. As you know, Bethenny is a sharp-witted, multiple-threat force in the business world. She is self-made and she’s not here for anyone’s crap. If you dish it out, Beth will take it, lightly grill it, and serve it back to you with a red wine reduction sauce. Now it seems perhaps Bethenny has met her match and this match takes an unlikely form. An angel, if you will, operating under the guise of the man, the legend, Donn Gunvalson.