I’ve been so (good!) busy lately that I have not really told you guys everything there is to tell about a huge drama that has been going on in the Big Apple between Wendy Williams, Bethenny Frankel and Andy Cohen. Well today, the battle has been won by Wendy Williams and I am ready to spill all the tea as Bethenny Frankel’s talk show has been cancelled after just one (kinda lousy) season.
Let’s start with Wendy Williams point of view. I’ve been harsh at times with Wendy (even though she has mentioned tamaratattles.com on her show before #ChateauSheree) because for a while there she was reporting gossip from a site that shall not be named frequently that has a history of making up outrageous stories for drama/page views. But lately, I have found her show to be a really fun watch. Wendy is established in the NYC daytime talk circuit and pulls commendable ratings. She is humble, relates well to her audience and is extremely good at giving advice on the fly during her ask Wendy segments. She also had a great relationship with Andy Cohen and frequently booked his WWHL guests when they were in town.
For a long time, Marigo Mihalos was a Wendy Williams talent booker. Marigo had close contacts with Bravo, and had the inside track to Andy Cohen. She was also close with many of the RHONJ and could get them on the show quite easily if there was a last minute cancellation or the show needed someone in a pinch. She is also friendly with the RHONY ladies. Marigo is really good at her job. Because of her close contacts at Bravo, she was wooed away from Wendy by Bethenny Frankel. She basically left Wendy high and dry and jumped ship. This was the first thing that pissed off Wendy Williams.
For the first few months, everything sort of coasted along. Bethenny thought she was above interviewing reality guests and relied on Ellen DeGeneres to help her get guests. The problem was that Ellen, was in LA as were her guests. Early on, Bethenny was irritated that she did not immediately get to interview A list celebrities. She did not want to pay her dues. She had a very inflated ego. But we will get to that more later. Eventually, Bethenny realized that her ratings were BAD. Really, really bad, and George Clooney was not going to come sit on her couch and fix things. No one was interested in Bethenny’s roundtable discussions on sex and relationships because quite frankly no one could envision Bethenny having sex even if they wanted to. And who wants relationship advice from a woman in a nasty divorce who is still playing out The War of the Roses with her soon to be ex husband in her Manhattan apartment. Nobody. That’s who.
Desperate times cause Bethenny to drop the ego and go for what she knows, reality TV. So Marigo used her contacts and booked every single guest from Andy Cohen’s WWHL she possibly could. It is no secret that Bethenny is the only housewife who is actually friends with Andy and invited to his personal parties. I won’t even mention the Jewish connection. Whoopsie. Suddenly, all of the people who Andy had previously sent to Wendy, now went to Bethenny. This was the second thing that pissed Wendy off.
Wendy doesn’t say anything negative (see how that works Nene Leakes?) and quietly begins to talk about Bravo shows less and less. All the while Wendy is seething. Over on WWHL many of the guests are fans of Wendy and continue to mention her. As does Andy. Finally, Wendy says something on the air about Andy. It was a small rant that was not particularly ugly. But she did say he needs to “keep her name out of the Bravo drama!” Say what? This is when I began to realize Wendy was a lot more pissed than I thought.
Meanwhile, Bethenny’s show was getting better. She had a great way of putting the Bravolebrities on the spot and called bullshit on all their fake storyline answers. I actually began tuning in to the show. Bethenny realizes it’s reality TV guests or no show at all. In a last ditch effort to save the show, Bethenny’s people reach out to Bravo and they agree to put a week of her “best shows” on Bravo at 6 pm. No one tuned in. But Wendy paid attention and was pissed. Wendy has a cushy deal with BET where all of her shows rerun there at midnight. She could not have done her reruns on Bravo anyway. It was the principal of the matter. Wendy had been the loudest proponent of Bravo reality shows anywhere on the air for years. Andy had her on WWHL as a solo guest frequently. She was a very loyal and genuine supporter as opposed to Bethenny who was desperate to distance herself from reality TV. Wendy was betrayed by Andy Cohen.
It became clear that Bethenny was not going to be renewed. Rumors were everywhere that there was going to be a season 2 despite her abysmal ratings because she was going to self fund her show. You know, like vanity publishing only on TV. Today however, The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that the Bethenny show has been cancelled. Bethenny threw in the towel saying, ” “I had a blast doing this show with Telepictures. My entire staff worked so hard and made every day so much fun. I am thankful for the experience and for all my fans who tuned in every day.” There will continue to be new episodes until the end of the season.
In my mind I can just see Wendy Williams in her good wig, smirking. She is waiting patiently for Andy Cohen to come crawling back to his main girl with all sorts of gifts and apologies for his horrific indiscretion with that skinny bitch. I just know Andy wants to sob into those GGG breasts and beg forgiveness. Will Wendy go back to covering Bravo shows regularly in hot topics? We’ll have to wait and see. She has been talking about all sorts of new shows on other cable channels recently. Stay tuned to tamaratattles.com for the tea you won’t get anywhere else, y’all Oh and Happy Valentines Day!
P.S. It’s interesting to note that Nene Leakes was in NYC for quite some time recently and as not booked on any of the three shows. You know Nene would drop everything to be on any of the three.