Bethenny Frankel is a media whore. I really don’t think there is anything wrong with that. There are a lot of people who want to be in the entertainment industry. I used to dabble in it in my late teens and early twenties. I couldn’t handle all of the waiting around and pancake makeup. It was fun to experience but certainly not something I would have considered as a career. If I were forced to be in the industry, I’d want to be a casting director. Mostly because bad casting can really irritate me. But Bethenny has been trying to get and stay in front of cameras for decades. And even now that she is a mother, and very rich, she can’t seem to shake the bug.
So Bethenny Frankel is returning to RHONY.
“I’m genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City,” she said in a statement. “Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!”
Andy Cohen is also thrilled with her return. “Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise, and I couldn’t be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!,” he says.
I like Bethenny well enough. She’s kind of a bitch, and she makes no effort to cover that personality quirk up on TV. I’m most likely watch and recap the next season of RHONY. She will be filming with Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan. I’ve it before and I’ll say it again, seven women are about two too many for the show. Hopefully a couple of them will be in FOH roles.
I guess my biggest issue with Bethenny is that when she got her talk show. She didn’t handle it well. She expected Ellen DeGeneres who produced the show to share all of her A list guests. Life doesn’t work that way. You have to build a reputation, use your contacts, and build you brand up before Oprah and Brad Pitt drop by for an interview. Even worse, she did not want reality stars on her show in the beginning. And then when the ratings were in the toilet, it was the reality start that pulled her ratings up. Not enough to save the show, but enough to get to finish out the season. The way she did that was pretty underhanded. She stole Wendy Williams booking agent who had all the Bravo relationships. Bethenny caused a huge rift between Wendy Williams and Andy Cohen. Wendy and Andy’s relationship has never been repaired. She was very difficult to work with on her talk show and was vocal about her issues with her production team on the air. When the show failed she blamed production for restricting her and not allowing her to be herself.
And now Bethenny seems to realize that the reality show watchers are the only people who know or care who she is. During the brutal divorce from Jason Hoppy, her book sales plummeted and her PR team literally had to drag people to her events.
So now, she needs to be in front of the camera again. And suddenly, all of those disparaging remarks about reality TV may just bite her in the butt. Time will tell.
Will you be watching? Do you think Jill Zarin will storm the set?