I have been waiting for this Bethenny Frankel interview since we found out she was coming on last week. Not because I care about any of the shit coming out of Bethenny’s mouth but because there has been a deep rift between Wendy and Bethenny ever since Bethenny stole a few key members from Wendy’s staff when she got ready to start her own show. This also is the reason she stopped covering the housewives and had a falling out with Andy Cohen. You really do need to read that link to understand this post.
So Wendy comes out right away mentioning that Bethenny is going to be on the show. She says ” So Bethenny Frankel is here today. (Big applause from audience. HUGE. Like Bethenny bought the tickets and hired the audience loud.) So I must say I was out of watching the OC housewives and I was also out of watching the New York housewives because there was nothing that was really exciting to me. And then all the sudden the OC became exciting because you know, some of those casts of characters went off the rails (it’s obvious she has no idea who is even on the show) which is always fun to watch and then in New York, Bethenny is back and she made for good TV! So I can’t wait to talk to her about the housewives, her divorce…he’s finally signed the papers!…and her new life with her new man, Dennis.”
Okay that is some happy horseshit right there. These two women hate each other. And the audience is really odd today. We can see the clapping every time she says “Bethenny” and they sound super loud, but when they show the audience their faces don’t match the enthusiasm of the large crowd. This is all so suspicious to me already. What is going on?
Well, I told you about her wigologist, Antwon passing away unexpectedly over the summer. In that post I touched on the fact that at the end of last season, Wendy caught a ration of shit over some comments she made about the NAACP and HBCUs. Even me bringing it up brought a lot of angry folks into comments. I have the luxury of saying what I want to say her because I don’t have show executives breathing down my throat like she does. On the last day of filming last season the network extracted to blood for that situation and fired a whole bunch of her people without warning. So Wendy has been going through some things. It was affecting some huge had campaigns she was working with.
And now, there have been two more killings of black men by police officers and she is touching on that and I am sitting her cringing for her. The she puts Suzanne on the spot. And all I can think about is the longer she stays on this subject the more backlash she will get. Wendy needs to just not say anything about the presidential election or race relations right now until she gets through this issue with her advertisers.
Wendy shows the US magazine cover that Bethenny recently did talking about her divorce. As if she hasn’t put enough drama about her divorce out there for Brynn to read one day. Sigh. You can tell by Wendy’s voice she is not into this introduction. Awkward hug.
Bethenny lays it on thick and immediately compliments Wendy on being so thin. Wendy is very thin. We’d be talking about how she’s probably too thin but for the fact those giant fake boobs sort of disguise how tiny the rest of her is. This is going to be so fake.
Wendy returns the compliments and asks Bethenny if her new bob is symbolic of the divorce. She says it felt like she needed to shed some layers.
Ha! Wendy goes right in for the jaw shaving surgery. I think she mentioned it just that way on her show. Bethenny starts in on her TMJ (she gets it right this time) Botox story. In this version of the Botox story, she claims that the Botox has been reducing the amount of muscle in her jaw for the past two years. Whatever. It’s all ridiculous bullshit. I don’t feel like even transcribing the ridiculousness of it all. Just ask her why she stole your booker, Wendy. Ask her why her talk show failed. Do something real.
Wendy brings up the divorce and basically asks her why she didn’t just split the money and give him what he wants just to be rid of him since she has so much money. It’s not worth four years of misery when you are still in your earning years. Bethenny says it’s not all about the money, there is emotion. Wendy tries to make the point that Bethenny is not getting and in the process says she saw the housewives because “she brought them back to life” and Suzanne has the crowd cheer. Bethenny smiles and says thank you.
Blah, blah, blah, it’s hard to divorce when you are famous, because of the fame. I can’t.
Wendy says she first thought Jason was this nice guy from Pennsylvania, because he is. And Wendy thought that right up until Bethenny was booked on the show. Bethenny goes on to shade Jason. Whatever. She tells us she is honest. I don’t think she can get through anything without reminding us of this. As I was typing she threw in, “I’m honest.” Then she is suddenly talking about her charity work. This is totally her trying to makeover her image.
Bethenny has been speaking for women everywhere and lecturing women everywhere about how to handle relationships with men. She’s plugged her book. She’s going on and on about how women need to think their whole relationships through. Everything with this one is her sharing what she feels is her wisdom with the rest of us peons.
Bethenny says that she doesn’t need anything. If she wants to marry Dennis she will. It’s so not that she is jumping from one man to another. It’s just that she was with the next one before the divorce was final. More lectures for us about not needing a man. Be independent! She’s an honest person! There are no issues with the new relationship, everyone is good with it.
Holy mother of God. After the break it’s a commercial for her brand which I am not even going to type the name of.
Randomly, Wendy says, “Luann is a nice woman and she is desperate to be in a marriage but I’m Team Bethenny with how you handled that whole thing.” She literally cuts off Bethenny’s sale pitch to get this line in there. It’s almost like she was required to say it. Okay, it’s exactly like that.
Bethenny tries to make it seem like she might not come back. Then she asks the audience if they want her back. Cue Applause. Then she talks about all the great things about being on the show. She says, “There are very few places where you get to be so honest, connect with women..” Does connect with women mean degrade and humiliate them on national TV for months on end? Apparently to Bethenny it does. Wendy interrupted her to say she doesn’t need the show, she basically said why don’t you just sit down somewhere and spend your money. Bethenny starts to answer and Wendy blurts out, “You like being famous.” There we go, Wendy could not hold it in any longer.
Bethenny says, “No! You have to understand, it’s comedy though! It’s really funny too!” So Bethenny does it because she’s a comedian. She’s about as funny as Reza Farahan which is why they like each other so much. No one thinks either of them are amusing. They are both sick, mean people. Bethenny start talking about how funny it is watching Ramona wear macrame for seven days in a row on a trip…. And Wendy ends the interview.
This bitch is delusional and Wendy looked pained through the entire thing.
Now for the important part. We need to watch to see what was in this for Wendy. Will she finally be able to book the people from WWHL again? I should also point out that if WWHL was hosted by anyone other than Andy it would likely have been cancelled long ago. I have had a post in my draft folder for a long time about how Bravo has been considering axing that show for a while. I was curious to see if he would return from summer break at all. But he did. It seems now Andy needs Wendy as much as Wendy needs Andy to stop fucking with her. Allegedly. In my opinion.
Wendy has been having trouble booking guests ever since this Bethenny/Andy feud began. If this is what she has to do to get her access to more guests back, the so be it. I hope it works for her, because that was an excruciating pound of flesh she just gave up.