Bethenny Frankel is your original Real Housewife success story.
The show that launched a thousand feuds certainly served the Skinny Girl well—she seized the opportunity to launch her brand, find a husband and baby daddy before sailing off into the beckoning Hollywood sunset.
Then it kind of imploded. The marriage split, the talk show got cancelled and Bethenny has returned to her roots and the show that once “embarrassed” her: Real Housewives of New York City.
Frankel sat down with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live this week in a half hour special and filled us in on the current state of her life and the fact that she will never get married again. Ever.
She quit the show four years ago to spread her wings. She'd had a horrible falling out with ex BFF Jill Zarin on the show (Zarin is not currently returning) and explained her leaving;
“There was a point I was a little embarrassed to be a Housewife. Now, coming back I feel I’m proud to be doing it again. I feel like it is a different show…it seems honest. It seems real. It seems a little…old school.”
She described her reasons for returning;
"I don't think people really know me anymore. Even when doing a talk show, it was very controlled. I felt like I was directing traffic.
I didn't realize how liberating this is... to be exactly who you are. It's who I am which is so scary. It occurred to me recently. I'm a professional reality star. This is like, my calling... I just feel comfortable in this."
As is well documented, Bethenny, 44, has been in a BITTER divorce battle since she her 2010 split with ex husband Jason Hoppy, with whom she shares a daughter, Bryn, 4. In her usual candid way she said;
"The power struggle between men and women [exists], and [it is hard] when the woman is the breadwinner. I think fame, attention and money does not bring out the best in everybody. I think that money, in may ways, is the root of all evil.
People should be in relationships with people that really accept them and understand them…[Jason and I] brushed [issues] under the rug.”
Attempting to not inflame the situation she continued;
“I don’t want to come in here and start trashing the situation, its not good for anyone.”
Well Jason clearly felt trashed. Hoppy’s attorney said that he and his client were “exploring their legal options” after the interview, which troubled them.
Jeez Jason, let it go and stop whining!
NB—In case you hadn't guessed, this Popdust writer for one cannot WAIT to see Bethenny back in action!