YAAAAAAS. Best TV news I’ve heard all day: Bethenny Frankel is coming back to Real Housewives of New York City for season 7. Of course, this isn’t great news for her – clearly she’s only coming back because all the other shit she banked on taking off hasn’t really happened. The talk show failed, her marriage is over and I don’t think those Skinnygirl margaritas ever really caught on, either, did they?
That being said, Bethenny was on the show when it was at its height, and her resting bitch face (and non-resting bitch attitude) were a definite highlight of the show. She was somewhat the glue that held it together, drama-wise, and I loved her for it, so this can only be a good thing that she’s coming back.
The former talk show host, whose self-titled daytime program was cancelled in February, will appear in the show’s upcoming seventh season, insiders tell Us. Producers hope her return will help boost ratings, which fell to 1 million (from a record 2.6 million) during season six. “Bringing her back is a last-ditch effort,” one source says.
Frankel will benefit, too, by having an outlet to promote her Skinnygirl empire, which includes a cocktail line, shapewear, and several books, including a new children’s book, Cookie Meets Peanut. (The story was inspired by her 4-year-old daughter, Bryn, and her beloved dog, Cookie.)
This seems so juicy, I love it. They’re even talking about bringing Jill and Kelly back to “rehash” the old issues, though that’s just talk. Bravo is desperate since the show ratings are tanking (and no wonder – all the good people left!) but I will DEF tune in for this shit.
Things were not looking good for the future of The Real Housewives of New York City earlier this week when contract disputes held up the beginning of production on season six. Basically, they wanted fat ass raises and banded together to get them, but Bravo basically told them to figure it out by May 10 or hit the unemployment line. That threat apparently lit a fire under their asses and they’re all on board.
The Real Housewives of New York salary stand off with Bravo is over. Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher today all signed their contracts with the cable channel I’ve learned. Details are sketchy but it seems the Housewives took the modest pay increases Bravo was offering for season 6 rather than continue to hold out for big raises and risk getting booted off the Big Apple version of the multi-city reality franchise. The cable channel also threw in a few more contractual baubles like covering expenses for additional hair and make-up for the cast.
Ugh, stop. Season 5 of RHONYC was the lowest rated in the show’s history and these women are still acting like they’ve got some leverage. That being said, thank f-ck they got this worked out because I love this show (even though I only binge watch it when there’s marathons on) and the world needs more trash like this on TV.
In any case, when things come crashing down on this show because they want $8 million an episode or something stupid and they’re finally told to take a hike, I hope we can all remember this very important lesson:
Jill Zarin, despite her absolutely heinous behavior on season 3 of Real Housewives of New York City, is in many ways the backbone of the show. Today after hearing that Jill may not participate in season 4 and instead go on a spiritual journey, I have to wonder if there’s even a point in the show continuing.
Let’s face it: After fame sets in, the women on these show completely change. Most of the season 3 drama was driven by Tweets, press and scandal, three things that most normal housewives don’t really have to worry about. The illusion of these women living fabulous but ordinary lives has been completely swept away, and all us folks watching at home have to cling to is how much we care for the characters. With Bethenny and Jill both talking about leaving the show, what would be left? Ramona, LuAnn, Sonja and Alex running after the remaining table scraps. Gross.
With Beverly Hills and D.C. versions of the show being filmed now, I think it’s time for the New York City cast to be put to bed. These shows just go stale after a few seasons.
While part two of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion ended on a hopeful and positive note, Bethenny Frankel says that unless that drama is put to bed for good, she wont be returning to the show. Ugh. Why does this keep happening to me?
With the success of her solo show, it’s not like she’s desperate to get Bravo screen time. Bethenny told People:
“[Bethenny Getting Married?] has been so well received, everyone loves it and it’s really all about me, so that takes a big weight off of my shoulders because I guess I can carry a show,” she says about the highest-rated premiere in Bravo’s history.
“I just am so happy. I really have the best fans. They’re so interactive and they root for me,” she adds. “I could cry. I have the best fans. It’s all about the relationship with the fans.”
It’s great to see that Bethenny got the happy ending she so deserved, but her fans grew to love her on Real Housewives and it’s important to me as a viewer that she continues to be involved in the show in some capacity. Without someone there to come up with cruel nicknames for the rest of the cast like “Kelamity” and “Ramonacoaster”, I’m not sure there’s much left there to watch.
When you’re on a successful reality show and the location of your home is public, you’re bound to get rolled up on just like Leo and Drew do by those Star Map mother fuckers. Jaqueline Laurita from the New Jersey cast posted to her Twitter about fans coming to her house uninvited, and while she seemed to handle it graciously, I don’t know how safe it is for their family to continue to be so accessible.
Meanwhile, Jill Zarin fron New York City is dealing with something similar, except she’s taking it much more seriously. Jill posted to her Facebook page over the weekend about two families that are stalking her and says that she sought the advice of another Jersey cast member, Dina Manzo:
“We are being harassed and threatened by a family from Chicago and Alabama. We have contacted authorities. I will block anyone who is linked to them per postal service law enforcement until they finish investigation. This is a serious crime and all evidence has been handed over. If you are involved in anyway. I suggest you stop. Enough is enough. It is NOT funny or a joke…I will not tolerate haters on my Facebook and Twitter accounts anymore. The show is now OVER. I will be blocking anyone following the serious haters as well. Dina gave me good advice. You know who I mean. Haters come with being a celebrity. We all have them, but I will do my best to block them and their followers. Peace and Love. Not hate.”
It sounds like Jill is being overly dramatic (it’s not like it’s out of character for her to freak out over nothing), but when it comes down to the safety of you and family, you can’t mess around. I hope that Bravo is taking measures to help their stars.
I am an avid watcher of all of The Real Housewives shows, but New York City and New Jersey are my all-time faves. I was devastated by the rift between Jill and Bethenny on NYC this season and it’s almost ruined the show for me. While I wouldn’t say that their friendship was a highlight of the program, its demise is definitely a low point. Let’s face it: These broads are too old to be fighting like teenage girls and it’s completely depressing to watch two women with so much going for them destroy their bond over what seems to be a serious of miscommunications and overreactions.
Since season one, Jill and Bethenny always stood out to me as the best characters on the show. Jill you had to love because she is such a Yenta and her husband Bobby is adorable and she seems to be a fairly generous and loving person. Bethenny was great because she was the sassy sidekick that often shined the brightest because of her quick wit and short temper. Then Bethenny’s shtick began to wear on me. Big time. By the end of season two, I began to see her as a shit-talking coward with a chip on her shoulder. Jill I continued to love, although I did think that she clung to Bethenny for her natural business smarts and would feel wrongfully left out when Bethenny didn’t include her.
Cut to this third season and Jill and Bethenny aren’t on speaking terms. I went into the season thinking that it was surly Bethenny’s fault, but as the season unraveled I found myself sympathizing with her. Jill Zarin was using her popularity with the other housewives to cut out Bethenny, and all because Bethenny finally spoke to Jill the way she speaks to everyone else: completely abrasively. Did Jill have a right to feel hurt? Sure! But her pride got in the way of her reason and she spent the rest of the season behaving like Regina George. Also, as I said, Bethenny’s a bitch to everyone and at least you know what you get with her. Jill shouldn’t have been shocked that Bethenny would finally snap at her in a way she didn’t like some day. I mean, duh.
After last night’s episode when Jill and Bethenny finally sat down to hash things out, I’m certain that Jill is at fault here. 100%. While Bethenny repeatedly tried to be civil with Jill and was turned away in a cruel fashion. Jill had to turn at least three people against her before she caught up to the fact that she was being a bitch. And I’m not sure that she ever had that realization, to be honest. It was her husband Bobby who told her she needed to give up her grudge.
The meeting between Jill and Bethenny seemed so forced. Their pleasantries sounded like they were meeting up with a random person they met on craigslist. Jill showed up with potato pancakes in a bag and played all nice-nice while Bethenny sat there, clearly shaken by the fact that her former BFF who had so viciously turned on her was now showing her such kindness and claiming she wanted a truce.
I’m not a fan of everything Bethenny’s done on the show, but I’m giving her a pass on this one. She handled this all like an adult for the most part. Jill Zarin better grow the fuck up and stop thinking she’s the queen bee.
Who do you think is to blame here and do you think there’s a chance that Team Jethenny will reunite?
We hear about celeb moms shedding their baby weight in record (and unrealistic) time, but Bethenny Frankel dropping 30 pounds within the first 3 weeks of her daughter’s life might just be the one that tops them all. Bethenny claims the weight loss was healthy and that her breast feeding her daughter and following a diet given to her by a doctor was what did the trick, and said most of the poundage she lost “was water retention exacerbated by a C-section, which doesn’t allow food for two days.”
Obviously Bethenny’s Skinny Girl lifestyle and the low birth-weight of her daughter coupled with this news is begging for commentary from the other side. The editor of Fit Pregnancy, Peg Moline said:
“I’m concerned if she’s taking care of herself, getting enough rest and enough food, and not obsessing about losing the weight so quickly. I worry about the message that sends to the rest of us out here, who aren’t invested in that ‘skinny girl’ persona and don’t have trainers.”
While Peg’s concerns are fair, I can see how the Real Housewife might not realize how obnoxious her message is. Bethenny, despite all of her crazy health food and obsession with “skinniness”, appears to be a naturally thin person who’s never dealt with serious weight gain or the pressure of a major weight loss. Bethenny said to the Post, “My message to women is to be comfortable where you are, to not binge at any point in your life, to eat a balanced diet with indulgences and to go at your own pace.”
Bethenny’s verbal message may be one thing, and flaunting her bod may help her brand in some ways, but I think the verdict is that her show-offy attitude is more off-putting than it is inspiring.