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Did Bethenny Frankel Fake Being Lost at Sea for Her TV Show?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2011 6:45AM
Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel has parlayed being a cast member of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' into a flourishing business empire and reality TV show franchise. Now, however, questions are being asked about how "real" her reality show is. Are some scenes faked for the cameras?

Last month Frankel said that she and husband Jason Hoppy were lost at sea off of the Massachusetts coastline for 20 hours: "It was traumatic. Absolutely traumatic."

Sounds scary, right? Well, maybe not. Frankel's rescuer Tim Russell says that she was never lost at sea, or in any danger, and that the whole thing was a phoney, staged for the benefit of the Bravo camera crew on board the boat with her.

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'Real Housewives of New York City' Ratings Do Just Fine Without Bethenny

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 11th 2011 2:00PM
Bethenny Frankel
Maybe Bethenny Frankel wasn't as integral to the success of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' as we thought -- ratings for the Bravo show have actually increased since Bethenny Frankel left the show.

"During filming and again just prior to our fourth season airing, many articles popped up stating that RHONY would flop after Bethenny's departure," a current cast member told Rob Shuter of AOL TV sister site PopEater. "Many of these seemed to be veiled leaks by B and her team, designed to hurt us and boost her own spin off. Unfortunately for them, those plans didn't pan out."

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Bethenny Decides to Sell SkinnyGirl for Big Money on Season Finale of 'Ever After' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 10th 2011 4:36AM
Bethenny Frankel, 'Bethenny Ever After'Bethenny Frankel premiered the SkinnyGirl brand in 2009, and now on the season finale of 'Bethenny Every After' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo) she was contemplating whether to sell.

When she and her husband Jason sat down to talk about it, he described the offer by telling Bethenny "You're gonna be a very rich woman." It was the culminating moment of all her work, and she vowed to go through with it because she never allows herself to celebrate.

"I want Skinny Girls coming out of the faucets," Bethenny said. "You will be flushing the toilet bowl with Skinny Girls swirling around it, okay."

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Jason and Bethenny Steal a Quiet Moment of Love on 'Ever After' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 2:34AM
Bethenny Frankel, 'Bethenny Ever After'During their Christmas celebration, Bethenny and Jason found a quiet moment together on 'Bethenny Ever After' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo). On a wagon ride that was almost away from the trappings of civilization -- except for that pesky highway blasting right by -- Jason got a little sentimental about their new lives together.

"Don't make me cry," Bethenny told him not once, but twice. Nevertheless, Jason would not be stopped and he made her cry anyway. But they were good tears.

"My family has not had a lot of happiness in a long time, and you've brought that happiness to us," he told her. Bethenny could do little more than echo his words in the moment.

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Bethenny and Her 'Ice Husband' Bicker Behind the Scenes of 'Skating With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 26th 2011 1:13AM
'Skating with the Stars' - 'Bethenny Ever After'We can't help but think these episodes of 'Bethenny Ever After' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo), chronicling her behind-the-scenes adventures as a cast member on 'Skating with the Stars,' would be more compelling if that show hadn't been a colossal flop. Now it's like watching her compete so hard on something that ultimately nobody's going to care about.

Still, for those who did watch 'Skating,' now they can see how smooth the relationship between Frankel and her professional partner Ethan Burgess wasn't.

Between his complaining and wincing in pain and her snapping and barking orders, it's a wonder they were able to get it together to come in second on the short-lived competition series.

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Nanny Gives Salty Defense of Bethenny's 'Skating With the Stars' Effort (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 19th 2011 4:00AM
Bethenny, Jason on 'Bethenny Ever After'After Bethenny Frankel's first performance on 'Skating With the Stars' last December, the judges -- and everyone else in America -- lambasted her effort. On 'Bethenny Ever After' (Mon., 10PM ET on BRAVO), she and Jason are shocked by the other contestants' scores and the many rude comments Bethenny received.

"Why are you so mad at me?" Bethenny wonders of the judges. "I came here to ice skate, make a fool of myself. Why can't you just say, 'Oh, nice outfit, nice ass, nice anything'?" She also contests that Vince Neil scored better, though he fell down and she didn't.

At least their baby's nanny is on her side. She leaves a voicemail message saying, "You looked beautiful. You danced beautiful, a wonderful job. But you know what I'd like to do? I'd like to..." and a stream of expletives pours forth. However she'd like to get back at the judges for their critique, it's so bad that the entire thing is bleeped out -- and it's a lengthy sound.

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Bethenny and Jason Are 'Making Our Dreams Come True' on 'Ever After' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2011 12:26AM
Jason & Bethenny, 'Bethenny Ever After'It was like a remake of 'Laverne & Shirley' on 'Bethenny Ever After' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo) this week. Only instead of working at Shotz Brewery, Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy were touring Frankel's SkinnyGirl wine factory.

Nevertheless, they proved to be on the same page, or at least of a certain generation, when Frankel shouted out "Shlemiel!" Hoppy immediately responded with "Schlimazel!"

It's only a shame Bravo didn't dole out the cash to get the actual theme music from 'Laverne & Shirley,' as it would have added so much more to the classic imagery Frankel and Hoppy were creating throughout the factory. We were waiting for a glove to go by on top of a bottle.

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Andy Cohen Hedges on His 'No New Housewives' Edict: 'Never Say Never'

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 7th 2011 11:00AM
Andy Cohen in the Bravo clubhouse

Because Andy Cohen is not only a "Bravo-lebrity" -- he's host of the loosey-goosey talk show 'Watch What Happens Live' -- but he's also the network's executive vice president of original programming, it's hard to pin him down on certain issues.

For instance, when asked about his assertion last month that 'The Real Housewives' series won't be expanding into new cities, he backtracks a little bit. "Um, I mean, you know, look, I mean, look, never say never, but I think we're really good right now," he told me earlier this week. He also won't mention the fate of 'The Real Housewives of DC:' "You know what, we have not made any announcements and we haven't really gotten into it." (Update: 'The Real Housewives of DC' was officially canceled on April 7.)

One thing is certain, though: if the show is pushing into Toronto, as was reported last week, it won't be produced by Bravo: "You know what, I don't know if that's a license deal. I don't know what that is. But that was the first I had heard of it too."

On Thursday, April 7 at 11PM ET, Cohen celebrated the 100th episode of 'WWHL,' and he's enjoying every minute of his side gig. "I love it that right now it's kind of somewhere between 'Wayne's World' and a Fellini movie," Cohen said.

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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Apr 5th 2011 6:15AM
Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel, 'Bethenny Ever After'['Bethenny Ever After' - 'Fleeing From 40']

Poor Jason, but good Jason. It was hard to empathize with Bethenny when she shuttered herself in the bathroom to cry bloody murder. Everyone around her was supportive and happy to make her happy. But there was that old chestnut, her past, latent or invisible most of the time, exploding at just the wrong moment.

So, her husband was good to weather the storm, however inconvenient or awkward it was. What are over 40 friends and family members when you've constantly got cameras in the house, anyway?

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Bethenny Breaks Down at Her 40th Birthday Party on 'Ever After' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 5th 2011 2:34AM
One of the rules of any relationship is to be very, very careful what you do to celebrate your lovely lady's birthday. Especially if it's one of those significant milestone birthdays like 40. Jason learned this lesson in a very public and difficult way on 'Bethenny Ever After' (Mon., 10PM on Bravo).

At a lavish party he'd thrown together to celebrate Bethenny Frankel's big 4-0, she absolutely freaked out and lost her mind. She pulled Jason into another room where they talked about it while their guests looked around awkwardly.

The way it was filmed was even more uncomfortable, because it kind of looked as if they were broadcasting Frankel's breakdown over loudspeakers so the guests could listen in. Obviously they weren't, but it made her very personal moment look very public.

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Bravo Picks Up 11 New Shows, Renews 5 Others

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 30th 2011 4:00PM
Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos of 'Flipping Out' to star in new Bravo series 'Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis'One of the things that's always been striking about how Bravo has reinvented itself over the last decade is that when they find a franchise they like, they go all in and take it in as many different directions as they can.

It's made for a channel that has a very strong identity and fan base. And has led the NBC Universal–owned network to confidently announce at their upfront today that they're going to be picking up 11 new shows.

You read that number right. The 11 that are being picked up include new shows from some of the network's most recognizable stars, like Jeff Lewis and Tabitha Coffey, and will also include a New York spin-off of their popular real estate show 'Million Dollar Listing.'

Bravo announced the return of five shows: 'Top Chef Just Desserts,' 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' 'Bethenny Ever After' and 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover.'

More on this mega-announcement, plus a list of the new shows, after the jump.

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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 29th 2011 6:00AM
['Bethenny Ever After' - 'Ice Castles and Hassles']Bethenny Frankel, 'Bethenny Ever After'

How convenient ... a night in a swanky hotel with her girl posse just to talk ... about planning her birthday party? It sounds better than it ended up, especially when Bethenny's got some kind of birthday psychosis going on, unsurprisingly traced back to some pretty unsavory, sad moments from her childhood. See, she was sure the therapist had something to say. He must be convinced now, too.

Can we please get some bonus footage at the end of the season with Julie performing an extended version of her "Metro card" dance? I'm sure one of the Bravo 'Housewives' would be more than happy to take on the task of singing an accompanying song or jumping on a remix.

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Bethenny Frankel Breaks Down Talking About Her Childhood on 'Ever After' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2011 1:40AM
'Bethenny Ever After'If you've been through a difficult childhood, it can be very challenging to try and open up and talk about it. But if you reach that point where it starts to come out, sometimes that emotion just pushes it all out. Such was the case for Bethenny Frankel on 'Bethenny Ever After' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo).

In her therapy session, she opened up about the craziness of her early life, talking about how her mother would yell at her for not wanting to go to a night club with her when Bethenny was 13 years old. She struggled with her relationships with both her father and her stepfather.

"It sounds like I'm making it up when I say it out loud because it's so f****** crazy," she said. "But it didn't feel that crazy then. It really didn't."

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Bethenny Frankel on 'Bethenny Ever After' and Coming From a Place of Yes

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2011 12:05PM
'Bethenny Ever After'It's not a stretch to say that Bethenny Frankel's life moves as fast as she talks.

Even though our interview earlier this week was via phone, it wasn't hard to paint the picture of what was going on on the other end: Bethenny, holding her ten-month old daughter Bryn, wandering around the office or living room in the small but well-appointed Tribeca condo seen in her Bravo show 'Bethenny Ever After,' conducting the interview in the vicinity of a speakerphone. Bryn was so close I could hear her cooing in the speaker near the end of the interview, so I said hi to her.

Life is non-stop for the former star of 'The Real Housewives of New York City.' In addition to the Bravo show, which is in its second season chronicling her marriage to Jason Hoppy and new motherhood, she just completed a deal to sell her Skinnygirl brand of low-calorie ready-made cocktails to Beam Global, maker of Jim Beam bourbon, among other products. And on Tuesday, her latest book, 'A Place of Yes: 10 Rules For Getting Everything You Want Out of Life,' hit store shelves.

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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 22nd 2011 6:20AM
Bethenny and Bryn, 'Bethenny Ever After'['Bethenny Ever After' - 'It's My Baptism and I'll Cry if I Want To']

One minute Bethenny's riffing that Gina's spiritual dance looks like she's "on ecstasy at a rave," the next she's skedaddling out of the baby nurse's church because the baby may have just been accidentally (or not) baptized.

Bethenny hit the nail on the head when she said "I don't like to feel out of control" -- as in, she doesn't like "doilies and cats," or for her refrigerator and closet to be messy -- but the baptism situation took it to a whole other level. This time, very rightfully so.

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