EXCLUSIVE: Bethenny Frankel’s Behind The Scenes Antics That Lead To Her Cancellation

Posted on Feb 18 2014 - 10:34am by Avigail

 Bethenny Frankel

Prior to the horrid Bethenny show being canceled, there were plenty behind the scenes drama and shenanigans that would make your head spin. In a desperate attempt to save the disaster that was the Bethenny show, Telepictures (the production company that owned the show) moved the show to Bravo. Bravo would air repeat episodes of the daytime show at 6 p.m. to test that market. According to a source, the move infuriated the former Real Housewives of New York star because it forced her to have reality television celebs appear as guests on her show.

Although Frankel rose to fame through reality television ranks, she places herself above a “reality TV star” and refused to go the route of reality TV hustler talk show host. She wanted a legitimate talk show modeled after Rosie O’Donnell’s original talk show.

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Frankel was in an executive meeting with Telepictures fuming about how the “Bethenny” show would not go back to Bravo or the way of Reality TV.

Allegedly, RadarOnline who has a strong advertising relationship with Bravo and promotes Bravo shows, decided out of the blue to go on a two week “I hate Bethenny” campaign. RadarOnline published scathing stories, trashing the Bethenny show daily and most days publishing twice a day, until Telepictures signed a contract with Bravo. Immediately after the contract signing, the RadarOnline hate campaign against the Bethenny show abruptly ended. When Bravo agreed to start airing the Bethenny talk show during  their 6 p.m. time slot, it was agreed with Telepictures that Frankel would have Bravo “stars” as guests on her show.  Allegedly, this infuriated Frankel as she never wanted to be a host of a reality talk show such as What What Happens Live. Miss Hoity-Toity thought she was above reality television nobodies.

Bethenny’s fate was sealed when affiliates started dropping the Bethenny show and opted to pick up the Meredith Vieira show instead. Telepictures Productions (Ellen Show, TMZ Live, Extra, Judge Mathis) announced that Bethenny Frankel talk show Bethenny will be canceled after one season, however, Bethenny will continue to air until later in spring 2014.

Hilary Estey McLoughlin from Telepictures Productions, operating as a label of Warner Bros. Television said on February 14, 2014:

“We are incredibly proud of the creativity, passion and professionalism Bethenny and her staff brought to daytime each and every day and look forward to finishing out the season with more great original episodes”

The former Real Housewives of New York star never really took off as a talk show host and complained that she never had the “A-List celebrity guests” that Ellen DeGeneres promised Bethenny.

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Bethenny released a statement that said, “I had a blast doing this show with Telepictures, my entire staff worked so hard and made every day so much fun. I am thankful for the experience and for all my fans who tuned in every day.”

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Avagail is an entertainment news blogger for allaboutthetea.com. She’s a Brooklynite with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching and pop culture.

  • ohdearme

    Good piece Avigail, I remember those stories on ROL lol, but we all know it’s not over until Barfenny points her bony finger at someone and proclaims that it’s their fault she failed. My guess is that she’ll do it on WWHL one night.

    • jane

      hi ohdearme, she already has started by pointing a bony finger that Ellen promised “A-List celebrity guests” and didn’t deliver! And I am sure that is only the first of what will be many “reasons” why her show failed. Why oh why can’t any of these D-list people ever admit that maybe, just maybe, it is something THEY did or didn’t do instead of shifting blame on anything that sticks to the wall.
      Bethenny’s show was terrible. Even when it had the trial run; it should never have been picked up in the first place. So glad another worthless show will be leaving the airwaves.

      • ohdearme

        Hey Jane,
        Barfenny is never to blame, it wouldn’t surprise me if she ragged her OBGYN for a crappy childbirth (real or imagined). Yes something tells me we’re in for a long ride with this, I hope Ellen is not surprised.

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Always the victim. She tried the same nonsense excuse during her divorce hearings and it didn’t work.

          • ohdearme

            ikr, every person she has ever worked with she’s trashed, she’s a real crazy B, that’s for sure.

          • RX

            People take NOTICE to that HISTORY

          • ohdearme

            FACT!

      • Dr Seuss

        Hi Jane! I agree, she will blame everything under the kitchen sink with the exception of herself. She spoke too fast and flayed her hands around when interviewing. She also talked over her guest. It was a hot mess, train wreck of a show that should have never made it pass the initial trial run.

    • Dr Seuss

      Bony finger!! LOL!! Yup. She appear and have every excuse known to man-kind for her failure. To think she let this loser of a show ruin her marriage to a great guy is beyond me. She’s just like her mother. SMH!

      • ohdearme

        Her mother called it, they’re two peas in a pod, I have never liked her ever since she was on NY dragging her father through the mud to anyone that would listen then turned around and cried like a baby because he didn’t want to see her on his death bed B please!

        • Happywife

          It does appear that her mother’s harsh words were on the mark. At the time I dismissed her mother as bitter and jealous but I take that back today. Bethany is every bit of what her mother initially described.

          • ohdearme

            Yes her mother knows her daughter! She tried to appear as if she raised herself because no one cared, I’m so glad that all of her private schooling came to light. She plays the woe is me game too often and it’s a turn off. She sucked Jill’s mother in hook line and sinker, then bashed the heck out of the whole family that took her in when she didn’t have a place to stay.

        • Dr Seuss

          Yup!!!!!!!!! Ditto. I never liked her either. I always thought she was a loud mouth rude bitch. Way too abrasive and crude for my liking. And honey, she’ll stab you in the front, forget the back!

          • ohdearme

            Yes she will, I know that people don’t like Jill, but I’ll never forget Jill allowing her to stay with them in the Hamptons and Jill’s mother adopting her so to speak. She trashed those people like they stole something from her. She is a snake.

          • Dr Seuss

            Amen!! And I could never understand the SEVERE dislike for Jill when IMO she was the victim in the feud. Everybody ran on the Bethenny band wagon. I didn’t get it.

          • ohdearme

            People LOVE a happy ending feel good story line lol, Barfenny had finally found her prince AND Oh my she’s PREGNANT!!!! OMG love her! I called BS at the time and I still do lol.

          • Dr Seuss

            IKR. She got knocked up out of wedlock and had a shotgun wedding. What’s to admire about that?

          • ohdearme

            Come now Doc,
            That’s the new way to do things, if someone says they’re getting married first, well you have to wonder how long before the baby announcement will arrive after the wedding lol. Also keep in mind she cries that ugly cry for all things in love women have!

    • RealitytvJunkie

      This is very funny. I agree, she’ll make some grand appearance and look for brownie points from the audience. Pffft

  • RX

    IMO Bethenny failed because she never had an audience outside of Bravo.
    Bethenny would have been better off doing a daytime version of #wwhl, as we all know, Andy, would never allow that…..

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Looking at the program guide every day, her producers booked some great guests. The problem for me was that I couldn’t watch the show because I can’t stomach her!

      • johncnnj

        That is funny! I read where she blames the fact her guests were so… err… not great. I’m sure she blames everything on others or on circumstances and fails to see it’s all about her.

      • skbsoccermom

        Exactly! When I looked at the program guide, I thought her producers were really working hard to get her some good guests, but with her as the host, there is no way I could tune in. They missed the mark. If they got themselves a watchable host, booked some of the same guests, and added in alittle more variety, the show would have been good.

  • RX

    Now that Andy Cohen is FIRED as an executive with Bravo and only has a 2 year contract as a “HOST”, as well as a 2 year deal as host of #wwhl……

    Wonder what ANDY thought of the Bravo Executives who authorized the test market of “Bethenny” Day Time show on Bravo?

    ……seems to me Bravo has no love for ANDY COHEN = imo

    • Dr Seuss

      I get the same impression. Do you think Bethenny’s “better than thou” attitude towards reality tv stars and Bravo has anything to do with her BFF Andy getting the axe from the network?

      • RX

        Andy was fired as a Bravo Executive because Bravop did not like his executive style/decision making skills. They replaced Andy.

        RH Franchise was a sinking ship on his watch….Bravo wants to move away from RH Franchise and market to a younger audience than what RH Franchise was bringing in….

        Jan 2013 #rhoNY was set to film…..everything was set….then Bravo put on the breaks and spent the Spring re tooling #rhoNY…..this was the first clue Andy was on his way OUT.

  • Dr Seuss

    Bethenny is a male hater and it’s evident on her shows. That type of prattle is good for the tabloids, but I do not want to hear it on a simple talk show. Wendy Williams is ok – she doesn’t not take the female side all the time and believes in “it takes two to Tango” – hence why I do watch her sometimes. Kelly Ripa, aka “Skeletor” – nasty looking skinny woman – every time I see her on tv, I just want to barf. She needs to hang up show business and stay home….Just wait until that body of yours becomes 70….nasty….

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Predicted she and Katie would get cancelled. They were both really awkward and unnatural as hosts. What I am still trying to figure out is why Queen Latifah’s talk show got renewed, it is equally boring.

  • SAMRA1116

    Bethanny thought the stars was coming on her couch—baw she could only get a few stars n the rest is reality TV history—-she didn’t bother calling her old castmates, that’s why they didn’t show up. Once she gets that stick out of her arse, she will know, no one likes her voice n her attack mode on ppl. Crypt keeper is mad as hell—she hates to lose. She losing more than a show.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      When Bethenny left the HW’s show she wrote off all her former castmates. I bet you she blocked their numbers in her cell. She uses everyone around her and then drops them like a hot potato. Crypt Keeper is a very accurate description of this women whom I use to like

    • Happywife

      She needs time to do some soul searching after the way she treated Jason and his parents. Money seems to be way too important to her. She lacks empathy & warmth.

      • SAMRA1116

        She lacks everything–her mother was correct—she knew her daughter quite well—-Crypt Keeper only cares for herself—-she should have gotten a sperm donor—-she did everything possible to make those nice inlaws feel like shit on an ugly stick. SMDH
        KARMA is coming back at u big time.

    • johncnnj

      Didn’t she reach out to the “fired” NY housewives – but did so in a way that was less than friendly? Zarin and … the one in Brooklyn declined because of the way they were asked…. no?

  • WestCoastFeed

    How could anyone listen to that screech for an hour? I tried to watch once when she had a guest on that I was actually interested in hearing (I can’t remember now who it was). but I didn’t last more than a couple of minutes. Fingernails on chalk board.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      The only notable Guest that I can remember would be Martha Stewart. Other than that, it was all Housewife Trash from the idiotic bravo network or some other reality tv wannabe.

      • ohdearme

        The sad part is that she used the show from the start as a way to publicize her bashing of her husband, tacky but true. Once Jason put a muzzle on her and she had to taper what she said, I really don’t think it was as much fun for her.

      • johncnnj

        You know, it’s not about the “A” ist personalities… she has absolutely no talent as a host/interviewer. I’ve watched interviews with “ordinary” people and thoroughly enjoyed what they had to say. But the few minutes I spent watching this show were painful … the guest wanted to get our her message and the egomanical host wanted to get out her vast knowledge of whatever she thought the guest should be discussing.

        I actually liked her on the real housewives . . . but… wow. What an ego on this one.

        • skbsoccermom

          I actually liked alot of the guests they booked, and would have loved to watch the show if I could stand the host … THAT was the problem with this show. I have always found her incredibly annoying. She tries to be witty and funny, but she is just an abrasive motor-mouth.

    • Juan Garcia

      Do you think Bravo would give her own show like Andy’s WWHL’s live?

      • Dr Seuss

        Oh God…I pray not. She failed the first time for a reason.

    • Dr Seuss

      Her voice and skeletor features….Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew the show wouldn’t last long. Glad somebody finally woke up.

  • Juan Garcia

    Great site you have going here. Thanks for the invite.

    Glad to see her go – she’s phony, way too skinny and she just plain annoying. There is no way she will ever be a good talk-show host. She’s more interested in what she has to say than any guest she can persuade to come on her show!

    • ohdearme

      You are so right, from the clips I’ve seen as her guests are talking you can see the wheels turning for Barfenny as she tries to think of a witty off putting reply to get the claps and bring it back to her! People see through that crap even if they could tolerate her voice!

      • Happywife

        You’re right, she was more interested in out-witting her guest. That and her desire to be smart and funny destroyed the show.

        • ohdearme

          Let’s not forget having a platform to bash Jason. Frankly I think that turned more people off than she’ll ever admit. Everyday people don’t have a platform to bash their ex and her’s appeared to be nice!

          • Happywife

            Yes, I agree. It was quite despicable to watch her treat Jason and his parents in such a cruel and heartless manner, utter disregard for the cameras.

        • RX

          I AGREE!!

    • Happywife

      Bethany lacked intellect for my taste. Mindless guest, mindless discussion. Just not my cup of tea.

    • johncnnj

      You know, you’re right. I watched a few minutes of one show and she seemed to be putting words in her guest’s mouth. More over, she didn’t even seem to understand what her guest was saying as though she only picked up every other word.

      Perhaps she would have been better off as host of a puppet show where she played all the characters. (*and I also agree with someone else on here who said her voice was annoying… UGH!*)

      • Juan Garcia

        I agree. Finally some good news for a change. I can’t stand her, and find it laughable that she had a “talk show” in the first place.

  • Happywife

    As a 42 year old well-educated, upper middle class, full-time mom in MPLS, I can tell you why I stopped tuning in: lack of consistently scheduled A-list celebrity guests and thoughtful, cerebral conversation that wasn’t “tabloid-y”. It just wasn’t “feel good” or worth my time, despite my respect for Bethenny.

    Here’s what I want at this point in my life: a show where each day of the week is helmed by one smart, expert in her field. For instance, Bethany could be the host on Wednesdays and discuss her personal platforms. Mondays could be Meredith Viera. Tuesdays someone who with an independent NPR bent focused on politics and more sophisticated themes, etc. Nate Berkus on Fridays… I’d tune in every single day.

    • RX

      GREAT IDEA!!
      I was born and raised in Minnesota!!

  • Dave

    You people are just jealous of Betheny and nit picky her voice are you kidding. And about Omarosa bethenny will always succeed in business a lot farther than her with honesty and hard work and how much she is worth shows it what does Omarosa have not that much her bank account and definitely not honest or nice. Bethenny will continue to kick some ass in everything she does and hope to see her again on TV and prove haters wrong who have nothing better to do. Bethenny is all about empowering and supporting women and obviously these people aren’t those type of women and karma will come. Learn to support women not tear down with your own issues and insecurities!!!

    • RX

      I am with you! I can not wait to see what Betheeny has up her sleeve next !!
      I know Bethenny is launching more product lines…..Omarosa is running for a local school board seat.

      • Dave

        Omarosa is running for the school board? Of where? Now that’s laughable. She’s such a bitch, I can’t imagine anyone would vote for her. She was nasty towards Betheny as a guest. Betheny should have kick her off the stage. I want to contact that school board and send them the video clip of her nasty attitude towards Betheny.

      • RX

        LAUSD Board of Education, Los Angeles, for the District 1 special election, which will be held on June 3. The winner will serve out the remaining term of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December.

    • skbsoccermom

      Why is it that when people like you can’t accept that others have a different opinion, the only words you can think of is “jealous” and “haters” ? How old are you … 12? Surely, you can come up something less juvenile to say. Oh, and try using some punctuation. Your second sentence makes no sense.

      • Dr Seuss

        LOL!! AGREED!

  • RX

    GRAMMAR POLICE “scenes”
    No apostrophe in scenes per ‏@AdamStevenLevy

    • Dr Seuss

      LOL!!! This is funny now.

  • Pinkie31

    All I have to say is: LMAO to Bethenny .

    • Dr Seuss

      LMAO!!! Is right.

  • Birdie11

    The way she spoke was way too frenetic for me…almost frantic. I watched it a couple times and that was enough. I also HATED the things she said about her failed marriage, they were horrible, and will be sad for her daughter to see one day.

    • Dr Seuss

      Hi Birdie! Yes, thank you! She spoke to fast and hurried for me. Then she would talk over her guest and become offended when her guest had differing opinions than her. LMAO @ crazy Bethenny!

      • Birdie11

        Hi Suesseny! 😀

        • Dr Seuss

          Hi Birdie McGirdy!!! 🙂 Hope all is well hun.

  • kathy fischer

    Can’t stand her glad the shows gone! Never liked her

  • hardtimz

    I watched a few times, to see if I should dislike or not, it was pretty bad. At times, it felt like there was no purpose. Almost like she was out there just winging it w/no format in sight! But I figured she was getting the boot when her show began appearing in the wee hours of the morning. I remember when Rachel Ray talk show was canceled, and she won a Emmy’s award. Just like that, she was back in business…so anything is possible. But I’d be perfectly good with it staying canceled. She or her show didn’t offer much anyway that you couldn’t get else where!!

  • hardtimz

    Hello Avigail great piece. Interesting I do recall all the story lines about Bethenny on ROL. WOW I found myself getting sucked into it as well. Hey this is my guilty pleasure, gossip sites….their so much fun! Keep up the great work looking forward to more of your work.