Bethenny Frankel Opens Up About The “Dark” and “Challenging” Time Before Returning To #RHONY

Posted on Apr 14 2015 - 3:33am by Norrth Cafe

Bethenny Frankel

Season 7 of “The Real Housewives of New York” premiered last week with a bang! Returning cast member, Bethenny Frankel opens up about her return and what she says might shock you:

“I am so thrilled to be back on ‘The Real Housewives of New York.’ I never thought I would say those words, because I really was ready to leave when I did. I do believe you need to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em, and I needed to make an exit at that time.”

Stunning, right?  She has been very honest in stating in previous interviews that she was embarrassed that she was a part of the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise. She now says that she is glad to be back but doesn’t tell us what brought her back.  Did she miss the show? The fast pace of filming? Is she looking for positive publicity before the custody hearing? Publicity for her brand since we’ve since learned that she owns 100 percent of the brand?

READ: Too Big For Her Britches: Bethenny Frankel Admits She Was Embarrassed of Her ‘RHONY’ Past!

P.S. Does is seem to you that Andy most loves the wives who reject him and his work, or who are abusive to him in some way?  Teresa flipping him over a chair. Nene (and Gregg) and their hateful comments. Bethenny and her RH shame.  Feel free to spend some time with Dr. Jeff, Sir Andy. Bethenny goes on to state:

“Poetically, what followed my exit was a very dark, sad, scary, and challenging time that many of you can relate to. I’m glad I went through what I did alone, because I don’t think I would have been very entertaining or enlightening.”

I believe that she had every intention of having a “happily ever after” marriage. Moving her then-happy marriage away from the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise is what makes her one of the smartest housewives, in my opinion.  If her marriage worked another 50 years, it would have been wonderful, but she at least gave her marriage a chance without inviting the other HWs into her life to critique her role as a wife and mother. She writes:

“We are all on a journey and that journey takes many turns. I have experienced incredible and very public successes and failures. I owe many of my successes to you and many of my failures to myself. I own it all.”

Oh my word! Have we ever heard from a HW who isn’t blaming Bravo and the editors or blaming the fans for wanting “too much” when things don’t go their way? I may end up on #TeamBethenny after all. I am torn between wondering if she is laying it on too thick or if it is genuine gratitude when she adds:

“I have a beautiful daughter, the greatest, purest, most humbling gift of my life, which makes all of it seem so inconsequential. I have an incredibly exciting and inspiring career, and I have been lucky enough to have you.”

Ah, I spoke too soon on a possible #TeamBethnny membership… here is the ‘Housewives’ hard sell:

“We’ve been together since my small apartment to having the international Skinnygirl brand ranging from cocktails to non-alcoholic beverages and bars, chips, dips, microwave popcorn, sweeteners, coffee, salad dressings, candy, appliances, and so on. Thank you for helping me create something amazing.”

I am assuming that “we” is a reference to her daughter – but given the rest of the sentence, it may also be a reference to the SkinnyGirl team.  You are one of the truly successful self-made housewives.  I can only say, keep doing you, Bethenny. Keep doing you.

 

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  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Perhaps I’m just too cynical but I can’t help think this is all PR from Bethenny. The TH on last week’s RHONY where she was crying because she can’t live in her apartment was a pure BS to make people feel sorry for her and see her ex as the bad guy. She isn’t homeless, she chooses to stay in a hotel while her other apartment is renovated. Doesn’t she own a home in the Hamptons too? She has completely lost touch with most normal peoples reality. I was never really a fan of hers but she has lost any likability that she had in season 1 IMO. I just don’t think she has the capacity to be happy, no matter what she has or how successful she is or whether she is married or single she seems the type that will always be looking for more.

    • Nancy Krystofik

      Nene should pay attention-It looked like Bethenny thought she was too good for the housewives, when in reality, without them, she’s not as famous!

      • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

        ITA. It’s funny how the ones who have very little going in to these shows are the ones who get too big for their boots – like Nene, Teresa Guidice, Brandi. Instead of being thankful and appreciating the opportunity they start whining about it.

        • Nancy Krystofik

          Oh my! How could I leave out Brandi! I seen a picture of her in a long sleeved animal print top and hot pants, I swear her face looks just like Adrienne Maloof, talk about karma! Brandi’s wine launch, “unfilteted blonde” was the subject matter- now that reminds me of Tre! One of the comments was using a tampon string on the cork, I thought that was funny!

      • Susan Thorne Zavagli

        Nene has made to actress……I don’t think she needs RHWOA …..Bethenny’s shows flopped and apparently her Skinny Girl is floundering ….she has to keep coming up with more products to stay on top…has to be exhausting……she needed to get back on RHWNY to stay relevent

        • Bad Barbie

          Tell us one reoccurring acting job that Nene has. I’ll wait. Glee was canned. The New Normal is dead. Broadway was a 6 week gig. She is doing nada but ATL and selling her oversized fashion on QVC or whatever it is.

        • Nancy Krystofik

          I’m not sure how this reply works, I wrote something earlier, she made actress, like I made manager, you’re only as good as your last sale, I might not be manager now, but I got a pretty good job.

      • Bad Barbie

        But Nene has tried… she got all gassed when she was added to the Glee cast. She tried it. Remember she moved to “Hollyyyyyyyyywoood” and then had to move back to ATL. LMAOOO

    • Ilivehereandlikeit

      I agree this is a PR-motivated story. And ugh on that pathetic boo-hooing about being homeless. So offensive on so many levels. You’re right, she has lost touch with normal peoples reality.

      • Norrth

        Bethenny parents apparently had money (her father, at least). She went to private schools. Was friends with the Richards-Hilton families, etc. I don’t think she ever knew how normal people live. I think she was better at faking it the first time around. I think she has been a highly effective PR machine from the very beginning. I giver her credit for that much.

        • Ilivehereandlikeit

          Thanks for the background info on her Norrth. Poor her!!! lol!

          The friendships with the Richards-Hilton families speaks volumes…interesting!

          I know there are “normal” people too that just happen to be very wealthy; they’re well-adjusted, caring, egos in check. (Ivanka Trump?) But these individuals shown on the HW franchises, for the most part, are imo narcissistic and shallow people I’d never ever aspire to be like no matter what material wealth they have.

          • Bad Barbie

            She worked for Kyle not sure if it was a “friendship” back then.

            I had the pleasure to work with Ivanka. That is a true special gal. The most down to earth and hard working chick on the planet. So much class, grace and brains in one little body. She is amazing.

          • Ilivehereandlikeit

            Thanks Bad Barbie for a little personal insight on IvankaT!! Great to hear I used a good example of a “normal” person when it came to character. I don’t know her but she does come across in her public appearances just as you describe. Nice to know she’s every bit as admirable as she seems to be on TV and in press.

        • Bad Barbie

          She was a nanny/assistant for Kyle.

          • Norrth

            I believe that she and Kyle were classmates and friends and she was a nanny for Kathy Hilton.

          • Bad Barbie

            and if she helping with the Hilton’s is any indication of her parenting now…

    • Norrth

      I have a feeling that whole segment will end up backfiring on her if she uses it against her ex (or has if the hearing has passed). She has clearly made the choice to not move on and find a new residence – a choice the homeless don’t have.

      • Bad Barbie

        She has another apt. That is her fault that she chose vanity rather than comfort for her daughter. You can bet she didn’t need to renovate it… besides, money talks in construction, it doesn’t take months and months to renovate an apt in NYC, unless you are Mariah Carey with a 5 floors Penthouse and turning 2 into a 24k Gold etched floors, climate controlled closet. B is not abou that life $500 mill life.

    • Bad Barbie

      She is broken not broke. One is easier to fix, she did that. The other is no fixable… f her! For her to sit there and call herself “homeless”. This nasty bish was broke for most part of her life and now she came into money and doesn’t know how to act when she doesn’t get her way. zzzzz

  • Susan Thorne Zavagli

    I like Bethenny but I wasn’t thrilled with her reintroduction on the show..hope it gets better

  • T’s Martini Lounge

    She’s a complete phoney. Her ego took a huge hit and now she has to be relevant again. She has to sell books and products to maintain that lifestyle and brand. Had her talk show been renewed, she would never be here. Homes in the Hamptons and renovated condos in SOHO do not come cheap and you need big bank to maintain. F off Bethenny!

    • Norrth

      I wonder the same. I don’t, for a second, believe she was happy to have her talk show tank. There was always the opportunity to walk away if she really disliked doing the show… heck, she walked away from the RH.

      • MidwestMiddie

        Bethenny’s dream was her own Talk Show so I’m sure she is lying
        when she now says she wasn’t happy doing that. Her ratings sucked and that was all on Bethenny. I doubt she can revive the RHNYC. There are already
        to many old bitter woman, Sonja and Ramona, on that show. It hardly needs
        one more.

        • Bad Barbie

          I agree. She is full of it.

      • Bad Barbie

        She is just saving face because it flopped. She is not likable to be a talk show host. She is negative, judgmental and too self-centered to be host of anything. The show was all about her…

    • Bad Barbie

      She is lying about the brand being 100% hers too.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    I just can’t feel sorry for Bethenny…she’s her own worst enemy…

    but I am interested to see what she brings to RHONY since Bravo offered her part of the company to return [exaggerating]

  • Ruth Ferguson

    She had it all,including a husband that loved her, or he wouldn’t of married her.Period!! She threw that away,She was so hateful to his parents , her talk show failed, she found out her fan base was a sinking ship and she is desperate for a lifeline. She is very offensive talking about being homeless, and poor dear , having to go to the crummy Hamptons for a few days.And stay in shabby 5 star all inclusive hotels being waited on hand and foot, Life is so cruel! I am so burdened over her sad life!! Get a grip !

    • MidwestMiddie

      Well Said!

    • T’s Martini Lounge

      Preach Ruth Preach!

    • Bad Barbie

      She should go back to that studio apt of the couch she was sleeping on before RHONY. I seriously can’t stand her pretentious self.

  • MidwestMiddie

    Without her friendship with Bravo Andy, where would she be?
    She was already being referred to as “Bethenny WHO????”

  • colleen

    Gotta hand it to Bethenny–She swears good! I have to chuckle when she throwing the F bomb around. Its in sharp contrast to Brandi’s vulgar profanity.
    P.S. Majority of peeps say Andy is not a Tre fan and he’s less than nice to her. I’m with North Cafe; Andy seems like he jumps through hoops for her

  • Bad Barbie

    Her brand is not 100% hers. Just saying…

    However, she is BROKEN not BROKE.

    • hardtimz

      Wow I heard that as well, that wasn’t her brand, but that she sold it some time ago. ITA her soul is broken. But she’s still quite wealthy, and still have a lot more options than most Americans!

      • Bad Barbie

        I so don’t feel sorry for her at all. How many episodes have we seen her sitting at a therapist couch and where does all that therapy go?!

        • hardtimz

          LMAOOOOOO too many. And all that damn therapy and she’s still jacked in the head!! I guess that’s what ya get when you’re using t.v therapist…

  • Pony Mama

    After treating her husband like garbage, and emasculating him and then using him as a sperm donor and throwing him aside, how dare he make life difficult for her after that treatment? Did she have a pre-nip? If she didn’t Tough Titties. They aren’t going to change the divorce laws just for her, even half of your fortune is still a huge amount of money. She can always make more. Jason earned every single penny dealing with her, and the fact is he will have to continue to until poor, long suffering Bryn is 18.

  • hardtimz

    Oh Bethenny please shut the blank up whining, if it’s so dark and challenging then why return…cry me a darn river!

  • Chloe

    Bethenny is looking for attention again and lying. Just like she lied about her horrible childhood which she describes as being raised by animals.

    Later her mother revealed the truth when she put out photos of Bethenny as a child surrounded by piles of presents at numerous birthday parties and Christmas. The pics showed Bethenny riding horses and skiing.

    Bethenny is a liar.