Bethenny Frankel Wonders How Her Success Has Impacted Her Costars and Talks Luann/Carole Drama

Posted on Aug 21 2015 - 7:30am by Terri L. Austin

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The Real Housewives of New York reunion was a spicy, hot dish of denial, accusations, and bare breasticles (I’m eyeballing you, Heather and Kristen), but Bethenny Frankel looked divine in her oh-so-casual skinny (girl) slacks and sleeveless blouse. And the queen of the cocktail was keeping it real, y’all.

“The reunion was nuts, as they all are. I actually enjoy them, because they are the moments when you need to be and hold others accountable for their actions on and off camera…I am accountable to you and keeping it 100 for as long as I’m on the show.”

As for the beef between Carole and Luann, Bethenny thinks The Countess’s trash talking stems from the slut shaming that took place in the Turks. Ladies, The Countess can drag home a stranger and boink him senseless. Just as long as he doesn’t overstay his welcome and demand eggs à la Francaise for breakfast, it’s all cool.

“Luann thought they were good friends and thought she was ambushed in her room and that was it for her and Carole. Luann was done. Luann did talk out of both sides of her mouth, and her story was not straight as a result.”

Despite everything, Bethenny was glad to be back on the show. (And I for one was happy to see her holding that apple once more.) “I am grateful to be back, and whether or not the girls wanted to take me down (this is very common on these shows), I nonetheless enjoyed the experience.”

But don’t get it twisted, the Princess of the Product Placement doesn’t play favorites. She has a unique relationship with each of the other housewives.

Heather: “I liked how Heather and I were heated but able to work through things.”

Carole: “Contrary to the party line, I’m not “besties” with Carole or anyone else. I don’t favor Carole over anyone.”

Ramona: “I relate to Ramona on her divorce.”

Luann: Luann and I are practically neighbors and have a history.”

Sonja: Sonja, as I said, seems to be a good person to me. She doesn’t own her stuff, but she is not alone in that on this cast.”

Kristen: *crickets* (That’s sort of my stance as well.)

Dorinda: I assume she’ll get to Dorinda next week. After all, Dorinda might be a newbie, but she’s not Kristen.

So, what do you think of Bethenny’s dressed down look? And do we really believe she doesn’t play favorites?

 

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  • Elizabeth Fisher

    It pains me to say this, but I actually liked B’s outfit the most. There is no way I could sit for 10 hours wearing a dress and high heels. I’ll take skinny slacks and flats any day of the week.

    • Terri L. Austin

      It definitely seemed the most sensible.

      • Livie1

        It was very Jackie-O (of which I am a fan)

        • MidwestMiddie

          I read Bravo Andy sent a memo to the ladies telling them to wear
          SPARKLING gowns. LOL Good grief, the set was so gaudy nothing more was necessary.

          • Livie1

            Well then where was Andy’s sparkling gown? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? 😉 I hate little dictators, how about “here’s the set colors, do your best not to clash” Which obviously was NOT done.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Well Said, Livie!

          • Livie1

            Thanks Midwest!! xoxo!

    • Livie1

      I liked it the best too Elizabeth, with the exceptions I wrote below. It could have looked FANTASTIC and it just looked better than the rest of the messes sitting on those couches. Agree, skinny slacks and flats: classics!!

    • Good point, Elizabeth and compared to the Vegas showgirls, Bethenny (sadly) looks the best.

    • sunkissed748

      She wore blue suede 6″ pumps w/the sequined pants & sleeveless silk blouse. It’s on another site. All of them close up, shoes, jewels, boobs, etc.

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        Well, I would have worn flats 🙂

        • sunkissed748

          Yes, it seemed out of place the pumps. Maybe a sandal. Dorinda had these major platform pump sandals. Surprised she could walk srsly.

  • Livie1

    Hi Terri, welcome! Great article 🙂

    To answer your ? about what we thought about Bethenny’s dressed down look….For me, I personally liked the outfit she wore, a lot, except for the accessories. Those black beads in particular. They screamed pop-it beads. Aka tacky.

    Then also in the nay catagory, no matter how she dressed, that horrendous hair cut simply distracted. Her crowning glory was not so glorious in other words. IMO 🙂

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      Now see… I think her new haircut and color make her look “softer.”

      • Livie1

        I agree to some degree!! The shorter hair is flattering it’s just that the bangs in particular looked like mine as a kid after my mom would spray water on them and comb to side…kind of a Marty McFly look! I just think the “styling” of this haircut is very poor considering the access to talented hairdressers these women must have.

      • Mustang

        I have seen her in photos after the haircut, where it really flattered her. I personally thought she looked awful at the reunion. Her makeup, hair, clothing…all of it seemed off to me.

    • Terri L. Austin

      Thanks, Livie1!

    • Nancysue

      Does it appear that she is wearing a hairpiece or a wig? Like Brandi did at her last reunion. between hair extensions and wigs, no telling what we are seeing on the ladies heads.

  • MidwestMiddie

    I liked Bethenny’s slacks and top, although I wouldn’t call her slacks, “casual.” The slacks rivaled the sparkles seen on the other women’s clothing.
    Actually the only thing I like about Bethenny is her outfit, minus her jewelry choices.
    Sorry she’s back on the show and wish she would – GO!
    : )

    • Livie1

      Midwest I also don’t see the charm that apparently others here see in Bethenny…I didn’t watch the early seasons when she was on, so have nothing to compare. Just this season. She talks too much and listens too little for me. But to each their own and I have no problem with that 🙂

      • MidwestMiddie

        I’ve watched the show from the beginning and was a Bethenny fan – no longer. Her obnoxious behavior, intolerable rudeness, vulgar loudness
        and overblown ego are not entertaining. She’s lacking likability which is
        why she is a Failed Talk Show Host and more recently a failed author. Remember when only a half dozen of her fans showed up at the Spring NYC Author Book Fair? She ran off. My guess is that’s when she knew she had to return to Bravo and try to rebuild herself for the public.

        • Livie1

          I did actually watch her talk show a couple times and she seemed so…forced? It wasn’t a show for me at any rate. She doesn’t have what I consider any natural charm, at least for a talk show host.

          Oh I definitely agree her return to Bravo was to rebuild her brand.

          • MidwestMiddie

            The one time I tuned into her Talk Show she was very aggressively
            interviewing her guest, Unpleasant situation for the guest and for the viewers. Funny thing, Bethenny would go ballistic if anyone attempted to interview her in that way. Also, when you have the full backing and support of Ellen DeGeneres and you mess up, you
            are a BIG FAILURE.
            : /

          • Livie1

            I’m not an Ellen fan but I agree, with her influence, Beth was given a really nice chance not many get and she did fail. Again, the likability factor as you put it, just isn’t apparent to me. I don’t hate her or anything, just don’t think she’s all that interesting or clever.

  • LOVExtraRomanceNews

    Slacks ‘n’ flats! Not a fan of the beads. They distract, not enhance. But hey, I’m a cat.

    • Livie1

      Exactly what I said Love, hate those ugly (imo) beads. Otherwise, nice outfit.

  • colleen

    Terri, lol at “Bonking him senseless”!

    Bethenny’s hair is the new ‘it” style although I’m not a fan. If you look on BF’s right side, you can see it’s a hairpiece. Yep, she bought that wet dog look.

    • Livie1

      ‘Wet dog,’ nailed it colleen!!

      It looked to me like what hair looks like after extensions are removed. I seriously thought at first that’s what had happened. That this style is a trend then me neither, not a fan of the look at all.

    • Terri L. Austin

      I never noticed! And I like her hair a little longer, personally. Even if it is a piece.

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Colleen! Was that what that “wet dog” look was as Bethenny’s hairstyle? You can tell her hair is real thin. On the side of her hair it looked like it was slicked down. I wonder if that is a “thin” spot.

      • colleen

        To me, it looked liked Bethenny wore a hairpiece at the reunion. I don’t like the new “in” style piece she wore. The right side of her hair had a severe part and what I thought to be a hairpiece pinned on top of head. Just don’t think shed cut her hair for an ugly flashing fad

      • colleen

        To me, it looked like she pinned a hairpiece on top of head. Hairpiece styled in the new ugly fad

  • MidwestMiddie

    Terri – fun blog and excellent moniker for Bethenny –
    “Princess of The Product Placement”

    • Terri L. Austin

      Thanks!

  • Great blog Terri and welcome to AATT!

    Bethenny doesn’t bug like she use to when she was previously on the show. Her divorce sounds painful but I think it’s her karma for using Jason as a sperm donor.

    • Terri L. Austin

      Thanks! I’m so glad to be here. Bethenny came off as very brittle and fragile to me in the beginning of the season. You could feel her pain though the TV and it was very uncomfortable. But she loosened up as the series went on. I enjoyed her by the end, but for me, it was a rough start.

      • Marsbars09

        ITA.

      • Lila

        My thoughts exactly.

      • twifan2

        Hi Hi Terri! 🙂
        & welcome!
        By any chance have you done any ‘fanfiction’? Your writing seems familiar to me.
        Oh & FYI, watch out for T-Lily. 😉

        • Terri L. Austin

          Will do! 😉

        • KJ

          LOL I’m telling!!
          Hi twi! Miss ya gf! Much love & kisses to ya
          All is well busy but well!!
          Hope the same to you!

        • MidwestMiddie

          Hey twi
          “…..watch out for T-Lily”
          LOL
          Wrong – Terri needs to watch out for when YOU AND TIGERLILY
          are on together. : )

          • twifan2

            I know nuthang! See nuthang! 😉
            Chats did it!

      • KJ

        Excellent blog Terri!
        Congratulations & welcome to the best team & place that is the top notch!
        God Bless!

        • Terri L. Austin

          Thanks! I love being here!

    • KJ

      Hey Seuss, how are ya? Miss ya!
      I have to disagree with you thou! It takes two to tangle!
      He knew what he was getting into also.
      As rich as she was she could have been a better single parent than the pain of what she seems to be going thru now.
      Again just my humble opinion.
      I don’t believe anyone is a sperm donor unless they actually go pay for it.
      Again, JMHO
      Have a blessed weekend 😘😘

  • Lila

    Too funny, Terri. Great blog. I Don’t think I’ll ever get over ‘eggs a la francaise’ . I can just picture a battle scene and here comes Luann- Mediator/Sweden , with her eggs a la francaise. Lol.

    • Terri L. Austin

      Thank you! That Luann is always interrupting with food. Who hauls a plate of eggs to the beach? And remember when she interrupted the Jill/Bethenny summit by serving tea in Ramona’s apartment? The woman is on a mission to break up tension, one plate at a time!

      • Lila

        Hahahaha!! I’m having a belly laugh! You’re so right! And Yes, I forgot about the tea! Lol! Oh and the bread at the table in the restaurant in Queens! Andy should do a montage lol

        • Terri L. Austin

          Yes, he should. Because that would be awesome!

      • Perturbed

        What I found surprising is that her blog description of how to prepare French eggs is not even correct, according to several recipes I’ve seen! Guess her French cooking is as bad as her French language skills, ha!

  • Jennymckitty

    I’ve never understood the desire to dress up in ball gowns to film 12 hours and argue like a bunch of screaming fishwives. These reunions are the opposite of elegant, lady-like events. I liked Bethenny’s look for the reunion. At least we didn’t have to watch her wrangle her breasts for three hours wondering when one would make its escape.

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Jenny! I loved Bethenny’s outfit too.

    • Mags

      ITA Jennymckitty. I thought the other women look horrid, especially Kristen. My goodness, what was she thinking?! The hair was the worst…..she look ridiculous!!! The dress fashion that exposes half the breast isn’t attractive in the least.

  • Marsbars09

    I must say, as abrasive and aggressive Bethenny she came off pretty understated at the reunion. Her attire was understated as well, which I like.
    I’ve read Bethenny asked Andy and/or the producers to give her a “good” edit towards the end of the season because she was not coming off well with the viewers. It seems to have worked.
    I’m surprised Bethenny and Carol aren’t BFF’s. I thought I read somewhere that Bethenny and Carole went on vacation together. The common denominator in this relationship is Andy.

  • misstc

    I like Bethenny – she seemed to have brought reality back to “reality shows” a la RHONY. I love her honesty.

    • Jennymckitty

      I enjoyed Bethenney as well.

  • Mustang

    I was mildly surprised when Kristen was invited back for this season, and I am relatively certain that she won’t be back next season. She couldn’t have been less interesting. Sonja is certifiable. Ramona is perhaps the biggest narcissist in the group, and fools no one with her faux remorse. I find her increasingly unlikable. Was it me, or was her ‘uptalk’ (that horrible habit of ending each phrase higher in the musical scale) worse than ever? lol I read that Heather is done, and that is probably good. She grew more snarky and mean with every episode, and frankly, I’m tired of hearing and reading about Yummy. (What a dumb name, right?) I find Dorinda to be mostly sweet and adequately humorous, while Carole is a bit too hipster-y, both for me and her age. Luann turned the most for me this season. I found her to be snotty, untrustworthy, and dishonest. Could do without her. Not sure what I feel about Bethenny. Wasn’t looking forward to her return, but if I’m honest, she did contribute positively to the show. Her rapid-fire, machine gun-like speaking affect is a cross between unnerving and annoying, and she should consider a long-term prescription of barbiturates to counter that “natural” characteristic. That’s my wrap! lol

    • Marsbars09

      Great commentary Mustang! I don’t think Kristen is a good fit for these group of ladies, so it’s best she leave. I’ve never liked Ramona as I find her to be a very unpleasant human being. I hope Carole and Lu’s argument does not carry on into next season.

      • Mustang

        Thanks Mars! I find myself downright angry with Ramona, which is just dumb, lol. It’s trashy TV for heaven’s sake, lol. That said, she is indeed a very unpleasant human being.

    • Rochelle Huffman Barozzi

      I totally agree with everything you said!

      • Mustang

        Hey thanks Rochelle!

  • beckywebb

    Did anyone at the finale, when Ramona wanted to talk to Bethenny, and she was excusing a male she was talking to,notice that Ramona said “who do you think you’re talking to, my brother?” Ramona’s brother is a drug dealer! Or was.I see shade!

  • Brandon

    I wonder if Bethenny is trying to distance herself from Carole because she knows the poop is about to hit the fan.

  • Mustang

    I don’t disagree with a thing you wrote, but just thought her presence did boost the show a bit, much as I hate to admit it!

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      • All About The Tea

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        • tapestry10

          Thank you for your reply. Good to know. Are some links–such as, say, The New York Times or the Washington Post more likely to go through faster than lesser known ones? Or would they all hold up the posting about the same amount of time?

          • All About The Tea

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