Bethenny Frankel: “I Never Said Kristen Was Dumb”

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Bethenny Frankel, star of “The Real Housewives of New York,” is still crying in the Berkshires! She took to her Bravo blog to explain her comment about not wanting attention and what was really going on with Kristen. Bottom line: Bethenny doesn’t want people up in her grill. She wrote,

“Ugh…the Berkshires lives on. I just wanted to end the dynamic with Heather. Although I am a reality star, I don’t always want the spotlight on me. I love doing reality TV, because I love the connection with the audience, the running commentary, the interaction with the women, and ultimately, the humor of it all. This doesn’t mean that when I’m going through some personal sh– that I want people up in my grill.”

Too bad. So sad. There are many trade-off when signing onto a reality show. Privacy is one of them.

Bethenny added, “I just wanted to hug and make up and keep it moving. I am high strung and uptight. I know. Add that to some personal stresses that are indescribable that I cannot discuss, and you have a situation.”

So many power struggles were going on at AOA. According to Bethenny it was like dealing with the mafia.

“As for AOA, I felt like the Don waiting to put out fires and deal with everyone’s issues. Luann and I have a good dynamic. I tell her what is up with me, and she knows that roundabout moves do not work. That moment about Heather was asked and answered. Luann herself told Heather to back off in the Berkshires. I didn’t need to revisit this in the opposite way a week later. Keep it moving, Countess.”

Although fans don’t think Heather and Bethenny will be life-long friends, Bethenny says there isn’t a Housewife rivalry with her.

“I approached Heather, because I really didn’t want this to become some insane Housewife rivalry that it isn’t. She came on strong. I backed up. That is it. Different strokes for different folks. She is not my frenemy. Life is too short.”

And now to the insanity that is Kristen and the confusion that is Carole.

“Now to Kristen. I saw her winding up the whole party and simply couldn’t do it. We didn’t click. J’adore Carole, and I genuinely consider her a friend, but she has no idea what she is talking about. I never said Kristen didn’t register the trademark. I never said Kristen was dumb. I had no idea about either of these things. I simply questioned Kristen choosing a name that is remarkably similar to another much larger brand.” Bethenny adds, “This moment was nonsense. You will take this ride with me and see.”


In closing, Bethenny has kind praise for Sonja.

Sonja impressed me. She was so humble and earnest and eager and wanted to learn at my Skinnygirl brand summit. She could have left early, she could have been negative (particularly because I was skeptical about her brand meeting), and she could have been a know-it-all. She did none of that. She listened. She connected. She worked the room.”


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