Luann de Lesseps Slams Bethenny Frankel During Christmas Cabaret Performance: “Why bite Andy? Why bite NBC?”
Real Housewives of New York City alum Luann de Lesseps took a moment during her sold-out holiday cabaret show to humorously address her former co-star, Bethenny Frankel.
The performance, titled “A Very Countess Christmas,” took place at 54 Below in New York City on Saturday night, where Luann de Lesseps didn’t hold back her thoughts, as captured in a video exclusively obtained by Page Six.
Responding to a fan’s query about Bethenny Frankel, Luann playfully questioned Bethenny’s critical stance towards their shared past in reality TV. “Now back to Bethenny. You know, listen, why bite the hand that feeds you?” Luann de Lesseps inquired, as the audience reveled in her wit.
The 58-year-old TV personality then questioned Bethenny’s criticism of Bravo executive Andy Cohen and NBCUniversal. “Why bite Andy? Why bite NBC?” she asked, igniting cheers from the crowd as she continued to jest about the Skinnygirl founder. “You know, just go off into the sunset,” she suggested to Bethenny. “You make millions and gazillions of dollars. If you claim you do, then why are you still harping on us? Why are you talking about us?”
Luann de Lesseps’ spirited remarks reached a crescendo as she echoed Bethenny Frankel’s famous line from the show, exclaiming, “Leave us alone! Go to bed! Go to bed. Go to bed!” The audience’s response was electric, fully embracing Luann’s performance.
According to our insider, the venue was packed, and the audience was thoroughly entertained. “It was a full house and the audience was going nuts,” the source shared, adding humorously, “I needed three martinis.”
The vibrant holiday show is just a glimpse of what’s to come, as Luann de Lesseps gears up for her “Marry F Kill” tour, set to begin early next year. The tour promises to bring her unique brand of entertainment to cities including Los Angeles, Boston, and London.
Meanwhile, Bethenny has been actively voicing her concerns about the reality TV industry, seeking better treatment for its stars. This summer, she initiated a bold lawsuit against NBCUniversal and Bravo, alleging that reality stars are often manipulated and mistreated. Bethenny’s efforts extend to forming a union for unscripted TV performers and challenging nondisclosure agreements to bring to light the alleged unfair practices.
Bethenny also made headlines in September for criticizing Cohen’s approach on his show, “Watch What Happens Live,” though she later clarified that she harbors no personal grudge against him.
In October, Bethenny reiterated her aim to initiate “systemic change” in the reality TV sphere. She expressed her mixed emotions about her peers in the industry on Instagram, acknowledging the tough nature of reality TV, where, as she puts it, “To be successful in reality tv, you must kill or be killed. To not get dirty is to get fired. Someone is winning and someone is losing in this zero sum game where people like myself get rich and the less strategic go broke or get cancelled.”
Bethenny, unafraid of the backlash, stood firm in her stance, stating, “We have fed the machine ratings, ad dollars, catch phrases and content. We get filthy and they get filthy rich.”
The dynamic between Bethenny and Luann de Lesseps has always been one of the more intriguing aspects of Real Housewives of New York City since its inception in 2008, marked by their frequent feuds and exchange of sharp comments.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.