June 10, 2011 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
Did Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel try to ruin Bravo‘s Real Housewives of New York City? Sources say that the margarita maven and her “peeps” were behind media reports that the show would tank after she left to star in her spin-off Bethenny Ever After (formerly known as Bethenny Getting Married?). Find out more after the jump!
“During filming and again prior to our fourth season airing, many articles popped up stating that RHONY would flop after Bethenny’s departure,” a member of The Real Housewives of New York City‘s current cast tells Popeater’s Rob Shuter. “Many of these seemed to be veiled leaks by B and her team, designed to hurt us and boost her own spin off. Unfortunately for them, those plans didn’t pan out.”
While the ladies of Manhattan have seen their ratings grow continuously, the second season of Bethenny Frankel’s reality series, Bethenny Ever After, has dropped 22% since its debut and has an audience that’s 40% smaller than RHONY, which pulled in over 2.28 viewers with last week’s episode.
“Bethenny saw herself as the star of that show and assumed without her, less people would watch,” says another insider from the network. “This is Bethenny’s worst nightmare. She would have liked nothing more than the show to fail without her. She desperately wants her own reality show about her new married life with her baby to kick Jill Zarin and the other ladies’ asses.”
Of course, “poor” ratings are no bueno for the Skinnygirl, but by no means is the news detrimental to her success.
The latest season of Bethenny Ever After averaged 1.45 million viewers per episode, and has already been renewed for season 3.
The Real Housewives of New York City may be winning the ratings game, but with all due respect to the “Bravo insider” that’s running to the press with accusations of sabotage, even if this is Bethenny Frankel‘s “worst nightmare,” she’s got about $120 million to dry her tears when she wakes up at 3 a.m. in a cold sweat. We think she’ll be just fine!
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