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Did Bethenny Frankel Try to Sabotage The Real Housewives of New York City?

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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10 Responses to “Did Bethenny Frankel Try to Sabotage The Real Housewives of New York City?”

  1. KB Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Sounds like another one of Jill’s troll’s or even possibly Ramona’s now. I find Behenny refreshing, but the time/season in which she was shown was not a good one for ratings. I think Betheny will be relevant long past these childish Housewives, if Cindy Barashop doesn’t have a tantrum then Kelly is pulling advice out of her satchel of gold, and Luann is simply an countless BULLY! Funny thing, has there been one episode this season of RHONY that Betheny wasn’t mentioned by those women? Nope, she still haunts them inside their heads!

  2. anie Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    sorry, but this story is ridiculous. bethenny doen’t need to sabotage anything, nor do her “people”. and who are these “people”? sounds like speculation from outside sources or hateration from RHONY cast and/or friends/fans. people watch RHONYC because of drama, not because we like the cast

  3. go go Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Bethenny sabotaging this really boring show?!?!? Read NY Magazine’s review of the show. They want her back on the show! This smacks of Jill or Ramona’s heavy hand. I do not think Bethenny even thinks or has the time to do this kind of thing … Loved what Anderson Cooper said about Luann – quoted by Andy Cohen. These women need to go away – especially Jill.

  4. JOAN Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Jill’s grubby little fingers, with a side of LuAnn’s nasty snake semen. Jealous bitches.

    The source of the claim that ratings would fall was the blogosphere. Just idle yak-yak. Bethenny wouldn’t have time for that BS – she was grabbing every opp that came her way, running herself ragged, and oh yeah, making millions!

  5. greg Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Bethenny is the richest housewife of all besides addrienne from beverly hills. Why in the world would she care about RHONYC ratings? Her business is expanding, shes trying for a second baby, and she is on the cover of Forbes Celeb Power Issue.

    As for RHONYC, the only reason the ratings were up was the Morocco trip because ppl thought it might turn into a Scary Island pasrt 2. The show is limping this season without Bethenny, because there is no one to like anymore, they are all horrible this season.

  6. PJ Says:
    June 11th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    LMAO! This is her “worst nightmare”? A cast member from the show leaked this information. Could it be the only RHONY cast member mentioned. Bethenny wants to kick Jill Zarin and the other ladies asses? Done.

    Yep, Bethenny, who made the cover of Forbes magazine is terrified that RHONY gets ratings.

  7. SayWhat Says:
    June 11th, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Sounds like Jill Zarin has been busy again. Everyone knows that it is Jill who runs to the press to spread rumors about castmates, and it is Jill who has worked hard at sabotage (her attempts at sabotaging Bethenny’s burgeoning career being the catalyst for all the fights last season.) Not to mention Jill’s desperate and continual lying – which has gotten so bad (in her attempts to create false narratives) this season it is beyond laughable.

    No, while RHONY continues on without Bethenny, it is only limping – most likely with people like me only watching out of morbid curiosity, to se just how bad it’s gotten without Bethenny. And the answer to that: Pathetic. Bethenny was the castmember who spoke for the audience and without her humor the show is circling the drain.

    Bethenny doesn’t need to sabotage RHONY. There is nothing there to sabotage.

  8. Linda Says:
    June 11th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Perhaps I am behind on information, but if I recall correctly, Ramona has been quite supportive of Bethenny recently.

    Jill said she was doing another season of RHONY so that she could redeem herself, what a joke that has turned out to be, since she is obviously nastier and phonier than ever.

    Last season Kelly kept saying that it just wasn’t her “game” to go around talking about people, and now that’s all she does, another total phony. And her bullying just keeps getting worse.

    During season 1, I really liked Luann, but now she just goes around thinking she is better than every tone else and attempting to boss people around, and now we are finding out that, as far as marriage is concerned, her morals are in the gutter.

    Poor Sonia, hope she can find a way to become more comfortable in her own skin so she can stop pretending that unmarried sex is the solution to everything, sadly, she’s pathetic.

    I would like to see some scenes with just Ramona and Alex (actually a lot of scenes).

  9. jen Says:
    June 12th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I do not watch RHONY any longer because Bethenny is not on it…I hate the bickering..all they do is fight..there is not one HW on that show whom is likeable..unlike the other RH franchises..I used to like Jill until she went off on Bethenny in the last season and became very unlikeable

  10. Ivy Says:
    June 14th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Jill Zarin’s PR folks are at it again.


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