October 14, 2011 02:04 PM by Jackie Morrison
Bethenny Frankel has opened up in an exclusive interview with US Weekly about rumors suggesting that she faked being lost at sea for ratings. The Skinnygirl mogul and reality TV celebrity mom was stranded with her husband Jason Hoppy for 20 hours on a sailboat in late September. Shortly after being rescued and back on dry land the Huffington Post called into question a Forbes article that stated the Skinnygirl brand was worth $100 million. Huffington Post claimed that Bethenny Frankel sold it for a mere $8.1 million. The former cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City was determined to set the record straight for her fans.
“The whole thing has been really upsetting,” Bethenny Frankel told US Weekly. “You have to spend 24 hours of your life defending your honesty to your fans. [These stories are] irresponsible journalism and … a waste of your time.”
According to US Weekly both rumors were false and Bravo came to their star’s defense. Forbes also issued a response to the Huffington Post on October 13 standing by their story.
“It is accurate that Bethenny, Jason and their therapist were stranded at sea when the navigation on their boat broke during a taping for [the show],” the network said.
“Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Deal: The Numbers Still Hold Up”, said one financial expert: “Suffice to say, this was not an $8.1 million acquisition.”
The entire incident on the sailboat was taped as part of the next season of Bethenny Ever After.
“The Coast Guard referred a private tow vessel who eventually led their boat out. When people see the episode, they will certainly see for themselves that this was very real.”
Bethenny Frankel was recently featured on an E! True Hollywood Story special where she shared stories about her early pre-fame life that included financial stress and loneliness.
“I never realized I would even have fans by being so honest about being single, being broke, not being like the other wealthy women I was surrounded by,” she explains to US Weekly. “My entire brand is based on that [honesty],” she added. “I felt like I had a responsibility to my fans to say something.”
Now that the rumors have been cleared up, Bethenny Frankel is working on her latest Skinnygirl ventures. She recently launched a revamped website and released a new self-help book titled A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life.
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