Bethenny Frankel Strikes Out On Her Own In New Bravo show

27 Feb

Bethenny Frankel co-starred on three seasons of “The Real Housewives of New York.” Then she chronicled her wedding and the birth of her daughter Bryn on “Bethenny Getting Married?” Now she’s back with the unscripted series “Bethenny Ever After,” premiering Monday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

“Will I be doing this forever? No,” Frankel said of her reality-show career during a recent conference call with reporters. “Without getting into the details of my relationship with Bravo, I have a commitment. It’s not like you get to be, like, ‘I want to do one season, and then, you know, you’ve spent all this money on advertising and crew and all of that and we’re done.’ And there are many things I do love about it. I think it’s a great message for women. I have developed a strong relationship with my fans.”

But the 40-year-old entrepreneur admits filming can be exhausting.

“It’s not me and six other women, where you can split the time between us. It’s just really me. I’m pretty much in every scene of the whole show, so it’s just a lot of work,” she said.

This season will follow Frankel and her husband, Jason Hoppy, as they adjust to parenthood and marriage. “Now we’re into the thick of being married, and the first year of marriage is hard because it’s two people from two different worlds now aligning, living together,” she said. “To say the very least, we go there just with what really goes on in marriage.”

The New York native is an executive producer on the show and wants to ensure that it is genuine.

“If Jason and I in general have had the same argument six times over about marriage or money or life or in-laws or something, at some point, I want to let the cameras catch that because I just hate when you watch these shows and, you know, someone’s, like, broken up with their boyfriend and you see them laying there in full makeup pretending that they’re sad. I just want it to be real and if we’re going to do this at all and we’re going to portray our relationship, I want people to get the whole picture.”

Frankel, whose newest book, “A Place of Yes,” will be released next month, is happy to have moved on from “Housewives.”

“Jason and I could never have stayed on ‘Housewives’ together. He’s like, ‘I don’t like these women. I don’t like what this represents. It’s nonsense and it’s just catty.’ And he hated it.”

Kim Zolciak’s Assistant: ‘NeNe’s Traumatizing My Life’

26 Feb

Kim Zolciak’s assistant, Sweetie Hughes, is firing back at her ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ co-star, NeNe Leakes, after Leakes’ comments prompted a ‘Free Sweetie’ campaign that has left Hughes traumatized.

On the penultimate episode of the season, Leakes said of Zolciak’s behavior toward Hughes, “You call her a slave, you call her everything. You say hurtful, hurtful things.”

Following a call from Leakes, Atlanta radio host Rick Smiley launched the ‘Free Sweetie’ campaign that’s left Hughes, “so upset,” according to Zolciak. “She’s beside herself,” she tells Life & Style.

Hughes, who defended Zolciak on the epsidode, telling Leakes she’s “nobody’s slave,” says of the attention, “They’re doing it for Black History Month, and it offends me. They have pastors calling into the radio station and praying for me. They’ve taken it too far.”

As for the motivation behind the attack, Hughes says it’s not Zolciak’s behavior that provoked Leakes. “NeNe’s jealous that she’s not as close to Kim as I am,” says Hughes. “I’ve known Kim for 11 years, since I was a kid. Kim’s a great friend to me. NeNe’s traumatizing my life. She’s bringing hell to it.”

‘NJ Housewives’ Involved In CRAZY Bar Attack

26 Feb

Multiple cast members on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were involved in a bar fight at a Hard Rock Hotel in the Dominican Republic this week … TMZ has learned.

Sources involved in the situation tell us … a couple of castmembers were hanging out at a bar inside the Hard Rock around 1:00 AM Wednesday morning when they got into a heated argument with a male patron.

We’re told someone involved in the argument grabbed a drinking glass and smashed it over the man’s head … and the guy was hurt so badly, he needed immediate medical attention.

So far, it’s unclear which cast members were involved in the fight — but we’re told Teresa and Caroline had been spotted at the Hard Rock that night.

A rep from Bravo had no comment on the situation.

Lisa Rinna Passed On ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

25 Feb

Before there was Camille Grammer, there was Lisa Rinna. Well, sort of.

In a new interview, Rinna reveals that she was approached to join the season one cast of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but ultimately turned it down to co-star with hubby Harry Hamlin in TV Land’s “Harry Loves Lisa.”

“We were in discussions originally,” Rinna told Us Weekly of the Bravo series, which went on to star Grammer, Kim and Kyle Richards, Taylor Armstrong, Adrienne Maloof and Lisa VanderPump. “I was up for it, and at the time I did my show instead of Beverly Hills. It was part of the process, but then my show came along so I ended up doing our show.”

And Rinna is clearly quite content with her decision. Asked by Us Weekly if she would want to do season two of “Real Housewives,” she laughed and replied, “I’m good.”

Kelsey Grammer Marries Kayte Walsh

25 Feb

Kelsey Grammer’s publicist confirms to EW that the 56-year-old actor has wed his 29-year-old fiancée, Kayte Walsh. According to Grammer’s rep, the couple wed at a private ceremony at the Longacre Theatre in New York.

Just two weeks ago, a judge granted Grammer a fast-track divorce from ex-wife (and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star) Camille Grammer, in order for the actor to wed at the end of the month.

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LuAnn de Lesseps: Bethenny Is Not Missed on ‘Housewives’

25 Feb

‘Real Housewives of New York City’ star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps doesn’t miss having Bethenny Frankel around the Bravo hit anymore, and she reveals to me the real reason behind the delay in the new season.

“To tell you the truth, no!” she told me on my HDNet show when asked if she misses Bethenny. “She’s doing her own thing now, so I wish her luck. Very happy for her. And you know, we have a new housewife now, so on to new and different things.”

It’s funny, but do any of the New York Housewives hating on Bethenny not notice that she doesn’t seem to miss them either?

Adriana De Moura Sidi Will Hit The Runway During Fashion Week

25 Feb

You saw her hit the runway during the first episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami, and now Adriana De Moura will get a chance to do it for real! The Brazilian beauty, who obviously relishes in the attention, will hit the runway during the 13th annual Miami Beach International Fashion Week.

For those of you that watched the first episode (and were able to keep both eyes open for its entirety), saw fellow Housewives Larsa Pippen and Cristy Rice dare Adriana to strut her stuff down last years runway which she most happily agreed to.

I don’t really get what the big deal was though? There was no one sitting in the audience and no one around was really paying attention!!

But I digress…

This time, Miss Thang is going to do the real thing and hit the runway for Brazilian designer, Marcelo Quadros who will feature De Moura in the unveiling of his spring collection at the Copa Airlines Showcase. You can catch her at the Miami Beach Convention Center on March 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm.

Kim Zolciak shows off Baby Bump in a Bikini, Reveals She’s Gained 20 Pounds

24 Feb

That playing dumb (tho she really is stupid) stunt Kim pulled on Kandi (who’s so naive) at the reunion show is still grating my nerves. Glad Andy called her out on it:

Kim Zolciak is so comfortable with her pregnancy, she’s showing off her huge baby bump for all to see.

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member graces the cover of this week’s Life & Style in a purple bikini, and also appears inside the magazine in a sexy pink two-piece.

Zolciak, who is due in June, said, “I’m more in touch with my body now.”

The 32-year-old also revealed she gained 20 pounds in her first two trimesters.

“I’m definitely eating a lot more now than I did with my girls,” said the reality star, mom to Brielle, 13, and Ariana, 9.

And her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann, definitely approves.

“Kroy loves me pregnant,” Zolciak said. “I don’t remember my ex-husband being that into it, but Kroy loves it. He tells me I’m so beautiful.”

The two are planning to move in together before welcoming their new arrival.

“Kroy’s perfect for me, but we’re not engaged,” Zolciak added. “If we get married, Kroy would like to have one more child, and I want one, too!”

Bethenny Frankel’s Balancing Act

24 Feb

When Bethany Frankel isn’t performing the balancing act of a being a New York Times best-selling author, marketing her brand of Skinnygirl products, socializing with New York elite and promoting her show’s second Season (Bethenny Ever After), she’s also a devoted mom and wife. Life has changed a lot since her appearance on Bravo’s Housewives of New York. Somehow, though, she still manages all of this with the classic wit and snarky humor that fans have grown to love.

—On her growth as a person and couple with her husband, Jason Hoppy, after the first season of Bethenny Ever After: “Since the first season, well, you know, there was a lot in the first season about being—pregnancy and having a baby and planning a wedding which are big crescendos. Now we’re into the thick of being married and the first year of marriage is hard because it’s two people from two different worlds now aligning, living together.”

—On what she has learned the second season of her show (Bethenny Ever After) compared to the first: “You know, I really didn’t know how difficult it would be. You think, we’re doing a show, and then when you actually sit down and think, it’s an hour that is going to be filled with me and is that too much of me and, you know, are we filling that hour and who’s on it and what is it and it can be daunting. But then there’s just logistics of having a camera crew in your house all the time and wanting your own alone time and just—but wanting to be honest with the whole audience so you want to give them everything.”

—On continuing being a reality star with a family and the future of reality television in her life: “I think it’s a great message for women. I have developed a strong relationship with my fans and like I said, I feel a responsibility in certain ways to be open about my life. Will I be doing this forever? No. Is it exhausting because I’ve been doing it—this will be my, oh my goodness, my fifth season on TV in a row pretty much so I’m tired.”

—On her connection to her fans and why she continues with the show: “It always boils back I think to honesty and owning it. It’s kind of like Seinfeld, where there are just these different characters that appear and these ridiculous situations just happen to appear. And it’s pretty much just my normal life. It’s just what really goes on. It’s not all that glamorous. It’s only glamorous if I have to do something glamorous for work but I’m not running around at Fashion Week or doing anything. I’m hanging with my family. That’s all we really do, but somehow it’s interesting.”

—On having more children: ‘I mean look, I’m 40. It’s not like I could have a brood or anything but Jason really wants to have more kids so that’s why that’s even been a conversation or a discussion. It just isn’t something I would have thought about right so soon but I mean he’s right that we don’t have all the time in the world. We’re both old so, yes, I mean it’s too addictive. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.’