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Thursday, June 10, 2010

RHONY Reunion will be three parts

Andy's blog about the RHONY reunion, Bethenny Getting Married? and Iman.

Before I get to last night's fashion tornado, let us pause to reflect on the TV goodness that awaits us tonight after the sun sets over our oil-stained earth.

We have part 1 of the RHNYC reunion airing at 9 EST, followed by the premiere of Bethenny Getting Married? at 10, and then I'm live in the Clubhouse with Bethenny. I was pretty psyched when I saw the cover of today's NY Times Arts section to see a big photo of Bethenny next to a rave review for her show. This writer "gets" her, her show, and the appeal of the Housewives....

Some backstory about BGM?: We started talking to Bethenny about her own show last summer, and when we picked it up we thought it would be a docuseries following her dating life and career. Little did we know things with Jason would heat up to the point of an engagement, and that she would get pregnant. So the storyline of the show was fully dictated by her imminent wedding and birth, and it creates a dramatic timeline over nine weeks. She is funny, hard, and vulnerable all at once, and watching the show you understand exactly why she and Jason are so deeply in love. They are fun to watch. I think you'll love this show!

In other big news, we are making the RHNYC Reunion THREE WHOPPING PARTS and Watch What Happens Live is hopping over to Mondays starting next week. So Part 2 of the reunion will air Monday night at 9 EST before RHNJ, and then I will be live in the Clubhouse with Ramona and Dina. Next Thursday at 9 EST, it's Part 3 followed by a brand new episode of Bethenny and then I am live in the Clubhouse to say goodbye (for now) to Thursdays with the first lady of Bravo, Kathy Griffin. I am beyond the beyond about KG joining me in the clubhouse.

I am also very psyched that we're leaving very little of the reunion on the edit room floor. This was as compelling a show as we've done and (you) the audience is as engaged as ever, so we want to deliver it all.

Last night was a dinner at Indochine (the restaurant that never goes out of fashion) celebrating Iman's Icon Award at the CFDA. Iman, as you know, is going to be hosting Season 2 of The Fashion Show with Isaac Mizrahi. We are so excited — and awed — that this beauty is joining our Bravo family. The event was walltowall fashion and I was sitting with Harper's Bazaar Editor Glenda Bailey with Laura Brown and Miss Rachel Zoe. It was very Bravo.

It is seemingly impossible — based on the 10 times we've met — to catch Iman looking less than 1000% gorgeous. She is a stunning icon. (Sorry to repeat myself about how hot Iman is but I kinda can't get over it.) Rachel was in great form and decked out in super-inexpensive accessories from her QVC line. I wanted to buy all her jewelry right off her body, but she didn't seem into that idea. Tyson Beckford was there in jeans and a tux shirt looking exceptional. He and I discussed Ronnie (Make Me a Supermodel) Kroell's full frontal spread in PLAYGIRL, and agreed that we were happy and proud for him. Our little Ronnie is all growed up!

Bethenny interview with TWOP

Below is Bethenny's interview with the TELEFILE-TWOP(television without pity).

By: Mindy Monez

Bethenny Frankel's Real Housewives of New York spin-off Bethenny Getting Married? begins tonight (with the goddamn stupidest question mark in the history of television), and while I'm on the fence as to whether it will be awesome or unforgivably boring, I do know that the media call Bethenny participated in to promote the show ended up being all about how Jill Zarin is the devil and how Kelly Bensimon is the mayor of crazytown, which is definitely awesome. I mean, I only posted like a tenth of it, because it got pretty redundant. Read on for the gloriously catty highlights.

The show seems more light-hearted than Real Housewives. Was that intentional?
Bethenny Frankel: Housewives -- how do I explain it? It doesn't really show me in my true light. I mean you see bits and pieces of me, and you can kind of get the sense of me. I'm not a woman that really hangs out with a lot of women. I really focus mostly on work and, when I'm in a relationship, on my relationship. And so this kind of just gets more micro.

It really gets into the real details of my life. It's not like big blowouts at cocktail, or what do I call it, charity events. Like I'm not at charity events on Dynasty every day. I don't really go out that much. I'm pretty much home in my pajamas most of the time, unless I have to go somewhere for work. I do that once in a while, but it's not really the main course of my life, which this show kind of shows the nonsense in my life.

Are you integrating other Housewives into the show to make appearances? And will Jill appear on the show?
BF: It's only to the extent that what's really going on in my life. This isn't like anyone's being hired or it's an appearance. Jill is not on my show because Jill's not in my life.

Has Jill reached out to you at all during this time -- made an attempt?
BF: No. Not this recent time. I mean of course I saw her at the reunion, and there was that. And she has reached out a couple of times in the last couple of months. There have been a lot of changes on the show. The show has kind of showed everything. But, you know, she's not in my life anymore.

Might you be pulling out of Real Housewives to focus on the new show?
BF: I think it's not a cliché when I say I don't believe in staying at a party too long. And I just don't know what else there is to do there. If I had a lesser part in it and I just dipped in and dipped out once in a while, maybe.

What am I going to say -- what is there to say to Jill? There's nothing to say to Jill. I mean she had a nervous breakdown on my show. Like, I don't know what there is to say. I see Alex and Ramona on my show, which is really, really nice and pleasant.

So I don't know. The purpose I have on the Housewives is to comment, I feel like. Not because anyone tells me to, because it's who I am. So I guess if they still need my running commentary and I suppose the Greek chorus, perhaps I would do it. I just don't know. You're seeing my life here, so I don't know what I would be doing there.

On Twitter, Kelly and Dina have called you "scary" or "intimidating." What do you think of that?
BF: Well, I mean Kelly's got this whole nonsense bullying angle she's working right now, which is idiotic. She's a 41-year-old woman. So anything she says you can't really even listen to, because she's out of her mind and certifiable.

But Dina is really sweet. And Dina's a really nice girl that doesn't get into the fray. And she's not -- I mean she's Italian and her sister's a tough girl, but Dina is just like a really sweet, nice Jersey girl, so I could see her thinking I'm a little bit scary.

I mean I could be -- I grew up at the racetrack. I'm a little street, and I'm definitely a little rough around the edges and a scrapper, but I get it.

How come Bravo chose you for your own series and not Jill getting, you know, a hobby, or Kelly getting therapy? How come Bethenny Getting Married?
BF: First of all me getting married does involve other people. Kelly in therapy would involve a shrink and a padded room, so that might not be interesting for a whole hour. And Jill getting a hobby is probably going to take a little longer than by the time production would get up. So that said, I don't know why. I really don't. I guess, you know, they said they did focus groups to see what the viewer wants.

What were your thoughts on Jill announcing on Twitter the birth of your baby before anybody else did and inaccurately saying it was a boy?
BF: My honest reaction was she can't get out of her own way. And it wasn't like she had to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby. All she had to do was go with a 50/50 guess and she still didn't get it right.

Feel free to trash Jill Zarin and/or nonsensical question marks in the comments. Oh, and if you like fighting, check out our ultimate Real Housewives cage match.

Bethenny talks to TV Guide

Here is an interview Bethenny did with TV Guide.


She's a Real Housewife of New York, a best-selling author and the funniest foodie you'll ever meet. Now Bethenny Frankel has added wife, mother and star of her own show, Bethenny Getting Married? (premiering Thursday at 10/9c on Bravo) to the résumé, which means this cutup of a chef has a lot on her plate!

TV Guide Magazine: Why the question mark in the title? You did get married!
Frankel: I wasn't when we developed the show. And I've always struggled with relationships, so it's more like, "Is she really going to get married? Is there an eclipse? [Laughs] Is this the second coming?"

TV Guide Magazine: Did your new hubby, Jason Hoppy, know what he was getting into?
Frankel: I don't think so. [Laughs] He's like Ricky, and I'm his Lucy.

TV Guide Magazine: Congrats on one-month-old baby Bryn. How is she doing?
Frankel: Thank you! She is so cute and so tiny. She came five weeks early, and she's less than five pounds. She's a tiny little peanut.

TV Guide Magazine: Give us some scoop! What will we see on the show?
Frankel: My relationship, my being commitment-phobic and then having to plan this wedding while being pregnant and hormonal and trying to balance my business. It's really what's going on. I will never do anything that is not me.

TV Guide Magazine: Will you be recording a single anytime soon?
Frankel: It's funny, because I used to be in plays. I could sing. But no, at my [Laughs] I am coming from a place of no!

Jacqueline Blasts Danielle Over Sex Tape

Castmate Blasts 'Jersey' Housewife Over Sex Tape

Originally posted Jun 9th 2010 12:15 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Danielle Staub's sex tape drama has "sickened" at least one of her co-stars on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" -- and now Jacqueline Laurita tells us she wants Staub off the reality show for good.

Jacqueline -- who used to be close with Staub -- tells us she's "not surprised at all" that Hustler Inc. claims they are all set to distribute a sex tape featuring the mother of two with a mystery man from September 2009.
She tells us, "I'd be very happy if [Staub] left our show ... Why doesn't she just leave and go do porn?"
Jacqueline adds, "Danielle has total disregard for how [the tape] will affect her daughters' impressionable years."

As we previously reported, Hustler plans to release the 75 minute tape next week.