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.
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