The Warning Bethenny Frankel Ignored Before Joining Real Housewives

Bethenny Frankel was arguably the most memorable castmate of The Real Housewives of New York City when it debuted in 2008. Cast among the more conservative, uptight Upper East Siders, viewers were immediately drawn to Frankel’s witty comebacks and scathing sense of humor. While she lived in the same area as the other cast members (minus Alex McCord, who lived in Brooklyn), Frankel lived a relatively humble lifestyle and always considered herself an “downtown girl,” according to CNBC.

As the seasons progressed, Frankel’s raw personality often got her at odds with her “RHONY” cast members, particularly Jill Zarin. The two close friends eventually became enemies after Season 3. Zarin felt Frankel was breaking away from their friendship and accused her of not being there for her while her then-husband Bobby Zarin was suffering from cancer. Frankel thought Zarin was jealous of her burgeoning success as her Skinnygirl brand rose in popularity.

After a tumultuous season 3, Frankel left the show only to return for season 7, according to Bravo. Frankel left for good after Season 11, and while her years on the show served her well, few know that she was told not to become a “real housewife” at all.

Bethenny Frankel was told not to do RHONY

At the beginning of The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel was just beginning her career as a chef. During the first season of “RHONY,” Frankel was shown trying to promote her company, Bethenny Bakes, in Hustle. According to Marie Claire, Frankel had just signed a $100,000 deal with Pepperidge Farm and was hesitant about starring in a reality show. She recalled her agent telling her not to do “RHONY” because it was “going to be a trainwreck of a bunch of people drinking alcohol and making a fool of themselves — which it became in a lot of ways.” Everyone told me not to do it.”

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In the end, Frankel decided to do the show to further her career — with one clause. She agreed to shoot “RHONY” Season 1 for just $7,250, but had in her contract that she could keep any profit she made from promoting her business on the show, according to InStyle. This became known as “The Bethenny Clause,” and while she didn’t have much at first, she eventually amassed a fortune.

RHONY introduced Bethenny Frankel to fame

Bethenny Frankel first introduced the concept of the “skinny margarita” in Season 1’s The Real Housewives of New York City (via The New York Times). As a businesswoman, she used her platform on Bravo to turn her idea into a full-fledged business selling low-calorie alcoholic beverages called Skinnygirl. Fans watched as she came up with her name and logo, which she enlisted with the help of fellow “RHONY” star Alex McCord. Eventually she became her brand, even driving a car wrapped in the Skinnygirl logo and promoting her brand to fellow housewives Bravo.

Skinnygirl grew into a multi-million dollar business, which Frankel sold to Beam Global in 2011 for reportedly $100 million per person. However, she retained the rights to the name, which allowed Frankel to expand the line into other areas such as shapewear and packaged foods.

Frankel left RHONY for good after season 11, declaring per Variety, “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my producing partnership with Mark Burnett and producing and starring in shows that are a shift in conversation.” pose for women.” Many “RHONY” fans have clamored for Frankel to return to the show, and she was even considered for the legacy spinoff, according to People. Her reaction to executives? “There’s a number, but I don’t think that you can afford it.” Ultimately, Frankel’s answer wasn’t “no,” leaving “RHONY” fans with hope.

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