RHONY star Bethenny Frankel returned to the Bravo series months ago, and already, her return has reportedly led to controversy. Weeks into filming on season seven, a source has spoke out, claiming Frankel’s behavior on set has been less than thrilling for producers.
“Bethenny is insisting on featuring her Skinnygirl products at every opportunity,” a source close to the show revealed to Radar Online on December 1. “The requests from Bethenny have crew members concerned the upcoming season will be one big promo for all things Bethenny.”
During one episode, cameras filmed Frankel’s 44th birthday with her co-stars. At the event, which was held at the Gilded Lily in New York City, Frankel “made certain the bar was stocked with all of her Skinny Girl alcohol. It just feels tacky and cheap.”
While that wouldn’t be an issue for RHONY producers if Frankel was causing the drama they have been banking on, she has failed to deliver and executives are disappointed.
“As far as bringing the drama to spice things up, Bethenny is proving to be a downer in that department too. She is trying to be the mother hen, and providing support to LuAnn de Lesseps as she begins dating after her breakup with Jacques. There is simmering tension with Kristin Taekman, but Bethenny is very hesitant to get into heated fights with her on camera.”
Overall, RHONY producers are unhappy with Frankel’s antics and an eighth season invite is far from guaranteed. “Producers brought Bethenny back to spice things up, and she is acting like some sort of advice guru,” the source explained. “It’s obvious to everyone that Bethenny is only using the show to rehab her public image which took a huge hit after her divorce proceedings from estranged husband, Jason Hoppy began.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Frankel recently said her return to RHONY felt “fresh” and “new.”
“When I left the show and then the talk show was done, I was kind of really burnt out,” Frankel told Extra TV in October. “I didn’t know if I really wanted to be on television anymore, at least for a while… and I really would like it to be my decision if I stop the train of being in the public eye and being on television. And I think if I didn’t do something else soon, that I really thought was good for me, then it wouldn’t have been my choice any more.”
According to the Inquisitr, Andy Cohen revealed how he convinced Frankel to return to the show in his new book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.
RHONY season seven remains in production.
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