Bethenny Frankel's Real Housewives of New York City co-stars are reportedly banned from talking about her ongoing divorce from Jason Hoppy.
According to a new report, the 45-year-old Skinnygirl mogul has forbidden her co-stars, including LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley, Carole Radziwill and Jules Wainstien, from talking about her messy split from Hoppy, the father of her daughter Bryn, as the eighth season of the reality series continues to air.
"Contractually, no one is allowed to mention her divorce," a show insider told Radar Online on July 13. "No one can speak about her daughter, Bryn, or Jason, either."
While a Bravo spokesperson denied this was the case, the insider went on to reveal a double standard. Although Bethenny Frankel doesn't want her co-stars talking about her prolonged divorce, the love lives of de Lesseps and Singer have been featured frequently on the series. In fact, de Lesseps' controversial love life has been a big part of Season 8, and a short time ago, Singer's husband's highly publicized affair was mentioned.
Bethenny Frankel flaunts her curvy bikini body as she grills up burgers during Independence Day holiday weekend https://t.co/orLOs7E2XNIn addition to Bethenny Frankel's alleged demands in regard to the silence of her co-stars, the single mom has also requested her friend, Radziwill, be kept on the series through Season 9.
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"[Bethenny Frankel] needs an ally on the cast, so it's important for her to keep Carol around," the insider explained. "Producers don't want Carol for Season 9, but Bethenny will get her way. She always does."
Just weeks ago, another Radar Online source claimed Bethenny Frankel was wreaking havoc behind-the-scenes by refusing to film with certain members of the cast, including Morgan.
"They've had issues on the show, but as part of Real Housewives storylines the women need to try to talk or come to resolutions, which [Bethenny Frankel] refuses do. She's putting the everything in jeopardy," an insider revealed at the time. "Producers aren't happy with [Bethenny Frankel]. They believe she is self-producing the show and they are fed up!"
Bethenny Frankel was also accused of attempting to control what goes on between her and her co-stars on the show.
"She has led all the cast members to believe she has serious control of the show given her celeb status," the insider said. Plus, "She's using her pseudo-clout so much that she has refused to film with certain people."
#RHONY Bethenny Frankel Contacts Her Estranged Mom & Ex Jason Hoppy Moves Out of Their $7 Million Apartment https://t.co/3nQZ1S5xoMWhile Bethenny Frankel is one of the biggest stars of the series, at least according to most, the source went on to reveal that her antics could lead Bravo to boot her from the show just two seasons into her Real Housewives of New York City return.
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"Cast members have been known to not come back after pulling stunts like this — and Bethenny is no different," the insider confirmed.
Bethenny Frankel starred on The Real Housewives of New York City from Season 1 until Season 3, when she left the series to pursue a spinoff with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jason Hoppy. The series, Bethenny Getting Married, which was later renamed Bethenny Ever After, followed Frankel and Hoppy as they prepared to walk down the aisle and welcome their first child together.
Bethenny Frankel's spinoff aired for three seasons on Bravo before she walked away from the show to pursue her short-lived talk show, Bethenny, on FOX.
For more Bethenny Frankel, tune into The Real Housewives of New York City on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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