Bethenny Frankel Says Some 'RHONY' Can't Afford Their Lavish Lifestyles

Amy Feinstein

Part of the appeal of the Real Housewives franchise is the Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous aspect, but RHONY star Bethenny Frankel says that some of her castmates are just a few Bravo paychecks away from being in financial trouble. Frankel says that many of the women are living beyond their means.

Page Six says that Bethenny Frankel explains that she knows of what she speaks because she's been in debt, and when she started RHONY she made less than $10,000 for the season.

"They can't afford the lives they're living. And if the music stops, they're going to get in some trouble."
"Until my late 30s, everything was just an anxiety and a struggle. It's like the way people feel when they eat something and they don't feel good about it. I'd be on the phone begging to get the [fees] reduced."

"You can't put yourself in a position where, if the s–t hit the fan, you couldn't pay all of your bills at one time. If the world came to an end, I would be able to pay for everything. I might not be left with much, but I can afford what I have."
"If you want to look good, it's hair, it's makeup, it's wardrobe, and then those people that help facilitate that. They're not cheap."
"I feel humbled. It took me three days to feel like this is my apartment. Wow, I can't believe I live here."