‘RHONY’: Bethenny Frankel Thought Being on the Show Would Destroy Her Career

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City admits she was hesitant to affix the present as a result of she was nervous it might wreck any likelihood of changing into a pure meals chef.

Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel
Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel| Barbara Nitke/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

“I didn’t want to do [the show],” Frankel stated on The Carlos Watson Show. “I had been on The Apprentice, the Martha Stewart Apprentice. The alternative got here and so they saved approaching me and I stated no, for 2 months to the brand new Housewives.”

“And I thought this will be a bunch of women getting wasted and a train wreck,” she continued. “I don’t wanna be on that. I wanna be a real natural food chef and I’d like to get a cooking show and this will destroy any opportunities I have.”

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Frankel re-evaluated the chance, concluding that she most likely had nothing to lose by being on the present. “I checked in with the producers again,” Frankel stated. “Because I thought if it’s a failure, no one will hear about it. But if its a success, I can be a natural food chef and promote that. So, ignorance is bliss.”

“I just started filming it,” she continued. “And once we filmed the first season, I thought it would become a cultural phenomoenon. Once it got going I said this is going to be a cultural phenomenon and it certainly was.”

Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Lu-Ann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCordRamona Singer, Jill Zarin, Lu-Ann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord
Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Lu-Ann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord | Jay Sullivan/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

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Frankel shortly grew to become a fan favourite on RHONY as followers watched her launch her multi-million greenback firm. In the early days, Frankel would order a “skinny” cocktail when she’d be filmed having drinks with the forged. As she progressed in her profession as a chef, her cocktails took focus, and ultimately, she launched her Skinnygirl model.

Frankel is the rationale for the ‘Bethenny Clause’

Frankel’s instincts have been proper on the cash. Not solely did the present present her with a platform to grow to be a pure meals chef, but it surely additionally helped to catapult a whole model. Since then, many Housewives forged members have launched companies, utilizing the present as a possibility to debate their new model.

The community acknowledged this and in the end instituted what’s known as the “Bethenny Clause” on new forged member contracts. Former RHONY forged member Heather Thomson dished in regards to the extra clause when she appeared on the Out within the Wild podcast

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“By the way, when you sign that contract you basically say you can make me look and say anything you want,” Thomson stated. Adding that forged members now want to concentrate on the clause. “Where people that had businesses then that [Bravo] wanted to own a piece of that business.” Thomson stated, including she would have by no means been on the present if she needed to share a bit of her model. “I already made a $32 million business when I launched being on the show.”

Thomson stated Bravo is in search of an uptick within the business. “I think that they watch people launch these businesses on the show and they’re not looking for like $10,000,” she stated. “They’re looking to see when businesses make a good amount of money because of the show, like Skinnygirl.”

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