Oh no. This has been a bad week for Ms. Bethenny Frankel. First we hear that she made up the whole lost-at-sea story for her Bravo reality show, and now we find out she lied (er, kinda lied?) about how much she made by selling her Skinnygirl cocktail business to the Beam corporation. The rumor, which she never confirmed nor denied, was that she got $120 million out of the deal, but according the the SEC filing from Beam, Bethenny made nowhere near that much. Nowhere near. The report shows, are you sitting? That she earned $8.1 million.
You know that Countless and Zarin are having a field day with this news.
But wait, there's more.
Bethenny isn't the sole owner of the brand, so those assets are divided somehow, and furthermore, the record shows that she can earn bonuses depending on the success of Skinnygirl, but she can't earn more than $25 million -- close to a full $100 million LESS than we were led to believe.
True, Bethenny never disclosed what she made. But remember when Andy Cohen asked her on Watch What Happens Live about it? He was all, I heard you made $120 million from the deal. And she was all Smiles McHappyShrugs and said, coyly, that she can't really say what the number is, but that she's really happy, etc. etc. Lying by omission much? And WWHL wasn't the only place Bethenny demurely didn't deny the rumors, I feel like I saw her talk about the enormous figure a hundred times.
This isn't to say that $8.1 million or $25 million is nothing -- it's to say that Bethenny may have gotten a little too big for her britches. Did she not think the news was ever going to come out? I think she could've handled this whole thing differently. When asked about the inflated amount, she could've said that she's heard the rumors, that she made nowhere near that amount of money, that she wishes she had, and that she's still extremely proud and happy.
Because now? All those other New York Housewife bitches are frothing at the mouth. I strongly dislike all of them, Bethenny's by far my fave, and I hate to see them have any reason to think better of themselves. I can't stand to imagine Zarin's reaction to this news. Her eyes wide, her blood pumping, her text to Countless that would read something like "Didya hear?? ;)" make me wanna vom.
Are you surprised to hear Bethenny didn't make $120 million?
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