Bethenny Frankel Makes It Impossible to Love Her

bethenny frankelAs a long time fan of Bethenny Frankel, I couldn't have been more excited for the season premiere of her show, Bethenny Ever After, last night. I've been watching the show since its debut (then called Bethenny Getting Married), and it's such a welcome change from all the other crap I watch on Bravo. Even my husband can sit through it with me.

Like most of Bethenny's fans, I've always considered her to be "real," to be unlike the rest of the obnoxious, ersatz Housewives. And she's always seemed to be super appreciative and grateful of everything she has. Seemed being the operative word, though, here. Chalk it up to editing if you want, but after last night's episode, I feel like I don't even know Bethenny anymore

Seriously, guys, was it just me, or did Bethenny seem really obnoxious on the show? I get that she's not exactly known for her charm and grace, but typically, she's really lovable. I so didn't get that from her in last night's episode. She seemed more demanding than usual, more short-fused, and totally not appreciative of anything -- including her ridiculously nice new pad or super flexible and supportive husband, Jason. I'm kind of upset.

Also, I feel like she talked about herself non-stop. I mean, I get that it's the Bethenny show and all, and I want to know more about her, but every scene was her eating lunch with someone or getting her hair and makeup done -- complaining! She complained about how everybody thinks Jason is so nice (when, apparently, according to her, he kind of sucks); she complained about how her rad TriBeCa apartment is too small for her; she complained about the closet in her newer, radder apartment; she complained about people suing her (which, okay, understandable). It didn't stop. As I sat in my 800-square-foot apartment eating almond butter by the spoonful, it made it awfully hard to like her -- and completely impossible to relate to her.

I get that it's Bethenny's life, so the "issues" and whatnot are important to her, but dude, she really needs to reign it in a bit if she wants to keep all her fans. I kind of feel like she's having a hard time dealing with fame and/or fortune or something. In some ways, it's almost like she doesn't want it. When I think about how she was on her final season of RHONY, when she and Jason just started dating, she seemed so much happier and lighter. She was much more fun to watch. Now? I sort of get the impression that she's not happy. And, if that's the case, that sucks. But I'm finding it really hard to feel bad for her when she has everything she (and most people) has ever wanted. 

Did you watch Bethenny last night? Did you think she was different?


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Melissa Marshall

I do understand where you are coming from with this article.  I too am big Bethenny fan...she was always my favorite on RHONY and I was so happy to see her become successful, find love, and have the baby she always wanted.  I do feel that having it all, all at once, has taken its toll on her.  Couple that with the sadness that comes from miscarrying a child and you can see how it does make her a little bit of a negative Nancy.  It was refreshing, however, to see her on Today and WWHL yesterday...she was more of the Bethenny that we all tune in to relate to each week!

Danielle Ellison

To me, she was her same old self.  I don' really know why you're so upset.  You never really "knew" her at all (just the personality that she projects to the public).  It boggles the mind that people want to dictate to others in which way they should conduct their "show"...smh

nonmember avatar Rachel

I found Bethenny's show last night to be absolutely obnoxious, it was a full hour of her complaining, asking people questions and then talking over them to brag or complain about herself, plug her products, brag about her success and then act like she hates it all at the same time. She has nothing but nasty remarks to make about her husband, hired help, etc. and then writes it off as being "silly" and "inappropriate". She is NOT a role model for women or a business model for that matter either, at the end of the day she didnt cure cancer, she altered a cocktail recipe. She is a fame whore. Did you see how happy she gets every time she spots a photographer? Its sickening. How are you a role model for women bethenny? Bc you are a hot mess that will do anything for attention, even defame your husband and his wholesome family? Also, she is taking the term skinny girl to an unhealthy level by losing so much weight that she looks like a bag of bones- not a healthy role model for women and girls- my message to bethenny is NO ONE CARES!

Anna Vasica-Rabold

Melissa: This show was taped BEFORE she miscarried. She was on TODAY (yesterday) saying that her miscarriage occured very recently, AFTER the show finished taping.

Anna Vasica-Rabold

Danielle: I agree.. We don't know her personally. I'm not sure if i am going to watch this season because just judging from the promos she seems unhappy and kinda negative. I liked her on RHONY and the first two seasons of her shows, and cried right along with her. But there does seem to be a negative tone to the promos. I want her and Jason to stay together and raise their baby, Bryn together. He seems like such a sweet man, and  maybe she's not used to someone truly loving her and being with her for the long haul. Or...maybe she's not that into him, and knows that if they divorce, he's entitled to half of her money since it was he who negotiated that big money deal, and has her on tape saying that if it hadn't been for him she wouldn't have the success that she had with her business. I hope that it's just the editing and that they are in fact really happy together. I think when you have $140 MILLION dollars, there's really not much you have to worry about, especially since she has the opportunity that almost every woman would love to have to stay home with no thought to how they are going to pay for the bills while being a stay at home mom.

Beth Horne

I saw this coming. Jason is nice and doesn't demand her to kowtow to him so she doesn't respect him, hence slamming him on her show. Sorry, but if you know any of his friends or business contacts they all say there is no nicer guy on the planet. Bethanny never has been able to keep a relationship for very long because of her sharp tongue and selfish ways. I say if you want to know someone's future, look to their past..her's has an awful lot of wronged people and people who were once friends that got dumped when they no longer proved useful. You won't find me drinking anything 'Skinnygirl' anytime soon!

godde... goddess99

no idea who this chic is.

nonmember avatar Sally

I didn't get that at all. She reminded me of myself, stressed by running a company and being a mom.

Madel... Madelaine

dont know her

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