It was only a matter of time before Kelly Bensimon shared her feelings about Bethenny Frankel's divorce. The two were mortal enemies on The Real Housewives of New York, and their epic battles -- the "I'm up here, you're down here" comment and the "go to sleep!" fight come to mind -- were brilliant to watch. Bethenny was the only cast member sane enough to go head to head with Kelly's certifiable craziness, and it was always satisfying to see Ms. Frankel call Kelly out for her non-sensical ramblings (remember the whole chef/cook exchange on the boat?) and her bizarre ability to contradict everything she says.
So when E! asked Kelly what she thought about Bethenny's split, Kels didn't miss an opportunity to hide a dig in what seems, on the surface, to be a very supportive response.
Let's break it down. Kelly said:
"I feel so bad for her." Aw, that's nice.
"But she's a strong woman. She's an incredibly strong woman." Hey! That's nice, too!
"I wish them both well. Jason is a very nice man, very solid." OMG, is Kelly actually really sweet?
"Divorce is the worst time of your life, so I can't imagine my marriage and pregnancy on television and then it not working out." Errrr, beg pardon? That's not really as heartfelt as it may sound.
I mean, it comes across pretty backhanded if you ask me. Kelly's basically saying, "Ooooh, ahhhh, and it's really just toooo bad, darlings, that, oh my, how dreadful it is that poor, poor Bethenny had made that silly decision to share her life on TV because now, oh, the poor thing, oh, she has to go through it all in the public eye, and my dear, that must just be so excruciating SUCKER!"
Maybe I'm giving Kelly too much credit. Backhanded compliments, after all, do take a little bit of intellectual conniving.
Regardless, it's not like these two are going to bond over their divorce experiences and vacation together in the Hamptons. There's always going to be some bad blood between these two, and really, there's nothing wrong with that.
I wonder if Kelly would call that systematic bullying ...
Do you think Kelly had good or bad intentions with her comment?
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