Bethenny Frankel Blames Ellen DeGeneres' Empty Promises for Her Awful Talk Show Ratings

bethenny frankelIn theory, a Bethenny Frankel talk show was a good idea. Bethenny's an intelligent person and good conversationalist who's been entertaining to watch on both The Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Ever After. But when Bethenny the Talk Show: The Idea became Bethenny, the reality, things started to unravel.

Apparently, Bethenny's new daytime show is doing, in a word, dismally. Ratings are so bad that Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show queen who gave Bethenny her show, has asked to have her name as removed from the show's credits because she's "embarrassed." Yeah. It's bad, guys.

But here's where things go from bad to worse: Bethenny is reportedly blaming Ellen for the crap viewership. I know. 

During Bethenny's trial run, Ellen was able to pull some strings and, by the grace of God, get Justin Bieber on the show. But since her show has been picked up, Ellen and her booking agent, who reportedly promised to hook Bethenny up, haven't been able to get a single big-name celeb on the show. The supposed reason? No one wants to make an appearance on a show hosted by a former Housewife. Ellen's people evidently have tried to get Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Miley Cyrus on the show, but all refused to make an appearance based on that very reason.

So there's that. But then there's also the reported reason that Bethenny is simply "too New York" to appeal to a nationwide audience. According to a source: "Bethenny doesn’t appeal to station managers across the country and whoever had the fear that she was too New York was right. The whole thing feels forced."

On one hand I feel bad for Bethenny. Nobody likes empty promises or being on a sinking ship in front of all of America. I'm sure she's feeling both extremely frustrated and incredibly embarrassed right now. But on the other, the woman's a bajillionaire! She should just stay off TV for now. This is her fourth show (Skating With the Stars), and while I get that she's a brand and needs to have her face out there, she doesn't need to have her face ... so out there. She could definitely still count her millions while solely doing appearances.

But I guess once you get a taste of the limelight, it's hard to go back. Hey, maybe that should be a new Skinnygirl margarita flavor? Limelight! Shoot, I'd buy it.

Have you watched Bethenny's show?


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youth... youthfulsoul

Nope haven't watched. Mostly because when her personal life fell apart I lost respect and interest in her.

Knitt... KnittyTina

Her fan base is located on the Bravo network, so if she was going to have any success, the talk show should have at least started on that channel and if it got huge, moved to another station. 


Jai Hutto

EVERY ONE thinks they deserve a talk show these days! I've never watched any show she's ever been in, ever and now I'm glad! To blame Ellen because no one wants to go on her show is childish! Grow the fuck up.

jhslove jhslove

Maybe this, combined with Kris Jenner's heinous train wreck of a show, will finally start convincing people that having a talk show is a) not something that everyone is entitled to and b) only going to be successful if you're an interesting person, have accomplished something of note and have worthwhile things to talk about. And recycled diet advice that's already been said is neither interesting or worthwhile.

nonmember avatar Dawn Bechtel

I loved Bethenny on housewives and happily ever after..... I don't judge her and wish her and her family all the best and i recognize that she is a real person off the show with real struggles and heart break..... I just wonder if she had focused as much on her marriage if she could have lived happiky ever after. I hope she finds that soon.

Cindi Meyer

can not stand her....I am glad that no one wants to be on her show.....everyone knows she is a BITCH....



Birgit Banyak Van Beber

Now, why in the Heck would she blame Ellen for that.... Ellen was nice enough to hep her with getting a show. That is what I call " UNGREATFULL " and they been friends for  very long time and that is the " THANKS Ellen get "......The only thing I can say is " WOWWWWWWWWWWWSSSEEEEE "tsk tskTo Bethanny Frankel for blamig Ellen !!!!!

Kathie Savage

I happen to LOVE Bethenny! She is a real person with real problems and has shared them with the world. She had nothing and has become something HUGE! She is not selfish how she became what she is today and shares her tricks and talents with the world and I am sure has helped at least one person out there make something of themselves and in my book that is a pretty amazing person! She had a horribe childhood and OMG it has hung over into her adult that doesn't happen to us all. Maybe she hasn't handled everything like a saint but I am sorry nobody does. Everyone does what they can to get through the day.
Don't believe everything you read...wait for the facts to come out of her or Ellen's mouths before you judge someone.

Sharon Mefford

I am way too old to be on the Bethenny bandwagon, but I do like her. However, I agree that she is too "New York" and her show just doesn't click with me. Her studio audience loves her -- but I would bet that the majority are New Yorkers. I can't identify with most of her guests. Sex seems to be the main topic of conversation.

Debbie Maltby Nielsen

I loved her reality shows, and tried to watch her talk bueno.  She is too brash and over  the top for my taste.  I admire her for the effort, but she needs to step down gracefully and hang on to some of her dignity.  I'm just sayin'............

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