Bethenny Frankel addresses criticism over ‘Real Housewives’ rewatch podcast: ‘I’m integral to the success’ of the franchise and ‘certified to speak on its historical past’

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Bethenny Frankel discusses her new Real Housewives rewatch podcast — which has some within the Bravo universe fired up. (Photo: Celeste Sloman)

Bethenny Frankel is busy doing her factor, regardless of the omnipresent noise within the again.

The Real Housewives of New York alum and businesswoman has two new large tasks, her ReWives podcast and CNBC’s Money Court, along with her common repertoire, starting from saving the world with catastrophe aid initiative BStrong to being a TikTok magnificence influencer at 50-something.

“It’s really annoying people, which means I’m doing something right,” Frankel quips to Yahoo Entertainment of her new iHeart Radio podcast, which sees her rewatching episodes of the Bravo franchise with surprising movie star company, starting from Jerry Springer to Suze Orman.

Since it launched in early November, Frankel has confronted criticism from some inside the Bravo universe for beginning a podcast in regards to the franchise after calling her expertise on the present, which she left for the second time in 2019, “poisonous.” On the day we spoke, her former RHONY co-star Luann de Lesseps had slammed her, once more.

“I mean I don’t really spend any time thinking about Luann,” Frankel says in response to being requested for her response to de Lesseps’s newest. “She spends a lot of time thinking about me. So we can thank her for that, because it’s certainly helping [bring in listeners]. I mean, every little bit counts — even if it’s just a little bit from her audience, it’s helpful. I appreciate all the promotion. It’s definitely working.”

Frankel launched her new podcast ReWives with iHeart, which appears again at previous Real Housewives reveals. iHeart can also be home to her Just B podcast. (Photo: iHeart)

Of the criticism generally, which additionally got here from her buddy producer/reunion present host, Andy Cohen, she says, “I’m completely integral to the success of the Housewives, so I’m absolutely qualified to talk on its history,” having first joined the franchise in 2008. Plus, she says the present has “changed into something different” lately, so “a lot of what we’re talking about is when it really was its absolute best.”

She says ReWives is “different than anything anyone else is doing.” Plus, “I’m not a disgruntled fired housewife, which most people who are doing shows have some sort of skewed perspective. I’m a person that left on my own” after Season 11. “So that definitely makes it a different perspective.”

Frankel additionally indulged us by weighing in on Ramona Singer saying she will not be doing The Real Housewives of New York City Legacy spin-off. Rumors circulated the unique housewife was fired, however Bravo has but to announce the forged.

Asked if it was a loss for the franchise to not have Singer — or whether or not she believes she’s a part of that poisonous Housewives tradition, Frankel replies, “I don’t think it needs to be that deep. I think that Ramona always brought the drama but didn’t kill the party. And the thing is — I don’t know who said it, but Ramona represents a certain woman in New York City. That’s true. Meaning: We can take all cigarette smoking and drinking out of movies but that’s not necessarily reflecting reality. So if we’re telling a reality story, Ramona is a woman in New York City, and not every woman is politically correct. And not every woman looks the same. So I think that sometimes reality television and even scripted television makes the mistake of trying to manufacture what culture wants right now, when in reality there are all kinds of people. That show, when I was on it, reflected different types of people and their different opinions and their inappropriate comments and the mistakes that they made. So if you go too far away from that, then everything’s just a scripted, shiny show where you’re checking all the boxes you’re supposed to check.”

Frankel undoubtedly is not making an attempt to test packing containers when making profession decisions. In addition to her buzzy new podcast, she’s brings her enterprise acumen to the desk for Money Court, which sees her and Shark Tank‘s Kevin O’Leary preside over high-stakes monetary disputes and render legally binding choices to the events.

“I left there saying to everyone that I work with: This is the best thing I’ve ever done,” she says of her first TV look since her 2021 HBO Max sequence The Big Shot with Bethenny, a competitors actuality present, that noticed her seek for Skinnygirl’s VP of operations.

Frankel discusses her new gigs, together with flexing her entrepreneurial abilities on CNBC’s Money Court reverse Kevin O’Leary. (Photo: Jeff Daly/CNBC)

“I walked in thinking we were doing a television show, and I walked out having done the most intense TV I’ve ever done,” she says, explaining that she and O’Leary, who she met on Shark Tank, have been so invested in making the appropriate resolution. “We were both fried because the stakes were so high. It’s real people, real businesses… We took serious time and effort and brainpower and really dug in.”

She mentioned her followers have loved seeing her within the elevated TV position, saying, “I’ve gotten so many social media messages from people saying, ‘I love the show. Finally something I don’t feel guilty about watching.’ It’s not junk food,” as Housewives drama might be.

When she’s not making TV reveals and podcasts, Frankel has been sharing her scorching takes on magnificence merchandise and revealing movie star cosmetic surgery secrets and techniques, rendering her a complete new following as a TikTok influencer.

“It was accidental, unintentional,” the mother of 1 says of gaining followers for her blunt make-up and skincare critiques. “It’s hilarious to go into CVS and have women say, ‘I’m here buying your [recommended] products and you’re doing God’s work,’ and me laughing because they’re not talking about Bstrong” — her charity that provides emergency help to folks in disaster. “They’re talking about lip gloss! And younger girls stop me, in front of Starbucks, telling me that they’re big fans, because of my TikTok. They only know me from TikTok; they’ve never even heard of the Housewives. Their moms might watch the Housewives, but they don’t.”

Bethenny Frankel on the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on June 5, 2022. (Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)

And Frankel will not cease calling out the Kardashians in that area both — whether or not it is for Kim’s Met Gala weight reduction, Kylie’s beauty markups or the Photoshopping.

“The thing is, they have lost a lot of their shine because people have been waterboarded with the message,” she says of the well-known household. “When they first came on the scene, one at a time, it was … a different type of body image and celebrating curves and things like that. It was also watching shiny objects and watching a display of wealth. But it’s gotten vulgar. It’s not healthy for young women. It’s destructive. It’s desperate. It’s so: Look at me! Look at me!”

Frankel has put them on blast in movies and on her podcast. She’s publicly known as for an “intermission” from their fixed presence within the media, and implored them to set higher examples for younger folks than boasting about unhealthy weight reduction and different unfavorable messages.

“There’s definitely been a shift,” she says since her “very controversial video at the time. Back then, no one was really saying that. Now you see [that people have] just sort of had it. But they are so powerful and have such shock value and fashion power that it’s hard to ignore.”

That mentioned, “Everyone knows it’s not healthy for society. But they are taking every penny that they can take. If you see money on the floor, you’re gonna pick it up. So they are in a smash and grab, take all the money. One day, the music may stop [but] they’re billionaires so it’s hard to fight with multiple billionaires. But I’m giving society credit for trying.”

As for her personal profession decisions, and what folks should say about them, she’s simply going to stay to trusting her intestine and tuning out the noise.

“I just do things that I like, so if the tables go cold, I’ll walk out,” she says. “I’m cool with that. I didn’t plan to be a beauty influencer. I didn’t go looking for this amazing business show. When great opportunities present themselves, I decide to take them or deny them. Everyone’s always trying to figure out, like, ‘Ooh, what’s she doing next?’ ‘She’s trying to do this.’ ‘She’s trying to do that.’ I’m not really trying to do anything, I’m just doing what I like to do. That’s pretty clear if you really think about it.”