When Bravo announced that Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel was getting her own show, you’d expect her castmates — especially her onscreen BFF Jill Zarin — to congratulate her, right?
“What’s funny is nobody on my cast has said a single word to me about it,” Frankel, 38, said on the phone from Los Angeles. “It must be a giant elephant in the room.”
Was the famously outspoken reality star angered by her castmates’ silence? “I hope they would be supportive just because they’re human beings,” she said. “But do I care that nobody’s said anything? Nah. I don’t even think about it. I’ve got too much to focus on than to focus on girl trouble.”
Frankel is also dispelling online reports that she is leaving The Real Housewives of New York City cast, calling that “completely a rumor. It’s false.” Still, speculation abounds that Frankel’s five castmates — Alex McCord, Countess Luann de Lesseps, Zarin, Ramona Singer and Kelly Bensimon — will be joined this season by socialite Sonja Morgan.
“To my knowledge, it was the six of us but let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other that were alternated in,” Frankel says, noting that adding Housewives is nothing new for New York, Atlanta or Orange County. “You don’t have to be Angela Lansbury to figure that one out.”
When reached, Bravo had no comment about the third Real Housewives of New York City season or its cast.
Frankel also says she hasn’t begun filming her as-yet-untitled solo show — nor does she have a specific plan for what it will be about. “People ask me what it’s going to be,” she says. “It’s going to be whatever I’m doing, whatever my life is, whatever my career is, whatever my relationship is — whatever is truthfully happening to me. If I could predict the future, I’d know what the show is going to be about.”
As for her relationship with boyfriend Jason Hoppy, the reality star says things are going “really, really well,” but she adds, “I’m trying to have as much privacy with my relationship as I can.” Still, Housewives fans will meet Hoppy when season 3 premieres. “I put him on when it’s necessary because the audience wants to know I have a boyfriend and meet him and trust him,” she says.
Meanwhile, she’s staying tight-lipped about what to expect from the new season, including whether there will be more of the feuding New York fans have come to love. “Some relationships have stayed the same and some have changed,” she says. “There have been a lot of shifts. It’s quite an explosive show.”
One major shift: Frankel says she and Bensimon, who sparred last season, have been talking.
“I sat next to Kelly at the Badgley Mischka fashion show recently and I wasn’t being filmed,” Frankel says. “She asked me to come sit next to her, so I did. That was something you wouldn’t have expected since last season.” –Brian OrloffJ. Graylock/JPI