RHONY: Are Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin Still Feuding?
While former RHONY star Zarin says she and Frankel are not fighting, she admits, "I thought she and I were friends – she obviously didn't"
With just a week left until Bethenny Frankel returns to The Real Housewives of New York City, the faces may have changed, but fans are bound to wonder whether the feuds – on and off camera – remain the same.
Frankel’s former RHONY costar Jill Zarin took to the radio waves last week to set the record straight about her relationship with Frankel, 44, saying that she has no hard feelings toward her old pal.
“There is no feud between myself and Bethenny or myself and anybody that I know of unless they come forth and tell me there’s a feud,” Zarin – who left RHONY in 2011 – told her longtime friend, crisis manager Wendy Feldman, on the March 25 debut of her new Dash Radio talk show The Hollywood Fixer (airing Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. PT).
When Zarin, 51, and her husband, Bobby, ran into Frankel last summer, Zarin said the three of them “were so civil. She had a private conversation with [my daughter] Ally. She danced with Bobby.”
Zarin said she was happy when she saw Frankel extend an olive branch of sorts on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on March 22. Frankel said she had “no ill will” toward Zarin and, “I wish her the best.”
“She was very nice about us,” Zarin told Feldman. “Bobby always liked her. There was never a problem with them. Honestly? It was such a nothing fight that if we were really real friends make up. Let’s put it that way. And unfortunately what happened, happened.”
She continued, “If you’re not real friends, you just walk away. I thought she and I were friends. She obviously didn’t – and it’s all good!”
While Zarin says she has “moved on” and is “so past that part of my TV career,” she did not that “it sucks [that] when the show comes back on TV, I get sucked in whether I like or not – into drama that I have nothing to do with.”
On Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti Stanger‘s weekly podcast with David Wygant, Zarin recently talked about “the last straw” in her friendship with Frankel.
“I made a statement of fact based on something so long ago because I was asked a question,” Zarin said. “If you ask me a question, I am going to answer it. I should probably think before I speak.”
While Zarin says “I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t,” when it comes to speaking about Frankel, Feldman talked about how she told her before the show aired to come forward to “set the record straight.”
On Stanger’s podcast, Zarin said that she was hurt because she says Frankel lied during an interview about how she originally got the role on RHONY. “She told Matt Lauer that the producers came to her and they wanted her.”
On Stanger’s podcast, Zarin said she and her husband helped Frankel get onto the show.
Zarin said, “So when they come back and say, ‘Jill is living in the past’ – no, I’m not. I’m not sitting here thinking about any of this stuff. I’m working on my future, not my past.
She added, “This is five years ago! Who can remember?”
The Real Housewives of New York begins its seventh season April 7 on Bravo.