Bethenny Frankel says reports of friction on the set of her new syndicated talk show are entirely untrue — for now — because “there is no set.”
“If there was I would tell you,” she told a group of television reporters in Los Angeles Wednesday. “And I am sure there will be. But there isn’t now.”
Earlier this week, the New York Post claimed one of the reality star’s personal assistants abruptly quit because “Bethenny was so mean to her.”
“To be honest, I run a tight ship,” Bethenny, 42, insisted. “It’s not really lolly-gagging. The honest truth is I am nice to everybody. We have a lot of fun. I am definitely respectful, but it isn’t a party. So I can’t even explain it. I don’t even know. But I imagine it won’t be the last time this type of thing happens. So you gotta keep your circle tight and hope you have people around you that you trust — and never hire anyone new.”
Bethenny — whose new series premieres on September 9 — also weighed in on fellow Real Housewife Teresa Giudice, who, along with her husband Joe, faces 50 years in prison after being charged with 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statement on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
“My first thought today was, ‘Oh, if they weren’t on reality TV, none of this would probably ever be exposed.’” she tells me. “It’s just funny how certain people are (like a) moth to a flame. It’s almost like — not that you want to get caught — but people who love to be in the spotlight often have a lot of skeletons in their closet. It’s just an interesting thing.”
“I haven’t paid that much attention,” Frankel admitted, “but do I feel sorry for them? No, I don’t. Not so much, because (they) broke the law. You broke the law and you went on television. That’s not really that smart. But I feel badly for them because they have kids, to be honest, and their kids didn’t sign up for this.”
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