Bethenny's Skinnygirl Tips

Bethenny Frankel's Sunny New Life


Perry Hagopian
Q: Of all the reality stars on all the shows, you're one of the breakouts. What do you have that the others don't?
A: I really know who I am, and I'm not afraid to be honest about who that person is. And I'm a businessperson first. I think a lot of reality shows are fool's gold. People think it's going to make them rich and famous, [but] the truth is, you have to have something to back you up. You can't just decide 'Oh, I'm going to have a pillow company because I'm now on TV.' Because the viewers are very smart. No one's mad at me for being successful, because I work like a dog, day and night.

Q: In terms of the other Housewives, who is really a friend and who isn't?
A: [We just had a] Skinnygirl Margarita party at the Montauk Yacht Club and Alex and Ramona and Mario and Simon were all there. That's normal. We're not best friends, it's not like I see them all the time, but if there's an event that I'm doing I'll always include them. I'm always happy to see them. They support me, and did through a very rough, rough third season.

Q: What reality shows do you watch?
A: I like The Hills. Isn't that embarrassing? I don't like watching competition shows, I find them tedious and repetitive. I don't like "American Idol." I don't even watch the other Housewives shows.

Q: What do you see yourself doing in three years?
[Jason walks by and immediately says, 'having a baby.']
A: Jason would like to. Let me make that clear.

Q: How about you?
A: I don't know. We're talking about it. I don't want to do it for the wrong reasons, but Jason gets focused on things. He was focused on having sex on the six-week point we were allowed to. He was like Rain Man about it. Now he's Rain Man with baby number two. So that. And a cooking show. And a talk show.

Q: Do you ever second-guess yourself about featuring your baby on a reality show?
A No. She's a tiny little peanut. Do I work so hard so I don't have to be on a reality show in a couple of years? Yeah. By the same token, it affords me a lot of great things, and she'll be able to travel all over the world. Don't bite the hand that feeds you, for sure.

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