She’s back! Bethenny Frankel returned to “The Real Housewives of New York City” after a five-year hiatus, and things quickly got real for the housewife. After going through a very public divorce from husband Jason Hoppy, the Skinny Girl Cocktails CEO and former daytime TV host spent a majority of the premiere trying to get back on her feet. The 44-year-old Frankel, who coined herself “the richest homeless person in Manhattan right now,” enlisted the help of fellow Bravolebrity Fredrik Eklund in finding a new bachelorette pad for her and daughter Bryn. As promised by New York City housewife Carole Radziwill, there were plenty of tears - and this is only the beginning.
While house-hunting in the Big Apple, Bethenny and Fredrik find common ground in his journey toward adoption, causing her to unload on him about her recent hardships. During their talk, Bethenny offers to act as a surrogate for him under one condition -- “Just let me share the baby.” The 37-year-old real estate mogul laughs off her offer, but we’re not convinced she was kidding.
As the conversation continues, Bethenny delves further into her desires to have another child, revealing that she’s “on the last legs of the tour.” The generally stone-faced housewife is quickly reduced to tears as she discusses her “failed talk show, failed marriage,” admitting that she is, essentially, back at square one.
“I was broke six, seven years ago. ... I worked so hard, and now he [her ex] lives in the apartment that I worked my whole life to buy?” She said through tears. “It doesn’t make any sense.”
After a long day of house-hunting, Bethenny set aside a little time to catch up on the “Real Housewives” drama. The reality TV star and alcoholic beverage mogul took a moment to sit down with longtime friend and fellow “RHONY” star LuAnn de Lesseps to get the skinny on the other ladies and let the countess in on her marital struggles.
While sipping colorful cocktails, LuAnn reveals that she and Sonja Morgan, who had a bit of a falling out in Season 6, are no longer in communication. She does, however, assure Bethenny that she’ll get along fine with the rest of the ladies, saying, “They’re all good girls.” Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next week to find out if her predictions were correct.
“The Real Housewives of New York City” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Bravo.