Bethenny Frankel is ‘boasting she is going to deliver down Bravo’: ‘S—ting on home that made her’

Ever since Bethenny Frankel launched her struggle on NBCUniversal and Bravo, with bombshell claims that actuality stars are manipulated, plied with booze and the victims of revenge porn, tongues have been wagging about who’s supporting the previous “Actual Housewives of New York” star and who’s #TeamBravo. 

Overwhelmingly, it looks like persons are behind Bravo—particularly present forged members. In any case, why chew the hand that feeds you?

Final week, Frankel, together with powerhouse legal professionals Mark Geragos and Bryan Friedman, despatched a stinging authorized letter to her former TV community alleging “grotesque and wicked mistreatment” together with “plying forged members with alcohol whereas depriving them of meals and sleep,” “denying psychological well being remedy to forged members” and “protecting up acts of sexual violence.”


Bethenny Frankel
Frankel’s explosive claims have rocked the world of Bravo and actuality tv. She made a fortune as a star however now says the community is exploiting its casts.
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A letter from attorneys to NBCUniversal about Bravo.
That is simply the primary web page of the letter despatched by authorized powerhouses Bryan Freedman and Mark Geragos to NBCUniversal, which broadcasts Bravo.

The Skinnygirl mogul can also be making an attempt to prepare a union for unscripted TV performers, akin to actors’ guild SAG-AFTRA, which is presently hanging and which this week was in contact along with her.

In keeping with Frankel, she has over 80 actuality TV personalities in her camp or who’ve reached out for extra particulars of the lawsuit, which has not been filed but, and the proposed union.

Her lurid accusations have been adopted this week by an explosive incident on “Under Deck: Down Beneath,” which noticed forged member Luke Jones fired when he entered a sleeping Margot Sisson’s bunk with out garments or permission, prompting a manufacturing member to interrupt the fourth wall and intervene.


A scene from "Below Deck: Down Under"
Frankel’s claims have been made simply earlier than “Under Deck: Down Beneath” was rocked by Luke Jones being fired for entering into sleeping Margot Sisson’s bunk with out garments or permission.
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Luke Jones in a scene from "Below Deck: Down Under."
Jones was fired after a manufacturing crew member broke the fourth wall and ordered him out of Sisson’s bunk. When the workers member intervened, Jones advised them to “f*** off.”
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Now, Web page Six can reveal the astonishing behind-the-scenes vitriol flying between members of a string of exhibits within the wake of Frankel’s claims, accusing her of being ungrateful and hypocritical. “S–tting on the home that made her,” one supply stated.

Frankel famously offered a part of her Skinnygirl firm for $100 million throughout her eight-year Housewives run and triggered the so-called “Bethenny clause” in future contracts, giving Bravo a lower of forged members’ income, due to how a lot cash she made. 

One RH supply sniped that Frankel would “nonetheless being promoting cookies within the grocery store if it wasn’t for showing on the Housewives,” referring to one in every of Frankel’s first enterprise endeavors, Bethenny Bakes.


Bethenny Frankel's instagram post about the dispute.
Frankel has been vocal concerning the combat with Bravo, posting on Instagram about it and about unionizing.
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Bethenny Frankel raising a glass beside Luann de Lessops.
Frankel, who remodeled her “Actual Housewives of New York” appearances into the Skinnygirl alcohol model, would “be promoting cookies in a grocery store” with out the present, one rival sniffed.
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One other supply stated the brash businesswoman is bragging at events within the Hamptons that “she goes to deliver down Bravo” and “to not cross her.”

This scare tactic will not be going over nicely, in keeping with a number of Housewives.

Frankel has tagged a sequence of stars, giving the impression they’re her supporters. Amongst them are Paige DeSorbo, Tom Sandoval, Stassi Schroeder, Hannah Berner and forged members from the “Actual Housewives,” “Love Is Blind,” “Under Deck,” and “Vanderpump Guidelines” and from past the Bravoverse, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley and stars of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

Web page Six reached out to these tagged and, with some exceptions, both didn’t obtain a response or have been advised “no remark.” Frankel, too, declined to be interviewed via her publicist.


Bethenny Frankel throwing her arms in the air
Frankel’s explosive letter and unionization push have created a guessing recreation amongst Bravo-lebrities, determined to seek out out who’s supporting her, and who the nameless allegations she makes relate to.
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The case of Summer House season 7.
“Summer time Home” star Paige DeSorbo (far left) is among the stars Frankel tagged, resulting in hypothesis she is a supporter. However sources near her denied that they had spoken.
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A supply near DeSorbo maintained that she has not spoken to Frankel and has untagged herself from the posts.

One fan of Frankel’s who did communicate is JWoww of “Jersey Shore” fame, who advised Web page Six, “I like Bethenny and assume she’s an absolute pressure. We haven’t spoken about this particular subject, however I perceive her ardour.

JWoww will not be a Bravolebrity; “Jersey Shore” and its subsequent spinoffs air on MTV, which is owned by Paramount.


Deena Cortese, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, JWoww on a bed during "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation."
Jwoww, actual title Jenni Farley (proper) from “Jersey Shore” is behind Frankel. Her present is broadcast on Paramount and likewise made stars of (left) Deena Cortese and (heart) Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
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The cast of the original "Jersey Shore."
“I like Bethenny,” JWoww (within the blue bikini) tells Web page Six. Different actuality stars are much less supportive, accusing Frankel of hypocrisy.
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“All of us have totally different experiences with filming, manufacturing, contracts and compensation however I do very a lot agree everybody ought to be capable to really feel like they’re compensated for his or her work whatever the discipline you’re employed in,” she stated.

But it surely looks like many previous and current Bravolebrities aren’t on board and are confused by Frankel’s hostility.

Dorinda Medley, of “RHONY,” advised Web page Six, “My expertise has been optimistic. I’ve been a part of the community for almost 10 years, and I’ve beloved attending to share my journey with the viewers.”


Dorinda Medley on "Watch What Happens Live."
Amongst these on the alternative aspect of Frankel’s struggle with Bravo is fellow “RHONY” star Dorinda Medley, seen on “Watch What Occurs Dwell.”
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Dorinda Medley, Brandi Glanville
Like many Bravolebrities, Medley has been a part of the broader spin-off exhibits Actual Housewives stardom generates, together with “The Actual Housewives Final Women Journey,” which additionally starred Brandi Glanville.
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The “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” Kandi Burruss additionally revealed to “Leisure Tonight” that she’s not becoming a member of Frankel.

Burruss stated: “It wouldn’t make any sense for me to be part of that. To me, if I’m working with any individual, and I really feel like they’re not doing one thing that they need to be doing, I tackle it proper then.”

And former “Actual Housewives of Miami” star Lea Black, who appeared in seasons 1-3 of the franchise, is shocked by Frankel’s rabble-rousing. 


Lea Black, pointing
Lea Black, of the “Actual Housewives of Miami” says Frankel ought to be “grateful” for what Bravo has introduced her, which features a $100m fortune from the partial sale of her Skinnygirl drinks model.
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Cast members of the "Real Housewives of Miami" season 3, all wearing ball gowns.
Black— a “Actual Housewives of Miami” forged member—is asking out Frankel as a hypocrite.
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“Bethenny likes to be the hero,” Black completely advised Web page Six. “However she ought to be grateful. She made a ton of cash and have become very influential due to her affiliation with Bravo.

“I can’t even wrap my head round anybody being so ungrateful for the chance that they wish to sue the individual that gave it to them.”

And whereas messages and DMs are furiously flying from coast to coast making an attempt to uncover the reality behind a few of Frankel’s extra salacious allegations, it’s the truth TV podcasters and influencers who’re having a discipline day with the claims.

One fashionable Bravo fan account, @byewighellodrama, speculates that Tom Sandoval is in cahoots with Frankel.


Attorney Mark Geragos
Mark Geragos, Frankel’s long-term legal professional, is among the two legal professionals who despatched the letter to Bravo.

Attorney Bryan Freedman.
The opposite is powerhouse Bryan Freedman, who has additionally represented CNN’s axed anchor Don Lemon.

“Tom Sandoval being part of Bethenny’s ‘struggle’ on Bravo is sensible,” the Instagrammer stated. “Scandoval fully took over—it was in every single place, CNN, TIME, Rolling Stone. Tom’s status suffered; for a month or two he felt like one of the crucial hated males in America.

“The scores skyrocketed, and Bravo had marquee advertisements enjoying through the reunion and have been primarily making financial institution,” the supply continued. “Sandoval almost certainly needs a lower because it was his status and life on the heart of all of it. What does Sandoval need to lose at this level?”

As for the allegations of Bravo exhibiting revenge porn, or permitting it to be shared amongst castmates, @byewighellodrama factors to a couple doable on-air incidents, like Raquel Leviss from “Vanderpump Guidelines,” who was a part of the Scandoval love triangle with Ariana Madix.


Tom Sandoval, Lisa Vanderpump
Tom Sandoval’s function within the so-called Scandoval, in “Vanderpump Guidelines,” is among the incidents which is being speculated about because the origin of Frankel’s “revenge porn” accusation.

Ariana Madix details the start of the Scandoval affair to Scheana Shay and Katie Maloney
Scheana Shay and Katie Maloney have been among the many “Vanderpump Guidelines” forged members studying of the Scandoval in the middle of the present.

Leviss despatched a cease-and-desist letter to the forged of asking them to cease sharing and delete an intimate FaceTime video of her recorded by Tom Sandoval; the letter was referenced on air.

One other candidate? “There was an incident with Gretchen Rossi from the ‘Actual Housewives of Orange County’ throughout season 5 the place express images of her have been shared with out her permission by her castmates,” the Instagrammer recalled.

The racy images confirmed Rossi topless, with a vibrator, and perched on a rest room seat along with her pants slid down; they too have been a part of the storyline on air.


Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Heather DuBrow, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough
Gretchen Rossi (second left) additionally had non-consensual images proven on the “Actual Housewives of Orange County,” in her case, exhibiting her with a vibrator.
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Paige DeSorbo and Andrea Denver on "Summer House"
The golden rule of Bravo is to maintain the drama coming, like between Paige DeSorbo and Andrea Denver on “Summer time Home, with outrageous habits main to larger stardom.
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Bravo’s backers see this week’s “Under Deck: Down Beneath” firings — in addition to bare crewmate Jones, a second forged member, Laura Bileskalne, was fired for inappropriate sexual advances — as proof of the community practising what it preaches.

“NBCUniversal is dedicated to sustaining a protected and respectful office for forged and crew on our actuality exhibits,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson stated.

“On the outset, we require our third-party manufacturing companions to have applicable office insurance policies and coaching in place. If complaints are delivered to our consideration, we work with our manufacturing companions to make sure that well timed, applicable motion is or has been taken, together with investigations, medical and/or psychological assist, and different remedial motion that could be warranted equivalent to personnel modifications.”


"Below Deck" cast
“Under Deck” and its spin-off “Under Deck: Down Beneath” have grow to be a central a part of the Bravo Universe.
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"Real Housewives of New Jersey"
Messy meltdowns and catfights are what make stars of the forged members of Bravo franchises, together with the “Actual Housewives of New Jersey.”
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After all, actuality TV’s scores and recognition are buoyed by messy meltdowns, bitchy catfights, and over-the-top habits—particularly for The Housewives. 

“A number of the skills are saying they felt they have been being exploited,” “RHOM’s” Black acknowledged. “Properly, if the producers put out champagne and also you drink 4 bottles, it’s not their fault. Should you get right into a catfight with one other forged member and act unbecomingly, that’s not their fault.

“Actually, they know that the extra outrageous they’re, the extra consideration they get,” Black continued, “and the extra consideration they get, the larger following they get.


Tom Sandoval
Sandoval’s half within the love triangle he created on “Vanderpump Guidelines” made him one of many largest names in actuality TV.

Ariana Madix, Andy Cohen
Additionally within the Scandoval was Ariana Madix, who wept as she recounted what occurred to Cohen on a reunion episode of “Vanderpump Guidelines.”
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“After which they assume they’ve made it large time and now they will demand larger salaries. And there’s nothing flawed with that. However no one put a gun to their head and made them misbehave.”

A casting director who has labored on a number of Bravo exhibits agrees that actuality TV performers must take accountability for his or her actions.

“Some folks wish to blame modifying for his or her dangerous habits, however they aren’t making up what you’re doing, even with inventive modifying,” the supply stated. 

Nonetheless, the insider does imagine that the trade wants extra guardrails throughout the board, not simply at NBCUniversal.

“Actuality TV performers are on the backside of the totem pole,” the supply described.


Andy COhen
Cohen is on the heart of the Bravo universe however will not be talked about within the letter Frankel despatched.
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"Summer House": Paige DeSorbo pouring vodka
One supply advised Web page Six that forged members who over-indulged have solely themselves responsible. On “Summer time Home,” it was Paide DeSorbo placing vodka within the punchbowl—not producers.
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“Bethenny could also be s—ting on the home that made her a star however no less than she’s placing a highlight on a few of these points. Nobody with an actual soapbox was standing up for actuality TV, and she or he is.”

Arguably, one other housewife, NeNe Leakes, has already gone head-to-head with NBCUniversal, submitting a lawsuit towards Andy Cohen and Bravo in April 2022 accusing them of making a hostile work atmosphere that fostered racially offensive habits.

Nonetheless, that August, Leakes, of the “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” dropped the lawsuit; Cohen and NBC haven’t commented on it.


NeNe Leakes and Porsha Williams.
NeNe Leakes has already sued Bravo, accusing it of making a racist atmosphere.
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NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak,
Bravo personalities “know that the extra outrageous they’re, the extra consideration they get,” warns Lea Black. NeNe Leakes, nonetheless, sued, over the atmosphere Bravo has created.
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The contentious situation inside Bravo-world appears to be having Frankel because the ringleader of the motion. Not solely has Frankel profited handsomely from Bravo and nonetheless is along with her “ReWives” rewatch podcast, however she additionally rubs lots of people the flawed approach along with her aggressive, in-your-face model, our supply stated. 

Kate Chastain, previously of “Under Deck,” took a shot at Frankel in a snarky Tweet on Monday that stated, “I can’t wait to look at the Netflix documentary concerning the exploitation of Skinnygirl.”

And Black, who made a cameo on season 5 of RHOM, urges warning for her actuality TV sisters: “For somebody like Bethenny, you’ve made it, you’re on the prime and you’ve got cash. You possibly can burn some bridges.

“For a few of these ladies, that is their one and solely actual probability at fame and fortune, and in the event that they’re burning a bridge, they won’t have something to fall again on.”