The Real Housewives from across the country get to know each other at Bravo events, and typically the NBC Upfronts are one of the biggest nights for the network; allegedly they all hope to score an invite from Bravo, but only a select few do each year. Things were very different this year though, because Bethenny Frankel was the only one invited!
According to Page Six, “many” of the Real Housewives of New York are, “privately complaining” that the network is, “once again playing favorites with Bethenny.” It goes beyond NYC though, and housewives from every city are, “steaming” that Bethenny and Andy Cohen were the only Bravo stars that attended the NBC Universal Upfront Presentations last week. Beyond that, Bravolebrities from non-housewives shows such as Vanderpump Rules and Below Deck are really upset about the snub.
NBC Universal held their Upfront Presentations last week at Radio City Music Hall, and not only was Bravo represented, but E!, NBC, USA, and some others. Every year this event proves to be great exposure for the housewives that attend, and Bravolebrities were all shocked to find out Bethenny scored the only invitation!
A Bravo insider insisted that Bethenny wasn’t at the event as a Real Housewife, but was there to pitch her new show with Fredrik Eklund. The newest Bravo spin-off/crossover now has a catchy title, “Keeping It Real Estate With Bethenny And Fredrik!”
In past years, all of the cities were represented at one point or another, so it’s understandable why they’re upset or confused by Bravo’s strategy this year.
“The cast members all want to go to hobnob at the upfronts,” a source confirmed. Adding, “They always feel insulted if the networks don’t want to parade them out in front of the advertisers.”
It turns out that when it comes to the NBC Upfronts, Bravo always end up offending someone! “Another sore spot is if they hear their castmates are invited and they aren’t. I’ve witnessed that with [various shows]. Those on the West Coast love being flown in and put up at swanky hotels by the networks,” the source wrapped.
A rep for Bravo declined to comment, while Bethenny’s never responded!