Bethenny Frankel thinks Erika Jayne continues to be on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because she’s so hard up for money!
Erika is currently being sued for $25 million as she and her estranged husband Tom Girardi are accused of embezzling millions from his clients. The former RHOBH couple split in November 2020 after two decades of marriage when Erika filed for divorce out of nowhere. Since then their divorce has been called a “sham” and a means to hide preserve their assets and hide money.
Now, the Skinnygirl mogul is sharing her feeling on Erika’s financial woes. B also admits she can’t shed too much light on Erika’s legal issues as doesn’t know all the facts however she does have strong opinions about why Erika continues to film RHOBH.
“She needs the money,” the former Real Housewives of New York star said on her podcast, Just B with Bethenny Frankel. “She’s on the show, which is not a great idea because they’re investigating the whole thing, but probably [is] something she needs or wants to do for her livelihood. People are saying that she’s not being compassionate enough for the victims. I think she did the show because she likes fame and she wants to stay relevant.”
According to Bethenny, Erika is staying neutral “because she’s not supposed to acknowledge that there are victims because she’s not supposed to say anything about it. If I had a client who’s in the middle of something, I would say, ‘Say nothing.’ … And I double down on what I said before: the higher the lifestyle someone says that they have, the more you’re going to jump on and beat it like a dead horse.”
“People need some sort of a mea culpa … [and] there’s a way to say it without incriminating yourself,” Bethenny said before adding that she doesn’t “feel bad” about her previous comments. “We’re living in a crazy world and people are just out for blood. Absolutely out for blood. … [Erika’s] taking a real hit.”
Bethenny adds that she thinks it’s “alarming” to see so many people “piling on” Erika as the drama plays out on RHOBH.
As for her own comments about Erika and Tom, Bethenny said, “I don’t quote-unquote know Erika Jayne. I’ve met her and we’ve done this sort of Instagram thing and she was at my house doing the crossover Housewives episode. I have no idea if she knew [about Tom’s actions]. I know nothing about their marriage, nothing about their life. … We’re not all experts on someone else’s lives.”
“I knew that I knew,” Bethenny continues. “I knew that I told people. This is about, like, some people you know, you know that their husbands are cheating on them … and maybe the spouses don’t know. Or maybe they don’t want to know.”