The B is open to returning to Bravo?!?! Not so fast!
Bethenny Frankel reveals that she was asked to be on Bravo’s new spinoff show Real Housewives of New York: Legacy.
While the Skinnygirl mogul didn’t initially share her response to the offer, she did weigh in on Bravo’s plan to reboot RHONY and give the franchise spinoff show featuring OG cast members.
“Many of you have been asking me for a response to [the] Housewives announcement,” Bethenny said on her Just B podcast. “So a couple [of] weeks ago, I got a text from, you know, the powers that be in the Bravosphere saying, ‘Is there a chance? Is there a chance? Just asking, is there a chance?’ Meaning, would I come back.”
Bethenny admits she “didn’t understand” the premise of RHONY: Legacy, adding that Andy Cohen’s revelation about the spinoff show “wasn’t really an announcement.”
“I know from a bunch of producers and people in the industry that they’re casting the show of new people and that they clearly don’t know who the show of old people will be because I was asked to be on it,” she continued. “So it’s not been crafted. So it felt like, sort of, a half-baked announcement. I didn’t really understand it.”
She added, “Years ago, I said to [franchise producer] Andy [Cohen], ‘There should be an all-stars show.’ And he said, ‘One day we’ll get to the point where we have to do that. We’re not there now.’ “
Despite Bethenny’s concerns, she thinks Bravo is “smart” to keep “finding new ways to make things” on Real Housewives fresh and exciting.
“They can’t give that up because you got to tap that vein and get the last juice out of that franchise,” she continued. “You got to keep going.”
As for whether or not she would return, Bethenny didn’t say yes or no but admitted that she doesn’t think Bravo could afford her.
“When asked, I say, ‘There’s a number, but I don’t think you can afford it,'” she quipped.
“From a business standpoint, [it’s] probably smarter for them to just keep mixing together the ingredients that they already have on the shelf: the people that’ll do it for so cheap because they’ll do it for next to nothing for the relevance and the jolt,” she continued. “From a business standpoint, you have something that’s not at the peak in ratings; put them all together in the soup. You have an audience; they’re going to watch it.”
She added, “They don’t necessarily need my advice, but unless you’re creating some new thing that you’re reviving an entire brand and doing something entirely new, I don’t even see how that applies to me because I didn’t necessarily even understand what it is.”
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