Turns out Bravo fans and Real Housewives of New York alums weren’t the only ones “surprised” by Bethenny Frankel’s new Real Housewives podcast, ReWives.
The Skinnygirl mogul starred on RHONY from 2008 until 2011. She then rejoined the cast from 2015 to 2019. During her time on the show, Bethenny found herself at odds with almost every cast member on the show.
Bethenny has previously said she has no desire to return to RHONY because it has “devolved.” She’s said Real Housewives is nothing more than “women trashing women” and “capitalizing on our weaknesses.”
While Andy is “surprised” by Bethenny’s new podcast venture, he also insists he’s supportive of the move.
“I was a little surprised,” Andy admitted to Page Six, “but again I was like, ‘Oh, this is good, good for you.’ The more ‘Housewives’ podcasts, the better.”
Bethenny recently clapped back at shade she received from former RHONY costars Luann de Lesseps and Carole Radziwill over her new podcast.
“I’m sorry they are having a hard time with this … it makes sense. It is already very successful. It’s an incredible idea. It’s got buzz. It’s interesting,” Bethenny told Access Hollywood‘s ‘Housewives Nightcap.’
“I can’t apologize for having great ideas and for being successful,” she continued. “I’ve tried to do that for so many years. Part of the reason I left ‘RHONY’ was having to do with feeling self-conscious about my success and the great opportunities that I have had first … and that other people have been inspired by and done themselves.”
Bethenny went on to say that Carole and Luann’s comments were “predictable.” She added that she hopes they “feel better soon.”
“Whatever your preconceived notion and expectation are of this [podcast] … it’s not that. It’s not run-of-the-mill. It’s giving everything that you want; you just didn’t request. It’s just so much inside information … that I didn’t even realize I have. Just from my ability to break this genre down and its sort of how it started,” she shared.
As we previously reported, both Carole and Luann threw shade at Bethenny’s ReWives podcast following its announcement earlier this month.
“Right, and if she s–ts on the show, that means she’s gonna s–t on us on her little podcast about the ‘Housewives,’” Luann said about Bethenny’s Housewives podcast on a recent episode of Danny Pellegrino’s ‘Everything Iconic,’ podcast. “It’s pretty sad and pathetic that she has to resort to ‘Housewives’ because of all of her failed pivots since the ‘Housewives.'”
Carole, on the other hand, tweeted: “Oh lordy…how original. But she did build her brand by trashing & mocking women; specifically, the HWs & Bethenny always returns to what she does best. I mean, right out the gate, she trash-talks the other HW podcasts. Lol. Good luck to her. Some things will never change. ”