Bethenny Frankel Slams ‘Bitter’ Lisa Vanderpump Over Criticism of Raquel Leviss Podcast Appearance


Bethenny Frankel thinks Lisa Vanderpump is “bitter” and “jealous” that she got Raquel Leviss’ first post-Scandoval interview.

“Cry me a river. Where was she going to share her story? At Pump? Over some rosé that she’s recovered from and trauma? I don’t think so,”  the Real Housewives of New York alum said on Monday’s episode of her ReWives podcast.

“Sorry, not sorry that we’re still all bitter that Raquel, months ago, came on my podcast and is thrilled she did.”

The Skinnygirl mogul also claims that Lisa Vanderpump’s criticism is an “epic example of jealousy.”

“People are still bitter that Raquel came over to my podcast, which she’s still thrilled about,” Bethenny Frankel continued. “Like, I’m thrilled, iHeart’s thrilled, Raquel’s thrilled. Lisa Vanderpump, not thrilled? We’ll take it. We’re all good.”

Bethenny Frankel and Raquel Leviss take photo while recording episode of Just B podcast
Bethenny Frankel and VPR star Raquel Leviss have a sit down on the Just B podcast

Despite the rant aimed at Lisa Vanderpump, Bethenny Frankel insists she has no ill will towards to the restaurateur.

“And I like Lisa! Lisa’s great,” the RHONY alum insisted. “Enjoy your success, enjoy your life, enjoy your bar, enjoy your shows, enjoy Bravo — all good! But, like, we’re all OK that you’re disappointed. We’re fine with it, ’cause we are appointed and thrilled.”

Raquel Leviss, who quit Vanderpump Rules in the summer of 2023 ahead of filming for season 11, appeared on Bethenny’s Just B podcast in August 2023 to share her side of the story on her months-long affair with co-star Tom Sandoval.

During the sit-down, Raquel claimed she hadn’t “made a penny” off Scandoval while Tom Sandoval “was being rewarded” for the drama during season 11 of Pump Rules.

Lisa Vanderpump was NOT happy with the claims Raquel made on Bethenny Frankel’s podcast. At the time she insisted that Raquel made $350,000 for season ten of Vanderpump Rules.

More recently, Lisa shared her feelings about Raquel’s appearance on Bethenny’s podcast at the Vanderpump Rules season 11 premiere party.

“I wish she’d actually come to me instead of sitting in the safety of somebody else’s podcast,” Lisa told Page Six.

“Had she come to me, I think I would’ve been good to her. Because it’s one thing just saying this out here, just saying that out there. And some of it wasn’t true! Like I was paying her like an intern. I know exactly how much money she made. It was six figures. It was good!”

Lisa Vanderpump at Pump Rules reunion
Lisa Vanderpump at Pump Rules reunion

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum also admitted that she wishes Raquel would have “come back and really spoken her truth” on Vanderpump Rules, even if it was just a conversation with her.

“She knows I’m not gonna be judgmental. I’m gonna listen and give her a moment,” Lisa said.

The 63-year-old adds that “all the people that are so involved in the story” simply “wanted to see growth [and] contrition.”

“I think it would’ve behooved her to come back. I really do,” she shared. “But maybe not the whole season because I think they were all pretty kind of reticent.”

Vanderpump Rules airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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