The Winners and Losers of 'The Real Housewives'

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Salahi can't count on her castmates for backup. "There's no level of embarrassment that they will not stoop to," fellow DC "Housewife" Stacie Scott Turner told E! news last week about Salahi and her husband, who allegedly also crashed the Congressional Black Caucus dinner. "I just don't get it. ... I didn't know them at all before we started filming, and then over time, progressively in each episode, more and more stuff is not adding up. More and more stuff sounds crazy…Everything is just bananas."

THE WINNERS: Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps

Bethenny Frankel and LuAnn de Lesseps.

While some flop, others fly. Case in point: Bethenny Frankel, who parlayed her role on "The Real Housewives of New York" into her own Bravo series, "Bethenny Getting Married?" The premiere of the spinoff scored more than two million viewers, making it the highest rated debut for a new Bravo show.

Keeping it classy on "The Real Housewives" also helped Frankel's healthy lifestyle empire grow. In addition to two best-selling books, "Naturally Thin" and "The Skinnygirl Dish," in May, she released a fitness DVD, "Body by Bethenny." The new wife and mother is so comfortable in her own skin, she told Us Weekly magazine that she doesn't plan on returning to the "Real Housewives" realm.

Fellow "Real Housewives of New York" cast member LuAnn de Lesseps could have gone the catty route. The royally connected mother of two and former model could have used her husband's divorce filing as ammo to launch a spinoff "Bachelorette"-esque series, "Countess Wants a Count." But instead, de Lesseps took the high road. In 2009, she released "Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair," a manual that Bravo producers might want to make required reading for future "Housewives" cast members.

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