Bethenny Frankel knows the secrets of the “Real Housewives,” is undergoing an “excruciating” divorce, raising a 2-year-old daughter and has a strong opinion on the media’s fascination with Kim Kardashian’s weight gain.
So if it’s true that her upcoming talk show will be as she describes it, “a public girls’ night,” like the ones she hosts in her multi-million-dollar TriBeCa loft, viewers should be ready for anything the “Skinnygirl” mogul throws their way.
“I just have found as you get older, women insulate a little more because they’re just so busy and have so much going on. They don’t really get the chance to really sit down and talk about their marriages, their money problems, their sex problems, infidelity issues,” Frankel told ABCNews.com. “That’s what my talk show is about.”
Frankel, 38, has likely hosted many a girls’ night since her split from husband Jason Hoppy, 41, a pharmaceutical sales exec, just before Christmas. The pair had a literally made-for-TV wedding in March 2010, followed quickly by the birth of their daughter, Bryn.
As she prepares for the fall debut of her talk show, “Bethenny,” Frankel says she is focused on what will surely be a focus of the show, balancing her rapid-fire career with the new reality of her life as a single mom.
“You can’t really be guilty,” Frankel said Thursday night at a launch party for her “Skinnygirl” line of cocktails. “You can’t apologize about work.”
“It’s not about the quantity, it’s about the quality of time,” she said. “I notice the most rewarding time is just the time when we’re just sitting and talking or playing or something as simple as just taking a bath, which can be only 10 to 15 minutes, makes you just feel so good because it’s a good quality time.”
Also helping Frankel stay focused while her private life is very much in the public eye is her new fitness routine, training with Tracey Anderson who has famously toned the bodies of A-list celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and, now, Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian, like Frankel once did, is experiencing the backlash of being pregnant while your life is played out on TV, but Frankel says it comes with the territory.
“Fame is a rose. It has petals and thorns, so you just keep it moving,” she said. “No one is really crying for Kim Kardashian. She’s not the first person to ever have a baby and gain weight. It’s kind of ridiculous that that’s news.”
That kind of “news,” Frankel says, will not be where she draws inspiration for her talk show, unless someone brings it up to her on Twitter or perhaps if it happens to a friend.
“All the content will be driven by me and people that I know,” she said. “It’s been fun for everyone around me because, whether it’s people on Twitter, whether it’s my friends, whether it’s my friends’ husbands, they’ll say to me, ‘Alright, here’s something for your show.’”
“Everybody is a show topic,” she said.
And while she called her fellow “Housewives” “friends,” most of the time, before she left the show in 2010, don’t expect to see many, if any, of them invited to her talk show couch.
“I don’t really think about that that much,” she said of a possible reunion with her ex-castmates. “It was a place and time and I’m very grateful to Bravo and the opportunity, and this ‘Skinnygirl’ baby was born on that show, but I don’t really give that much thought to it.”
“I don’t really watch that much either because of my daughter,” she said, noting she still only keeps in touch with Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan from the New York show, NeNe Leaks of Atlanta fame and Kyle Richards of the Beverly Hills franchise.