Bethenny Frankel’s talk show is not doing well in ratings and Ellen DeGeneres, Bethenny’s mentor, is telling the former Real Housewife to stop talking about her bitter divorce from Jason Hoppy. RadarOnline reports Bethenny’s daytime talk show was ranked a disappointing #13 among her peers including Ellen, Dr. Oz and more.
“Ellen wants Bethenny to stop yakking about the divorce because there is a public perception that she’s to blame for the split,” a source tells Radar. “Jason is very sympathetic figure, a doting dad, and quite frankly, many of Bethenny’s viewers and fans don’t understand why she dumped him.”
“Whenever Bethenny opines about how hard the divorce has been on her and bemoans that Jason wasn’t the love of her life, viewers turn the channel,” the insider continues. “This is one of the major factors contributing to Bethenny’s very weak ratings.”
Bethenny “has been forced to focus on more lifestyle and cooking segments,” the source reveals. “Bethenny isn’t used to being told what to do and feels that her audience relates to her. She believed the audience understands how hard the divorce is on her. Bethenny will do things her own way, no matter what anyone, including her boss, says.”
Bethenny also upset the apple cart when she offered her former RHONY co-stars, Jill Zarin and Alex McCord, $400 to appear on her show. Now, they are speaking to In Touch about turning down Bethenny’s invite. Bethenny’s former Housewives enemy, Kelly Bensimon, said, “She is just a sensationalist. She will suck the blood from your child to get ratings! I am so over her.”
“She couldn’t even pick up the phone to call me!” Jill told the magazine. “I was shocked.”
Alex McCord explained, “It would have gotten a lot of attention and probably been good ratings. But a Real Housewives of New York City reunion is a valuable product, and it shouldn’t be on anybody’s talk show. It should either be done on Bravo or not at all. I can’t imagine Bethenny would have been surprised by the answer she got.”
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