Luann de Lesseps Slams Bethenny Frankel Over New Season Of RHONY

With the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City upon us, the claws are out, especially in this new interview with Luann de Lesseps speaking about Bethenny Frankel and what happened last season on the show.

“Poor Bethenny… You know what, I felt bad for her because she was crying so hard for herself, really. [The tears] it’s not really meant for me – I think it’s issues she’s having herself,” Luann said of last year’s Berkshires explosive fight and her husband Tom’s former cheating scandal. “She had a troubled marriage, and got divorced, and had a problem getting divorced. I think she was projecting. I was like, ‘It’s fine: I’m good, I’m a grown woman. I know what I’m doing.’”

Bethenny responded to Luann’s comments on Twitter.

But Luann still feels this way, even on their trip this year to Mexico she felt that Bethenny couldn’t accept that she married Tom. “I’m the only one who’s actually married on the Real Housewives Of New York! ” she tells Access Hollywood. “I think they’re still getting used to the fact that I’m married, and you know what, I’m so happy, and Tom and I are great and that’s what’s important to me.”

She teases that this season the ladies still keep “insinuating” Tom is cheating. Luann insists, “It’s so not true!” She adds, “Tom is a wonderful, wonderful man, and they have nothing else to talk about but Tom and I!”

But there’s going to be plenty of more drama, including Ramona Singer’s big fight with Bethenny. “They do have a HUGE blowout. It happened at Dorinda’s house,” Luann dished. “There’s something about the Berkshires!” she jokes. “I love you Dorinda, but that house… ”

Luann also weighed in on the possibility of Bethenny reconciling with Jill Zarin and denies that she ever tried to stop that from happening in the past. “Yes, Jill is around,” Luann explains, “but there’s nothing between her and Bethenny for the moment. I can’t tell you more… ”

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If I fought with anyone the way these ladies fight – not sure I would ever want to be around them again. These women rarely see each other unless they are filming and not really “friends” – its all about the money.

The delusion runs deep in this woman.

I think the B crying was a great act. If she really cared the way she said she did – she would have told LuAnn off camera. Also . . .I hate the fact the B shuts the cameras out of her life. We read about who she dates and what she does on the web.

Off camera isn’t what they get paid for. Luann put her romance on the show. It’s either all or nothing.

I think Bethenny is a person who used her damaged past to be successful. I see her tears as real, as I am a crybaby too, if one wants to call it that. Our upbringing stays with us till we die, no matter that we grow up and make our own choices. I have a successful marriage of 32 years, 3 children, 2 that are alive, and 2 step-Children that I am incredibly close to. My Dad mocked me when I cried, so maybe, in my heart of hearts, Bethenny had some of that used on her. When a dog… Read more »
I see all Bethenny’s emotions, tears etc to be all real. Not always pleasant or even right but I think, genuine. She’s had a rough life, no question about that and I agree, it shaped her into the woman she is, tough as nails. Though when she first came on the scene she was a nicer softer person. So much so that Luanne and Jill were very mean to her and she didn’t fight back like she would now if they or anyone else were mean to her. I’ve never been a fan of Luanne. She’s been fake from day… Read more »

I think her emotions are real just horribly misplaced.

I don’t believe Bethenny was “abused”, either by her parents, or by her husband, or by his parents. We only have Bethenny’s word any of the things she said happened, actually happened, and the facts and the timelines do not support her story. But eventually, no matter what happened to you when you were a kid, you have to grow up and take responsibility for your own actions, regardless of your past.

Wow! Aren’t you just the side chair therapist!! You obviously & luckily lived in a loving home but let me tell you ‘everything that you lived through as a child does continue into adulthood & eventually you just breakdown”. Growing up in an abusive environment, unfortunately does create the adult you become. Continuous visits to a therapist help you but don’t change you and it’s a lifelong process; after all, your most formative years are from birth to 18+. It is people like you who think everything is just black or white — when there is a whole lot in… Read more »

Feel better?
You know no more about me or my past than you do about Bethenny.
I am as entitled to my opinion as you are, but unlike you, I will stop short of personal attacks.

No, I don’t actually feel better. Your opinion was a personal attack that effects anyone who didn’t have a cushy upbringing & No, I don’t know anything about you or your past but if you did have an abusive upbringing I would expect you to have a bit more empathy instead of a harsh judgement. Those were true feelings coming out – not a personal attack. I’m not perfect never have been never will be – but I’m a lot harder on myself than I am on others but it took me over 45 yrs to find my voice and… Read more »

Here’s what you are missing. I do have empathy for those who have suffered trauma and abuse. I just don’t believe Bethenny is one of them.

I don’t feel I am missing anything, you are very strong in your convictions regarding her; I’ve read your posts and you really have nothing nice to say about her. That’s your opinion. I, on the other hand, see her to be credible as this is something she shares with her therapist & Carole, since she has found her to be a true friend. Opening up isn’t that easy for some for fear of being shunned as it does lose you friends who can’t handle the concept. Once you get past that, it comes easier, but it is an ongoing… Read more »

I have read your posts as well, and you have indeed just recently found “your voice”. I am honored you have chosen to use it almost exclusively to disagree with me.

Yeah – I just joined as I have been dealing with breast cancer, chemo, radiation, double mastectomy and am healing. So, I saw an article I thought would be interesting and decided to respond. Guess that makes me guilty.

I wish you a full recovery and extended good health.

Well, I thank you very much.

You know, I have always appreciated my parents but you made me appreciate them , if possible, a bit more. Your right. People who have not been through the turmoil of having to live, as a child, in an abusive or neglectful home have no idea. Hell I’m sure even benign neglect hurts. God Knows, no life is easy and everyone has fears but a child shouldn’t in respect to their parents I living situation. I have great respect for so many who have pulled their lives together in spite of it all. .Bethany included, I just hate to see… Read more »
Thank you for sharing that. I appreciate your parents too as the world doesn’t need everyone mentally broken. I’m still working on my defense-responses but the world is just now making Mental Health Awareness less stigmatized but it still has a long way to go. There will always be good days as well as bad but for the most part we wouldn’t know the difference if everyone was the same. And as you stated no life is easy – some just have it a little bit better than others. I know my fight has been an uphill battle but I… Read more »

Bethenny – don’t get the feeling she really cares about any of the ladies – also don’t think she would cry over Tom and Luanne’s problems. Agree cat62… I don’t think they are friends off camera. It’s a show and it’s meant to show drama, etc.

B has stated that she does not care about Luanne, so those tears must be for some other reason.

To be honest, I could care less about Luann and Tom. Luann is as phony as her “Contessa” title she desperately clung to after she and her husband divorced after years of an “open” marriage. Bethany is real, brash, and does not put up with bull. That does not sit well with the PC folks who are aware of their every word and move as to how it will reflect on their preconceived image. I would rather have real than phony. Will someone answer this question for me? If Luann is so intent on decorum and courtesies, why hasn’t she… Read more »

Yes…. You should definitely chew with your mouth closed.

Have you watched Bethenny eat?

Bethanny, is authentically, inauthentic..
Bethanny, is a Brand ( period). Furthering her brand is apparently the only reason she is back on the show.
I never felt sorry for her. She seems to create chaos and misery in all parts of her life.

True story, Minx…eventually if you want to actually be happy, you have to quit blaming your mother, your father, your step-father, your ex-husband, your cast mates, your “sit’n” and try to find the common denominator.
Wherever she goes, there she is…and she is nothing like what she claims to be.

I have only ever heard her even speak of them at her therapist’s office and to her best friend occasionally. I’ve not ever heard her blame them, she is what she is, as we all are, because of our bloodline, our DNA, our environment while growing up, what we have become as adults, the choices we make…..I agree with Rain in a lot of things, one is that I like flawed people. They have to work so much harder than the rest to have a peaceful life. In her spin-off is where I really saw her in a different light.… Read more »

Bethenny has made a very nice living blaming her parents and her ex-husband. She has written books about it and gives interviews regularly. It is part of her gimmick…her schtick….her brand. She is not damaged or flawed. She is a sociopath.

It occurred to me that you have read and seen much more than me about Bethenny. Someone said they hoped my super fandome was appreciated by her a while back, which is funny really. I’ve seen Bethenny on RHONY, her spin-off and read her blogs. I do own them all in my Amazon Prime Video Library, along with the seasons that aren’t free of ANTM, and many other HW shows, so I have seen them a couple times, as most shows and movies I enjoy. But it seems you have read her books, articles, listened to her pod-cast maybe, I… Read more »

I don’t see your point.

You mentioned the many articles and books where she supposedly “makes a living” blaming her parents, if they could be called parents at all as far as what my opinion is of what a parent should be and do. Which seems to imply that you have read them, the articles and/or books, which I have not. If you haven’t read them, then I guess you just heard it from someone else, which doesn’t seem to be your style. Your posts have always come from a place of knowledge, not rumor.

Not that I need to come to your defense, dear:
I do understand your point made about people, especially children, that suffer the ravages of emotional or physical abuse.
It’s PTSD, and manifests itself in many ways.
In my opinion, all this crying and carrying on and hurling insults is Bethenny reacting in behaviors she probably witnessed as a child. This is not an excuse but an explanation. She’s smart, and needs to learn coping skills, and move forward, both for her daughter and herself. You are always thoughtful and insightful 3D’s.

I agree Minx. And there is no one on the show more judgemental and critical and outspokenly rude as Bethenny to everyone except Carole. (Case in point, remember in the Berkshires last year … that was about as hateful a behavior I can remember on this show.)

…and so the sh*t show begins. I’m here for it.

I would like to see those police records.

If you really care enough to want to know the truth, do your research. It would be inappropriate to say all the dates and times here. I am not the superfan the person who did the research’s wife is, but I saw the records with my own eyes. I didn’t have to do much of the research myself, and this was back between when she was on Martha Stewart’s one season of Apprentice and her first of Housewives. There were old articles in the local paper, oddly enough, which used to be on microfilm in libraries, back when they could… Read more »

If they are public record, why would it be inappropriate to post them here?

Well, I misspoke on that, not inappropriate, just impossible. I don’t own the records, for one thing, I don’t know how to post a video, much less scan and post the few copies of the newspapers I have somewhere in a box. That was years before I was injured, so I don’t even know which box in my rafters the copies are in. The friend whose husband was a journalist is widowed now, so it would be rude of me to ask her to dig out some work he did years and years ago. Besides, it isn’t that important now… Read more »

I think these police records documenting Bethenny’s childhood abuse and neglect would have been discovered and researched by other journalists and then posted on the web. She is a very controversial celebrity and that kind of news would be interesting to many people, especially since her mother and father both denied her stories were true. I have looked, but I can’t find anything to substantiate her claims online.

I wouldn’t know. I don’t search the web for info I already know to be fact. I bet Bethenny’s PR people did their best to hide the information as best they could. I have absolutely no clue. Maybe all the powers that be wanted it to be a constant question. I know what I saw and READ, very real police records, with the whole situation about her real father, John, who was her step, her mom, Maybe, although it sounds weird, they might have been sealed during the divorce. Either way, no matter how it came to be difficult to… Read more »

Are public police records with crimes against children online? Just click, and open sesame? It wasn’t that way back them when he got the record fro the cop shop. But, I wasn’t that involved in research and was just happy to see them all.

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