Real Housewife-turned-wannabe-talk show queen Bethenny Frankel isn’t quite the hit she thought she’d be on the daytime TV circuit — and she’s reportedly certain she knows why.
Frankel allegedly blames friend and show executive producer Ellen DeGeneres for the commercial failure of her self-titled talker. Tattling tipsters tell Radar Online that the former Real Housewives of New York City star is “absolutely peeved that she has been unable to get a big name celebrity to come on.”
“During Bethenny’s trial run, DeGeneres pulled some strings and got Justin Bieber to come on. DeGeneres’ former booker is now working for Bethenny, but he’s been unable to get Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow or Miley Cyrus.”
We hear even Atlanta Housewives star NeNe Leakes had to be “forced” to make an appearance on Bethenny. Much to Frankel’s dismay her reality show past is a turn-off for potential A-list guests. DeGeneres is reportedly so “embarrassed” by Frankel’s ratings, she’s asked producers to remove her name from the show’s credits, The New York Daily News claims.
“The big name celebrities don’t want to go on a talk show hosted by a former Bravo housewife. It’s causing major drama behind the scenes of Frankel’s show, which is struggling in the ratings…Bethenny doesn’t appeal to station managers across the country and whoever had the fear that she was too New York was right. The whole thing feels forced.”
The possibility of stations pulling Bethenny after November sweeps is becoming increasingly more likely, say those in the know. Of course, Frankel — who is in the midst of a messy divorce with hubby Jason Hoppy — has a storied history with daytime.
In 2011, plans to bring the Skinnygirl entrepreneur to daytime as head of her own talk show were axed. The waify married mother of one amassed a small fortune (allegedly in the neighborhood of $8 million) after unloading her Skinnygirl cocktail/cookbook empire earlier that year and promptly turned her focus to testing out the gabfest circuit.
Bethenny’s talker had been tipped to give daytime newcomer Katie Couric a run for her microphone by Fall 2012, but was put on the chopping blocking after failing to secure the commitment of a major network.