I Hate Jill Zarin Bethenny In Chicago! Jan 29, 2011
What a beautiful venue. I’d driven past the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan many times, I used to work in Waukegan and this theatre is one of Waukegan’s proud landmarks. Jack Benny, before he was on TV used to broadcast his radio shows right from the stage that Bethenny graced last night.
The VIP room / lounge area in the Theatre is named after the late great Jack Benny and that is where I finally got to meet our favorite Skinny Girl!
But first, the “Conversation With Bethenny Frankel” was impressive! I have to say that the show went beyond my expectations. After being introduced, Bethenny walked straight up the center aisle greeting fans and high five’s all the way along, when she took to the stage sitting in a high bar stool like chair with just a table of her books, some beautiful roses, a glass of water and of course a Skinnygirl Margarita.
Jason sat in the front row just in front of me and my friend who skeptically came along with me, but she’s thrilled that she went, she was unexpectedly surprised at how entertaining Bethenny was just talking to the crowd.
Also sitting in front of us was Jason’s friend and baby Bryn’s Godfather, and Bethenny tells us at this season on her show Bethenny Ever After, Baby Bryn gets “accidentally baptised”. I can’t wait to see how that happens. Bethenny described her and Jason as they sneak into a backyard of a home in Los Angeles that they’re considering buying and it really is a hilarious story.
Relaxed and easy-going, Bethenny spoke with confidence and poise. One of her opening remarks prepared the audience that she had absolutely no intension of bashing Jill Zarin, she was clear that they had been very good friends and she doesn’t say anything negative about friends, past or present. She did add that Kelly was fair game, however, since they’d never been friends. (lots of laughter there!)
Bethenny explained to the large crowd that she would not be going back to Housewives, no surprise for those of us who follow Bethenny’s career. She explained that the negativity wasn’t good for her or her family and that her show was so much fun and so positive and upbeat that it just didn’t make sense to spend time with certain people who only bring negativity to her life.
We learned that Bethenny does keep in touch with Ramona and Alex, mostly through text messages but everyone’s lives are so busy that she doesn’t see them too often. She also shared with us that Ramona actually asked Bethenny if she could be in the delivery room as she gave birth to Bryn. Obviously Bethenny turned down Ramona’s generous offer, but we were all allowed in there through Bravo’s cameras so I’m assuming that Ramona simply wanted more air time on Bethenny’s show. That Ramona is a crazy broad!
Bethenny talked about her book, “Naturally Thin” and while I had already read it, as I’m sure several others in the room had as well, Bethenny explained in a bit more detail what each step of the process entailed and had some really funny remarks to make and personal stories to tell about each area of the book.
Her upcoming book, “A Place Of Yes” that will be released on March 22 was another short topic of discussion, she told us how her positive outlook and constant efforts to succeed are what created her life, her business and even her family. She is living proof that you really can have it all!
Toward the end of Bethenny’s show, she did a Question/Answer session allowing audience members to ask any question they’d like, I personally didn’t learn anything new, in fact, I probably could have answered the questions for her, although not nearly as clever and funny as Bethenny did. She really does have an amazing sense of humor and a quick wit.
There were a few dozen others who were allowed into the Meet and Greet where Bethenny signed autographs and took photos with fans. She was so upbeat, and personable, her laugh is contagious and her genuine warm welcome was so incredible. My friend and I stepped up when it was our turn and I could see a brief recognition on Bethenny’s face when she looked at me, it was as if she’d seen me somewhere before.
My friend announced that I was “Lynn In Chicago” and Bethenny screamed, jumped out of her chair and gave me a huge hug. It was so wonderful! She was telling her assistants and even the theatre crew that I was the one who wrote the “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog. (I wasn’t going to mention the name of the blog, but Bethenny did) Bethenny’s assistant, Jackie told me that she reads my blog and Bethenny gave me a signed copy of her book on DVD in addition to these little mini Skinny girl mirrors that you can attach to your cell phone.
My friend and I brought Bethenny and her staff a few gifts, we found these great lotions and bath gels with scents called “sweet dreams” and “relaxation” which are perfect for our Skinnygirl who doesn’t get enough rest or relaxation. I also bought baby Bryn her very first Chicago Blackhawks baseball cap and little t-shirt both with the Blackhawks logo on them. Finally we found these great Chicago oven mitts and kitchen towels with a chef cooking a deep dish pizza and Chicago written on them. Another perfect gift from Chicago for a chef.
Bethenny’s assistant, Julie was instrumental in getting us the VIP tickets and meet and greet passes. I wanted to go and see Bethenny and my friend knowing what a fan I am was so thoughtful and wrote to Bethenny’s assistant Julie that she and Bethenny’s biggest fan, LynnNChicago wanted to attend the show.
Julie was kind enough to leave two tickets at the VIP will call counter with our 2nd row seats and our meet and greet passes. Julie couldn’t be with Bethenny in Chicago but she brought her other assistant, Jackie and so my friend and I brought each of Bethenny’s assistant small gifts as well.
It was an amazing evening, we really enjoyed hearing Bethenny speak and meeting her was so great! She’s everything that you see on TV and so much more! Take a look at Bethenny’s tour schedule, if you get a chance and she’s near you, make an effort to attend, it is well worth it!
Until Next Time….
a photo of Bethenny and me…