I Hate Jill Zarin Bethenny Ever After March 29, 2011
Every week I watch Bethenny Ever After and I really, truly enjoy watching this show! I can’t think of another Bravo show that I can say that about. Obviously I love me some Housewives but inevitably one of them pisses me off every time. Bethenny’s show doesn’t do that. She has surrounded herself with really good people. They may not always be perfect but they’re a fun, sincere group of people.
The show opens with Girls Night Out, Bethenny hosts six or seven of her best friends, (see Ramoner she does have friends) who gather at a hotel, enjoy some room service designed to soak up all of the alcohol they’re going to consume later at the Plunge Lounge. The ladies all seemed to enjoy themselves, drinking and dancing the night away. The manager of the club stops by their table to make sure that Bethenny and her guests are having a good time. He introduces himself as “Jason”. New York City must have a whole lot of Jason’s!
Watching Bethenny’s assistant, Julie let loose was hysterical, I don’t think we’ve seen Julie drunk before but I vote she does it every week, drunk Julie is so funny! Her version of a “Metro Card Dance” is absolutely something that she needs to teach her Goddaughter, Bryn someday. Where did she come up with that?
So far Bethenny turning 40 years old doesn’t seem to be affecting her too badly, she just had the best year of her life, she got married, had a beautiful baby and her business is thriving, so what’s to be upset about, right?
Julie is there too as Bethenny gets the call from her agent about appearing on “Skating With The Stars”. As Julie’s head is spinning trying to figure out how this will fit into Bethenny’s already over-taxed schedule, Bethenny is excited about the offer and will discuss it with Jason.
Remember when word hit like a ton of bricks that Bethenny would be part of the cast of Skating With The Stars? *Someone* put the rumor out there that Jill Zarin was offered the spot but turned it down, only then did they offer it to Bethenny. This rumor was reported by some of those “media contacts” that Jill is always bragging about having, but the casting director for ABC’s Skating With The Stars seemed infuriated by the rumors so she came out publicly with a statement assuring fans that only one offer was made to any Housewife and it was Bethenny!
Here is Reality Tea’s reporting of the incident:
I’m sure that Jill never thought in a million years that the casting director would make a public statement like that, most of the time that just wouldn’t happen. Rumors are rarely addressed by television executives but I’m glad that in this case, Jill was outed for yet another stunt to try to hurt Bethenny. So many people heard the rumor that it continues to this day.
So the cute family meeting takes place including roll call and Cookie barking her presence, it is clear that Bethenny wants to do this Skating With The Stars show and there’s no stopping Bethenny when she sets her mind to something. Jason is understandably apprehensive because it is going to be a very demanding schedule but in the end he supports his wife, as always. Is Jason real? He’s amazing!
I thought it was funny as they were discussing whether or not Bethenny should be on Skating With The Stars that Jason asked if she’d prefer to do Dancing With The Stars, was that an option? Best we can tell, she wasn’t invited to do Dancing, only Skating.
Bethenny and cute baby Bryn meet with Shawn, the wedding planner for lunch. They discuss whether or not Bethenny should have a 40th Birthday party. Of course the party planner wants to have the party, that’s like asking a used car salesman if you should buy a car or take the bus. The best part of this lunch was little Bryn’s big smile as Shawn was talking to her. Adorable!
The most ridiculous part is Bethenny wondering if she can afford Shawn’s services to plan the party. Huh? Shawn agrees to plan the party as his gift to Bethenny. Don’t worry about Shawn’s services, I’m sure he’ll get a check from Shed Media that more than covers it.
Bethenny’s plus one to the Gladd Awards, where she is presenting an award, is her gay friend Jake. She decides this would be a good place to find Jake a date and they both scope the room. Jake isn’t as good at this guy-hunting thing as Bethenny thought he was, but he meets a few prospects. One lives out west so he’s immediately rejected but Jake meets a guy he likes and they go on a double date with Bethenny and Jason.
Bethenny and Jason disagreed about the guest list for Bethenny’s 40th Birthday party, once they agree to keep the guests between 35 – 40 people, Jason announces that he has five couples that he’d like to include. Bethenny realizes that this means she may have to omit some of her friends and isn’t comfortable with that. Typically Jason is the voice of reason in this relationship but in this case Bethenny had a good point. I just didn’t understand why they couldn’t have just expanded the guest list by 8 or 10 people. Jason tried to make it seem as though Bethenny was being selfish but personally, I think she was right. Why should she have to omit her friends for Jason’s friends? It was her birthday party after all. Jason forced Bethenny to have to remind him of that. I think if the tables were turned, Jason would insist on prioritizing the guest list to include his friends over Bethenny’s friends.
Bethenny’s session with her therapist tonight focused on her birthday as she admitted it was typically not something that she looked forward to. Her father never called on her birthday, he would just have his secretary send a card with a check. There is no denying that Bobby Frankel was an asshole, Bethenny said it, but it was widely reported by those who knew him, in fact reports are that he said it himself. He was not one to be affectionate or loving toward anyone, his horses maybe, but not his daughter.
Tonight we watched as six weeks before Skating With The Stars aired, Bethenny preparing by getting sized for skates and advice from a 10-year old boy, that was cute! We met her skating partner Ethan and watched their first practice. Bethenny told Ethan that she had reviewed his skating career on the internet and thought maybe that he fell and missed out on going to the Olympics because his girlfriend was “in his head”. Probably not the best way to greet someone but as soon as she said it, she realized it was a mistake and apologized. She then smoothed it over by making it seem that being on Skating With The Stars is far better for his career than being an Olympian. Nice try Bethenny!
Finally Bethenny and Jason lay in bed discussing her birthday party, she doesn’t want a gift but will kill him if he doesn’t get her a gift. She tells Jason that the party will be incredible and they will have fun but she doesn’t want all of the “Birthday girl” stuff all day. Low key is the key.
The previews for next week show everyone doing exactly what Bethenny didn’t want, yelling to her “Birthday Girl!” Jason’s parents, then Alex McCord and then Ramona Singer all sing out loud, “Birthday Girl“. Do none of these people know Bethenny at all?
Bethenny is taking a lot of heat this season for many different reasons, some feel that she is coming off as mean and self-centered. I don’t see her being vicious or cruel to anyone. Bethenny is who she is and millions of people love her for who she is, not the least of which are the people around her that so many critics seem to want to protect from Bethenny. It is simply ridiculous!
Bethenny’s critics say that she’s mean to Jason, Julie, Gina and Shawn. Would Jason have married her? Would Julie and Gina continue to work for her? Would Shawn continue to be devoted to her? None of these people asked for or need sympathy for being close to Bethenny, they love her for who she is. Bethenny freely admits that she isn’t perfect, she makes mistakes but she owns her mistakes, apologizes and improves herself. She has put herself out there to be judged and she doesn’t hide the rough parts. I give her a lot of credit for that. Sure she pokes fun at the people around her, that is and always has been the Bethenny we know and love.
When she appeared on The Real Housewives of New York she poked fun at Jill, Alex, Simon, Ramona and many others. These people laughed right along with the rest of us, they knew and understood that this is Bethenny’s sense of humor, why is it suddenly wrong for Bethenny to be Bethenny?
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