Bethenny Frankel, formerly of “The Real Housewives of New York,” has launched “bethenny,” a nationally syndicated talk show that got it’s start last year during a six-week test run and now is airing nationwide beginning Sept. 9 (check your local listings for time and channel).
On the premiere, Bethenny welcomed her audience in a sassy pink and black dress while they all clapped along with “Calling All My Girls” and then she says to her audience:
It’s so surreal … the only thing I can think about is being so grateful and saying thank you. You got me here. Hopefully we’ll get to know one another, we’ll spend every day together. … You supported me, you allowed me to be myself and take chances and just own it. This show is not about me, ti’s about us. It’s about the next step in this journey. … Me inspiring you and you inspiring me and us inspiring other people. … This show is where we get to talk about what we’re going through, whether it it’s our marriage, being mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, money issues, we’re all going through such crazy things. … I speak to women every day and I listen to what they’re going through and it’s amazing how strong we are. It’s amazing the things we can accomplish.
Her segments included a men’s panel, which today featured actor Boris Kodjoe and comedians Chuck Nice and Gary Owen. They discussed whether men want women who are financially independent — “I would love it. … Nothing would make me happier. I still want to be a man, but I’m gonna do what I can and I hope that you appreciate that,” says Chuck.
The panel also discussed Robin Thicke groping a fan’s behind — Kodjoe says it’s not Thicke’s hand. Uh huh. Owen says that you just change the subject to something like dying kids in Africa or Aaron Hernandez’s murder case. Chuck cracks that if you’re going to step out, don’t embarrass your wife by picking a girl who is less hot than she is.
They also talked about what he might do if he’s just not that into you (“If you only see him after midnight”) and how men feel about girls who watch porn. It was funny, but there could’ve been more a balance between serious answers and jokes if the panel is really going to be a regular segment.
There was a “Would You Ever” segment where Bethenny asked the audience questions and it ended up with her tossing a salad with a hot topless guy (not a euphemism, literally tossing a salad bowl full of greens).
The guests included Nick Cannon, who taught Bethenny how to twerk and was also a funny, charming guest, and and Flo Rida as the musical guest.
What did you think of “bethenny”? Will you keep watching?