Bethenny Frankel’s talkshow has been canceled, she’s ‘relieved, felt stifled’

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Bethenney Frankel’s talkshow just couldn’t survive and has been canceled after one season. It’s not surprising since she was in a very crowded, competitive market. People only have so many hours in a day and they’re not tuning in to Bethenny’s show when there are so many alternatives. (I have to give Bethenny’s PR department credit, though. They were so good at sending out clips and photos of her interviews to the blogs.)

In response to the news of her show’s demise, Bethenny penned an open letter complaining about the nature of the work, basically. She bemoaned the fact that she had to conform to the requirements of the job and not do her own thing. It was unprofessional, in my opinion, and something she should have either kept to herself, shared with her staff or maybe just a small segment of the people who worked directly with her. All jobs have hoops you have to jump through, especially as high pressure and public a job as she had. Here’s some of what she wrote:

My friend Robert Verdi described doing a talk show better than anyone. Before we started, he told me, “You are a traffic cop.” What he meant was that to guide the amazing interviews, business segments and relationship talk, you are directing traffic. “Coming up,” “When we come back,” “Up next,” and the list goes on and on.

In order to have the freedom to create a talk show, there are required elements that the job entails. This is the part that I didn’t enjoy so much and that wasn’t authentic to me. In addition, I tend to be quite inappropriate which may not be suitable for daytime television or for the suits that run network television nationwide.

Unlike my time on Bravo, I felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted. I am a free spirit. My late father (a horse trainer) used to say “She is a mustang. You need to let her run.” I am more comfortable in my natural surroundings and in a setting where I’m surrounded by crazy, where anything goes and where I can be authentically me. When interviewed about the show, I always said that it could only work if I was true to myself and only if it was genuinely a good fit and marriage which it turned out not to be.

I am so grateful for the experience and to those of you who went on this journey with me. It was fun, exciting, scary and a great challenge.

As easy as people like Ellen, Oprah, Wendy, Rachael and Steve make it look, it is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done, and I have so much more respect for them having been through this experience. They are warriors and champions who make a very difficult job look effortless.

So to answer how I feel, I am relieved. What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break. I have been striving and climbing and white-knuckling for so long that I need a rest from the grind. I’m a little over myself and wouldn’t blame anyone else for being over me as well.

[From Radar Online]

So despite how hard she worked to make her show successful, Bethenny disliked the nature of the work and is grateful she doesn’t have to do it anymore, according to Bethenny. Of course it’s difficult to run a daily talk show, and of course she can’t just say or do whatever she wants on daytime television. I don’t understand how this was surprising to her. There are so many other people who would gratefully do that job, suck it up, and make it work. This was the opportunity of a lifetime, and when it slipped through her fingers she complained about it, probably burning some bridges and future opportunities in the process.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think she summed it up. We’re just over her.

  2. JenD says:

    So she’s basically saying she couldn’t be her true, inappropriate self. Poor lady.

    • bros says:

      I know. she’s such an ungrateful (rhymes with pot). nothing to indicate her thanks for the opportunity, or props to the other daytime talk show hosts who can hack it, etc. She’s so annoying and entitled and ungrateful and ruins every good thing in her life with her constant victim attitude. please go away and do yoga and continue not eating and making crappy tasting drinks which also will eventually be discontinued.

  3. Anaya says:

    Yeah, right. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Bethenny ‘s full of poo poo.

  4. tifzlan says:

    That letter is so unprofessional, especially given the fact that Ellen Degeneres funded her show (executive producer = funding, right?).

  5. Lindy79 says:

    I liked her initially (as in pre-arguing with Jill) on RHONY but my god did she become completely insufferable. She believed her own hype and thought she could carry a show on her own, without the crazy of the other women to bounce off, I can see why this fell flat.

  6. Barrett says:

    She can’t own her failure. Professionally she should have been gracious and bowed out quietly. She really is a crazy, narcissist. That poor guy Jason, she must be so difficult in any relationship.

  7. Frida_K says:

    She’s so awful. I don’t know who would be interested in her show and I’m not even sure why she is “famous.”

    Didn’t her skinnygirl margarita mix get censured in some fashion for some…I forget what? She stole someone’s recipe? Some bad ingredient was in it?….reason?

    Well, anyway. Maybe she can get Hiliaria Baldwin to be her yoga teacher and somehow–between the two of them–they can squeeze out some drama and some fame ho-ing.

  8. Rhiley says:

    Bravo aired a few episodes of her talk show and I watched about 15 minutes of one while flipping through the channels. From what I saw, it was really boring. The guests were boring, her interview was boring, her interaction with the audience was boring. The money is probably going to start running out for her, or at least the fame. She has probably made a nice little chunk, and she doesn’t seem to live beyond her means, but I don’t think she is going to feel fulfilled if she is not in the public eye.

    • littlestar says:

      I’ve watched snippets of her talk show, and that’s what really stood out to me – she just doesn’t (or can’t, for that matter) know how to interact with her guests and audience. There was absolutely no connection to anyone. The #1 way to be a successful talk show host/interview is to be able to CONNECT with people. I guess narcissists don’t have that ability.

  9. Lexie says:

    Got canned. Ego can’t compute it. We don’t care. Does she have Alec Baldwin’s phone number?

  10. lucy2 says:

    Yeah sure, it was all because she was “stifled”. Not because she’s obnoxious and no one wanted to watch her show.
    I bet if the ratings had been good, she would have allowed herself to be “stifled” for as many seasons as possible.

  11. eliza says:

    Felt stifled= I failed and this is my attempt at saving face.

  12. neelyo says:

    ‘I am a free spirit. My late father (a horse trainer) used to say “She is a mustang. You need to let her run.”

    I used to watch RHONY and I would never describe Ms. Frankel as a free spirit unless that phrase has come to mean uptight, control freak.

  13. Tracy says:

    She is just plain unlikeable. I tried to tune in one time out of curiosity. It was awful. I turned it off in less than 2 minutes.

  14. Jayna says:

    Ellen, who produced you, is so glad to hear you are over it after giving you such a great opportunity and believing in you.

  15. Kiddo says:

    I didn’t know it was still on. Just browsing the photos of her guests above confirms that I have missed nothing. Plus, Bethanny. Nuff said.

  16. Miffy says:

    Who is she and what is she famous for and does her fame or reputation mean she’s big enough to get away with such ungracious, blame-placing behaviour?

    My biggest pet peeve is people who try to blame others for their short comings. Can’t stand it!

  17. BeckyR says:

    Besides “KRIS” , B’s talk show was the worst I have ever seen. She has an annoying voice and no interview skills. Did not understand how she ended up with a talk show in the first place. Her comments were pathetic.

  18. Maddie says:

    I can understand what she is saying because on NYHWs she had absolutely no filter and would say anything, I thought she was quite funny on there before she changed into this ranging bitvh.

    I can see the network saying she can’t say this or that. Plus she had z blisters on her show.

  19. NeNe says:

    I was thrilled when I heard her show got cancelled. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person (LOL.) She is just an awful witch!! Listening to her voice was like nails on a chalkboard. She is more then an ungrateful witch to those people who were instrumental in getting her the show.

  20. GirlyGirl says:

    Through my BS Translator

    “My show got canned because it sucked and no-one likes me. I can’t really admit that to myself so I will take comfort in blaming the situation. Also My dad never really suggested I was a “mustang” but he did call me Mr Ed after my veneers were put in.”

  21. AlmondJoy says:

    The few times I was home sick or snowed in and decided to give her show a try, it was LAME. She’s annoying, entitled and far removed from the average person. Not relatable at all. The whole thing seemed forced so it’s not surprising that it got canceled.

  22. K-Rock says:

    I think she was just trying to save face. I think she was pissed that she was cancelled so rather than admit to defeat, she had to make it all “it wasn’t a good fit” “I couldn’t be myself” “I need to work on me” blah blah blah.

    PS: Watching her gave me anxiety. She is so hyper and fast and neurotic, I had to change the channel because I couldn’t catch my breath. I have enough anxiety inducing things in my life, I didn’t need her to add to the pile.

  23. emmie_a says:

    Bottom line, she’s a sore loser. We’ve seen/heard it before. When things don’t go her way, she blames everyone else except herself. She’s an awful person and I can’t even believe the chances/breaks she’s been given because ungrateful, narcissistic, b*tches like her don’t deserve the incredible blessings she has been given.

  24. John Wayne Lives says:

    Yes yes, there there. Now sit down here and have a cookie

  25. Bread and Circuses says:

    Y’know, if that letter had only consisted of the last three paragraphs, I would have thought she handled the cancellation beautifully. Those were really nice and she ended with a positive yet humble acknowledgement that she didn’t connect with her audience the way she should have. It was all well-worded.

    Pity she spent the first three paragraphs saying, “It’s not my fault.”

  26. Sweetpea says:

    That girl complains too much. I admire her gusto but she’s always bitching about something.

  27. Mary says:

    I like her show and in spite of myself, like her too.
    Her show features topics, guests and attitudes that truly resonate with women in a large demographic- 18-35 yrs. And she offers practical problem solving solutions to common issues, as well as bringing on intelligent guests with differing perspectives.
    I have been impressed with her ability to clearly recognize differences of opinion without judgement.
    Her best bet now, and an option I certainly hope she pursues, is to keep the momentum going by venturing into the radio market.
    Many women will follow her into a new medium, I think.
    A perfect antidote to Stern and his fans.

  28. Dom says:

    She just can’t admit that it didn’t work because she isn’t good. It matters not that she didn’t like it… Her not liking the work has zero to do with the cancellation….

  29. liz says:

    I’m going to miss Bethenny not the show but I know she will do something else and we will catch up again.