Bethenny Frankel Took Down Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham is still running around struggling to promote her line of rubber vaginas, so she appeared on “Bethenny” yesterday — because what better outlet to do so than a talk show struggling to retain mediocre ratings?

Bethenny (and her audience of knife-sharpening soccer moms) immediately began circling like vultures, asking about Farrah waxing her daughter’s unibrow, ditching her daughter so she can “do her own thing” and  generally being terrible.

Farrah was immediately on the defensive, and it got tense pretty quick. Farrah sat alone on an IKEA couch while Bethenny wandered the audience handing the mic to angry, frothing upper-middle class people as everyone else scowled in silence.

Once Bethenny rejoined her on the couch, nothing let up. Bethenny just continued her assault while giving Farrah a squinty-eyed, skeptical Clint Eastwood stare (which makes sense, because talking to Farrah is a lot like talking to a chair).

It’s probably the best daytime talk moment we’ve seen since Sherri Shepherd said that Christianity predated Ancient Greece, and definitely the highlight of Bethenny’s talk show tenure thus far.

Later Farrah told Radar that Bethenny was rude, “degrading to women” and went on to suggest Bethenny’s ex-husband Jason Hoppy should purchase her sex toys, which would actually be really great.

Too bad “Celebrity Boxing” isn’t still on the air.

Ellen DeGerenes Is Super Happy About Bethenny Frankel’s New Talk Show. Maybe.

Ellen DeGeneres, Bethenny Frankel
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Skeletor Bethenny Frankel refuses to go away (remember, that’s how she’s making all that money). After getting the boot from Bravo, the erstwhile “Real Housewife” has had all sorts of ventures, but they’ve all lead up to this: the launch of her own eponymous talk show this afternoon.

Feeling she should say something, reigning queen of talk Ellen DeGeneres tweeted out a deliciously backhanded endorsement:

Is it meant to be taunting, or a genuinely kind gesture? With Ellen, it’s hard to tell (and she knows it, which is why the missive was so brilliant). But we’re betting it’s all in good fun, because these two seem pretty tight.

Plus, Bethenny ended up retweeting it. Which means either Ellen’s well-wishes were truly from the heart … or Bethenny doesn’t know when she’s being made fun of. And that’s not possible. Right? 

Regardless, we at least know Jill Zarin’s feelings on daytime’s newest host.


Here’s the Highest Paid Rack on Television


“Modern Family” bombshell Sofia Vergara has topped Forbes’ list of the highest paid actresses for a second year in a row, netting $20 million in 2013 — partly by being a Cover Girl spokeswoman or suggestively slurping from cans of Diet Pepsi. (She’s selling soda AND boners.)

“The Big Bang Theory”‘s Kaley Cuoco came in second, maybe because someone realized she’s the only enjoyable thing on the program. Bolstered by her Priceline and Toyota endorsements, she hauled in $11 million.

Mariska Hargitay was No. 3, but since she’s been in the game longer than the other two, I’m thinking it equals out. Also making $11 million now, she’s been solving predictable sex crimes cases on “SVU” for 15 years.

Next is the imitable Tina Fey, raking in $10 million for her run on the erstwhile “30 Rock.”

And rounding out the top five is Bethenny Frankel, who seems to make a nice living by just refusing to go away. These days, she’s getting her own talk show and selling Skinnygirl margaritas to body-conscious alcoholics, which means she’s somehow managed to turn her villain position on “Real Housewives” into a $10 million venture. (Congratulations, America. You did this.)

Don’t spend it all at once, ladies.