Real Housewives' Bethenny Frankel Gets Engaged

The Real Housewives of New York City 's Bethenny Frankel is engaged, People reports. Reports swirled that the New York Times bestselling author and chef, 38, had gotten engaged over the summer. However, the magazine reports Frankel and boyfriend Jason Hoppy got engaged Oct. 8.. The couple have been together for 11 months. Frankel has a lot to celebrate. Bravo recently announced Frankel will get her own show focusing on her cooking career and love life. Also, shooting just began on Housewives' third season with two new cast additions. Source Here

'Real Housewives of NYC' Adds Members, Bethenny Speaks

" The Real Housewives of New York City " Bethenny, Jill, Ramona, LuAnn, Kelly, and Alex have to make room for another two wives in the third season. Sonja Morgan, a former model, and Jennifer Gilbert, an event organizer, will be the new faces whose daily life is captured on cameras, Bravo TV has confirmed. Sonja's profile in Bravo's press release is that she "loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing and visiting France every chance she gets - be it for her charity work or just for pleasure." She is a single mother of a 9-year-old daughter. Used to work in the fashion world, Sonja has become acquainted with European royalty and top-notch designers. Meanwhile, Jennifer is known as a corporate or social event party planner who is also moonlighting as the co-owner of a baby carrier company, Portamee. She is a married woman for seven years with three children. At the age of mere 29, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. "I haven't met any new castmembers, but I just have to do the math and say, on Orange County, they only have two of the original housewives, and on Atlanta, they have already replaced someone," Bethenny gave her comment about the addition to E! Online. Nonetheless, she had known Sonja at some point. "We have a mutual friend, and I remember meeting her. So bring it on. I'm excited for new women if that's the case," she said. The production of the third season is undergoing for a premiere in early 2010. Bethenny shared of what to expect, saying "It's been very, very explosive. And that's what Housewives is. It's six women, and it's like high school. In high school, you had time to argue and that was your whole life - the drama, the mean girls and the cool girls and all that." Source Here

Bethenny Frankel Reiterates: She's On Board for 'The Real Housewives of NYC' Season 3

Amidst her allegedly fake engagement to Jason Hoppy and the rumored lawsuit she might face if she continues with her new series, which rings a bell to HBO 's Sex and the City , Bethenny Frankel has declared over and over again that she's returning for the third season of The Real Housewives of New York City . Still, that hasn't stopped rumors from surfacing that she might be replaced midway through the new season. Now Life & Style reports that socialite Sonja Morgan will serve as Frankel's replacement in the middle of the season of The Real Housewives of New York City. "It was just signed yesterday," an insider told Life & Style, adding that Morgan would replace Frankel around the third season's fifth episode. "It's not pretty between Bethenny and the other cast members in the episodes that they've already taped." the insider told Life & Style. "I think the show is going to explode this season!" Once again, Frankel has decided to disprove the rumors. "You heard it here: the rumors about me not being on Housewives are false. you're stuck with me!!!" wrote Frankel in a Friday evening post on her Twitter account. "I repeat: I'm on Housewives for season 3!!!" While Frankel has set the record straight, it's hard not to believe reports that claim otherwise because this isn't the first time Frankel was rumored to be leaving The Real Housewives of New York City. A week after the third season renewal announcement in July, it was reported that Frankel was leaving the show to star in a new Bravo reality series that would document her alleged engagement and wedding to Jason Hoppy. Shortly after though, the news died down but was replaced by last week's announcement that Bravo was developing a new reality series starring Frankel that will follow the former The Apprentice: Martha Stewart runner-up as she focuses on her love life and career as a natural foods chef. Source Here

Bravo Adds Real Housewives of D.C.; Renews New Jersey

Just when you thought nothing could top the table-flipping insanity of The Real Housewives of New Jersey , Bravo has added to the franchise: The Real Housewives of D.C. Bravo announced the series on Tuesday, as well as a second season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, both scheduled for next year. The D.C. divas, each somehow connected to politics, will give viewers a chance to see what life is like for women who have their fingers on pulse of cultural events, political galas, gallery openings and fundraisers in Washington society. The cast has yet to be determined. The Real Housewives franchise has been based in New York, Orange County and Atlanta, too. Are you excited to meet the D.C. ladies? Source Here

Real Housewives' Kelly Killoren Bensimon Posing for Playboy

How much more drama will this cause? The Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Killoren Bensimon will strip down for the December 2009 issue of Playboy, In Touch reports. Not so fast, fellas: The 40-year-old mother of two will only appear partially nude in the photos, which were snapped by her ex-husband, fashion photographer, Gilles Bensimon. "Kelly is a former model, so she will be a natural," an insider tells the magazine. Bensimon isn't the first Real Housewife to get naked: Co-star and frenemy Bethenny Frankel recently posed nude as well - for PETA. Source Here

The Real Housewives of D.C.: Meet the Possible Cast Members

As reported before, Bravo is working on a new cycle of its its popular docu-series and this time it's set in the nation's capital --- The Real Housewives of D.C., which is the latest addition to the franchise which already includes reality shows in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Orange County. "We're tapping personalities who are among Washington D.C.'s influential players, cultural connoisseurs, fashion sophisticates and philanthropic leaders -- the people who rub elbows with the most prominent people in the country and easily move in the city's diverse political and social circles," Frances Berwick, executive vice president and general manager of Bravo Media, said in a statement back in May. Though the network hasn't released an official list of participants, the names of the cast members of Bravo's new franchise are starting to trickle out one by one as the taping of the show is already underway. And according to Carol Joynt of the New York Social Diary, the cast includes the following: Mai Abdo - mother of two and wife of Jim Abdo of Abdo Development Mary Schmidt Amons - mother of five, founder of the "District Sample Sale" Lynda Erkiletian - president of one of D.C.'s most prominent modeling agencies, and the wife of Christopher Reiter, owner of schmancy furniture/clothing boutique Muleh Michaela Salahi - former model and wife of Tareq Salahi, who is the president of America's Polo Cup and owner of Oasis Winery Lisa Wernick Spies - wife of Republican fundraiser Charlie Spies "My list may not be 100 percent accurate, but as often as I've heard these names, it's gotta be close... These women aren't just run-of-the-mill soon-to-be quasi-celebs, they're wives of the D.C. elite. So to speak," Joynt wrote. Aside from the aforementioned names, Republican lobbyist Edwina Rodgers is also in talks of being in the final lineup. Source Here

'The Real Housewives of New York City' Officially Starts Production while Bravo Launches Apparel

We've heard the rumors, now it's time to officially confirm the news. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin are all onboard for the third season of The Real Housewives of New York City, which is currently filming. The show returns for more drama in 2010, following these ambitious Manhattan women as they juggle their demanding careers, motherhood and jam-packed social calendars. But Real Housewives fans have another reason to celebrate besides the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City . Bravo has partnered with Royal Plush to develop a co-branded line of apparel inspired by the fashion and style of the Real Housewives stars. Oh and there's also a companion book, where the women from Atlanta, New York City, New Jersey, and Orange County provide a behind-the-scenes look on the series' jaw-dropping moments. "Since launching Bravo Media, we have had incredible success with our brand extensions, from a bestselling cookbook to Fashion by Bravo," Bravo Media executive vice president and general manager Frances Berwick said in a statement. "We're dedicated to providing high quality products to our passionate consumers, as well as opportunities for our viewers to experience our series beyond their TV screens. Royal Plush's contemporary designs reflect the bold, stylish and fun personalities of our Real Housewives. The book is the perfect companion to our series with all the inside scoop on what makes a Real Housewife." Fans can grab denim, loungewear, activewear, handbags and accessories from the Real Housewives-Royal Plush line, available for sale nationwide in leading department stores and specialty boutiques beginning this fall. As for the book, Chronicle Books and Melcher Media (Top Chef: The Cookbook) will be releasing The Real Housewives Get Personal, which is tagged as a must-have for Real Housewives fans. Source Here

'The Real Housewives of New York City' Starts Filming Season 3

Fans of The Real Housewives of New York City can now be assured that a new season of the Bravo docu-drama is underway. That's in spite of rumors of a contract dispute, which has made its way to the public and allegedly delayed production of the third season. As reported before, all five of the show's original women remain unsigned for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York City because they are reportedly holding out for six-figure deals. Now, it looks like they already got their wish, according to "The ladies wanted more money, and they're getting it," the source told Life and Style. "Bravo was happy to up their pay since the show makes more money now. The housewives just had an issue with some of the wording in the contract." Although behind-the-scenes negotiations went smoothly, fans of The Real Housewives of New York City may be in for some big changes next season. Bravo is looking for some Manhattan ladies to join the show, stirring some fans to question whether or not some of the original cast members are leaving. Bethenny Frankel remains tightlipped about the controversy surrounding her allegedly fake engagement to Jason Hoppy, Hoppy's fake occupation as a licensed broker, and the possible lawsuit she might face if she continues with her new series, which rings a bell to HBO 's Sex and the City , though she has already declared she's coming back for season 3. While the identities of the new additions remain a mystery, one thing's for sure when The Real Housewives of New York City returns next season: the claws are coming out again! Source Here

The Real Housewives of New York City: Bethenny Frankel Returns for Season 3

Bethenny Frankel has finally confirmed that she's in for the third season of The Real Housewives of New York City , contrary to rumors that she's not returning on the Bravo series because of her new show called Skinny in the City, which follows Frankel as she plans her wedding to boyfriend Jason Hoppy. "I'm definitely going to do the Housewives this season," Frankel told People. "It's been great ... I love it. I understand we start filming [season 3] in September." Frankel is the second cast member to confirm her participation on the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City, after season 2 troublemaker Kelly Bensimon announced that she's already signed for season 3. As for the rest of the cast, there is no word yet which among the housewives are coming back. Meanwhile, the identities of the new additions also remain a mystery. Although Frankel confirmed that she's back on The Real Housewives of New York City, she remains tightlipped about the controversy surrounding her allegedly fake engagement to Jason Hoppy, Hoppy's fake occupation as a licensed broker, and the possible lawsuit she might face if she continues with her new series, which rings a bell to HBO 's Sex and the City . However, Frankel is quick to assert that deal for her new show is still "unsigned," and that she would prefer to do a variety show or a cooking show instead of the typical docu-drama format she has been accustomed to. In the mean time, the best-selling author of Naturally Thin is hoping to expand her SkinnyGirl Margarita empire. "The drink has 96 calories per serving, so it's less calories than wine. The tequila already comes in the bottle and it costs $12.99. It's being sold in restaurants as well as liquor stores," she said. "I would like to do SkinnyGuy Margarita. And a SkinnyGay one ... but the gays [already] love the SkinnyGirl." Source Here

Bryce Gruber Won't Be Joining 'The Real Housewives of New York City'

Now that Bravo has officially picked up a third season of The Real Housewives of New York City , producers are now on the lookout for new Manhattan ladies to join the show. At this point, it's still not known whether the hiring of new stars would mean an expansion for the cast or that some of its original cast members won't be returning. On the other hand, recruiting for a new castmate is turning out to be a difficult task these days. Bryce Gruber, a New York socialite and entrepreneur, was supposed to join the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City. According to the press release, she was scouted for the show in early June and was filmed with the workforce of her successful website,, at Morton's Steakhouse in New York City. The businesswoman appeared to be what The Real Housewives of Atlanta was looking for until Gruber reportedly backed down from shooting any more footage for the show. Evidently, some questionable press about her family was published in several major newspapers and tabloids and Gruber wasn't pleased with all the negative publicity. As an alternative to The Real Housewives of New York City, Gruber has been asked to work on a new reality show focusing her life and business. The 25-year-old single mother, who is also the owner of IntenCity Global, a firm which specializes in delivering marketing, public relations and branding services to clients within the beauty and fashion industries, floats through some of New York's finest social circles while raising her six-month old son. Expect Gruber to juggle motherhood, business, glamorous events, dating and running a household on her new series, which is set to begin filming in late August, for the fall/winter 2009 airing. Source Here