Bethenny Frankel shared why she “stopped liking” Lisa Rinna, and revealed what changed her relationship with Kyle Richards after suggesting they’re no longer “good friends.”
The Real Housewives of New York alum has been vocal about her feelings over the Real Housewives franchise, indicating that the stars are being mistreated, and they should form a reality TV union.
“I used to love Lisa. We used to be friends,” said Bethenny on her “Just B with Bethenny” podcast, in a clip shared by @bravosnarkside on Instagram. “I liked her. I respected her. She was so down to earth and real.”
Bethenny said, “When I stopped liking [her] is when I saw what the machine of the Housewives did to her.”
The star also addressed her relationship with Kyle. “I was good friends with Kyle for years. Yes, we went in, we went out, but I felt differently about her after seeing the machine, seeing the social media, seeing how different people react to fame, seeing her differently, seeing how she was portrayed on the show, seeing how she handled the fame.”
Bethenny explained, “That’s not necessarily Kyle. That’s Kyle inside the machine, or as they call it on The Bachelor and Bachelorette, the bubble. So I have a different relationship with Kyle now because on Watch What Happens Live, Kyle’s asked [a question] by, of course not Andy [Cohen, but] someone else who, you know, doesn’t want Andy to get dirty … She’s asked, ‘Why did you unfollow Bethenny on Instagram?’”
The alum expressed, “It’s a provocative question … The questions are always designed for a woman to trash another woman. A poll for one person to win and one person to lose.”
At the time, Kyle answered on the show: “[Bethenny] unfollowed me and I was like, ‘Well, why do I want to follow someone who doesn’t follow me, a friend?’ … So I just said, ‘Okay, I don’t need to keep up with her either then.’ We still talk and text. We text and check in with each other. But she, I don’t know, she just unfollowed a lot of people.”