Alex McCord

Alex talks Bethenny's new show, Jill's change of heart, and Kelly's bullying claims.

on Jun 16, 2010

As this hour continued, LuAnn said she was afraid of Bethenny. Perhaps she’s afraid of Bethenny’s straightforward manner and tone of voice, which can be cutting and abrupt. However, is there any difference between things that Bethenny has said, and comments LuAnn has made? Yes, LuAnn is smoother, but I don’t think her tongue is any less barbed than anyone else’s. I would rather be hit in the face with a barbed comment than hear smooth condescension any day; to me if it’s upfront it’s not scary.

Onto the (alleged) bullying. I was very disappointed that Kelly chose to diminish a real problem that exists in our schools, and more recently on the internet, in order to deflect criticism of her own behavior. We all wanted to have fun with her in St. John with the best of intentions, but from the very moment we landed at the airport she kept saying contradictory things and getting randomly aggressive. It’s as though she has a threshold of what she considers inappropriate conversation that is different from anyone else in the cast, and once she is uncomfortable she will do anything, rational or not, to stop the conversation. She won’t allow anyone else to speak nor will she let anyone finish a sentence if she doesn’t like what she is hearing. For a while on the trip, we all got more and more frustrated because we were attempting to process what she said and respond to her rationally. Finally we realized that we should stop trying, because it wasn’t rational. We continued to give Kelly chances and tried to calm her down – for example, the last thing I wanted to do was go on a photo shoot at the beach, but I didn’t want to set her off, so I went. In the end both the cast and crew spent most of the trip managing Kelly, which wasn’t a particularly relaxing exercise. I’m just as interested as everyone else to see how part three comes out ... and I was there!