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This College Admission Scandal Is Pretty Much the Only Thing Anyone Can Talk About, Including Bethenny Frankel

The Real Housewives of New York City pal is incredulous over this whole admissions scam.

By Jenny Berg
Bethenny Frankel

Getting into a top-tier college is hard enough as it is. Of course, it makes it even harder when your competition has parents willing to fork over tons of cash, lie, and bribe college coaches to get them into a certain school. Oh, haven't you heard? Allow us to explain, and then we'll share how Bethenny Frankel feels about this little situation. 

A breaking story alleges that some 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were engaged in a scam known as "Operation Varsity Blues." The nationwide conspiracy included cheating on college entrance exams by having test administrators take tests in place of high school students for about $10,000 a pop. That's not where it ended, though: The scam also saw parents paying college athletic coaches to recruit their children as athletes, regardless of any actual ability.

The man in charge of the alleged operation is William "Rick" Singer, who heads up the Edge College & Career Network LLC as well as a supposed nonprofit called Key Worldwide Foundation. Singer was allegedly disguising bribe payments as contributions to his "charity." 

In a March 12 tweet, The Real Housewives of New York City pal said what we're all thinking. "So I am fascinated with this college entrance bribery scam. What is wrong with people? It’s like social media. Everyone has to front. Go to the school you can get into ... or don’t go to school at all." 

She later tweeted, in an apparent reference to the Jussie Smollett hearing: "Scamming to get sympathy that you were gay bashed. Scamming to brag to your friends about how smart your kid is. What’s next?" 

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