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Did Bethenny Frankel and Eric Stonestreet Ever Really Date?

The #RHONY mogul and the Modern Family actor break down those romance rumors.

By Jocelyn Vena

Last July, rumors began to circulate that Bethenny Frankel was dating Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet. It was gossip that The Real Housewives of New York City mogul wouldn't confirm or deny when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live last August. So when Eric stopped by her Sirius XM radio show, B Real with Bethenny, on Wednesday, the twosome finally divulged if anything romantic has ever happened between them.  

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All in all, the pair mostly joked about the speculation their friendship was under last year. Bethenny explained that she first met Eric at a "douchey, Hollywood industry party" and he added that Bethenny "had no idea" he was straight in real life, considering his Modern Family character Cam is gay. 

Turns out Eric was not familiar with "the queen of reality TV" either. "I had no idea who you were," he said. "Sorry!" From there, it does sound like there was some light flirting. "I came over to you and I tapped you and said, 'Why are you talking to these guys? I'm the most interesting person here,'" Eric said of what he told Bethenny when he noticed she was leaving with another guy.

Bethenny later did some more digging about the actor. "I asked my assistants, 'Is Eric Stonestreet — because I didn't even know your name. I knew you were Cam [on Modern Family]. I said, 'Is he gay?' And they said, 'F*** no! He's from Kansas City. He's such a guys' guy. He's into sports.' I was like, 'Oh!' And then we had lunch the next day, and here we are getting engaged."

So it appears they were never more than friends — even if the rumor mill declared it otherwise. You can check out their whole (humorous) exchange, below.

And you can get more of Bethenny every Wednesday at 9/8c on RHONY. Check out a preview, below.

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