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Throwback Thursday: Jill Zarin & Bethenny Frankel's Crushing Call

This Season 3 phone call sealed the fate of the former RHONY besties.

By Pat Cauley

Every Thursday, celebrate #TBT with us as we open the vault to share photos of Bravolebrities before they were famous--or revisit memorable moments from our shows. This week, we re-visit the moment that solidified one of the biggest feuds in New York Housewives history.

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RHONY Season 3 found our favorite ladies from the Big Apple with relationships and alliances significantly shifted, but none more than the Season 2 Lucy and Ethel-style friendship between Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel. When Bethenny defended her career ambitions and flippantly told Jill that she needed to get a hobby, an insulted Jill ran with the comment creating a season long dispute that tore the ladies apart. With the molehill clearly growing into a mountain, Bethenny called Jill in an attempt to talk things over.


The only real takeaway here would be never to tell Jill to get a hobby or to tell Bethenny that you’re done. Interestingly, some of the rare gems of this otherwise disastrous debacle were Countess LuAnn de Lesseps’ facial expressions as she hung on every word. Be sure to tune in to RHONY Tuesday at 9/8c when the Countess makes her Season 6 return! Watch a preview clip below:


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