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Bethenny: I Never Said Kristen Was Dumb

Bethenny explains why she walked away from Kristen at AOA.

By Bethenny Frankel

Ugh...the Berkshires lives on. I just wanted to end the dynamic with Heather. Although I am a reality star, I don't always want the spotlight on me. I love doing reality TV, because I love the connection with the audience, the running commentary, the interaction with the women, and ultimately, the humor of it all. This doesn't mean that when I'm going through some personal sh-- that I want people up in my grill. It takes me a minute to get warm. Dorinda hit the nail on the head. I am like a squirrel and too quick and too fast makes me skittish and run. I own my stuff.

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I just wanted to hug and make up and keep it moving. I am high strung and uptight. I know. Add that to some personal stresses that are indescribable that I cannot discuss, and you have a situation.

Aside from trying to give Sonja some guidance in the past, I am not on top of anyone trying to do anything. I just want to ease in and keep it easy breezy light and bright. Heather and I have different approaches.

As for AOA, I felt like the Don waiting to put out fires and deal with everyone's issues. Luann and I have a good dynamic. I tell her what is up with me, and she knows that roundabout moves do not work. That moment about Heather was asked and answered. Luann herself told Heather to back off in the Berkshires. I didn't need to revisit this in the opposite way a week later. Keep it moving, Countess. She gets it.

I approached Heather, because I really didn't want this to become some insane Housewife rivalry that it isn't. She came on strong. I backed up. That is it. Different strokes for different folks. She is not my frenemy. Life is too short.

Now to Kristen. I saw her winding up the whole party and simply couldn't do it. We didn't click. J'adore Carole, and I genuinely consider her a friend, but she has no idea what she is talking about. I never said Kristen didn't register the trademark. I never said Kristen was dumb. I had no idea about either of these things. I simply questioned Kristen choosing a name that is remarkably similar to another much larger brand.

Did Kristen Attack Bethenny?

I applaud Kristen's entrepreneurial spirit and through Dress for Success and various channels, I support women in business. This moment was nonsense. You will take this ride with me and see.

Sonja impressed me. She was so humble and earnest and eager and wanted to learn at my Skinnygirl brand summit. She could have left early, she could have been negative (particularly because I was skeptical about her brand meeting), and she could have been a know-it-all. She did none of that. She listened. She connected. She worked the room. I shared all of my contacts and wanted her to learn.
I think we can all agree that this was a good episode, because I didn't weep. I believe I cry next week and then we are all free from my salty tears.
Thank you for watching as always. It is a fun ride.

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