Bethenny Frankel spilled tea on cast members from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. During a December 2022 episode her ReWives podcastFrankel shared what she knows about Kathy Hilton and her sisters Kim and Kyle Richards.
Frankel used to work for the Hiltons and is a family friend, Kathy once said Bravo Insider. On her podcast, Frankel chatted with guest Tori Spelling about all things Beverly Hills, and shared how she saw a shift in the Richards family dynamic over the years.
Bethenny Frankel said she knows “a lot of secrets” about Kathy Hilton & Kim & Kyle Richards
Kim and Kyle Richards began The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2013. Kim left the show after five seasons amid her high-profile substance abuse issues. In 2021, Kathy Hilton made her debut on her sisters’ reality show Bravo as the housewives’ “friend,” and by the end of her second season on the show, she had a falling out with her sister, Kyle.
While speaking to Spelling about her podcast, Frankel noted that RHOBH started out as a “family show” with Kim and Kyle as co-stars. She added that the celebrity sisters’ tension was “authentic” and that the siblings didn’t follow the “Kardashians formula” of keeping family drama to themselves off the show.
Frankel addressed Kim Richards’ past as a top gun in the family, when she was a “big child star” in the 1970s and ’80s, appearing in TV shows and films like “Nanny and the Professor” and “Escape to Witch.” Mountain” played along.”
“Kim was a real child star,” Frankel said. “How hard it must be that she’s not the only big star anymore, she was Macaulay Culkin in her household and in LA. Now she’s the ‘woe is me bad substance’ sister on the show.”
She added that Kim was “problematic” in the family at times, and hinted that Kyle was “right for the most part” when she called her out on camera during the film Limo scene argument in season 1 where Kyle revealed that Kim was an alcoholic.
Frankel also described Kim as “a mild-mannered person who doesn’t want conflict.”
Frankel noted that back then, Kathy was like “a different mom” to Kyle, who is 10 years her junior. “There was momentum early on and Kathy was the matriarch and Kyle just wanted her approval and listened,” Frankel said.
“Kathy was the one that did well, she married a Hilton,” Frankel said of Kathy’s marriage to Rick Hilton, the heir to the hotel family, in the late 1970s. “Kyle was still finding her way and young. Kathy was in charge, but Kyle came to on her own and I think that upset the apple cart.”
“I know many secrets and I will not share any of Kyle’s secrets or the secrets of the family,” Frankel added.
Andy Cohen once revealed that RHOBH was originally going to be about the Richards Sisters
During the chat on “ReWives,” Spelling also wondered what RHOBH would have been like if the three sisters had all started it together.
“You would have come in with Kathy as the boss,” Frankel replied. “And I think when Kathy came in later, she came on Kyle’s show. So there’s a bit of deference between Kyle and Kathy that will always be there. … When Kyle grew up making her own decisions and living her own life with her own husband, it shook everything between families.”
Bravo host Andy Cohen previously revealed that RHOBH was originally intended to be a show about the three Richards sisters. During a June 2021 episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Cohen revealed, “The Beverly Hills housewives almost didn’t happen. It was almost a show about Kim, Kathy and Kyle.”
Original RHOBH star Camille Grammer previously told fans it was Kyle who had a deal for a show about her sisters.
“She had a development deal with Evolution [Media] for a show with Kim and Kathy,” Grammer wrote on social media in 2019. per Us weekly. “Kathy has retired and there has been some controversy over the development. So they decided to make The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills out of it.”
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