HomeViralWhy Bethenny Frankel Wants Reality TV Stars to Join SAG Strike
Why Bethenny Frankel Wants Reality TV Stars to Join SAG Strike
July 23, 2023
Bethenny Frankel supported by ongoing Hollywood Writers and SAG strike and thinks reality TV stars should join. In a post, the former “Real Housewives of New York” star asked why other reality stars are silent. Frankel said reality stars are being mistreated by Hollywood, despite their impact during the recent WGA strike.
When fans criticized Frankel for putting reality TV stars in between actors and writers, she made another video. He talked about the “blood, sweat and tears” he put into “RHONY” and the minimal amount he made from the show.
Read on to learn more.
Bethenny Frankel is urging reality TV stars to join the strike
Frankel recently persuaded him Instagram to question why reality TV stars have not yet joined the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. The former “Real Housewives of New York” star took to Instagram on Wednesday to address the strike, which has halted production on hundreds of movies and shows in Hollywood.
He wrote: “Hollywood is on strike. Entertainers are fighting for scraps and no one is promoting anything. Why isn’t reality TV on strike?” Frankel talked about how reality TV stars are taken advantage of, citing her situation with RHONY as an example. She claimed she only made $7,250 in the show’s first season and hasn’t received anything since.
He said: “I myself have generated millions and millions of dollars in advertising and online impressions on reality TV and never a single residual. So either I’m missing something or we’re getting confused.”
“We don’t get paid, s*ss”
In her post, Frankel wrote about how reality TV stars are treated negatively in Hollywood. Despite their significant influence, he said they are seen as “losers” in the entertainment industry. Frankel claimed the reality TV stars “provided all the entertainment” when the writers went on strike in 2007/2008.
The SkinnyGirl founder also cited examples of stars of hit shows like “The Bachelor” and “The Hills” who are still getting paid “peanuts.” This is despite people still watching ‘episodes from years gone by’. He added: “This is complete and utter bullshit. It just occurred to me, everyone is talking about actors and we don’t get paid shit.”
In her Instagram post, Frankel urged her fellow reality stars to form a union and fight for fair treatment and value in the industry. She captioned the post: “Critics will say that actors have ‘talent’ that studios pay for: in reality, studios pay for advertisers and advertisers pay for household buyers, ie women. And what attracts women? Reality TV.”
Bethenny Frankel slams critics, claims she made money from her time on ‘RHONY’
After Frankel shared her thoughts on the strike, fans criticized her in the comments, saying she shouldn’t have put reality TV stars on a pedestal with actors and film writers. They pointed out that reality TV stars have the opportunity to make money from their appearances on the shows, but actors and writers live off what the studios pay them.
Made by Frankel another video in response to the comments emphasizing your previous point. He said: “To the person who said it’s fair because I can monetize it: Yes. I was given the same opportunity that hundreds of people have had to cash in on, and I failed.”
Frankel continued, “So I worked through blood sweat and tears to justify the $7,250 payment for several episodes in 2008. Episodes that are still being used for monetization in 2023 – where two entities benefit and I don’t.”
Why did Bethenny Frankel leave RHONY?
Despite making “peanuts” from her appearance on the first season of “RHONY,” Frankel’s salary rose quickly. By the time she left the reality show, she was reportedly making $1 million per season, which is quite a number.
Frankel first left the show in 2011 after a major feud with co-star Jill Zarin, before returning in 2015. He stayed on for the next four years, but eventually confirmed that he was leaving the show for good in 2019. During an interview Species after his exit, Frankel spoke about why he left the series.
He said: “Everyone thinks I left for the money. I didn’t leave because of the money, I stayed because of the money. It’s no longer a platform to promote my business because I did that and right now it was more about promoting new and questionable businesses than legitimate ones, if that makes sense.”
Frankel explained that she realized she was tired of the reality show and needed an excuse to get off. He added: “I was just looking for the reason. And I was just ready for it. I didn’t want to be there anymore. I didn’t want to be there anymore. I mean, honestly — I just didn’t.”