'Bethenny' Wraps Up Test Run
Will the reality star return to daytime after her tearful goodbye?
Bethenny Frankel closed out her six-week summer run Friday, July 20, with a heartfelt goodbye. The reality TV diva hopes to see "Bethenny" return in 2013, and it may just be in the cards. With a slew of new talk shows set to premiere this fall and in early 2013, however, no one from FOX is ready to sign on the dotted line, yet.
"Thank you so, so much," Frankel said during her emotional final monologue. "I'm saying thank for the applause, but it’s such a bigger thank you. It's a thank you for the show. It's a thank you for getting me here. Today is really a big celebration - as I'm bawling! Today is really a big celebration. I can't even tell you. I've come so far. I've just fought to get here. It's so hard to succeed. No one wanted to do the show initially and it was a 'test.' It’s been on for six weeks and it's been killing it."
Frankel goes on to thank the fans and her daytime mentor and supporter Ellen DeGeneres for helping her land the ratings. Her six-week run was a trial on par with the 2008 initial run of "The Wendy Williams Show." The buzz was that if ratings measured up, Frankel would be welcomed back.
"Bethenny" certainly delivered. At the end of three weeks, "Bethenny" was beating Williams' test performance among females 25 to 54 by 43 percent and even topped her own timeslot's same time numbers from last year, according to THR. No surprise, New York City tuned in for the former "Real Housewives" star, but she also performed well in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. Dallas and Phoenix were a bit less interested, but still tuned in.
With all this positive buzz, many gossip outlets are insisting the "Bethenny" pickup is a done deal. If that's the case, however, it's certainly not official.
"No decision has been made," said a FOX spokesperson.
MSN TV sources reveal it could be some time before a finally ruling comes in on "Bethenny." Chance are, the real test will be how her numbers compare to those of the new talk shows coming from Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Jeff Probst and Trisha Goddard.
If and when the offer comes in, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt Frankel will accept.
"It's been such an incredible ride," she added in her goodbye. "I'm so lucky. I always say it’s not about me. It's about you. It's about the fact that anything is possible. I mean who would of ever thought that I could be a talk show host? I mean, I was broke a couple of years ago. It's a dream just to get to do this every day. I feel like I found what I'm supposed to do. I feel like this is it. And I'm really loving it so much. And I didn’t want to cry. I'm a crier … some women in bed are screamers. I am a crier. I'm not a crier in bed though. That would be really bad!"
Frankel's final guest was Denis Leary. Leary and Frankel talked "Ice Age: Continental Drift," as well as their meeting after she was hired as the chef on Leary's "Rescue Me."
Bethenny has nothing to say or offer, her show was awful and boring....
Good ridance! Miss droopy dog face should find some other career opportunity. She adds no value whatsoever to anything, I don't even know why she's on TV.