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But before I get into that, isn’t it funny how everybody’s turning their back on Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe, when I told y’all from DAY ONE she was an insecure bully w/issues?? I mean I’m not one to rub it in, but I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO!!  You could see the creation of that monster from the first season, & of course Bravo‘s doing their part by playing up the drama. But there’s only so much editing you can do. Nobody can make you say or do  shit that you don’t want to!!

But back to Bethenny & the gang. Wouldn’t you know Bethenny & Kelly actually call themselves friends now?? After all that drama?? And guess who doesn’t take Bethenny’s phone calls now?? Jill Zarin!! Word on the streets is that the other girls are more than a little bit salty though that Bethenny’s getting her own show: Skinny and the City.

Frenemies Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Bensimon may have made peace over the summer, but the cat-fighting on this season’s “Real Housewives of New York” has only just begun.  On the show, which is slated to premiere in early 2010, the Skinnygirl creator will be feuding with all of her co-stars aside from – ironically – Bensimon. This time around, Bethenny’s biggest enemy appears to be her former BFF, Jill Zarin.

The rift between the ex-besties was evident late last week during a dinner Zarin hosted for 40 friends at Saks Fifth Avenue; Frankel was the only “Housewife”  who hadn’t been invited. While guests gossiped about the chef’s noticeable absence, Bensimon – who appears to be playing both sides – took a place of honor beside the evening’s hostess, a spot previously reserved for Frankel.

But it isn’t just her close pal that the Skinnygirl is alienating herself from: Frankel has been gradually cutting ties with Countess Luann De Lesseps, Alex McCord and Ramona Singer since news that she’d get her own show on Bravo broke during the summer months.

It will become obvious to fans of the New York version of the franchise, which began filming its third season Aug. 31, that the chef is separating herself from the pack. Frankel skipped US Weekly’s 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers fete in early September (all the other ladies attended) and was absent from a night of filming at Emanuel Ungaro’s Madison Ave. store. Even when she did join her castmates – such as at Pamella Roland’s Fashion Week show – the atmosphere was frosty. Frankel and De Lesseps had a front-row fight which, of course, will be played out large on the small screen come 2010.

However, sources say that separating Frankel from the other “Housewives” is a calculated move by Bravo producers, who want to wean her off of the show so she can stand alone.

Frankel has been filming several scenes solo – including a party shot at Meatpacking District nightclub Tenjune – to pave the way for her solo project, the working-titled “Skinny in the City.” Says a source, “Distancing herself from the cast will make the transition away from the ‘Real Housewives’ that much more seamless.”

Reps for Bravo, Frankel and Zarin did not return calls for comment by press time. [SOURCE]

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