Tamra Judge has a few things to say about Bethenny Frankel's recent announcement.
The long-time Real Housewives of New York City cast member confirmed two weeks ago that she's leaving the franchise which made her famous, prompting Judge to react in a way that can be summed up as follows:
With Season 12 of this beloved series nearing production, Frankel told Variety in late August that she was finished with the program in part, she explained, because she wanted to spend more time with daughter Bryn.
Here is a portion of Bethenny's statement on the topic:
I have decided to leave the Housewives’franchise to explore my next chapter.
It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women.
With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have….I am excited for my future.
The best is yet to come.
Seems simple and straightforward enough, right?
Nope, not according to Judge.
In an interview with E!'s The Daily Pop, Judges scoffed at the notion that any star walks away from these Bravo shows for reasons having to do with their families.
We'll let her explain why.
“I hate when a housewife either gets fired or says she quits… When they go on record [and] say, ‘I just need to spend time with my kids,’” Judge told the E! show, adding:
“[I’m] just like, ‘Really? Because you weren’t spending time because we work three hours a day?’”
We gotta admit: that's a rather great burn and self-own.
One must appreciate it any time a reality star admits that he or she barely really works.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star didn't merely trash Bethenny, either.
She went on to broadly cite all Housewives who have walked away under the guise of "spending quality time with children" or who have alleged that "the drama is just too much for me" or "I can't stand the toxic environment."
Judge thinks all these excuses are total and complete BS.
According E! host Carissa Culiner, Tamra went on to clarify during the interview that she “just hate[s] it when people aren’t honest about the way they’re leaving the show.”
It sounds to us like Judge believes women only leave these shows due to contractual disputes.
And sources have actually indicated that Bethenny did want more money from producers for Season 12.
She allegedly had a salary figure in mind... executives didn't meet it... and she then left, with her head held high and many other opportunities available for her to succeed elsewhere.
Is this really all that different from what Frankel said in her departure statement? No.
But would The Real Housewives be a hit if stars didn't slam each other at every opporunity? Also no.
Tamra is only really doing what she's being paid to do here.