Bethenny Frankel: "Everyone said that the Midwest was too conservative and wasn't going to get me... That's bullshit"
This summer, former Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Ever After star Bethenny Frankel has been out promoting her new talk show, bethenny. She has traveled to cities including Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Cleveland, and Minneapolis to host invite-only parties. The events, titled "Calling All My Girls," allow fans to get up-close and personal with the New York Times best-selling author and Skinnygirl mogul.
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"It feels like Minnesota has a great energy and is fun," says Frankel at the Minneapolis event. "I remember I was at Mall of America years ago when I started out, and everyone said that the Midwest was too conservative and wasn't going to get me and I'm too edgy. That's bullshit."
"Women are the same everywhere," she continues. "We're all going through the same stuff. We're all struggling, we all make the best of it, we're all trying to please everybody, and we all ultimately want to have a laugh, have a cocktail with our girlfriends, talk about relationships, sex, motherhood, business -- all of it."
Frankel is known for her unfiltered, no-holds-barred approach to life, and her talk show will be no different.
"I want it to be a safe place to talk about things that people aren't usually comfortable talking about," Frankel says. "Once one person starts talking about it, then everybody talks about it, and I feel like that's what I'm supposed to be doing -- kind of sparking the conversation."
Frankel hopes people pick up helpful hints and advice from the program.
"I want the segments, even if they're fun and silly, to have some takeaway -- something they learn," Frankel says.
Fans seem to respond to Frankel's honesty and respect her candor. At "Calling All My Girls" in each city, Frankel asked fans to submit questions via Twitter, and passed the microphone around for people to ask her on-the-spot questions.
Fans like Robyn Voges are eager to watch her new talk show.
"I think Bethenny is really entertaining and funny. She's straightforward and honest and she talks about real things with people instead of just fluff. She gets to the point," says Voges.
bethenny premieres on Monday, September 9 on FOX.