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Bethenny Frankel Is Returning To Real Housewives, But Is She Happy To Be Back?

Bethenny Frankel is headed back to reality television. The former talk show host will only have a part-time role on The Real Housewives Of New York’s upcoming season, but sources say Frankel begrudgingly took the gig. Why is the Skinny Girl maven dismayed about RHONY? Also, will the reality show’s cast members warmly welcome back Frankel? The Gossip Table has the scoop.

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Are Bethenny Frankel + Jill Zarin Returning To Real Housewives Of New York?

The Real Housewives of New York star, Aviva Dresher, calls into The Gossip Table to dish on the new season, which debuts its second episode tonight. She reveals tonight’s episode is dubbed Bookgate due to the blowup between her and Carole Radziwill over ghostwriters. But what about that leg of Aviva’s, which appears on the floor in the trailer for the season, and rumors that Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin are returning?

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Bikini Awards: Mob Wives, Basketball Wives, Housewives And More! Reality Stars Strip Down

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Welcome back to the ever-popular and much beloved VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards! Yes, it’s that time of year again, where we pit your favorite stripped down celebs against one another to see has the most bangin’ bikini bod of 2012. Happy summer, folks!

Now that we’ve made Mickey Mouse blush by showing the sexiest Disney stars in bikinis, VH1 Celebrity continues the swimsuit parade with the hottest ladies of reality television. Our last list may have been filled with teen queens, but this time it’s all about the Wives!

We’ve got Mob Wives stars Big Ang, Drita D’Avanzo and Renee Graziano, Evelyn Lozada from Basketball Wives, Imani Showalter and Draya Michele of Basketball Wives LA AND Real Housewives Countess LuAnn, Kelly Bensimon and Gretchen Rossi. That’s a lot of seriously hot wives! Plus we have Ice-T’s lovely wife Coco, and ex-My Fair Brady lady Adrianne Curry. Girl Next Door Kendra Wilkinson recently got married, and even Kim Kardashian was a wife for a little while there, right?

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Bethenny Frankel Hires A “Niceness” Coach

Bethenny Frankel’s no-nonsense demeanor definitely makes her the real-est of the Real Housewives of New York.  But now she’s trying to drop her trademark ‘tude, and even got a coach to help her! In an effort to make her syndicated “advice-based” talk show more sell-able, Bethenny has hired a mentor to essentially teach her to be nice. On air, at least.

The reality star recently shot the pilot for an “advice-based” show, but the reactions have been mostly negative so far. Producers think it’s her brash New York manner that rubbed test audiences the wrong way. “She came off as too aggressive,” a source told the New York Post. So now they’re calling in outside help to smooth out the tough-talking Manhattanite’s  rough edges. The coach would offer her advice like “speaking more slowly,” and “being nicer,” the source continues.

We’d definitely like to watch the de-bitchification process in action. In fact, we’d like to watch that way more than we’d like to watch her talk show. First she gets lost at sea, and now she’d a modern day My Fair Lady? Once again, Bethenny Frankel’s real life proves to be much more interesting than any reality show could ever hope to be. Maybe a network could combine these two concepts and leave her and a niceness coach stranded on a deserted island. Forever.

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Bethenny Frankel Lost At Sea For Over 20 Hours

And now for a reality show we’d REALLY like to see. Things got a little too real during Real Housewives of NYC star Bethenny Frankel’s sailing trip this weekend, as she and her husband spent over twenty-hours stranded in the North Atlantic! A GPS failure on the couple’s sailboat lead to a “scary” and “absolutely traumatic” ordeal for the reality couple. “I was on a sailboat on Saturday that was supposed to be eight hours and it ended up being twenty because were lost at sea,” she told E! News. Their ship was enroute to the island of Nantucket when it was hit by a large tidal wave that disabled their navigation device.

The group of ten passengers (presumably with a movie star, professor and someone named Mary-Anne to go with the reality millionaire and his wife) were understandably terrified, and Bethenny found her thoughts turning to her 15-month old daughter, Bryn. “I was thinking, Oh, my God, Bryn! I’m not going to be there at six o’clock in the morning when she wakes up and she’s going to wonder where Mommy is and gosh,” she said. “If something were to happen to me, what would happen to her. I was having horrendous thoughts.”

What very nearly could have been a real life Gilligan’s Island  was averted by a call to the U.S. Coast Guard. “We were in the middle of the deep sea with no land or anybody near us,” she explained. “The captain had never, in 30 years, called the Coast Guard.” The captain then proceeded to berate a small man wearing a red shirt and white bucket hat (we imagine). Luckily the team is back on land. And even more luckily, a camera crew for her new reality show Bethenny Ever After was on hand. We’ll definitely be DVR-ing that one.

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