Bethenny Frankel Admits She's A 'Flawed Person,' Apologizes For Criticizing Meghan Markle Ahead Of Interview
Taking it back! Former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel backtracked on some previous comments she made about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after she watched their interview with Oprah Winfrey over the weekend.
"Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless," Frankel acknowledged. "I'm a polarizing, unfiltered(often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview,during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I'm sorry if it hurt or offended you."
This came after she criticized Meghan ahead of the interview.
"Cry me a river... the plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, with tiaras and 7-figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7m for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals," Frankel previously replied to a fan questioning Meghan's relationship with the royal staff.
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It should be noted that the Sussexes were not paid for the interview, but CBS reportedly paid more than $7 million to air it.
"I  give Harry a break. This isn’t the way to generate less press & cannot be filed under the guise of wanting privacy to prevent a repeat of previous events. If you hate me for saying it here don’t listen to my podcast #justbwithbethenny it’s littered with my opinion," Frankel added.
"I chose reality tv, to work towards making $, to be scrutinized & criticized.I took the trappings & the beatings along with it. It’s a rose w petals & thorns. People beg to enter the often toxic institution I signed up for. That WAS the life I chose. You can’t play stupid & smart," Frankel later tweeted.
The 50-year-old was criticized heavily by the comment. Nighty Pop co-host Nina Parker felt that Frankel made many "tone deaf comments."
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In the two-hour sit-down, Meghan and Harry alleged that there was "conversations" had about son Archie's skin color, but would not name the people behind the comments. Meghan also shared that she felt suicidal before they stepped down as senior royals.
Scroll down to see the reactions to Frankel's statements:
Chrishell Stause reminded Frankel that she "never questioned using your voice. And yet you used it on your huge platform to let it be known Meghan should be silenced."
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Parker felt Frankel was being hypocritical when she "cried about your divorce on camera from your penthouse."
Several fans noted that they had been with Frankel during her most difficult times, but she didn't hear Meghan out before making judgment.
Supporting Other Women?
Although Frankel has uplifted other women in the past, fans felt that she didn't treat Meghan the same.
Many fans didn't think that Frankel's apology was enough to make amends.