Did Ellen DeGeneres really dump Bethenny Frankel as a friend? That’s the claim in one of this week’s tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into the supposed drama and we can exclusively set the record straight.
According to the National Enquirer, DeGeneres stopped associating with the “Real Housewives” star following the cancellation of her talk show “Bethenny” in 2014. DeGeneres produced the short-lived series, but the tabloid claims the talk show host felt “used” by Frankel during the process. A supposed insider tells the magazine, “Ellen is the reason her talk show ever aired. Lots of TV executives initially rejected the ‘Bethenny’ show, but it was Ellen who convinced executives that they were wrong. Ultimately, it was Ellen who was wrong.”
The outlet’s alleged source continues, “Since the show failed the two of them have had almost zero contact. Bethenny is a great friend when you are helping her out, but after she doesn’t need you anymore she moves on.” The unreliable magazine doesn’t give a single example of how Frankel supposedly “used” DeGeneres or why the talk show host feels the reality star was ungrateful. It’s always a red flag when a tabloid fails to provide any real details.
Regardless, the outlet’s story is based on claims from an anonymous and seemingly nonexistent “insider,” but Frankel’s own spokesperson tells Gossip Cop on the record that it’s simply “not true.” A trusted source close to DeGeneres also assures us the publication’s article is fabricated.
Meanwhile, Frankel has appeared on DeGeneres’ talk show twice since “Bethenny” went off the air in 2014. The reality star most recently visited the show in October 2017 to talk about her humanitarian work in Puerto Rico following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Following the appearance, DeGeneres tweeted, “My friend @Bethenny Frankel is doing amazing work for #PuertoRico. You can help too,” along with a link to donate to Frankel’s charity organization.
That same week, DeGeneres and Frankel shared the stage together at the “One Voice: Somos Live” benefit concert to raise funds for disaster relief. Simply put, the two women have had plenty of contact since the cancelation of the reality star’s talk show in 2014. The tabloid’s baseless story, which doesn’t actually give a reason for DeGeneres being angry at Frankel, just isn’t true.
It should be noted, the Enquirer is the same tabloid that Gossip Cop frequently calls out for alleging that DeGeneres’ marriage to Portia de Rossi is ending. It’s clear the publication has zero insight into the TV personality’s personal relationships.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.