Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bethenny Frankel in Final Negotiations on Her Contract for Eight Season of 'Real Housewives of New York'
The B is back. “Real Housewives of New York” cast member Bethenny Frankel is in final negotiations on her contract for an upcoming season eight of the reality series, Confidenti@l has learned.

Her fellow cast members LuAnn de Lesseps and Carole Radziwill are also deep in negotiations and are seeking raises to return to the Bravo show.

The two are at war off screen as well as on, and producers want that to play out, we hear. Radziwill is still going strong with boytoy Adam Kenworthy, a much-younger chef. At her 52nd birthday in August, Radziwill posted a picture on Instagram of the two overlooking Manhattan, writing: “#cutepairdontcare and #summerlovin.”

Network execs and the show’s producers have not yet extended new season contracts to Ramona Singer or Kristen Taekman, who was rumored to be on the chopping block for being “boring.” But Taekman is back in play again after it was revealed that her husband, Josh, had an account on cheating site Ashley Madison.

In a “Real Housewives of New York City Secrets Revealed” special, which aired previously unseen footage of the ladies, producers included footage from the Taekmans’ 10th anniversary party. Those scenes now look much more salacious because of the cheating scandal. “Kristen definitely isn’t boring any more,” says one network insider. “She was perfect and pretty, and now she has problems like everyone else. That makes for good TV.”
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