Reality TV diva Bethenny Frankel will go to any extreme to make sure the cameras capture her good side. Not only did The Real Housewives of New York City star demand she get final approval of all episodes, RadarOnline.com has learned that she recently insisted Andy Cohen pre-tape her episode of Watch What Happens Live — so she wouldn't be blindsided by any "surprise" questions!
"Bethenny refused to do Andy's show live," an insider told Radar. "It was very important for her to not be surprised by any questions Andy asked. She didn't want to come across as bitter or angry, so she needed to control the entire taping."
And surprisingly, the source says, the show's producers agreed.
"Producers are hoping the gamble to bring Bethenny back to the show will pay off and help boost the sagging RHONY ratings," the source explained.
Promotional clips for the upcoming episode show Frankel telling BFF and boss Cohen, "I will never get legally married again."
It's little wonder. The Real Housewives of New York City star ended her almost two-and-a-half-year marriage with her estranged hubby Jason Hoppy, 44, in December 2012. Though the former couple settled their bitter custody battle over their daughter Bryn, 4, last June, their contentious divorce proceedings continue to grind on to this day.
"It doesn't mean that I won't commit to someone," 44-year-old Frankel noted. "I'm not jaded. I'm not bitter about love. I think there are amazing guys out there in the world. It's none of that."
What's more, she admitted, "There was a point where I was a little embarrassed to be a Housewife. I felt like it was a little, something to not be proud of. And there was a time that I felt, when I was in it, that it felt not what it started out as, and that's why I walked away."
"But now, coming back, I'm feeling proud to do it again. I feel like it is a different show and I feel like me coming back to this show this season has changed up the dynamic," she continued. "It seems honest, it seems real, it seems a little bit old-school — that's how it feels."
Frankel's appearance on Watch What Happens Live will air on Bravo on Sunday night.