Real Housewives of New York producers typically live and breathe drama — but that wasn’t the case when it came to Bethenny Frankel’s epic fight with Jill Zarin. RHONY producer Barrie Bernstein recently opened up about the feud and admitted that they begged Zarin to make amends before things got too far out of hand.
Appearing on the Reality Life with Kate Casey podcast, Bernstein said he remembers watching Frankel’s fight with Zarin unfold and immediately thought it was bad for the show.
Not only was the feud escalating over time, but he thought the fighting was getting too “ugly,” which is saying a lot for a show like RHONY. Things got so bad that producers asked Zarin to forgive Frankel and make things right.
“I remember I did say to Jill at some point, ‘Jill, this isn’t great. You should probably make up with Bethenny,’” Bernstein explained, adding that Zarin did the exact opposite.
According to Page Six, Zarin took issue with how the show was portraying Frankel’s success with her Skinnygirl brand and felt like she was being left out. This is what ultimately led to her drama with Frankel, and Zarin wasn’t willing to make amends because she felt like she wasn’t doing anything wrong.
At the end of the day, Zarin was the one who came out looking like the bad guy and Bernstein admitted that it was hard watching their friendship fall apart.
As fans will recall, the feud prompted Frankel to leave the series and go on a short hiatus. Frankel eventually returned in Season 7 while Zarin has had a few cameos since her departure. Zarin’s most recent appearance came during her late-husband, Bobby’s, funeral.
I just want to let you know that @bravotv did a beautiful flashback of my marriage to Bobby airing tonight on BRAVOTV and covered some of the girls coming to pay respects at the funeral. I am so lucky to have had this once in a lifetime experience and that our love will be forever preserved through the reruns. Only time will tell if I will ever find true love again. I hope so. Nothing feels better than being loved by someone unconditionally with all their heart and soul that you can feel their energy across the room. It can happen in an instant or never happen at all.
Despite everything that unfolded in the past, Zarin and Frankel have since made amends, though their friendship will likely never be what it once was.
While Bethenny Frankel continues to star on the Real Housewives of New York, Zarin has got a new man in her life. The former RHONY star reportedly showed up at the premiere of Gotti with fashion executive Gary Brody. The two stuck together all night and Zarin wasn’t shy about introducing Brody to all of her friends. Although it seemed like Zarin and Brody are a thing, insiders claim that they are just good friends. Even still, it looks like Jill Zarin is finally ready to start dating again after her husband’s passing, which is great to see.
New episodes of RHONY air Wednesday nights on Bravo.