Bethenny Explains The Infamous Boat Incident
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
March 16, 2012
Bethenny Frankel made headlines in September when the reality star was actually lost at sea after the ship's GPS went haywire. After 20 terrifying hours stranded on the boat, her and her fellow passengers (including her husband and therapist) were eventually rescued by the Coast Guard.
Apparently, the boating trip was conceived by her therapist and was supposed to be a relationship building experience for her and her husband, she tells Anderson Cooper on his show Anderson -- until it all went horribly awry.
"We got on it at 6 at night, it was freezing, we were in Block Island, we were laying down, my husband got terrible sea sickness and all of a sudden I felt a big crash. A wave hit us and we were in 10 feet of water when we should have been in 150 or some big number of feet, and the GPS went out and the next thing you know I heard the captain saying, 'Maria Cristina to the Coast Guard,'" she recalls.
"We were freaking out. We were with my camera crew and I was like, 'Oh my God this is about them too.' One of the guys can't swim, we were panic stricken. So, by the way, to hear someone say that it was fake was very insulting because I was freaking out. ... the whole thing was horrendous."
Although interestingly enough, the incident did end up bringing her and her husband closer together.
"The good news, we did not argue -- my husband and I -- we actually got along very well. No one blamed anybody for dragging them on this ship of fools," she laughs.
Bethenny also comments on the current Real Housewives franchises, and how it has changed since her days on The Real Housewives of New York.
"Well, when we first started it was way more fun. When we first started it was called, 'Manhattan Moms.' It was a totally different show, I didn't know it was 'Real Housewives' -- I wasn't even a housewife," she explains.
"Then as it went on, people become more knowledgeable about what the show is and they watch other seasons and other casts and there is a preconceived notion of how to act. That's different then when I started, when I started it really was fun -- it was a new adventure. I do have a respect for, well respect's not the right word, I have a nostalgia for the five of us that started together. It did create so many opportunities for all of us and I can remember back to when it was me, Jill, the Countess, Ramona."
Check out the video to hear Bethenny's terrifying account of the boating incident firsthand, as well as her thoughts on Countess LuAnn's "singing career."