Bethenny Frankel On How She Gets Talk Show Guests to Open Up

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article, People, TV Shows
on December 9, 2013

Is it true that Bethenny Frankel attended a dozen schools when she was growing up?
—Jamie Moriarty, Denver, Colorado

A dozen schools is a good ballpark figure, according to Bethenny Frankel, who changed schools frequently, so she was always the new kid. The daughter and step-daughter of horse trainers says what was tough on her when she was growing up now works to her benefit in her career as a talk-show host.

“I was always able to go into a room and meet new people and have a conversation,” the native New Yorker says. “I was always with adults as a kid. I kind of grew up at the racetrack. So it wasn’t like I was going to day camp, or I didn’t know what the other kids were doing, but I was kind of going to the betting windows and the jockeys’ room. I’ve always been around interesting characters. The racetrack’s a really colorful place. It prepares you for all types, and all situations.”

The fact that Frankel, 43, is also very familiar to guests from her years on reality TV is also a plus when it comes to getting them to open up. She is finding that women feel they can tell her anything, because she, herself, has been so open about her life. The one thing she chooses not to discuss is her divorce, which she is trying to keep private because of her 3-year-old daughter, Bryn.

“I’ve gone through a lot of different things, and I’m going through a lot of things right now, and I’m pretty honest about what those things are,” she says. “So I just think [my talk show] is a safe place. It’s like a girls’ night out meets group therapy. It’s not really just about me, it’s about us.”