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'Bethenny' cancelled after one season

Bethenny Frankel
Photo by Mike Coppola

Telepictures announced today that the Bethenny Frankel hosted talk show "Bethenny" was to be cancelled after one season insiders called "abysmal."

The former "Real Housewives of New York" star never really took off as a talk show host even with the power of Ellen DeGeneres behind her. Critics of the show said Frankel was cold and hostile toward guests, was constantly at odds with staff and complained loudly to anyone who would listen that she never had the "A-List celebrity guests" that she coveted.

Telepictures and Fox were said to be concerned that by continuing Frankel's show that they would lose 70 percent of its audience due to affiliates opting instead for the new Meridith Vieira talk show which is soon to launch.

Frankel is in the middle of a bitter divorce with her her estranged husband Jason Hoppy with the two battling over custody of their daughter Bryn. Reports are that the two are still living under the same roof but Frankel has asked a court to remove Hoppy from their residence.

According to reports Frankel has grown increasingly frustrated with DeGeneres due to unfulfilled promises that DeGeneres made where A-List celebrities were concerned. DeGeneres allegedly promised to help deliver top notch guests to "Bethenny" but either did not follow through or could not follow through. DeGeneres was listed as the Executive Producer of Frankel's show.

Some who appeared on "Bethenny" were angry with the host over how they were treated calling her interviewing skills as "nothing more than bullying." Other guests say Frankel seemed aloof and out of touch with reality during their time as part of the show.

Staff members were often at the brunt of Frankel's frustration especially after reports were leaking to the press about desperate attempts to land guests including offering $400 to former RHONY cast members Jill Zarin and Alex McCord. Some staff members quit during the course of the show saying Frankel was just too difficult to work with.

"Bethenny" ranked 14 out of 18 talk shows barely staying ahead of Arsenio, The Test, Trisha and The Better Show. During the run of the show ratings hovered around 0.9 which contributed heavily to the decision to cancel the show.

After learning of the show being cancelled Frankel released a statement that said, "“I had a blast doing this show with Telepictures … my entire staff worked so hard and made everyday so much fun. I am thankful for the experience and for all my fans who tuned in every day.”

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