Bethenny Frankel Accused of Staging Lost-at-Sea Stunt

by | October 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM | TV News

Bethenny Frankel (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Bethenny Frankel (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Bethenny Frankel responds to the claims that her recent adventure on the high seas of Nantucket was scripted for her reality show. (Although this isn’t exactly a denial.)

“Let’s review last week’s idiocies 1)I have a”nice”coach 2)I’m getting divorced 3)I’m pregnant 4)I lied re:being lost at sea Anything else?” she wrote on Twitter.

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We thought something smelled fishy about Bethenny Frankel’s “lost at sea” story…

The reality star’s claims that she and her husband Jason Hoppy were lost at sea for 21 hours are being refuted by the man who “rescued” the couple last month.

Tim Russell told the Jewish Journal that he was issued an SOS by Frankel’s therapist/boat captain at 5 a.m. when their boat broke down near Nantucket on Sept. 17 – and that the story was all scripted for Frankel’s reality show “Bethenny Ever After.”

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Apparently Bethenny and her party – which included her husband, her multi-talented therapist and six Bravo film crew members – first called the Coast Guard who did not step in since the watercraft was not in distress and there was no actual danger. Yet, the Bethenny bunch insisted they needed help and next called Russell’s tow company.

When Russell arrived, he discovered the boat’s GPS was not broken as Frankel claimed, nor was the boat itself broken – it was working just fine, did not require a tow and was led to safety by Russell, who has 40 years experience on the water.

Nonetheless, the “dramatic” rescue was captured by the cameras and trumped up by Frankel in the press.

“It was so scary,” the Skinny Girl Margarita mama told E! Online after the incident. “I was thinking, Oh, my God, Bryn! I’m not going to be there at six o’clock in the morning when she wakes up and she’s going to wonder where Mommy is and gosh, if something were to happen to me, what would happen to her. I was having horrendous thoughts.”

Russell also says that Frankel lied about giving him a $2800 tip for “saving” her life – something she later claimed during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where Frankel recounted her seafaring adventure tale.

Looks like the only thing sinking is Bethenny’s story.

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