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Bethenny Frankel Talks Feud With Luann de Lesseps: ‘She Is Like a Cockroach’ (Exclusive)

Calling it like she sees it! Bethenny Frankel spoke exclusively with Us Weekly Video about her ongoing feud with her Real Housewives of New York City costar Luann de Lesseps. According to the Skinnygirl founder, 45, she and the countess, 51, are far from ever becoming friends again — which she explains in the video above.

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“She is like a cockroach. She is going to do anything to survive. And you can’t blame a cockroach for what it does,” the A Place of Yes author quips to Us. “It’s part of life. You’re not gonna live in New York and not see them. They’re here to survive and it could be a nuclear bomb and they will crawl right out.”

Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel

As viewers witnessed on the just-concluded season of RHONY, the fan favorite and de Lesseps butted heads during a heated debate about the “Chic C’est la Vie” singer’s love life. During a girls’ weekend at Dorinda Medley’s Berkshires home, Frankel launched into a verbal tirade against her longtime frenemy, calling her a “slut, and liar and a hypocrite.” The drama came to a head on the August 17 episode of the hit franchise when Frankel tearfully told de Lesseps on camera that she had photographic evidence of the Class With the Countess author’s fiancé, Tom D’Agostino Jr., hooking up with another woman at a hotel bar.

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The single mom of one claimed to only have de Lesseps’ best interests at heart by showing her the picture. However, the “Money Can’t Buy You Class” songstress took her groom-to-be’s side and retaliated by alleging on part 1 of the RHONY season 7 reunion that Frankel’s current boyfriend, banker Dennis Shields, was still married when the pair started seeing each other.

Bethenny Frankel and LuAnn de Lesseps
Bethenny Frankel and LuAnn de Lesseps

“I can’t believe that someone would absolutely just blindly make up a lie just to get the stench off of them,” Frankel tells Us of de Lesseps’ attack. “I couldn’t believe it.”

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To prove de Lesseps wrong, the mogul called Shields’ daughter to set the record straight during the taping: “I [told host] Andy [Cohen], ‘When someone accuses me of being with someone who’s cheating while he’s living in his house, yeah, I’m not very light and bright.’”

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She jokingly adds: “And I wasn’t leaving there until there was a blood sample, there was a lie detector test, a full trial.”

To find out if Frankel is thinking about returning to RHONY next season, watch the video above!

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