Bethenny Frankel: I wasn't lying about getting lost at sea
October 12th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Bethenny Frankel: I wasn't lying about getting lost at sea

We all know reality TV isn’t always real, but Bravo star Bethenny Frankel may have gone a little overboard recently with her tale of being lost at sea.

Tim Russell, the man who “rescued” Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy, tells The Jewish Journal that the celebs were never in peril, and that the whole drama was staged.

Frankel told E! News of the adventure, claiming that she was lost at sea for 20 hours off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts last month.

"The captain had to call the Coast Guard and we were hit by a big wave,” Bethenny said. “It was very scary. It was traumatic. Absolutely traumatic."

But Russell says the Coast Guard was never involved. "Tim went out because he respects the water, and was unsure of the problem,” columnist Ilana Angel wrote of the incident, noting that another boat company wouldn’t go out, because there was no emergency. “Bethenny wasted everyone’s time, mocked the USCG and belittled Tim Russell."

"When Tim got there, he saw the boat was fine," the report continues. "There were 9 people on the boat. Bethenny, Jason, the therapist and a Bravo film crew of six. They did not need a tow as the boat was fine. They simply followed Tim and his wife back to the shore with no towing and a functioning GPS."

The former "Real Housewives" star is on the defensive, denying Russell’s claim via Twitter and Facebook. Frankel writes: "Let's review this past week's idiocies: 1.) I have a 'nice' coach  2.) I'm getting divorced 3.) I'm pregnant 4.) I lied about being lost at sea. Anything else?"

When a follower asked, "People on twitter are saying your boat rescue was not really true?" Frankel replied, "People are nuts and bored."

CNN reached out to Frankel's rep regarding the allegation but has yet to receive a comment.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. jbrayton

    i think something happened. stop picking on her. people can be sooo jealous.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. derp

    Her face looks like baboons as s. She has to have nice ti ts, or she'll never get lai d.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. IF13

    Why is the press passing along this fake story from that Jewish Journal blogger without confirming the facts? That woman, Ilana Angel is well known to have a stalker-like obsession with Frankel, and she regularly uses an anonymous (and FAKE) Twitter account as the sole source of her assertions – starting rumor after rumor. Someone should sue Angel, as well as that Tweeter she uses, if they are not the same person (which they probably are).

    October 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lewis

    She got lost and happen to have a camera crew with her? How convenient!

    October 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. betty

    I still don't know what happened!!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    I have absolutely no idea who this person is and don't really care enough to find out.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kim

    Jill who? Oh, that jeallous thing that USE to be on NYHW? Love you Bethanny. So many haters!!

    Take care!

    October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. barbara

    I guess she felt she wasn't getting enough medis attention. She better lay off the plastic surgery..... her face is starting to look very tight....

    October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ackstua

    Wait a minute, let me get this straight – so she says that it's true, therefore it's true? Really??? Why on earth would Tim Russell lie then? And no, don't give me that crap about him being disgruntled because of not getting paid the reward (which is no doubt true and yet another example of what a self-important *blank* this woman is).

    October 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kathleen

    Ilana Angel of the Jewish Journal HATES Bethanny, being a loyal Jill Zarin fan. I would be suspect of anything she wrote about Bethanny.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ackstua

      LOL! She's not a fan of Jill Zarin! I can not believe how many mindless Bethenny fans will keep saying that!

      October 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      I have no idea what you're talking about, but it makes me hope you didn't reproduce.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. poppyseed

    what did she do to her face??

    October 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • fast eddie

      yeah her face looks like a catchers mitt...

      October 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      @fast eddie
      that's the best description I have seen for her shoulder mounted repellant!

      And as someone else pointed out, very much has the whole Jack Nicholson "Joker" face going for her..

      October 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Batman

    "AH, at long last. Quick Robin, to the bat mobile. Ive go the joker in my sites and..."

    October 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kopy Kat

    Just another reality "star" trying to stir up more attention to herself. Fame is like a drug, she must've been jones-ing for a fix. A famous playwright once said "the only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about."

    October 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • IF13

      No, it is a fake story started by some pathetic blogger (Ilana Angel), who has a weird obsession with Frankel, and has written column after column about her, starting all kinds of rumors in a pathetic attempt to get attention. And here the larger media is giving her exactly what she wants: Using her as a legitimate source for this story, without ever checking on whether it is true or not.

      But Angel has NO legitimacy at all. I wish Bravo, or someone else would sue her and finally put her out of business.

      October 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |

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