Bethenny Frankel has never listened to a podcast before, so, naturally, she decided to launch one of her own. “Everyone said I should listen to other ones, but I don’t want to have a preconceived notion of what successful people are doing and end up with something similar,” she says of her new venture, Just B With Bethenny Frankel. “I don’t like anything derivative.”
Out now, Just B features interviews with notable figures like Mark Cuban, Bozoma Saint John, Maria Shriver, and Paris Hilton, mixed with the biting humor fans loved from Frankel’s eight-year tenure on The Real Housewives of New York. “This podcast is all me,” she says. “There’s no filler, no foreplay—we get right to the act.”
Her M.O. is untraditional for some of her splashy guests, who are used to knowing what they’re getting into ahead of time. “No one gets the questions in advance,” she says. “I don’t want anything canned. I’m not plowing through questions that are easy to answer—we’re having a conversation. I want to know what dating is like, if you’re lonely, if you feel like your age matters, what work ethic means to you, what it’s like to raise a rich child when you came from nothing…they’re not typical questions.”
Unsurprisingly, Frankel’s style is working: “People are revealing things for the first time. I’m hearing things I’ve never heard Mark Cuban, Andy Cohen, or Paris Hilton say out loud.” Frankel hopes Just B inspires listeners to apply the wisdom and lessons learned to their own lives.
And if there’s anything we’ve come to learn about Frankel as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, and producer, it’s that she doesn’t do anything half-assed. “One high-profile guest told me it was the best interview they’ve ever done,” she says.
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