Memo to Heidi Montag: This is how a career in reality TV is done. Smart as a whip and just as thin, Bethenny Frankel rose to fame on the small screen — first as the runner-up on the Martha Stewart edition of The Apprentice, later on three seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City, and now on her own show, Bethenny Ever After, which kicked off Season 2 last week, all the while parlaying her notoriety into a multi-million-dollar healthy lifestyle brand in the process. The new mom — she and husband Jason Hoppy welcomed daughter Bryn in May — took a breather at ...
After a long, hard season on NBC's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, Dawna Stone became the first (and last) winner of the one-shot reality series. Despite some complaints by Martha and her execs that she lacked creativity, Dawna beat out Bethenny Frankel (whose Q&A can be found here) for the title after pulling together her final fashion-show task. The 37-year-old Floridian was rewarded with a new car and a six-figure salary for her new job at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's new Body + Soul magazine. TVGuide.com dished with Dawna the day after she was crowned to find out what she thinks of her new job.
TVGuide.com: How are you doing? Dawna Stone: I'm not sure it has sunk in yet, but I'm still smiling ear-to-ear.
TVGuide.com: When do you start work
Despite pulling together a fun circus-themed event for the final task, outspoken Bethenny Frankel found herself playing second banana to The Apprentice: Martha Stewart winner Dawna Stone. The 34-year-old natural-foods chef was just a little too much of a wild card for Martha Stewart's liking, so instead Miss Good Thing chose the person with a bit more of a corporate attitude. TVGuide.com spoke with Bethenny the day after her dismissal to find out what she thinks of coming in second place.
TVGuide.com: Were you expecting Martha to choose Dawna, or were you still optimistic going into the finale?
Bethenny Frankel: It depended on if somebody wanted someone predictable or not. Dawna's a great competitor, a very quiet and solid person. But if Martha wanted someone who is charismat
The Apprentice: Martha StewartWell, I pegged it. Martha chose Dawna as her Apprentice and shoved Bethenny to the side. I was somewhat disappointed in the finale of this one-and-only season of Martha Stewart's Apprentice. Overall, it left me wanting more, so I'd like to observe a moment of silence for the show's passing and a moment of mild outrage for its poorly executed ending. Believe me, I'm glad that it wasn't a big three-hour to-do, artificially inflated with season-in-review clips that signified nothing, followed by a live finale incapable of living up to its hype. But, since we'd already been mishandled by NBC's programming department — hello? Up against Lost?! and then canceled? — you'd think we could at least get a finale that w
While most of this one and only season of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart was fairly uneventful, Jim Bozzini was one contestant who could always be counted on to liven things up. Alas, though his over-the-top antics carried him to the final three, Martha and Co. eventually realized that the spontaneous, sometimes out-of-control, fella just didn't fit in with her corporate image — especially after MSLO honcho Susan Lyne had dinner with Jim and became privy to his plan to boost up the weaker players so that he could stay around longer. TVGuide.com grabbed Jim for a whirlwind interview to ask him if he really is "crazy" and if he has any regrets.
TVGuide.com: I want to know who the real Jim is!Jim Bozzini: Is there a real Jim? That's the question!