Bethenny Frankel invites actress/author Vanessa Williams (book, “You Have No Idea”) to be the very first guest on the premiere episode of “bethenny” on Monday, June 11. The two, having met on vacation years ago, catch up and chat about their relationships with their mothers. And it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
Other guests appearing on the premiere episode are best-selling author, Dr. Roshini Raj (book, What the Yuck?!: The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body) and a Guys’ Panel,made up of Kevin Nealon, D.L. Hughley and Mike Catherwood.
ON THEIR MOTHERS:
Vanessa: I don’t want to repeat a lot of the stuff that I went through … my mother would say, “No” and I’d say, “Well, you know what? I’m going to do it anyway.” There was a dynamic there.
Bethenny: A lot of my life is based on me not wanting to repeat my childhood. The kind of mother my mother was. I know you reconciled with her. Did you reconcile because you felt, as we get older, that maybe you’d feel guilt later if you didn’t close a chapter? Getting closure. I’ve sometimes felt that the guilt. What would happen if something ever happened to my mother? Who I really don’t have a relationship with … then the guilt. Is that the closure part?
Vanessa: I always had a relationship with my mom. The battle stopped once I got married. Then she said, “OK, I can’t control her. She has set her life now. I got married at 23…
Bethenny: …I envy the fact that you were able to write a book with your mother. I couldn’t even imagine my mother even discussing anything that happened in my childhood. You know, it’s difficult.
Vanessa: It’s painful….
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