VIDEO Ramona Singer says Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl didn’t sell for $120 million, more like $30 million
          

Bethenny Frankel and Skinny Girl cocktails vs. Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio

On tonight’s episode of Bethenny Ever After the reality star turned business mogul Bethenny Frankel sells her Skinny Girl cocktail line to the spirits company who owns Jim Beam, a sale that was rumored to have a price tag in the neighborhood of $120 million dollars. The figure has raised eyebrows and even altered how networks are structuring the contracts of their reality stars.

But, speaking of reality stars and raised eyebrows, Bethenny’s former Real Housewives of New York City‘s Ramona Singer – herself a business woman with a line of alcoholic beverages in the form of Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio – talked with PopEater’s Rob Shuter on his HDNet show Naughty But Nice With Rob and she says the number is a bit inflated.

“Oh no, she likes to exaggerate,” Ramona says in her usual straight-forward manner. “It’s rumored, remember? It didn’t say fact. Rumored.”

“I was thinking before that figure came out she got about $30 million total,” Ramona tells Rob. “And divided that between her and her partners David, and usually they do a pay out, they don’t give you the money up front, they pay you out over time.”

And don’tthink for a second that Ramona’s comments were ignored by Miss Frankel! Bethenny sounded off on the Watch What Happens Live after show last night. Here’s the question posed to Bethenny from a fan on Twitter: “What are your thoughts on Ramona saying you exaggerated the amount you sold Skinny Girl cocktails for?” (It happens right around the 3:20 mark in the clip)

Bethenny: Ramona was probably intoxicated at the time, and there’s been sort of a string of negative comments from Ramona coming my way in the past year.

Andy: Is that right?

Bethenny: Yeah. Whether it’s “The show’s gonna be better without her” or “It was too dark with her.” There was always like a little snide kind of dig. Ramona cannot help herself, she really just has to kind of say the negative dig. So…

Andy:That being said, she really stood by you during your last season

Bethenny:That’s because it was a television show and she wanted to curry favor with viewers.

Andy:You think?

Bethenny:I think so.

Andy:You do? Interesting.

Bethenny:I do.

So where did the $120 million number come from? Many attribute it to an extensive article/interview from HollywoodReporter.com. Here’s an excerpt:

Any other day, her animated tangent about frugality might have seemed unremarkable, but this week Frankel was celebrating the acquisition of her Skinnygirl cocktail line (featuring a 100-calorie margarita) by the world’s fourth-largest spirits company, Fortune Brands’ Beam Global — which distributes the likes of Jim Beam bourbon and Sauza tequila — for a price tag insiders have placed at $120 million. It’s a feat never before seen in the spirits marketplace by a single celebrity (typically, the transactions are pure endorsement deals), unless you count Ciroc’s nearly $100 million deal to bring on Sean “Diddy” Combs as part-owner of its premium vodka for promotional value.

Hmmmm… “A price tag insiders have placed at?” I might have to side with the possibly inebriated Ramona on this one! Even so, cashing out a two-year-old company for $30 million is still jaw dropping! And to think, this is a woman who finished runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Gee, I wonder what winner Dawna Stone is doing these days? (Probably a guest on Not Gonna Watch What Happens Live!)

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    • Chris

      IT’S JUST TYPICAL RAMONA BEHAVIOR. SHE’S SO JEALOUS, SHE DOESN’T KNOW IF SHE WANTS TO SIT OR WIND HER WATCH! HERE’S A NOVEL IDEA RAMONA: DRINK! IT’S WHAT YOU SEEM TO DO BEST ANYWAY. YOU MAKE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE WHEN YOU DO SPEAK AND TO TIME YOUR COMMENTS WHEN IT IS THE LAST NIGHT OF BETHENNY EVER AFTER AND HER DEAL IS READY TO TRADE…JUST PLAIN TRANSPARENT AND MEAN!
      YOU’RE A REAL PIECE OF WORK. YOU FOOLED ME LAST YEAR, BUT I SERIOUSLY THINK YOU’RE NUTS!
      I FEEL BADLY FOR YOUR HUSBAND, HE SEEMS SO GREAT!
      BEING A GREEN-EYED MONSTER SUITS YOU WELL….
      HERE’S TO THE SUCCESSFUL BETHENNY FRANKEL, HER SHOW, HER DRINK AND HER LIFE! SHE’S TRULY EARNED IT.

    • ME

      Ramona is so pathetic…she has been trying to push her Pinot all season and her ridiculous jewelry line…she wants to be the next Bethenny and its killing her that no one cares about her wine company….Bethenny created a whole new line of product…she didnt just stamp her name on another bottle of wine…obviously Ramona’s business isn’t NEAR what she would like ppl to think it is or she wouldn’t be having pyramid scheme parties to try to get her friends to sell her crap….she’s a cheap Avon lady who doesn’t know how to talk to ppl unless she has notecards…Bethenny has created a VERY successful brand and considering the fact that its as popular as it is, and they are maing other “flavors” of the skinny girl line $120 mill isn’t that crazy….the RHONY is nowhere NEAR as good without Bethenny…Ramona has gone crazy, Kelly is still a nutcase, and Sonja is letting “fame” go to her head and has turned into a horrible likeness of what Jill was last season…its going to bite her in the ass…i don’t even know if im going to bother watching next season…

    • toni

      I think 120 million is more accurate. Its not just the SG Margaritas anymore. She’s branching out into mojitos, cosmos, etc. She’s right, women are the ones who buy liquor and women want this.
      If its predicted they could sell bottles in the millions (they said on the show) and they’re struggling to keep up with demand AND expand, then its realistic that this is a company that is extremely lucrative and that a big business is going to want a piece of….. Bethenny gets the help to get more bottles in stores nationwide and she has the ability to churn out more SG recipes…without the worry that stores will be slow to get her product again… and everyone makes money so everyone wins. I think Bethenny’s observations about Ramona were spot on. All of a sudden now, the show was so “dark”? I think Ramona’s mad because she wants to be known as the big business person…sorry to say, I know little to nothing about her business ventures. They’re simply not as out there and in your face as Bethenny’s very obvious success.
      For someone who wants to promote “women making it in business” she should be a little bit more supportive…its bad business to not practice what you preach!

    • Marona

      Ramona is a jealous beast-alcoholic-old-cheap-ugly-childish-corny-hostile woman who is so lost and wrinkled. Her net worth is 1-2 million combined with her husbands income “AT BEST”. The only housewives with “real money” is Beverly hills and bethenny, that’s it. Ramona, Alex, Luann,Sonya,Jill are not fun to watch….they are going in reverse in any career they may have. Just awful old jealous women. Botox is for hot woman who want to stay hot, not ugly hags that want to remove their wrinkles because their fat stomaches still remain the same.

    • carmen

      Ramona is sooo jealous of bethenny!!!!! I love Bethenny i think that she is the coolest down to earth person i have ever seen, and love her show her husband Jason. so Ramona stop hating on bethenny.
      GOD BLESS YOU BETHENNY AND YOUR FAMILY XOXOX

    • http://YAHOO.COM JOANIE

      BETHENNY IS GREAT. SHE DESERVES ALL THE MONEY AND FAME THAT GOES ALONG WITH HARD WORK. RAMONA’S CLAWS ARE SHOWING… TOO BAD SHE JUST DOES NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS BETHENNY. LOVE BETHENNY AND HER LITTLE FAMILY. GOD BLESS.AND HOPE TO SEE MORE OF HER THIS YEAR.

    • Dark knight

      Q: What’s the rudest thing you’ve ever done in the name of love?

 

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