Bethenny Frankel is pregnant; Jason Hoppy is the baby daddy

Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel has been the recent subject of pregnancy rumors, most notably on, and she decided to put the rumors to rest in an exclusive interview with People Magazine.

“It’s premature to be telling people this,” she tells People. (Starcasm clever alert!) “It’s not like, ‘Did I Get Botox?’ It’s not the way I wanted it to get out,” Frankel continues, “I haven’t even gone through my first trimester. We haven’t even heard the heartbeat. My [fiancé’s] parents didn’t even know.”

Frankel was a cast member of Bravo’s popular The Real Housewives of New York City “reality” show and has used attention she garnered from her Housewives exposure to further her career as a chef and nutritionist in addition to writing the book Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, which landed on the New York Times Bestseller List.

But, despite being a “Real Housewife,” Bethenny was notoriously single and her forays into dating were a common theme on the show. The man-hungry Frankel has really ramped things up since the end of Season Two, admitting to dating New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez briefly and then meeting Jason Hoppy 11 months ago in a nightclub, which led to an engagement just last month. Now, the 38-year-old is pregnant and ready to start a family!

About getting pregnant at 38, Bethenny tells People, “I got to be honest, we are both feeling kind of proud of ourselves. We are both 38 and we were like, ‘Listen, your fish can swim and I am fertile.’ So that’s exciting.” She then describes the rapid courtship as being “like the Triple Crown. I got engaged, we got pregnant and we’re gonna get married. It’s a miracle.”

I used to be a big fan of Bethenny. She was the rational, practical presence on a show full of characters lacking both of those qualities. She was already a successful businesswoman in her own right, and didn’t have to marry into money to get there. Her responses to Kelly Bensimon’s maniacal behavior and 8-year-old grasp of reality was reality entertainment at it’s finest! But I’m getting a little weary of her constant self-publicity.

The show has been off for moths and I’m still inundated with Bethenny Frankel’s opinions on everything! I’m not even sure they’re her opinions anymore! She’s reportedly not coming back to The Real Housewives of New York City because she’s getting her own reality show and sometimes it seems like everything she’s been doing and every word out of her mouth has been an attempt to stir up publicity for the Bethenny franchise – even getting pregnant. (From “A source very close to Frankel, who is getting her own spin-off show on Bravo, tells us: ‘Bethenny premeditated all of this! She got pregnant and got engaged all for her own show.'”) I guess that’s OK – people are free to make their own choices – but part of Bethenny’s initial charm was that she didn’t seem like the kind of person that would allow that to become her life or her business. Meh.

In support of Bethenny and fiance Jason, I’d like to offer up some name suggestions for the baby. I’m not sure if Bethenny plans on changing her last name or not, so I will offer up some of both:

Bunny Hoppy
Anne Frankel
Dontwery Bee Hoppy
Spraind Mai Frankel
Skip Anna Hoppy
Bethenny Jr.
Publicity Stuntelina Frankel
Belle Hoppy

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