Bethenny Frankel is a soon-to-be Shark -- but she's not out for blood.
The "Real Housewife"-turned-entrepreneur will appear on "Shark Tank" next season alongside seasoned investors Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec and Lori Grenier. But don't be mistaken: She's not approaching the Sharks with her trademark Bravo drama.
"I'm not looking to get into any sort of altercation with the Sharks," Frankel insisted in a recent interview with AOL Entertainment. "I mean, I respect what they've done, I respect their success. I can hopefully learn from them."
She's met nearly all of the Sharks before, and even showcased her business prowess in front of Mark Cuban when she mentored Lara Spencer on "Good Morning America" for a "Shark Tank"-themed competition -- "Which we won!" she said.
Although she's eager to learn from the show's pros, Frankel's not going to downplay her own massive success. After creating the Skinnygirl brand in 2011 with her ultra-popular low-calorie alcohols, Frankel has effectively expanded the company to include all types of healthy (yet tasty) foods. She's now debuting Skinnygirl Market Fresh Deli, which features guilt- and gluten-free seasoned meats like herb-encrusted roast turkey breast and cane sugar sweet uncured ham.
The deli products will be Frankel's go-to throughout the summer, she said, especially while she's at her Hamptons house. However, she may be entertaining less than she normally does: "This summer I'll be going back and forth" between Manhattan and the beach, she said. "I've been enjoying New York City more than usual."
Her frequent trips are in part due to a hectic calendar. In addition to working with her Skinnygirl team and keeping up with her ongoing season of "Real Housewives of New York City," Frankel's B-Strong crisis intervention program, which aides women in need of business and personal guidance, has taken off in recent months.
She's found support for the cause in her own castmates: "Carol came to my event and was nice enough to donate," Frankel said. "Some of the girls have donated clothes to Dress to Success," the larger non-profit partnered with B-Strong. "Everyone has their own lives, and I realize they have their own charities and passion projects ... but this has definitely resonated."
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