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Bethenny Frankel Calls RHONY “Unhealthy” and an “Emotionally Taxing” Show, Plus Her BStrong Charity Heads to Australia

Bethenny Frankel Calls RHONY "Unhealthy" and an "Emotionally Taxing" Show, Plus Her BStrong Charity Heads to Australia

Bethenny Frankel took aim at The Real Housewives of New York City during an interview on the FOX Business Network on Thursday.

While giving details about the relief efforts she’s providing to Australia and other countries through her charity, BStrong, the former reality star called out the Bravo series for being “emotionally taxing” and “unhealthy” as she explained how she manages the many things her organization is doing around the world.

“I’m very organized. I try to get a good night’s sleep. But this is important and I would not be able to do a show like [The Real Housewives] that’s so emotionally taxing and exhausting and unhealthy and do this,” Bethenny said on Mornings with Maria.

According to Bethenny, who quit her role on RHONY last August after appearing in a full-time position on eight of the show’s 11 seasons, she’s been spending between 25 and 30 percent of her time post-Bravo on her charity efforts.

“It’s a good portion,” she explained.

Prior to the recent bushfires in Australia, Bethenny and BStrong offered aid to the Amazon and to California and felt “very, very equipped to handle the fires in Australia and understand the beast.”

“Right now it’s about more firefighters, internationally. We’ve coordinated with the Miami Fire Department and their fire chiefs and they are coordinating with Australia to bring from the U.S. fire teams to help with the fires but stay until the situation gets under control,” Bethenny revealed.

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My team is in strategy mode with a plan to effectively and efficiently aid Australia in this crisis, which affects our entire planet. . Aside from my personal connection to and love for Australia, this is an international crisis. . These fires have burned 13 m acres, 6x that of the Amazon.  A region the size of a small country is destroyed, killing humans, wildlife, and animals & rages on, midway through fire season. . Last year #bstrong distributed hundreds of ks of dollars in cash cards for CA Wildfire survivors. We outfitted 400+ volunteer firefighters in the Amazon for 3 mos. We’re still knee deep in recovery efforts in the Bahamas. . This is the world’s largest environmental disaster in history. There are more than half a billion animals perished. Thousands of people have evacuated and are in shelters & homeless. . We have a multi-tiered plan supporting existing fire fighting teams, while creating and outfitting more teams. This is critical since the current number of firefighters and this fire are David and Goliath. . When comparing the current number of firefighters in Australia to other massive wildfires, we see where the void is. . We are in direct talks with the executive directors of various Fire Services and are working directly with them to enhance their workforce and equipment. . We will visit shelters to distribute aid and cash cards to those who have lost everything. . We will provide aid for the suffering animals in need. . Our #bstrong @globalempowermentmission teams are mobilizing efforts now with our on ground partners. . Please donate today on my bio-link so that we can all make a difference together. As always 💯% of donations goes directly to aid firefighters and victims. Please be aware and knowledgeable about where you donate. Disasters are breeding grounds for corruption, disorganization and the misappropriation of funds. Make sure you know where your money is going as it is an investment. Bstrong has been immersed in disaster relief in areas including Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, California, the Bahamas, the Amazon and areas all over the world. We have a plan, a purpose, support, and as always, we have you. Xo #thisisacrisis

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While some may not be sure where to donate because they don’t know which organizations they can trust to properly relay their money to good causes, Bethenny said that anyone who donates to BStrong will get updates about what they are doing so they can see where their money is being applied.

“I think it’s important to have control over where you’re donating so you get constant information. BStrong lets you know, okay, we are amassing gear from all over the world right now, putting it in containers to outfit firefighters to go and to stay. We’re also helping shelters for animals and humans… I just think it’s important to empower people to feel that they can trust that 100 percent is going to the relief effort,” she stated.

In addition to helping the relief efforts in Australia, BStrong is also rebuilding homes in Puerto Rico and building 700 roofs and three schools in The Bahamas.

“We don’t leave the second the headlines leave and just hand some money. We go through rebuild,” she added.

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