Bethenny Frankel was hoping to get her ratings up and the audience of her new talk show excited with a spicy?Real Housewives?of New York City?reunion, but her former castmates are turning her down.


Alex McCord, who now hosts?The Real Deal?on The Stir, exclusively tells?Life & Style?that Bethenny?s staff offered her a low compensation for an appearance. Alex, 40, declined.??A?RHONY?reunion is a valuable product and it should not be on anybody?s talk show,? she tells the mag.??It is not the right venue. For a reunion of that magnitude, it should either be done on Bravo or not at all. It should have Andy involved. It?s just not the right place.?

And Alex wasn?t the only one to turn Bethenny down. When fellow?RHONY?alum and Bethenny?s former BFF Jill Zarin, 49, was asked to appear on the show by Bethenny?s people, ?I flat out said, ?no?? she tells?Life & Style. Despite their differences, Jill had emailed her old pal congrats when?Bethenny?was green-lit. But when Bethenny, 42, in turn had handlers reach out to secure Jill as a guest, the redhead balked. ?I was hoping she was looking for a resolution and not to use me for ratings,? confesses Jill. ?I felt I deserved that since we were such good friends. She should have called me herself.?



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