Bethenny Frankel ‘exploited’ Raquel Leviss with interview

Lala Kent claims Bethenny Frankel “exploited” Raquel Leviss when she sat down for her first interview post-Scandoval.

The “Vanderpump Rules” star slammed the “Real Housewives of New York” alum for seemingly pushing her anti-reality TV “agenda” on the impressionable Leviss.

“Well it was a hit. A lot of people listened,” Kent said on Wednesday’s episode of “Give Them Lala”, where she discussed Frankel’s sit-down with Leviss last week.

“I’m happy that [Raquel] finally got to take advantage of a giant platform to tell her story. I only saw clips. And what I gathered from it is, Bethenny completely exploited that girl yet again,” Kent continued.

Kent’s co-host, Jessica Walter, chimed in, noting that it “goes against everything [Bethenny] is preaching.”

“To me, she sat there and said, ‘this girl is going to be easy to manipulate because I’m Bethenny Frankel,’” Kent said, suggesting the Skinnygirl founder attempted to “place Raquel in the narrative” that best suited her.

Bethenny Frankel and Raquel Leviss
The “Vanderpump Rules” alum finally broke her silence post-Scandoval last week.

“It was actually really sad to me because I really liked Bethenny Frankel. I felt like everything she said always made sense. She was a great arguer. She was extremely intelligent.”

The mother of one, 32, then slammed Frankel for being out of touch with both “reality” and “reality TV.”

“I felt like Bethenny really tried to like push her into a certain direction,” she alleged.

Raquel Leviss, Lala Kent with their cast mates
Kent claimed the Skinnygirl mogul “completely exploited” Leviss.
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“And Rachel being someone who … is very easy to manipulate. You put words out there and she’s like ‘yeah that’s how I feel’ [but] it’s like, you don’t.”

She added, “I don’t know why anyone would allow her to do that interview.”

Reps for Frankel did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

However, despite her comments, Kent was also able to profit off “Scandoval,” consistently talking about the drama on her podcast as well as selling merch.

Bethenny Frankel
Meanwhile, Frankel has been taking Bravo to task over the network’s alleged treatment of its reality stars.

She slammed Leviss for sending the “Pump Rules” cast legal letters requesting they delete an explicit video of her which was found by Tom Sandoval’s girlfriend, Ariana Madix.

“Raquel, tell your little Mickey Mouse lawyer that if he has stuff to send over, he can send things to my lawyer,” Kent ranted on Instagram.

“Send it to Darrell,” she added, referencing her attorney. 

Just one day later, the Give Them Lala Beauty founder listed $50 sweatshirts featuring the quippy remark on her online store. 

Raquel Leviss
Leviss spoke about learning from her past mistakes during the three-part interview with the “RHONY” alum.
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During Frankel’s sit-down with Leviss, 28, the pair discussed the pageant queen’s months-long affair with Sandoval, and the subsequent fallout.

Leviss claimed she’s now in debt and hasn’t “seen a penny” from the scandal while Sandoval, 41, “was being rewarded” for his part.

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Lisa Vanderpump, the show’s executive producer, denied Leviss’ claim and insisted she made $361,000 for Season 10.

Elsewhere in the three-part interview on Frankel’s “Just B” podcast, Leviss — who will not be returning for “Vanderpump Rules” Season 11 — described “Scandoval” as “the biggest wakeup call.”

“You hit rock bottom,” Frankel told her interviewee, who agreed with a clear-cut “Yes.”

Raquel Leviss, Tom Sandoval,
Leviss, who was brutally dragged for her affair with Tom Sandoval, confirmed she won’t be returning to “Pump Rules.”
Instagram/ Raquel Leviss

Meanwhile, Frankel, 52, hit Bravo and its parent company, NBCUniversal, with bombshell claims that reality stars are manipulated, plied with booze and are the victims of revenge porn.

Her lawyers, Mark Geragos and Bryan Friedman, sent a stinging legal letter to the TV network that launched her career alleging “grotesque and depraved mistreatment.”

The “Apprentice” alum also confirmed she was trying to organize a union for reality TV performers, amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.

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