Kelly Bensimon On ‘Housewives’ Exit: I Didn’t Want to Play the Game Anymore (EXCLUSIVE)
“I was kind of expecting it,” she tells Celebuzz. “By season four I didn’t want to play the game but Bravo was amazing. They didn’t pressure me to be with anyone, they let me be myself and as a result people said, ‘She’s the voice of reason.’ I just did the scenes I wanted to do and walked out when I felt like it.”
After her departure, the 44-year-old quickly went on to pen her new book, I Can Make You Hot! in which she claims, “everyone is inherently hot and through all the mistakes I’ve made and my experts, I can make anyone hot.”
The book came about when the single mother of two discovered that her fanmail were always filled personal questions about where she got her hair done or what she ate for breakfast and what she was wearing, rather than her spat with Ramona Singer or Bethenny Frankel. She soon realized that there was a book there.
“So I made a lot of mistakes like just eating one apple a day and going on the white diet which was eating white food all day long or juicing and then eating carbs afterwards and being in a food coma,” she recalls. “So there are a lot of really bad diet mistakes that I’ve made along the way.”
Bensimon explains that her book is an “eating plan, an eating uniform.” She says we should all treat our bodies like a Ferrari which means fueling your body sensibly, drinking lots of water and exercising every day but having one day off a week to enjoy the foods you like but shouldn’t have every day.
As for her famous stage four breakdown?
“I want to apologize to all the fans,” she says. “I wish I had never said it was a break through. I want to apologize to the fans for not being open and honest and saying. ‘Listen I was in a situation that I didn’t feel comfortable with. There were things that were happening that I didn’t want to be a part of. I really regret on the reunion for being evasive.”
Even though she did receive a lot of flak for her ‘break-through’, Kelly doesn’t regret being on the show at all.
“It was an amazing platform,” she says. “I wouldn’t be on the phone with you today if it wasn’t for Housewives. Also, I think it was a really good experience to show girls that you don’t have to be friends with everybody and there‘s nothing wrong with having your own opinion. If you don’t like someone, you can tell them, ‘I really don’t appreciate you talking to me like that.’ I got a ton of flack for being well-grounded and having a lot of integrity but I don’t care.”
Despite her successful career as a reality TV star and author, Kelly is most proud of being mom to her two daughters, Sea, 12, and Teddy, 9.
“I take being a parent incredibly seriously. They’re my legacy; it’s not going to be Housewives.”
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