'Real Housewives' Co-stars React to Bethenny Frankel's Marriage Split (EXCLUSIVE)
But despite differing opinions and drama on and off screen, they're offering their support and advice after the 42-year-old reality star who announced she and her husband Jason Hoppy are separating after two years of marriage.
Alex McCord, who was one of the original Big Apple stars before being replaced last year, exchanged holiday well-wishes via email with Frankel just this week -- but was just as surprised by the break-up news as the rest of the Bravo fans.
“Someone actually called to tell me about the news," she told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. "There’s nothing to say other than I’m sorry it didn’t work out.
"I hope they can take care of all the details as painlessly as possible.”
In fact, she's been such a good friend that she was only among two housewives, including Ramona Singer, who was invited to Frankel's lavish televised nuptials at the Four Seasons.
“It’s really sad news. It’s always sad to hear about couples breaking up. I hope they’re able to navigate this as best as possible for them and their child," McCord added.
Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton, whose divorce from French businessman Philippe Pautesta-Herder played out last season on her show, says she can understand what Frankel is going through.
“It’s really hard for everybody, plus they have a baby," Patton told Celebuzz. "I don’t have children and I can’t even imagine it must make everything so much harder. It's so sad."admitted to being "an emotional wreck" during filming, but the fact that she "tried" her best helped her get through the pain of her marriage's demise, she said.
“All you have to do is know your own truths and have to find solace in that," Patton added.
"As long as they (Bethenny and Jason) are supportive to one another and don’t know let the press tear their family bond apart, they will be fine.”
“For me and my ex-husband, we had a nice relationship. When we went through our divorce we made it through because we were kind. As long they are nice to each other through this transition, it will make everything easier for both of them.
Jeana Keough, one of the original Orange County housewives who left the show in 2009 but still makes occasional cameos, was one of the first to experience the glare of the camera during her divorce from former baseball pro Matt Keough.
The ex-housewife actually suggests the mother of 2-year-old Bryn look to another OC star for divorce etiquette.
“Bethenny just needs to handle it like Vicki Gunvalson did from the OC Housewives -- with dignity," she said. "And be fair because you can’t pull any tricks on your spouse. Everything is public knowledge. Bethenny will be fine, she has lots of attorneys.”
Patton said when it comes to couples who have a long history anything can happen.
“It took a while for us to split, but who knows, Bethenny and Jason could reconcile," the reality star said.
“We went back and forth. He wanted me and then I wanted him, but in the end we divorced. We are still in touch as friends and we wish each other the best."