Bethenny Frankel's talk show is a bonafide ratings failure -- especially when compared with fellow daytime newbie Queen Latifah -- and the 42-year-old television personality is reportedly blaming executive producer Ellen DeGeneres.
Sources told Radar Online this week that the former "Real Housewife of New York" is "absolutely peeved that she has been unable to get a big name celebrity to come on."
"Frankel was told numerous times by DeGeneres before the show premiered that she would absolutely help her in getting all of the big names in show business," the source said.
But unfortunately for Frankel, her reality show past is a turn off for potential A-listers.
During Bethenny’s trial run, DeGeneres pulled some strings and got Justin Bieber to come on. DeGeneres’ former booker is now working for Bethenny but he’s been unable to get Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow or Miley Cyrus. The big name celebrities don’t want to go on a talk show hosted by a former Bravo housewife. It’s causing major drama behind the scenes of Frankel’s show, which is struggling in the ratings.
DeGeneres is so "embarrassed" by Frankel's ratings, The New York Daily News reported Wednesday, that she's even asked producers to remove her name from the show's credits.
“Bethenny doesn’t appeal to station managers across the country and whoever had the fear that she was too New York was right,” a source said of the likelihood that stations would pull "Bethenny" after November sweeps. “The whole thing feels forced.”