Bethenny Frankel: I Didn't Lie About Being Lost at Sea

Celebrity News Oct. 12, 2011 AT 10:21AM
Bethenny Frankel: I Didn't Lie About Being Lost at Sea Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage

It's a fact: Bethenny Frankel really was lost at sea!

Despite blogger Ilana Angel's claim in the Jewish Journal that Frankel concocted a ruse that she was lost at sea for 20 hours with her husband, Jason Hoppy, the reality star says Angel is in the wrong.

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"Let's review last week's idiocies 1)I have a"nice"coach 2)I'm getting divorced 3)I'm pregnant 4)I lied re:being lost at sea Anything else?" Frankel, 40, Tweeted Monday, referring to the Jewish Journal's Oct. 5 item.

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"I was on a sailboat on Saturday that was supposed to be eight hours and it ended up being 20 because were lost at sea," the reality star and cookbook author told E! News Sept. 19, adding that the boat's captain called for Coast Guard assistance after the vessel was hit by a "big wave." "It was very scary," says Frankel, who was headed to Nantucket, Mass. from Block Island with a Bravo camera crew in tow. "Absolutely traumatic."

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The Jewish Journal challenged Frankel's account, and went to Tim Russell, the man who offered assistance to Frankel's party, to get more details.

"There was no reason for help to be called," writes Angel. "The Coast Guard did not assist, as there was nothing for them to do. Tim went out because he respects the water, and was unsure of the problem. Bethenny wasted everyone's time, mocked the USCG, and belittled Tim Russell."

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"Bethenny came back to shore in the same boat she went out on. The only way they could have gotten lost would have been captain error, but [her therapist, who was manning the boat] has been sailing for 30 years and can not only use the GPS, but can read charts, so there is no way they were lost," continued Angel. "If it it was all not faked, it was something short of 'reality.'"

Begging to differ, Frankel says that she couldn't help but think of her 15-month-old daughter, Bryn, during the scary ordeal.

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Says Frankel: "I was thinking, Oh, my God, Bryn! I'm not going to be there at six o'clock in the morning when she wakes up and she's going to wonder where Mommy is and gosh, if something were to happen to me, what would happen to her. I was having horrendous thoughts."

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