Teresa Giudice Slams Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Brand
Fabellini vs. Skinnygirl!
In Sunday's new episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice travels to a vineyard to research flavors for her new line of Bellinis, called Fabellini.
With her husband Joe Giudice helping her with the tasting, Giudice, 40, discuses how she wants the flavor of her new cocktail to taste and subsequently slams former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel.
"My thing is I don't like anything that tastes diet-y," she explains. "For instance, Skinnygirl tastes diet-y. I don't like that."
Frankel, 41, launched her company, Skinnygirl Cocktails, in 2009. In April 2011, Frankel sold the Skinnygirl cocktail brand to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for an estimated $100 million.
Giudice' launched her Fabellini line in February and announced on her official website, "I'm so so so proud of it. And it tastes delicious! And Fabellini is low calorie--less than 1/2 the calories of other 'skinny' drinks."
Despite the diss, a source tells Us Weekly that Giudice looks to Frankel for inspiration.
"Teresa will work as hard as she can till she gets to Bethenny status," a Giudice pal recently told Us. Another source attributes her shrewd business sense to her appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice. "She learned a lot from Donald Trump about bringing her brand out even more."
In May, the Bravo star launched her third cookbook, Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit, and began a national book tour. "She knows this is a critical time for her and any future opportunities, so she doesn't stop working," the Giudice source said. "Bravo would definitely give her her own show, especially after this season. There's so much drama."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST.