Bethenny Frankel says the Kardashians send a 'narcissistic' message and criticizes their media dominance

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Bethenny Frankel complained about the Kardashians getting so much media coverage on her podcast "Just B with Bethenny Frankel."Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
  • On her podcast, Bethenny Frankel said the Kardashians promote a "narcissistic"  message.

  • The Skinny Girl founder called their popularity a "disaster circus."

  • She claimed that "the mommy mafia" agrees with her. "My friends have had it," she said.

Bethenny Frankel said she wants a break from the Kardashians on Thursday's episode of her podcast "Just B with Bethenny Frankel."

"Can we just have a break? Can we just let a little bit of air out of the Kardashian balloon?" the former "Real Housewives of New York" star said at the 4:00 minute mark.

Frankel also called out the cultural obsession with the reality stars and questioned what message the media's fixation on them was sending to children, adding that she had been "waterboarded" by content about the famous family and that it made her sick.

The Kardashian-Jenner family in 2011.
The Kardashian-Jenner family has dominated celebrity media for over a decade.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

"It's self-involved, it's narcissistic, and it's just the wrong goddamn motherfucking message," said Frankel. She labeled their constant media presence "a telenovela that goes on forever" and a "disaster circus."

"I don't want to be a consumer of this anymore," she continued. "Make it stop in my life, make it stop in my feed and my news. Leave me alone with it. I don't want to see it every second."

"Media, help me out and stop shoving it down my throat," she added.

Frankel clarified that she has nothing against the Kardashian family as individuals and she has interacted with them after meeting through a mutual acquaintance. "I've met them. Kim's nice, Kris is fine, Corey's been fine," she said.

Kris Jenner, Corey Gamble 2022 Met Gala
Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble attended the 2022 Met Gala. Frankel said they were each "fine" to her when they met.ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Frankel also revealed she was reluctant to share her feelings about the celebrity clan. "I've been nervous to say something, and I don't know why," she said, adding that she believes she is not alone in her feelings about the stars of Hulu's "The Kardashians."

The former Bravo reality star claimed that "so many people feel this way" about the Kardashians but that "people are afraid" to speak out about it. She said she had consulted with other parents who found their influence unsettling.

"The moms hate it. I'm speaking to the moms," she said. "The mommy mafia has spoken."

On Friday, Frankel took to Instagram to share clips from the podcast episode where she discussed the Kardashians. Alongside the podcast clips, Frankel also shared a screenshot showing her views on TikTok, pointing out the drastically lower viewership on her latest TikTok post. In the caption, Frankel suggested she'd been "shadowbanned by TikTok" after "posting about celeb brands." Shadowbanning is when a social-media user's content is hidden from followers or their reach is otherwise restricted without being notified by the platform.

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