Skating With the Stars crowned its first winner last night. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Rebecca Budig took home the crown, since she was the only one who could skate right from the start. She competed in the finale against Bethenny Frankel, which also isn’t surprising. Brandon Mychal Smith cheered on from the audience, even though he left the show early due to a “stomach virus,” which was probably just a fancy way of saying he didn’t feel like skating anymore. And who could blame him? The show’s ratings took a nosedive after the first episode. Will Skating return for a second season? Only time will tell, but I won’t hold my breath.
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Name: Bethenny Frankel
Claim to Fame: The Real Housewives of New York City
If you’re anything like me, you were scraching your head when the cast was announced for the upcoming first season of Skating With the Stars. I had to look quite a few of them up just to find out who they were. That’s where my Meet the Contestant posts come in for this train wreck waiting to happen.
A natural foods chef, Bethenny Frankel is best known for her role in The Real Housewives of New York City, which produced the spinoff series Bethenny Getting Married?, but she got her start in television on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, where she placed second.
An interesting tidbit: Bethenny appeared nude on a billboard in Times Square as part of a PETA campaign in 2009, because apparently you can be nude on billboards in New York City.
Skating With the Stars premieres on November 22, 2010!
More photos of Bethenny after the jump: