Did Bethenny Frankel and Eric Stonestreet really date? Hear them set the record straight

Bethenny Frankel just got real about buzz linking her to Eric Stonestreet.

The Modern Family actor stopped by her new SiriusXM show, B Real with Bethenny, for an interview airing Wednesday, and the friends joked about sparking romance reports last summer.

“People want to clear up our dating rumors, so you can clear them up or I can clear them up,” Frankel said. “I mean, are we getting engaged today on the radio? Should we tell everybody?”

“Well, I did bring a ring,” Stonestreet responded.

“You did? How big is it?” Frankel cracked. “Because that will really determine my answer.”

“Let’s just say that I had somebody help me carry it in,” he said.


Sorry to disappoint, but he didn’t pop the question on air. Frankel, 45, and Stonestreet, 44, did reminisce about the fateful night they met at a Hollywood upfronts party: She assumed he’s gay like his character, and he misunderstood someone calling her “the queen of reality TV” to mean she was an agent rather than Real Housewives of New York City star.

“And then as I started talking to you, [someone] said something about Skinnygirl, and I said to you, ‘Oh my God, you created Skinnygirl?'” Stonestreet said.

“And then what did you say next?” Bethenny asked.

“‘You’ve gotten me laid.'”

Stonestreet proceeded to touch her leather skirt, teasing that it was so thick she must have been “expecting some sort of arrow warfare from Vikings.”

“I thought you were appreciating the fabric,” Frankel explained. “I thought we were going to be shopping for skirts together.”

When she left the party with another man, a drunk Stonestreet intercepted her: “I said, ‘Why are you talking to these guys? I’m the most interesting person here.'”

“Exactly! And I thought that was very confident and I liked that, but I still thought you were gay,” Frankel recalled. “Not until I got home did I realize — ”

“— I was in your bed?” he teased.

“Yes! When I looked over at you and you weren’t interested in the guy I brought home for you, I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll have him for myself,'” she said, laughing. “And then we had lunch the next day, and here we are getting engaged.”

The pals also discuss the tabloid frenzy that resulted from them being photographed together just twice.

“I got so many texts about all of that from people like, ‘Please tell me it’s true,'” Stonestreet said.

“Did you get more laid because of it?” Frankel asked. “That’s what I want to know. Because I have done it for other people, too.”

“No, I get laid plenty!” he said.

“I know, but it could help a little,” she replied. “Every little bit counts.”

In the end, they decided on a system to measure whether the relationship rumors improved Stonestreet’s sex life.

“Why don’t I take videos and send them to you of every girl with a testimonial,” he said. “‘Thank you Bethenny, I f—ed Eric Stonestreet because of you.’”

Hear the full interview when B Real with Bethenny airs Wednesday at 10 am ET on SiriusXM Radio Andy (Ch. 102).

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