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Bethenny Frankel

I NEVER Lied About 'Skinnygirl'

9/6/2011 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bethenny Frankel insists she NEVER misled the public about the ingredients in her Skinnygirl Margarita cocktail ... despite the fact it was recently pulled from Whole Foods.

Frankel just posted a statement on her website saying, "We would not sell anything that I don’t personally drink. I’m a natural foods chef and health is a top priority for me and my family."

She adds, "The Skinnygirl Margarita is made with natural ingredients and its label is consistent with U.S. federal regulations, which is why it is carried in stores nationwide and continues to fly off the shelves."

Bethenny concludes, "I built my brand on trust and honesty. I don’t take lightly obvious attempts to put my integrity in question. I will always answer your questions and concerns directly and truthfully."

As TMZ previously reported, Whole Foods yanked the product from its shelves recently ... claiming the drink contains a preservative that is NOT a natural ingredient.

Frankel told The Post, "I'm not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product."

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tori    

Leave Bethenny alone, anyone needing to put her down is just jealous. So the stuff has someting in it to sustain his shelf life otherwise it goes bad, eveything has something in it unless it's made fresh, give me a break. She shouldn't have to keep defending herself. It the whole foods store doesn't want to carry it so what there's lots of other stores who do!! Get a life jealous people!!!!

1051 days ago
32.

DV    

"[The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product."

Hey Bethenny--"as close to nature" is not the same as "all natural." So yeah, you did lie.

1051 days ago
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Justin Credible    

You're a liar Bethenny. Freshies makes an ALL NATURAL Margarita mix that's shelf stable and is currently sold in a number of Whole Foods. Face it, Bethenny... you're a liar!

1051 days ago
34.

amy    

I wouldn't buy anything from someone who looks like the Joker.

1051 days ago
35.

spyke    

You are a nobody from an idiotic reality show and you LIED about your useless product. Tough.

1051 days ago
36.

Patricia    

The ingredients are listed on the label. Whole Foods doesn't read labels before it buys? Besides, TMZ corrected their own story when they quoted a Whole Foods official as saying that they did NOT pull the product from their shelves, but rather they didn't reorder after they sold all of the product they had in stock. Why does TMZ now continue to refer to Whole Foods pulling the product when they obviously know it's not true? Lousy reporting to say the least.

1051 days ago
37.

Staceyann Dolenti    

Skinny Girl tastes horrible. I'll stick w/my old the full calorie drinks.

Stacey ann Dolenti

1051 days ago
38.

amy    

Oh sure,take nutrition advice from someone who looks like walking death.Right.

1051 days ago
39.

TheUltraworld    

If preservatives weren't used, food wouldn't last very long on the shelf or in your home.

1051 days ago
40.

nancy    

I love this stuff! It doesn't say ALL NATURAL on the packaging. What is says is made with all natural ingredients. Same thing LAYS and a million other companies do every day. It's illegal to sell products that do not have some sort of mechanism to preserve the product on the shelves. Seriously, this is not a news story at all.

1050 days ago
41.

candie    

I found it is really good, but you have to actually like tequila. I love this drink and it is low cal and not full of aspartame. I don't care if there is a small amount of preservatives. This drink is flying off the shelf in Atlantic Canada right now.

1050 days ago
42.

Ralph    

Bethenny lies pure and simple. "All Natural" is not "Close to Natural." If this is a non-event then why do a second follow-up on it? Hmmm. You look bad! Bethenny Frankel is a liar!

1050 days ago
43.

Lauren    

Creating a drink and labelling it all natural and using your credentials as a health advocate to promote it when it contains ingredients that are highly toxic to consumers' body = fraud.

1050 days ago
44.

JAN    

I saw a case full on the floor of Albertsons under the oranges. I laughed (because she's such a useless ham).

1050 days ago
45.

durbie    

What is a betheny frankel? what is its claim to fame? famous for being famous? is a betheny frankel a form of a kardashian; are the 2 interchangeable???

1050 days ago
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