In just a few short years, Jason Hoppy has gone from anonymous NY businessman to multimillionaire status and reality TV infamy as Mr. Bethenny Frankel, so read for the details on the man that made a "Real Housewife" of Bethenny Frankel, reality TV veteran on four series and counting. Rare is the quiet, unassuming and unrevealing reality TV star, but Jason Hoppy has managed to keep low profile since Bravo turned his personal life into a TV show.
In 2010, Jason Hoppy arrived on the third season of “The Real Housewives of New York City” as the new boyfriend of sharp-tongued, uber-ambitious Bethenny Frankel. Bethenny has been around the reality TV realm for quite some time, starting in the Martha Stewart version of “The Apprentice” where her natural chef skills took her all the way to the finale, if not the win. Between her culinary skills, natural wit and ability to navigate show biz politics, Frankel became one of "The Real Housewives of New York City," albeit the unmarried, less moneyed gal amongst the ladies. Nonetheless, her way with words led to a best-selling diet book, “Naturally Thin,” and an all-important brand, Skinny Girl, that led to more books, DVDs and merchandise, including the best-selling low-calorie cocktails.
However, women cannot live on cocktails alone, so enter Jason Hoppy into a Manhattan nightclub in the Fall of 2008. Few details have been divulged about Jason Hoppy, other than he grew up in the small town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he excelled at high school basketball, becoming the lead scorer in the 1988-89 season, his senior year. He continued his sports skills at the University of Scranton, as in the location of the fictional “The Office,” where he was inducted into its Wall of Fame. He moved to New York City, where his professional details have been vaguely described as in real estate, without the specificity of a job title or company name.
Yet, he had something that convinced Frankel and Bravo executives to join the Real Housewives cast, first as Bethenny’s date. However, with the wave of a pregnancy test wand, Bethenny was pregnant, engaged and signing up with Jason Hoppy for their own series, “Bethenny Getting Married.” After the success of that first series, Bravo has now changed the series title to “Bethenny Ever After” and continued to follow their busy, complicated lives as they welcomed a daughter, Bryn, in May 2010. Their daughter is rumored to be named after his deceased brother, Brian, who tragically died in a car crash as a teenager.
As is the life of a reality TV fixture, rumors and innuendo are parts of the deal. Questions about Hoppy’s true sexuality were raised when Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth of "The Apprentice" fame, accused him of being gay and only a PR stunt on "The View." Fox News also questioned his professional stature by finding no record of a real estate license and identified him as a pharmaceutical salesperson and personal trainer. Whatever his background, his resume now includes the three Bravo series, as well as a producing credit for the Bethenny centered series. In March 2011, Bethany Frankel sold her Skinny Girl brand cocktails to Beam Global Spirits & Wine for a very fat $120 million and Jason Hoppy, her partner in marriage, parenthood and business, will share in the proceeds of that good fortune.
Though the details may be few on Jason Hoppy’s biography, his future seems very rich indeed.