You guessed it, Bethenny Frankel. I checked the number of followers today (so don’t yell at me when these numbers don’t remain frozen in time) for most of the Real Housewives and threw in some of the supporting, and other miscellaneous Bravo characters for perspective. Bethenny literally has 4 times as many followers as Jill Zarin. And I don’t think Skating With the Stars added too many of these followers. I always thought Bethenny caught two groups of followers, the people who watch Real Housewives, and educated career females who like to party. Which is why the Skinny Girl Margarita was doing so well.
NeNe is clearly benefiting from her Celebrity Apprentice appearance. If she could bottle and sell crazy, she’d be a rich woman. It’s not a surprise that Kandi is #3 considering she was already famous outside of the Real Housewives. The fighting and tension between NeNe and Kim may not be fun for either, but it has fueled them to the top of the list.
Andy Cohen benefits from guilt by association to all of the housewives. Teresa Giudice benefits from the constant stream of bad news pumped out by the media. And the tension between her and Danielle Staub who is no longer on their show. Kyle Richards is a fan favorite, though she hit a rough patch at the end of season 1 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hillbillies. She could be the new Bethenny if she plays her cards right. Her sister Kim Richards is way down on the list and hasn’t used Twitter in months. I don’t blame her, there’s not a lot of love to be found in the air.
Jill Zarin has a big problem with image and she doesn’t appear to know it. If she could pull it together and do an overhaul, she could leverage herself up higher on the list. As it stands now, people love to hate her. The rest of the Top 10 is filled out with Caroline and Dina Manzo of New Jersey fame. Caroline was propelled to the top along with Teresa’s dose of crazy, thrown in with a dash of Danielle conflict. And She by Sheree benefits from being on the crazy train that is the Real Housewives of Hotlanta. Who Gon’ Check Her Boo?
Tamra and Ramona are in a virtual tie for followers. But if you think about it, they’re quite similar. Surprisingly, Lisa Wu Hartwell has almost 75,000 followers. Bravo might want to take notice of this. She might be a little Snoozeville on the show, but she has a good following.
Lisa Vanderpump’s Pom Giggy has almost 26,000 followers. That’s not bad for what appears to be a stuffed animal that never moves. Camille Grammer only has about 18,400 followers. I blame this on the fact her Twitter username isn’t well known. And she doesn’t Tweet much.
If you like to follow Lists on Twitter, I have a list of all these people on my Twitter account.
Here is the full list along with the number of current followers.
Bethenny – 448,037 followers
NeNe Leakes – 341,565 followers
Kandi Burruss – 336,271 followers
Andy Cohen – 266,888 followers
Kim Zolciak – 169,123 followers
Teresa Giudice – 153,508
Kyle Richards – 131,311
Jill Zarin – 116,314 followers
Caroline Manzo – 112,820 followers
She by Sheree – 107,767 followers
Dina Manzo – 107,187 followers
Patti Stanger – 92,456
Lisa Vanderpump – 87,625 followers
Gretchen Rossi – 82,514 followers
Ramona Singer – 77,401 followers
Tamra Barney – 76,652 followers
Lisa Wu Hartwell – 74,768 followers
Adrienn Maloof – 67,439 followers
Alex McCord – 67,606 followers
Danielle Staub – 56,034 followers
Albie Manzo – 54,345 followers
Kelly Bensimon – 54,342 followers
Vicki Gunvalson – 47,656 followers
Kim Richards – 44,911 followers
Taylor Armstrong – 40,947
The Countess – 39,443 followers
Chris Manzo – 37,063 followers
Sonja Morgan – 35,549 followers
Simon van Kempen – 33,196 followers
Giggy the Pom – 25,901 followers
Camille – 18,415 followers
Marysol Patton – 15,696 followers
DeShawn Snow – 10,118 followers
Mary Amons – 9,147 followers
Lauri Peterson – 7,483 followers
Slade Smiley – 6,696 followers
Stacie Turner – 6,145 followers
Cat Ommanney – 6,093 followers
Elsa Patton – 5,872 followers
Lynda Erkiletian – 5,682 followers
Max Meisel – 4,762 followers
Tammy Knickerboker – 4,021 followers
Peggy Tanous – 2,875 followers
Rich Amons – 1,843 followers
Fernanda Rocha – 662 followers