former Under deck Charter guest Torrie Jasuwan was excited to start a reality show project with Bethenny Frankel. She had had some reality series experience and thought a show about “mother life” with her Florida friends group would be fun.
But the timing wasn’t on their side. The series with the loose title mama mafia was supposed to be filmed in the spring of 2020, just as the pandemic was bringing life to a standstill in the US. In an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Jasuwan said she and the other cast members understood why they couldn’t film.
But the cast was put under a lengthy gag order, barring them from working with other production companies. The gag order dragged on for two years, and then the project was shelved without a single episode being filmed.
“Bethenny is Bethenny,” Torrie recalls
Jasuwan reflected on how the project was being handled and said while she respects Frankel, she definitely has other priorities.
“So basically we were under contract, [the] Network bought the show and it was essentially going to be about mother life,” she said. “How differently people deal with being a mother and the struggles they face. And obviously Covid has struck and put a wrench in things.
“It was about a two and a half year process,” she added. “I definitely learned a lot about pre-production and the things that can happen. So I feel like I took a lot from the experience. I’ve met a lot of really great people and I still really love the production company you work with. And you know, Bethenny is Bethenny.”
Torrie Jasuwan turned down 2 more shows – ‘we basically couldn’t take any other deals’
Jasuwan, who is a real estate agent, is very fond of producers but cannot say the same about Frankel. “I’m still in touch with the production company,” she said. “I absolutely love the team there. They are incredible and they are super talented and I would definitely never put off a project with them. I have a lot of respect for them and I think they wanted it as much as we did, 100%. Bethenny is a different story.”
“So basically we couldn’t do any other business,” she recalls. “I was approached by two other production companies to do a show with them and I couldn’t do it because I was signed to that production company. And Bethenny, of course.”
Jasuwan recalled meeting Frankel and said she could see they had a lot in common. “We all had dinner with her,” she shared. “She met our husbands and we got to know her. She is a very smart, strong woman and I have a lot in common with her.”
“I also have a nonprofit because I have my diaper bank,” Yasuwan said of a nonprofit she runs in St. Petersburg. “She has the BStrong Foundation. I have respect for her as a business woman in that regard and she gives back. I definitely think that’s cool. But I think at the end of the day we all have different priorities and we’re just all different. They obviously didn’t aim for that.”
How involved was Bethenny Frankel in the reality show?
Some of the mama mafia The cast said Frankel dropped the project over a money dispute. Showbiz Cheat Sheet reached out to Frankel’s team, who said that wasn’t entirely true. Her team said Frankel pitched and sold the concept but had no involvement with the show or casting. Adding that Frankel had no involvement other than the rough concept.
But Jasuwan believes money was the main reason the show stalled. “I think it certainly just came down to a money thing,” she remarked. “Everyone just couldn’t agree. And I think that’s in every business, everyone has to come out of it happy. And in this one they weren’t. So it happens you know?”
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