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Former 'RHONY' Star Bethenny Frankel Under Fire After Sharing Pete Buttigieg Joke On Twitter

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By Lindsay Cronin

Bethenny Frankel is facing backlash on Twitter after sharing a post that many deemed offensive.

Following Pete Buttigieg's announcement that he is no longer campaigning for the presidency, the former Real Housewives of New York City cast member took to her social media page and shared what she believed to be a funny joke about Buttigieg's last name.

On March 2, The Cheat Sheet shared the contents of Frankel's controversial Twitter post, which has since been deleted and replaced with a new post.

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In her deleted post, Frankel had written, “I guess Pete Buttigieg decides to butt out,” and right away, many of her fans and followers on Twitter assumed that the message was a dig at Buttigieg’s sexuality. However, according to Frankel, that was not the case at all.

After deleting her initial post, Frankel quoted a past post she made regarding the end of Tom Steyer's bid for the presidency.

“Well, Tom Steyer just backed his a** out,” Frankel had said in her message about Steyer.

Bethenny Frankel's Post About Pete Buttigieg Was Similar To Her Post About Tom Steyer

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After quoting her past Twitter post about Steyer, Frankel, who announced her exit from The Real Housewives of New York City to Variety last August, explained why she shared her post about Buttigieg.

“This was my post last night referencing Tom dropping out of the race,” she tweeted. “Today Pete dropped out. It’s a place on words.”

Unfortunately, while Frankel attempted to explain her tweet about Buttigieg, she still received tons of backlash from Twitter users, including The View co-host Meghan McCain, who made it clear that she felt Frankel's comment was inappropriate.

Meghan McCain And Other Twitter Users React To Bethenny Frankel's Deleted Tweet

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“It’s a no from me,” McCain tweeted, along with a GIF of Simon Cowell.

“No wonder you can’t keep any friends. That was nasty B,” another Twitter user wrote.

A third person accused Frankel of being “homophobic" as a fourth pointed out that any joke that needed explaining wasn't a good idea.

“Bethenny, if you have to explain the joke, it’s not a good joke. Do better,” that person shared.

“With a homophobic undertone whether intended that way or not, it’s irrelevant. You’re better than that,” said someone else.

Some Twitter Users Defended Bethenny Frankel's Tweet

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Following the backlash, the former Bravo reality star received several supportive messages from her online audience members, many of whom were confident that Frankel didn't mean to offend anyone with her tweet.

“Damn, I thought it was like ‘butt’ because of his last name. I’m confused AF that it’s homophobic,” one person said.

“People can’t take a joke anymore,” another fan pointed out.

A new season of The Real Housewives of New York City begins airing on April 2 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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