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Not so ‘ever after’: Bethenny Frankel’s marriage in trouble

A source says Bethenny Frankel is her own after husbJasHoppy (left) moved out their condo but only “temporarily.”

A source says Bethenny Frankel is on her own after husband Jason Hoppy (left) moved out of their condo, but only “temporarily.”

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Updated: May 1, 2012 8:21AM

Without question, reality shows need family drama to keep viewers — and Bethenny Frankel has provided that in spades.

While the TV personality and SkinnyGirl diet food mogul’s rep firmly denies the claims of Frankel’s estranged mom that she and husband Jason Hoppy are headed for divorce court, the couple clearly have issues beyond those aired on “Bethenny Ever After.”

According to one of my sources close to the couple, Hoppy has “temporarily” (his term) moved out of the duo’s New York condo and apparently is very tired of his wife’s diva ways, self-absorption and frequent tantrums.

Beyond that, the source claims Hoppy had hoped his marriage to Frankel would lead to more financial gain for him personally. Apparently, that hasn’t happened.

STAR TRACKING: Lindsay Lohan finally is done with her five-year-long series of court-ordered restrictions — dating back to her drunken-driving arrest in 2007. As Lohan thanked J udge Stephanie Sautner for treating her fairly, the California jurist told the actress, “You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work,” adding an encouraging note: “I don’t expect to see you again.”

The long-anticipated sequel to “Anchorman” is happening. Will Ferrell made the announcement Wednesday on “Conan” and is expected to re-team with director and co-writer Adam McKay, plus co-stars Steve Carell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd, for another outing as clueless ’70s San Diego TV news anchor Ron Burgundy.

It’s a temporary return to the morning gig for Katie Couric. Now a member of the ABC team (with her own daytime talk show set to launch this fall), Couric will sub for vacationing Robin Roberts next week on “Good Morning America.” That show was Couric’s big competitor back when she co-anchored “Today” on NBC.

Looking to the future — one possibly without budding movie star Kristen Wiig — “Saturday Night Live” honcho Lorne Michaels supposedly is testing out a group of female comics — including Lauren Lapkus and Jessica Joy, who both trained here at iO Theater and Second City. also reports Kate McKinnon will make her “SNL” debut on the April 7 episode hosted by Sofia Vergara.

BABY BUMP? Though Megan Fox and her husband, Brian Austin Green, have not confirmed anything, numerous reports quote unnamed friends of the couple claiming they are expecting their first child.Green already is the father of a 10-year-old son from his relationship with “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star

Vanessa Marcil.

GETTING HELP? This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise, but in the wake of his recent DUI arrest, Bobby Brown reportedly is heading back to another stint in rehab. The singer has been seen seemingly intoxicated on numerous occasions in the past few months — well before noon.

While daughter Bobbi Kristina has a number of issues with her dad, she is said to have been very compassionate toward him the past few days — urging him to seek professional help.


Despite all the hoopla about Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers abandoning him — and stations dropping his widely syndicated radio talk show — things are not all that dire for the controversial darling of the political right. In the face of the big furor over Limbaugh’s “slut” comments about college student

Sandra Fluke — for which he did apologize — Rush’s show has lost only two affiliates and approximately 6 percent of advertising revenue.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: “Extra” host Mario Lopez was seen happily greeting fans while dining at Sullivan’s Steakhouse with NBC5’s head honcho Larry Wert. … Ex-“Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky was shopping up a storm on the Gold Coast, joined by celebrity stylist Eric Himel. . . . Taking a break from rehearsing “The Iceman Cometh” at the Goodman, Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane dined at Gibsons on Rush — and Lane also has made the scene at Bistronomic. . . . Bulls teammates Ronnie Brewer and Jimmy Butler slipped into Hub 51.

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