Martha's Apprentice Conflict of Interest?
Bethenny Frankel, a New York cookie company owner and one of 16 hopefuls competing for a $250,000 job on the new reality show, dated Brian Koppelman, who is the son of Stewart's trusted right-hand man, Charles Koppelman – the same Charles Koppelman who will serve as a judge on the show, the New York Post reports.
The elder Koppelman is chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The younger Koppleman, 39, is a talent agent who discovered Tracy Chapman, while Frankel, 34, is the daughter of world-renowned horse trainer Bobby Frankel, says the Post.
A spokesman for Mark Burnett Productions, the producer of the show, told the paper that "the situation is dealt with in the first few minutes" of the program's Sept. 21 premiere. "Viewers will have to tune in to see what happens."