Jason Hoppy: Boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel

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Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is in love.

Jason Hoppy is the lucky (or unlucky) recipient of said feelings.

“I’m in love,” Frankel said at an event in East Hampton Saturday. “I’m pretty certain I’m going to spend the rest of my life with him. I’m really happy.”

Frankel’s friends already support the new couple: “He’s very handsome,” one of her pals said. “He’s supportive, funny, thoughtful, kind. This could be it.”

No comment yet from one-time adversary Kelly Bensimon.

Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel

While Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy have been dating for eight months, she decided to keep their relationship under the radar for a while.

“I didn’t want to bring anyone into the fray unless I knew it was the real deal,” said Frankel, who met Hoppy at New York City’s hot spot Tenjune.

“[My co-star] Jill Zarin loves him... He does pharmaceutical sales and real estate. He’s very, very athletic, your all-American basketball, triathlons.”

Sparks flew right away, Frankel says, and viewers will likely get to see the couple on future episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City.

“He’ll be on it. He’s totally cool about it, but not gung ho,” Frankel said.

“He’s excited for me and everything happening for me.”

As for the large sapphire and diamond ring Frankel wore on her ring finger of her left hand at the Pepsi Natural Dinner, Frankel says, “It’s just a ring.”

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.