Kelly Bensimon: Being Crazy Is My Job

The reality star tells her daughters that she gets paid to "engage in inappropriate behavior"

Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon swears she's not crazy -- but she doesn't seem to mind if you think she is! In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, the socialite brags about how her nervous breakdown (or "nervous breakthrough," as she prefers to call it) made her popularity soar -- and she also explains how she justifies her erratic antics to her two daughters.

The 42-year-old mom provided the Housewives' most jaw-dropping moment this year when she launched into a wild-eyed, nonsensical monologue during their tropical vacation, accusing other cast members of ganging up on her and even trying to kill her. Although she tells Bazaar she was dealing with tons of offscreen stress (like a nanny who just quit), she stands by her behavior that day. "I don't think I would handle it differently," she tells the magazine. "The ratings were amazing, so no, absolutely not."

Bensimon adds that she's been able to ride the accusations of craziness to a new level of celebrity: "You say 'crazy Kelly,' that search engine's going to go bananas, but if you say 'sweet Kelly,' it's going to go nowhere." She's not wrong... but how does being known as 'the crazy one' affect her two young daughters?

"I tell my girls, 'Your mom gets paid to engage in inappropriate behavior,'" she explains.

Wow. We would buy that kind of justification if she was acting in a play, or doing performance art -- but Real Housewives is allegedly a document of her actual life. In other words, she's sending her kids the message that it's okay to behave badly, as long as you're getting paid to do it. Of course, Bensimon also thinks that the show is imparting valuable lessons to her daughters about bullying. "It's an amazing opportunity for them to see that being mean is not okay," she tells Harper's. "I tell them, 'if you're in a situation like this, walk out.'" Funny -- we don't exactly see her walking away from those 'mean girls' as long as the cameras are rolling.

Do you think Kelly Bensimon should be showing some remorse for her behavior? Chime in below!

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