BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

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Come step ‘Behind The Velvet Rope’ with all your favorite TV stars and pop culture icons with host David Yontef as he asks his guests all the pressing questions YOU want answered! 

 


David’s relaxed, friendly interview style has welcomed a wide variety of guests -- from Real Housewives, musicians, comedians, actors, reality stars, designers, Bravolebrities and more! 

 


Behind the Velvet Rope has been featured in publications and media like Vanity Fair, People, TMZ, Page SixOK! Magazine, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, ExtraTV, Marie Claire, the Wendy Williams Show, Life & Style, Access Hollywood, Perez Hilton, The Daily Mail, Bravo Daily Dish, E!, The Sun, Just Jared, InStyle, Watch What Happens Live, Architectural Digest and more! 

 


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Michael Fishman (Tells All on Roseanne, The Conners and playing D.J.) - Part II
1:35:12

Having discussed how Michael broke into the business at age six with his Rosanne audition and what it was like working on one of televisions all time greatest shows for a nine year run, we pick up right where we left off last time. Michael looks back sharing his opinions why he think Roseanne was not only such a critical and ratings darling for its entire run but will forever go down in history as one of the shows that changed the face of TV as we know it. Michael opens up about his “lean years” after the show ended, how he didn’t hear from family members Rosanne Barr, Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Lecy Goranson as often as he expected, how he got a fast education once he returned to public high school and various odd jobs both in and outside the entertainment business and how playing the part of D.J. Conner for nine years led to a “typecasting” that proved not always an easy feat to secure new roles. Then one day John Goodman appeared on Sara Gilbert’s “The Talk” and everything changed. Within two months, the entire original fast had signed on the dotted line and “Roseanne, The Reboot” was official. Having premiered to insanely stellar numbers, all was great with the world and the family was back together. Not so fast. One viral tweet from Roseanne, would change all that! Just like that, The Reboot was cancelled, the public reacted, Michael issued a statement, Roseanne responded, and…. We discuss the psychology and mental state of what it was like for Michael to get hired for Roseanne, lose his job as D.J. Conner in an instant after Roseanne’s tweets, make an official public statement denouncing the tweets (and including his own views on diversity and inclusion), hearing from Roseanne (publicly) in response to his statements hint: she was not happy, and the “fall out” (however temporary or permanent) of a very close friendship with Roseanne, a woman who was like a second mom and saw him grow up. Confused, Dazed, Shocked and many more adjectives - we emotionally go through the full trajectory of emotions, as well as the exact timeline associated with those emotions. Emotions which then included a job offer to “reprise his role”, immediately, in The Conners. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride to present day, present season of The Conners and Michael is here to share it all as we conclude our Two Part chat with the actor behind the iconic role of D.J. Conner.



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Apr 21, 2021
Alaska (on Drag Race, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, & New Comedy Special)
57:52

Alaska steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Alaska Thunderf**k in all her glory. We start with a brief chat with Alaska about how and why she started doing drag, her fashion inspirations for Alaska’s unique style and makeup and the origins of her infamous name. Alaska opens up about being rejected from Drag Race seasons one through four before finally being given a coveted spot by Ru in season five. Alaska discussed what she feels was different with her drag by season five in order to be chosen as one of Ru’s gals, the reality of the show versus what we all see on TV each week and her runner up status - damn you Jinkx Monsoon. All worked out with Alaska’s runner up status because she returned a few years later for All Stars 2 and this time she won. We delve into the public criticism Alaska received after her win and time on All Stars, the effects of social media on anyone in the public eye and how she moved on from there. One of the ways she moved on was comedy and that comedy included her All Stars Reunion leg toss based on the original iconic leg toss by our very own RHONY’s Queen Aviva Dresher. Of course, we need all the details about the decision to recreate this brilliantly classic moment! Speaking of Bravo, Alaska discusses her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with former Rope guests Peppermint and Trinity, Andy Cohen and the other “guests” that night. Now Alaska has first ever comedy special she is here to chat about called “The Alaska Thudnerf**k Extra Special Comedy Special”. Alaska discussed her comedic inspirations - Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and Margaret Cho (who is also part of the special), her decision to put this out in a social climate different than when it was originally committed to, the good and bad of cancel culture, what a comedic legend like Joan Rivers would say if she were alive today about cancel culture, and just what is up next for this Comedy Queen, no pun intended, herself. One thing we know for sure, she is busy with her “day job” hosting the hilarious “Race Chaser” podcast with Willam.



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Apr 20, 2021
Kary Brittingham (on RHOD Past, Present & Future!)
35:15

Kary Brittingham steps Behind The Rope. We waste no time in breaking down all the goings on this current Season Five of RHOD. Kary chats about her on again - off again “relationship" with newbie Tiffany Moon. Kary breaks down some of her biggest “dramas” with Tiffany so far this season and chats about why they just can’t seem to see eye to eye. Kary also addresses her current unexpected “issues” with Trunk Show Partner in Crime D’Andra Simmons. We discuss the word “bully” which has been thrown around a lot this current RHOD season and address whether that word is being appropriately used in regards to, not only to Kary, but the rest of the cast as well. We have a rapid fire round with Kary on such pressing topics as: nicest, closest with, most fake, who should be replaced, and many others as it relates to Tiffany, D’Andra, Kam, Stephanie and Brandi. Breaking the fourth wall, we address how RHOD, and every other Housewives’ franchise, plays out in large part on social media, as opposed to TV, and how one learns, Tiffany we are speaking to you, to deal with that. Speaking of off air, Kary shares her opinions on Brandi Redmond’s cryptic Instagram message that has viewers wondering, is she really leaving the series? Of course, with all the drama surrounding Kary and some of the other women this season, D’Andra and Tiffany, we needed to ask Kary if she wishes OG LeeAnne Locken were back, instead of one of those two, or in addition to help deflect the drama. Finally, Kary dishes on who she is and is not following on social media, the current status of all of her relationships with RHOD present and past, yes LeeAnne included, and just why don’t we see more of her husband, Eduardo, this season on RHOD. 



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Apr 19, 2021
The Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces (Catching Up)!
7:06

With all this talk about a Real Housewives of Miami Reboot, today we share our chat from a few months ago with RHOM's Ana Quincoces. Ana fills us in on all that she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens on the classic Bravo Show, The Real Housewives of Miami. Born and raised in Miami, of Cuban descent, Ana is here to tell it all. Ana and David bond over both being recovering lawyers and having moved on to other great careers. In Ana’s case, she has been running a legit business, Skinny Latina. Started in 2013, it is a marinate and sauces business, to help making cooking easier and to help make anything taste good. With a name like Skinny Latina, we have to ask, has she heard from Bethenny Frankel or her Skinny Girl team? The answer is not what you would expect. We also discuss her appearance on the "Food Network Star" and how her fellow contestants felt she got special treatment for being a former “Housewife”. Speaking of Housewives, Ana discusses how she originally got cast, why she said yes to the opportunity and how the producers really felt about her. Ana tells us all about her cast mates Lea Black, Adriana de Moura, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Lisa Hochstein, Karent Sierra and last, but certainly not least, Joanna Krupa and where her relationship with reach stands today. She explains what being on Watch What Happens Live was like and how her life changed as a result of being on the show. One career high was co-hosting The View - we discuss Barbara Walters, was the environment really as "toxic" as everyone says and what happened when two of her guests were RHONJ's very own Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita. 



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Apr 17, 2021
Shuga Cain (RuPaul's Drag Race) - An Interview
1:15:50

Shuga Cain steps Behind The Rope. Shuga is here to discuss it all! Of course, all includes RuPaul’s Drag Race and Shuga’s Season Eleven contribution to the brilliant show. Shuga takes us down the road of her journey from quitting a six figure a year job, to performing nightly in the legendary New York City nightlife club scene to eventually applying and being chosen for Drag Race. Shuga opens up about the positives and negatives of Drag Race, the judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as well as RuPaul herself. Shuga breaks down the best and hardest parts of Drag Race and lifts the curtain for a look into what filming the hit TV show is really like. We also chat about guest judges Miley Cyrus, Adam Rippon and last, but certainly not least, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss. Finally Shuga discusses her music, her epic card reading, she is an Empath after all and chats with The Rope about when we might possibly see her walk down the aisle with her current fiancé who she has been so happily quarantining with. What is next for Miss Shuga Cain? Tune in to find out!



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Apr 16, 2021
Bethenny Ever After's "Coordinator of Chaos" - Julie Plake McMinn (Catching Up!)
1:06:12

With all of this nostalgia floating around the BravoVerse these days, we couldn't think of a better Bravolebrity to have join us than "Fan Favorite" Julie Plake McMinn. You know Julie Plake, The “Coordinator of Chaos" from the Iconic Bravo shows “Bethenny Getting Married” and “Bethenny Ever After.” Checking in from her home in Pittsburgh, PA, with husband and 3 kids in tow, Julie takes us back to the beginning. She moved to New York City basically overnight on a whim when she got a job offer to work at a series of famed New York City magazines. It was at one of those magazines, Hamptons Magazine, that she met Bethenny Frankel, who was hired to cook a brunch at Julie's boss' house. Julie was sent to be Bethenny’s Sous-chef for the day. In typical Bethenny fashion, Julie was thrown right into the job never having been asked by Bethenny of her qualifications or experience in the kitchen. They bonded. After that brunch, Julie said to Bethenny, (1) you are going to be famous and (2) when you are, call me and I will come work for you. News flash. Bethenny did become famous. Very famous. Another news flash. Julie did end up working for her, as seen on Bethenny’s two blockbuster Bravo shows. Julie takes us on her journey of working for Bethenny during the start, rise and sale of the Skinny Girl Empire. She bestows us with the wisdom she learned from Master B herself, what a typical work day looked like, what it was like to film a hit Bravo TV show, the decision to ultimately leave the B, and what that conversation looked like. Julie was also there for the beginning of Bethenny’s relationship with Jason Hoppy, which we dissect. We chat with Julie about recent developments in Bethenny’s life - a hit Podcast, brand new apprentice style show “Big Shot With Bethenny” and engagement - Paul Bernon we are looking at you, as well as in her own life - new business “The Learning Match” which helps connects parents to the educators they need and ongoing "JPM Branding and Consulting” where she shares the wisdom she learned from the best business man, woman, anything we know, Bethenny Frankel, with the rest of the world!!! Sign us up! Thank you Julie for stopping by and entertaining our many never ending questions on all things B!! An episode not to be missed. 



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Apr 15, 2021
Michael Fishman (Tells All on Roseanne, The Conners and playing D.J) - Part I
1:25:02

Roseanne’s / The Conners' Michael Fishman steps Behind The Rope. Little D.J. Conner all grown up. Let us start at the beginning. Cast at the young age of six, Michael began his acting career when Roseanne Barr herself fought for him to play D.J Conner despite any lack of formal training or experience. Michael discusses what it was like being the youngest on a set that included Roseanne, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson. Michael recalls the best and worst times during Roseanne’s original nine year run from 1988-1997, one of the worst being the death threats the cast received after Roseanne “performed” The National Anthem that was heard around the world. The “best" is the “family” that Michael inherited plus lots of fun guest stars such as Leo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Sandra Bernhard, Sharon Stone, and Bruce Willis, to name a few. Nostalgia at its best, Michael describes what it was like to be on a TV show that became a worldwide global hit overnight and had stellar ratings throughout the years. He also discusses the concept of fame and when he first became aware that he was and how “strange” it was as a child to be asked for your autograph. On a more serious note, Michael opens up about the misconceptions of being on one of America’s top rated and critically acclaimed television shows for nine years - that you are making tons of money and will never have to work again, that you can easily find work in another role when the party ends and that everyone in the “family” will keep in touch when the lights fade. Tune in to Part I of this very special two part sit down with one of TV’s permanent fixtures on our screens throughout the years, Michael Fishman.



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Apr 14, 2021
The Real World: New York's / Homecoming's Andre Comeau (On First Season, Current Homecoming Season & Being a Reality TV OG)
1:05:43

This is the true story…of seven strangers…picked to live in a house…(work together) and have their lives taped…to find out what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real… On that note, Andre Comeau from the original grandaddy of them all, The Real World: New York, steps Behind The Rope. THE show that changed, introduced, formed and revolutionized Reality TV. We start at the beginning by asking the question, just how did Andre get cast on the first ever Real World in NYC and what was casting like way back when. With no prior reality show to look to, we discuss how he knew what to do when the cameras started rolling - he didn’t. With no predecessor to look to, we discuss how this makes the Real World, New York, Season One possibly the most authentic reality TV show ever. Andre discusses what he thought the show could do for his up and coming rock band, how he was able to get used to cameras around 24/7, the influence of producers back then, and what he thought of his edit once the show aired. Andre discusses what MTV was like back in the day when it was the channel that played music all day and how he thought the Real World would maybe be a little show that a few people watched. On that note, we talk about how life suddenly changed once the show aired and became a multigenerational blockbuster of supreme magnitude. We discuss his house mates Eric, Julie, Norman, Heather, Kevin, and Becky and the groundbreaking issues they dealt with way ahead of “their time” such as racism, sexuality, The AIDS crisis. Andre opens up about the aftermath of being in the spotlight, the identity crisis he suffered, the highs and lows of the entertainment business and how to navigate it successfully and come out the other side. Flash forward 29 years, MTV comes a’ callin’ and Andre finds himself back in the same loft for an epic 6 episode arc, The Real World Homecoming: New York. Andre chats about how much has changed, how much has stayed the same, what it was like to see everyone again, the re-heated confrontation between Becky and Kevin over the issue of racism, and just how much the original holds up in the world we live in today.



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Apr 13, 2021
RHONJ's Kim D. (on Teresa, Melissa, Joe Giudice, Current Cast/Season & the Legacy of RHONJ)
1:27:32

Kim D. steps Behind The Rope. Yes THAT Kim from The Real Housewives of New Jersey seasons past. She plays with the big boys and is here to tell us all about it. A close personal friend of David’s, Kim is here to chat about it all. Let us start at the beginning. Born and raised in New Jersey (is anyone shocked?), Kim opens up about her childhood and “the lifestyle” she was exposed to at a young age. Yes, we are talking about the M-O-B. Flash forward to Season Two of RHONJ and the world got to meet Kim D, not to be confused with that other Kim, Kim G, (yes that are often confused) and the world has never been the same since. Miss D reminisces about her time on the show. That time includes those iconic Posche Fashion shows which often ended in brawls, table flips, police, hair pulls and lawsuits. You know, just an average day in the Jerz. Of course, she chats about her on and off camera conflict with both Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga and the status of those two relationships today. What about that recent night David and Kim ran into Melissa and Joe Gorga out in Fort Lee, NJ? Say whaat? Kim also chats about her past and current relationships with some of RHONJ’s finest Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker, Kathy Wakile, Jaqueline Laurita, Danielle Staub, Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo. Speaking of Dina Manzo, Kim weighs in on the recent charges filed and ongoing case against Dina Manzo’s ex-husband’s and its alleged Mob Ties. Kim also weighs in on Joe Giudice’s new life in Italy, including his new girlfriend, and the current cast, we have a lot to say about you Jennifer Aydin, and season of RHONJ. We cannot even and we are only getting started. 



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Apr 12, 2021
Inside Jen Shah's Shahrested, Erika & Tom Girardi Divorce, Britney Conservatorship - w/ Attny Emily D. Baker
2:35

Jen Shah has been arrested. Shahrested! - as the kids say. Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi are getting a divorce. Erika and Tom Girardi have all sorts of legal battles they are currently engaged in. Britney Spears is in a conservatorship which has caused the world to chant the slogan, ‘Free Britney”. So many legal issues, so little time. Former LA Prosecutor Emily D. Baker, steps Behind The Rope to help us make sense of it all (despite the fact that David is an attorney, Emily has been call in as the expert!). Emily and David discuss the rumored events of how Jen Shah’s arrest went down - Federal Agents pulling over a van full of Salt Lake Housewives en route to Colorado - and the process needed to secure a Federal indictment and subsequent arrest. Emily then translates the federal charges into layman’s terms explaining what conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering actually means. Emily breaks down what happens now that Jen has plead non-guilty, what the next few weeks look like for her, the looming Trial in October, the “other” 10 indicted back in 2019, Jen Shah’s moniker as “top dog” in the alleged scheme, the rapid rate at which this case is moving and stability of her job on RHOSLC. Shifting gears, Emily highlights the key points in the Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi case - the divorce, the forced bankruptcy, the ongoing criminal investigation, Tom’s conservatorship and Alzheimer’s / Dementia claims and last, but certainly not least, Erika’s bizarre behavior on her Instagram account. Regarding both Jen and Erika, we discuss how likely it is that we will really see this all play out during next seasons RHOSLC and RHOBH respectively. Finally, while we have legal guru expert Emily D. Baker, we couldn’t help but end with a chat about the one and only Miss Britney Jean Spears - her conservatorship, the real chances of it ever ending, and what we predict the future looks like her. Thank you Emily. We must do this again soon!



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Apr 10, 2021
Yvie Oddly (on Winning Drag Race & So Much More!)
1:10:23

Yvie Oddly steps Behind The Rope. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eleven Winner, Yvie Oddly. Checking in her from her home in Colorado, Yvie is here to tell it all. Let us start at the beginning. Yvie talks about her first drag performance, how Sharon Needles was an early influence, how she developed her “out of the box” style and fashion and how she chose her iconic name. After winning the Ultimate Queen of Denver Pageant, Yvie realized she was ready for the next step in her drag career. Drag Race. Yvie discusses the influence Drag Race, and RuPaul, had on her life as a Baby Drag Queen, as she watched on her TV each season before applying. Once chosen for Season Eleven, one of fifteen contestants, Yvie chipped away at the competition week after week after week until she was the last one left standing. Yvie discusses Drag Race judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews. Yvie also discusses guest judges Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss and Miley Cyrus and her thoughts on each. She also discusses what filming, the competitions and RuPaul were really like on and off camera. Yvie open up about how life changed as a result of winning Drag Race both personally and professionally. On a deeper level Yvie discusses “celebrity culture”, social medial and what life as a public figure is really like. We discuss the “business” side of Drag. The Werk the World Tour, and DragCon. Yvie shares a rare look into her personal life with her future lawyer of a boyfriend, having celebrated their one year anniversary a few months ago. Finally, Yvie chats about her new full-length rap album “Drag Trap” - how and why it was made, her musical influences, and “why” do music now. Tune in for a fun, nothing held back, epic sit down with the Iconic always true to herself Miss Yvie Oddly.



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Apr 09, 2021
RHONJ's Amber Marchese (Catching Up With / Current RHONJ Season)
1:12:49

Amber Marchese steps Behind The Rope. Amber pours herself some wine and takes us back to the beginning. The beginning for her, as it relates to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is her past friendship with Melissa Gorga, prior to Melissa becoming a RHONJ. Way back when, prior to Joe Gorga, back when we were all young, Amber was friends with Melissa. She remembers when Melissa was first cast and what that did for her relationship with Sister In Law Teresa Giudice. We discuss how Amber first got involved in casting, what Jim thought about her potential on RHONJ, and how she was ultimately cast. Having never watched the show before, Amber didn't know what to expect with filming, editing, producer involvement, interacting with the other women and the after math of how life would change once the show aired. She talks about “The Twins” and why she thinks her Infamous Season Six of the hit franchise was “off”. We discuss the cardinal mistakes she thinks she made as a part of the show and how she thinks to survive on RHONJ it is important to be align with Mel or Tre. Speaking of Mel and Tre, Amber discusses the positives and negatives of each and what her current relationships with both are today. She gives a full critique of "On Display” and discusses her thoughts on other current RHONJ cast members Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, Jen Aydin and Jackie Goldschneider. We also discuss her opinions on RHONJ past Kim D., Kathie Wakile, Siggy Flicker, and Danielle Staub. Amber opens up about the very public falling out with her stepson, the origins of that fallout and whether it related to his sexuality (Amber speaks her truth), the involvement of Lance Bass, his husband Michael Turchin, Andy Cohen, and her true thoughts on the LGBTQIA community. Amber discusses the effect this very public dispute has had on her family and the hate she receives both in person and on social media. We foreshadow the current RHONJ season as it plays out. Finally, Amber discusses the joy of being a cancer survivor and what is next for her in life. Hint: Not Housewives. 


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Apr 08, 2021
Tiffany Rinehart - Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List Assistant (A Chat About It All!)
1:13:22

Tiffany Rinehart steps Behind The Rope. Ok, ok you probably know her as Kathy Griffin's assistant from that little show called My Life on the D-List. Now a Google employee, thanks to a phone reference by Kathy Griffin herself, Tiffany (now married and Tiffany Helzer) takes us back to the beginning. After graduating college, a huge NSYNC fan, her main goal in life was to meet Justin Timberlake. Instead, she did the next best thing, she got a job working with Kathy Griffin, which led her to meeting and becoming friends with Lance Bass. Her first day on the job involved picking Kathy up at the airport. That worked out well and the rest is history. Not so fast. Tiffany tells us how she was thrown into filming “My Life on the D-List” as a result of working for Kathy, how she eventually got used to the cameras and how surreal it was having grown up on Reality TV classics such as The Real World, The Hills and Laguna Beach. Tiffany tells us Kathy's biggest pet peeve and highest maintenance demands. Of course, there was that one time Tiffany accidentally shipped all of Kathy's clothes to the wrong address. Whops. Then there was that one time she had to have pizza delivered to Cher’s house in Malibu. When Cher called, Kathy went running all the way from her Hollywood Hills home to Cher’s Malibu compound and Kathy didn’t just go running for anyone. Speaking of Cher, David and Tiffany bond over Cher having both met and spent time with the Goddess IRL. As far as celebrities go, Tiffany sure met a lot during her tenure of working for Kathy. We do a fast round of gossip on each: Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Bette Midler, Suzanne Somers, and TI. We also discuss Tiffany’s “secret society” circle of Celebrity Assistant Friends which included not only Lance Bass, and the frequent game nights at his house, but also Christina Applegate, Goldie Hawn, and Queen Bethenny Frankel’s assistants. Of course being an assistant has it perks, flying first class, five star hotels, private planes and attending the NBC Upfronts where she met Teresa Giudice and The Manzo’s Caroline, Lauren and Albie. Of course, we discuss one of Kathy’s biggest comedic inspirations Joan Rivers and what traveling to London with Kathy and Joan Rivers was like. Finally, we discuss Kathy’s entanglement in “Cancel Culture”, how that ultimately led to her fall out with both Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper, how Andy Cohen was a “Boss” to work for, and what being a guest on Watch What Happens Live (Tiffany was the Bartender) was really like. This plus much more!



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Apr 07, 2021
Laguna Beach's Alex Murrel (on Laguna Beach, The Hills, Very Cavallari, RHOC) - Part II
56:11

Laguna Beach’s Alex Murrel Johnson, otherwise know as Alex M, Steps Back Behind The Rope (our Part I sit down with Alex M aired January 13, 2021. Feel free to check it out if you haven’t already done so.) Alex wastes no time getting right back in to where we left off - talking about all things Laguna Beach and Reality TV. Alex opens up about what it was like to watch her friends on those “other” reality shows in the franchise, The Hills, The Hills: New Beginnings and Very Cavallari for years after she was no longer on Laguna Beach. Speaking of The Hills: New Beginnings, Alex discusses her thoughts about the show, including the casting of The O.C’s Miss Mischa Barton. Speaking of Very Cavallari, Alex divulges her thoughts about Kristen’s recent breakup with Jay Cutler and decision to end her successful reality show after only three seasons. Obviously, no discussion of Orange County would be complete without a nod to our favorite RHOC ladies. Alex discusses which of our fav Orange County Housewives she knows in real life and who she likes most on the show. Alex even has a funny tie to OG of the OC Lauri Peterson. We certainly did not see that coming. Orange Country really is just a small world, isn’t it? We also discuss that other current Adam DiVello blockbuster, Selling Sunset, how it feels and looks like The Hills and how everything Adam touches in the world of Reality TV turns to gold. Alex discusses other real life Southern California friends like Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis. Do tell. She does. Alex ponders whether she will show her children Laguna Beach and what would she say if they came to her wanting to film a reality show while still in High School. Finally, we address the recent viral OG Season One Laguna Beach reunion that Lauren Conrad organized and why she thinks, Laguna Beach, Season Two, should also have been included. Tune in now as our Part II chat with Laguna Beach’s Alex Murrel Johnson concludes. 


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Apr 06, 2021
Rachel Uchitel (on Putting Her Past Behind Her, RHONY, Wendy Williams Appearance & Seeking)
1:37:42

Rachel Uchitel steps Behind The Rope. Hot off her recent Wendy Williams appearance, yes we discuss how Wendy “came for her” and whether Wendy owes her an apology, Rachel is here to open up about it all. Let us start at the beginning. Yes, for those living under a rock, she was once the “face” of 911 and tied to Tiger Woods. Those are facts that can’t be denied, but there is much more to Rachel Uchitel than meets the eye. Okay fine, we chat about the recent HBO Documentary on his life, which she was a part of, the scary car crash which he just suffered, and how just for once it would be nice to have an interview where a certain someone’s name doesn’t come up. Rachel expresses her feelings about the fact that her past keeps coming up ten years later in interviews, explains the biggest misconceptions about her, dishes the real truth about her life that the media got all wrong and how hard it was, at its height, to live with intense media scrutiny once her relationship was outed. In other words, what it was like being trolled - before that was a thing. Now that we got that out of the way, we move on to all else that Rachel has going on in her life. As we said, there is much more to Rachel than, um, something that is ten long years in the past. Of course we chat with Rachel about those Real Housewives of New York City rumors about her joining the cast that surface every season - how true are they, how close has she come to joining, who she is closest with on the cast, what type of RHONY would she be, who would she fight with, and just what is the real deal with her past, present and future relationship with our fav RHONY playboy and friend, Harry Dubin. We come clean with Rachel about our sit down chat with her “frenemy” from Celeb Rehab, Janice Dickinson, some of the past boys she has been, either correctly or incorrectly linked to - yes Ryan Seacrest we are talking to you, and what exactly is her type. Rachel is now the face of popular dating website “Seeking”. She sheds light on how this position came about, the misconceptions associated with this website, how rewarding these “up front” and “honest” relationships can be, how sugar dating is different than escorting, how she is helping the company rebrand, how she hopes she can truly help people find love on line though his newly appointed partnership and, of course, which of our fav RHONY would likely find love on the website.


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Apr 05, 2021
SHAHRESTED!! (Breaking It Down w/ Former Federal Defense Atty Trisha LaFache)
8:06

Jen Shah has been arrested on federal fraud charges in connection to a nationwide telemarking scam. If you are a Bravo fan, you have heard this news. If you are someone who watches the news or reads the paper, you have heard this news. You have all talked about this news. Gossiped about this news. Today we are joined by expert, Former Federal Defense Attorney Trisha LaFache, to help break it all down. The fact that David is also a lawyer certainly doesn't hurt as these two discuss it all.



First, we chat about the "rumored" events of Jen leaving the RHOSLC cast trip leaving the women to be pulled over by Federal Authorities, all apparently caught on camera by Bravo. Trisha explains just how the Feds work, explains how a Federal case differs from a state one, and just how likely it is that this ACTUALLY happened. Oh wait, you mean all these rumors being spread around ClubHouse and on IG lives may actually not be true? Shocking. Yea, read our sarcasm



Next, Trisha explains the charges in layman's terms, how likely it is that Jen would receive the maximum sentence of 30 years, and what happens next. 



Having defended many many many Jen Shah's in her lifetime, Trisha chats about the mindset of someone like Jen Shah who allegedly ends up in a nationwide telemarking scam, what goes through their mind and how they act once arrested.



Finally, Trisha explains what will likely happen next, how this will affect her role on RHOSLC and relationship with the other cast members and Bravo, and how likely it is we will see any of this next season when our fav snow bunnies return for Season Two. 

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Apr 03, 2021
Lisa D'Amato (America's Next Top Model - Tells All on Tyra, The Show, & Shark Tank) - Part II
1:21:09

Lisa D’Amato, from America’s Next Top Model, steps Behind The Rope. For everyone who has not heard our Part I chat with Lisa, feel free to check it out on January 19, 2021. Holding nothing back, Lisa is here to tell - it - all!. Lisa D'Amato - Fan Fav from Cycle Five of the hit Reality Show America's Next Top Model, competing for the affection and approval of one Miss Tyra Banks. Lisa chats about what living in the model house was really like, the competitiveness of her fellow model contestants and the pressure she felt from producers while filming. She chats about ANTM judges Miss J, Nigel Barker, Twiggy and last, but certainly not least, Janice Dickinson as well as about Creative Director Jay Manuel. Lisa confirms and debunks many of the vicious rumors heard over the years about the tension on the set and the “my way or the highway” rumored attitude of Tyra Banks. Leaving no detailed spared, Lisa explains how she felt she was treated by Tyra and Producers, the good, the bad, the other. There was a lot of bad and a lot of other. We discuss! She chats about her status as “fan favorite” once the show aired, largely in part due to her outspoken nature. That outspoken nature found her back on ANTM, this time "All Stars”, Cycle Seventeen, which she won. She chats about how life changed as a result of winning ANTM and what came next. That next eventually included her Dare-U-Go! product pitch on Shark Tank, where she got a deal with the one and only Miss Barbara Corcoran. She takes us behind the scenes of Shark Tank and all the shenanigans taking place behind the scenes off camera.


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Apr 02, 2021
Ladies of London's Marissa Hermer (Catching Up!)
55:18

Ladies of London’s Marissa Hermer steps Behind the Rope. Now living in Southern California, Marissa is here to tell it all. Marissa has stepped up to the plate to help feed her local hospital and medial workers who are working tirelessly during the crisis the world has been facing. This is nothing new for Marissa. She is used to feeding her community through the two restaurants she owns with her husband, The Draycott and Olivetta. She is not a stay at home and watch type of person so when her restaurants were temporarily closed due to Covid regulations, Marissa decided to dedicate her time by delivering food made in those restaurants, in her own car, to hospitals in need. This desire to help has turned into an official “You Give. We Cook. They Eat.” GoFundMe Program which is alive and thriving. Thank you Marissa. In other news, so just how did a good 'ole Southern California girl end up in the UK and on our Bravo TV screens in the hit show Ladies of London? After college, Marissa wanted to live in every different city that she could so she went to London planning to travel aound Europe. She ended up getting a job in the UK in PR and eventually met her husband through work. They married and opened a string of successful restaurants and nightclubs in London and throughout the UK. Flash forward and one day Bravo came knocking. Marissa explains how the show was originally not supposed to be a “housewives” type drama show (well that didn't work out too well now did it) but was supposed to be an entirely differently show regarding Americans assimilating into London life. Marissa explains her reservations in joining the show, the challenges of filming, reality versus real tv, and her reaction to what a huge cult classic Ladies of London is in BravoVerse. Of course, we discuss her cast mates The Carolines Stanbury and Fleming, The Juliets Angus and Montagu, Sophie, Caprice, Noelle, and Adela and the status of her relationships with each today. Finally, living right near Beverly Hills, we had to ask about her friendships and run ins with those other SoCal women we love so much, The Lisas Vanderpump and Rinna, Kyle, Teddy and so on and whether she would ever join RHOBH. . Finally, we discuss the possibility of a Ladies Of London reunion and Marissa’s potential interest in such an event!



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Apr 01, 2021
Frank (Jr.) Catania - RHONJ (An Interview!)
59:43

Frankie Jr steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Frank Catania. Son of the one and only Miss Dolores Catania from The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Welcome man. Home from Sacred Heart University for the weekend, Frankie is here to chat about it all. Ever wonder what it is like to be the child of one of The Housewives that we love so much? Well Frankie lets us in on that little secret. We discuss how Dolores originally got involved in filming and what it was like to all of a sudden, as a teenager, have cameras in his house filming his, his Mom’s, and Family’s every move. Frankie also discusses what it was like once the show came out and he was deemed “fan favorite” - how people at school reacted and what it was like when he went away to college being Dolores Catania’s son from RHONJ. Speaking of college, Frankie talks about his love of finance and how he plans to be “The Wolf of Wall Street” and take over the world once he graduates later this year. We discuss all the RHONJ drama that Frankie has been witness to the past several seasons, first hand, while filming, and discuss some of the more shocking moments that have occurred over the years. On a larger note, Frankie breaks down why he thinks the rest of the world is, for lack of better words, obsessed, intrigued, and mesmerized by New Jersey and why he thinks shows like Jersey Shore and RHONJ are so successful with viewers. He also discusses some of the misperceptions people have about the State of New Jersey based on some of these TV shows and is here to clear those stereotypes up. Of course we discuss the picture that went viral of him and Gia Giudice at The Prom, the current status of their relationship, whether one day he may call Teresa his mother in law and answer the one question on everyone’s mind, just what is Frankie’s type of woman. Tune in now to hear all this “Fan Fav” has to say.



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Mar 31, 2021
Summer House's Danielle Olivera (A Fireside Chat)
57:10

Summer House’s Danielle Olivera steps Behind The Rope. Summer House, Season 5. Danielle is here to break down all the current season drama from other’s love triangles (thank you Luke, Ciara, Hannah), to her own entanglements (Hannah suggesting she kissed Luke only because Lindsay told her to), to the traumatic physical fight between her roommates seen last week. Speaking of her roommates, we chat with Danielle about just how different the process was this season in The Hamptons when filming Summer House actually became “Quarantine Summer House”.  Danielle chats about why she decided to return as a full time cast member after “walking away” to a reduced role last year and how it felt to be back under different circumstances. She also pays homage to those who have been voted off the island - Lauren, Stephen, Jordan and Jules discussing just what it takes to be successful among this group of friends and predicts just how Ciara will fare with fans as the weeks roll on and we get to know Summer House’s newest roommate better. Of course we chat about all of her other roommates - Paige, Carl, Kyle, Lindsay and Amanda - and discuss where the status of each of these friendships is today. Might we see another kiss with Luke before the season ends? Will things heat up with her boyfriend who we have only met via Zoom (ahh, a sign of the times)? Will Kyle and Amanda make it through the rest of the season without another epic fight? Will Carl and Paige find their way back to the pantry? Will Hannah and Lindsay continue to stay clear of each other or is that just impossible living in the same house. These and many more questions answered before we finally play a game of “who would you rather” Summer House edition and sign off with Danielle. After all, she does have a day job to get back to. 


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Mar 30, 2021
RHOA's DeShawn Snow (on Season One, Current Season and Miss Nene Leakes)
1:09:03

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’s DeShawn Snow steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Season One, OG RHOA, DeShawn Snow. Well it has been a minute, hasn’t it? We catch up with DeShawn on all she been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens. All includes going through a very public divorce from three time NBA finalist Eric Snow plus starting a successful life coach business while also continuing her day job as one of Sotheby’s top Real Estate Agents. Feeling totally nostalgic as this current season of RHOA rolls on, we chat with DeShawn about her involvement in the franchise - casting, filming, her edit, and how life changed as a result of being involved in the series. We also chat about her exit from the show, how producers thought she was “too normal” and “too nice" for the direction the show was going, how she found out she wasn’t coming back, and why so many housewives who come on our Pod just won’t admit that they were terminated. As we reminisce RHOA’s Freshman Season, we chat with DeShawn about her cast mates Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu, Shereé Whittfield, and last, but certainly not least, Nene Leakes. We chat about Season one Nene and Kim, could we tell both were Reality TV ratings gold back then and how each has changed throughout the years. Speaking of Nene, we chat abut her shocking exit from RHOA, and her current campaign to “Boycott Bravo”. Finally, we chat about DeShawn’s current life - work, love, happiness - and some of our other fav peach holders, Kandi, Cynthia, Porsche and Kenya! Grab your peaches and take a listen.


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Mar 29, 2021
Louis York (on working with Britney Spears, Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, The Grammys, & Their New Music)
1:20:07

Louis York steps Behind The Rope. Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony, that is. Between the two of these guys, they have worked with EVERYONE, and we mean everyone in the music business. By “worked with” we mean, written songs for, produced and everything else under the sun for a whose who amongst today’s top artists. Britney Spears. Let us just start there. Claude wrote “Circus" for Britney, the song, and album, that was recorded at a very crucial point in her life - right after her very public meltdown the result of which a conservatorship was formed appointing her father as guardian. Short of “Blackout”, Circus was the song/ album that launched her “comeback”. We delve deep into what it was like working with Britney during that time in her life, what Claude and Chuck think of the “Free Britney” movement and thought of the “Framing Britney Spears” movie. We also talk about working with Lady Gaga on her first album, “The Fame Monster”, Kelly Clarkson on her biggest hit to date “My Life Would Suck Without You”, Miley Cyrus on her original anthem “Party In The U.S.A.” and many others that we could not help but to ask about such as Rihanna, John Legend, The Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston, and last but not least, Michael Jackson. The boys bond with David over their love of Madonna and the fact, yes it is a fact, that Prince is the biggest musical genius of our, or possibly any, generation! Of course, this dynamic duo is also here to chat about their brilliant new album, “American Griots” - the inspirations behind that, their musical idols, their love of the music from the 70’s and 80’s (we couldn’t agree more), and the message they hope is received from a listen. Finally, we chat about the lack of good music out today, the recent “virtual Grammys” and their stellar new girl group, The Shindellas. A hot new girl group? Count us in!!!


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Mar 26, 2021
JACKIE TOHN (on GLOW, American Idol, Howard Stern, Joan Rivers, The Nanny, & Best Leftovers Ever!)
1:22:47

Jackie Tohn steps Behind The Rope. Best known for her breakout performance as Melanie “Melrose” Rosen on Netflix’s award winning, critically acclaimed masterpiece “Glow”, Jackie stops by to share it all. Originally from Long Island, NY, Jackie moved to LA at 18 to follow her dreams of becoming an actress. Early in her career Jackie appeared on many of our favorite shows such as “The Sopranos”, “Veronica Mars”, “Strangers With Candy”, not the least of which was “The Nanny”, in which she played a young Fran Drescher. Turns out Kristen Bell is a close friend and they actually have an animated series coming to Amazon in the very near future! There was also that one time she lived with Jessica Biel and her parents in Calabasas. So much to kvell about, so little time. Jackie opens up about those experiences and chats about some of her comedic and thespian role models that inspired her to break into the business of acting. To our delight, Joan Rivers and Howard Stern are two of these inspirations and Jackie has even been involved in The Howard Stern show in the past, which she is more than happy to discuss. Jackie also chats about her singing abilities, those abilities which led her to the semi finals on “American Idol” and Bravo’s very own “Platinum Hit” (Kara DioGuardi, we see you!). Jackie shares stories from behind the scenes on Glow, chats about the disappointment when Season 4 was indefinitely shelved due to lockdown and hints at what the future holds for the un-filmed season and possible Glow movie (what a wish!). Jackie is now the host of Netflix’s “Best Leftovers Ever”, we delve deep into this brilliant show, her own food preferences and culinary abilities with leftovers and what being a host of her own Netflix show means to her. 



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Mar 25, 2021
AMY PHILLIPS (Our Fav Bravo Impressionist & Some of her Bravo "Friends")
1:15:33

Amy Phillips steps Behind The Rope. Yes, that Amy Phillips. Master impressionist of all of our favorite Bravo Housewives and Friends. Ok, let us back up. Amy had a whole career, and life, before falling into the BravoVerse. Originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Amy moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Comedy. Some of Amy’s early impressions were some of our favorite Iconic Ladies - Martha Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few. One day Amy caught a glimpse of a little reality show called “The Rachel Zoe Project” and from there was hooked on Reality TV and Bravo. Amy reminisces on that early time in Bravo’s history and her love of some of the OG shows such as The Millionaire Matchmaker, Blow Out and Top Chef. Amy started the brilliant “Meet Amy Phillips” You Tube Page shortly thereafter with a now nostalgic impression of the one and only Rachel Zoe. Ba-na-nas. As a result of this impression, her phone rang. It was Watch What Happens Live calling to ask if they could use her Rachel Zoe impression on air during an upcoming episode. She said yes. #duh The next thing she knew she was The Bartender on Watch What Happens Live doing an impression of Ramona Singer FOR guest Ramona Singer. Amy now is the host of the stellar “Reality Checked” SiriusXM Radio Show on "Radio Andy” where she dishes on all of the latest Bravo tea and recaps all of our favorite shows. Amy discusses a plethora of current Bravo events with us here today such as the hiring of actresses into the RHOBH franchise (Denise, Rinna, The Richards Sisters, Garcelle and so on - good thing or bad thing?), all in the family (welcome Kathy Hilton!), this just past season of RHOC (as bad as everyone says. Elizabeth Vargas, anyone?), her favorite city in the franchise (did someone say #RHONY), and which Housewives should have never been hired (we will leave that one a mystery for when you listen to this episode). A real sport of a guest, Amy was kind enough to entertain our many impression requests with stand out appearances on this very episode from all of our favorite friends, including, but not limited to Bethenny Frankel, Lisa Rinna, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Erika Jayne, Lisa Vanderpump, Dorit Kemsley, Dorinda Medley, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Teresa Giudice, LeeAnne Locken, Lea Black, Kyle Richards and last, but certainly not least, Danielle Staub. Get ready to laugh!


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Mar 24, 2021
Chaz Dean (on Flipping Out - Jeff Lewis, Gage, Jenni Pulos & his Hair Empire!)
1:17:34

Chaz Dean steps back Behind The Rope. For everyone who has not heard our Part I sit down with Chaz, it aired February 8th, 2021. We chat about his friends and clients - RHOBH’s Lisa Rinna and Lisa Vanderpump and Nicolette Sheridan. What happened that one time Nicolette walked into his salon while Rinna was in his chair? What about the stories he heard back in the hey day of 90210 when he worked on Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth? Feel free to check that out. Today, Chaz is here to talk more about the 90210 kids, his booming hair care empire, WEN products and, Flipping Out. Chaz chats with us about where and how he first met Jeff Lewis. He discusses how he first hired Jeff to help design his multitude of hair “bungalows” as seen on the hit Bravo show “Flipping Out”. Speaking of "Flipping Out”, Chaz explains how he went from client, to client and friend, to being convinced to star alongside Jeff Lewis in many seasons of “Flipping Out” as Jeff helped design many Salons for Chaz in his hair care empire over the years. Chaz opens up about what filming a reality show for Bravo was really like. Chaz also opens up about some of Jeff’s other employees, Gage Edward and Jenni Pulos. Chaz weighs in on the demise of the many year friendship between Jenni and Jeff and predicts whether the two will ever reconcile. Chaz also explains his current working relationship, and friendship with Gage Edward - how and why that came about. Finally, Chaz explains why he and Jeff are no longer speaking - how they got here, his message to Jeff and what he thinks the future holds. Finally, Chaz chats with us about Reality TV and whether he himself would ever want a show based around his life and hair care empire. Tune in now as our chat with Chaz Dean comes to a conclusion.


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Mar 23, 2021
RHODC's Mary Amons (on RHODC Reboot, Andy Cohen, Bravo & Current Dallas Housewives Season)
1:24:38

The Real Housewives of D.C.’s Mary Amons steps back Behind The Rope. Mary is watching this season of The Real Housewives of Dallas. Yes RHODC is watching RHOD. Mary and David are also real life friends with many of the RHOD such as Jen Davis, D’Andra Simmons, and LeeAnne Locken. Mary and David talk about these friendships and what these women are like in real life when the cameras are not rolling. They also talk about what happens when you are friends with both LeeAnne and D’Andra, two Housewives who notoriously don’t get along. What happens if they both wanna hang and grab drinks the same night? Who do you choose? Mary also chats about this season of RHOD sharing her opinions on other newcomer Tiffany Moon, how important is it to eat chicken feet, how well Bravo dealt with Brandi Redmond’s "racially incentive”, for lack of a better word, viral video, and just how the franchise is holding up with the absence of OG LeeAnne Locken. Speaking of LeeAnne, Mary and David chat about whether Bravo did the right thing in letting LeeAnne go and is there a double standard considering other Bravo cast members still have a job. Of course, David didn’t let Mary go without hearing the RHODC gossip update. Mary fills us in on all the off camera drama and updates going on in her life as well as in the lives of Lynda Erkiletian, Cat Ommanney, Staci Turner and last, but certainly not least, Michaele Salahi Schon. Mary gives us her thoughts about the too soon end to RHODC, Andy Cohen’s recent tweets with Meghan McCain about a desired RHODC reboot, and, in today’s political climate, what would that even look like. Finally, Mary updates us on what she is up to these days which includes a look at her brand new Blog Hippy Chica!!! Feel free to check it out!


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Mar 22, 2021
Bravo's Gallery Girls - (Gone but not Forgotten)
2:08

Gallery Girls. One of the gone, but definitely not forgotten classic Bravo TV shows. Jordan Ross from the infamous Don Gunvalson and Lee Radziwill Twitter Accounts has completed his homework assignment, to rewatch the entire one Gallery Girls season and stop by to help us break - it - all - down. August 13, 2012. That was the day this gem of a Bravo show came into our lives allowing us to follow the lives of seven ambitious young women in NYC trying to make it in the cut throat every changing art world. We analyze what unfolds, over the eight short lived episodes, between all our favorite art connoisseurs. Those art connoisseurs being Chantal, Angela, Amy, Claudia, Kerri, Liz and Maggie - no last names needed! We address the best and worst parts of Gallery Girls, the critics reactions, the public’s reaction and why this show ultimately got cancelled and only lasted one all too short season. Of course, we have done our research and have left no stone unturned to bring you a “Where Are They Now” like you have never heard before. Feeling nostalgic? Tune in now. We also deep dive into the Erika and Tom Divorce Drama and the RHOSLC and RHOC Seasons that just past!


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Mar 21, 2021
Claudia Wells - (on her starring role in Back To The Future & More!
1:31:48

Claudia Wells steps Behind The Rope. Best know for her role as Marty McFly’s girlfriend, “Jennifer Parker” in the 80s Classic “Back To The Future”, Claudia is here to tell it all. Claudia almost didn’t get a chance to star in the first film in this overly successful franchise due to a conflicting TV pilot. Fear not, alls well that ends well. She chats about how she was cast - yes it involved a once in a lifetime audition with the one and only Steven Spielberg, chats about how Eric Stoltz was the “original” Marty McFly, how one day Eric Stoltz was out, how another day Mr. Alex Keaton, legend Michael J. Fox was in and how, due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, she was back in. Claudia chats about what it was like to work with Michael J. Fox back in the day, their relationship throughout the years and the status of that relationship today. On a more serious note, we chat about her, and the industries, reaction to Michael’s announcement many years ago that he was a working actor, and a damn good one at that, living with Parkinson’s Disease. Claudia shares Hollywood stories of who she knows, has had runs ins with, both good and bad, and how the industry has changed throughout the years. Of course, all roads lead back to Housewives, we chat about the Reality TV she watches and what she thinks about the current crop of Real Housewives. Living in LA, that involves The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Claudia chats about her love for LVP (new show alert!).  She also weighs in on the RHOBH topic du jour, The Erika and Tom Girardi Divorce. We also chat about the rabid, in a good way, “Back to The Future” fans who travel all over the world to meet Jennifer Parker. Some of those fans even descend upon her blockbuster “Armani Wells Men’s Resale” store. Yes, she signs autographs and takes pics there and yes she guessed The Rope’s jacket size over Zoom. A fun trip down memory lane!


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Mar 19, 2021
MIKE HILL (A.K.A - Mr. Cynthia Bailey) - A Sit Down Chat!
1:14:15

The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Mike Hill steps Behind The Rope. Mike Hill. Also known, to us BravoHolics as Mr. Cynthia Bailey. Before delving deep into what y’all wanna talk about, RHOA, yea we know, we chat with Mike about his childhood, illustrious career as a Sports Journalist, and stellar tell all book, “Open Mike” (yup, great title). Mike opens up about some of the traumas he has faced in life as detailed in the book, how writing this book was not only cathartic, but basically “saved his life”, and how through the writing process he was able to let go of childhood demons and become the man he is today. Deep we know, but really, it is a great book! Ok, now we can get into what y’all wanna chat about, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Mrs. Cynthia Bailey Hill. We start at the beginning, their chance meeting on The Steve Harvey Show during a rapid round of “The Dating Game”. Cynthia chose Mike as her “date”, and the rest is history. We discuss how Mike feels about filming RHOA with wife Cynthia and how the transition from full time Sportscaster to part time Bravo Housewives Husband has been. We needed, and got, answers on what he really thinks about the RHOA women, the RHOA drama, the social media feuds which are part of any Housewives job, and whether he is ever shocked at just how far our favorite Peach Holders will go to make good TV. Of course, we also needed to chat about Miss Linnethia Leaks - the real reasons behind her sudden departure from RHOA, the cast's reactions, her lack of response to the Bailey Hill wedding invite, her current petition to boycott Bravo due to her claims of alleged racial improprieties and Mike’s predictions for the future of Nene’s friendship with Cynthia. Speaking of the Bailey-Hill wedding, we chat about Cynthia’s now infamous Bachelorette Party, Bolo, the male exotic dancer in the middle of it all, and just which of the Peach Holders we suspect “hooked up”, allegedly, with Mr. Bolo in all his glory (see Kenya, we are here to help you uncover the season's core mystery). We also chat about his nuptials to Cynthia - what we saw play out on RHOA, the behind the scenes details we did not see on TV, and the public outcry and reaction to holding a 250 person wedding during a global pandemic. Thank you Mr. Hill for stopping by and being, well, an “Open Mike” (Available everywhere books are sold!).


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Mar 18, 2021
RHOD's Jennifer Davis (An Interview with RHOD's Newest Friend Of)
52:30

The Real Housewives of Dallas’ Jennifer Davis steps Behind The Rope for her first ever sit down chat interview regarding her involvement in The Real Housewives. Who is RHOD’s Jennifer Davis? By the end of this episode you will be able to answer that question. After a little chat with Jennifer about her Dallas heritage (born and raised), her stint as a Model (living in NYC at a young age with Eileen Ford), and career in Real Estate (it’s the family biz), we get into what y’all wanna talk about, The Real Housewives of Dallas. We chat with Jennifer about how she came to know this group of women and was ultimately cast on the show. Of course knowing this group of women has to do, in part, with her long time friendship with Kameron Westcott. After breaking down that friendship, we get all of her first impressions of and current opinions on her fellow RHOD cast mates D’Andra Simmons, Kary Brittingham, Brandi Redmond, Stephanie Hollman and Tiffany Moon. Jennifer opens up about going through a very public divorce shortly after being cast, how one adjusts to life in the public eye, and the rumors that her divorce and lack of participation from her then husband effected her “Full Time” status as a Housewife. We chat with Jennifer about some of the highlights of this RHOD season so far and discuss what we can expect the rest of the season. We discuss whether Jen knows RHOD OG LeeAnne Locken - her relationship with her and thoughts on last season, LeeAnne’s exit from the show and how she feels this season is different in the absence of LeeAnne. Jen chats about her Watch What Happens Live dream and the Boss Man himself, Mr. Andrew Cohen. Finally, being a Real Estate Powerhouse, we had to delve deep into those classic Real Estate shows with Jen - Million Dollar Listings LA and NYC as well as Selling Sunset (Season 4 coming soon. Whoo Hoo!).


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Mar 17, 2021
Floribama Shore's Aimee Hall (A Sit Down Chat!)
43:08

Floribama Shore’s Aimee Hall steps Behind The Rope. Season Four. How did we get here? Aimee is here to help us make sense of it all and take us on her journey from small town girl, growing up in a city the population of which was 200 in its entirety, to the stars of one of MTV’s most popular reality shows in history. We chat with Aimee about all of her cast mates discussing the good, the bad, the other - Nilsa, Gus, Kirk, Jeremiah, Candace and Codi. Aimee sheds light on the current season tension between Jeremiah and Gus, answers the ever present “will they” or “won’t they” between Nilsa and Gus, discusses what a now pregnant Nilsa is really like, teases what we can expect to see in the upcoming weeks on Floribama Shore, and explains just how different Season Four will be from the rest. On another note, we couldn’t help but ask Amy about that other amazing, brilliant, equally as fun MTV show, Jersey Shore, discussing the obvious comparisons with Floribama Shore’s Northern Sister, who she has met from that cast and who her favorites are. Speaking of meeting people in the public eye, Aimee discusses her two time VMA’s experience, and some of her favs in attendance, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Of course, Aimee informed us that even though this chat was conducted on a Monday at 9am, she was about to start her Momosas for the day. We would expect nothing less from any self respecting Floribama Shore cast member. Bottoms Up.  


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Mar 16, 2021
Meet Married to Medicine's Newest Resident - Anila Sajja
39:54

Married to Medicine’s newest resident, Anila Sajja, steps Behind The Rope. The wife of an oculofacial plastic surgeon, okay let us break that down, Anila is here to chat about all things Season Eight of Married to Medicine. Anila chats about how she originally got involved with the show, the reality of the experience versus what she expected the process of filming a reality show to be, and how the experience has changed her as a person. Yea, sometimes we go deep here Behind The Rope. Of course, we chat with her about her first impressions of, biggest dramas with, and current status of her relationships with all of our favorite Doctors and Doctors’ Wives - Dr. Jackie, Dr. Simone, Toya, Dr. Heavenly, and Dr. Contessa. Of course, we nudge Anila to spill some tea about the remainder of the current M2M season, what we can expect, and what drama is a comin’ our way. We also chat about the absence of series creator and one of the former Executive Producers, Mariah Huq, discussing the fans’ outcry and the pressure, or lack thereof, of replacing a fan favorite. Anila opens up about the importance of representation on television and what it meant to join an already established cast as the only Indian American on M2M. Being an ATL resident, we had to ask about which Real Housewives of Atlanta she knows and what does she think of our favorite peach holders.


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Mar 15, 2021
Designer Koa Johnson - Breaks Silence on RHOSLC Jen Shah's Mistreatment
4:23

Koa Johnson steps Behind The Rope. If that name sounds familiar to you it is because he is the designer that The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah was seen berating in the now leaked viral video mere days ago. Koa starts at the beginning explaining how, where, when, and why he came to work for RHOSLC’s Jen Shah. Koa details what their working relationship was like as designer and official Shah Squad member which, if you have seen the video, you know was not all that pleasant. Speaking of the viral video, Koa chats about when it was taken, what caused Jen Shah to lose her sh&t, who else was in the room and, whether this type of behavior was a common occurrence, and just who does he think leaked the video to the media. Koa explains the circumstances surrounding the end of his employment with Jen, why he never spoke out about their working relationship before, the long term effects their time together has had on him, what he would like to say to Jen and his recommendations to Bravo and her fellow RHOSLC cast members going forward in regards to Jen. Finally, we chat with about Koa about his design aesthetic, his own personal style and inspirations, his best and worst dressed RHOSLC Housewife, his best and worst dressed other franchises Housewife and what his plans are now that he is no longer a member of The Shah Squad.



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Mar 13, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Fan Fav Connor Saeli (on His Season, Matt James & Next Bachelorette)
1:37:39

Connor Saeli from Season 15 of The Bachelorette and Season Six of Bachelor of Paradise steps Behind The Rope. Bachelor Nation rejoice. Connor chats about his time on both The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise - the good, the bad, the other. We chat about Bachelorette Hannah Brown, what it was like to get so close and not be chosen, quitting Paradise, and fellow Bachelorette contestant and “fan fav” Tyler Cameron. Connor and David also chat about how likely is it to really find love on national TV, Connor’s own love life, and the effect the Bachelorette had on that very love life. Of course, we discuss the current season of The Bachelor and give a full report of how we think our current heartthrob Matt James has done. Speaking of the current season of the ABC powerhouse reality show that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon, we discuss Matt James’ remaining dating pool, Queen Victoria - was she for real or just looking for Instagram followers, the drama and underlying themes of bullying surrounding this season, Rachael Kirkconell's “racially insensitive past”, Matt’s statement in response to that “past”, the likelihood of Katie as the next Bachelorette and just who do we think will be asked to accept that fateful final rose. Finally, we chat with Connor about his Bromance with roommate Mike Johnson, what each of their type’s is and try to get as much info on Mike’s “relationship” with Demi Lovato as we possibly can. Tune in now.


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Mar 12, 2021
LEEANNE LOCKEN (An Interview)
53:22

LeeAnne Locken steps back Behind The Rope. Welcome back Ms. Locken! (for anyone who hasn't listened to our initial chat with LeeAnne, feel free to check it out). LeeAnne discusses the two new Real Housewives of Dallas cast members, Tiffany Moon and Jennifer Davis. We also discuss her up and down, now up, relationship with Cary Deuber and her infamous one liners and iconic moments - they are just hands, it's not worth jail LeeAnne, and last, but certainly not least, your husband gets his D sucked at the Round Up. We discuss what LeeAnne thinks is the differences between Stephanie and Brandi, and whether she thinks her RHOD experience would have been different in the absence of one to the two. We discuss what other franchises she would love to be a part of, hint it is not what you would think. She discusses what it was like to get married on TV and what happened behind the scenes that we did not see. She discusses how being a Housewife is an all consuming job where your whole life becomes “about the show”. Finally, we once and for all put to bed the drama surrounding LeeAnne last season addressing the double standard she thinks exists between herself and some of her prior cast members regarding this issue, and who else she thinks should be held accountable, and for what, from the current RHOD cast. She gives details about her Real Housewives of Dallas exit, how she feels about the epic last season reunion and the “hot seat” she was put in, and answers the age old question, “would you ever go back”. Of course life goes on and for all those who haven’t been keeping up with LeeAnne’s Instagram, she fills us in on what she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens.


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Mar 11, 2021
Arden Myrin (Real Housewives, The Bachelor, & her starring role on Insatiable)
1:19:27

Arden Myrin, actress and comedian extraordinaire, steps Behind The Rope. She may be an actress and comedian who has starred in some of our favorite TV shows, Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Hot in Cleveland, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory and Teachers, but Arden is a Pop Culture Aficionado who loves Reality TV and Bravo. Boy did she ever come to the right place. Arden and David cover it all: why this past season of RHOC was off, why RHOSLC is a blockbuster addition to the franchise, why Mary Cosby, Sonja Morgan and Jen Shah need a good hug, why the last season of Below Deck was one of the best in a long time, why some of the classics like The Real World, Laguna Beach, Survivor, The Hills, and The Simple Life are some of the best Reality TV ever made, why The Swan and Love Island are so bad they were/are so good. Speaking of Survivor and Reality TV competition shows, Arden explains why Top Chef is one of her favorites. She also chats about how her and BFF Lance Bass applied for and will most likely be on the Next Season of The Amazing Race, whenever it is safe in the world for that little gem to come back. Say whaaaat? Lance Bass? Of course, once dropping a statement like that, we needed all the details from Arden, what her audition tape with Lance was like and what exactly CBS Producers said when Lance Bass and Arden Myrin applied for a coveted space on the show. #teamrazzledazzle Of course, we also chatted with Arden about her recurring role in Netflix’s Insatiable, all the controversy surrounding the show as well as what it was like to star alongside Queen Alyssa Milano. Last, but certainly not least, we talk Bachelor Nation and all that it entails, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Pad and so very much more. The more includes Arden’s brilliant, hilarious Podcast. “Will You Accept This Rose”!! Tune in now to laugh, laugh some more and get to the bottom of it all!


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Mar 10, 2021
Below Deck Sailing Yacht's Chef Natasha De Bourg
38:56

Below Deck Sailing Yacht’s Chef Natasha De Bourg steps Behind The Rope. After a brief chat with Chef Natasha about her life before Bravo, a difficult childhood and troubled marriage, and Michelin-star restaurant (now ranked number one in the world) that she worked in, we get into what ya all wanna talk about, this current season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Natasha chats with us about how she was cast, what filming was like, and how she is handling watching herself each week on the TV as the show airs. Natasha is more than game to answer our rapid fire questions about all of her cast mates including seasoned Bravo vet Captain Glenn. Speaking of her cast mates, there seems to be something brewing in the coming weeks with Chief Stew Daisy Kelliher which we had to, and were more than eager, to ask Natasha about. Coming off a season of probably the best chef in Below Deck history, we chatted with Natasha about Chef Rachel - where they met and became friends -, other past Below Deck Chefs, and whether she felt pressure to fill Rachel’s shoes. Natasha explained the similarities and differences between being a cast member on Below Deck Sailing Yacht and a “real life” charter, pet peeves of colleagues as well as charter guests, who she would replace of her current season’s cast mates, the best and worst thing about the Bravo experience, any regrets she had, how it changed her as a person and last, but certainly not least, how she wants to be remembered from this season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Of course having Chef Natasha at our disposal, we chat about food - the best restaurants in the world, what foods are overrated, what foods are underrated, any food pet peeves she has, and how easy is she to go to dinner with when someone else is cooking. Yup, we cover it all!


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Mar 09, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Blake Horstmann (on Rachel Lindsay, Chris Harrison, Matt James, & His Own Journey)
1:34:13

Blake Horstmann steps Behind The Rope. Bachelorette runner-up (Becca Kufrin’s season) and Bachelor in Paradise star, that is, Blake Horstmann. Blake stops by to discuss his experience within the Bachelor franchise. He chats about what it was like to be cast, film, the other guys in the house, and ultimately be rejected and not receive the final rose or a chance to propose to the then girl of his dreams. On a more serious note, Blake opens up about the mental health “issues” he faced as a result of the on-line bullying and hate he received after Paradise and just how bad things got. Fear not, Blake bounced back. Blake shares stories from his current dating life, what type of woman is his type and who “famous” has slid into his DMs. Of course, we took this opportunity to chat with Blake about all things current, and boy oh boy there is a lot going on in Bachelor Nation these days. We grade Matt James on how he did as The Bachelor, talk about Queen Victoria, discuss the “bullying” we have seen this past season amongst the women vying for Matt’s heart (Blake knows a thing or two about bullying), chat about which eliminations were the most shocking, the rumor of Katie as the next Bachelorette and who we think will receive the final rose, Rachael Kirkconnell, and if there will be a marriage proposal accompanying that rose. On that note, we address Rachael’s past “alleged racial” actions and social media posts, Bachelor Nation’s response to those actions and posts, Chris Harrison’s chat with Rachel Lindsay which caused him to “step aside” from his role as host within Bachelor Nation, whether Chris should have stepped aside, the public’s reaction to Chris’ statement and, now, cancellation, the involvement and responsibility of ABC, whether Chris will ever and should ever be back and, if not, looking ahead to the future. Like we said, there is a lot going on these days in Bachelor World and Bachelorette runner up and fan fav Blake Horstmann is here to help us make sense of it all. Let us not forget he himself has his own stellar Bachelor Nation Podcast, "Behind The Rose" - check it out.


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Mar 08, 2021
David Meister (on Lisa Rinna, Fashion Police, Project Runway, & His Best / Worst Dressed List)
1:51:43

Fashion Icon David Meister steps Behind The Rope. From a young age, David knew fashion was his calling, inspired by such fashion conscious TV shows like The Sonny & Cher show. Yes, Cher was his inspiration! Do we need to know anything else? Of course, like any other fashion forward lad, David made his way to New York City, then Los Angeles, and the rest is history. With signature collections in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks, David has done it all. He has dressed them all as well. In this case all includes, but is not limited too, Olivia Palermo, Debra Messing, Whitney Port, Pamela Anderson, The Jane’s Lynch and Fonda, Sofia Vergra, Sharon Stone, and Julia Louis Dreyfus. We chat with David about what working with each of these Iconic women was like - the good, the bad, the other. David also chats about his dream to dress, Angelina Jolie, and that one time he was absolutely speechless when he met her. We also chat with David about Awards Shows, which is the most exciting to dress someone for and which is the biggest hassle. We also chat about some of the best and worst dressed celebrities - men and women. Of course, no chat with us leaves out Real Housewives. David has a new collection for HSN and let’s face it, when we think of HSN, we think of everyone’s favorite QVC icon, Lisa Rinna. We chat with David about what advice Rinna gave him as he ventures into this exciting new partnership with HSN and that time he dressed and attended the CFDA Awards with Rinna offspring and Fashion Icon, Miss Delilah Belle Hamlin!! Finally, we chat about Fashion in TV throughout the years - Fashion Police, Joan and Melissa Rivers and Project Runway. 


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Mar 05, 2021
JANICE DICKINSON (& Friends) - An Interview (Part I)
52:58

Janice Dickinson steps Behind The Rope. Let me repeat that. Janice Dickinson. Icon. Living Legend in the Flesh. The World’s First Supermodel. The Simon Cowell of America’s Next Top Model. Reality TV veteran from before reality TV was reality TV a la Oxygen’s “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency”. In true Janice fashion, she - DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK! Of course, we begin with a chat about Janice’s early career where we talk about her then Supermodel colleagues Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss and last, but certainly not least, Tyra Banks and the many men in her life for a moment, a moment plus, or what could have been a moment, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Simon Le Bon. Speaking of Tyra Banks, Janice was front and center for the first many cycles of the juggernaut hit “America's Next Top Model” as the most outspoken judge. Notoriously anti-plus size model, Janice has never shied away from controversy or speaking her mind. Janice opens up about how she clashed with Tyra, discusses Tyra’s notoriously bad on set behavior and is kind enough, we asked, ok begged, to reveal secrets from behind the scenes of filming. As often happens here Behind The Rope, all roads lead to Housewives or, in this case, Housewives offspring and Kardashians. Janice shares her opinions on the current modeling industry and models like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Bella Hadid, Amelia Gray Hamlin, Hailey Baldwin and Kaia Gerber - how do they compare to the Icons of yesteryear and have they earned, or instead bought, their way in with money and / or a famous last name. We also address the current “influencer”, for lack of a better word, culture and how anyone with abs and a great pair of t*ts can be insta-famous. While we had Janice, and lucky we are to have been graced by the presence of royalty, we had to ask about her current relationship with Tyra and if she feels differently all these years later. We also pay homage to all, and we mean all, those other Reality TV shows she has been a part of: Botched!, Celebrity Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and The Surreal Life. Did we mention the whole reason Janice was here was thanks to her good friends, literary agent Alan Nevins and celebrity chef Joey Santos. Not only do these guys know Janice well, they know everyone, and we mean everyone, in Hollywood and are talking about it on their stellar new Podcast aptly titled, “Two Guys From Hollywood”. On their Pod, they don’t dish, they serve. Literally, they serve food and drinks (thank you Joey) to their guests each week while they unpack never before heard tidbits from some of the entertainment business finest including, but not limited to, our BFFs from across the river Margaret Josephs and Dolores Catania and, well, yours truly (yup Behind The Velvet Rope appeared last week! - feel free to check it out). Thanks boys for all, especially for delivering Icon in the Flesh Miss Janice Dickinson Behind The Rope. Oh, and the best part of this foursome? We are just getting started. Part II coming soon!


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Mar 04, 2021
D'Andra Simmons (RHOD - A Current Season Chat!!)
1:04:00

The Real Housewives of Dallas’ D’Andra Simmons steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home office, D'Andra is here to tell it all. D’Andra starts with the obvious - how she is feeling since the world heard via viral media that she had Covid and was in the Hospital. Once we chat about that and which Housewives and Bravolebrities she heard from during this scary time, we get into what everyone wants to chat about. This current season of RHOD. This current season, of course, includes a full discussion of cast mates Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond, Kary Brittingham and Kameron Westcott. D’Andra explains who she thinks is having a hard season, who always gets by easy, how the season is going for her and what the status of each of these relationships is like today. We also chat about newbies Tiffany Moon and Jennifer Davis Long. D’Andra opens up about how and why she recommended Tiffany Moon and discusses the importance of minority representation on television. D’Andra discusses why Tiffany is a great addition to the cast and, on that note, what it takes to make a great housewife, the appeal of housewives in general and why people keep tuning in every week. We, once and for all, get a clear answer on what it means and takes to be a "society woman" in Dallas and just how important is a last name like Simmons in the Cowboy State. We also chat about Mama D, why America is so intrigued by their mother daughter relationship. D’Andra discusses who she knew before the show, the challenges of filming any reality show and the power of the edit. D'Andra discusses the allure of fame and who from RHOD she thinks is the most changed by the show. Of course, we get into the one thing missing from this current season of RHOD, LeeAnne Locken. D’Andra discusses how the show is doing without LeeAnne, how the women reacted to her departure, and how and why her departure has left its mark on this current season. Finally, we chat about upcoming “hints” of what is to come, this seasons’ feuds and what she expects will go down at the ever so close to be filmed Season Five reunion. All right, all right, we will stop rushing the rest of the season. Let’s just enjoy this chat with D’Andra for the moment and wait and see…


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Mar 03, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Mike Johnson (on his Journey, Matt James, Current Season & Clare & Dale)
1:30:06

Bachelor Nation Fan Fav, the one, the only Mike Johnson steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Mike is here to talk about his infamous Season 15 of The Bachelorette and time on Bachelor in Paradise. Bachelor Nation rejoice. Mike shares the full trajectory of his journey, his thoughts on Bachelorette Hannah Brown, what it was like to get so close and not be chosen, Paradise, and fellow Bachelorette contestant and also “fan fav” Tyler Cameron. Mike and David also chat about how likely is it to really find love on national TV, Mike's own love life, and the effect the Bachelorette had on that very love life. Speaking of Mike’s love life, we went there and had to bring up his rumored “relationship” with Pop Star and Icon Miss Demi Lovato. We also discuss Mike’s other relationship, his Bromance with now roommate, current Bachelor Nation bro, Connor Saeli. Connor even makes a cameo on this very Podcast here today! We would love to be a fly on the wall in that apartment, but this is definitely the next best thing. Mike opens up on what it is like to almost have been the “First Black Bachelor” and the emotional mind F of almost being chosen, to not being chosen, to the fans reactions, to what ABC explained as their reason for not being chosen. Of course, we discuss the current season of The Bachelor and give a full report of how we think our current heartthrob Matt James is doing. We also chat with Mike about how he felt when Matt James was chosen, instead of him, as the “First Black Bachelor” and how it is about time! Speaking of the current season of the ABC powerhouse reality show that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon, we discuss Matt James’ remaining three, Queen Victoria - is she for real or just looking for Instagram followers, and just who do we think will be asked to accept that fateful final rose. We also discuss the recent breakup, and now makeup (?), heard throughout Bachelor Nation of Dale Moss and Clare Crawley as well as Mike’s stellar Podcast “Talking It Out” with Bachelorette Winner Bryan Abasolo.


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Mar 02, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Michael Garofola (on Chris Harrison, Cancel Culture, Recent Attack, Friend Clare & More)
1:20:17

Bachelor Nation’s Michael Garofola steps Behind The Rope. First things first, we chat with Michael about his recent “run-in” with a security guard. Michael chats about how he was assaulted and "had his phone smashed” as a result of this run in. Michael opens up about the circumstances surrounding this run in - what caused it, how it played out, the resulting injuries and the charges he has since pressed as a result. Once we make sure Michael is alright, we delve deep into what ya all wanna chat about, Bachelor Nation. Michael chats about his experiences on the “often underrated” reason of the Bachelorette he was on with Desiree Hartsock. Proving that you can really find love on TV, she is still married to and has a child with final rose holder Chris Siegfried, Michael breaks down how he felt when he was eliminated by Desiree and chats about the behind the scenes shenanigans of being on a show in the Bachelor Nation empire. Those shows also include Bachelor In Paradise and Winter Games. We discuss both. Speaking of Winter Games, we chat about one of Michael’s co-stars, the one on everyone’s minds and lips, Clare Crawley. We discuss the breakup with Dale and the current pictures of the two of them back together (?) that recently surfaced on line. Of course, we could not let Michael escape our clutches without discussing our current Romeo, Matt James, and how his season is going. On that note, we address Rachael Kirkconnell’s past “alleged racial” actions and social media posts, Bachelor Nation’s response to those actions and posts, Chris Harrison’s chat with Rachel Lindsay which caused him to “step aside” from his role as host within Bachelor Nation, whether Chris should have stepped aside, the public’s reaction to Chris’ statement and, now, cancellation, the involvement and responsibility of ABC, whether Chris will and should be back and what the future looks like for Bachelor Nation. There is a lot going on these days in Bachelor World and Michael is here to help us make sense of it all.


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Mar 01, 2021
Tessa Hartmann (on The Real Housewives of Jersey, Andy Cohen, Harry & Meghan)
1:13:08

The Real Housewives of Jersey’s Tessa Hartmann steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in the Channel Islands, Tessa is here to chat about it all now that the first season of Jersey has come to an end. Tessa chats about how she was cast, what filming was like, why she decided to join the cast of Jersey and how accurate, or inaccurate, she finds her edit to be now that the show has aired. Tessa fills us in on Housewives and Reality TV from across the pond and we discuss whether each are as big a deal over there as they are here in the States. On a larger note, we chat about Celebrity Culture in the modern day and age and whether we, as a world, have taken it too far. We cannot help but chat about what other Housewives she has heard from now that she is part of the legacy. We have two words for you - Lisa Rinna! We also discuss how many people across the world have reached out to her expecting to see her flipping tables with Teresa Giudice or throwing husbands in the pool with Margaret Josephs on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Speaking of celebrity culture, we discuss Harry and Meghan - their move to the states, what Tessa and the rest of our friends oversees thought about that, and the “royal” perception of them now. We had to ask Tessa about her knowledge of the brilliantly classic Bravo series “Ladies of London” and her friendships with the cast in real life. We also had to ask about Daddy Andy Cohen and Tessa does not hold back in her message to him. Of course, we chat about the drama from Jersey this past season - hey some things are universal when it comes to Housewives no matter where in the world they are filmed. What an education this has been!


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Feb 26, 2021
Whitney Rose (On RHOSLC's Season One, The Explosive Reunion, & Season Two!) - Part II
57:02

Whitney Rose steps back Behind The Rope (if you haven't heard Part I which aired yesterday, feel free to check it out). Hot off an epic 3 part reunion, Whitney is here to break down this freshman season of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. After a brief discussion of Whitney’s life prior to the show - yea we wanted to know more about the woman behind what ya all have seen on TV over the past few months - we get right into it. Whitney is more than happy to discuss, and does not hold back in discussing, her close friendships, mere acquaintances and not so close friendships with cast mates Mary Cosby, Jen Shah, Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay. We will let you figure out which is which. We delve deep into all the seasons dramas discussing which were necessary and valid and which Whitney would never like to speak of again. Speaking of drama, we break down the reunion, part by part, analyzing whether any closure was achieved or rather fresh wounds were opened. Now that Season Two has been green lit, Whitney discusses what she predicts will transpire amongst her cast mates, what she would like to see change, and what she plans to do differently. Spoiler Alert, we here Behind The Rope have already heard tidbits from Season Two filming which we, of course, do our best to get Whitney to comment on. Hey, we are good like that. Like we said, spoiler alert. You don’t wanna miss this one!


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Feb 25, 2021
Whitney Rose (On RHOSLC's Season One, The Explosive Reunion, & Season Two!) - Part I
51:18

Whitney Rose steps Behind The Rope. In preparation for tonight’s conclusion to an epic 3 part reunion, Whitney is here to break down this freshman season of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. After a brief discussion of Whitney’s life prior to the show - yea we wanted to know more about the woman behind what ya all have seen on TV over the past few months - we get right into it. Whitney is more than happy to discuss, and does not hold back in discussing, her close friendships, mere acquaintances and not so close friendships with cast mates Mary Cosby, Jen Shah, Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay. We will let you figure out which is which. We delve deep into all the seasons dramas discussing which were necessary and valid and which Whitney would never like to speak of again. Speaking of drama, we break down the reunion, part by part, analyzing whether any closure was achieved or rather fresh wounds were opened. Now that Season Two has been green lit, Whitney discusses what she predicts will transpire amongst her cast mates, what she would like to see change, and what she plans to do differently. Spoiler Alert, we here Behind The Rope have already heard tidbits from Season Two filming which we, of course, do our best to get Whitney to comment on. Hey, we are good like that. Like we said, spoiler alert. You don’t wanna miss this one!


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Feb 24, 2021
Summer House's Luke Gulbranson (Checking In!)
1:02:37

Luke Gulbranson, from Summer House, steps back Behind The Rope. Checking in from his Michigan Lake House, show shovel in hand, flannel clad, shoveling snow, Luke is here to fill us in on all since we last saw him on our TV screen during the Summer House Season Four Reunion. Well, almost all. Ok we did manage to sneak a few Summer House questions in there such as the what his real intentions were in his “relationship” with Hannah Berner, how Carl is really doing after losing his brother earlier this year, will Kyle and Amanda ever tie the knot and what really has been up with Danielle Olivera. Of course, we wanted to dish all about Summer House Season 5, or as we call it, Quarantine House. We picked Luke's brain about Ciara Miller, the new kid on the block, his “friend” who he brought into Summer House - what can we expect from her as the season progresses on and is she really the total package, Mother Teresa meets Naomi Campbell, as Paige so aptly pointed out. We needed to know how he thinks Ciara is handling herself in this crazy group, better than Jules we hope (yes we just made a Jules Daoud reference). Did everyone catch Luke in the HBO Drama “Flight Attendant” alongside Kaley Cuoco. Ooh, we needed all of our Big Bang Theory questions about Miss Kaley answered as well as Luke’s dream Actor and Actress Co-Stars. We also “went there” asking Luke if he were still single, what is his type and what celebrity / celebrities does he have a crush on? Luke opens up about one of his Bravolebrity BFFS, the one, the only Miss Dolores Catania and yes, this is a friendship we are here for. Do tell Luke! He does!!. We also chat with Luke about the status of his many business: currently making a ring for Summer House co-star Danielle Olivera, his new Men & Woman’s Fragrance Line, his upcoming Maple Syrup Line - no you did not read that wrong - as well as his upcoming Furniture Line. Finally, we chat with how Luke is enjoying splitting his time between Minnesota, New York City and The Hamptons and what we can expect next from the man with many talents. 


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Feb 23, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Kendall Long (on Current Season, Chris Harrison "Stepping Aside", Rachael Kirkconnell & Matt James)
1:48:45

Who isn’t watching the current 25th Season of ABC’s The Bachelor, one of the longest running Reality TV Shows in history. Who better than to help us break it all down than someone who has lived it first hand. This is the Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast after all and that is how we do it, first hand all day, every day. Enter Kendall Long, former Bachelor Season 22 and Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 contestant. First we catch up with Kendall finding out everything she has been up to since looking for love and roses on national TV. Speaking of looking for love on national TV, Kendall chats about former Bachelor Arie Luyendyk, Jr. who was supposed to be her “Knight In Shining Armor”, what being eliminated right before the Final Rose Ceremony was like, and discuses the likelihood of finding ever lasting love on a Reality TV show. Kendall also opens up about ex-boyfriend, fellow Bachelor in Paradise cast mate, Joe Amabile - the good, the bad, the other. Kendall and David chat about their fav Bachelors and Bachelorettes of all time and the epic last season of The Bachelorette - Clare Crawley “blowing it up”, her supposed rumored communication with Dale before the show, their breakup, and recent on line pics of their rumored makeup. Of course, we talk all things current season - how hot Matt James is, the drama that has already occurred amongst the women, the cringeworthy moments, Queen Victoria in all her glory and who will get that infamous final rose - supposedly Rachael Kirkconnell - and possible marriage proposal, mere weeks from now. On that note, we address Rachael’s past “alleged racial” actions and social media posts, Bachelor Nation’s response to those actions and posts, Chris Harrison’s chat with Rachel Lindsay which caused him to “step aside” from his role as host within Bachelor Nation, whether Chris should have stepped aside, the public’s reaction to Chris’ statement and, now, cancellation, the involvement and responsibility of ABC, whether Chris will and should be back and, if not, who should take over as the new host of Bachelor Nation. Like we said, there is a lot going on these days in Bachelor World and Kendall Long has arrived to help us make sense of it all.


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Feb 22, 2021
The Real Housewives of Jersey's Ashley Cairney (on Freshman Season, RHOBH & Reality TV)
57:10

The Real Housewives of Jersey’s Ashley Cairney steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in the Channel Islands, Ashley is here to chat about it all now that the first season of Jersey has come to an end. We start with a little chat about how she was cast, what filming was like and how accurate, or inaccurate, she finds her edit to be now that the show has aired. Ashley fills us in on Housewives and Reality TV from across the pond and we discuss whether each are as big a deal over there as they are here in the States. On a larger note, we chat about Celebrity Culture in the modern day and age and whether we, as a world, have taken it too far. Being a huge fan of Reality TV before she was cast, we chat about one of her favorite shows, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and some of our favorite diamond holders, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne and Kyle Richards. Of course, we chat about the drama from Jersey this past season - hey some things are universal when it comes to Housewives no matter where in the world they are filmed. Ashley chats about Channel Island’s reaction to having a Housewives Franchise filmed there as well as the response, on the island, and social media, of viewers all over who have watched the first season. Ashley also opens up about being the youngest on the Jersey cast and, at only 31 years young, one of youngest Housewives of any franchise oversees and here in the states - Jo de la Rosa and Ashley Darby we are looking at you. What an education this has been!


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Feb 19, 2021
Meredith & Brooks Marks (On RHOSLC Season One, The Reunion & Season Two Predictions)
1:07:24

Meredith and Brooks Marks step Behind The Rope. Yes, in their first EVER Mother and Son Marks chat, Meredith and Brooks stop by to discuss all that has been going on this freshman season on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake. We chat with Meredith and Brooks about how they were cast, what filming was like, what reservations they had about joining the franchise, and how life has changed since RHOSLC has graced our TV screens for the past many weeks. Of course, we discuss all of Meredith’s cast mates in full getting both her and Brooks’ opinions on Jen Shah, Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Whitney Rose and last, but certainly not least, Mary Cosby. We chat about some of the dramas of the season - smelling like hospital, F’ing your Grandpa, and being traumatized by Jen Shah’s private parts - and where Meredith’s relationships with each of these women stands today. Yes, Brooks opens up about his “breakout star” / “fan fav” moniker but we needed to know who Meredith and Brooks think is the least favored by America and why, who changed the most, has let fame go to her head, and is not the same off camera as on. Man, are we being super shady today? We pay homage to both Meredith Marks Jewelry and Shop Brooks Marks and ask, beg, and plead for our very own Brooks Marks sweatsuit, every “drop” of which sold out online almost instantly- take that Salt Lake Fashion Week! Finally, we chat about what each has learned now that Season One has come to a close, what Meredith’s true thoughts on the reunion are, and what we can expect next week during its conclusion. Of course, now that Season Two has officially been Green Lit, we discuss how both Meredith and Brooks want to be remembered for this season and what they expect for the explosive Season Two to come. 


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Feb 18, 2021
TRISTA SUTTER - The ORIGINAL Bachelorette! (An Interview)
1:20:16

Trista Sutter, THE Original Bachelorette, Steps Behind The Rope. Let us start at the beginning. Trista recalls what it was like when she applied to a not yet known TV show that promised the possibility of meeting the love of your life. Ya right, she thought. How likely is it for someone to find love on TV? With little known Reality TV to compare it to (The Real World and Survivor were two of the only successful Reality Shows around at the time), Trista had no idea what to expect when she was cast and filmed Season One of The Bachelor. Trista explained what it felt like to be the Runner Up and subsequently, very soon thereafter, be given her own show, the uber successful Bachelorette. From a low low to a high high, Trista discusses that and all of the emotions in between. Trista chats about what it was, and is, like to find real love on National TV and the whirlwind that came after the Bachelorette finale - Oprah, Ellen, runs in with the likes of Elton John and Debra Messing. Oh yea, there was also that other first, being on the first ever season of Dancing With the Stars. On a more serious note, Trista opens up about the difficulties of keeping their romance a secret as a freshman season of The Bachelorette played out for America, the pressures of dating Ryan with the whole world watching and what it was like to be the first ever Bachelorette in the “role reversal” spin-off. Trista chats about just how far the franchise has come creating an entire “Bachelor Nation” and how unbelievable it is that The Bachelor and Bachelorette have also given birth to Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Pad and The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart. We discuss just how much the show has changed since its more innocent days to involve tons more over the top drama and sex. Of course, we touch upon all of the back lash “current” surrounding last season's Clare and Dale and this season with Matt as the story progresses. In true Bachelor Nation fashion, there is a never a dull moment now, is there? Finally, we discuss Trista’s stellar podcast “Better Etc. with Trista Sutter”, the pilot episode of which Husband Ryan Sutter was a special guest. Trista brings years of experience to her new Podcast venture where she will be chatting with experts and everyday better about how we can all be better versions of ourself. From one Podcast Host to another, welcome to the game Trista, and thanks for stopping by.


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Feb 17, 2021
Bling Empire's Andrew Gray (A Sit Down Chat!) - Part II
37:38

Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray steps back Behind The Rope (Part I of our chat aired February 9th, 2021. If you haven't checked it out - feel free to do so.) Bling Empire is THE hottest show of the moment and we are LIVING for it. Andrew chats about how he got involved with Netflix’s break out 2021 hit show about a group of very wealthy, and we mean very very wealthy, Asian “friends” living in Los Angeles and what filming was like. Andrew is very forthcoming about his “role” as the shows “villain” (his words, not ours), when he knew he was going to be portrayed this way and how he feels about this edit. Speaking of his edit, we chat about the resulting public’s outcry about his on screen relationship with girlfriend Kelly Mi Li. Andrew opens up about having his behavior and relationship analyzed and called “toxic”, “abusive” and even that which should come with a “trigger warning” all across the world. A key crucial scene that led to much of this public disapproval came from the fateful Paris trip with Anna Shay. We discuss that trip, what was real versus “non-real” (imagine that a reality show not being 100% real), and how Kelly and he reacted to this scene when watching it back together. Of course, we discuss the evolution of his relationship with Kelly Mi Li - meeting, first date, when they fell in love, how filming a reality show affected their relationship, break ups, make ups and the current status of their relationship today. On a more serious note, we discuss how forthcoming Andrew and Kelly were to show it all on Bling Empire, including each of their own struggles with mental health. Finally, we chat about Andrew’s career, discuss what it is like for an actor to be more recognized because of a viral reality show than any past work, how life has changed since the show first aired and last, but certainly not least, what is it really like to be The Red Power Ranger (twice over).


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Feb 16, 2021
Jackie Siegel (on Below Deck, The Queen of Versailles & Housewives)
1:04:17

Hot off her recent Below Deck appearance, Jackie Siegel steps Behind The Rope. Yes, that Jackie Siegel. Jackie Siegel from the infamous, before its time, Reality Documentary “The Queen of Versailles”. Checking in from her home in Florida, we chat with Jackie about her “rags to riches” story of getting and falling in love with her now husband David. That “rags to riches” story included their decision to build the largest, at that time, private residence house in the United States of America, aptly deemed “Versailles”. What does one do when building the largest private residence? Why, hire a film crew to document the whole event. Duh, obvi. The result was 2012 Sundance Film Festival US Best Directing Award and Critics’ Choice Award Best Documentary Nominee “The Queen of Versailles”. What started out as a film documenting the construction on this residence and the fun lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous Siegels, turned in to somewhat of an expose of extreme wealth in the face of the unexpected economic crisis the country was facing during filming. “Expose” is not an understatement considering husband David’s lawsuit against the finished product. Jackie is forthcoming about all and her early days in the “reality” space. Speaking of reality, Jackie is friends with many a Real Housewife and we discuss some of her friends. We also discuss her desire to join the Real Housewives franchise, her past application to RHONY, her past rejection from RHONY, and her possible involvement in the rumored return of The Real Housewives of Miami to Peacock Streaming. Remember we said she was just on Below Deck aboard My Seanna for a two episode arch? Jackie pulls back the layers of what it is like to be a guest on Below Deck, what our favs of the crew this season are really like, her recent job offer to Chef Rachel to leave a life at sea behind for an official “Chef of Versailles” title, just how relaxing is a luxury yacht vacation when an entire Bravo crew is involved, and the one thing Beck Deck Producers told her was off limits. 


On a more serious note, as seen on Below Deck, similar to Captain Lee, Jackie and David lost their daughter Victoria Siegel to a drug overdose in June of 2015. If you or your loved ones need help, the Victoria’s Voice Foundation can help.


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Feb 15, 2021
Oxygen's Killer Motive
50:59

Are you a huge Real Housewives fan? Are you watching Oxygen’s “Killer Motive”? If so, do you love it as much as we do here Behind The Rope? If not, you must check it out. Just like you, yes you faithful listeners of ‘Behind The Velvet Rope”, cannot look away from the train wrecks that you witness each week on your favorite Bravo shows, you will not believe your eyes when you watch “Killer Motive”. Emmy-winning journalist Troy Roberts joins us today to talk about this stellar show. If Troy’s name sounds familiar, it may be because of his his award winning work with CBS’s 48 Hours or his time with the CBS evening and morning news. Troy chats about what it is like to host “Killer Motive”, a true crime series that guides viewers through some of our nation’s most horrific murders fueled by vengeance, jealousy, fear and greed. We discuss how each episode exposes dark and twisted motives that lead to gruesome murders and how this show is different than other true crime series in that it focuses on the psychology and motives of the people who committed these awful, heinous acts. We pick Troy’s brain on what he has learned as host, chat about whether he himself has become good at solving the mysteries, and discuss why true crime shows are so popular across the world. Finally, we ask Troy for any advice he has picked up through his day job on what to do if ever faced with a life threatening situation and what we can expect the rest of this stellar season. This is one you will not want to miss!


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Feb 14, 2021
Patti Stanger (Valentine's Advice for Bethenny, Teresa, Kenya, Joe Giudice & More) - Valentines Special
1:12:24

Patti Stanger, our favorite Matchmaker, is back for a third time to, what else, chat about all things Celebrity, Real Housewives and Love. Who better than to break it all down for us than our very own Love Doctor, Miss Patricia Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker herself. We start the only place we know how to, The Real Housewives. Patti weighs in on many unconventional Housewives’ couples - how they met, their courtships, marriages, and, of course, divorces, which sometimes change day by day. Keeping it left coast for a moment, we get Patti’s professional advice on RHOC’s Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her girlfriend’s relationship - both the chances of that lasting as well Brunwyn’s recent viral comments that she would be “heartbroken” if open marriage husband Sean were to “move on” with someone else. Also, what about Sean, how is he doing through all of this? Heading east, we discuss the always on-again, off-again, currently, we think, off again marriage of RHOA’s Kenya Moore and Marc Daly discussing whether Kenya should keep her man or, well, kick him to the curb. While east, we head north and, obviously need Patti’s advice, she is a NJ native after all, on Teresa Giudice’s new man, Luis Ruelas. Things seem to be moving pretty fast if Teresa’s Instagram is any indication of real life (c’mon kids, isn’t it always?). No discussion of Teresa would be complete without Joe Giudice and his new girlfriend over in Italy, a self proclaimed Tre fan, Daniella Fittipaldi. For all you single folks out there, we know what you are thinking, yes there is something here for you too, our fav single gals of them all, the RHONY Luann, Ramona, Sonja, Leah and last, but certainly not least, Bethenny Frankel - yes we discuss Bethenny’s sudden split from boyfriend Paul Bernon and their recent hand holding via Instagram. As much as we hate to admit it, life isn’t all about Real Housewives and Bravo. On that note, we get Patti’s take on some of the hottest couples and breakups of 2021, Kim and Kanye - no last names needed, Harry Stiles and Olivia Wilde (RIP Jason Sudeikis), Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, Katie Holmes and her Boy Toy Emilio Vitolo, to name a few. So for everyone out there listening to this with their one night stand, on their first date, with the love of their life, or alone curled up with a nice Dry Martini, let us just say from Behind The Velvet Rope to you, Happy Valentines Day. 


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Feb 12, 2021
ISAAC MIZRAHI - (A Sit Down Chat!)
57:51

Isaac Mizrahi steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Isaac Mizrahi. Living Legend, Fashion Icon Isaac Mizrahi. Nothing more needs to be said! However, did you know Isaac can also sing and is quite the comedian? Isaac takes time out of his busy day to chat about his “Isaac at Cafe Carlyle” virtual concert series, the third of which premieres tomorrow night (on BroadwayWorld Streaming Platform) with special guest Orange Is The New Black’s Lea DeLaria. Isaac discusses how he and the brilliant Lea DeLaria met on a flight from, he thinks, Indianapolis, and it was love at first sight. He also discusses the musical inspirations that help shape each evening’s set list which has even been known to include classics by Queen Madonna. Speaking of Isaac’s friend Madonna, who doesn’t Isaac know, we discuss the evolution of her career, and fashion, from the 1980s (think Virgin Bracelets) to the modern day Madge we see on our daily Instagram visits. While we have him, we chat with Isaac about his best and not so best dressed list among both the Hollywood A list as well as his many Housewife Friends, he knows ‘em all kids. Speaking of people Isaac knows, we chat about friend Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to Sex and the City and whether he might be making another cameo in the reboot. We also chat about the presence of the uber-famous who have entered the fashion and modeling game, think Kim Kardashian, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kayne West and Gigi Hadid. Finally, Issac opens up about his many year long foray into Reality TV on various shows such as Bravo’s “The Fashion Show”, “The Issac Mizrahi Show”, and last, but certainly not least, “Project Runway: All Stars”- Alyssa Milano we see you - not to mention the before it’s time Sundance Winning “Unzipped” documentary based on Isaac’s life. A rare opportunity to see Isaac through our eyes in a candid chat. 


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Feb 11, 2021
Elyse Slaine - Catching Up with RHONY's Fav "Friend Of"
1:24:27

RHONY’s Favorite “Friend Of” Elyse Slaine, sorry Barbara Kavovit, is back for an unprecedented Fifth Time!!! We just cannot get enough of our friend, not “friend of”, Elyse. We catch up with Elyse to see how life has been on the Upper East Side and in Southhampton for Ramona’s Ex-BFF. Elyse fills us in on her day job, Cryptocurrency Trading, no we do not understand it any better than the last four times she was here, and her unofficial side gig of giving advice from time to time on her Instagram. Fear not for anyone who doesn’t understand Crytocurrency Trading, Elyse is going to be holding training videos on her Instagram. Her first student, the one, the only Leah McSweeney. No really, she is teaching Leah Crypto. For anyone who follows her closely, you will also know that “Ask Elyse” has become a semi-regular or regular, depending on the day and how the market is doing, thing for Elyse on her IG. On that note, being Valentines day and all, we couldn’t think of anyone better than to, well, seek advice from. Before we get there, everyone can breath a sigh of relief, yes, we chat with Elyse about the status of all her friendships with her other RHONY cast mates - LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley and last, but certainly not least, Ramona Singer. We compare Spoilers and Fodder of what we have both heard from the set of current RHONY filming, and pry Elyse for any gossip that we may not know. You KNOW we are good like that. Since Elyse is here to give advice for Love Day, we break down the dating patterns and habits of all the aforementioned Real Housewives of New York, discuss what each of the women does wrong when trying to land a man, and discuss who we predict will first make it to the alter. Speaking of RHONY, we chat with Elyse about her newfound friendship with that other mentioned “Friend Of” Barbara Kavovit which started casually late last year and has blossomed into a full blown “romance” made for The Hamptons and NYC’s Upper East Side. Finally, we ask Elyse the top listener questions - yes y’all have sent in some good ones - that we have received regarding Love and Valentine’s Day and Elyse does not hold back in setting all you lovelies straight. Missing RHONY on your TV sets as much as us, tune in now for a catch up with the one and only Elyse Slaine.


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Feb 10, 2021
Bling Empire's Andrew Gray (A Sit Down Chat!) - Part I
51:48

Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray steps Behind The Rope. Bling Empire is THE hottest show of the moment and we are LIVING for it. Andrew chats about how he got involved with Netflix’s break out 2021 hit show about a group of very wealthy, and we mean very very wealthy, Asian “friends” living in Los Angeles and what filming was like. Andrew is very forthcoming about his “role” as the shows “villain” (his words, not ours), when he knew he was going to be portrayed this way and how he feels about this edit. Speaking of his edit, we chat about the resulting public’s outcry about his on screen relationship with girlfriend Kelly Mi Li. Andrew opens up about having his behavior and relationship analyzed and called “toxic”, “abusive” and even that which should come with a “trigger warning” all across the world. A key crucial scene that led to much of this public disapproval came from the fateful Paris trip with Anna Shay. We discuss that trip, what was real versus non-real (imagine a reality show not being 100% real), and how Kelly and he reacted to this scene when watching it back together. Of course, we discuss the evolution of his relationship with Kelly Mi Li - meeting, first date, when they fell in love, how filming a reality show affected their relationship, break ups, make ups and the current status of their relationship today. On a more serious note, we discuss how forthcoming Andrew and Kelly were to show it all on Bling Empire, including each of their own struggles with mental health. Finally, we chat about Andrew’s career, discuss what it is like for an actor to be more recognized because of a viral reality show than any past work, how life has changed since the show first aired and last, but certainly not least, what is it really like to be The Red Power Ranger (twice over). All this and we are only getting started!


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Feb 09, 2021
Chaz Dean (on Lisa Rinna, RHOBH, Nicollette Sheridan, 90210 and his Hair Empire)
1:04:09

Chaz Dean steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from the Hollywood Hills home he shares with his three Labradors, Chaz is here to tell it all. First things first, Chaz fills us in on his journey from his early days of working at a LA Salon to eventually purchasing that salon, developing WEN hair care products, taking over QVC and, of course, those infamous WEN infomercials - think Alyssa Milano and Brooke Shields - that we all love so much. Speaking of celebrities such as Brooke and Alyssa, his very first well known client was Nicolette Sheridan and from there things just took off. She told a friend who told a friend and soon he was doing hair for much of the Aaron Spelling Empire. That empire included such Superstars as 90210’s very own Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. As their stylist, Chaz heard and knew it all! The things he could, and does, tell! Let us not forget there was a time way back when where Shannen, Tori and Jennie didn’t exactly all see eye to eye. Our very own RHOBH Lisa Rinna was also a client and is a current friend. What happened when Nicolette Sheridan walked into his Salon one day while Rinna was in his chair? Umm, yea, exactly what you are thinking. Not well. There was also that one time he had to run to Casa Rinna for a Delilah Belle Hamlin hair emergency. Chaz has stories for days and we are LIVING for it. Chaz is also close with Liza Vanderpump. Wait, how does that work also being friends with Rinna? Are you starting to see a trend? Tune in to hear it all - Chaz Dean, the man behind the WEN empire, chats about business, hair and what we love best, Celebrity on this Part I sit down of our interview with Chaz Dean. 


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Feb 08, 2021
The Bachelor's Lacey Mark (on Matt James, Current Season, & Clare / Dale )
1:11:48

Who isn’t watching the current 25th Season of ABC’s The Bachelor, one of the longest running Reality TV Shows in history. Who better than to help us break it all down than someone who has lived it first hand. This is the Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast after all and that is how we do it, first hand all day, every day. Enter Lacey Mark, former Bachelor Season 21 and Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 contestant. First we catch up with Lacey finding out everything she has been up to since looking for love and roses on national TV. Speaking of looking for love on national TV, Lacey chats about The Bachelor application / interview process, filming the hit show, the other women - the good, the bad, the other, and last, but certainly not least, her edit. She also talks about Bachelor Nick Viall, who was supposed to be her “Knight In Shining Armor”, and discuses the likelihood of finding ever lasting love on a Reality TV show. Lacey and David chat about their fav Bachelors and Bachelorettes of all time and the epic last season of The Bachelorette - Clare Crawley “blowing it up”, her supposed rumored communication with Dale before the show, their recent break up as a couple, and Tayshia Adams as a replacement. Of course, we talk all things current season - how hot Matt James is, the drama that has already occurred amongst the women, the cringeworthy moments (think Dildos on arrival, thank you Katie), Sarah removing herself, Queen Victoria, the new girls, Chris Harrison in all his glory, the rumored frontrunners, and who will get that infamous final rose, and possible marriage proposal, mere weeks from now. If you are a Bachelor fan, your time has finally come. Bachelor Nation’s Lacey Mark has arrived to help us make sense of it all.


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Feb 05, 2021
LISA BARLOW - (An Interview with RHOSL's Tequila & Sundance Queen)
1:16:24

Lisa Barlow, hot off the RHOSL finale, steps Behind The Rope (with special guest appearance by John Barlow). The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Lisa Barlow and we could not be more excited to chat with her about this new stellar addition to the franchise. After a brief background on Lisa, where she grew up, how she ended up in Salt Lake, where she met husband John Barlow, and all things Vida Tequila (yes kids, we have a new Housewives’ product!), we get right into all the current drama on the freshman season of RHOSL. Lisa explains which franchises she watched prior to being cast on the show, how she originally got involved in the show, why Salt Lake is the perfect location for a Real Housewives show and what other Bravolebrities and Housewives she heard from now that the show has aired. Lisa dives deep on her many year friendship with fellow cast mate Meredith Marks and is happy to discuss all of her new “friends” Jen Shah, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, and Whitney Rose. Lisa chats about who she thinks was authentically themselves during filming and was portrayed accurately now that the show has aired. She also chats about who loved the camera a little too much and brought the drama even when there was no drama needed to be brought. On that note, Lisa opens up about what what she thinks is the biggest misconception of herself, reflects back on some of the seasons already iconic moments and chats about what she plans, if anything, to do differently for Season Two. With our prodding, she addresses Vanderpump Rules Katie Maloney’s recent comments about her “Queen of Sundance” title that Jen Shah bestowed upon her. Thank you Lisa. Finally, we discuss the Vida Tequila event Bethenny Frankel attended back in the day and what she has to now say to the Skinnygirl Mogul. A true RHOSL extravaganza not to be missed.


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Feb 04, 2021
Randall Emmett (Vanderpump Rules) - Part II
50:25

Randall Emmett steps back Behind The Rope. Back in a simpler time, before the exciting news of Randall and Lala’s pregnancy announcement, before the cast changes on Vanderpump Rules, back when all our favorite VanderKids were still a part of the gang, before Scheana and Jax and who knows who next was with child, we sat down with Randall for a special two part chat (Part I aired June 24th 220. Feel free to check it out). Today we bring you the very special second part to that chat. How interesting to listen to just how much things gave changed in what, six short months? Randall talks to us about his friendships in the Vander Group, how he became one of the boys, and what couple date nights with Lala and the other VanderKids is like. Randall and David discuss the evolution of the cast from living in small apartments to being “on top of the world”. Where else do you get a job as a waiter and end up a millionaire. From a Producer point of view, and Randall is one of the best, we discuss. We talk about how he would never be able to do Lala's job, or the job of any reality TV star who has to “put it all out there”. We chat about Randall’s upcoming nuptials to Lala and the cast, sorry Sandoval, who are most likely going to be part of the wedding. We also discuss whether his upcoming wedding will be part of the upcoming Vanderpump Rules season. Speaking of Sandoval, we chat about his current relationship with Jax and the tumultuous past season of Vanderpump Rules. We talk about other cast members such as Kristen, Scheana and James. Being a fellow Podcast host, we discuss “Give them Lala with Randall”. We also discuss Randall's new film as a first time director and his matchmaker abilities, think Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly. Finally, Randall is kind enough to entertain all of David’s questions regarding 50 Cent and the legend that will forever be “FOFTY”!!!


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Feb 03, 2021
Flipping Out's Megan Weaver (on Jeff Lewis, Flipping Out, and all her Housewife / Bravolebrity BFFs)
1:16:33

Flipping Out’s Megan Weaver steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her bed, no really Megan is in bed, in The Valley, Megan is here to tell it all. Owning her Valley Girl status, Megan takes us back to the beginning, her first job was working as a Production Assistant for Steven Spielberg. She worked on them all, Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Twister, Schindler’s List and saw them all Antonio Banderas, Tom Hanks, and oh, there was that one time she stayed in Leo DiCaprio’s Malibu Beach House. How did Megan get from Spielberg to Megan Weaver Design? One day she met Jeff Lewis in a restaurant bathroom, and soon Megan found herself working for our favorite House Flipper and starring on Bravo’s Hit Show, “Flipping Out”. Megan, being a prior fan of the show, recalls how excited she was during her interview when Zoila and Jenni were there, floating around working at Jeff Lewis Design. We discuss the first time she realized Jeff Lewis’ work style may be a “little different" than Megan was used to. Ok fine, that is an understatement. We talk about some of Megan and Jeff’s Housewife BFFS, Kelly Dodd, Shannon Storms Beador and Teddi Mellencamp. Yes Megan and Jeff did Teddi’s much criticized ALL IN Program. Do tell. She does! Megan discusses the fall out between Jeff and Jenni Pulos, the current status of that relationship, how that affected her own relationship with Jenni and what she predicts for the future of that relationship. Megan also opens up about Jeff’s relationship with Gage Edward, the end of that relationship and Jeff’s new man, Scott Anderson. We also discuss her work on Lala and Randall’s house as well as Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green's house. Speaking of Brian Austin Green (anything for a shameless 90210 reference), Jeff’s current neighbor is Machine Gun Kelly which leads to a very interesting conversation! 


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Feb 02, 2021
TRINITY "The Tuck" TAYLOR (An Interview with Drag Race Winner!) - Part II
46:29

Welcome back Trinity Taylor (Part I of our sit down with Trinity Taylor aired November 19th, 2020. If you haven’t checked it out check yet, feel free to do so now). Trinity chats more about what filming Drag Race was like, the competitions, the clothes, and the judges. Trinity discusses the differences between Season 9 and All Stars Season 4 - experience, money, age - and how that affected the competition. Speaking of Season 4, we discuss what it was like to be co-winner with Monet X Change, the aftermath of winning with Monet, and the status of their friendship today. We also discuss what it was like to star in Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down" music video and open the 2019 VMAs as Lady Gaga. Trinity tells us what hanging backstage with Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga was really like. Speaking of pop divas, we discuss Monet’s cameo in Queen Madonna’s “God Control” video and Miss Thing’s almost appearance, she turned it down (don’t worry, we discuss why), in a Justin Bieber video. Scandalous. We discuss Trinity’s You Tube video with Icon Cyndi Lauper, Trinity’s shout out from Sarah Paulson, and her current guilty pleasure, rewatching America's Next Top Model. Trinity discusses what it was like to be a contestant on Botched and answers the age old questions, Dr. Terry or Dr. Paul? We discuss Trinity's very own podcast Werk, her booming Acting Career after a role in “AJ and The Queen”, what running lines and acting with RuPaul is like, her stellar “Plastic” album, the juggernaut that is DragCon, several of her colleague Drag Queens and last, but not least, what is next for Miss Trinity Taylor. Whew! Tune in now as our Part II sit down with Trinity Taylor concludes. 


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Feb 01, 2021
Lady Bunny (on Friends Andy Cohen & RuPaul, Drag Race, & Appearing on WWHL)
1:14:57

Lady Bunny Steps back Behind The Rope (for everyone who is wondering, our Part I sit down chat with Bunny aired December 17th, 2020. Feel free to check it out). Yes, THAT Lady Bunny. Drag Queen Extraordinaire, NYC Nightlife Legend, Friend to RuPaul, Lady Bunny. We pick up right where we left off. Lady Bunny is very open when chatting about the phenomenon that is her BFF’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bunny weights the pros and cons and ultimately answers the question on whether she feels Drag Race is good for the Drag Community as a whole. When a legendary Queen like Lady Bunny talks Drag Race, we listen!! We discuss how and why Drag Race has become the “mainstream” Emmy winning blockbuster that it is today, the changed perception amongst mainstream viewers of Drag, and how Drag has changed throughout the years from when Bunny and Ru were starting together back in Atlanta, Georgia. Lady Bunny fills us in on all her current projects including, but not limited to, HNN: Hateful Hags Network, a Vimeo Comedy Special she stars in alongside Drag Race Season Six Winner, the one and only Miss Bianca Del Rio. On a more serious note, Lady Bunny discusses the details of the shocking disqualification of Sherry Pie from the Drag Race competition due to a catfishing casting scandal, whether she agrees with that decision and her thoughts on the larger “cancel culture” in general. In addition to longtime friend RuPaul, Lady Bunny has another good friend we were all too interested to chat about. Mr. Andrew Andy Cohen. Bunny opens up about that friendship and her multiple appearances on Watch What Happens Live. Finally, Bunny discusses her appearance and involvement in the Comedy Central Roast of Icon Pamela Anderson and several of the other guests to attend that event such as Tommy Lee, Courtney Love. Bea Arthur and last, but certainly not least, Anna Nicole Smith. LOL in true Lady Bunny comedic fashion, an episode not to be missed. Tune in as our Part II sit down with Lady Bunny comes to a conclusion.


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Jan 29, 2021
Jo De La Rosa (The Real Housewives of Orange County) - Catching Up
1:12:49

Jo De La Rosa, one of the OGs of the OC, steps Behind The Rope. Let us start at the beginning of it all, Season One, Episode One of The Real Housewives of Orange Country. Jo explains how she got cast in the freshman installment of the juggernaut franchise. The answer is not at all what you would expect. We talk about what filming was like for Jo, considering she had nothing to compare it to with The Hills, The Real World and The Simple Life being some of her only predecessors to turn to. We discuss some of Jo’s highlights from her time on RHOC, wanting to not be a “kept woman”, those dramatic always happening fights with then fiancé Slade Smiley, and that infamous French Maid's costume. Speaking of Slade, Jo discusses the end of her relationship with him and how she felt when he went on to date Fellow RHOC Housewives Lauri Peterson and Gretchen Rossi, who he is still with to this day. Jo discusses some of her past co-stars such as Vicki Gunvalson and Jeana Keough and how and why she decided to leave the show for life in Los Angeles. She also discusses her short lived follow up classic Bravo Show “Date My Ex: Jo & Slade”. We also discuss how she is not only the youngest housewife to ever be a part of the franchise (she was 24 when she joined, yes 24) but also how she was the first Housewife to ever have a hit song (fun fact: she worked with Erika Jayne's Creative Director, Mikey Minden, on the Video / Tour Choreography). We discuss her fellow Housewives Songstresses Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Erica Jayne, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Kandi Burruss and Melissa Gorga. Jo opens up about what life was like when the flashbulbs faded. Fun story, it involved a bartending job and TMZ. Jo is now trying to “reinvent” herself in LA through her stellar PopCandy Podcast and booming YouTube Channel, documenting the art of the comeback and the life of becoming an influencer. As she looks ahead with these and various other projects, she spends the hour with us looking back at her legacy in The Real Housewives of Orange Country Franchise. Thanks for stopping by Jo. 


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Jan 28, 2021
Odd Mom Out's Sean Kleier (takes us Behind The Scenes of the Classic Bravo Series)
1:05:38

Odd Mom Out’s Sean Kleier steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Lex Von-Weber from Bravo’s classic scripted series Odd Mom Out. So many questions, so little time. Sean chats with us about how he originally met series creator Jill Kargman. Based on her book Momzillas, Odd Mom out chronicled the wealthy mommy clique that resides in New York’s prestigious Upper East Side. Sean explains the casting process, what attracted him to the role of Lex Von-Weber and how much fun it was to act on this Bravo series each week for three years. Part of that fun was due to costarring with, not only Jill Kargman, but the brilliant Abby Elliot and Icon Joanna Cassidy. Sean is kind enough to answer our many questions about off camera shenanigans between cast members and chat with him about why the show ended and where he thinks Lex Von-Weber would be today. Of course, having been on Bravo, we chat about Sean’s own experience with our friends “The Real Housewives” and of course Mr. Andy Cohen and his infamous Watch What Happens Live appearance. We also chat about Odd Mom Out’s multitude of guest stars including, but not limited to, Jill’s sister in law at the time, Drew Barrymore! We also had to ask Sean about his recent guest star role on Fox’s 9-1-1 and what working with the likes of Jennifer Love Hewitt and legend Angela Bassett was like. Finally, we chat about the recent announcement that Odd Mom Out is now streaming on Peacock TV. You are welcome. A fun trip down memory lane!.


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Jan 27, 2021
Below Deck's Bruno Duarte (on Kate Chastain, Captain Lee & The New Season) - Part II
1:02:43

Below Deck’s Bruno Duarte steps back Behind The Rope. For everyone who has not heard Part I of our sit down (Air Date December 7th, 2020), Bruno DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK in discussing what it was like to film with and work with Kate Chastain and Captain Lee. Hint, not great. He talks about how they were on camera as well as how they were completely different off camera. No detail is spared. That conversation continues here. Bruno also opens up about his possible "near death" experience he experienced while filming his season of Below Deck. He recalls the details of that almost disastrous accident and the reaction from Producers, Kate Chastain, Captain Lee and the rest of the Cameramen and Crew. Bruno opens about about crew Drinking and discuses Malia White and Captain Sandy’s termination of Hannah Ferrier last season on Below Deck Med. He also discusses exactly what he would say if he ran into Kate or Lee today. On a lighter note, Bruno discusses those infamous charter tips, high maintenance guests, the sexual tension between crew members as well as real world instances of being “approached” by charter guests. Finally, he discusses the current status of his love life and what is next for him both on and off the water. Tune in now as Part Two of our sit down with Below Deck’s Bruno Duarte concludes.


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Jan 26, 2021
Project Runway's Suede (on The Judges, Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano & all things Runway!)
1:20:05

Fashion Runway’s Suede steps Behind The Rope. Yup, fan favorite, blue haired, likes to refer to himself in the third person, Suede. Checking in from his home in Ohio where he is now a successful Real Estate Broker, Suede is here to tell it all. Born Stephen Whitney Baum, Suede was a name that started in college at Kent State and, well, just stuck (full story inside with how the name came about). After college, and a move to, where else, New York City, and several jobs in the industry - Polo, Jordache, Geoffrey Beene, Old Navy, Suede had a dream that Tim Gunn urged him it was time to apply to Project Runway. Suede did and soon found himself cast as one of the hopeful contestants on Season Five of the then hit Bravo TV show (Fun Fact: last season before it left for Lifetime TV.) Suede discusses the casting process, the filming process, his fellow contestant designers, the difficulty of Runway and how you really had to “Make It Work. Speaking of “Making It Work”, Suede opens up about Project Runway Mentor Tim Gunn, what it is like to work with him as a Mentor on the hit TV show and what Tim Gunn is like in real life off camera. Suede also discusses judges Heidi Klum, Michael Koors, and Nina Garcia - the good, the bad, the other. Suede also chats about his Runway All Stars' Judges when he returned to the now Lifetime show, Issac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman. We discuss Georgina’s Husband at the time and Former Runway Producer, Harvey Weinstein, what did he see at the time, was he shocked at what has transpired since regarding Weinstein? We discuss one of the most successful winners of Project Runway, Christian Siriano, how, what, where and why did he become the most well know winner in Runway’s history? On a larger note, Suede explains whether Reality Competition shows are still a valid means to achieve success in ones field after the show ends. Finally, Suede discusses some of his inspirations growing up that have inspired both his fashion as well as his life - Madonna. Cher and Cyndi Lauper. Very good choices Suede. Very good choices for sure.


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Jan 25, 2021
Sirius XM's Jenny Hutt (on IRL friendships with Bethenny Frankel, Martha Stewart, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand & More)
1:28:31

Jenny Hutt steps Behind The Rope. Let us start at the beginning. Jenny was born in Roslyn, Long Island to Charles & Bunny Koppelman. A “big wig” in the record industry, her Dad knew them all. By all, we mean he worked with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Vanilla Ice. Jenny grew up going on vacations with Barbara Streisand and “hanging out” with Dolly Parton. Obsessed with Rap Music at a young age, RUN DMC played at her Sweet Sixteen Party and The Beastie Boys were also in attendance. Remember the MTV Show “My Super Sweet 16”? Ok, you get the idea. After college Jenny went to Law School, before accepting a position as her Dad’s executive assistant for his newly found position as Chairman and Right Hand Man to Martha Stewart at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It was at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia that Martha’s daughter Alexis befriended her and decided, hey, we are going to have a radio show together. For the next several years, Jenny and Alexis hosted “Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer” at SiriusXM. That Radio show led to a TV Show on the Hallmark Chanel of the same name where they interviewed a variety of guests such as national treasure Paula Abdul. It was also during this time that Martha and Jenny’s Dad starred on a little known reality show called “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart”. Jenny couldn’t believe her eyes when one of her college friends was a contestant on the show, Miss Bethenny Frankel. Jenny enlightens us with what Bethenny was like in college and how even way back when, she was determined to know and have it all. Jenny has a funny story about Bethenny selling motorcycles in Europe. Yup, always the hustler, even back then. Regarding the radio show, one day Alexis was “over it” and the show ended, leaving Jenny to form her own stellar SiriusXM Radio Show “Just Jenny”. Jenny talks to us about some of her favorite guests such as Kerry Washington, Rob Lowe and, oh yea, she was able to connect with childhood “friend” Dolly Parton for a formal sit down interview. Finally, we discuss her brilliant invention, Bunny Eyez, the flippable, tiltable, wearable reading glasses, discuss whether she would ever take that invention on Shark Tank and of course, discuss once of life’s most important questions, which shark would you chose to invest. An episode not to be missed.


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Jan 22, 2021
VICKI GUNVALSON (The OG of the OC) - Tells All!
1:02:17

The OG of the OC Miss Vicki Gunvalson steps Behind The Rope. First Vicki fills us all in on what she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens. For those of you who don’t know, she bought a house in Mexico, had a stellar Whoop It Up Podcast (which BTVR appeared on), has been running Coto Insurance, and has just been enjoying time with her family (Steve, Michael, Brianna, Ryan & The Boys). Vicki and David discuss the trajectory of being a Housewife - the beginning (so hopeful), the middle (save your $), the inevitable end (Cue The Five Stages of grief). We discuss the concept of resigning and quitting versus being fired and let go. Vicki lets us know what advice she would give, not only to Season One Vicki, but other Housewives starting out and what she has learned throughout the years during her tenure on the hit Bravo show. Speaking of the beginning, Vicki and David discuss how much the show has changed since the beginning - the salaries, the vacations, the women, the drama! We discuss the involvement of producers and editing throughout the years and the concept of “reality” as it exists, or lack thereof, in any reality TV show these days. Vicki opens up about her highs and lows during her fourteen years on the show. We discuss the evolution of her relationships that we saw play out on national TV - Don, Brooks, Steve. Vicki discusses her relationships with Kelly Dodd (where she thinks it all went wrong), Tamra Judge (going strong), Shannon Beador (can it be repaired?) as well as RHOC past Jeana Keough, Meghan King Edmonds, Heather Durbrow and Alexis (“Jesus Jugs”) Bellino. Vicki is honest about what she misses the most about Housewives and answers the age old question, would you ever go back? Finally, no sit down with The OG of the OC would be complete without a trip down memory lane regarding some of Vicki’s most iconic moments - the State of Oklahoma. Slade Smiley’s infamous comment and her plastic surgeries throughout the years, Lauri Peterson’s Ski Slope “multiple partners” and of course, last but certainly not least, just how many people can you fit into a family van?


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Jan 21, 2021
Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (The People's Couch) on Pump Rules, Housewives & More! - Part II
1:05:31

Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard from Bravo’s The People’s Couch step back Behind The Rope (Part I of our sit down aired December 8, 2020 - feel free to check it out). Julie and Brandy get right into it. They talk about how they went from being cast members on The People Couch to official hosts of The Vanderpump Rules After Show. Of course we needed all the details on the many Pump Rules guests on their show - Jax, James, Kristen, Brittany, Lala and of course, the Queen herself, LVP. They discuss how you prepare to interview LVP and Giggy and what the set was like the days Lisa & Giggy were there. They also explain what it was like to hang with the Pump kids in a social setting. Do tell. They do. They discuss their multiple appearances on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen plus their appearances on Radio Andy. There was also this one time prior to all this that they attended an Andy Cohen book signing! On a more serious note, Brandy opens up about the dark period she fell into after The People’s Couch ended and how her and Julie reinvented themselves as the hosts of the Dumb Gay Politics Podcast, a podcast for people who know nothing about politics, aka politics made fun. To start their podcast, they did what any other self respecting host of The Vanderpump Rules After Show would do. They reached out to Stassi to ask her advice on how to Podcast (I guess we weren’t available). Finally, us Bravo aficionados talk about the evolution of Bravo throughout the years and how the network we know and love today has come a long way since the Bravo of yesteryear. 


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Jan 20, 2021
Lisa D'Amato (America's Next Top Model - Tells All on Tyra, The Show, & Shark Tank) - Part I
1:09:30

Lisa D’Amato, from America’s Next Top Model, steps Behind The Rope. Holding nothing back, Lisa is here to tell it all. Starting her modeling career at the young age of twelve, Lisa learned many of the tricks of the trade, which would later help her when she applied to America’s Next Top Model on a dare. That worked out well and Lisa soon found herself on Cycle Five of the hit Reality Show, competing for the affection and approval of one Miss Tyra Banks. Lisa chats about what living in the model house was really like, the competitiveness of her fellow model contestants and the pressure she felt from producers while filming. She chats about ANTM judges Miss J, Nigel Barker, Twiggy and last, but certainly not least, Janice Dickinson as well as about Creative Director Jay Manuel. Lisa confirms and debunks many of the vicious rumors heard over the years about the tension on the set and the “my way or the highway” rumored attitude of Tyra Banks. Leaving no detailed spared, Lisa explains how she felt she was treated by Tyra and Producers, the good, the bad, the other. There was a lot of bad and a lot of other. We discuss! She chats about her status as “fan favorite” once the show aired, largely in part due to her outspoken nature. That outspoken nature found her back on ANTM, this time "All Stars”, Cycle Seventeen, which she won. She chats abut how life changed as a result of winning ANTM and what came next. That next eventually included her Dare-U-Go! product pitch on Shark Tank, where she got a deal with the one and only Miss Barbara Corcoran. She takes us behind the scenes of Shark Tank and all the shenanigans taking place behind the scenes off camera.


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Jan 19, 2021
Vicky Vox (on Drag Race, RuPaul, Real Housewives and Filming with Patti Stanger) - Part II
1:03:38

Vicky Vox steps Back Behind The Rope (Part I of our sit down aired on December 4th, 2020. Feel free to check it out. Vicky came directly from Kelly Osbourne’s birthday party, a little hungover, to dish it all!). Vicky originally decided to do Drag because she needed the $50 pay day that came along with the job. She got herself some clothes and heels, picked her name, and the rest is history. Quickly adopted, shortly thereafter, by Drag Mother Detox, the two have been fast friends ever since. That friendship saw Detox through her star turn on RuPaul’s Drag Race. That friendship also saw Detox, one fateful night, as she was the lucky bidder of the infamous nightly several thousand dollar Madonna Madame X Polaroid. Congrats Detox. Vicky discusses the pressure Drag Queens feel today to participate as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and how the “younger generation” of Drag wannabes grow up knowing no other world. Vicky also discusses RuPaul, her history and origins and place in the Drag Community today. Vicky opens up about a career high when she was nominated in the same category as Broadway Legend Patti LuPone for her role as Audrey II in the hit West End production of Little Shop of Horrors. Vicky also shares a love of all things Real Housewives. Being a proper LA girl, she is eager to discuss real life experiences with and thoughts on Lisa Vanderpump, her restaurants and the Sur staff. Vicky also discusses her favorite Housewife Cities, one of her namesakes Miss Victoria Gunvalson, the current state of affairs in Potomac, and that one time she filmed an episode of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” with Patti Stanger. Listen in as our Part II sit down with Vicky Vox comes to a conclusion.


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Jan 18, 2021
Gregory Zarian (on RHONJ, RHOBH, Revenge, Nip/Tuck, The OC & More!)
1:15:25

Gregory Zarian steps back Behind The Rope (For everyone who hasn’t heard, our Part I sit down with Gregory Zarian aired December 29th, 2020. Feel free to check it out). Picking up right where we left off, Gregory chats about his Soap Opera career which started with “Days of Our Lives” and included fan fav role Julius on “General Hospital”. Speaking of daytime TV, Gregory chats about his recent Emmy nomination, for his role on “Venice the Series”, a role that deals with bullying, something near and dear to Gregory and David, having both grown up having been bullied. On the topic of TV, we need Gregory’s hot takes from his guest star roles on many of our favorites: Nip/Tuck, Revenge, 90210, The OC, and last, but certainly not least, Westworld. We discuss what it was like on set of each of those shows and, of course, in typical Rope fashion, we need all the juicy details. Ryan Murphy, Emily VanCamp, Evan Rachel Wood, Donna Mills… we discuss it all! We also discuss his recurring role on CSI as well as his dream role in ShondaLand on the juggernaut that is Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, all roads lead to Real Housewives. With the new season of RHONJ almost upon us, we chat with Gregory about the woman he calls “Mom”, the one, the only Kathy Wakile. Gregory recounts how he met Kathy, the New York Fashion fashion show they “attended” with Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (we told you we had Housewives fodder to discuss), and just how they became “family”. He also talks about some of his other east coast Jerz friends and run ins, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania and Danielle Staub. Heading west, let us not forget that Gregory lives in LA and travels in the same circles as the likes of Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards, Eileen Davidson. He also fills us in on the fact that his Dad, Larry Zarian, was BFFS with Robert Kardashian. Say whaaat? Way to burry the lead Gregory. A pop culture lovers dream when these two - David and Gregory - sit down to name drop it all. Tune in as Part II of our sit down with Gregory Zarian continues and concludes. 



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Jan 15, 2021
RHONY's HEATHER THOMSON (Checking In!)
1:02:29

Heather Thomson steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her Berkshires home, Heather is here to tell it all. Let us start at the beginning, Season Five of The Real Housewives of New York City. One day, Heather got a call from a casting agent and, well, the rest is history. Heather discusses what it was like back in the day in the groundbreaking season when the first ever major cast shake up took place seeing several OG’s be replaced by a new crop. Heather was one of these “new crop” Housewives, along with Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill. Heather chats about what it was like to film having never really watched the show and what it was like to be “inducted” by The Singer Stinger. Heather discusses just how far The Housewives Franchise has come from six years ago when we last saw her on our television sets as a full time cast member and how social media now plays a huge role, for better or worse, in the show and the drama that goes along with being a Real Housewife. Heather discusses some of the most iconic moments that took place during her tenure on RHONY such as “Take a Xanax”, “Be Cool, Don’t Be All Uncool”, and that infamous Le Cirque Leg Toss. We touch upon Heather’s final season as a cast member, the introduction of one Dorinda Medley and the return of one Bethenny Frankel. Heather opens up about how the presence of Bethenny Frankel on set changed the mood and vibe and how the women really reacted behind the scenes to her return. Speaking of Bethenny Frankel, Heather discusses her thoughts on the on-line “hate” Bethenny has received from having certain guests on her Podcast and the advice she has for Bethenny who, maybe, does “know it all”. Heather is happy to discuss her stellar new Podcast, “In My Heart”, no really, it is great, check it out and let's us know the last time she spoke to Diddy and the rest of the Bad Boy Fam. Finally, we discuss Heather’s much publicized lunch with Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer and Eboni Williams’ cryptic Instagram post to “meet” your RHONY Season 13 Cast, which happen to include a picture of Heather. Yes, we got to the bottom of that and will Heather be holding an apple when RHONY Season 13 premieres later this year. Holla, this Mama is back and ready to spill it all.



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Jan 14, 2021
Laguna Beach's Alex Murrel (on Laguna Beach, The Hills, RHOC, & Dating Nick Carter) - Part I
47:07

Laguna Beach’s Alex Murrel Johnson, otherwise know as Alex M, Steps Behind The Rope. Yup, Laguna Beach. One of the granddaddy’s of them all, or as we like to say, one of the best reality shows to ever exist. Alex explains what it was like to be a student at Laguna Beach High School when MTV came knocking on its door with the concept for a reality show that followed the lives, and interrelationships, of some of Orange County’s more “interesting” students. We discuss the casting process, the reactions from students who were “left out”, the reaction from the school’s administration and what Alex’s parents thought about their daughter joining the cast. Alex explains what it was like to “film” with very few reality shows, other than shows like The Real World, existing at the time. She also discusses how she felt with her “bit*h” edit once she watched the show back as the season aired. Alex also discusses what it was like to gain instant fame overnight and how life changed once that fame, and money, started to roll in. Of course, we also discuss her Laguna Beach colleagues Lauren Conrad, Jason Wahler, Stephen Colletti and Kristin Cavallari. We discuss what our fav Laguna Beach students were like way back when, and the status of each of these relationships today. Alex discusses what life was like once her time on the show ended and she moved to LA, where she initially spent a lot of time hanging out in the clubs with other friends, including some of our favorite Hill’s cast members, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Brody Jenner and Spencer Pratt. During her time in Los Angeles she also partied with Celebs like Paris Hilton and Aaron Carter. Speaking of Aaron Carter, she briefly dated Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.  Say whaaaat?  Being a fan of Reality TV herself, Alex & David discuss just how much reality TV has changed since the early days of MTV. Finally, we answer the age old question, just how “real” was Laguna Beach / The Hills. Tune in now to our Part I chat with Alex Murrel.



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Jan 13, 2021
Izzy Wouters (on Below Deck Current Season & her Viral Coming Out!!) - Part II
57:09

Below Deck’s Izzy Wouters steps back Behind The Rope (if you haven’t heard our Part I, feel free to check it out, airdate January 5th, 2021). Current Season Eight Deckhand, Izzy Wouters. Picking up right where we left off, Izzy breaks down many of situations we have seen play out all season on Below Deck and gives us her opinion on whether they were handled correctly or not. Of course, she also gives us her opinion on her other fellow cast mates Elizabeth Frankini, Rachel Hargrove, James Hough, Ashling Lorger, Sunshine Shane (shout out to Sustainability) and last, but certainly not least, Captain Lee. In recent news, if you have not heard, Izzy recently “came out”! After welcoming her to The Family, we chat about what that process was like, answer the question why now, discuss whether the fact that Below Deck is now airing affected her decision regarding timing, chat about whether she confided in anyone from the Below Deck cast during or after filming, the public’s reaction both in the media and in her DMs and who from the BravoVerse she has heard from since the big announcement. Sorry, we are excited. Moving on, Izzy opens up about how she feels the season went, the best and worst parts of working aboard Valor and filming the Below Deck TV show, who she regularly keeps in touch with from past and current cast and what is the first thing she plans to do once the world opens back up. Tune in now as our Part II chat with Izzy Wouters continues and concludes.


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Jan 12, 2021
Bob The Drag Queen (Drag Race Winner tells all)
1:04:02

Bob The Drag Queen steps Behind The Rope. Season Eight Winner. Yes, THAT Bob The Drag Queen. Originally from the South, the son of a Mom who owned a Drag Bar (yup, we are completely jealous), Bob is here to tell it all. We start at the beginning - just how did Bob come up with the Iconic “Bob The Drag Queen” name. We discuss the legendary New York City Drag Scene where Bob got his start (shout out to Barracuda Lounge) coming up the ranks alongside fellow NYC and RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Peppermint and Bianca Del Rio. Bob fills us in on how and why he decided to join Drag Race, what his season was like, fellow Season Eight Queens, RuPaul, and who his favorite judge was - Carson, Michelle or Ross. Bob also discusses Drag Race Guest Judges Nicole Richie, Gigi Hadid, Debbie Harry, Marc Jacobs and Vivica A. Fox. Do tell. Bob does. Bob opens up about what winning Drag Race meant and how life changed as a result thereafter. How life changed includes many many projects confirming that Bob has had, and is having, a MAJOR moment since Drag Race ended. These projects include the phenomenal MTV Show “Drag My Dad”, The “Sibling Rivalry” Podcast with BFF and Drag Race All Stars Winner Monet X. Change, HBO’s First Ever NonScripted - and Emmy Nominated - Series “We’re Here” (Yup, it was just green lit for a second season) and the brand new comedy special Bob The Drag Queen: Live at Carolines.



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Jan 11, 2021
Peaches Christ (on Showgirls, Elizabeth Berkley, Madonna, & Reality TV) - Part II
52:29

Peaches Christ steps back Behind The Rope. Legendary Drag Performer, Peaches Christ, that is. (if you have not heard our original chat with Peaches Christ on December 22, 2020, feel free to check it out). We have one word - SHOWGIRLS. Yes, that classic mess of a movie or classic brilliant masterpiece, depending upon which side of the fence you fall. Wait, before we get to that and “You Don’t Nomi”, the documentary that analyzes the making of Showgirls, the movie itself, the public’s reaction, and how it remains a cult classic all these years later, Peaches chats more with us about her life and career that has spanned several decades on the San Francisco, and world, drag scene. Peaches has been producing full blown Midnight Movie drag extravaganzas for years, one of which was Showgirls. The other of which is Purple Rain. Yes, we have yet another Prince fan in the house to discuss one of the biggest musical geniuses of our, or any, generation. We also discuss Peaches’ “Spin The Bottle”, a drag-umentary send up of Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” chronicling life behind the scenes at Midnight Movie Mass. Speaking of Madonna, Peaches analyzes current day Madonna, her “interesting” social media behavior, and whether she has “lost her way”. On the subject of train wrecks like Showgirls that we just cannot look away from, Peaches chats our favorite subject, Reality TV and all its glory. In other current event news, Peaches discusses, yes we are on an Elizabeth Berkley kick, the just released Saved By The Bell Reboot. Finally, we talk about other “so bad they are good” movies such as Grease 2 and Xanadu, to name a few. Tune in now as our two part sit down with the one and only Peaches Christ continues and comes to a conclusion.


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Jan 08, 2021
Caprice Bourret (Ladies of London)
59:00

Ladies of London’s Caprice Bourret steps Behind The Rope. Calling from her closet, no really she is in her expansive, white closet, from across the pond, Caprice is here to tell it all. Originally from California, Caprice moved to London when she was in her early 20s. As an aspiring model, she deemed London a good place to launch her career. Within six months of arriving, she was on the cover of every UK magazine, newspaper and so on. 350 magazine covers to be exact, and counting. Even though it all happened so fast and Caprice skyrocketed to the top of the modeling world, she always knew it could be a a flash in the pan, and thus started By Caprice Home Products. Smart Biscuit. When her agents didn’t think she was right to play Maureen in Rent, she queued in line like everyone else and proved them all wrong, landing the part to rave reviews once the show opened in the West End. Ok thats all fine, sweet and good, but lets get to it - LADIES - OF LONDON!!!!! Caprice explains how he show was originally supposed to be a sociological study in the assimilations of Americans living abroad in London and not a dramatic “housewives type” show. Well that isn’t exactly what happened, now is it? Not that we are complaining. Caprice discusses her time on the show, casting, filming, editing, and how the final product was not at all what she expected. We talk about her Ladies of London costars, Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Noelle Reno, and Juliet Montagu, who she knew before the show, which friendships were “tested” as a result of the show, and who she keeps in touch with today. She was also on The Surreal Life and Celebrity Big Brother, two of the best reality shows, outside of Bravo of course, to ever exist. 


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Jan 07, 2021
Izzy Wouters (Below Deck Current Season Chat) - Part I
53:23

Below Deck’s Izzy Wouters steps Behind The Rope. Current Season Eight Deckhand, Izzy Wouters. Checking in from her home in New Zealand, Izzy is here is tell it all and does not hold back. Izzy chats about how she watched past seasons of Below Deck once she was cast on the hit Bravo show to help her prepare for the experience. Wasting no time, Izzy tells us exactly how she feels about last season's Below Deck Med. Izzy particularly has a lot to say about Captain Sandy, Malia White and Hannah Ferrier and the whole Valium/Drugs On Board debacle.  Allright, please let us take a moment to recover from that discussion. As we said, she does - not - hold - back!. Moving on, Izzy chats about how she felt when she realized that Francesca Rubi would be her Chief Stew instead of Kate Chastain. She details what it was like to initially work “inside” for Francesca and how working “outside” for Eddie Lucas differed. Hint: it was better! Izzy breaks down many of situations we have seen play out all season on Below Deck and gives us her opinion on whether they were handled correctly or not. Of course, she also gives us her opinion on her other fellow cast mates Elizabeth Frankini, Rachel Hargrove, James Hough, Ashling Lorger, Sunshine Shane (shout out to Sustainability) and last, but certainly not least, Captain Lee. So many questions for Izzy. So little time. We are only getting started. Part II coming soon but tune in now to this nonstop chat with Miss Izzy Wouters.


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Jan 06, 2021
PEREZ HILTON (A New Years Chat!)
45:11

Well this is becoming a regular thing. Perez is back!!!! We continue our conversation regarding Perez Hilton’s new book, TMI: My Life in Scandal. Perez is here to dish about many of his celebrtiy BFFS that he chats about in this new book. He gives us all of the details of that time he made out with John Mayer for four minutes with tongue. There is also that time he ran into Britney Spears at a Grammy’s party and she didn’t know who he was despite the fact that they have met many times. We discuss the “Free Britney Movement” and what he recommends. Perez opens up about the breakup of his friendship with Lady Gaga. He also opens up about the status of his friendships with Katy Perry and the Queen of the World Madonna! Perez discusses the evolution of Madonna, what he thinks about her current social media presence, her last album and why she will never have a Vegas Residency. We discuss what it was like to be in the Rihanna music video 'S&M’. On a larger note, Perez discusses what it is like to be “Perez Hilton” and have had these experiences of hanging out with legends like Madonna and Gaga. Perez chats about all the other projects he has in the works such as his Perez Hilton Podcast, what it is like to be hated on TikTok, the celebrities he is still dying to meet and how one day we may have The Perez Hilton Talk Show. He talks about his true love of the business and why, like Joan Rivers (one of his biggest inspirations), he will never stop working!!


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Jan 05, 2021
Dana Wilkey (RHOBH’s $25,000 Sunglasses Maven) - An Insiders Look at Erika & Tom Girardi: Then & Now - Part I
1:03:02

Dana Wilkey steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Dana Wilkey. Miss $25,000 sunglasses herself from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. If you haven’t heard, she owns $25,000 sunglasses. We check in with Dana to chat about all she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens on RHOBH as Taylor Armstrong’s “Friend” many seasons ago. We also need to know the behind the scenes of the infamous “Game Night” scene where the tension between The Richards Sisters, Kyle and Kim, and Brandi Glanville came to a much heated boil. Infamous times, we know. Dana chats about RHOBH of yesteryear (Adrienne, Camille, LVP) and gives her opinions on the current cast, including her thoughts on newbies Crystal Kung Minkoff and Kathy Hilton. For everyone who follows Dana on Instagram, and that seems to be all of your, she has been keeping the masses entertained and informed on the changing by the minute divorce and inevitable looming potential criminal and civil legal proceedings of Miss Erika Jayne and Mr. Tom Girardi. As an insider and fellow member of the famed zip code, Dana breaks it all down for us - the good, the bad, the bizarre, and there is a LOT of bizarre. She shares insider knowledge about Erika and Tom which has left The Rope completely speechless!!! We discuss the lawsuit and charges - play by play (let us not forget David is a lawyer) and how this could potentially be worse and bigger than Teresa and Joe Giudice. Of course, we don’t let Dana leave without a full analysis of those $25,000 sunglasses in which she answers all of our many many guilty questions. 


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Jan 04, 2021
BEST of 2020 (Behind The Scenes Look at our Fav Bravolebrity Interactions of The Year)
2:19

Out of the hundreds of interviews The Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast has conducted this year, it is time to Spill The Tea. Off air, off camera, off Zoom, Behind The Scenes, who has been naughty and who has been nice. We present our first ever Top 10 Behind The Scenes list of our many many interactions with all our Favorite Bravolebrities. Let's face it, what goes on off camera when we book a guest, the before and after the interviews you hear daily is where the real truth lies. Our interviews this year include, but are not limited to Tamra Judge, Scheana Shay, Jill Zarin, Perez Hilton, Sutton Stracke, Heather & Terry Dubrow, LeeAnne Locken, Marlo Hampton, Gizelle Bryant, Kristen Taekman, Melissa Rivers, Brad Goreski, Jason Wahler, Jenni Pulos, Jonathan Antin, Candiace Dillard, Peggy Sulahian, Harry Dubin, Marge Sr., Captain Sandy, Mary Fitzgerald, Elyse Slaine, Peter Madrigal, Patti Stanger, Jai Rodriguez, Cary Deuber, Joyce Giraud, Tracy Tutor, Claudia Jordan, Sophia Hutchins, Peppermint, Jonathan Antin, Karen Gravano, Jeana Keough and Randall Emmet. How many are on our Favorite People of the year list and why or why not are they there?


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Jan 03, 2021
MDLNY's Ronita Kalra (on all things Million Dollar Listing)
1:05:19

Million Dollar Listing New York’s Ronita's Kalra Steps Behind The Rope. You know, little Luis D. Ortiz’ “assistant”, Ronita. Assistant now turned Real Estate Super Agent herself. We here Behind The Rope are obsessed with real estate so welcome Ronita, welcome. We check in with Ronita on the current state of the New York City real estate market. Do we buy or do we sell? So many questions, so little time. Ronita tells us how she went from a past career of stability and perks, at Apple nonetheless, to taking a chance on herself in the shark infested waters of New York Real Estate. She explains how she met Luis on her first day of work at Douglas Elliman (she has just accepted a new position at Compass), how getting on his team wasn't as easy as she thought and how she eventually wore Luis down and secured the coveted position of learning from one of NYC's best. We discuss their ever changing relationship, her breaking away and becoming an agent of her own, Luis' shocking decision to leave not only MDLNY, but also New York City and Real Estate in general, and the status of their relationship today. Knowing them all, we also discuss those other New York Super Agents, Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant, Steve Gold and Tyler Whitman. We discuss the lack of women on the franchise, the important role of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’ Tracy Tutor, and how MDLNY is, in fact, casting a female for the new upcoming season (any spoilers Ronnie on who that may be? Hmm). Being a huge BravoHolic herself, we talk about some of her favorites, Teresa Giudice, Kyle Richards, and Bethenny Frankel. We also talk about that one time her and Luis went to dinner with Dorinda and John and that one time her and Luis went dinner with Miss Sonja Morgan. Do tell. She does. Then there was the time she ran into Tinsley at the bar at The Marmara Hotel, where Tins was living at the time. Ahh, New York. Finally we talk about those other brillant Real Estate Shows, MDLLA and Selling Sunset, the differences, similarities, and why Real Estate reality shows are a genre we will never tire of. A fun, jam packed episode with Miss Ronnie Kalra.



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Dec 30, 2020
Gregory Zarian (on RHOBH, Male Modeling, & being a Soap Star)
1:01:23

Gregory Zarian steps Behind The Rope. Let us start at the beginning. Born and raised in California, Gregory chats what life was like growing up with a Twin Brother and a Dad as Mayor. That would be anything but dull. Ok, let us fast forward to Gregory’s young adult life. One day, while working at a Nordstrom Department Store, he was asked if he ever wanted to be an actor. He said sure and soon thereafter found himself on the set of "Days of Our Lives”, one of the classic and longest running Soap Operas of our time. Of course, all good things must come to an end and, in this case, that includes Gregory’s role on “Days”. With that role over and done, he was scouted and sent to model internationally in Paris, Milan and Germany for a few years. We could think of a worse way to spend a few years. Eventually modeling brought him back to the states and an unexpected return to Soap Life, this time as fan fav “Julius” on “General Hospital”. In some instances, “fan fav” was an understatement. Gregory and David discuss the rabid fan base General Hospital has and how, in many ways, the level of commitment is similar to that of Housewives Fans. Hey, you didn’t think we were going to have a whole episode without any Real Housewives talk, did you? Let us not forget Eileen Davidson starred on “Days of our Lives” and Gregory lives in Los Angeles, home to many of our favorite RHOBH. From one pop culture aficionado to the next, David and Gregory cover it all. We are only getting started! Tune in now to this fun filled, let us cover everything, Part I sit down with Mr. Gregory Zarian.



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Dec 29, 2020
RHOP's Wendy Osefo - (Reflects Back on Freshman Season / Looks Ahead To Season Six)
1:16:17

Wendy Osefo, fresh off her Freshman season on The Real Housewives of Potomac, steps Behind The Rope. Contract in hand for Season Six, Wendy is here to reflect back upon her just finished Freshman Season and look ahead as to what is to come for The Real Housewives of Potomac Next Season - Season Six. That reunion! Can we talk? What a season it has been for RHOP!!! Where to begin? After a brief chat with Wendy about her Nigerian background, many degrees, yes we all know she is super smart, family life with Eddie and the boys and what originally brought her to the DMV area, we get right into what ya all are here to chat about. Piping’ hot tea from this past season of RHOP. Wendy discusses why she originally got involved with the show, potential reservations in joining, the realities of filming versus her perceived expeditions, and just what she knew and didn’t know joining an already established cast in the Fifth Season of a hit Bravo Housewives show. Of course, we also discuss the physical altercation between Candiace Dillard and Monique Samuels heard and seen around the world answering questions such as what was going through Wendy’s mind before, during and after, was she scared, could she believe what she was seeing, did she think this was “normal” Housewives’ behavior and did she think of resigning considering this was “not what she signed up for”. Wendy also dishes with us on her other cast mates Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, Ashley Darby, and last, but certainly not least, Karen Huger. Speaking of The Grand Dame, Wendy chats with us about Karen’s dislike of her and the real reasons why she thinks Karen does not like her - it is not what we see or hear at the reunion. Looking ahead to Season Six, Wendy and David discuss Monique and Candiace, both of whom have contracts in hand, and how they feel next season should, and most probably will, differ from this season past. (Monique Samuels has just announced that despite being offered a contract, she has resigned from RHOP after appearing on the show for four years). Finally, Wendy asks David, who she calls a "Housewives Aficionado”, for advice on Seasons to come to which, of course, he gives his no holds bar answers. An episode, not to be missed. 



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Dec 28, 2020
Sarah Fraser (on Erika Jayne, RHOP, RHOBH, RHONY, Justin Bieber, & Ashlee Simpson)
1:20:15

Sarah Fraser from The Sarah Fraser Show Podcast steps Behind The Rope. With her background in radio, it is no wonder Howard Stern and Robin Quivers are her idols. David rapidly agrees and a discussion ensues. Sarah shares all of the guests she has interviewed during her radio career such as Justin Bieber, Rhianna and Ashlee Simpson. Who was naughty and who was nice? Sarah tells all and the list is not at all what one would expect! There was also that one time she almost slept with our buddy Constantine Maroulis (Check out our explosive Two Part Sit Down with Constantine on August 17th, 2020 on Behind The Velvet Rope). Sarah is fascinated by the the fact that David used to work for Martha Stewart and he tells all. Kinda. Living in the DMV area, Sarah is close to all our fav Real Housewives of Potomac. She even had a falling out with Ashley Darby last year after having Candiace Dillard on her Podcast. Fear not, all is well now, but Sarah gives us a play by play of that falling out and road to recovery. She has also filmed certain RHOP episodes such as Monique Samuels’ Live Podcast Tour and Sarah is happy to take us Behind The Rope of that filming. Speaking of Monique Samuels, Sarah and David debate whether she will have a job after this season concludes due to her physical altercation with Candiace. Sarah also discussed why Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is her favorite of the franchise and why Real Housewives of New York City is her least. We also discuss The Real Housewives of DC, how it is difficult to shoot any reality show in political DC and how Rob Lowe almost had a DC based reality show. Finally, Sarah and David bond over being Podcast Hosts, discuss how far the medium has come and what is next up for both of them. An episode not to be missed.


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Dec 23, 2020
Peaches Christ (on Drag Race, RuPaul, & Being a Drag Legend!) - Part I
54:03

Peaches Christ steps Behind The Rope. Legendary Drag Performer, Peaches Christ, that is. Born Joshua Grannell, Peaches takes us back to the beginning and what it was like growing up in a suburban Maryland town with a love of all things “alternative” - Horror Films, The Macabre, John Waters, Depeche Mode and The Pet Shop Boys, to name a few. That “alternative” also came with an early Queer Identity, which Peaches combined with her love of film, to enter film school. It was during her senior thesis at this film school that Peaches Christ was born. After film school, Peaches ultimately settled in San Francisco and voila her famed Midnight Mass live movie / drag/ musical extravaganza began. It shortly thereafter became a thing, a big thing, attracting the likes of RuPaul, The Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic, Elvira, and even John Waters himself. Speaking of RuPaul, we discuss that one time RuPaul basically announced he was starting a little show called “Drag Race” at one of Peaches’ Midnight Mass live events. Peaches discusses Drag Race and RuPaul, how far both have come from just starting out to this worldwide, for lack of a better word, “mainstream” part of Pop Culture! What about Showgirls, the sh*tstorm cult classic of a movie that was one of Peaches’ main inspirations for the Midnight Mass Movie Extravaganza? Do not worry, we have not forgotten. That is Part II. Stay tuned!!



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Dec 22, 2020
Candiace Dillard (RHOP - Reflects Back on Just Finished Season) - Part II
1:07:17


Candiace Dillard Bassett steps back Behind The Rope (Part I of our sit down with Candiace aired last Monday Dec 14th, 2020 and has managed to make quite the splash!! Check it out). Hot off the most explosive and shocking season in The Real Housewives of Potomac history, and last night’s out of control reunion, Candiace is here to put closure to THE central storyline of the season and move on from the physical altercation with Monique Samuels, seen around the world. We pick up right where we left off, with Candiace opening up about the event and what was going through her mind before, during and after the event. We discuss the outcry of opinions and in the media, the Bravo blogs and social media and what it was like to live through everyone having an opinion on one of the most traumatic events to ever happen in her life. Of course, we address her lawsuit against Monique Samuels, Monique’s countersuit and what went on off camera to result in both suits being dismissed by the courts. Breaking the fourth wall, we discuss Bravo’s involvement, what, if anything, could have been done differently and what measures can or should be taken to prevent something like this from happening again in the BravoVerse.Candiace discusses the support she felt from cast mates Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon and Wendy Osefo throughout this very tough season for her. She also discuss her, more complicated, “relationships” with Karen Huger and Ashley Darby and the status of those friendships today. Candiace answers many of the “big questions” such as, “are you really not going to return to RHOP if Monique is not let go” and “would you have signed up for the show several years knowing this was coming” and “has the good really outweighed the bad”. We discuss how this may be one of Candiace’s last long form interviews on the subject and how, with the reunion over, it is time for closure. On that note, a lighter note, we discuss Candiace the Singer / Songwriter (album coming soon, fingers crossed tour too, and will she one day be performing her hits in the WWHL Clubhouse?), Candiace the Actress (starting alongside Tia Mowry in “Family Reunion” on Netflix and “Christmas Lottery” on BET) and Candiace the entrepreneur (Prima Hair Collection is alive and well). Tune in now as our epic two part chat with Candiace Dillard comes to a conclusion (just like this epic season of RHOP). 



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Dec 21, 2020
David Cook - American Idol
1:09:38

American Idol Season Seven Winner David Cook steps Behind The Rope. David takes us back to the beginning of his Idol journey explaining why he chose to audition and what the audition process was like. That audition process went well and soon he found himself one of many many many contestants on Season Seven of American Idol. David takes us inside the range of emotions felt each week as others were eliminated and he found himself still standing at the end. The very end. He won, that is. Of course, we needed all of our questions answered about judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. We also needed all of our questions answered about Guest Judges Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton. David opens up about the “Mom Vote” and what it as like being a “cougar magnet” back in his Idol days. Speaking of idol we do a deep dive into both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and Reality Singing Competitions answering the age old question, “worth it or not?”. David talks about careers highs and the insane year that followed after he won Idol, such as performing on SNL!! Finally, David chats with us about new music including the just released single “Strange World” - out now - and what is next for David Cook. Tune in now.



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Dec 18, 2020
Lady Bunny (On Friend RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres, Drag Race, NYC, Wigstock) - Part I
54:45

Lady Bunny Steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Lady Bunny. Drag Queen Extraordinaire, NYC Nightlife Legend, Friend to RuPaul, Lady Bunny. From her humble beginnings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to her early days of Drag alongside RuPaul in Atlanta, Georgia, to her arrival on the New York City Club scene in the 1980s, Lady Bunny is here to tell it all. Lady Bunny is an Icon of a Drag Queen, NYC Nightclub DJ, Recording Artist, Actor and so much more. What has Bunny not done? Lady Bunny discusses what the NYC “Club Kid” scene was like back in the day and how that scene was rocked when infamous Club Kid Michael Alig, with the help of his roommate, high on drugs, killed fellow Club Kid “Angel” Melendez and disposed of the body in the east river after bragging about the murder for days to anyone that would listen. Bunny discusses how that scene has changed throughout the years and what NYC nightlife looks like today. Lady Bunny is also happy discuss BFF RuPaul. Bunny discusses the evolution of both her and RuPaul’s career from the early days to present and how both have come, well, very far, to say the least. Bunny describes what RuPaul is like off camera and how the man behind the public persona is a very different being. What? Do tell. Bunny does. Bunny discusses the RuPaul we see on our TV sets on Drag Race every week is not necessarily Bunny's friend RuPaul or the man she knows in real life. Lady Bunny also opens up about how challenging RuPaul’s “job” of mentor to up and coming Baby Drag’s can be. Finally, we discuss how, when, where and why Lady Bunny founded the world renowned Wigstock, the juggernaut that it has become, the several blockbuster films it has spawned, and the involvement of “A” list celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris. (Club) Kids, we are just getting started. Tune in now to Part I of this very special sit down with Drag Legend Lady Bunny.



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Dec 17, 2020
Below Deck's Sustainable Shane (on this Season, his departure, recent WWHL Appearance, Kate Chastain, Andy Cohen & Sustainability!)
1:03:13

Below Deck’s Sustainable Shane Coopersmith steps Behind The Rope. Current Season Eight Deckhand, that is. Or should we say just terminated Season Eight Deckhand. No shade, we loved our chat with Shane. Those are just the facts. Shane chats about how he was cast, his self admitted lack of real world yachting industry experience, and being thrown on board, almost literally, with no prior training by Bravo to be a part of this Season Eight of Below Deck. Shane chats about the challenges of the actual job he was hired to do with no real world experience versus the challenges of the ever present Bravo cameras to make a good TV show. He chats about how he planned to use the Below Deck platform to spread the word about sustainability, he is “Sustainable Shane” after all, and how he feels about the fact that the majority of sustainable footage filmed, paper straws aside, ended up on the cutting room floor. Speaking about Below Deck footage, Shane explains the truth about the several scenes the audience saw which led to his termination and details what we did not see as viewers surrounding those “heavily edited” scenes. Of course, we address his recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live (WWHL) where he decided to chat about sustainability rather than answer all of Andy Cohen’s questions surrounding current season Below Deck Drama. Shane explains what was going through his mind during this appearance and what happened off air during comercial breaks. Finally, Shane responds to both Kate Chastain and Andy Cohen’s comments earlier this week regarding this WWHL appearance and their perception of just how real is his commitment to the growing problem of sustainability in today’s society. Of course, we chat about relationships with current cast members Elizabeth, James, Eddie, Francesca, Ash, Izzy, Rachel and last, but certainly not least, Captain Lee.



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Dec 16, 2020
Peggy Zabakolas (on Million Dollar Beach House, Million Dollar Listing NY & RHONY)
1:08:13

Peggy Zabakolas, from Netflix’s Million Dollar Beach House, steps Behind The Rope. First things first, Peggy fills us in on all things Real Estate in both The Hamptons and New York City - the current state of the market, where you can get the best deals, and what are her favorite parts of each location. Let us start at the beginning. Peggy began working at Nest Seekers, while still in Law School, for a broker by the name of Ryan Serhant. You may have heard of him. Her first day on the job was the Premier Party for Season One, Episode One of Million Dollar Listing New York. Peggy discusses what it was like to work for Ryan back in the day, what it was like to film Million Dollar Listing New York, and what she thinks of Ryan’s growth and success throughout the years as a result of the show. Peggy also knows and discusses those other MDLNY agents Fredrik Eklund, Steve Gold and Luis D. Ortiz. Peggy explains how she is one of the only brokers to split her time between New York City and The Hamptons and how that led to her being cast as one of the five main agents on Million Dollar Beach House. We talk about how she was cast, what the filming process was like and how she felt she was portrayed once she watched the series back on Netflix. We also talk about her colleagues and costars Michael, JB, Noel and Jimmy and what the status of each of those relationships is like today. Peggy opens up about her motivations for joining the cast of Million Dollar Beach House, the biggest misconception about her from the show, how life changed overnight as a result of the show, how the show has helped her booming Real Estate career and what she hopes to further gain as a result of the show's success. Of course, we cannot help but compare Million Dollar Beach House to its left coast compadre, Selling Sunset. We discuss that show as well as her other Reality TV love, The Real Housewives. Yes The Hamptons is a small place. She has run into / seen LuAnn deLesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer. Of course, we discuss. Tune in now for this fun filled chat with Peggy Zabakolas from Netflix’ Million Dollar Beach House. 



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Dec 15, 2020
Candiace Dillard (RHOP - Reflects Back on Just Finished Season) - Part I
1:04:00

Candiace Dillard Bassett steps Behind The Rope. What a season she has just had on The Real Housewives of Potomac. Where to begin? We leave no stone left unturned in our discussion with Candiace regarding the physical altercation with Monique Samuels, which was THE central storyline seen this past season on RHOP. We go behind the cameras to discuss what was going through Candiace’s mind before, during and after the “hair drag” watched around the world. We discuss the emotions associated with the event, there are a wide range, and what the atmosphere was like on the set of RHOP for the rest of the season once this occurred. Candiace discusses the RHOP reunion, what we have already seen and can expect to see over the remaining weeks, and the closure she felt, once it was over, from the most drama filled season in the history of RHOP. Breaking the fourth wall, we discuss Bravo’s involvement, what, if anything, could have been done differently and what measures can or should be taken tp prevent something like this from happening again in the BravoVerse. As Candiace reflects back, we discuss how she feels now that she is on the other side of the season and what we can expect as the RHOP Reunion forges on. We also get a rare look into Candiace’s life growing up in the ATL, being a “Pageant Girl”, her current pursuit of her MBA at Howard University, and meeting Chris Bassett. Finally, being a fellow Pop Culture and TV junkie, (yes reality is included and yes she watched RHOP before being on it) Candiace reveals her love of all things Shonda Rhimes and bonds with David over Scandal, one of the best TV shows to ever exist. Kids, we are just getting started. After all, this is only Part I of our two part sit down with Candiace Dillard.



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Dec 14, 2020
Catfish: The Podcast
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Dec 12, 2020
The Voice's Ryan Gallagher (Team Kelly Clarskson)
1:09:43

The Voice’s Ryan Gallagher steps Behind The Rope. Ryan is having a major moment right now having wowed the judges with a leave them speechless audition on the top NBC hit show, “The Voice”. An audition which had judges Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton turning around their chairs to see the man behind the soulful operatic voice. The man is Ryan Gallagher, a classically trained vocalist who got his start in the music industry singing backup for world renowned singer Josh Groban. Speaking of music icons, Ryan has also shared the stage with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Michael Bolton. Of course, we needed to hear about that they are really like. We also needed to hear all about the behind the scenes inner workings of “The Voice” and real truths about their famed judges Kelly Clarkson, whose team he ultimately ended up on (good choice, Ryan!), Blake Shelton, John Legend and last, but certainly not least, Gwen Stefani. We also needed to hear all about the filing process, eliminations and guest judges such as Usher. If you think you recognize Ryan’s name it could be because he was also a contestant on “American Idol” in the past. It could also be because he was a cast member on the hit MTV show, “Ex On The Beach”. We discuss reality TV with Ryan, his current place in “The Voice” competition and what would happen, as we get down to the final weeks, if he really won. (He has since been removed from the competition due to violation of Covid Protocols - listen closely as we discuss Covid herein). Tune in now.


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Dec 11, 2020
Comedian Judy Gold (on Joan Rivers, Madonna, Cancel Culture, NYC and Much More!)
1:17:23

Judy Gold steps Behind The Rope. Comedic legend, one of the funniest women, hell one of the funniest people we know here Behind The Velvet Rope, Judy F’ing Gold! Originally from New Jersey (we knew we liked her for a reason), Judy checks in from her house in Provincetown, Massachusetts where she is quarantining with her wife Elysa and fur baby. Missing New York City dearly, Judy and David discuss how New York has changed over the past few months, what they love about the City and why it will always, ultimately, be home. Judy and David also bond over both being bullied in High School and how that has helped shape them into the funny successful people they are today. Well, Judy is, at the very least! Judy takes us back to the beginning, what life was like growing up a tall gay woman in a suburban town and where she found and finds comedic inspiration, her mom, politics, the LGBTQIA community. Judy confides that she still feels luck to be able to ride the subway, pre covid, downtown from her Upper West Side home with the same notepad she used when she was starting out to perform gigs. She loves comedy and she loves her job. All of this is discussed in Judy’s new book, “Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble”. Judy also discusses the origins, evolution and current state of comedy in this very same book. If you couldn’t tell from the name, the book is a product of “Cancel Culture” and the over the top censorship that we all seem to be facing today. We had to ask Judy about her time as Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer of the Rosie O’Donnell show. We discuss what working with Rosie was like and what it was like to be an out gay woman back “in the day” before it was en vogue. Of course, we needed all the details about that time Madonna was on the Rosie show, right after Lourdes was born, and held Judy’s very own son Henry pretending it was Lourdes. Confused? Just listen, it really is a funny story. Finally, we discuss Judy’s Number One Comedic Inspiration, Miss Joan Rivers, the Icon herself. We bond over Melissa Rivers’ recent appearance on “Behind The Velvet Rope” and discuss how Joan would handle “Cancel Culture” and think of the world we are living in today. Get ready to laugh people. Judy Gold!!


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Dec 10, 2020
Miz Cracker (on being Drag Race All Stars Runner Up, Season 10 Drag Race, RuPaul, Her Comedy and So Much More)
1:07:52

Miz Cracker steps Behind The Rope. Drag Race Season 10 Contestant and Runner Up (damn you Shea Couleé. We kid, we kid) for All Stars Season 5, Miz Cracker is here to dish, schmooze and share. Both being New Yorkers, David and Cracker bond over New York City nightlife, food and people. Falling into drag though a chance meeting with Drag Mother, Bob The Drag Queen, Miz Cracker shares her early beginnings in drag - the good, the bad, the other. Her early beginnings, just to be clear, were at a time before Drag Race was the “mainstream” juggernaut that it is today. She discusses her own involvement in Drag Race - how she were cast, why she was not ready for the show prior to Season 10, what filming was like, the other queens, the involvement of RuPaul, her elimination in Season 10 and ultimate placement as Runner Up in All Stars Season Five. On a larger note, Miz Cracker shares her thoughts on how Drag Race has changed the industry, the business side of drag, and how she has morphed from a Baby Drag Queen to the Woman we see before us here today. We discuss those Drag Competitions, the true difficulty of Drag Race, and the Power of TV and being one of "RuPaul’s Girls”. Miz Cracker opens up about how she has changed since Drag Race and has dealt with being a Queen in the public eye. Miz Cracker, as humble as she is, has been one busy queen since Drag Race Season 5 ended - world tours with her one woman shows, booming YouTube channel, People’s Choice Awards “Competition. What hasn’t Miz Cracker done? She is not slowing down anytime soon. Miz Cracker discusses her brilliant “She’s A Woman” Podcast, her recent appearance on Hulu’s original new series “Eater’s Guide To The World”, a food travel show hosted by Maya Rudolph, and her preparations for a blockbuster 2021 Comedy Tour, when the world opens, “She’s A Woman”. Last but least, we talk about that one time she met Meryl Streep. OMG. Say what? Tune in now if you are ready to laugh with the one and only Miz Cracker.



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Dec 09, 2020
Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (The People's Couch) on Pump Rules, Housewives & More! - Part I
1:02:54

Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard from Bravo’s "The People’s Couch" step Behind The Rope. Julie and Brandy actually have a podcast of their own, Dumb Gay Politics. It brings their own brand of humor to the political world for political beginners who don’t know too much. They talk about political figures as if they were Real Housewives. Sounds perfect to us. After bonding over being fellow Podcast Hosts, we get into how Julie and Brandy met, on a Rosie O’Donnell Gay Cruise. Well thats not too stereotypical, is it? Cheyenne Jackson makes a guest appearance. Unfortunately, the next Rosie cruise they took together didn’t end well. Brandy ended up getting kicked off the ship for reasons which we cannot put into writing (listen in!). Julie, Brandy and David bond over their love of Big Brother and all things Julie Chen. We also discuss their comedic background, which involves Julie’s guest appearance on Happy Endings! Of course, the conversation quickly turns to all things Housewives. Julie and Brandy met The Real Housewives of Miami’s Lea Black as a result of being on The People’s Couch. This meeting resulted in a friendship, a friendship which includes going to her parties when she is in town at her LA House. One of those parties was attended by Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis, Gage Edward, and Jenni Pulos. Another Lea Black party they attended was also attended by RHOC’s Kelly Dodd. Yes they heard a lot of “off the record” talk from the Flipping Out stars, as well as from Lea Black and Kelly Dodd. Oh really, do tell? They do. Julie and Brandi discuss how they got cast on “The People’s Couch”, what the interview process was like, and how they reacted once they realized the network for the People’s Couch was actually Bravo. Hint, F’ing excited. Finally, we discuss their People’s Couch cast mate, Miss Destiny Rose from Shahs of Sunset and their everyday obsession with Reza and MJ.



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Dec 08, 2020
Below Deck's Bruno Duarte (on Kate Chastain, Captain Lee & The New Season) - Part I
1:02:55

Below Deck’s Bruno Duarte steps Behind The Rope. Bruno is here to - TELL - IT - ALL! Checking in from the home he shares with his Fiancé in France, Bruno wastes no time in telling us EXACLY what filming with Below Deck vets Kate Chastain and Captain Lee was like during Season Five of the hit Bravo TV Show. Hint, it isn’t too good. Holding nothing back and being completely honest, Bruno gives us a play by play of specific situations where he was not treated so kindly by both on camera as well as when the cameras weren’t rolling. He provides several examples which, quite frankly, left us completely agape and speechless. Speechless, which does not happen too often here Behind The Rope. Bruno explains how The Real World of Yachting differs from what we see on Below Deck each week as the drama plays out and the real perception of Below Deck, Captains Lee and Sandy, Kate Chastain and Hannah Ferrier in the actual working yachting industry. He also discussed “producer involvement” in filming the show and just how “real” the situations we see are versus what is contrived to make “good television”. On a lighter note, being from Portugal and having lived there most of his life, we HAD to ask what it was like when Queen Madonna decided to take up residence there and turn the country upside down. OMG. Tune in for Part One of our sit down with the one and only Bruno Duarte from Below Deck.


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Dec 07, 2020
RHOSLC - Real Life Run Ins & Recaps!!
1:00

Real Life Run Ins and a Recap of the show so far! It is time, my Ropers to finally discuss the new gift we have in our life, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Is it a gift or on the fast track to becoming the next Real Housewives of DC? The boys from “Gayish Podcast” (Mike Johnson & Kyle Getz) - they had me at Gayish - join us for an in depth analysis and breakdown of Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Whitney Rose and last, but certainly not least, Mary Cosby. As expected, us boys do not agree on everything, or actually, much of anything. David also talks about his real life “friendship”/“ties” to Meredith Marks and her son Brooks. Oh and we should note, Mike has never watched an episode of Housewives before in his life - he was tasked with watching RHOSL in order to be allowed to step Behind The Rope. For a true comedy of errors and to have all your RHOSL questions answered, vent, see if your own thoughts are aligned, tune in now. #blessed.



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Dec 06, 2020
Vicky Vox (On Kelly Osbourne's Birthday Bash, Miley Cyrus & Filming with Brandi Glanville) - Part I
51:54

Vicky Vox steps Behind The Rope. She barely made it, just in from Kelly Osborne’s Birthday Party and all. A little hungover, it is ok we do not judge, Vicky is here to Spill The Tea on just what went down at Miss O’s big shin dig. Well, what she can remember of it, that is, after all of those whiskeys. One guest she does remember well? Dorothy Wang of famed E Reality Show, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. Vicky even read Dorothy’s cards. Do tell. Vicky does. Vicky also tells us about how she became friends with Kelly Osbourne way back when while working in Drag at a Los Angeles club and what it is like to hang out with Kelly and the rest of the Osbourne family Ozzy, Sharon and Jack. It was at this same LA Club that Vicky has stories about Miley Cyrus, Leo DiCaprio, and Eddie Murphy, all of whom were in regular attendance. Eventually Vicky got fired from this famed club thanks to Evan Ross. Oh Evan! Of course, we also had to ask about that one time she appeared on the short lived “My Kitchen Rules” show with Kelly Osbourne and Brandi Glanville and, let us just say, things did not exactly go smoothly. Would you expect anything less from Miss Brandi Glanville? Wait, weren’t we supposed to talk to Vicky about Drag and her stellar "Doing Great" Podcast? Ok that will have to wait for another time. Tune in now to our Part I sit down with Miss Vicky Vox.


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Dec 04, 2020
Lynne Curtin (The Real Housewives of Orange County)
1:03:30

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Lynne Curtain Steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from beautiful and sunny Orange Country, Lynne is here for some fun. Some fun and to tell it all. Let us start at the beginning. Lynne takes us back to when she was first cast to step behind the gates of Coto de Caza in Season Four of the hit Bravo show. Lynne walks us through how she was cast on RHOC, who she knew before being cast and some of the story lines we saw regarding her life as they played out on national television. We also discuss how Lynne handled her newfound fame and the ramifications it had on her personal life. We discuss how The Real Housewives of Orange Country has changed since the early days and how reality tv, in general, is a whole new landscape in the modern age. Of course we discuss the status of Lynne's current relationships with other OC staples such as Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Jeana Keough, Gretchen Rossi, Lydia McLaughlin, Emily Simpson, Heather Dubrow, Lizzie Rovsek, and the Peggys Sulahian and Tanous. We also talk about the times she has crossed paths with Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Stephanie Hollman. It is the OC after all, so we had to get Lynne’s takes on her “friendships” with Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow. We couldn’t resist asking for #tea when we learned that her daughters knew some of the cast of Laguna Beach. It really is a small world. We discuss the departure of Vicki and Tamra and the current casting choices. Finally, no chat with Lynne Curtin would ever be complete without a discussion of her iconic, classic, one of a kind "Lynne Curtin Cuffs". Grab your oranges and kick back for a fun filled episode with the one and only Lynne Curtain.


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Dec 03, 2020
RYAN CABRERA - (on his Music, Ashlee Simpson, Audrina Patridge, The Hills, Avril Lavigne, New Fiancé)
1:03:28

Ryan Cabrera steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Ryan Cabrera. Brilliant famed musician, singer, songwriter whose debut album “Take It All Away” spawned the Top 15 mega hit “On The Way Down”, a song forever stuck in our minds, in a good way! Let us start at the beginning. Ryan was discovered by Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s Dad, Joe Simpson, while playing an acoustic show in Dallas. Two days later he was living in Los Angeles in the Simpson Household. With a room next to Ashlee’s, the two became fast and good friends, a friendship that later blossomed into a romance after Ashlee appeared in his video. That romance was documented, in part, on the hit MTV Reality show, "The Ashlee Simpson Show". Ryan discusses what it was like to film that show with Ashlee, how it helped catapult him into the public eye, and the effect that had on his music sales. Speaking of hit MTV Reality Shows, we discuss friend Jessica Simpson’s Reality Show with then husband Nick Lachey, “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” - the fact that at the time it was one of THE biggest reality shows ever to date, how “real” the show was, Jessica’s Viral “Chicken of The Sea Moment”, and Nick and Jessica’s relationship. Ryan also opens up about Jessica’s Billion Dollar Empire, the misperception of her as a “Dumb Blond”, and some of the many revelations in her earlier this year released Autobiography “Open Book”. Ryan also chats with us about then Girlfriend Ashlee Simpson’s viral SNL appearance, how that almost side railed the trajectory of her career, and what Ashlee really thought about the fallout from that fateful night. Having moved on to Audrina Patridge, we talk about that on-again, off-again relationship and what it was like to be back on Reality TV as the result of a relationship, this time on the super hit “The Hills” and many years later during an on-again phase, “The Hills: New Beginnings”. Then, of course, there was Avril Lavigne. All’s well that ends well, Ryan just got engaged to the love of his life, WWE Superstar Alexa Bliss. Ryan is kind enough to share all the details about how they met, got engaged, and the upcoming extravaganza. Wait, isn’t this chat supposed to be about Ryan’s music? He has a stellar new song dropping this week “Overthinking” with Superstar Indie Artist Tara Hack. Make sure to check that track out as soon as you are done listening to this episode!



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Dec 02, 2020
Southern Charm's Landon Clements (On Current Season!)
1:12:39

Southern Charm’s Landon Clements steps back Behind The Rope. Welcome back. There is a LOT going on this current season on Southern Charm and who better than to dish current Season Southern Charm than someone who is not only real life friends with the current cast, but someone who has been on the show herself. Enter Landon Clements. Checking in from her home in Los Angeles CA, Landon is taking a break from closing those Real Estate deals to chat about all her friends back home in Charleston, South Carolina. First we chat with Landon about who we do not see this season on Southern Charm - the max exodus of Series’ Regular Women - Cam, Naomi, Chelsea and Eliza. Landon discusses the real circumstances surrounding Cameran Eubanks’ departure and whether or not it truly had to do with those rumors Kathryn Dennis started about Cameran’s husband Jason, who has not appeared on the show. Turning our attention to newbies, we discuss Leva and Lamar, the racial diversity they brought to the show, and answer the question just how much was this racial diversity needed on a show like Southern Charm? We also discuss newbie hottie John Pringle. Landon discusses what he is like in real life, his true ties to the group and how she thinks he is doing on the show. Of course, we also discuss his interest in Austen’s girlfriend Madison LeCroy and her noted absence from John’s “in real life” Birthday party in Charleston, South Carolina that Landon attended last month during a quick trip home. Say what??? Landon also discusses Austen and Madison, their current relationship and whether they have what it takes to “go the distance”. We also discuss other new couple, Shep and Taylor, we did not see this one coming, who just visited Landon in Los Angeles for a fun weekend. Do tell. She does. Landon gives us all her predictions for Southern Charm’s most famous bachelors Craig, Austen and Shep, chats updates about Miss Patricia, and lets us know when she last spoke to Whitney and Thomas. Finally, we discuss Kathryn - her “inappropriate” use of the Monkey Emoji earlier this year which went viral, how she still has a job when the likes of Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have been terminated, and just how all of this is going to play out before our very eyes over the next few weeks on Southern Charm.


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Dec 01, 2020
Christi Lukasiak (Dance Moms)
1:07:06

Christi Lukasiak steps Behind The Rope. First off, Christi fills us in on all that she has been up to see we last saw her on our TV screens on Dance Moms. David and Christi bond at how busy they have been in quarantine. Who knew. Ok let's start at the beginning. Christi lets us know that yes, she got Chloe into dance at age 2. She just called the local dance studio, spoke to a woman, yes it was Abby Lee Miller, and said, "hey, I have someone to enroll." Chloe took to it right away, it was truly organic and the rest is history. Christi gives us the behind the scenes of what the dance studio was really like before the origins of Dance Moms. We talk about why the term "stage mom" has such negative connotations and the perceived notions of that phrase versus the reality of the term. Christi opens up about the difficulties of balancing being an actual mom versus running your child's career, and how those goals often do not meet. Christi explains how her and Chloe were originally cast, how competitive it was to get cast, how she “knew” her and Chloe were gonna get the job and how she kinda just felt this show may be a huge hit. Umm, yea that is an understatement. She explains how it was to go from “regular dance class to dance class with cameras. We discuss how she felt when she first saw the show and the differences between how she was edited and what she remembered during filming. She remembers how it felt the first time she came to NYC and saw her and Chloe plastered on a Billboard in Times Square, where the girls were mobbed on the streets and everyone wanted their picture. Chloe is in college now, doing well and Christi lets us know what Chloe is up to. We also talk about those famous Dance Mom’s fans that Christi and Chloe have met throughout the years, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Chenoweth and Millie Bobby Brown. On a more serious note, we talk about her decision to leave the show, how and why, how the show "changed" the entire cast - for better or worse, the positives and negatives of fame, and her decision to return. Finally we get into the business that Christi birthed in quarantine, Adulting 101. Everyone sign up now!


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Nov 30, 2020
Below Deck's EJ Jansen (on Captain Lee, Kate Chastain & All Things Below Deck)
1:24:48

Below Deck’s EJ Jansen steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from his home in Victoria, Canada, EJ is here to tell it all. Let us start at the beginning. EJ knew our fearless leader Captain Lee for several years before Lee appeared on our TV sets on the hit Bravo show. EJ talks about how he met Captain Lee and how that working relationship and friendship began. He explains how he got involved with Below Deck, yes it was because of Captain Lee and an unexpected source, Jay Z, yes Jay Z, what filming the show was like and just how “real” is Below Deck. EJ discusses his first impressions of Kate Chastain, how those impressions changed over the course of the season, and what the status of their relationship is like today. He discusses the level of actual “work” Kate did in her job as Chief Stew during their season together versus being treated like a reality television personality filming one of Bravo’s top rated TV shows. EJ analyzes why he thinks Below Deck is one of the highest rated Bravo shows of all time and sheds light onto just how hard that show is to film logistically. EJ shares stories of real life charters with Billionaires, Millionaires and famous faces such as Paris Hilton and Dennis Rodman. He also explains the power boat owners have to demand the staff act and look a certain way and just how behind the times the yachting industry may be in terms of, not only the “me too” movement but also diversity and inclusion. Finally, amid Covid, EJ provides a ground breaking way to film the next seasons of Below Deck / Below Deck Med, an idea we deem brilliant that you must listen to to believe!! Tune in now.


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Nov 25, 2020
Amanza Smith - Selling Sunset (Part II)
53:29

Our sit down with Amanza Smith from Selling Sunset continues. (For all of those who missed our Part I sit down with Amanza Smith, feel free to check it out released on Thursday, August 27th, 2020). We discuss it all. We discuss Christine Quinn, what is she like in real life, what is it like being on her bad side, how has fame changed her and what is the status of their relationship today. We also discuss Mary, how she works all the time, the twenty year friendship, and what was Mary like back in the day when she dated Jason. Amanza and David discuss the power of social media, Netflix and how Amanza’s life has changed since the show first aired. We discuss "fangirling out”, she met Ellen, and her designer inspirations, two Bravolebries (a woman after our own heart), Kelly Wearstler and Martyn Lawrence Bullard. We also address Taye Diggs and her relationship with him for almost 5 years. Amanza discusses how they met, Taye's appearances on Selling Sunset, her Saturday nights at Hedwig and The Angry Inch, and what is was like to have children's play dates at Idina Menzel house. We discusses the challenges of filming and her thoughts on drinking on camera. We discuss what it was like to attend Christine Quinn’s epic wedding as seen this past Season Three of Selling Sunset. Amanza talks about those other LA Agents we know and love so much, the Josh’s Flagg and Altman. We also discuss Tracy Tutor's recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live and what she had to say about the Selling Sunset agents and their show. Tracy and Chrissy Teigen apparently. Finally, we discuss King Daddy Adam DiVello's other reality show’s, The Hills and Laguna Beach, the compassions with Selling Sunset and why Adam just happens to have that Midas Touch. An episode not to be missed. 


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Nov 24, 2020
Heather Marianna (90 Day Fiancé) - on RHOC, RHOBH, RHONY & 90 Day Fiancė)
1:10:42

Heather Marianna from Bravo’s “Tour Group” Steps Behind The Rope. What? You don’t remember that show? Neither does Heather. Ok she does, she has just tried to block it out of her mind. We discuss how she showed up for “Tour Group” expecting a bunch of hot young singles and, well, that isn’t quite what she got. She discusses what happens when you show up to film a reality TV show for Bravo and just don’t feel like filming it. Hint: Producers and Bravo don’t take lightly to such things. We also talk about Heather’s recent appearances on 90 Day Fiancé. Do tell. She does. Heather knows a thing to two about having a fiancé. She has been engaged thirteen, yes, that is correct, thirteen times. Besides starting on several reality TV shows, Heather is a reality TV junkie and also knows many of our favorite Housewives. We discuss it all RHOBH, RHONY, RHOC. Speaking of RHOC, Heather is very good friends with Jesus Jugs herself, Miss Alexis Bellino. Don’t let Heather’s playful attitude fool you though. She is CEO and Boss B of Beauty Kitchen, an all natural beauty line which is the “go too” product for all of our favs such as Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. Heather is filled with stories from Behind The Rope and is more than happy to share. Thanks for the products and stopping by Heather!



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Nov 23, 2020
Sukihana (on Love & Hip Hop, Cardi B, Lil' Kim, Her Music, & Only Fans)
53:09

Love & Hip Hop’s Sukihana steps Behind The Rope. Don’t judge this book by its cover, Sukihana is really smart, something she says is "not assumed" and the biggest misconception about her upon first glance. Actually, Sukihana, who named herself after a restaurant that she loves, is a marketing savant who makes approximately $100,000 per video on Only Fans. No really, she bought a Bentley with her Only Fans coins. That marketing savviness has also helped her amass a whopping 1.3 Million Instagram Followers who watch her every move. Those moves include putting “it all” out there for the world to see and enjoy. Extremely body and sex positive, Sukihana is open about her upbringing, becoming a Mom at a young age, and finding social media stardom by living her authentic life. She discusses how she handles social media trolls and how she is able to maintain that positive attitude of hers on a daily basis. Of course, we discuss Sukihana’s time on Love & Hip Hop: Miami and how she became an instant “fan favorite” of the franchise. We also discuss those infamous Love & Hip Hop reunions, hosted by our friend, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Claudia Jordan. David & Suki discuss which of the Peach Holders are their favorites and who is the best “reader”. We also discuss her featured role in Cardi B’s wildly popular “WAP” music video, what it was like to work with Cardi, and what she thought of Kylie Jenner’s star turn in the video as well. Finally, Sukihana discusses the release of her brilliant “Wolf Pu$$y” mixtape, her musical influences such as Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown (who David saw during one of Kandi Burruss’ “Welcome To The Dungeon” live shows) and answers the question, what is next for Sukihana? In a nutshell, a lot as she is one busy woman!! Enjoy. 


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Nov 20, 2020
TRINITY "The Tuck" TAYLOR - (On Winning Drag Race & Much More!) - Part I
43:20

Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor steps Behind The Rope. We are not worthy. Checking in from her home in Orlando, Florida, Trinity stops by to chat about all that she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 9, All Stars Season 4). Originally from a small town outside Birmingham, Alabama, Trinity entered a drag competition at a local bar when she found out you could win money. She entered and lost. After two more tries she won the competition, kept winning week after week and was eventually asked to not enter in order to give others a chance to win. Self taught hair, makeup, clothes, Trinity took to drag like a moth to a flame. Trinity discusses the biggest misconceptions and best things about the profession, the path one takes to make a career out of drag and the business side of it all. Flash forward to RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 where Trinity found herself a contestant in the most coveted of all races. Trinity discusses filming, the competitions, the lip synchs and other behind the scenes tidbits from being a Drag Race contestant. We also discuss fellow contestants such as Sasha Velour, Peppermint, and Shea Coulee. Of course we also discuss RuPaul, what meeting RuPaul like for the first time was like and the differences between the RuPaul we see on camera versus the man behind the drag. Trinity dishes on those other Drag Race Judges Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews. Finally, we discuss some of Drag Race’s infamous Guests Judges such as Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor. Oh yea, there is also that thing that happened, she won All Stars Season Four. We discuss what that was like, did she ever expect it, and what was it like to share the title with Monet X. Change.



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Nov 19, 2020
Martyn Lawrence Bullard (Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators on The Kardashians, The Osbournes, Cher & Much More!)
1:08:11

Martyn Lawrence Bullard steps Behind The Rope. Martyn fills us in on what he has been up to since we last saw him on our TV Screens on Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators. By age twelve, he was using his allowance money to buy various objects at the local London flea market which he would later arrange and make look pretty. With dreams of becoming a movie star, prior to his design career, Martyn moved to sunny Los Angeles approximately thirty years ago. His first big break in design came from sitting next to Original Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs at a wedding. By the end of the wedding she had hired him to decorate her house and, from there, his design business started to take off. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design was born. Martyn chats with us about his “Design Style” and his Design “Dos” and Dont’s”. We also chat about how Martyn was cast on Bravo’s classic “Million Dollar Decorators” and his relationships with his co-stars Mary McDonald, Kathryn Ireland, and Jeffrey Alan Marks. He also talks about that time he was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Speaking of RuPaul, Martyn is currently decorating Ru’s home. Do tell. He does. Martyn also chats about some of his other Celebrity Clients, and their design styles, such as Cher, Kylie Jenner (whose Architectural Digest Cover was the highest ranked Design Story of all time, 1.6 Billion and Counting), Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, The Osbournes Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly, Gwen Stefani, and Cindy Crawford. 



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Nov 18, 2020
Patti Stanger (on VPR, RHONY, Andy Cohen & Millionaire Matchmaker) - Part II
54:40

The Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger steps BACK Behind The Rope, (Part I of our sit down aired September 23rd, 2020. Check It Out). We continue our conversation with a peak behind the scenes of filming her hit bravo TV Show, The Millionaire Matchmaker. Patti recalls what it was like to film and help produce the hit show. She also tells us what she really thought about all of those Millionaires she met each week on National TV. Umm, excuse me? David was one of them. Patti gives us dating advice in the new world that we all live in and reminds us of her rules and non-negotiables. How could we forget? Patti talks about this just past season of RHONY and how she would love to get her hands on Dorinda (RIP), Ramona, Sonja, and Luann as she has ideas of the perfect guy for each. We dive into the recent cast changes on Vanderpump Rules with the firings of Stassi and Kristen, what she thought of this past season of VPR, and what she predicts for the show’s future. Patti also shares her thoughts on VPR couples Jax and Brittany, Tom and Ariana, Lala and Rand and Tom and Katie. No last names needed. We discuss her perfect dating plan for King Andy Cohen and the type of guy she is convinced he needs. No, it is not Anderson Cooper, although she would like to fix him up too. Patti and David bond over the hottest guy on Bravo, ahh Steve Gold, and compare and contrast their other Bravo Favorites. Finally, Patti fills us in on the current state of The Millionaire’s Club and the current state of her own love life. Do tell. She does. An episode not to be missed as our chat with Patti Stanger continues and concludes. 



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Nov 17, 2020
Below Deck's Elizabeth Frankini (Meet Your New Stew!)
57:24

Below Deck's newest Stew, Elizabeth Frankini, steps Behind The Rope. With the epic new season of Below Deck underway, Elizabeth is here so we can get to know her a little better. The woman behind what we have seen on TV these first few weeks of the show. In one of her first interviews, well ever, Elizabeth chats about her freshman season on the hit Bravo show. She explains how she got into yachting and how “Below Deck”, the TV show, is perceived in the yachting industry. Elizabeth explains how she was cast as one of this season's Stews, how the Below Deck Charters differ from Real World Charters, the most high maintenance guests she has ever had, both on and off camera, the biggest tip she has ever received, and what she likes and dislikes most about the job of Yachtie Stew. Elizabeth gives us a few hints on what we can expect this season of Below Deck and how it differs from prior seasons. She hints at a few romantic entanglements but lets us know that we will have to just wait and see. She also hints at a few moments which may make her cringe as the season progresses and she watches along with the rest of us. Elizabeth also discusses the disappointment she experienced when she realized her Chief Stew would not be Icon Kate Chastain. Speaking of Kate Chastain, Elizabeth discusses how new Below Deck Chief Stew, Francesca Rubi, differs from Kate Chastain and whether, after working with Francesca for this past season, she thinks she would still prefer Kate as a boss. Finally, we discuss just how fun it will be to save this interview and check in with Elizabeth toward seasons end, to see just how much she has changed as a person as a result of spending one season abroad one of Bravo TV’s highest rated shows. Welcome Elizabeth! Cannot wait to get to know ya better!



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Nov 16, 2020
Don Gunvalson & Lee Radziwill
4:18

Don Gunvalson and Lee Radziwill step Behind The Rope. Ok, it is Jordan and Justin Meyers, the famous, or as some say infamous, Brothers behind these two well known Twitter Monikers. First off, we discuss how these Brothers decided to become Twitter sensations in the Housewives world. We say sensations, but some say Blocked By. In fact, as of air date, Don Gunvalson and Lee Radziwill are blocked by several Housewives including, but not limited to, Kyle Richards, Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, and Kelly Dodd. Not a bad record. Of course, we also discuss what Vicki Gunvalson and Carole Radziwill had to say when they contacted the boys. We can only imagine. These two boys are here here to bring the shade. We discuss every franchise: RHOBH (Who really lives in Beverly Hills and who doesn’t, we told you these boys are shady); RHONY (Cast shake ups, anyone); RHOP (This epic Season 5 and the Monique / Candiace physical altercation); RHOA (Give Marlo a Peach and Nene’s ongoing contract issues); RHONJ (David’s IRL Friends); RHOC (How does one get blocked by more than half the current cast); RHOD (How will the franchise be without LeeAnne Locken?); RHOSL (Coming Soon). Their tweets actually caused a major feud at a RHONY reunion past between Carole Radziwill and Luann de Lesseps. Then there was the time that the Lee Radziwill Twitter account was mentioned on Odd Mom Out by Abby Elliot’s Character. Also, have you seen their twitter this past week when PK, yes our friend PK, came for them for making a comment about our beloved Dorit NOT knowing this was not the real Don Gunvalson & Lee Radziwill. We just cannot!!! These are THE Twitter Accounts that have all the Housewives’ attention, and for good reason! You do NOT want to miss this one!!!


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Nov 14, 2020
Sean Kanan (on General Hospital, Karate Kid, Studio City & New Book)
1:08:16

Sean Kanan steps Behind The Rope. Let us start at the beginning. Sean moved to LA many years ago to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. His first big break came in 1989 when he was cast in The Karate Kid Part III. The following year he starred on the Fox television series “The Outsiders”. As brilliant a show as that was, it was cancelled way too soon which led to an audition for a little show known as General Hospital. Sean got the job to play the infamous A.J. Quartermaine and the rest is history. Sean is kind enough to entertain our many questions about his General Hospital Co-Stars Ricky Martin, Vanessa Marcil, and Antonio Sabato Jr. He also discusses some of his other “Soap Opera” friends such as Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson. Sean discusses the differences between being on General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. He should know as he has had starring roles on them all. One of the roles he is most proud of is his current role in Studio City, a stellar Emmy Award Winning Amazon Prime Dramedy that he also created and spent many years trying to get off the ground. A Daytime Soap Show within a show, Sean created an alternate world he knows everything about getting the help of some of his soap friends such as Tristan Rogers. Finally, Sean, author of “The Modern Gentleman” and “Success Factor X”, has a third book coming out soon and if it is anything like the first two, it will be a must read.


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Nov 13, 2020
Marc Bouwer - Fashion Icon
1:17:39

Fashion Icon Marc Bouwer steps Behind The Rope. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Marc grew up in Cape Town the son of Jehovah's Witnesses, obsessed with animals. He decided to study fashion at a local college, entered a South African Vogue contest and won the Young Designers Award. This catapulted Marc to the top of South African fashion which eventually led to a move to NYC and an esteemed first job working for the legendary Halston. This job gave him the confidence and credentials to eventually start his own brand and voila, Marc Bouwer fashion was born. This led to his very first fashion show which led to a rave review in the New York Times which led to his first celebrity client, Morgan Fairchild. Marc has dressed them all and we are living for it. Marc tells us what it is like to work and socialize with with the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Whitney Houston and Shania Twain. He also talks about what it was like dressing Angelina Jolie for the Oscars and the benefits and challenges of dressing Celebrities for any awards show. Marc discusses his own style, the men and women he thinks are best and worst dressed in 2020 and what trends he likes and dislikes in the current state of fashion. We discuss the influence that Project Runway has had on the fashion industry, Bravo alum Christian Siriano, Joan and Melissa Rivers' ("Who are you wearing?") contribution to the industry and the effects a show like Fashion Police has had. We had to ask about potential dream clients such as Madonna and Cher. On a more serious note, we discuss the business side of fashion, what one needs to do to make money and the politics behind who wears what when where and why. Of course, no sit down with Marc Bouwer is complete without discussing which Real Housewives he has dressed, his long standing relationship with Sonja Morgan both professionally and personally, and that killer Season Twelve reunion dress he made for Miss Morgan. This is an episode not to be missed.


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Nov 12, 2020
Jeana Keough (The other OG of the OC)
48:12

The other OG of the OC, Jeana Keough, steps Behind The Rope. Stepping out from behind the gates of Coto de Caza, Gina is here to talk about what "The Housewives" was like back in the day, Season One, Episode One Of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gina was there when it all started with Vicki, Jo, Lauri, and Kimberly. Gina talks about what the casting and filming process was like during the hey day of Bravo and just how much it has changed in present day. We discuss some of her other co-stars during her five year tenure as a RHOC cast member: Tamra Judge, Lynne Curtin, Gretchen Rossi and Tammy Knickerbocker. We also discuss the current cast who Gina also knows well: Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson. We discuss that “other” housewife, or should we say “househusband”, Slade Smiley and check in on Gina’s family Kara, Shane and Colton following the passing of Dad Matt earlier this year. Finally, we discuss BravoCon, that infamous OG Panel, and her new friend to come out of it all, Adrienne Maloof. Nostalgia at its best!


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Nov 11, 2020
Cat Ommanney (The Real Housewives of DC)
48:13

The Real Housewives of DC’s Cat Ommanney steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her current home in Majorca, Spain, Cat is here to tell it all. With The Real Housewives of DC having been re-aired during a Marathon on Bravo earlier this year, Cat gets reminiscent about what it was like to film the one season wonder and how she felt after the show aired. She explains how life changed after the show came out and what is it like to still be recognized today all these years later. Cat shares her feelings on her cast-mates Mary Amons, Linda Erkiletian, Stacie Scott Turner and last, but certainly not least, Michaele Salahi (now Schon)  and fills us in on the status of those relationships today. On a more serious note, Cat discusses the issues of racism and politics that were ever present during the RHODC season. Of course, we address how the show was impacted by the worldwide, viral country security breach of the Salahi's “crashing” The White House Dinner. We discuss the implications of having production temporarily shut down, the involvement of the FBI, the federal investigation not only into the Salahis but Bravo as well, and why the show was not “green lit” for a much needed second season. Oh hey there Michaele and Tareq. Finally, we discuss the epic RHODC reunion, how Andy Cohen handled himself under the eyes of federal scrutiny and how it was one of “the longest days” of Cat’s life. In typical Cat fashion, nothing is held back and we wouldn’t expect anything less.  


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Nov 10, 2020
Real World Boston's / The Challenge's Syrus Yarbrough (on MTV & all things Reality TV )
1:14:05

The Real World Boston’s Syrus Yarbrough steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from his home in Cali, where he is currently running his booming Clothing Company, “Black Designer Clothing”, Syrus is here to discuss it all. We start at the beginning. Syrus tells us how he got cast on The Real World Boston as a result of a job interview gone horribly wrong. Being no stranger to the cameras, he was a semi-regular on Baywatch, yes we discuss Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, Syrus said yes to the opportunity and soon found himself living in a converted firehouse in Boston with 7 strangers to find out what happens when they stopped being polite and started getting real. Real is exactly what Syrus got with roommates Genesis, Kameelah, Montana, Elka, Jason and Sean, which we discuss, as well as the status of those “friendships” today. Syrus discusses what filming was like with MTV back in the day when there were basically no other reality shows to compare it with and just how “real” The Real World MTV was. Syrus also opens up about his bad boy “playa” image that was projected on TV and discusses just how true to reality that image was and / or is. When the show ended, Syrus ended up playing a huge part in the success of MTV’s “The Challenge” which he discusses, as well as what life was like, in general, after the show ended. We dive deep in to what it is like being in The Real World/The Challenge “family”, the good, the bad, the other. Being a fan of reality TV himself, Syrus enlightens us on what some of his favorite current shows are as well as his surprise ties to Bravo with several fellow Real World alumni. Last, but certainly not least, Syrus tells us about a run in at the MTV Video awards with not only JLO, but backstage with Queen Madonna. Cyrus spares no detail. We just cannot! Tune in for this nostalgic trip down memory lane as we pay homage to the granddaddy of all reality shows, The Real World! 


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Nov 09, 2020
Kristinia DeBarge (on opening for Britney Spears, American Idol/Juniors and that Famous Last Name)
1:12:04

Kristinia DeBarge steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in Vegas, Kristinia is here to tell it all. Growing up with a famous father, James DeBarge of the group DeBarge, is her Dad, Kristinia is no stranger to the limelight. We discuss what it was like to grow up with a Dad in the business whose mega hit “Rhythm of The Night” is still played everywhere today. Her Dad was also married to Janet Jackson in the 80’s, yes Janet Jackson. Please discuss. She does. Being around music from a young age, it is no surprise Kristinia decided to pursue music as a career. Part of that pursuit included being a contestant on American Juniors in 2003, the spin off American Idol for kids. We discuss her interaction with host Ryan Seacrest plus judges Debbie Gibson, Justin Guarini and Gladys Knight and fellow soon to be famous contestants Keke Palmer and Lucy Hale. We also discuss the ‘backstage” politics between “stage moms” and just how real is a show like American Idol, or in this case, American Juniors. After American Juniors, Kristinia knew that music was for her and she began a several year long working relationship with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. That relationship led to her first record deal. As a result of that record deal, she opened for Britney Spears on the 2009 Circus Tour. O-M-F-G. Kristinia discusses not only what it was like to open for one of Pop’s most successful acts of all times, but what Britney was like at the time considering it was directly after for infamous “meltdown” period, what the atmosphere as like backstage, the interactions between Britney and her Dad and where she stands today on the “Free Britney” Movement. Kristinia is currently working on new music while running her Cosmetics Company, Krissy D. Cosmetics and is happy to share her products as well as her insight with how to run a successful cosmetics brand with us!


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Nov 06, 2020
JENNI PULOS (Flipping Out)
1:15:08

Jenni Pulos steps Behind The Rope. Jenni fills us in on what she has been up to in life since we last saw her on our TV screens on the hit Bravo show Flipping Out. These days it is a whole lot of home schooling and family time from her home in SoCal and, in true Jenni fashion, she makes it all fun. We would expect nothing less from this Bravo fan fav. Originally from Portland Oregon, Jenni came to California for school and never left. Having pursued an acting career early on, Jenni once appeared in a movie with Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger. She was also on an episode of Charmed with Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty (OMG!!).  Jenni describes what it was like to be an actress and suddenly find herself a key component in a hit reality TV show. She describes the concept of how Flipping Out came about, how the show morphed into something different than what was originally intended, what filming was like and what she thought about the finished product once aired. Jenni offers advice to anyone starting out in Reality TV, discusses the high and lows of her tenure on Flipping Out and what it was like to have your wedding filmed on national TV. Of course, we discuss Jenni's illustrious rap career and her classic children’s songs such as Poo in the Potty, Take Your Vitamins and No Fighting, No Biting. Speaking of Rap and Hip Hop, Jenni and David bond over their favorites 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown as well as some of Jenni’s Real Housewife Friends Shannon Beador, Lisa Vanderpump, Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge. Finally, we discuss one of the most important contributions to society over the past decade, the WWHL Theme Song which Jenni co-wrote. We need ALL the details please! A fun filled episode with this fan fav. Not to be missed.


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Nov 05, 2020
Jonathan Antin - Blow Out (on the Show, Early Days of Bravo, Andy Cohen, & Hair) - Part I
1:28:50

Jonathan Anitn steps Behind The Rope. Yes that Jonathan Antin from the classic hit Bravo show, Blow Out. A blast from the past, here to tell it all. Jonathan fills us in on what he has been up to since we last saw him on our TV screens. Jonathan's career is thriving in his current Jonathan Antin Salon, Beverly Hills. Originally destined to be an actor like his older brother, Jonathan went to pick his grandmother up at beauty school one day, met the Teachers, Headmaster and Owner and the rest is history. Jonathan teaches us the tricks of the trade, how to properly hold a scissors and how he got to be the superstar Hair Guru that he is today. Fast forward and one day Bravo came knocking and voila "Blow Out" was born. Jonathan explains how he was cast, the "reality” of the show Blow Out, his “employee” Brandon, his on screen “bad boy” image, and what filming was really like. He explains the integration of his worldwide blockbuster QVC products and how life changed once the show aired. Jonathan discusses Andy Cohen who, being an Executive Producer on Blow Out, was heavily involved in the show. Jonathan explains how, once Blow Out had ended, he almost had his own show “Salon Nightmares" - think Gordon Ramsay for Salons (hey we would watch that) and dicusess the circumstances which led to the demise of that show. Finally, we discuss the early days of Bravo and what he neophyte network was like back then during Jonathan’s tenure on Blow Out. We are just getting started. Tune in to this Part I sit down with Jonathan Antin. 


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Nov 04, 2020
Rhylee Gerber (Below Deck)
1:20:52

Rhylee Gerber, from Below Deck, steps Behind The Rope. With the new Season of Below Deck underway, checking in from her van during her cross country tour, Rhylee is here to tell it all. Born and raised in Alaska Rhylee grew up working on fishing boats, not luxury yachts her whole life. That changed when one day Bravo came knocking and she ended up on Seasons 6 and 7 of Below Deck. Although she had no experience working on yachts, Rhylee taught herself what she needed to know during filming the hit reality show. Rhylee discusses casting, filming, editing and what is was like watching herself back on TV every week. Rhylee discusses her past and current relationship with Bravo Legend Kate Chastain and what it was like to work with her. In truly Rhylee fashion of never holding back, we discuss past cast mates Ashton Pienaar, Simone Mashile, Tanner Sterback, Brian de Saint Perf, Courtney Skippon, Chef Kevin Dobson and last, but certainly not least, Tyler Rowland. On a more serious note, we discuss the challenges women still face in the yachting industry and what needs to be done to change that. We also discusses the reputation Below Deck and Below Deck Med have in the yachting industry and what is it like to apply for a job in the real world having be on the Bravo TV show. Being a non apologetic hunter and fisher, Rhylee discusses the on line bullying she receives as a result of it and how she deals with it. Finally, we answer one of life’s most pressing questions. Captain Lee or Captain Sandy? Tune in now for this no holds bar sit down with Rhylee Gerber


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Nov 03, 2020
Very Cavallari's Kelly Henderson (Sets The Record Straight on Kristen Cavallari / Jay Cutler Friendship)
1:12:10

Kelly Henderson, from Very Cavallari, steps Behind The Rope.  First things first, we chat with Kelly about her busy Celeb Styling / Men’s Grooming business with clients such as Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean & Bobby Bones and her booming Podcast “Velvet’s Edge”. Ok, now onto what everyone wants to talk about. Kelly is here to set the record straight on the fall out of her relationship with Kristin Cavallari. The fallout that was seen throughout the last season of Very Cavallari. Kelly takes us back to when she first met Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari. She elaborates on the roots of that friendship, a friendship that existed for many years prior to being on a TV show together with the now broken up “power couple”. Speaking of that hit TV show, Kelly explains how she became a part of Very Cavallari, what filming was like and what she thought of her edit, once the show aired. Kelly breaks down the timeline for us of when she first heard the “rumors” that she was involved with Jay Cutler, the public’s reaction to that “rumor”, Jay and Kristen’s reaction to that rumor, and their “friend group” reaction to that rumor. She explains how Producers then got involved with that “rumor” and what was expected of her during the last season of Very Cavallari and why she ultimately decided to walk away from the show. Kelly ponders whether Kristin was really upset at her for these rumors or was just trying to make a dramatic TV show. We deep dive into the online, and in person, hate and bullying she received after being labeled a “home wrecker”. She explains how the announcement of Kristin and Jay’s divorce a few short months ago made matters even worse and how she is coping with all of this today. Finally, Kelly tells us what she would say if she ran into Jay or Kristin today and answers the question, do you miss your friend? Tune in to this open and honest chat as Kelly Henderson sets the record straight on just what went down during the demise of her friendship with Kristin Cavallari.


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Nov 02, 2020
Dr. Cat (Dr. 90210)
58:49

Dr. Cat, from E’s Dr. 90210, steps Behind The Rope. Before we get to Dr. 90210, Dr. Cat discusses the long road one must take to become a top plastic surgeon in the famous zip code. Dr. Cat enlightens us with the right and wrong reasons to get plastic surgery, when she says “no” to potential patients, how vaginal reconstruction became a large part of her practice, and what she loves most about her job. Ok, onto Dr. 90210. We discuss how Dr. Cat became involved with the show, what filming and casting were like, her colleagues Dr. Killeen, Dr. Lee, Dr. Quardt, and what watching herself back on TV with her husband and daughter is like each week as the show now airs. We also pay homage to that other E Plastic Surgery Show, Botched, and the Doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif. Dr. Cat explains the role social media plays in the world of plastic surgery today with her 1.2 Million Instagram Followers. Finally, on a larger note, we discuss the fact that the plastic surgery industry is still comprised of only 15% female doctors, many of the stereotypes and “a woman can't” that Dr. Cat has heard throughout her career and why an all female version of Dr. 90210 was a necessity to make. Tune in now.


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Oct 30, 2020
SOPHIA HUTCHINS (on Caitlyn Jenner, The Kardashians, RHOBH & her Lumasol Empire!)
1:01:35

Sophia Hutchins steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from the home she shares with Caitlyn Jenner in Malibu, California, Sophia is here to talk about it all. First things first, she is the CEO of Lumasol, a revolutionary light weight sun care product, who spends her days, well, running a major company. When she is not running Lumasol, Sophia spends her days managing Caitlyn, a job she sought advice for from the one and only, Kris Jenner. Sophia chats with us about how and where she first met Caitlyn Jenner. Sophia clarifies, yes we asked, the “status” of her relationship with Caitlyn as well as the rest of the Kardashian Brood. Of course, that Brood also includes Kayne West. Speaking of The Kardashians, Sophia discusses the industry advice she sought from both Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian before starting Lumasol. Sophia also discusses some of the biggest misconceptions about herself and her relationship with Caitlyn as well as why the world is so enthralled with their “friendship”. We chat about the end of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” era and the truth behind how Caitlyn and Sophia found out versus what the media has reported. Finally, we discuss those Real Housewives of Beverly Hills rumors, Sophia’s friends in the current cast, her epic recent dinner with Eileen Davidson, and answer the question, would and why would she join the RHOBH franchise if, one day, she were to be asked. As episode not to be missed.


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Oct 29, 2020
Peppermint (on Drag Race, Broadway, Prince, & New Music)
55:36

Peppermint steps Behind The Rope. Miss Peppermint. A fixture on the New York City Drag / Queer Nightlife Scene, Peppermint’s star continued to rise when she was cast on Season Nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race where she finished as runner-up in one of the most talked about seasons in Drag Race HERstory. Peppermint takes us behind the scenes of Drag Race - what the casting and filming process was like, just how “hard” it was to make a great TV show, the other queens and what RuPaul is really like. Peppermint takes us on her journey of how her professional life sky rocketed after Drag Race. Part of that included a starring role on Broadway as Pythio in the epic Head Over Heels, a brilliant musical set to Go Go’s Music. Speaking of music, Peppermint just released her new album “A Girl Like Me: Letters To My Lovers”, the first in a Trilogy of new music, which includes the hit song “Best Sex”. Peppermint discusses her music inspirations such as Prince and what it was like to work with musical legends such as Debbie Harry. Let us not forget Peppermint’s stellar acting resume as well which includes parts in hit TV shows such as Ryan Murphy’s Pose. Finally, Peppermint discusses what it is like to have been the first out trans contestant to be cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race, what it was like to have been the first out trans woman to originate a principal musical role on Broadway, the current state of the trans community and how she believes 2020 may forever go down as the “year of change”.  


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Oct 28, 2020
Peggy Tanous - The Real Housewives of Orange County
1:09:19

The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Peggy Tanous steps Behind The Rope. The original Peggy from the OC. Speaking of Peggys, Peggy Tanous know the other Peggy, Bravo’s 100th Housewife Peggy Sulahian. Is the OC really that small a place? We discuss Peggy’s friends and past Orange Holders Gretchen Rossi, Heather Dubrow, Lydia McLaughlin, Lynn Curtin, Lauri Peterson and Lizzie Rovsek. What a trip down memory lane and yes Peggy knows them all. How fun. Peggy also recounts her friendship with Alexis (“Jesus Jugs”) Bellino before they were on RHOC together, how Alexis and Jim Bellino were involved in her being cast, the issues she had filming with her during their season, how the show changed their friendship and the status of their relationship today. We reminisce on how RHOC has changed throughout the years and how it is no where near the show it was way back in the day. Is that a good or bad thing? Peggy opens up about the best and worst part of being a Real Housewife of Orange County and whether she would go back again. Finally we the discuss the evolution of Vicki (Don, Brooks, Steve) and Tamra (Simon, Eddie), the aftermath of their absence and how the franchise will fair without these two staples going forward. 


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Oct 27, 2020
This Is Paris (Director Alexandra Dean talks all things Paris) - Part II
45:24

"This is Paris” Director Alexandra Dean steps back Behind The Rope. We continue our conversation right where we left off (Part I of our sit down aired October 13th, 2020) discussing all things Paris. Alexandra lets us know the challenges of making a behind the scenes film while following Paris around the world to mass chaos and mayhem from Paris’ “Little Hiltons”. We discuss whether the psychological abuse and trauma that Paris endured from the Provo Canyon School was originally intended to be a part of the film. Alexandra explains how she got Paris to open up regarding this abuse, an issue which she has never publicly discussed prior to “This is Paris”. Alexandra discusses the involvement of both Kathy and Nicky Hilton Rothschild in the film and the noted absence of Rick Hilton. We also discuss the cameos from Kim Kardashian and Kyle Richards and why both of those women were necessary for this film. Alexandra fills us in on “secret” lost footage scenes that never made the film. On a more serious note, we discuss how this film was probably the best therapy Paris could have received for her childhood trauma and how Alexandra noticed a completely changed Paris by the end of their time working together. Finally, Paris and Alexandra are dedicated to the “Breaking Code Silence” cause which they are both actively involved in today. Tune in as our chat with “This is Paris” director Alexandra Dean concludes.


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Oct 26, 2020
Rachel Bradshaw - (on Reality TV, The Bradshaw Bunch, The Kardashians & Cher)
48:01

Rachel Bradshaw, from the new E show "The Bradshaw Brunch", steps Behind The Rope. Let’s start at the beginning. Rachel talks about what it was like to grow up with an NFL Legend as a father and how boys would react when they found out Terry Bradshaw was her Dad. She also explains the first time she realized her Dad was a public figure and how, although there were many perks that came along with that, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Being a huge Reality TV fan, Rachel and David dissect some of their favorites - Laguna Beach, The Hills, The Simple Life and last, but certainly not least, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Speaking of Reality TV, Rachel discusses where the idea for The Bradshaw Bunch came from, the road to the E Network, what filming was like, and what it is like to now watch herself and her family on TV each week. She also discusses how her Dad reacts when viewers actually now want her picture as well as his. We also deep dive into Rachel’s booming music career and her newly released single, “Wild Horse”. Take a listen, it’s good. Of course, there was that one time she ran into Cher, yes Cher, with her famous Dad. Do tell. She does. Thanks for stopping by Rachel. 


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Oct 23, 2020
Jason Wahler (The Hills / Laguna Beach) - An Interview
1:04:59

Jason Wahler Steps Behind the Rope. Yes, that Jason Wahler from the hit TV shows Laguna Beach, The Hills and The Hills: New Beginnings. Mic Drop. Need we say anything more? Ok, Jason stopped by to discuss the amazing advocacy work he uses his platform for in order to help those who are struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and feelings of inadequacy. Jason’s work serves as a resource to help those who don't know where to begin, or turn, to get the help they need in order to realize recovery is possible and life is absolutely worth living. Of course, we also discuss those three aforementioned hot MTV “reality” shows. Jason takes us back to the beginning when he was just a high school student whose friends - Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, Stephen Colletti, and Lo Bosworth - were cast on a TV show about their high school, otherwise known as Laguna Beach High. We discuss how Jason got involved in the show, how that show, Laguna Beach, spun off into The Hills and how, overnight, he could no longer go to the gas station or mall or mailbox without being recognized. With fame, the issues he was already struggling with became exacerabted, and he quickly spiralled out of control. There were public arrests and intoxication which eventually lead to rock bottom. Jason shares what that was like and how he eventually sought the help he needed through Dr Drew and other available resources to eventually make this his “life’s work”. Jason answers all of our questions, once and for all, about what specific scenes, events and happenings in The Hills were real and which were not real. We also discuss his involvement in LC forever being known as the girl who didn't go to Paris. Of course, we needed to know all about The Hills: New Beginnings - his wife Ashley's involvement, Speidi, Brody Jenner and of course last, but certainly not least, Queen Mischa Barton. Finally, Jason shares the status of filming for Season Two (RIP Mischa) and when we can expect this classic reality king to appear back on our beloved TV sets. An episode not to be missed. 


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Oct 22, 2020
LEEANNE LOCKEN (An Interview) - Part I
46:50

LeeAnne Locken steps Behind The Rope. Grape Kool-Aid and Vodka in hand, this Dallas Diva takes time out of her day to chat with us about it ALL in this special Part I sit down. All includes growing up a Carny and the challenges she faced in childhood. All also includes The Real Housewives of Dallas. She explains how she was cast, what filming the show was like, and how she felt pressure to “bring it” every season in order to keep the show new and interesting. LeeAnne explains how she felt ganged up on every season and just how tiring the “everyone against LeeAnne” mentality was year after year. LeeAnne talks about her former nemesis turned friend Cary Deuber. No really, it has happened. A natural friendship has formed. Finally, LeeAnne does not hold back on her former cast mates Stephanie & D’Andra. Then again, when have we ever known LeeAnne Locken to hold back. Tune in to this very special Part One sit down with the one, the only LeeAnne Locken.


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Oct 21, 2020
Adela King (Ladies of London) - Part I
42:46

Adela King, from Ladies of London, Steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in London, Adela fills us in on all she has been up to since we last saw her on our Bravo TVs in Ladies Of London. She has been busy with a variety of businesses - Fitness, Beauty, Jewelry. Is there anything Adela hasn’t been up to? David and her compare notes on dating in 2020. Both have been quite busy. Ok let us start at the beginning. Adela was cast from a surprising source and talks about how her involvement with Ladies Of London almost didn't happen. Adela is brutally honest about the emotional challenges of filming a reality show and the logistical issues filming abroad that America is not faced with. She explains how she was unapologetically authentic during her time on Ladies of London. She also discusses her friendship with Caroline Stanbury - before, during and after filming Ladies Of London. Wow. We discuss the wedges a reality show drives between friendships, marriages and any other type of relationship. We are only just getting started people. Tune in now to Part One of this special sit down with Adela King from Ladies of London.


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Oct 20, 2020
Kathryn Edwards (on Denise / Teddi Exits & this past season of RHOBH) - Part II
1:11:46

Kathryn Edwards continues our chat regarding this past season of RHOBH and the Denise / Teddi exits. (Part I aired October 1st, 2020). Kathryn wastes no time in bringing up the fallout of a true many decade long friendship between Lisa Rinna and Denise Richards. We discuss what happens when making a great TV show is more important to a Housewife than a real life friendship and is it worth it? This leads to a discussion of which of the RHOBH cast are real life friends versus working colleagues. Speaking of Denise, we bring up her “hook up” with Brandi Glanville and discuss whether Kathryn thinks that really happened, why Brandi - considering her past track record of being a “tell all", the involvement of Producers to tell that “story”, the aftermath of what we saw unfold all season on RHOBH, and whether Brandi deserves a diamond. We dive into deeper issues such as the continued pressure by Producers to always bring the drama and storyline in fear of losing your job and corresponding big paycheck. Kathryn also discusses how nothing is off limits if you sign up for a reality show and how all the skeletons will ultimately come out of the closet. Kathryn discusses several actresses who she personally knows as potential diamond holders for next season - Nicolette Sheridan, Vivica A. Fox, Heather Locklear, Jennie Garth LaToya Jackson - as well as the rumored favored Kathy Hilton, and predicts the likelihood of each of those happening and how successful each would be in the “role”. Kathryn also discusses how she feels Garcelle will fare in her sophomore season sans Denise and discusses Denise's decision to walk away after just two seasons. Finally, we get into the Reunion, the good, the bad, the other bad and discuss how each of the women handled themselves during it. Tune in as our sit down with Kathryn Edwards concludes.


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Oct 19, 2020
Diana Espir (on Real Life Experiences with Vanderpump Rules and RHOBH Casts)
1:11:08

Diana Espir steps Behind The Rope. Diana is host of the wildly popular Espirational (formerly You Can't Sit With Me) Podcast. In true BTVR fashion, Diana is here to share her real life experiences with some of our favorite Bravolebrities. Living in Los Angeles, Diana has had runs in with the likes of Kyle Richards at Soul Cycle and has interviewed Teddy Mellencamp and Edwin Arroyave on the red carpet. A self admitted huge Kyle fan, Diana gives us all the reasons she doesn’t like her doppelgänger, according to David, Dorit Kemsley. We can agree to disagree. Discuss amongst yourselves. Diana met Summer House's Kyle Cooke at Scheana Shay's birthday party and is convinced he doesn’t like her very much just because she called him an “F” boy. Aww, that ain't so bad. There was also that time Scheana Shay thanked her profusely for helping her get to the bottom on what was going on with her ex boy toy Adam Spott. Then there is her ongoing budding FaceTime friendship with Lindsay Hubbard. Diana sure does get around. Friends with Dayna Katham way before she was cast on this past season’s Vanderpump Rules, Diana shares what Dayna is like IRL. She also shares what it is like to hang out with VPR OG’s such as Tom Sandoval, James Kennedy, Jax Taylor and so on. Diana also shares her thoughts on Danica Dow’s on again off again public relationship with bartender Brett Willis. Finally, Diana discuss her thoughts on this past season of VPR and what she thinks needs to happen to improve the show going forward. 


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Oct 16, 2020
RHOC's Lydia McLaughlin & Mom Judy Stirling (Glitter Town!)
55:16

On the heels of the The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Season Premiere, Lydia McLaughlin and her Mom, Judy Stirling, step Behind The Rope. Lydia and Judy are here to talk about their new Bravo Web Show, Glitter Town. Lydia and Judy explain that Glitter Town is a new digital series of them spreading “positive vibes” while making normal everyday tasks fun, happy and, well, glittery. They even went to New York City to pitch the show in person at 30 Rock, Glitter Bombs and all. Of course, we couldn’t help but chat with Lydia about all her cast mates past: Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Heather Dubrow, Alexis “Jesus Jugs” Bellino, Gretchen Rossi, Peggy Sulahian and Lizzie Rovsek. We discuss what it was like to film the show with these women - the good, the bad, the highs, the challenges, her role as the “friendship whisperer” during her RHOC Seasons Eight and Twelve, and what the status of her relationships with each of them is like today. We also talk about the current RHOC and hear Lydia’s thoughts on Braunwyn, Gina, Emily, and newbie Elizabeth Vargas. We chat about why a Web Series was the right platform for this show, check in on Lydia’s family - Doug and the boys, and hear all the details from the Glitter Town Premiere Party such as which RHOC were in attendance. If you are wondering if Lydia and Judy are really really that happy and upbeat and positive alllll the time, well, listen in here!


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Oct 15, 2020
CLAUDIA JORDAN (on Celebrity Apprentice, "The Donald", Omarosa and Much More!) - Part I
49:57

Claudia Jordan steps Behind The Rope and she DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK! THE Claudia Jordan from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. First things first, let’s not forget Claudia’s entire career before joining the highest rated of all the Housewives' franchises, RHOA. Claudia placed in the Top Ten in the Miss USA Competition. She was also once a “Price Is Right” and “Deal or No Deal" Girl. It was “Deal or No Deal” where she first met our current President, Mr. Trump. It was on “Deal or No Deal” that she was first approached to do Celebrity Apprentice. A year, and many meetings with Donald Trump and Mark Burnett, later, she found herself a contestant on the hit NBC show. Claudia shares all the drama both on, as well as off set with not only The Trumps Donald, Ivanka, Don. Jr and Eric, but also with fellow contestants Joan and Melissa Rivers, Dennis Rodman, and last, but certainly not least, Khloe Kardashian. Several years later, Claudia was invited back for Celebrity Apprentice “All Stars” and is happy to discuss her co-stars this second time around, LaToya Jackson, Omarosa (the two have since had a falling out. Do tell. Claudia does), and our favorite RHOBH pot stirrer, Lisa Rinna. We discuss the behind the scenes inner workings of a reality show like Celebrity Apprentice, what is real versus scripted for TV, how Trump really chose who to “fire”, how hard were the tasks, and what skills were vital to survive the boardroom. Finally, Claudia, recounts her many many inappropriate interactions with President Trump throughout the years and how she reacted when she was invited for a “ride" on his private jet. Tune in for Part I of this no holds bar sit down with the one and only, Miss Claudia Jordan.


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Oct 14, 2020
This Is Paris (Director Alexandra Dean talks all things Paris) - Part I
45:12

"This is Paris” Director Alexandra Dean steps Behind The Rope. Welcome! Checking in from her attic in Long Island, New York, Alexandra is here to discuss the brilliant film that is “This Is Paris”. Originally from London, Alexandra came to New York City for college and never left. After a brief stint in financial documentaries, Alexandra made her first feature film a few years ago, “Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story". Susan Sarandon was her partner in that venture. Say what? We discuss her influences as a female director - Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, Sophia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow. How how does one get to be the “chosen one” to follow Paris Hilton all over the world during the course of a year? Alexandra discusses what it is like to get a call from Paris’ team, what the interview process was like, and how does one dress when meeting Paris Hilton for the first time. Alexandra opens up about how Paris reacted to handing over total control to her and what it was like to show her the film once finished. We discuss how important it was for Paris to have a female director for “This Is Paris”. We deep dive into the juggernaut that is Paris - The Sex Tape, The Simple Life, The music, "American Meme", The Voice, "That’s Hot", The perfume, The products, International DJ, Paris’ “Little Hiltons”, Worldwide Domination. We dicusss how Paris IS larger than life. Alexandra discusses Paris, “the character”, versus Paris, the woman behind the character. Finally, Alexandra discussed the transformation she saw in Paris from the time the film started to the time it ended and how, after all is said and done, Paris became a changed woman as a result of this film. Tune in now to Part I of our sit down with Alexandra. 


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Oct 13, 2020
DANNY PELLEGRINO (An "Iconic" Interview")
1:12:38

Everything Iconic Podcast Host Danny Pellegrino Stepped Behind The Rope earlier this year. Today, we bring you this Iconic sit down chat. Originally from Ohio, Danny headed west to sunny Los Angeles in order to pursue his dreams of “making it” in comedy. We would say he’s done a pretty damn good job of achieving those dreams. David & Danny immediately bond over their love of Cary Deuber. Yup, that is outta left field, isn’t it? They also bond over their love of The Countess, as in Luann, and Leah, as in McSweeney. The Real Housewives of New York City is Danny’s favorite franchise, we agree, and Ramona Singer is his favorite housewife, we kinda have to agree again. Are these two separated at birth? David & Danny also debate their love, or lack thereof, for The Hills, The View, Jennifer Love Hewitt, & Very Cavallari (RIP). No, they don’t agree on all of these important topics, but thats okay. Danny details what is was like to work with Legends Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix to write the classic Fancy AF Cocktails. As if that wasn't enough, Danny discusses what it was like to host several panels at Bravocon and his "fan girl moment” from the weekend. Married To Medicine Cast we are talking to you. Danny also discusses how he started his “Iconic Podcast”, his “side job” as ghost writer, and his best and worst interviews he has ever conducted, which Housewives he would like to see back and what he thought about two shows which had out of the ordinary drama these past seasons: Vanderpump Rules and Shahs of Sunset. On a serious note, Danny is forthcoming in sharing his struggles with mental health and what he wants people to know regarding such issues. A jam packed interview not to be missed on today's Behind The Velvet Rope.


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Oct 12, 2020
Celebrity PR Guru Amir Yass (on LVP, Erika Jayne, The Toms, The Kardashians and More)!
1:07:05

Amir Yass from the hit podcast, The Take On, steps Behind The Rope. David was recently on an episode of Amir’s podcast (check it out). These two Geminis catch up like old friends, bond over being podcast hosts and get right into it. Amir used to work in PR with celebrities such as Queen Paris Hilton, JLO, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and Melissa McCarthy. From there, Amir fell into working with reality TV talent and the Bravo world. He has worked with The Kardashians and Lord Disick!! Not bad. His first Bravo client, our friend Patti Stanger. He also worked with the Tom’s Sandoval and Schwartz and Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd. Amir was responsible for arranging the opening party for TomTom. Do tell. He does. Amir spills all, the good, the bad, the ugly. Amir lets us know some of the highest maintenance celebrities he has ever worked for and some of the nicest. He compares “A” list celebrities to reality TV stars and lets us know who is more high maintenance to deal with. We had Amir slow down and spill all about the opening of TomTom, Jax, James Kennedy, Scheana Shay. We needed every last detail. For those who don’t know, Amir had a viral TikTok moment a few weeks back when he opened up about his past experiences working for LVP and Erika Jayne. He is here to explain what went wrong with both of those working relationships and what he suggests each do differently. Finally, being a BravoHolic and Reality TV junkie himself, Amir can’t help but talk about the shows and talent he loves the most, Below Deck, The Hills, Selling Sunset, to name a few. The show he does not love, Watch What Happens Live. Fear not, he has suggestions. A true look behind the scenes by Celebrity PR Insider, Amir Yass.


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Oct 09, 2020
PEREZ HILTON (on Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Joan Rivers, his New Book, & More) - Part I
51:07

We welcome back Perez Hilton. Yup, he is back!!! News Alert, Perez has a new book, TMI: My Life in Scandal. Is there ever “too much information" for Perez Hilton? That is the question of the hour and we get into it. No matter how much of an insider he becomes, he will always feel like an outsider. That is how TMI begins. Perez talks about some of the biggest misconceptions about himself and what it is like to be hated, his words, not ours, by so many. He explains why now was the right time in his career to write his memoir. "Sometimes you just have to say yes", he tells The Rope. He learned that from Joan Rivers. Speaking of Joan Rivers, Perez explains how Joan Rivers was a huge inspiration and role model for his career. A career that has taken him from being the first influencer, an influencer before there were influencers, one of THE “It Girls” back in the day, to now releasing his current day life story. Perez gives us advice on what it takes to be successful and have longevity in the entertainment business and explains how the industry has changed over the years. We talk about some of life’s most important issues such as when will Paris Hilton join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, will Amanda Bynes be allright, and how did Kim Kardashian make it all the way to the “A” list? Perez has first hand knowledge as these are some of his many famous friends. Perez dishes it all. Feel free to stop by anytime.


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Oct 08, 2020
Thom Filicia (talks Queer Eye, RHOBH, Andy Cohen and Much More!)
1:17:06

Thom Filicia steps Behind The Rope. Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. Bravo Royalty. Let us just take that in for a hot second. Thom takes us back to the beginning of how he got cast for Queer Eye by getting stuck in an elevator. True story. Thom talks about the behind the scenes filming, producer involvement, and what he thought about the finished product once the show aired. He talks about how life changed once Queer Eye came out and catapulted him into the public eye. Of course we discuss cast mates Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez, Ted Allen and Kyan Douglas - what they were like back then and the current status of his relationships with each today. We discuss what Bravo was like in those early days, the evolution of the network, and Andy Cohen. We also discuss how Queer Eye helped change the landscape for LGBTQIA representation on television. Thom tells us stories from the vault about designing projects for celebrity clients such as JLO. Speaking of celebrities, we discuss how many want “stuff for free” (cue Bobby Berk and the infamous unnamed RHONY) and discuss how Thom recommends handling business situations such as these. Thom also tells us about that one time he was backstage with Kyle Richards at WWHL where the discussion turned to all things Puppy Gate and Lucy Lucy Apple Juice and the many nights he has had out with his ex-boyfriend’s BFF, Dorinda Medley. Of course, no discussion of Queer Eye would be complete without a nod to the current Netflix series and Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France and Bobby Berk. 


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Oct 07, 2020
Marissa Lucchese (Double Shot at Love) on Pauly D, Vinny & Much More
53:35

Double Shot at Love’s Marissa Lucchese steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home town in Long Island, New York, Marissa is here to tell it all. Marissa explains how she got cast on the hit MTV show and what filming was like. We discuss the first moment she found out her potential suitors would be DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore. We discuss the balance shift from being a fan of Jersey Shore before being cast to realizing she was on a bona fide dating show. Marissa explains how she was team Pauly from the get go. No offense Vinny. Marissa spills the Tea about BFFS B-Lashes and Derynn Paige as well as the other girls in the house. Marissa explains how Season Two is a hell of a lot more fun than Season One. Perhaps that has something to do with Brandon. Of course, we also needed all the details about Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Angelina Pivarnick. Also fun fact, Marissa worked with the one and only Dolores Catania in her prior life as a glam makeup artist. Tune in now for this non-stop episode. 


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Oct 06, 2020
Dr. Kelly Killeen (Dr. 90210)
57:27

Dr. Kelly Killeen from the new E Series, Dr. 90210, steps Behind The Rope. Taking place in Beverly Hills, Dr. 90210 follows the lives and surgical practices of four power house female plastic surgeons. Dr. Killeen is one of those plastic surgeons. We welcome Dr. Killeen. Coming from a long line of doctor’s in her family, Dr. Killeen stops by to chat about her Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice. We discuss Dr. Killeen's Do’s and Dont’s of plastic surgery, when too much is really “too much”, fillers, injectables, facelifts, the differences between Los Angeles and Beverly Hills’ patients and what are the trends she sees in plastic surgery today. Dr. Killeen also fills us in on the current celebrities whose “chests" are among the most requested by her patients. Being a huge Reality TV fan herself, we discuss her neighbors down the street, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and her neighbors the next town over, The Real Housewives of Orange County. We discuss the evolution of plastic surgery on The Swan, to Nip/Tuck, to the original, all male, Dr 90210. Dr. Killeen tells us how she became involved in the current “updated” all female version of Dr. 90210, what it was like to film both her home life and complex surgeries and how her surgical office staff reacted to being part of a reality show for the E Network (Hint: they were excited). We also discuss her co-stars Dr. Michelle Lee, Dr. Cat Begovic and Dr. Suzanne Quardt. Speaking of E, we discuss that other E plastic surgery show, Botched, and Doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nasif. Finally, we discuss why it was so important for Dr. 90210 to be made in 2020 with an all female cast. Thanks for stopping by Dr. Killeen.


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Oct 05, 2020
Sonja Morgan's Intern - The Aftermath of our Interview!
1:52

A few weeks ago (on September 15th, 2020) we sat down with one of Sonja Morgan's Ex-Interns, Meghan Hubert. We talked about what it is like to work as one of Miss Morgan's interns, a highly sought after coveted position in our most Bravo of Worlds. Although David and Meghan, had a great chat about the iconic position of Intern, Sonja Morgan, not everyone enjoyed the chat as much as the Behind The Velvet Rope listeners. One such person was Sonja. Meghan is back to talk about the fallout from that sit down. Plus, we discuss these just concluded Reunions / Seasons of RHONY and RHOBH, the good, the bad, the other. All this plus more on our latest just released Patreon episode out this weekend. Link Below:


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Oct 04, 2020
Click Bait with Bachelor Nation
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Everyone loves a good bit of gossip. Go inside the juiciest stories on Click Bait with Bachelor Nation. 


Hosts Tayshia Adams, Hannah Ann Sluss and Joe Amabile, know what it's like to live in the spotlight. They’ve seen that fame can mean being praised, adored, and sabotaged. Sometimes all in the same day! 

On Click Bait, they share what they’ve learned from their wild days at Bachelor Mansion to bring you a new kind of celebrity news podcast. Each week, they break down the biggest stories in pop culture -- dissecting every outrageous headline, debunking every celebrity rumor, and sorting through what’s truly Click Bait and what’s real. And with these three, the arguments about hollywood scandals will be as dramatic as the headlines themselves. 


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Oct 04, 2020
Dr. Michelle Lee (Dr. 90210)
43:35

Dr. Michelle Lee from the new E Series, Dr. 90210, steps Behind The Rope. Taking place in Beverly Hills, Dr. 90210 follows the lives and surgical practices of four power house female plastic surgeons. Dr. Lee is one of those plastic surgeons. We welcome Dr. Lee. We chat with Dr. Lee about her plastic surgery practice, PERK Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We discuss Dr. Lee’s Do’s and Dont’s of plastic surgery, when too much is really “too much”, fillers, injectables, facelifts, and what are the trends she sees in plastic surgery today. We discuss the evolution of plastic surgery on TV from Extreme Makeover, to Nip/Tuck, to the original, all male, Dr 90210. Dr. Lee tells us how she became involved in the current “updated” all female version of Dr. 90210, what it was like to film both her home life and complex surgeries and how her patients reacted to being part of a reality show for the E Network. We also discuss her co-stars Dr. Kelly Killeen, Dr. Cat Begovic and Dr. Suzanne Quardt. Speaking of E, we discuss that other E plastic surgery show, Botched, and Doctor's Terry Dubrow and Paul Nasif. Finally, we discuss why it was so important for Dr. 90210 to be made in 2020 with an all female cast. Thanks for stopping by Dr. Lee. 


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Oct 02, 2020
Kathryn Edwards (on this past season of RHOBH & Denise / Teddi Exits) - Part I
57:02

We sat down with Kathryn Edwards a few weeks back for an exclusive, two part, tell all interview (Part I 9/9/20; Part II 9/16/20). That interview caused a Twitter frenzy involving both Lisa Vanderpump and Camille Grammer. Kathryn stops by to chat about the aftermath of that interview and the resulting twitter frenzy. Kathryn stands by what she said and talks about her current relationships with LVP, Erika, Kyle, Camille and the rest of our favorite RHOBH. Hey Kathryn, while we have you, wanna chat about this past season of RHOBH? She does. We react to the news of Teddi Mellencamp being let go, discuss why it is so hard for most Housewives to admit they were terminated and discuss Kathryn’s thoughts on Teddi, answering the question, was she really as “ boring” as the general public thinks? Kathryn also discusses her thoughts on newbies Garcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke. We dissect who had a good season and who had a rough season amongst Dorit, Rinna, Kyle, and Erika and who would be the next on the chopping block if additional cuts were to be made. Speaking of Rinna, Kathryn explains how the Rinna she now sees on RHOBH is not the Rinna she has known for many many years leading to a larger conversation of what happens when real life and “the show” lines start to blur. On a larger scale, David and Kathryn discuss what it takes to make a good Housewife, how “Career Housewives” all start to self produce, and what happens when the show becomes more important than real world happiness. These topics get Kathryn to reflect on her own short time on the show, does she think she herself was a good Housewife? Kathryn also opens up about the PTSD she felt once off the show due to the feeling of cameras - there were none - always watching her and whether she would ever go back - if you listened to our first two chats - well - you know the answer to this. 


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Oct 01, 2020
Elyse Slaine - Breaks Her Silence! (Post RHONY Reunion Absence) - Part II
54:12

Blatantly absent from the just aired #RHONY reunion, Elyse Slaine continues to break her silence here today (Part I of our sit down with Elyse aired earlier today). Elyse wastes no time in addressing Ramona’s claim that she used her for fame and just wanted camera time. Elyse gives specific examples both on and OFF camera of how she had Ramona’s back, despite the claims that she was a “friend jumper”. Elyse explains what her last appearance on The Real Housewives of New York at Leah’s Married To The Mob Party was like (a party her and David hung out at) and the truth behind the final on-air fight which caused Ramona to storm out. Breaking the Fourth Wall, Elyse explains the negative aftermath of her infamous viral Cameo with Leah (if you haven’t seen it, Google it) - hint: it involves Watch What Happens Live. Finally, THE REUNION. Elyse finally explains exactly why she was not at the reunion!! She lets The Rope know what she thought about being called a “Black Widow”. She explains how she felt once she watched and heard the reactions from Sonja, LuAnne, Dorinda and Leah after being called a ‘Black Widow” and her being compared to Barbara K. Finally, Elyse details the last time she ran into Ramona in The Hamptons just the other week!!! This is an episode not to be missed as our two part exclusive sit down with Elyse Slaine concludes.


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Sep 29, 2020
Elyse Slaine - Breaks Her Silence! (Post RHONY Reunion Absence) - Part I
52:53

Blatantly absent from the just aired #RHONY reunion, Elyse Slaine breaks her silence here today. Elyse tells all about the evolution of her friendship with Ramona which began way before this current season of The Real Housewives of New York. She finally sets the record straight with exactly how she was “brought” onto the show and how “welcome” she felt from the other RHONY women (hint: not so much). Elyse details her past relationships with Sonja, Dorinda, and LuAnne and gives specific examples to debunk the constant claim that Ramona “introduced” her to this group. Elyse explains the on and OFF camera events which she believes led to the beginning of the end of her friendship with The Singer Stinger during the past year. Elyse explains what filming and real life - her and Ramona share the same “friend group” - on the Upper East Side and The Hamptons was like once Ramona decided to break up with her. Elyse provided a specific timeline of events to help us understand just what went down. The more she talked, the more questions The Rope had. This is an episode not to be missed!!!!


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Sep 29, 2020
Rachael O'Brien (On BFF Kristen Doute, Jax, Vanderpump Rules and her Own Comedic Genius)
1:05:14

Rachael O’Brien steps Behind The Velvet Rope. Rachael & David discuss everything and anything as if they are fast and old friends. Actually they did meet when David flew to Detroit to see Kristen Doute’s live Podcast tour a few months back. A full review is provided. Rachael explains how she met Kristen, how they went from meeting to becoming BFFS, the best part about being friends and the current status of their relationship today. Rachael also tells us how she met Jax (congrats Dad!!) working as a jeans model with Kristen, what is was like to date him, and why, ultimately, he just wasn’t the right guy for her. We just cannot. No detail spared!! Speaking of guys, there was that one time she dated Matthew Perry. Umm what? Rachael was also offered a part on Vanderpump Rules - OMG - this just gets better and better. Rachael opens up about her early days in LA before she broke into acting and eventually became a stand up comic. We discuss the challenges of a career in comedy and her comedic idols. By the way, Rachael also has her own booming Podcast "Be Here For A While" which you all need to check out! David and Rachael bond over what’s it like to run a successful podcast. Consider that 4th wall broken. Check out this episode now. 


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Sep 28, 2020
Brandon Liberati - (Shahs of Sunset / MJ's BFF)
1:15:30

Brandon Liberati, one half the power couple that appeared on Newlyweds: The First Year, in Bravo’s yesteryear, Steps Behind The Rope. He is also a hairstylist to the stars with clients such as Khloe Kardashian, Rose McGowan and Danielle Staub. His “friendship" with Danielle Staub is something we cannot get enough of. Brandon is also BFFS to the one, the only Miss Mercedes Javid. Of course, both are discussed in full detail. Brandon had a decent quarantine trapped in with husband, Fitness Guru Craig Ramsay (Bravo’s Newlyweds: The First Year; Work Out with Jackie Warner). Tough Life. Growing up in Salt Lake with influences such as The Eurythmics, Paula Abdul and Culture Club, Brandon started cutting hair at a young age when he stumbled upon the club scene and drag queens. Pulled into the Bravo world through husband Craig, one of his first Bravo clients was The Real Housewives of The OC OG Jeana Keough. Let’s discuss. We do. Saying yes to Newlyweds meant saying yes to equality for Brandon and being able to show one of the first same sex couples being married on TV. He has worked on Lady Gaga’s music video, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin Delilah Belle, SJP, and queen Caroline Stanbury. He has also been featured regularly on Shahs of Sunset because thats what happens when you are BFFs with MJ. Ooh juicy. A fun must listen with our friend Brandon!



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Sep 25, 2020
Kristen Taekman (RHONY)
1:19:21

The Real Housewives of New York City’s Kristen Taekman steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from beautiful Connecticut, Kristen is here to tell it all. First we catch up with Kirsten on the current status of her Fashion Blogging and fashion trends we can all expect in the world as it exists today. Ok, now onto what everyone wants to talk about, RHONY. We discuss Kristen’s thoughts on RHONY before being cast, what her casting process was like and how she feels she was edited for the two seasons she was on the hit Bravo show. Kristen discusses Bethenny and what watching the show without her is like. Speaking of Bethenny, Kristen’s children go to the same school as Bryn and she tells us about several Bethenny, and Jason Hoppy (whaaaat?), sightings during school events. We also discuss her friendship with RHONY Housewives past such as Jill Zarin and Heather Thomson. Kristen also shares her thoughts on current RHONY cast members, her being a huge Leah McSweeney fan, and, having both seen her cabaret, Kristen and David discuss the joy that is Countess and Friends. Also, let us not forget that both Kristen and David were at the Hamptons party last summer that Ramona pushed Gizelle out of the picture at so they recount that fateful day, the before, during and shocking after. Speaking of Ramona. Kristen responds to Ramona’s statements several weeks back about her and former RHONY Cindy Barshop being “nobodies”. Do tell!!! On a larger scale, we discuss the growing presence of alcohol on RHONY and whether it is time for a cast shake up. Let us not forget one of Kristen’s IRL BFFS is Brandi Glanville!! We discuss what Kristen was told first hand from Brandi and how she feels watching it all unfold each week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Talk about an episode not to be missed. This is a must listen!!!


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Sep 24, 2020
Patti Stanger (on RHONY, RHOBH, & Bravo Couples) - Part I
55:47

The Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger steps Behind The Rope. Our old friend who we haven’t seen since David appeared on Season 4 of the hit Bravo TV Show. Originally from down the street in New Jersey, the World’s Most Famous Love Doctor stops by to tell it all. Taking a break from her current obsession and crush, Gov. Cuomo, we smell a match here, Patti fills us in on what she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens a few years back. Patti takes us back to when Bravo was just a neophyte network with the likes of her, Jeff Lewis, Queer Eye and Vicki Gunvalson. We discuss how the little network that could has morphed into a Housewives Empire, the rise of Andy Cohen and the blow out of BravoCon. Of course we had to bring up RHONY Leah McSweeney who was on the NYC Season of Millionaire Matchmaker with David and Patti's thoughts on who she thinks would be the perfect match for the Apple Holder. Speaking of RHONY, Patti gives us her thoughts on the current season and how she feels the franchise is holding up without Super Mogul Bethenny Frankel. Patti explains the type of man she sees Dorinda, Ramona, Lu and Sonja dating and predicts who of the four will marry first. She also explains why there will always be a job for both Carol (Tinsley and Scott) and Ramona (Kelly and Rick) at her Millionaires Club. Patti discusses fellow Bravolebeties and BFFS Jeff Lewis and Jill Zarin, the origins and statuses of those friendships and what she thinks of each of their current significant others. She also discusses dating recommendations for friends Andy Cohen, Teresa Giudice, Kenya Moore, Perez Hilton and Anderson Cooper gives her expert opinion on Bravo couples such as Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi, Dorit and PK, Lala and Rand, and Denise and Aaron. Speaking of Denise, Patti answers the question of the RHOBH season, did Denise really hook up with Brandi Glanville? Finally, Patti tells us about that one time she attended a party at Lady Gaga's home with the Lisa’s Vanderpump and Rinna. We are just get started! Tune in now to this special Part I sit down with Patti Stanger.


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Sep 23, 2020
ALL IN by Teddi (and other RHOBH Real Life Experiences)
1:07:13

For Everyone asking where the ALL IN by Teddi episode of the BTVR Podcast is, which is currently trending on Reddit, here it is. If you missed it the first time around, give it a whirl and let us know what you think!


Jess Zadeh from the blond UNFILTERED Podcast Steps Behind The Rope. Jess Z is our official West Coast Correspondent (we may have forgotten to tell her that but thats ok because she is finding out now) and lives down the street from our favorite Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That only means one thing. She knows our fav RHOBH, or has had run ins with them, or knows people who know them. We start with a deep analysis into our new friends Sutton and Garcelle. Next Jess explains her “relationship" with Dorit. Her “relationship” with Dorit includes that one time Dorit bought baby furniture from the store she worked at. With Dorit, all roads lead back to her finances and Jess is happy to explain exactly how Dorit bought her house, the “real" story behind Beverly Beach, and so on. It is in the small details people. Jess also talks to us about her very checkered past with Kyle Richards (spoiler alert - she isn’t a fan) and her less checkered past with Mauricio Umansky. We do a deep dive on BFF Eden Sassoon - no really they are BFFs and the past and current state of Kyle’s relationship with Eden. Oh yea, she has also run in to Rinna several times. Last but certainly not least there was that one time she confronted Teddi Mellencamp in the locker room at Soul Cycle after getting rejected from her ALL IN by Teddi program. Say whaaat? Tune in now to hear all the real life RHOBH behind the scenes from the always unfiltered blond Unfiltered Podcast host, Jess Z.


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Sep 22, 2020
Brian Moylan (Pretty Mess Co-Author; Housewives Recap King) on RHONY & RHOBH
1:10:38

David welcomes Recap King Brian Moylan, Behind The Rope. Brian, also from Connecticut, starts the sit down by quoting the Queen, Madonna. Ok, we are off to a good start here people. Speaking of the Recap King, if you have ever read one about The Housewives or almost any other Bravo Show for Vulture or Gawker, chances are it was written by Brian Moylan. Thank you Brian for giving all of us the quick cheat sheet to our Bravo lives. Brian started his recap career at Gawker writing recaps for two Reality TV Classics, The Hills and Jersey Shore. F yes, we will take it! From there, Brian started doing recaps for The Real Housewives and the rest is history. Any perks that came from that? Oh yes. Brian was part of the Inaugural (was there ever a second one?) RHONY Bus Tour. Yup, this was a real thing that happened a few years back. Kristen Taekman, Jill Zarin, Carole Radziwill, Ramona, Sonja and a bus full of screaming fans. Sign us up! Speaking of Queens, he also cowrote a book with the other member of royalty, Erika Jayne Girardi, Pretty Mess. Thank you Brian for answering our 101 questions about that experience, for chatting about all things Jayne Girardi, for discussing all things Sur and Housewives and for stepping Behind The Rope. 


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Sep 22, 2020
Matt Fraser (Meet The Frasers)
1:03:41

Psychic Medium Matt Fraser steps Behind The Rope. As seen on the hit E TV show, Meet The Frasers, Matt stops by the Rope to tell it all. Checking in from his home in Rhode Island, accent and all, his psychic ability started when he was only four years old, his grandmother being the first person he saw “Sixth Sense Style”. He ran from this gift, being four, scared AF and not realizing what “seeing people” meant. Years later in High School he went with friends to see a medium. She told him he would be a famous medium one day - he wanted his money back - and that was that. He took this advice though, started with small local house calls which great bigger and bigger from there. Flash froward to E’s "Meet The Frasers" and here we are. Matt teaches us the difference between a medium, a psychic and a psychic medium. He explains, in the absence of Yelp Reviews, how to hire a medium and what to expect once hired. Of course, we had to ask him all about that time Dorinda Medley hired him for a reading!! An episode not to be missed. 


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Sep 21, 2020
Janine & Dom Detore (Big Ang's Sister)
1:02:50

Janine and Dom Detore Step Behind The Rope. Checking in from their home in Staten Island, New York, Janine and Dom are here to tell it all. The world probably know’s Janine best as “Big Ang's Sister”, from the hit VH1 TV show Mob Wives. Janine is here to shed light on what Big Ang was really like off camera. News flash, she is the same as the Big Ang, Angela Raiola, we grew to love on our TV screens each week on Mob Wives, Miami Monkey, Big Ang, Celebrity Wife Swap and so many more. However there is more to Big Ang than that. A devoted Mother, Daughter, Sister, Janine tells The Rope how there is nothing Big Ang wouldn’t do for her family or friends. Loyal to the core. We talk about life in Staten Island before, during and after Mob Wives and some of Big Ang’s costars such as Drita D’Avanzo, whom Janine keeps in touch with. We also discuss the reality shows Janine and Dom have appeared on such as Staten Island Hustle and Big Ang, when VH1 gave her sister her own show. Janine shares personal stories with us like Big Ang’s close friendship with Whoopi Goldberg. Say what??? Finally, Janine gives us all the details of the book she is writing about her Sister's life and legacy, coming soon, but of course still won't divulge the secret recipe for her famous meatballs. 


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Sep 18, 2020
Sarah McSweeney (Leah's Sister) - RHONY
1:04:04

Sarah McSweeney steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Sister of The Real Housewives of New York City’s Leah McSweeney. That Sarah McSweeney. As seen this past season alongside her sister on Season 12 of RHONY. Checking in from her parent’s home in gorgeous Connecticut, Sarah takes time off from being a mom to chat with The Rope. Originally from Chelsea, NYC (yea Chelsea!!), Sarah fell into modeling at a very young age while working various food and restaurant jobs in the heart of downtown New York City. Sarah opens up about her initial reaction to sister Leah being cast on the hit Bravo show and what it was like to watch Leah each week, and her own guest appearances, this past season. We discuss how she truly feels about Leah's colleagues Dorinda, Luann, Sonja, and last, but certainly not least, Ramona. Of course we discuss that fateful Newport, Rhode Island weekend and how the girls treated her in person - the bad, the good and the bad. We dive deep into what watching the “night before” was like compared to how Leah described it to her IRL. On a larger scale, both being New Yorkers, Sarah and David discuss how NYC is much more than a 5 block radius on the Upper East Side and whether it is time to mix things up regarding the cast to represent a more accurate representation of what NYC is really all about. Sarah discusses her relationship with sister Leah and pays homage Tinsley Mortimer and Elyse Slaine, let us not forget they were part of this past season as well. Finally, we discuss Sarah’s other Bravo favorites Bethenny Frankel, Kate Chastain, Teresa Giudice, and Melissa Gorga as well as just how wonderful a place Spa 88 really is. Grab your apple and listen in!


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Sep 17, 2020
Kathryn Edwards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) - Part II
54:14

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kathryn Edwards steps back Behind The Rope (Part I of our sit down with Kathryn aired September 9th, 2020). Kathryn gets right into it by talking about her first day of filming when, within minutes, Rinna brought up her past ties to OJ. Kathryn opens up about what we saw on RHOBH regarding her relationships with Kyle Richards and Faye Resnick versus the status of those relationships in the real world. She also explains how those past relationships probably affected her on-screen friendships and her time on RHOBH. Kathryn opens up about how she would have done things differently if she were to go back and what those things are. She gives us her opinion on who she thinks is authentic from RHOBH casts past and present and who “acts” for the cameras. We discuss what, if anything, is too private to show on a reality show and discuss the current season of RHOBH. Kathryn discusses whether she thinks Denise really hooked up with Brandi Glanville and what she has heard from being “on the scene” in Beverly Hills. Finally we discuss that fateful night when she was on WWHL and Andy Cohen asked her, point blank, did OJ do it? Kathryn explains the details of that night, how she felt as a result of that question and what her current relationship with Andy Cohen is like today. Tune in as our sit down with Kathryn Edwards continues and concludes.


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Sep 16, 2020
Sonja Morgan's Intern (An Interview)
1:18:47

Sonja Morgan's Intern. One of Sonjas Interns. Steps. Behind. The. Rope. Ok let us back up for a second. She has a name. Meghan Hubert. Residing in Brooklyn, New York, Meghan is a digital marketing and social media guru in her day job. Ok enough of that. Her thesis in college was on "fan culture” and how social media has changed the dynamic between the fan and the celebrity. Um, hello, we just wrote a whole book on that (Summer 2021!). Enough about us. Let's focus on Meghan. Sonja Morgan's intern. Meghan talks about how she got the idea to apply for this most coveted position. Meghan talks about the application process. Meghan talks about the interview. Ok, let us take a breath and refresh from all this excitement. Next we chat, in detail, about Meghan's first day on the job. OMG! Next, we discuss her fellow interns. Yes, of course we discuss Pickles. Pickles, Pickles, Pickles. No discussion as an intern would be complete without discussing the iconic townhouse and iconic toaster! Full details provided, of course. We also break down what a typical day and typical night as a Sonja Morgan Intern looks like. Yes, night because Meghan moved into the townhouse to be available 24/7 to Miss M. Of course, there were also the watch parties at Sonja's house during the Real Housewives of New York City Season and all that behind the scenes RHONY talk, the good, the bad, the in between - Ramona, Heather, and so on. Even our buddy Harry Dubin is part of this blockbuster episode. Didn't see that coming? Neither did we. Of course all good things must come to an end. We finally get into Meghan’s resignation, what that process looked like and how Sonja took the news. We love you Miss Morgan!


Editor’s Note: This episode provides the details of what it is like behind the walls of the iconic townhouse as an intern for Sonja Morgan. Nothing is meant with any malice or will intent. An iconic position working for an iconic woman. 


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Sep 15, 2020
Alicia Quarles (on those RHONY Cast Rumors, her RHONY friendships and DailyMailTV)
56:48

DailyMailTV’s Senior News Correspondent, Alicia Quarles, steps Behind The Rope. Of course, we address those Real Housewives of New York rumors. Oh c’mon, you know those rumors you have seen all over the internet about Alicia possibly joining the cast of RHONY next season. She is friends with them all from RHONY’s current cast LuAnn, Sonja, Ramona and casts’ past, Bethenny Frankel and Tinsley Mortimer and is kind enough to entertain our many questions. We also address Dorinda’s exit and David explains why he hopes those RHONY rumors are really true for Alicia. Alicia, who always knew from a young age journalism was her true calling, ended up in New York City at a young age to pursue her dreams. As a Senior News Correspondent, we dish on the new season of DailyMailTV and new host Thomas Roberts. We address one of the hottest topics of the month (Other than Alicia’s RHONY cast rumors, of course), the end of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Alicia’s take on the matter seeing as she has interviewed the famous family before. Speaking of interviews, Alicia has interviewed them all and we get her hot takes on some of our favs: Queen Madonna, Beyonce, JLo, Martha Stewart, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz and Penelope Cruz, to name a few. We discuss the differences between interviewing “Movie Stars” and “Reality Stars” and the challenges and benefits of working in the entertainment industry. Being a true fashion lover, we discuss that one time Alicia wore that same ROTATE “Pink Dress” that Rinna and Erika Jayne love so much (Who wore it best?) and what it is like to cover the Met Ball, among other Awards Show's Red Carpets. Tune in now for this fun time and see, do we finally answer those RHONY rumors?


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Sep 14, 2020
GIZELLE BRYANT (A Sit Down)!
57:58

Gizelle Bryant steps Behind The Rope. The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 alive and well. We discuss it all!!!! Gizelle fills us in on how the season is going for her, her daughters and Pastor Bryant. Gizelle wastes no time in also discussing how she thinks her co-stars are handling this season as well - Robyn Dixon and her potential upcoming nuptials to Juan, Ashley’s motherhood, Wendy, welcome to the DMV. Michael Darby and his role as an honorary housewife. We also discuss her on again, off again friendship with The Grand Dame, Miss Karen Huger, and the status of that friendship today. Speaking of Karen Huger, we analyze the softer side we get to see this season via her marriage with Ray and discuss just why does Karen not like newbie Wendy. No discussion of Karen would be complete without a deep dive into the origin of The Grand Dame moniker, and the answer is not what you would expect, but hey, a shout out from Rihanna ain’t too bad. Of course we chat about the Candiace Monique Drama at the epicenter of this season, how the cast reacted to the physical altercation and how it has led to larger life discussions such as the portrayal of African American women on television. We also talk about why after 5 seasons Potomac is finally getting the respect it deserves. In other Bravo news, Gizelle chats about Dorinda's RHONY exit and what it was like to meet fellow Bravolebries such as Lala, Reza, Gigi and Brandi Redmond at BravoCon. Finally, seeing as David was at that infamous party in The Hamptons where Ramona asked Gizelle to leave the picture, they needed to bond over that and ask the age old question, will Gizelle ever squash her beef with Ramona? Thanks for stopping by Gizelle. Come anytime!


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Sep 10, 2020
Kathryn Edwards (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) - Part I
47:49

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kathryn Edwards steps Behind The Rope. Originally from Wisconsin (didn't see that one coming), Kathryn left home at a young age to pursue modeling in Paris, before eventually settling in the famous zip code we have all come to love. Kathryn discusses how she was cast for Season Six of RHOBH and who she knew before the show. We discuss RHOBH Housewives past - Yolanda Hadid and Eden Sassoon and present such as Dorit Kemsley and Erika Jayne. We discuss the influx of actresses to the franchise - Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa Rinna and Denise Richards - and ultimately whether that is a good fit or not. Of course, we also discuss whether Denise really hooked up with Brandi Glanville and what Kathryn knows from being “on the scene” in Beverly Hills. This leads to a larger conversation of what should be included in a reality show, and what, if anything, should be off limits, the influence of producers behind the scenes and the magic of editing. Kathryn recounts her own time on RHOBH, the involvement of production, the edit she received, being thrown into day one middle of the season, and her colleagues she had to work with. She explains her past with Faye Resnick (Kyle Richards’ BFF), OJ Simpson, Robert Kardashian, that famous White Bronco and how that possibly affected the decision to cast her. Finally we discuss the involvement of Lisa’s Vanderpump and Rinna in helping “guide” storylines and just how did Season Six become all about Munchausen’s Syndrome. All this and we are only getting started. Tune in to this Part I sit down with the one and only Kathryn Edwards. 


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Sep 09, 2020
Anna Rothschild - (Tom D'Agostino's BFF / Rumored Fiance) # RHONY
1:04:59

Anna Rothschild Steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in Greenwich CT, Anna here is to tell it all. A California native, Anna ended up in NYC after a brief reality show stint on Oxygen. Publicist extraordinaire, Anna is s staple on the NYC nightlife scene. There is no restaurant she cant get into or party she can't attend. Anna shares the real ins and outs of the behind the scenes in the PR world and the celebrities she has worked with. She knows EVERYONE!!! Everyone, of course, includes all of our RHONY favorites. After all, she is THAT Anna Rothschild, the woman pictured all over London sporting a 22 Carat Yellow Canary Diamond Ring with Tom D’Agostino mere days after Tom’s divorce plans from LuAnn were announced shocking the RHONY BravoVerse. Before we get to whether or not she and Mr. D’Agostino were engaged or not, let's start with the fact that she has known him for about 20 years. She has known Harry Dubin for around 30. Sometimes it is all about Tom and Harry. David and Anna discuss many fun filled nights they have shared with both at the famed Regency and what really goes on behind the doors of the RHONY staple that both Harry and Tom have helped make infamous. Anna has also known Sonja, Dorinda, LuAnn and Ramona for almost 20 years. We discuss who she likes, doesn’t like, what the women are like off camera and the status of these relationships today. Anna doesn’t just know everyone, she knows everything about everyone and is here to dish it all. 


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Sep 08, 2020
Bunga Bunga​ (New Podcast Alert)
6:34

Silvio Berlusconi ​was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.


Silvio's accolades are definitely Bravo-worthy. This guy is a trip!


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Sep 07, 2020
BRAD GORESKI
10:22

Brad Goreski steps Behind The Rope. Brad Goreski is a Celebrity Stylist who we know and love from some of TV’s finest such as Fashion Police, The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad Brad World. However, at one time in his life, a skin condition known as Rosacea forced him to shy away from the camera, if you can believe that. Along with Dermatologist, Doctor Shereene Idriss, Brad is here to explain what Rosacea is and what can be done about it. Thank you Brad and Dr. Idriss for bringing awareness to this chronic skin condition, for offering encouragement, and for bringing a face and name to this ever growing issue which can be treated. Of course, while we have Brad’s attention, we had to discuss his time on Fashion Police, what it was like and would he ever consider a reboot. We also discuss the new E Network Fashion / Beauty show he has in the works with the one and only NeNe Leakes. Brad also dishes on which Awards Show, he has done them all, is his favorite. He explains what the current state of Fashion is and how he thinks it will be forever changed. Finally, we catch up with Brad on all that he and husband Gary Janetti have been up to over the past few months and what else is next up for the power couple. Thanks for stopping by Brad.


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Sep 07, 2020
#RHONY
1:18

News Alert. Our latest Patreon episode has dropped. It is a #RHONY extravaganza. We discuss all the circumstances surrounding Dorinda's exit, what we can expect at the upcoming shocking reunion, and behind the scenes tidbits from filming this past season with #RHONY.


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Sep 06, 2020
Jared Lipscomb (Vanderpump Rules)
58:44

Vanderpump Rules Makeup artist Jared Lipscomb joins us Behind The Rope. Ok he’s much more than that, but isn’t Vanderpump Rules where all stories should begin? Actually, Jared started doing his own makeup through dressing in drag. Someone said hey you should try this on others - he did - and soon realized a career in makeup was his true calling. His first professional job with someone in the public eye was an Orange Is The New Black cast member. Not a bad way to start. He then met someone who worked at NBC Universal who asked him to help be a touch up artist for one of the Vanderpump Rules after shows. He said yes. Went. Met the entire VR cast. He bonded with Brittany and Kristen this day - they gave him their numbers and the rest is history. Well Vanderpump Rules history which, lets face it - is the only history that matters. Ariana, Stassi, Katie, Kristen, Brittany - he works on them all. Jared takes us on the trajectory from meeting our favorite Vanderwomen - to being there for major life milestones - home owners hello - to this past Season 8 of Vanderpump Rules. Which of the women takes the biggest risks with their makeup and allows Jared to do as he pleases, the answer may shock you. Oh and Jared has also worked on Kelly Dodd's Mom for filming RHOC. Random fact but we are living for it. He has also worked on Madonna’s Gd Control Video. O-M-F-G. What a fun sit down with the one and only Jared Lips. On a serious note, Jared was diagnosed with Leukemia this past year. It is truly heart warming how the cast of Vanderpump Rules stood by him. You know what they say, you find out who you true friends are in tough times. We are happy to report Jared is on the road to recovery and we at The Rope wish him nothing but good health and happiness, always!


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Sep 04, 2020
Jason Oppenheim (Selling Sunset)
57:38

Jason Oppenheim Steps Behind The Rope. Jason fills us in on the current state of he market in Los Angeles before diving into the hottest show of the moment, Selling Sunset. Jason discuss his reservations before signing on to the show, what finally changed his mind and getting used to the presence of cameras in the office and while doing deals. Jason also chats about the effect Selling Sunset has had on both his professional as well as his personal life. We discuss the Oppenheim Group office drama and what Jason thinks of the womens' disputes on and off camera. Of course we asked Jason for his opinions on all of his employees Heather, Maya, Amanza, Davinda, Chrishell, Christine and last but certainly not least, Mary. Speaking of Mary, Jason explains how he and Mary first met and whether he truly favors her, which seems to be the consensus amongst the other agents. Jason tells us about the one time he showed a house to Ariana Grande and what transpired between the two. He also answers one of life's most pressing questions, will he ever settle down? On a personal note, we also had to pay homage to the king, Executive Producer of Selling Sunset Adam DiVello, thank you 100 times over also for The Hills and Laguna Beach. 


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Sep 03, 2020
Perez Hilton (An Interview)
58:18

Perez Hilton Steps Behind The Rope. Legend, The Original, Show Respect where Respect is Due, Perez Hilton. Born Mario Armando Lavandeira in Miami, the son of two Cuban Immigrants, we start at the beginning. Perez explains what childhood was like as an overweight closeted gay man obsessed with pop culture. He moved to NYC after high school to attend NYU and pursue a career in acting. Sixteen years ago, shortly after NYU, he started a "little Blog” called Perez Hilton. The blog quickly took off after he was the first to “out” Brad and Angelina and coin the term “Brangelina”. The Original Influencer, before influencers were influencers, prior to TMZ and most forms of social media that exist in the world today, Perez discusses what life what like after that initial explosion, what it is like to be hated by many, sued by a bunch, and left still standing all these years later. Perez discusses his love of celebrity and pop culture and how he coined his moniker thanks to Miss Paris Hilton. Speaking of Paris, we discuss her early career, Kim Kardashian, their friendship and ever changing relationship, the influence of Kayne, and where he thinks each stand in the pop culture hall of fame. Perez opens up about the rise, height, and fall of his friendship with Lady Gaga. We discuss other legends like the Queen of the World Madonna, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Lopez . We discuss what he has learned throughout the years and how he handles being confronted by celebrities he has been mean to in the past such as Jennifer Anniston and their infamous parking garage run in. Finally, we touch upon Perez’s new forthcoming book, TMI: My Life In Scandal and what is next for the man behind the famous name.


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Sep 02, 2020
Shamari DeVoe & Brandi Williams (on RHOA, Bring It On, & Blaque)
45:21

Shamari DeVoe and Brandi Williams Step Behind The Rope. Checking in from the ATL, Shamari and Brandi are here to discuss it all. Having met when they were just teenagers, Brandi and Shamari went on to form supergroup Blaque. Of course, no discussion of Blaque would be complete without a nod to the late Lisa "Left Eye Lopes" who helped discover and mentor Blaque. No discussion would also be complete without a nod to the group's 20th anniversary which just passed. Congrats Ladies! It is also the 20th anniversary of one of the best films ever made, "Bring It On", which both Shamari and Brandi starred in alongside Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst. We discuss what it was like to work alongside those two film veterans plus what Cheerleading Practice and those seemingly impossible stunts were really like. Of course we HAD to ask Shamari all about what being a real Housewife of Atlanta was like, the last time she spoke to Nene Leakes and the rest of the current cast, and how husband Ronnie DeVoe was doing. Put down those Peaches folks and take a listen to this fun filled episode with Shamari and Brandi.


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Sep 01, 2020
Cristy Rice (The Real Housewives of Miami) - Part I
42:24

Real Housewife of Miami Cristy Rice steps Behind The Rope for Part I of a chat about all things The Real Housewives of Miami. Cristy checks in from, where else, gorgeous and sunny Miami, where she is originally from. Of Cuban decent, Cristy and David bond over their love for Cuba having both traveled there. They also discuss Cristy's ex-husband, NBA Superstar Glen Rice - what it was like to meet and date him as an interracial couple back in the day. Of course, we wanna hear their love story. Cristy reveals how she was in the mix for Basketball Wives prior to signing on the dotted line for The Real Housewives of Miami. With the influence of Bravo, Cristy ended up a cast member on the first season of RHOM - ahh the power of Bravo. Cristy explains her prior friendship with fellow “Basketball Wife” Larsa Pippen. Cristy also reveals and explains how the franchise originally started as a non housewives franchise. Say whaaaat? We discuss the RHOM filming process, producer involvement, and her other cast mates, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Adriana De Moura and last, but not least, Lea Black. Cristy also fills us in on who “acted” and was the most enthralled by the cameras and why she ultimately decided to say yes to a “Housewives” Show. Tune in Now. 


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Aug 31, 2020
Taylor Dayne - (An Interview)
44:37

Music Legend Taylor Dayne steps Behind The Rope. Originally from Long Island, New York (go NY), Taylor checks in from the West Coast to give us an update on life. Taylor takes us when back to the beginning on when Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister helped her chose her stage name and what life was like before hitting it big with the Smash “Tell It to My Heart”. Taylor’s stellar book by the same name “Tell It To My Heart” is a must read - juicy!! Taylor discusses her career which has included selling over 75 million records worldwide which makes her one of the best selling musical artists of all time. We discuss some of Taylor's famous friends such as Whitney Houston, Clive Davis, Belinda Carlisle, Debbie Gibson, Paula Abdul and Tina Turner. Oh let's not forget her friends Madonna, Prince or Michael Jackson, who she opened for on his infamous BAD tour. We just cannot. Say whaaat? We also talk about Taylor's take on some of today's hottest acts such as Halsey, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande. Last but certainly not least, we discuss Taylor’s new single Please, which we just cannot stop singing or dancing at home to. An episode not to be missed with legend Taylor Dayne.


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Aug 28, 2020
Amanza Smith - Selling Sunset (Part I)
50:19

Amanza Smith, from Selling Sunset. Steps Behind The Rope. First off, let us just address the infamous Z. Yes, Amanza was born Amanza with a Z Smith. Originally from Indiana, Amanza knew that small town life ultimately wasn’t for her. She moved to LA at a young age and, what else, became a model. Amanza discusses what the modeling industry was like back in the day. We also discuss her “career” as a suitcase girl on Deal or No Deal. She missed Meghan Markle by one season! Early on in her LA life, Amanza met Mary and Jason, introduced them, they dated, and the three have remained good friends ever since. Amanza and Mary even have matching tattoos - fun fact. Of course, we discuss Amanza’s design background and her job staging properties for The Oppenheim Group. Amanza added to that love of design, got her Real Estate License and ultimately started working as an agent at the Oppenheim Group, as seen on Season 2 of Selling Sunset. Welcome Amanza to Netflix and the wonderful world of Selling Sunset. Amanza entertains our endless questions about her other cast mates Heather, Davina, Maya, Christine, and Chrishell. Speaking of Chrishell, we also discuss soon to be ex-husband This is Us’ Justin Hartley and why we never see him on Selling Sunset. Amanza fills us in on all from Season Two of the hit Neflix show! Tune in now for Part I of this sit down with Amanza Smith!


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Aug 27, 2020
B-Lashes (Double Shot At Love) - on Pauly D, Vinny & Much More!
42:34

Double Shot at Love’s B-LASHES steps Behind The Rope. B-Lashes is here to tell it all. Checking in from Long Island, NY, she fills us in on life in quarantine, her new B-Lashes Boutique, and what watching Double Shot at Love each week, at home, on the couch with her patents, is like. B-Lashes takes us back to the beginning of her Reality TV career. She explains how she was cast and what the MTV “interview" process was like in order to get hired to secure a coveted role fighting for the affections of Pauly D and Vinny G on the hit Double Shot MTV Show. A self admitted huge fan of Jersey Shore before being cast, she even went as Snooki one Halloween, B-Lashes explains her initial reactions when she first saw Pauly and Vinny in the house during season one realizing the show she had signed up for, the challenges of dating on national tv, the other girls - the good (Derynn and Marissa), the bad, the Nikki, and why it was always Pauly for her. Of course, we had to ask what it was like to meet Jersey Shore legend Angelina Pivarnick during season one and what being eliminated way too early Season One felt like. B-Lashes shares what Vegas was like Season Two, the new boys in the house, and what we can look forward to the rest of the season. We discuss the inevitable comparisons between Double Shot and The Bachelor and why finding love on TV is a concept we just never seem to tire of.


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Aug 26, 2020
James DeSantis - Backyard Envy (On RHONY, Pump Rules, MDLLA & New Season)
1:16:26

Backyard Envy’s James DeSantis Steps Behind The Rope. Back in NYC for a hot minute from Los Angeles, where he moved to expand the ever growing Manscapers Business, James stops by to talk about the current season of the hit Bravo show Backyard Envy. The current season of Backward Envy and everything else. James describes how he and business partners and co-stars Mel and Garrett first met, decided to go into business together and ultimately got their own Bravo show. James talks about how he has crossed paths with some of our favorite Million Dollar Listing Agents - The Josh’s Altman and Flagg, Tracy Tutor and Steve Gold, being in the residential design space and all. Ahh, Steve Gold. Speaking of Bravolebrities, James talks to The Rope about some of his Housewife Friends and Encounters including, but certainly not limited to, Tinsley Mortimer, Dorinda Medley, Countess Luann (he also saw the Cabaret, who hasn’t?), Barbara Kavovit, as well as how Bethenny Frankel “won” Housewives. There were also those backyard landscaping meetings James took with both Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix as well as Kristen Doute. Do tell. He does. James also tells us about past celeb clients such as Bobby Berk, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell as well as run ins with the likes of Lady Gaga and Patricia Arquette. Random. Finally, James spills some tea on what we can expect for the remainder of Backyard Envy’s Season Two and what he hopes for in season three. Tune in now.


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Aug 25, 2020
Captain Sandy (An Interview)
32:58

Behind The Velvet Rope welcomes the one, the only Captain Sandy. How did Captain Sandy become a captain? We start at the beginning by answering that question and cover everything in between. Sandy talks about being a boat captain and all the responsibilities that come along with that. Sandy shares her pet peeves and past charter guests, the good, the bad, the other. We cover it all. Flash forward and here we are, in the current new season of Below Deck Med. We talk about Sandy's thoughts on her current crew, led by Hannah Ferrier and Malia White. We also discuss being a women in the yachting industry, how far have things come or not come as well as the yachting industry’s perception of the Below Deck Franchise. Of course we also needed to ask about upcoming plot twists on this stellar season of the hit show. Tune in now as Captain Sandy shares all!!


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Aug 24, 2020
Dr. Mona Vand (Shahs of Sunset)
1:12:46

With the shocking Shahs of Sunset reunion just finished, Dr. Mona Vand from Shah’s of Sunset steps Behind The Rope. Nema’s Sister. Yes, she is, but there is much more to Mona, or should we say Dr. Vand, then her Shah’s cast member brother or her own guest appearances. Growing up with her mom in New York, she kept in touch with Brother Nema and her Dad long distance until she graduated from Pharmacy school and moved to LA herself. Soon realizing she wanted more out of life than a typical pharmacy career, Mona transitioned her career by developing on line content in the lifestyle and health and wellness space. Mona knew Mike which led to a chat with casting which led to a full time role for Nema and guest appearances by her. Mona entertains all of the Ropes questions (thank you) regarding her Shahs co-stars. What does she really think about Nema and GG as a potential romantic pair? First impressions of MJ? Is Reza the gay BFF she always dreamed of? These and other pressing questions, such as what she thinks about the demise of a 30 year friendship between Reza and MJ, answered. And bonus, we got quarantine advice on how to work out, eat healthy, and maintain positive energy and good skin during the sequester. Thanks for the visit Dr. Vand!!

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Aug 21, 2020
Mary Fitzgerald - Selling Sunset
1:02:20

Mary Fitzgerald from Selling Sunset Steps Behind The Rope. First things first, Mary works all the time, like, a lot, so thank you Mary for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. Mary starts at the beginning - why she got her Real Estate License and how she started working at the Oppenheim Group. The beginning also includes meeting and dating owner Jason Oppenheim and her BFF Amanza Smith. Mary takes us through the evolution of how Selling Sunset went from a possible idea to the juggernaut that it is today. Mary shares how she got used to the cameras, what filming was really like and how she thinks the show and cast has evolved over the course of Seasons 1 and 2. Speaking of the cast, we also discuss Mary's current relationships with costars Chrishell, Davina, Heather, Maya and last, but certainly not least, Christine. Then there is Romain. Ahh, Romain. Give us a minute. On a more serious note, Mary lets us know what the current stats of the Real Estate Market is in LA and the effects she expects Corona to have on that. Of course, no Selling Sunset discussion would be complete without discussing our love for Executive Producer Adam DiVello and his Masterpieces, The Hills and Laguna Beach. Mary agrees. Tune in now to this fun filled episode of Behind The Velvet Rope. 


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Aug 20, 2020
"The Black Socialites" (Monique Samuels' BFF on RHOP Current Season Drama)
1:03:58

"The Black Socialites" Step Behind The Rope. You know, Khyle Paylor. Those Black Socialites whose Instagram Page has become the inside source, Behind The Velvet Rope if you will, for all things The Real Housewives of Potomac. The ones who are unapologetically team Monique Samuels on Instagram. The ones who were the target of Candiace Dillard’s rant on Instagram last week. The ones who, months ago, BROKE the Monique and Candiace drama and physical altercation that we now get to see unfold before our very eyes this current season on The Real Housewives of Potomac. In true BTVR fashion, this isn’t a lets talk about the current season of RHOP episode. This is a we have gone right to the source, THE most connected boy in the DMV who has been thrust into the middle of all the current social media shenanigans by the RHOP cast. Social media shenanigans which seem to be changing, in real time, by the hour. Khyle is unapologetic in his opinions of what has transpired before his very eyes over the past few months and forthcoming in his feelings on, not only Candiace’s video directed toward him, but how the RHOP has and continues to treat Monique. He discussed what he believes to be Charrisse Jackson’s involvement in all of this and, of course, where the Grand Dame, Miss Karen Huger’s, loyalties seem to lie. This is a look Behind The Rope of RHOP like never seen before. 


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Aug 19, 2020
Constantine Maroulis (on LuAnn, Tinsley, & Ramona) - Part II
55:35

This past Thursday, August 13th, 2020, between the hours of 9 and 10pm EST, we bore witness to The Real Housewives of NYC’s OG’s LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer confirming that they have both "been there, done that" with a fine younger gentleman. That fine younger gentleman has also had past relations with fellow RHONY cast member and Forever It-Girl Tinsley Mortimer. A fine gentleman who, according to Lu, “won American Idol." Turns out, our fav Apple Holders were talking about Constantine Maroulis, who came in 6th place during Season 4 of the hit singing competition. In Part I (Released earlier today. Feel free to check it out!!), we discuss American Idol, Rock of Ages and Constantine’s first full length album in over a decade, “Until I’m Wanted”. Now, for what we have all been waiting for, life’s most important questions have been answered. Constantine confirms that he is, in fact, the Gentleman who Lu and Ramona were talking about. We discuss how, when, what, and where he originally met Tinsley, LuAnn and Ramona. We also discuss what “dating” each was like. Constantine discusses what filming the 2010 Classic TV Show “High Society” was like and what he thinks about the rest of the Tins Fam, Dale & Dabney Mercer. He also discusses what it is like to be a part of the classic “Countess & Friends” Cabaret. We play fun games such as Marry, F, Kill and then some. Finally, Constantine tells us where he was when his Twitter, IG, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, Email and Text went viral this past Thursday during the latest installment of RHONY. Of course, we also discuss the correspondence and reach out he received from all of the aforementioned women after the fact. Who texted, who called, who did more than that? Tune in now for these and other important questions (is he the new “Harry Dubin”) to be answered as our epic sit down with Constantine Maroulis continues and concludes.


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Aug 17, 2020
Constantine Maroulis (on American Idol, Rock of Ages, New Album) - Part I
54:29

This past Thursday, August 13th, 2020, between the hours of 9 and 10pm EST, we bore witness to The Real Housewives of NYC’s OG’s LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer confirming that they have both "been there, done that" with a fine younger gentleman. That fine younger gentleman has also had past relations with fellow RHONY cast member and Forever It-Girl Tinsley Mortimer. A fine gentleman who, according to Lu, “won American Idol." Turns out, our fav Apple Holders were talking about Constantine Maroulis, who actually came in 6th place during Season 4 of the hit singing competition. Constantine stopped by to discuss the release of his first full length album in over a decade, “Until I’m Wanted”, his love letter to rock ’n’ roll, the first single of which has just been added to full radio airplay. He also discusses life before, during and after American Idol. Paula, Simon, Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, getting the "Mom" vote, his shocking elimination - we discuss it all. We also discuss that one time he had a TV show in development with Kelsey Grammer. Yup all our Camille questions have been answered. Of course, we discuss the juggernaut that is, was, and will always be Rock Of Ages - how Constantine made that show his own, the backstage visits from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lea Michelle, Arod, Cammy Diaz, what is was really like to meet Tom Cruise (Katie Holmes in tow) for the first time and let us not forget those Two Tony Nominations. Tune in now to Part One of this epic sit down with the one and only Constantine Maroulis. Stay tuned for Part Two, where ALL your RHONY questions will be answered.


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Aug 17, 2020
Paulina Ben-Cohen (Mike's Girlfriend) - Shahs of Sunset
44:08

Paulina Ben-Cohen, from Shahs of Sunset, Steps Behind The Rope. Paulina, Mike Shouhed's girlfriend. Ok, ok there is much more to Paulina than that. Born and raised in California, Paulina keeps busy many days, when not occupied being a full time mom to her children, with her own jewelry line. Paulina shares how she and Mike first met and what her friends thought about her going out with “that guy on TV”. Also, Paulina never watched Shahs before their meeting. Paulina shares what it was like to film with the cast and what her first impressions were of Reza, GG, Nema, Destiny & MJ. Speaking of MJ, Paulina discusses the current status of her relationship with MJ, as well as how things are going with Mike today. Thank you Paulina for being so gracious, Tune in to listen to this episode. 


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Aug 14, 2020
Malia White (Below Deck Med)
59:00

Below Deck Med’s Malia White Steps Behind The Rope. Quarantining from a docked boat in France, Malia is here to discuss it all. Originally from Oregon, Malia had no idea the yachting industry was her true calling until a few years ago when she got a call from Below Deck casting. Having had past experience working on small boats and teaching scuba diving in Hawaii, Malia was working at a desk job in Colorado when the casting call came. Why not?, she said, and the rest is history. Malia discusses some of her more high maintenance guests, both on and off camera, some of the most over the top requests she has received during her yachting career, how to handle celebrities you need to say “no” to, and the biggest tip she has ever received. Malia also discusses being the Below Deck Franchise's first female Bosun, sexism and the role of women in the yachting industry and how some of these issues have played out both last season on Below Deck and this season on Below Deck Med. Of course, we discuss this current season of Below Deck Med, her relationship with Hannah Ferrier, the rules when it comes to hooking up on board, the perception of Below Deck in the industry and what Captain Sandy is really like in real life. Whew!! Tune into this jam packed episode now on Behind The Velvet Rope.


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Aug 13, 2020
Mexican Dynasties' Elan & Jenny Allende
57:40

Mexican Dynasties’ Elan and Jenny Allende Step Behind The Rope. Connecting from Puerto Rico where the sun is shining the birds are singing, Elan and Jenny are here to discuss all. Jenny and Elan grew up with music in their blood. They both knew from an early age this was their true calling. That said, Jenny had a temporary detour into the word of modeling. That detour took her to the Miss World pageant where she represented Puerto Rico. She was competing. Elan’s Dad was hosting. That’s how they met. A year later they started dating and the rest is history. Now a married couple, flash forward to Bravos’ Mexican Dynasties . Not suppose to be part of the original cast when Elan's parents were hired, producers had another idea after meeting the dynamic couple. Soon thereafter, Elan and Jenny became part of the "Allende Family” that we have grown to love on the hit Bravo show, Mexican Dynasties. From casting to filming to all the real life drama going on behind the scenes, Elan and Jenny do not hold back. Also the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were at the Mexican Dynasties premiere party. Say whaaat? Which RHOBH was nice? Which were not nice? Who refused to take pics with the Mexican Dynasties cast and who had a little too much to drink? Check out this all new episode of Behind The Velvet Rope. 


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Aug 12, 2020
Maya Vander - Selling Sunset
1:02:09

Selling Sunset's Maya Vander Steps Behind the Rope. Checking in from Miami Florida, with a full house including a 6 week and 15 month old, Maya is here to chat about the new season of Selling Sunset. Originally from Israel, Maya fills us in what it is like to split her time between Miami and LA, where she works at the famed Oppenheim Group as seen in Seasons 1 and 2 of Selling Sunset, and the differences between selling real estate in the two markets. Maya explains how she was cast on Selling Sunset, what filming was like, and her feelings about how she was portrayed on the show. Maya is kind enough to answer our questions about her colleagues Christine, Chrishell, Mary, Heather, Amanza, Davina as well as Jason and Brett. We also discuss those other LA Agents, the boys and girls from Million Dollar Listing LA, and the differences between the two shows. Of course, we had to bring up Exec Producer Adam DiVello, who was also responsible for one of the Granddaddy’s of them all, The Hills and our love for that classic show. We also discuss the power of Netflix, how Covid probably helped blow up Season 2, and what to expect in Season 3 (for those who have not yet streamed). Finally, with Maya in Miami a good chunk of the time, we talk about the possibility of a possible Miami spinoff in the near future. 


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Aug 11, 2020
Noelle Reno (Ladies of London)
55:51


Noelle Reno from Ladies of London Steps Behind The Rope. First Noelle fills us in on the status of her current career in Digital, Influencer and Social Marketing and how TIkTok has taken over the world. This marketing career includes having worked on the Tiger King Netflix digital campaign. Do tell. Ok now let's focus on what everyone wants to discuss. Ladies of London. First, we discuss how the show was originally pitched and what is was supposed to be. Then, we discuss how the show morphed into the Ladies of London that was seen and beloved on Bravo. We discuss how Noelle and the other Ladies of London were cast. Next, we deep dive into the benefits and drawbacks of being on a successful Reality TV Show and how to navigate those waters. Noelle opens up about her feelings, after watching herself back, on how she was portrayed during Ladies of London's freshman year. Finally, we discuss her cast mates Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Annabelle Neilson, Caprice Bourret, and Julie Montagu - who did she know before filming, whose friendships were changed as a result of the show, and who Noelle still keeps in touch with today. We also discuss her other Ladies of London Sophie Stanbury, Adela King and Caroline Fleming. If you love this Bravo classic as much as we do here Behind The Rope, this is an episode not to be missed. 


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Aug 10, 2020
Dorinda Medley & Jill Zarin’s Ex Assistant
1:20:35

Lots to discuss people. Lots to discuss. Where to begin? Audience Appreciation Day is alive and well with avid listener David Goldberg. What's the most interesting thing about David Goldberg? The fact that he listens to the BTVR Podcast. Not even close, although thank you. The fact that he was both Jill Zarin as well as Dorinda Medley's Personal Assistant. Oh yes, we have 101 questions and David G. is kind enough to answer them all about his famous, or shall we say infamous, employers. What WAS working for each like, what was the interview process like, what is the most shocking thing he saw and heard? Oh my, thank you David G. for indulging us. These two Davids met, where else, at a Countess & Friends Cabaret - do we see a pattern here? They reconnected at this season's anti bullying event that was filmed for RHONY. What was that event like? Who ended up doing what off camera? David Squared are here to discuss all. Finally, the two  Davids bond over Bravocon where Yontef attended as press on behalf of BTVR and Goldberg assisted Miss Zarin in the sales of her rugs. Assisting Jill also got David Goldberg backstage in the green room at Bravocon's Infamous Watch What Happens Live. Rinna, Gizelle, EJ, oh my. Jealous much - yes yes and yes. What a jam packed episode. As we said, lots to discuss people. 


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Aug 07, 2020
MELISSA RIVERS (An Interview)
1:08:01

Melissa Rivers Steps Behind The Rope. David and Melissa get right into it like old friends. They waste no time in talking about dating, or lack thereof, during Covid and ponder whether dating is ever really worth it if you can’t sleep with the air conditioning at the temperature you prefer or if you have to give up sleeping diagonal?. Melissa lets us know how quarantine has been going with son Cooper and what quarantining with Joan would have been like. One way Melissa has been keeping busy during quarantine is with her own “Group Text with Melissa Rivers” Podcast where she talks about, well, everything her friends and her talk about in a group text. #brilliant #funny. Reflecting back on her own life, as well as the life of her Icon, Comedic Genius, Legend of a Mother Joan Rivers, we discuss the origins of “Who Are You Wearing” and how that one phrase changed Red Carpets forever. That one phrase ultimately also helped lead to a little TV show known as “Fashion Police”, where Melissa was Executive Producer and later Host. Speaking of Fashion Police Hosts, we discuss Melissa’s colleagues Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos, Nene Leakes, Brad Goreski, and Margaret Cho. Fashion has certainly taken a turn this year, but Melissa lets us know who is winning quarantine fashion and what Joan would think about wearing a mask. As far as comedy goes, Melissa discusses her favorite current female comics. Finally, we end with a game of rapid fire hot takes on some of life’s greatests: Madonna, Cher, Brad and Angie, Oprah, Beyonce and so much more!!


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Aug 06, 2020
Ali Ashouri (Shahs of Sunset) - In His Words
1:16:32

Ali Ashouri from Shahs of Sunset steps back Behind The Rope. Not invited to the reunion, Ali stops by to give his opinion as to why. He also breaks down his thoughts on the Shahs reunion. Ali then chats about his portrayal this past season on Shahs, his version of what transpired off camera and the current status of his relationships with his cast mates GG, Reza, Nema, Destiny, and Mike. He also explains how and why he would love to repair his friendship with MJ. Ali shares his thoughts with us on this episode of Behind The Velvet Rope.


Editors Note - Ali stopped by to share his story and experiences regarding this past season of Shahs of Sunset. His opinions are his own and unrelated to the Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast and Staff.


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Aug 05, 2020
Pol & Patrik (Gown & Out In Beverly Hills)
1:10:53

Pol’ Atteu and Patrik Simpson step Behind The Rope. Just two simple Beverly Hills boys, P2 stop by to discuss it all. Having originally met in New York City, it was love at first sight, long distance ensued, they made it work, and here we are. Of course, their family isn’t complete without Snow White 90201, their Mimi Maltese. She joins us for the chat. Their Pol Atteu Boutique in Beverly Hills is frequented by Sharon Shone, Bella Thorne, Ariel Winter, and Laverne Cox and last, but certainly not least, Betty White. It was an incident with Betty White that gave Patrik and Pol the idea to turn this into a TV show. Voila, Gown and Out in Beverly Hills. Season One on Amazon, Season Two Coming Soon. Like any smart designer,  the boys have pivoted and from dresses to masks. Not just any masks, but fashion forward masks worn by everyone from Real Housewives such as Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Kelly Dodd, Gretchen Rossi, Joyce Giraud, Claudia Jordan and Emily Simpson to VanderKids Scheana Shay and James Kennedy to Pop Culture Icons like LaToya Jackson and Perez Hilton. They also share their wish list for who they would love to dress. Fingers crossed. On a more serious note, Pol also opens up about being the victim of a hate crime at one of his Fashion Show's in the past. Pour yourself a drink and enjoy this real and honest sit down with Pol and Patrik.


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Aug 04, 2020
James Harris - Million Dollar Listing LA
1:01:13

James Harris, from Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, steps Behind The Rope. Born and raised in London, James grew up with his MDLLA counterpart David Parnes (Prior BTVR guest, yeah!). James originally came to Los Angeles for a vacation to visit his Dad. Within two weeks of being in LA he was approached to start a job. He took the job. Flash forward fifteen years later and here we are. A real estate lover’s dream. James & David ended up at Mauricio Umansky’s “ The Agency”. One day James got a call from a casting agency. The show was Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing LA. Weeks later, our favorite Brits were filming for the show. James discusses the challenges of filming and doing deals in real time on air, clients who want to be on the show, clients who don't want to be filmed, that real estate porn we all love to watch, and just how amazing life is being part of the hit Bravo show. James also lets us know who his favorite cast mate is, other than David, of course, and who he would hire to sell his house. What? You knew we would have to discuss The Josh’s Flagg and Altman as well as Tracy Tutor. We also had to discuss his New York City Counterparts - Freddy, Ryan, Steve, Luis and Tyler. Oh, there was also that one time he sat next to Al Pacino at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Ah, LA. Tune in now to learn more about James Harris and Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. 


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Aug 03, 2020
A Few Things...
2:52

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to announce we are now FIVE days a week!!!!


Plus, a few other important announcements!


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Aug 02, 2020
Real Housewives Of Potomac (Hot Takes & Real Life Experiences)
1:12:00

On the verge of the premiere of the new Season of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Maureen Hari from the Popular “Real Housewives Forever” Instagram account, steps Behind The Rope. Maureen is thrilled to discuss all of our favorite ladies from the DMV.  First, she reminds us where Season Four left off. Thank You, because it has been a hot minute. Then, Maureen reveals that she has been following the real life off camera drama between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard and she is here to - Break - It - Down - for us - Hunni! She also reveals that Ashley got Candiace banned from BravoCon. Say Whaaaat? Then Maureen lets us know what the rest of the Potomac cast has been up to off camera. #juicy Of course no RHOP discussion would be complete without that “other” Potomac Housewife, Michael Darby. David contributes by sharing his real life experiences with the Potomac women, except for the one he never met. GASP! The conversation somehow turns to where it all began, The Real Housewives of Orange County and one of Maureen’s favorite housewives, Tammy Knickerbocker. Well, hmm, we did not see that one a commin’. Tune in now for this special RHOP episode. Sunday is just days away!. 


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Jul 31, 2020
Cedric Martinez (LVP's "Permanent Houseguest") Part II
50:05
Welcome back Cedric Martinez. For everyone who has not listened to our Part I sit down with Cedric, feel free to do so (released yesterday). Now onto Part II. Cedric continues to bring us behind the rosé curtain to discuss what life was like living with Lisa Vanderpump and how that living arrangement ultimately came to an end. He explains what life was then like after his time at the mansion ended and how he, ultimately, was able to move on. We also discuss, in depth, his relationship with Lance Bass. Cedric explains how he met Lance Bass, their courting, dating, the highs, the lows, and the ultimate breakup. He also lets us know the last time he spoke to Lance (the answer is not what you would think) and what Lance used to say about fellow ’NSYNC members including Justin Timberlake. Finally, Cedric gives us a rare look into his current life in London and what he would say to Lisa, Ken and Lance if he ran into each of them today. An episode not to be missed as we conclude this special two part sit down with Cedric Martinez, Behind The Velvet Rope


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Jul 30, 2020
Cedric Martinez (LVP's "Permanent Houseguest") Part I
54:23

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hill’s Cedric Martinez Steps Behind The Rope. Why speak now? That is where we would like to start. And where we did start. Cedric answers that and many more burning questions. He starts at the beginning. Cedric explains how he first met Ken and Lisa Vanderpump in London way back when. There were restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Elton John and Boy George were all part of the scene during this time. Cedric opens up about the lack of parental figures in his own life and how this effected and encouraged his love for The Vanderpumps. Cedric explains how he was taken in by Ken and Lisa and what early life in both London and Beverly Hills was like with them. Speaking of Beverly Hills, he details exactly how Lisa got cast on RHOBH and how, although he did not want to be involved with the show, ultimately came to the “decision” to film. We deep dive into RHOBH’s infamous Season One and Cedric’s role as LVP’s “Permanent Houseguest”. He details the “fall out” with the Vanderpumps and the real reasons he left their Beverly Hills mansion compared to what was actually shown on TV. Cedric is forthcoming on what he saw and experienced during his time before, during and after his close friendship with LVP. Tune in now for this Part I sit down with Cedric Martinez. 


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Jul 29, 2020
Tracy Tutor (Million Dollar Listing LA)
1:02:54

Tracy Tutor from Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles Steps Behind The Rope. Tracy takes us back to the beginning with her start in real estate and what she did with her first big paycheck. She gives great advice about how to get started in the business as well. Okay lets get to MDLLA. Tracy talks about how she was cast on the show, the reservations she had about joining MDLLA, the real estate porn we all love watching each week, and just how easy, or difficult, it is to close deals on national television each week. Of course, we talk about her famous cast mates The Josh’s Altman and Flagg and David & James. We also talk about her NYC counterparts Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant, Luis D. Ortiz and Steve Gold. Ahh Steve. Tracy also opens up about being the first women in the franchise and her own Bravo obsessions, Housewives, Captain Sandy and Lisa Vanderpump. Finally, we discuss Tracy’s hot new book, "Fear Is Just a Four-Letter Word". Get your copy now!! 


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Jul 27, 2020
Martini Mike #RHONY
1:38

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RHONY's Martini Mike joins David to, first off, fill us all in on what he has been up to since that fateful Newport, RI Dinner at Cooke House. Then he and David recap the last two episodes of RHONY and discuss how they feel this season is going (Spoiler Alert - Not Great!). They discuss the ever presence of alcohol on RHONY and has this season taken it too far? Finally, David gives his shocking prediction on what two RHONY will be let go next season and how he thinks that will affect "Friend Of" Elyse Slaine. 


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Jul 26, 2020
Marissa Jade (Mob Wives)
1:01:15
Mob Wives’ Marissa Jade steps Behind The Rope. Marissa was also on Celebrity Big Brother (she never watched an episode before appearing on the show) and Celebrity Ex on the Beach. However, there is more to meets the eye of this Staten Island native. She was on Gossip Girl!!! Let us discuss that for a moment. Or two. Blake Lively? Penn Badgley? Marissa tells us how she was cast on Mob Wives, what filming was like, the drama and “reality” of reality television and how life changed after the show. She also talks to us about “the lifestyle” and what it was like to grow up around it. Marissa also explains the biggest misconceptions and stereotypes about the lifestyle. Of course we had to do a deep dive with Marissa on all of her Mob Wives' co-stars Karen Gravano, Renee Graziano, and Drita D’Avanzo. We just cannot get enough. Tune in now!---------------

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Jul 24, 2020
Real Housewives of Miami's Lauren Foster (On RHOM, RHOBH, RHONY)
1:06:56
Real Housewives of Miami’s Lauren Foster Steps Behind The Rope. Calling from her home in gorgeous Miami, Lauren tells it all. Originally from South Africa, Lauren moved to Miami around 18 years ago and it has been home ever since. Supermodel, Director, Trans Advocate, Actress, Author. What hasn’t Lauren accomplished? Let's focus on the moniker ya all wanna discuss, Official RHOM “Friend Of". Lauren is kind enough to entertain all of the Rope's questions on her former cast mates - Larsa Pippen, Marysol Patton, Joanna Krupa, Ana Quincoces, and last but certainly not least, Lea Black. Lauren explains how she may have been the first openly Trans Housewife should RHOM have been green lit for a Fourth Season and how, in today’s day and times, there isn’t a Trans or Lesbian Real Housewife. We also discuss Lauren’s favorite Bravo shows - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of New York City, Vanderpump Rules and Summer House (didn’t see that one coming) as well as her favorite Housewives - Sonja Morgan, Countess Luann, and Erika Jayne. Speaking of Erika Jayne, Lauren explains what it was like to witness Erika Jayne’s legendary White Party performance. We then debate life’s most important questions: did Denise and Brandi really hook up, Kyle or Luke and what how do we really feel about Caitlyn Jenner? This and so much more on this episode of Behind The Velvet Rope with legend Lauren Foster. 

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Jul 23, 2020
Joyce Giraud (RHOBH)
1:16:00

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Joyce Giraud steps Behind The Rope. We couldn’t let this current season of RHOBH come and go without checking in with one of our favs from the past, Miss Joyce Giraud. From very humble beginnings in Puerto Rico, Joyce grew up far from the life she now lives in the famous zip code. Discovered as a model at a young age at the drive thorough at KFC, Joyce was Miss Puerto Rico and second runner up for Miss Universe. She then decided to pursue acting which brought her to LA where she met her now current husband. We catch up with Joyce and discuss how life in quarantine has been going and what is new and exciting since we last saw her holding a diamond back in Season 4. Joyce explains how the first RHOBH cast member she met was Taylor Armstrong. From there she started running into Lisa Vanderpump all the time at Mohamed's house. Joyce discusses the reality of filming RHOBH versus what she expected the experience to be. She has met Prince, Michael Jackson and, wait for it, Madonna. Ok let's just take a minute to absorb that. Of course we also need to hear all about her BFF friendship with the Queen herself, LVP. She also explains her "favs" from Vanderpump Rules - James Kennedy and Scheana Shay. We always knew Joyce had good taste. Ready for a feel good episode? So are we, so take a listen here.****



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Jul 22, 2020
David Parnes (Million Dollar Listing LA)
57:01
David welcomes David Parnes from Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Comfy in his back yard in the Hollywood Hills (birds chirping and all), David is ready to talk all about the new season of MDL-LA. Born and raised in London (unlike some accents on Bravo, this one is real), David moved to LA 11 years ago in hopes of that California dreamin' life. A life filled, of course, with real estate. Having no idea how they got his name, David jumped at the opportunity of being a cast member on the show having been a big fan and avid watcher of the MDL franchise prior. David Squared get into a deep discussion on the current state of the LA Real Estate Market and how it is currently (forever?) changed by the state of the world. Of course, with the new MDL season here and present, we discuss the properties, the gorgeous glorious expansive properties. Ahhhh. Ok enough of that, let's get to what really matters, David's thoughts on his fellow agents - The Josh’s Flagg and Altman, Tracy Tutor, and Madison, what filming the show is really like, stress and fun of closing deals on national television, and a glimpse of what we can expect the rest of this coming season. Plus, we pay homage to his NYC counterparts, Freddy, Ryan Louie, Steve and Tyler. An episode not to be missed.*****

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Jul 20, 2020
RHOBH - Real Life Run Ins (with Jess Zadeh)
1:07:13
Jess Zadeh from the blond UNFILTERED Podcast Steps Behind The Rope. Jess Z is our official West Coast Correspondent (we may have forgotten to tell her that but thats ok because she is finding out now) and lives down the street from our favorite Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That only means one thing. She knows our fav RHOBH, or has had run ins with them, or knows people who know them. We start with a deep analysis into our new friends Sutton and Garcelle. Next Jess explains her “relationship" with Dorit. Her “relationship” with Dorit includes that one time Dorit bought baby furniture from the store she worked at. With Dorit, all roads lead back to her finances and Jess is happy to explain exactly how Dorit bought her house, the “real" story behind Beverly Beach, and so on. It is in the small details people. Jess also talks to us about her very checkered past with Kyle Richards (spoiler alert - she isn’t a fan) and her less checkered past with Mauricio Umansky. We do a deep dive on BFF Eden Sassoon - no really they are BFFs and the past and current state of Kyle’s relationship with Eden. Oh yea, she has also run in to Rinna several times. Last but certainly not least there was that one time she confronted Teddi Mellencamp in the locker room at Soul Cycle after getting rejected from her ALL IN by Teddi program. Say whaaat? Tune in now to hear all the real life RHOBH behind the scenes from the always unfiltered blond Unfiltered Podcast host, Jess Z.

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Jul 17, 2020
JILL ZARIN
46:57
Jill Zarin. The Woman. The Myth. The Legend. Jill takes time out from a full house (Ally, Jill’s Dad and of course, Bossi Zarin, all make Cameos during this episode) in Florida, where she has been quarantining, to chat. First things first. Jill Zarin and Ally Shapiro started a mask business “Masks by Jill & Ally”, where one mask is donated for every one purchased. They are tie-dye, how fun and cool. Jill Zarin rugs is also thriving during these times. Mazel! Now onto what everyone wants to hear about - RHONY. Jill divulges her current relationship with Ramona and what she really thinks about Ramona's Corona “behavior". The OG of the NYC also gives us her thoughts on Tinsley getting married and leaving the show, newbie Leah McSweeney and what she thinks about this current season of The Real Housewives of New York City. Jill also discussed her current “relationships” with the other RHONY Luann and Dorinda. Finally we play a speed round with Jill on some of her other famous Bravo  friends - Patti Stanger, Cynthia Bailey, Vicki Gunvalson and Marysol Patton. Tune in for a full check in with Miss Jill Zarin!

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Jul 16, 2020
Landon Clements (Southern Charm)
1:02:24
We welcome Landon Clements from Southern Charm, Behind The Rope. Originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia, Landon knew many of the cast such as Shep and Whitney before the idea of Southern Charm even existed. Landon talks Southern Charm with us - casting, filming, and what the entire process of being on a hit Bravo Reality TV show was like. She also talks the Southern Charm cast with us. In addition to Shep & Whitney, we discuss Craig, Austen, Patricia, and Thomas. Yes, she also explains the current status of her relationship with Kathryn Dennis. Landon is now a Real Estate Agent in Southern California. With the new season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles currently on air, we couldn’t help but talk about the casts famous agents. Of course, Landon also explained the current state of the Real Estate market in Southern California, the expansive properties she represents and whether those over the top open houses we see on TV are really worth it. All this, plus a “fan g