BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

By David Yontef

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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 mentioned in publications and media like Vanity Fair, The Today Show, People, TMZ, Page Six, OK! Magazine, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, ExtraTV, Billboard Magazine, Telemundo, Marie Claire, the Wendy Williams Show, Life & Style, Access Hollywood, Perez Hilton, The Daily Mail, Radar Online, Bravo Daily Dish, E!, The Sun, Just Jared, InStyle, Watch What Happens Live, Architectural Digest, Fox News, Hollywood Life, Too Fab, Rolling Stone, USA Today, MSN, The Drew Barrymore Show, Yahoo Online, The Mirror, Women's Health and more!    Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!   Subscribe to Behind the Velvet Rope on Patreon for special bonus episodes: https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope  

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Steve Wilkos (on Brandi Glanville, Howard Stern, Jerry Springer & Being A Talk Show Host!)
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Steve Wilkos steps Behind The Rope. Steve is here to break down how he went from Chicago Police Officer to Bodyguard on the Jerry Springer Show to Fill In Host on Jerry Springer when Dancing With The Stars came calling to the host of his own “The Steve Wilkos Show”. What a journey! Steve chats about his tough love approach to helping resolve disputes amongst his guests, tough love which has included threatening to arrest them, his catch phrase of “Get Off My Stage” and boss move of following guests back stage who decide to walk off. A lot of people are fans of Steve’s “tough love” such as Wendy Williams, Andy Cohen, the Genius himself, Mr. Howard Stern and one Ms. Brandi Glanville! Steve chats about what it was like being a guest several times on Brandi Glanville’s Unfiltered Podcast and how they grew to become friends. Now heading into its fifteen season, which premiered yesterday, Steve chats about what we can expect this new season on “The Steve Wilkos” show, what will be different, and just what is next for this out spoken ex-Police Officer who just will not slow down. @thestevewilkosshow @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
BRUCE BOZZI (On Hosting BFF Andy Cohen's Baby Shower, Joining RHOBH, Erika Jayne, Madonna & "Lunch With Bruce"!)
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Bruce Bozzi steps Behind The Rope. Andy Cohen’s BFF, Restaurant King (shout out to The Palm), BFF to everyone who is anyone in Hollywood, and now Podcast Host, Bruce Bozzi. After a brief chat about Bruce’s entry into the entertainment business as an SNL & Letterman NBC, Bruce chats being a role model in the LGBTQIA community - winning the GLSEN Champion Award, Marrying Managing Director & Co-Chairman of CAA, becoming a father at age 40, and being the step-father to actress Billie Lord (shout out to American Horror Story), his husbands’ biological daughter with Carrie Fisher. Of course, Bruce chats about meeting Daddy Cohen, being Godfather to everyone’s fav Bravo baby, Benjamin Cohen, and all the benefits that come along with being Andy’s Partner In Crime. Housewife Spoilers, anyone? Bruce is a huge Housewife fan and chats about his strong desire to be the first Gay Real Housewife of Beverly Hills - or as some may say “House Husband”, his thoughts on an all Gay Male version of Real Housewives and this season of RHOBH and Erika Jayne. Bruce, who truly does know everyone who is anyone, now has his own Podcast with SiriusXM, Lunch with Bruce, in which he sits down for lunch with Hollywood power players talking about their careers, the industry, life family and more. If his first few episodes are any indication of what is to come - chats with Jennifer Aniston, Kathy Hilton, Daddy Cohen, sign us up for life! Finally, Bruce is friends with Queen Madonna, which we deep dive into hanging on his every word. Might we see her on “Lunch with Bruce” sometime soon? As they say in the biz, stay tuned. SiriusXM’s Lunch With Bruce can be listened to on Apple (https://apple.co/3FZXwe3), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3AUFx55) or anywhere Podcasts are found. @brucebozzi  @behindvelvetrope @davdyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Kathryn Edwards (Breaks Down RHOBH REUNION Part 2) - III
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Erika Jayne’s Co-Star Kathryn Edwards is back!!! You asked, we listened. After last week's epic three day reunion analysis, Kathryn is here to help us break down all that has transpired last night on Part Two of the epic Four Part RHOBH Reunion we have waited all season to watch! Was Erika slightly more sympathetic last night? Was that due to editing or the fact that we are so knee deep in this pretty mess that we temporarily forgot certain behaviors both on RHOBH and IRL social media over the past many months that didn’t exactly sit well with the gen public? As super sleuths, we discuss who knew what, where, and why and dissect the many statements and explanations made last night regarding one Girardi / Jayne marriage. Of course, we also break down the Hilton family dynamic, the tender moment between sisters, and the backstory many year build up that led Kyle and Kathy to end in tears. Somehow, we get completely sidetracked, in a good way, back to the days when Kathryn was on the show and take a trip down memory lane a la Münchausen’s, never before aired Eileen Davidson scene, what prompted Kathryn’s phone call earlier this week to Yolanda Foster and last, but certainly not least, Kathryn’s first ever RHOBH scene with Miss Faye Resnick!!! Part III out NOW on Patreon!!! Listen To Full Episode At: https://www.patreon.com/posts/57735070/edit @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2021
Kathryn Edwards (Breaks Down RHOBH REUNION Part 2) - II
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Erika Jayne’s Co-Star Kathryn Edwards is back!!! You asked, we listened. After last week's epic three day reunion analysis, Kathryn is here to help us break down all that has transpired last night on Part Two of the epic Four Part RHOBH Reunion we have waited all season to watch! Was Erika slightly more sympathetic last night? Was that due to editing or the fact that we are so knee deep in this pretty mess that we temporarily forgot certain behaviors both on RHOBH and IRL social media over the past many months that didn’t exactly sit well with the gen public? As super sleuths, we discuss who knew what, where, and why and dissect the many statements and explanations made last night regarding one Girardi / Jayne marriage. Of course, we also break down the Hilton family dynamic, the tender moment between sisters, and the backstory many year build up that led Kyle and Kathy to end in tears. Somehow, we get completely sidetracked, in a good way, back to the days when Kathryn was on the show and take a trip down memory lane a la Münchausen’s, never before aired Eileen Davidson scene, what prompted Kathryn’s phone call earlier this week to Yolanda Foster and last, but certainly not least, Kathryn’s first ever RHOBH scene with Miss Faye Resnick!!! @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Kathryn Edwards (Breaks Down RHOBH REUNION Part 2) - I
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Erika Jayne’s Co-Star Kathryn Edwards is back!!! You asked, we listened. After last week's epic three day reunion analysis, Kathryn is here to help us break down all that has transpired last night on Part Two of the epic Four Part RHOBH Reunion we have waited all season to watch! Was Erika slightly more sympathetic last night? Was that due to editing or the fact that we are so knee deep in this pretty mess that we temporarily forgot certain behaviors both on RHOBH and IRL social media over the past many months that didn’t exactly sit well with the gen public? As super sleuths, we discuss who knew what, where, and why and dissect the many statements and explanations made last night regarding one Girardi / Jayne marriage. Of course, we also break down the Hilton family dynamic, the tender moment between sisters, and the backstory many year build up that led Kyle and Kathy to end in tears. Somehow, we get completely sidetracked, in a good way, back to the days when Kathryn was on the show and take a trip down memory lane a la Münchausen’s, never before aired Eileen Davidson scene, what prompted Kathryn’s phone call earlier this week to Yolanda Foster and last, but certainly not least, Kathryn’s first ever RHOBH scene with Miss Faye Resnick!!! @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Adrienne Bailon & Israel Houghton (on The Cheetah Girls, The Real, RHOBH, BFF Kim K. & New Music!)
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Adrienne Bailon and husband Israel Houghton step Behind The Rope. Adrienne starts at the beginning, being discovered by Ricky Martin when she was just a teenager. That led to girl group 3LW which led to girl group The Cheetah Girls. We discuss musical career highlights such as touring and working with Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Jessica Simpson and how this was an iconic time in music - Britney, Justin, need we say more. Adrienne has also acted, hosted a la MTV and appeared on Reality TV - no not just on Keeping Up With The Kardashians - but her very own show “Empire Girls”. Now Adrienne is one of the Daytime Emmy Award winning hosts of “The Real”. We get all of Adrienne and Israel’s opinions of Sharon Osbourne’s recent “departure” from The Talk, why “The Real” is such a revolutionary show, The View, and her “The Real” co-host, our very own Garcelle Beauvais. Adrienne breaks down RHOBH for us and whether she would ever join. Israel seems to have a strong opinion on this as well. Adrienne has also been busy lately appearing on “The Masked Singer” and having girls’ nights out with Kim Kardashian!! Of course, we discuss that night out and how Kim is going amid her looming divorce from Kanye. In other news, Israel has a brand new album “Feels Like Home Vol I” which we discuss plus what is next for this power couple!! Oh, and for those wondering, yes, these two do sing for us during this epic chat! We are not worthy. @adriennebailon @israelhoughton  @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Jason Lee (on Hollywood Unlocked, Breaking "Khloe/Tristan Story", The Kardashians & BFFS Rihanna & Cardi B.)
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Jason Lee steps Behind The Rope. Media Mogul, Entertainment Journalist, Reality TV Star, Author. Of course, Jason is also the CEO, Editor-In-Chief and Founder of Hollywood Unlocked, THE Pulse of Pop Culture, media giant that breaks stories with 2.7M followers hanging on it’s every word. Jason was not always the self made media mogul we see before us today. We chat about humble early beginnings, role models such as Wendy Williams, Charlemagne tha God and Howard Stern and early days as a star of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. In an almost unprecedented move, Jason opens up about very publicly challenging CBS via #FreeJasonLee which led to the eventual release of his Reality TV Contract and discusses where his gusto to “take on” a major network comes from. We chat Nene Leaks and her own contract disputes with Bravo. Jason chats breaking the viral Jordyn Woods, Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson “cheating” scandal, the “click power” of The Kardashians, other celebs which the public just cannot get enough of, set backs a la Karen Civil, and just how he manages to serve, stir, and deliver the tea while maintaining close celebrity friends like Rihanna, Cardi B, Lil’ Kim, Tiffany Haddish, Blac Chyna and more. @hollywoodunlocked @theonlyjasonlee @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
EILEEN DAVIDSON (on RHOBH, Rinna, Erika, Denise & Being a Soap Legend!!!)
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Eileen Davidson steps Behind The Rope. Actress, Author, Model, Two Time Emmy Winner, Wife, Mother, Soap Legend, and last, but certainly not least, Real Housewife - Eileen Davidson! Eileen first came into our lives four decades ago through her Iconic role as Ashley Abbott on “The Young and The Restless”, a role which she is still playing today. Eileen chats about her entire Soap career which has included not only Y & R, but Santa Barbara, The Bold and The Beautiful and Days of Our Lives, the last including a record breaking five different roles, all off which has lead to two Daytime Emmy’s for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Eileen chats about her various other films and projects including, a highlight for us, The Last Sharknado. Of course we chat with Eileen about her RHOBH career as a full time Diamond Holder over three epic seasons which included "run ins” with the likes of Brandi Glanville, Lisa Vanderpump and Kim Richards, one of the most iconic RHOBH cast trips ever involving smashed glass and Harry Hamlin and the world learning the meaning of “Munchausen’s Syndrome”. Eileen chats about the status of her many RHOBH relations today, the legal troubles friend Erika Jayne (hey, we would like a part on Y & R too!) is going through, and the just completed season - more Erika, Hello Kathy Hilton and more! We discuss the unprecedented move by Bravo to hire actresses as Housewives the season Eileen and Lisa Rinna were hired, whether that formula works, and discuss others who have come and stayed or gone - Garcelle Beauvais, Denise Richards, Kim Fields (ALT Anyone?). Eileen has said in the past that she has “a lot less stress” in her life since RHOBH so we have to ask, would you ever go back and who on casts past or current would you not work with? Finally, Eileen chats about what it’s like to be married to Hollywood Royalty Husband Vince Van Patten, the secrets to a successful happy marriage in Hollywood and what projects are next up for this class act of an Icon!!! @eileendavidsonofficial @behindvelvetrope @davdyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Kathryn Edwards (Breaks Down RHOBH REUNION Part One) - III
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Today our Epic Three Hour Break Down of this past week's RHOBH Reunion (Part I) with Miss Kathryn Edwards concludes!!! The full chat is available on our Patreon.  Erika Jayne’s Co-Star Kathryn Edwards is back!!! This time she is here to help us break down all that has transpired last night on Part One of the epic Four Part RHOBH Reunion we have waited all season to watch! Will we, the viewer, finally get the answers we so deserve regarding Erika Jayne’s much publicized divorce from Tom Girardi or will we be left, once again, with more questions than when we first started. A few weeks ago we sat down with Kathryn for what turned out to be, a two day, two part viral chat regarding working with Erika, her treatment of production and co-stars, and behind the scenes filming secrets of her spending. Kathryn voiced what we have all been thinking and feeling all season long. Kathryn voiced what none of the other RHOBH cast had the voice to say, although our three time guest champ Sutton Stracke sure came close, "Erika, this is not okay” and “There Are Victims To Consider”. We could not think of a better person to return to help us break down last night’s RHOBH Reunion Part I - Garcelle vs Rinna, Eye Rolls, Dorit’s Run on Monologue, Best / Worst Dressed and oh, so much more. All this and we are only getting started.  Full Chat At: @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2021
Kathryn Edwards (Breaks Down RHOBH REUNION Part One) - II
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Today, our chat with Kathryn Edwards continues regarding this weeks Part I RHOBH Reunion!! Erika Jayne’s Co-Star Kathryn Edwards is back!!! This time she is here to help us break down all that has transpired last night on Part One of the epic Four Part RHOBH Reunion we have waited all season to watch! Will we, the viewer, finally get the answers we so deserve regarding Erika Jayne’s much publicized divorce from Tom Girardi or will we be left, once again, with more questions than when we first started. A few weeks ago we sat down with Kathryn for what turned out to be, a two day, two part viral chat regarding working with Erika, her treatment of production and co-stars, and behind the scenes filming secrets of her spending. Kathryn voiced what we have all been thinking and feeling all season long. Kathryn voiced what none of the other RHOBH cast had the voice to say, although our three time guest champ Sutton Stracke sure came close, "Erika, this is not okay” and “There Are Victims To Consider”. We could not think of a better person to return to help us break down last night’s RHOBH Reunion Part I - Garcelle vs Rinna, Eye Rolls, Dorit’s Run on Monologue, Best / Worst Dressed and oh, so much more. All this and we are only getting started.  @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Kathryn Edwards (Breaks Down RHOBH REUNION Part One) - I
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Erika Jayne’s Co-Star Kathryn Edwards is back!!! This time she is here to help us break down all that has transpired last night on Part One of the epic Four Part RHOBH Reunion we have waited all season to watch! Will we, the viewer, finally get the answers we so deserve regarding Erika Jayne’s much publicized divorce from Tom Girardi or will we be left, once again, with more questions than when we first started. A few weeks ago we sat down with Kathryn for what turned out to be, a two day, two part viral chat regarding working with Erika, her treatment of production and co-stars, and behind the scenes filming secrets of her spending. Kathryn voiced what we have all been thinking and feeling all season long. Kathryn voiced what none of the other RHOBH cast had the voice to say, although our three time guest champ Sutton Stracke sure came close, "Erika, this is not okay” and “There Are Victims To Consider”. We could not think of a better person to return to help us break down last night’s RHOBH Reunion Part I - Garcelle vs Rinna, Eye Rolls, Dorit’s Run on Monologue, Best / Worst Dressed and oh, so much more. All this and we are only getting started.  @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Introducing: Over My Dead Body "Fox Lake"
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A small town cop known as “GI Joe” is gunned down in a swamp in the summer of 2015 and quickly becomes a martyr in the national media. But when a dogged investigator and his team set out to get justice, they uncover unsettling secrets about Joe, the local police department, and the village of Fox Lake. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes the third season of Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake. Hosted by Matt Baglio.  Listen to Over My Dead Body: http://wondery.fm/FL_BehindTheVelvet  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Justin Guarini (on being American Idol Runner-Up, Kelly Clarkson, Paula Abdul, Idol 2.0, & Broadway)
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Justin Guarini steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Justin Guarini. The most famous, or infamous, American Idol Runner-Up in the history of Idol. Thank you Kelly Clarkson. American Idol Season One. Who knew what to expect? Certainly not Justin who chats about what Idol Season One was like behind the scenes - the contestants, judges Paula, Randy & Simon, hosts Ryan Seacrest & Brian Dunkleman (remember him?), and what it was like to come so close to the first ever winner of the hit singing competition. Justin chats about the life changing choice he made to say no to a recording contract and big role on Broadway in “The Lion King”, his dream, to participate in the then unknown hit TV show. Justin opens up about life after idol - being signed to RCA, touring, meeting Oprah!!!, being dropped by RCA, and ultimately reinventing himself on Broadway. Yes, he was on the Oprah show three times! Of course, life after idol also included “From Justin To Kelly” which was hailed as one of the worst movies ever made - bad or so bad, it’s good. We discuss Justin’s thoughts on the film and Kelly Clarkson’s recent statements of her involvement in the movie. We also discuss dating Kelly Clarkson, those rumors of “hooking up” with Paula Abdul, forever being compared to one of the two most well known and successful winners of Idol ever - Kelly Clarkson, and Idol 2.0 - JLO, Katy Perry, Lionel and more including Justin’s current coaching biz about the biz of show!! Tune in now!! @justinguarini @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
GLORIA ALLRED (on Her Iconic Legal Career & Current "Hot" Cases Erika Jayne, Britney Etc.)
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Gloria Allred steps Behind The Rope. No, you are not seeing things. Living Legend! Icon in the flesh! Trailblazer! The most well known, bad a** Civil Rights attorney to ever exist in the world was kind enough to grace us with her presence. We are not worthy!! If you ask Gloria, and we did, it isn’t about any of those titles or accolades or record breaking dollar amount judgements she, and her partners at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, have won. It is about giving a voice to those who would otherwise not have a voice and fighting for those whose rights have been presumably violated, often by the Hollywood elite. Some of these Hollywood elite that Gloria has pursued and or been involved in cases against include, but are not limited to, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Rob Lowe, Roman Polanski, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Aaron Spelling and so on, and on, and on. Gloria has done more for Civil, Human, Women’s, Gay, Transgender, and everything else rights than any other Attorney we can think of. Gloria opens up about the woman behind the public figure as seen on every major news outlet around the world answering questions on the biggest misconceptions she has heard about herself, moments of insecurity and fear, if any (we don’t see any), what she does for fun, and can she step outside of herself, look back, reflect and realize that she has had one of the most brilliant legal carers of all time. While we have one of the most brilliant legal minds to ever exist in our presence, we get Gloria’s thoughts on current cases such as the Britney Spears conservatorship, The Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi Divorce, Armie Hammer’s disappearance, and Sharon Osbourne’s “cancellation” from The Talk, to name a few. Gloria also chats about the brilliant Netflix documentary “Seeing Allred” discussing what it is like to have your own Netflix Documentary, but, then again, with a career as brilliant as hers, of course Gloria has her own Netflix Documentary. What an honor. Thank you Miss Allred. From one lawyer to another, we are forever changed! @gloria.allred @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
CRYSTAL KUNG MINKOFF (on This Weeks RHOBH Reunion, Erika Jayne, Leather Pants & Freshman Season)!
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Crystal Kung Minkoff steps Behind The Rope. With the epic four part RHOBH reunion starting later this week, Crystal stops by to chat about what her freshman season as a cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been like. Crystal discusses her highs and lows of the season, who was the most welcoming, her “Sutton” drama, and what going through her first season with fellow newbie and Icon In The Flesh Kathy Hilton was like. Of course, we also discuss what it was like working with Erika as her real life drama unfolded in real time during current season filming, whether she would have been able to stay on the show if she were going through the same and how, as a newbie, she saw Erika’s situation from a different perspective. Crystal chats about who she is closest to from other franchises, the loss of Tiffany Moon from the Housewives’ Fam, which RHOBH past she would bring back and which current cast members should hand in their diamonds. Having a famous Hollywood Director for a husband, we also talk about which celebs have left Crystal star struck, what life is like now that she is in the public eye and how she is not above showing up at her children’s play dates at Madonna’s house. Yes, this is a real story unfolding in real time as we gasp in excitement. Finally, Crystal reveals who and what she was most nervous about when filming her first ever RHOBH reunion, what we can really expect from Erika Jayne and what she expects will leave us speechless as we watch over the next four weeks.  @crystalkungminkoff @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Red Carpet Reporter (Spills Tea on Erika Jayne, Tom Girardi, Kathy Hilton, Kim K & More!) - I
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Hey David, I have up close and personal stories with both Tom Girardi, who hit on me last year and Erika Jayne, who I have bonded with over older men, TWICE.” That is how our DM from Taylor Ferber started. We get hundreds of thousands of these a week and ignore most. This is Behind The Velvet Rope and in true BTVR, we only want to interview true insiders in the entertainment industry whose careers have soared to epic heights. Just as we were about to hit delete, we dove deeper and realized Taylor is a Red Carpet Reporter who has not only just attended the recent Emmy’s but has interviewed anyone who is everyone from “A” List Celebs to Music Icons to, what else do we want to talk about, Real Housewives. Taylor was hit on by Tom Girardi twice, has traveled in the same circles as Erika Jayne Girardi and yes, has had in depth convos bonding over Older Men with the Ice Queen herself. She also knows Dorit, LVP, Kyle, Camille Grammer and so on. Who from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has she not met? The “Real Life” Behind The Rope Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi deep dive you have all been asking for has arrived. Thank you Taylor for spilling it… ALL! @taylorferber @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Full Episode At: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56920504 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2021
Peter Madrigal (on Vanderpump Rules, LVP, Working at Sur & Cast Changes!)
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My, my how quickly things change. Continuing with our plan to highlight certain back chats that stick out, we present to you an unedited version of our chat with Peter Madrigal. Who is watching Vanderpump Rules this season? Thoughts? So interesting to revisit this chat with Peter, now unedited, and see just how much things have changed in one short year. When we originally spoke to Peter - Vanderpump Rules OG Peter Madrigal steps Behind The Rope. Back in a simpler time when everyone had their Bravo contracts in place, a mere week ago, Peter sat down with The Rope to tell it all. What does HE think about it ALL? Peter explains exactly how the show was cast way back when and it is not what was expected. Peter is kind enough to entertain the Rope's desires to talk about all of his cast mates. Who changed the most since the beginning of the show? What does he personally think of Jax's marriage? What did he think of this past season and the newbies? Does he think the future of VR should be broken into two shows? How does he feel to be one of the only OGs to actually still work at Sur? What role does he play in helping cast the show as the real manager of Sur? Whose wedding was his favorite? House? Of course we also address the season finale's breaking of the 4th wall and how it felt like a series finale with everyone going their separate ways. The future of Vanderpump Rules? All these and more questions answered in this no holds bar sit down with the OG himself, Mr. Peter Madrigal.  @Peter_madrigal @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by OMAZE - https://omaze.com/velvetrope (Receive 20 Extra Entries When You Enter Code “Velvetrope” Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet ($20 Off Your First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
CAROLE BASKIN (On The "False Narrative" of Tiger King & Setting The Record Straight!!)
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Carole Baskin steps Behind The Rope! No your eyes are not deceiving you. One of THE most buzzed about shows of the last decade was Tiger King and one of THE most buzzed about women of the last decade was Carole Baskin. These are facts. Today, Carole is here to dispel the many myths created as a result of that viral Netflix show regarding herself, her one time husband Don Lewis, his disappearance, and just what Big Cats have to do with all of it. Carole chats about life back in the day before Tiger King when she was just a woman married to a man together running Big Cat Rescue, a not for profit organization dedicated to Big Cat rescue, rights and activism. Of course, there was also Joe Exotic, owner of a “different type” of Big Cat organization who didn’t exactly see eye to eye with Carole. One day Netflix came calling and voila, the rest is history. Carole is very vocal here today about how she feels the finished product of Tiger King is not what she signed up for. Carole also opens up about what it is like to be the woman who is the subject of endless on line memes and chatter suggesting she killed her husband and fed him to the Big Cats and what living with such strict public scrutiny is like. We chat with Carole about the many misconceptions surrounding her public persona and answer just “who is Carole Baskin”, the woman behind all of the tabloid fodder. Carole breaks down topics such as fame and the quick education she received in handling the media. Of course, we pay homage to her star studded appearance on Dancing With The Stars, her premiere dance of course set to Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger”. Carole discusses Joe Exotic’s guilty verdict for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman to kill her and his resulting 22 year sentence. She also discussed his recent claims of Prostate Cancer and ongoing petition to be released. Of course, we had to ask what would she say to Joe if she saw him today, what are her favorite of the Big Cats, all that talk about a Tiger King 2 and will she be involved, and just what is next for the woman behind the flower headband.  @carolebaskincat @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef https://bigcatrescue.org/carole-baskin/ Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by OMAZE - https://omaze.com/velvetrope (Receive 20 Extra Entries When You Enter Code “Velvetrope” Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet ($20 Off Your First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Courtney Stodden (on Run In with Alex McCord, Chrissy Teigen, Brian Austin Green & Misconceptions About Them)
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Courtney Stodden steps Behind The Rope. You have read so much about Courtney. We all have. In true Rope fashion, rather than figure out what is true, untrue and somewhere in between, we’ve gone right to the source to break it all down. Courtney first came into the public eye at age 16 when they married then 51 year old Doug Hutchison in 2011. Courtney talks about what living with such strict media attention and judgement was like at such a young age. In other words, being trolled before trolling was a thing. We chat with Courtney about Britney Spears and how similar their own situation was, married at 16, to the conservatorship that Britney is now living with each day. The constant media attention earned them and their then husband a place on the second season of the VH1 hit, “Couples Therapy” along with famous co-stars such as your RHONY favs Alex and Simon van Kempen. We discuss! Courtney chats about their many other reality TV appearances on shows like Celebrity Big Brother and let us not forget that 50 Cent video they were in. Sort of! We can explain! Courtney chats about fame, the potential addiction to fame, living a life in the public eye, their public persona versus the real Courtney Stodden, the various and constant misconceptions about them and whether they is “in on the joke”. Having just had their 26th birthday, Courtney looks back on the past ten years and discusses their decision to divorce their then husband. Of course, we discuss the headlines Courtney made recently regarding their “relationship” with 90210’s Brian Austin Green, their public “demise” and the involvement of both Megan Fox and Vanessa Marcil. Courtney also chats about their recent coming out as Non-Binary in the hopes of living a more authentic life. Courtney also chats about others who have slid into their DMs such as, wait for it, Courtney Love! Finally, they chat about being cyber-bullied by Chrissy Teigen, the long term effects that has had on them and what they would say to Chrissy Teigen if they came face to face today.  @courtneyastodden @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by OMAZE - https://omaze.com/velvetrope (Receive 20 Extra Entries When You Enter Code “Velvetrope” Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet ($20 Off Your First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
RedOne (on Working With Lady Gaga, JLO, Michael Jackson & More!)
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RedOne steps Behind The Rope. One thing is clear from chatting with RedOne. He has worked with everyone who is anyone in the music business. From humble early beginnings - born in Morocco, early music career in Sweden, staring over in the United States from scratch, RedOne is here to chat about it all. “It all” includes working with Legends Jennifer Lopez - he co-wrote / co-produced “On The Floor”, and Lady Gaga - he produced many Gaga hits including “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance” and “Just Dance”. RedOne chats about what working with JLO and Gaga was like - the highs / lows, nuances and fun stories of each. RedOne also chats about some of our other favs he has worked with such as Michael Jackson, some of the music legends he would love to collaborate with such as Queen B herself, Beyonce, “A” list music hang outs with Icons like Bono and Stevie Wonder and how winning several Grammys changes you. In RedOne’s case, it does not. Of course we also had to ask about working with our Queen Madonna! In other news, RedOne has created a new digital and centralized talent show platform to directly connect musical talent, record labels and fans - SpotStar. He chats about that plus whether traditional Music Competition Shows like American Idol and The Voice work in the modern world in which we now live, the “politics” of the music business, the current state of music today - SOS, and just how SpotStar may change the face of music forever going forward! @redone @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by OMAZE - https://omaze.com/velvetrope (Receive 20 Extra Entries When You Enter Code “Velvetrope” Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet ($20 Off Your First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
EBONI K. WILLIAMS (on RHONY Season "Closure", Cancelled Reunion, Cast Mates, RHONY Future & The View)
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Eboni K. Willams has returned!! Welcome back, Ms. Williams. Well a lot has happened since Eboni was here last. Eboni reflects back upon this past season of RHONY - the good and bad, highs and lows and how she feels now that she has had a chance to digest all that has happened. Eboni addresses the public’s outcry about this RHONY season, whether discussions of race “belong” on Housewives, the vitriol she has received from on-line “trolls”, and how she has remained unapologetically herself throughout this entire freshman season and Housewives experience. Eboni addresses the fact that she won’t be able to have the typical Housewives’ Reunion experience, the lack of closure that has arisen from a cancelled reunion, and what she was hoping to address at the reunion, which she addresses here today! On that note, Eboni opens up about current cast relations and who she is and is not speaking to. Looking ahead to next season, we address the constant rumors that Luann, Ramona and Sonja have been demoted to “Friend Of”, which RHONY she feels are prime for a return, and the chatter that Bethenny Frankel is the key to the future of RHONY. Eboni weighs in on all that Garcelle Beauvais is going thorough this season on RHOBH, chats about her new job at The View including a message to Meghan McCain, shares an update on her search for love, discusses the biggest misperceptions of herself and what she does for fun out in The Big Apple at night. Finally, Eboni chats what she would do differently, if anything, next season of RHONY. @ebonikwilliams @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by OMAZE - https://omaze.com/velvetrope (Receive 20 Extra Entries When You Enter Code “Velvetrope”) Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet ($20 Off Your First Purchase) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
SONJA (MORGAN) In Your City - (a Caberlesque Review)
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Sonja In Your City!! It is official. The one, the only, Ms. Sonja Morgan will soon be appearing in your city. That is right, Ms. Morgan is bringing her very special brand of Caburlesque to a city near you. We were thrilled and honored to be in attendance at Sonja’s One Night Only “Friends and Family” Preview Show the other week. The comedy, the improv, the singing, the guest list, the opening acts, the thrill of it all. Where do we begin? As our official plus one for the night, the gals from the Access Hollywood “Housewives Nightcap” Digital Series are here to help us review the entire night, Sonja Sangria and all. Yup, available in white and red. Of course, our full review includes a play by play of the show, the Leah McSweeney Cameo and hangin' with Sonja Morgan in all her glory afterwards. Oh yea, like we said, where or where do we begin? @emilyorozcotv @laurenaherbert @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Full Episode At: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55382295 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2021
RHOBH's Joyce Giraud (on BFF LVP, RHOBH, Vanderpump Rules & More!)
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Joyce Giraud steps Behind The Rope. For the countess number of y’all who have been emailing and DM’ing asking us to highlight our best past Housewives and other interviews, we have heard you. You have spoken, we have listened. With all the RHOBH drama regarding Erika Jayne - much of which we have contributed to with recent guests like Kathryn Edwards, Dana Wilkey and many others, we figured it was time for some chatter regarding RHOBH that is happy and upbeat. On that note, we share today an UNEDITED edition of our past chat with Joyce Giraud. Season Four was Iconic in that it was the first time RHOBH followed suit of the other franchises for a cast shift. 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. @joyce_giraud  @behindvelvetrope  @davidyontef  Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CANVA -https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
Introducing: Generation Why
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Imagine you have two friends who are obsessed with crime, murder, and unsolved mysteries. They have a passion for breaking down cases that have been cold for years. GENERATION WHY is a true crime podcast where hosts Aaron and Justin give startling theories, dive into forensic evidence, and share their bold opinions. They dig deep looking for answers on cases of missing spouses, mysterious murders, serial killers and more. This is just a preview of Generation Why, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/GenWhy_VelvetRope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
CASSANDRA "ELVIRA" PETERSON (on an Iconic Career of Being Elvira!)
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Cassandra Peterson steps Behind The Rope. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, in the flesh, Behind The Rope. Let us just process that for a hot horror sec. Cassandra is here to chat about her new book (currently # 4 on the NYT Best Sellers List) “Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark”, where she holds nothing back about her outrageous, strange, often funny, often heartbreaking tale from a Midwest farm girl whose unfortunate childhood accident led her to ultimately become the most Iconic, Sexiest, Sassiest, Campiest Horror Legend of ALL time! Cassandra details how Elvira was born, the highs and lows of an over four decade long career of being Elvira, the amazing, often strange, fan encounters, the unbelievable and often also strange celeb run ins, the biggest misconceptions about both Elvira and Cassandra, and the most shocking revelations in this book that will leave most readers speechless. Finally, Cassandra chats about current horror trends and blockbusters such as Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story”, Reality TV, who she would love to play her in the story of her life, what Elvira does to celebrate her just past Seventieth Birthday - we are as shocked as you are - and just what is next for this Queen of Macabre and Living Legend that does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. As Elvira says, Unpleasant Dreams.  @therealelvira @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Perez Hilton (on Britney Apology, Kimye, Bennifer, Tori Spelling, SATC & The End of Housewives)
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Perez Hilton is back. Yes, one of our most regular guests has returned to help us make sense of all that is going on in the world of celebrity and Housewives drama one click any a time. After a quick catch up with Perez, we chat about hot takes on some of the things keeping The Rope up at night - Britney’s Conservatorship and Engagement (his apology to BritBrit earlier this year, the horrifying testimony, is her fiancé in it for the right reasons?), The Tom / Erika Divorce (did she know?), KKW and Kanye (recent wedding re-enactments, name changes, soulmates?), Khlo $ and Tristan (I mean…), Madonna (is she still relevant?), Tori Spelling (are her and Dean so not “In Love”?), Bennifer (is this “the real deal” as they look at property together?), The Biebs and his Bride (will Justin and Hailey Baldwin go the distance), The Jennifer Aniston / Reese Witherspoon feud (is all not okay on “The Morning Show”) and so much more! Perez opens up about his ban from TikTok due to his feud with its biggest star, Charli D’Amelio, the social media “bullying” culture we now exist in, cancel culture, and where the King of All Media sees social media going in the next several years. With Housewife ratings down across the board, Perez also chats about the future of Reality TV, is the end in sight and can we imagine a world with no Housewives or Andy Cohen, who Perez had beef with earlier this year over a “Gay Dad’s” reality show concept which we discuss. Finally, Perez has a new line of CBD Gummies which we chat about along with his own history with drugs and alcohol and just what is next for this Entrepreneur, Trailblazer, Author, Dad, Celebrity BFF to many and Gossip Pop Culture Guru who works 24/7 and refuses to slow down. @perezhilton @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
HEATHER THOMSON (on No RHONY Reunion, Unaired Carole Radziwill Phone Call, Bethenny Frankel as Producer & Future of RHONY) - I I
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Holla! Heather Thomson Steps Behind The Rope. She’s back! Checking in from her home in The Berkshires, Heather is here to break down her time this past season on The Real Housewives of New York City which ended way too soon. Heather breaks down all that went wrong that fateful weekend in The Hamptons at Ramona Singer’s and shares an update on her “relationship” with all of the current RHONY cast members. Heather also breaks down the apology she read on WWHL, chats about the RHONY cast member who had a strange reaction to her WWHL appearance, explains the real reasons she decided to stop filming and walk away, and divulges the phone call she had in the car ride back to NYC with a past RHONY cast member immediately after! OMG, we know! Speaking of this season just past, Heather helps us break down exactly why the ratings have dramatically dropped so significantly, the fall from grace Leah has had among the viewers, the claims that these are a “bunch of co-workers, not friends”, Jill Zarin’s statement that the ratings decrease is due to the lack of men / husbands, which past cast members should be brought back and just what would Heather do if she were a producer in charge of increasing the ratings for the next season. After all, her and Bethenny Frankel do know it all. We also chat about the fact that, in an unprecedented move, the reunion was cancelled and whether now, after this past season’s experience, she would ever go back. Heather is much more than just an ex-RHONY cast member. In fact she is busy AF with her thriving “In My Heart” Podcast and new company “Beyond Fresh” - always the entrepreneur - a superfood wellness brand which is rapidly changing the way we think about nutrition and healthy living! From Yummy Tummy to Beyond Fresh!! Thanks Mama for stopping by again. Always a pleasure! @iamheathert @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
HEATHER THOMSON (on Recent RHONY Season, Reunion Cancellation, WWHL, "Closure" & Future of RHONY) - I
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Holla! Heather Thomson Steps Behind The Rope. She’s back! Checking in from her home in The Berkshires, Heather is here to break down her time this past season on The Real Housewives of New York City which ended way too soon. Heather breaks down all that went wrong that fateful weekend in The Hamptons at Ramona Singer’s and shares an update on her “relationship” with all of the current RHONY cast members. Heather also breaks down the apology she read on WWHL, chats about the RHONY cast member who had a strange reaction to her WWHL appearance, explains the real reasons she decided to stop filming and walk away, and divulges the phone call she had in the car ride back to NYC with a past RHONY cast member immediately after! OMG, we know! Speaking of this RHONY season just past, Heather helps us break down exactly why the ratings have dramatically dropped so significantly, the fall from grace Leah has had among the viewers, the claims that these are a “bunch of co-workers, not friends”, Jill Zarin’s statement that the ratings decrease is due to the lack of men / husbands, which past cast members should be brought back and just what would Heather do if she were a producer in charge of increasing the ratings for the next season. After all, her and Bethenny Frankel do know it all. We also chat about the fact that, in an unprecedented move, the reunion was cancelled, and whether now, after this past season’s experience, she would ever go back. Heather is much more than just an ex-RHONY cast member. In fact she is busy AF with her thriving “In My Heart” Podcast and new company “Beyond Fresh” - always the entrepreneur - a superfood wellness brand which is rapidly changing the way we think about nutrition and healthy living! From Yummy Tummy to Beyond Fresh!! Thanks Mama for stopping by again. Always a pleasure! @iamheathert @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CANVA - https://www.canva.com/affiliates/VELVETROPE (Free 45 Day Extended Trial ) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
RHOBH's Dana Wilkey (Shares Erika Jayne Update & More!!)
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Our fav RHOBH “Friend Of” turned Gossip Monger Miss Dana Wilkey is back. Dana is here to share all the intel she has on the daily changing saga that is the Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi divorce. In other words, Dana Wilkey is here to chat about her New Life’s Work. After all, she was a vital part of “The Housewife and The Hustler” beating out hundreds of thousands of other self proclaimed EJ experts. Dana shares what she knows from behind the scenes, boots on the ground regarding RHOBH and we chat about the recent current state of EJ affairs - T.J. Maxx Visits, Red Carpets in Vegas and of course, Mr. Girardi’s recent paparazzi appearance where he was asked, “Did Erika Know?”. Dana also has a lot of questions about the Behind The Scenes goings on from our most recent of our three chats with Sutton Stracke and, although we don’t like to spill tea, this is Patreon and Dana does have a way with us so, well, we eventually oblige. Finally, Dana, obsessed with EJ’s spending and $25M in credit card charges, comes prepared with Housewife salaries and all sorts of other financial info that we just cannot get enough of. Considering she still owns her $25,000 sunnies she is one to talk now, is she not? We kid, we kid but considering she came with receipts, Ms. Wilkey is welcome back anytime.  @wilkey_dana @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Full Show At: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56572598 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2021
Alaska (on Drag Race, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, & New Music / Book!)
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Alaska steps Behind The Rope. Yup, she is back! One thing is for certain, Alaska is one of the hardest working Queens in the biz. Alaska stops by to chat new music - “Red”, biggest musical inspirations, dream collabs, fav musical Divas such as Gaga, Cher and Gwen and her first ever heading tour (tickets on sale now) in support of the new music with starts early next year. Alaska also chats about her soul bearing Memoir out later this year, “My Name’s Yours, What’s Alaska”, her upcoming live “Race Chaser” Euro tour with Willam, and what we can expect to hear more of on her brilliant Podcast of the same name with Willam. Of course, we break down the just completed Drag Race All Stars Season Six, Winner Sonique, and the current state of drag in 2021. With all this work, one has to wonder what Alaska does for fun. Well, much to our delight, she watches the Real Housewives. Alaska shares all her thoughts on this season of RHOBH, the Erika Jayne Saga, and who her fav housewife is. There was also that one time Lisa Rinna kicked Ms. Alaska out of a dressing room. Yea, you gotta hear it to believe it. Tune in now for this fun filled episode with the one and only, Alaska!  @theonlyalaska5000 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://wwwsimplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Real Housewives of Miami's Adriana de Moura (on the Past, Present & Reboot of RHOM!)
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The Real Housewives of Miami Reboot. Now that RHOM Season 4 is confirmed coming to the Peacock Streaming Network very soon, we have oh so many questions. In true Behind The Velvet Rope fashion we have gone straight to the source, someone who knows a thing or two about RHOM, having been a full time Housewife on the series for all three seasons that it was on Bravo. We are thrilled to welcome Miss Adriana de Moura. Right prior to the official announcement, we sat down with Adriana to chat about it all. After a quick catch up on her life, Adriana shares all that she knows about the Reboot. We chat about Adriana, Alexia Echevarria and Lisa Hochstein returning as full time Housewives and the assumption that Marysol Patton will allegedly return as a “friend of”. We chat about those casting decisions, why the series ended in the first place, what will the show be without fan fav Mama Elsa, what the show will be like without self imposed “ringleader” and “Mayor of Miami” Lea Black and why now is the right time to bring the show back, Of course we discuss Jonna Krupa and Lea Black’s recent comments as to why they are not interested in returning and what the new series will be like with now viral sensation ex Kardashian BFF Larsa Pippen attached to the project. All your RHOM questions answered within. In true Adriana de Moura fashion, remember from ten years ago when we last saw her on our TV screens, she does not hold back!! @realadrianademoura @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Parvati Shallow - (on Winning Survivor, Being on Everyone's "Best Player" List, & Her Game Legacy)
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Parvati Shallow steps Behind The Rope. Survivor Winner, Parvati Shallow. We are celebrating the long awaited return of tonight’s forty first installment of one of the most successful reality shows of all time the only way we knew how. Parvati is on EVERY “Best Survivor Players of all time” list as well as one of Jeff Probst’s personal “Favorite Players of all time” list. After chatting with her, it is very clear as to why. Did you know Parvati has played this brilliant game four different seasons for a total of 149 days on the island, making her the second longest player of all time, second only to Boston Rob’s 152 days. Parvati chats with us about what her strategy was to win Micronesia, the differences between the four seasons she played, who she thinks - other than herself, of course, is the best Survivor player of all time, why she is so good at this game and would she ever go back. Of course, we discuss The Black Widow Brigade, one of the most effective alliances in Survivor history and Erik’s blindside, which has been called one of the best moments in Survivor history. On a more serious note, we chat about the controversial Cook Islands season she was a part of which divided the contestants into four tribes based on racial ethnicity: Black, White, Hispanic, Asian American - how antiquated that now seems and how was that concept originally green lit? On a more serious note, Parvati opens up about the psychological effects playing the game had on her and the steps taken to relieve those roadblocks and integrate back into society as a fully functioning member of society. On that note, Parvati has integrated all of these skills of playing Survivor, her struggles thereafter, her career in media and entertainment, and overall life experiences into a booming business as a Life Coach.** @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef @pshallow Parvati has offered all you listeners of Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast 20% off her “Hero’s Journey”, 7 week Coaching & Yoga Program. More information can be found at parvatishallow.com/hero - enter code Velvet. For those of you wondering, yes, many of your Survivor favs such as Boston Rob (our other personal fav), Tyson, Ethan Zohn and so many more make an appearance! Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://wwwsimplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones (on PCD, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Antin, Britney & More)
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Former Pussycat Doll's member Kaya Jones steps Behind The Rope. Kaya chronicles how she came to be a member of the Pussycat Dolls in December 2003, when she was just 19 years old. After chatting about the audition process and landing the part, Kaya pulls back the curtain of what being in this group was really like. Kaya details what she calls the “toxic” (according to her, allegedly) work environment, the excruciatingly long hours, the infighting between the other PCDs and everything else you can imagine, Kaya covers it. Of course, Kaya talks about group founder and choreographer Robin Antin - what she was like, how she treated the members, what her goals for herself and for the group were and whether those goals were always consistent with the other. Kaya explains whose decision it was to transform the Pussycat Dolls from being a “burlesque performance group” to a full fledged musical band, how that transition took place, and what it took to ultimately get signed to a record deal. Kaya contributed to songs that would ultimately make up The Dolls’ first album. We discuss the mega hit “Don’t Cha” and the Dolls’ lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. In 2004, Kaya left the band during the recording of the first album claiming it was no longer fun to be in the band. After leaving the band, Kaya pursed a solo career in music. There were also those repeated times she made allegations that being in the Pussycat Dolls were like being part of a prostitution ring. Say whhhaattt? Yea, we break that one down for you. Ok umm, what? Kaya also chats about her start in the music business at 13 years old working with R. Kelly. Tune in now for a no holds bar chat about all things Pussycat Dolls with the one and only Miss Kaya Jones.  @kayajones  @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
FRAN DRESCHER (On The Nanny's Original Run / Reboot / Broadway, Madonna, & Being A National Icon)
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Fran Drescher steps Behind The Rope. From the moment this chat started, one thing was clear, Fran Drescher is one busy Icon. First things first, The Nanny. Fran chats about the recent addition of The Nanny to HBO Max, the joys of having it discovered by a whole new generation and shares an update on the status of her road to bringing The Nanny to Broadway. After we wax nostalgic on all things The Nanny, we move on to one of Fran’s new passions, Mahjong. Her hobby which started with Monday night sessions with her “boys” - yes the many gay men in her life, including ex husband Peter Jacobson, and friends like Rosie O”Donnell has led her to this weeks Mahjong Tournament where you, our dear listener, can sign up and win prices, some, of course, involving our fav Legend of today, Ms. Fran Drescher. The tournament also will raise money for Fran’s Cancer Schmancer Organization, a cause near and dear to her heart having survived cancer herself. Fran also chats about her recent appointment as SAG-AFTRA President, the support she received in her candidacy from famous friends like Tom Hanks. Speaking or famous friends, we also chat with Fran about dinners, hang outs, and concerts with friend Madonna. Finally, Fran shares info on other upcoming film and TV projects from the woman who just refuses to slow down. Now can we please have a Fran Fine laugh. Thanks and thank you! #legend #icon #nowords Links in Bios Below to Purchase Tickets. www.modernmahjong.com @officialfrandrescher @cancerschmancer @modernmahjong @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by SIMPLISAFE - https://www.simplisafe.com/velvetrope (20% Off Entire New System & First Month Free) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
RHOA (Rumored "Just In" Cast Changes) & RHOP (Winning The Game)
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DJ Richie Skye steps Behind The Rope. There is no one more connected in the DMV than Mr. Skye and we could not think of anyone better to help break down all that is going on this season on The Real Housewives of Potomac than Richie Skye. That chat began a few weeks back where we discussed how all our fav ladies are doing this season - Gizelle, Karen, Ashley, Candiace, Robyn, Wendy and newbie Mia. Today we continue that chat and predict what will happen as the season moves on. The convo then turns to RHOA breaking down the “off season” they just had. We discuss what went wrong with our fav Peach Holder’s this past season, reveal who our MVP was, suggest ways to fix the ATL, chat about who should go and predict who will be “let go” out of Kenya, Porsha, Kandi, Drew and Cynthia. Have you seen all of the blogs the past 24 hours? Do we believe Porsha and Cynthia are out and Marlo is in? Of course we cannot let our Southern gals go without a job and discuss career alternatives for those we feel are on their way out. On the topic of off seasons, we cannot help but think RHONY - Richie knows Bershan IRL - discussing whether this season is as bad, and the situation is as dire as all the public outcry and headlines make it seem. Richie sheds light on what he likes and does not like up here in the Big Apple weighing in on who should go, stay and be brought back from the past - the answers not at all what you would expect. Somehow our sit down about the current RHOP season has led us to RHOA and RHONY but that is what happens when DJ Richie Skye (host of “Reality Talk” on Youtube & “Unfiltered” on Podcast One) stops by. We could have kept talking, but need to leave you with something to look forward to. Until next time, Mr. Skye!! @djrichieskye @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef ** Listen to Full Show at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54578458 .  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2021
Constantine Maroulis & Kendra Erika (on Real Housewives, New Music, The Opening of Broadway & More!)
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Constantine Maroulis & Kendra Erika step Behind The Rope. Constantine is back and this time he brings friend Kendra Erika to talk about it all. We bond over the return of Broadway, musical influences, our fav musical divas and our ideal musical colabs. This dynamic duo also have a great new single, a dance version of “As Long As You’re Mine”, from the hit musical “Wicked”. Yup, Broadway is open and Kristin Chenoweth kicked off the opening of “Wicked” earlier this week! Being this is BTVR, we also chat about Kendra’s desire to become a Real Housewife of New York City!!! Constantine knows a thing or two about that. :) An episode not to be missed! @constantinemaroulis @kendraerika @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
BLAC CHYNA (on Reality TV, Motherhood, Famous Exes, New Music & Her Fashion Empire!)
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Blac Chyna steps Behind The Rope. Before we get into all the headlines, rumors, and misperceptions, we chat with Blac Chyna, whose name was suggested by a patron during her stripping days, about her early days in LA - being name checked by Drake, modeling, and appearing in a multitude of music videos with everyone and anyone including Tyga and Nicki Minaj. Chyna has new music - “Hollywood”, “Doom” - which we chat about as well as her musical influences and who she would love to work with in the music biz. We chat about her booming beauty business - little miss entrepreneur - and why she loves being a Boss Babe. Of course, the convo quickly turns to Reality TV - the status of her blockbuster “The Real Blac Chyna” Show season two as well as her many appearances over the years on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and “Rob & Chyna”. Chyna opens up about filming a Reality TV show with her now ex-husband, the home movies she will forever have of Dream, and how she felt when that show “ended”. While we have her, Chyna shares an update where she stands with Rob Kardashian and the rest of the Keeping Up Clan and is kind enough to share her thoughts on recent Kardashian news - the Kim and Kayne Split, Khloé and Tristan Thompson - On Again, Off Again, We Think Currently Off Relationship, the Coupling of Kourt and Travis, Lord Disick and Amelia Gray, Kim’s Legal Career, Whether Food God is the most brilliant of them all and so on. Blac Chyna has a new Cooking Show and CBD line which we discuss plus just what is next for this Powerhouse that just will not slow down. @blacchyna @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
JERRY SPRINGER (On His Iconic Career, "Judge Jerry", DWTS, & Reality TV!)
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Jerry Springer steps Behind The Rope. One of the most Iconic names in daytime TV is here to chat about it all. Although Jerry was set to retire after his unprecedented twenty seven year run as Host of The Jerry Springer Show, NBC had other plans and Judge Jerry was born. Jerry chats about how nice it is to use his law degree and what we can expect in the upcoming third season of the always shocking, never boring, Judge Jerry. Of course, the conversation quickly leads to The Jerry Springer Show and all those trailblazing disputes, wig pulls, accusations, and everything else under the sun that was before its time as it aired each day on our small screens. Jerry recalls highlights, outrageous guests and some of the most shocking moments. We chat with Jerry about current day Reality TV and his role in helping create the landscape of Housewives, Fiancés That Last for 90 Days and Love that Comes After Being Locked Up and / or Happens on an Island. Jerry also opens up about the current offerings of Daytime TV - Ellen, The Drew Barrymore Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Wendy Williams - his favorites, not so favorites and how cancel culture has come to play a role in it all. We pay homage to some of Jerry’s other forays into television - a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, a judge on America’s Got Talent, playing himself on Roseanne and much more. Jerry reflects back on a career most can only dream of discussing highs and lows, the biggest misconceptions of himself, and just what is next for the man who everyone just cannot seem to get enough of. Let’s all chant it together. Jerry, Jerry!! @thejerryspringershow @judgejerrytv @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Gia Gunn (on Drag Race, Real Housewives, Caitlyn Jenner, Trans Representation, & Pose)
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Gia Gunn, famed, outspoken Drag Race contestant steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in WeHo, Gia is here to tell it all. We would expect nothing less from one of Drag Race’s most outspoken contestants in the history of the show! Let us start at the beginning. Gia takes us back to the first time she did drag, what that was like, what prompted her to “try” and where her infamous name “Gia Gunn” comes from. Think Project Runway! Gia also opens up about the first time she became aware of her “trans identity” and what that was like to deal with at a young age. Flash forward to Season Six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Gia explains how she got involved with the Iconic hit TV show and why Season Six was the right time to participate. Gia discusses what it was like to film the show, the other Queens, the competitions and what it was like to “not be out” at the time. Flash forward to “All Stars Season Four”, Gia was back and ready to take the competition by storm. We discuss the differences this time in “All Stars”, the competition as well as the fact that Gia was an out Transgender Woman, or we should say Woman, participating in Drag Race. Of course, we address the fact that Gia’s participation in this installment of “All Stars“ came mere months after RuPaul’s comment that they would not cast an openly Transgender Contestant on the show. Gia explains how she felt by that statement and whether she thinks that impacted the decision to cast her (whether or not it was “stunt casting”). She also opens up about the rumored filmed but, ultimately, edited altercation with RuPaul on set during “All Stars” over this statement and whether her standing up to RuPaul led, in any way, to her elimination. She also opens up about the fact that the altercation was edited and whether the show is forever slanted to “make Ru look good at all costs”. Gia also chats about the recent change of RuPaul’s famous opening catch phrase to be gender inclusive and the presence of contestant Gottmik, Drag race’s first Trans Male Drag Queen. Gia chats about the whether RuPaul and Drag Race have come far in their Diversity and Inclusion Efforts, shares her thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner - they are not what you would think, and discusses shows like Pose answering the main question as to whether each has been a step forward for the Trans Community. Finally, Gia discusses current projects, the “Gia” brand, and the fact that it is beyond time for The Real Housewives to include a full time Trans Housewife. Yes, Gia is nominating herself. In true Gia Gunn fashion, NOTHING is off limits nor held back. @gia_gunn @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet (Now For Men Too) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
KELLY KILLOREN BENSIMON (on Scary Island, Bethenny, RHONY, Dating, & Being a Living Legend!)
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Kelly Killoren Bensimon, The Woman, The Myth, The Legend, steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her iconic Soho loft, KKB is here to tell it all. For those who may not know, Kelly has a degree from Columbia University in Literature and Writing, an MBA, and is currently attending NYU Stern for her Executive MBA. Kelly also had a thriving career as a writer and editor at such famed publications like Elle, Page Six and Gotham and as a model who traveled the world working with famous photographers such as ex-husband, Gil Bensimon. All right, All right, onto what everyone wants to chat about, The Real Housewives of New York City. Kelly discusses how she was originally cast in Season Two of the hit franchise, how “welcome" she felt by the Season One Veterans, and how she was advised by everyone on her team not to do the show. We discuss some of her iconic moments such as running in traffic, being “up there” not “down here” and of course, “Scary Island”. Speaking of “Scary Island”, Kelly fills us in on what was really going on in that infamous dinner party scene and what life was like after that episode aired. She discusses how she reacted to and felt by the public’s “outcry” as well as the private messages she received on social media. Kelly discusses who from the cast she keeps in touch with and what she would say to Bethenny Frankel if she bumped into her today. Hint, it is not what you would expect! Kelly also opens up about what it is like when people still want to talk about “Scary Island” all these many years later, what life has been like since we last saw her on our TV screens, her dating life - a topic she rarely discusses, and what a current day in the life of KKB looks like as a thriving Real Estate Agent who splits her time between NYC, The Hamptons and Palm Beach. No surprise, as any reputable real estate agent in NYC does Kelly was on the just completed season of Million Dollar Listing New York which we chat about. Tune in for a non stop catch up with living legend, Kelly Killoren Bensimon.  @kellybensimon @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
SONJA MORGAN's FORMER INTERN (on Sonja, Current RHONY Season, Reunion & Future of Show!)
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Sonja Morgan's Intern steps Behind The Rope. Ok let us back up for a second. She has a name. Meghan Hubert. Last year we had the pleasure of chatting with Meghan about what it was like to be one of Sonja Morgan’s iconic interns. Meghan chatted about that as well the fall out from coming on our show. Seems like Ms. Morgan was less than pleased with our little chat. We then had a follow up chat about that! Meghan is now back to help us break down this current season of RHONY. We chat about what it is like to still be watching Sonja get fall down drunk on a weekly basis each week - knowing her in real life and all - and how we think all our favorite Apple holders are performing this season. We discuss the public outcry from the fans who claim the show has got too serious, political and is now TV with a mission when all they want to see is a bunch of women getting drunk and having fun. We also discuss the effect this outcry has had on the ratings - the lowest in history, what and who has caused this decrease, and how to fix this decrease. We discuss the many rumors of who is being fired, if anyone, who should be fired, if anyone, and who should be brought back from casts past, if anyone. We chat about the rumors that Bethenny Frankel wants to come back either on camera or as a Producer behind the scenes, the rumors that the highest levels of NBC corporate are now involved and that Andy Cohen has completely lost control of this once highly rated franchise.  Of course, Meghan also gives advice to any aspiring Sonja interns who, despite listening to our chat, still want to apply for the much talked about position. Perhaps we will be seeing you listeners on a future episode of RHONY yourselves!. ** Original Chat with Sonja’s Intern Meghan Hubert - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/behind-the-velvet-rope/id1496557812?i=1000491284626  ** The Aftermath & Fallout from our chat with Sonja Morgan’s Intern - https://www.patreon.com/posts/54758806 @megagahubert @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef **** FULL EPISODE IS AT: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54758806 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2021
Sophie B. Hawkins (on "Damn", Banned by MTV, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Trailblazing)
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“Damn, I wish I was your lover. I’ll rock you till the daylight comes. Make sure you are smiling’ and warm. I am everything, tonight I’ll be your mother.” You know the rest. Sophie B. Hawkins steps Behind The Rope. Sophie chats about what life was like in the 90’s when she rose to fame with her breakout hit “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover”. She chats about many of her colleagues at that time - Madonna, Paula, Whitney, Prince, George Michael, being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1993, and how the Grammy Nomination came with a lot of good and bad, all at the same time. We chat about why her video for “Damn” was banned by MTV, the importance of its LGBTQ+ representation, the use of “Damn" in 90210 as Kelly and Dylan’s song, and moving on from her record company. We chat about her rumored “relationships” with Jodie Foster, Martina Navratilova, and Rosie O’Donnell. Sophie is still friends with Rosie today which we discuss plus weekends at Madonna's, dinners with David Bowie, and so much more! Sophie shares her throughs on “Free Britney” and some of current music’s reigning Pop Diva’s Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato and many others. Finally, we chat about what is next for this Pop Superstar who just wont slow down.  @therealsophieb @behindvelvet @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet (Now For Men Too) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
Josh Flagg (on Million Dollar Listing LA) #MDLLA
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Josh Flagg steps Behind The Rope. Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Season 13. How did we get here? Josh is here to answer that and discuss his epic career in real estate, which began at 18. Josh chats about his early days in the biz and his rapid rise to the top which led to his position as a cast member on MDLLA. Josh chats about his MDLLA career - highs and lows, fellow brokers from yesteryear (anyone remember Madison and Chad Rogers), cast mates Tracy Tutor, The Brits & That other Josh, those epic open houses, the deals, and of course all that money and real estate porn. On a personal note, we chat with Josh about the true break out star of MDLLA, Grandma Edith, living in The Beverly Hills Hotel - yes we are jealous!, his epic love story with Husband Bobby Boyd and what it was like to get married on television. One thing is also for sure, Josh knows everyone who is anyone and has sold a house to most of them. We chat about his many celeb friends and clients - Sonja Morgan, Tori Spelling, Melissa Rivers, and so on and just what it is like to attend one of the infamous Flagg-Boyd extravaganzas at their lovely LA home. Finally, Josh spills the deets on the current state of the LA real estate market, the best things about being a Bravolebrity and just what we can expect to see this season on MDLLA!!! @joshflagg1 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
RHOBH's Kathryn Edwards (on Current Season Erika Drama, Filming With Erika & More!!!) - II
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RHOBH’s Kathryn Edwards is back! Having been on the show with Erika Jayne (RHOBH Season Six Shout Out), we could not think of anyone better to help us break down all that has been happening this epic season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kathryn is here to chat about the rare circumstances this season has presented as the world read headline after headline about Erika Jayne’s divorce as it unfolded in real time before the Bravo cameras. Kathryn sheds light on what filming with Erika was like during her season and how Erika treated her, the other women and production. We dive deep into whether Erika has been dropping hints all season knowing she was being filmed that would paint her in a favorable light with the public and Tom’s alleged victims, how much we believe of her “performance” as “authentic” - mascara and all, the legitimacy of her divorce and ultimately answer the question what, if anything, did she know?. In other RHOBH news, Kathryn chats about Rinna - her behavior toward Erika this season versus Denise last season, is there a double standard, and has Rinna grown at all or the same ole’ Rinna with some ulterior motive. Finally, we chat about Garcelle, Sutton, Dorit, Kyle and Crystal breaking down each’s "story arch" on and off screen this season. An RHOBH analysis from a true insider, former RHOBH herself, Miss Kathryn Edwards! @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet (Now For Men & Women) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
RHOBH's Kathryn Edwards (on Current Season Erika Drama, Filming With Erika & More!) - I
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RHOBH’s Kathryn Edwards is back! Having been on the show with Erika Jayne (RHOBH Season Six Shout Out), we could not think of anyone better to help us break down all that has been happening this epic season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kathryn is here to chat about the rare circumstances this season has presented as the world read headline after headline about Erika Jayne’s divorce as it unfolded in real time before the Bravo cameras. Kathryn sheds light on what filming with Erika was like during her season and how Erika treated her, the other women and production. We dive deep into whether Erika has been dropping hints all season knowing she was being filmed that would paint her in a favorable light with the public and Tom’s alleged victims, how much we believe of her “performance” as “authentic” - mascara and all, the legitimacy of her divorce and ultimately answer the question what, if anything, did she know?. In other RHOBH news, Kathryn chats about Rinna - her behavior toward Erika this season versus Denise last season, is there a double standard, and has Rinna grown at all or the same ole’ Rinna with some ulterior motive. Finally, we chat about Garcelle, Sutton, Dorit, Kyle and Crystal breaking down each’s "story arch" on and off screen this season. An RHOBH analysis from a true insider, former RHOBH herself, Miss Kathryn Edwards! @kateedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by O.R.G SKINCARE - https://www.orgskincare.com (Use Code VELVET for 15% Off Entire Purchase) Brought to you by ROTHY’S - https://www.rothys.com/velvet (Now For Men & Women) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
BTS "Butter" Writer Rob Grimaldi (on "Butter", BTS & Current Music)
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"Side step, right-left, to my beat. High like the moon, rock with me, baby. Know that I got that heat. Let me show you 'cause talk is cheap. Side step, right-left, to my beat. Get it, let it roll” The man behind the genius of it all, Rob Grimaldi, steps Behind The Rope. Yup, Rob Grimaldi, the man responsible for the world wide mega smash hit “Butter” by the biggest boy band to ever exist in the world, BTS, is here to chat about it all. Rob chats about the origins of “Butter”, working with BTS, the juggernaut “BTS Army” that stops at no cost, in the best way possible, to support every move their boys make, why KPOP has become one of the biggest musical genres of our generation and much much more. Of course, Rob also chats about what it is like to have “Butter” and BTS nominated for four VMA’s and has broken every download and streaming record ever thought possible. Then there is also all that Grammy talk…. Rob also chats about possible dream collabs, the current state of music, the biggest misconceptions of the music industry and just what is next for this hitmaker that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. @robgrimaldi27 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Gail Simmons (on Top Chef Amateurs, Food, Early Days of Bravo, Housewives, & Paris Hilton)
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Gail Simmons steps Behind The Rope. Having been a staple on Bravo since the start of Top Chef and just having completed the current season of Top Chef Amateurs (Tonight is the finale!), Gail is here to chat about it all. We chat the early days of Bravo and Top Chef - various contestants and winners throughout the years, fav food - restaurant - chef, most overrated food, current food trend, Tom Colicchio & Padma, dream guest judge, and so much more. Gail chats about which Real Housewives Franchise she would love to join, what her Housewives tag line would be, and fav Housewife party / hangout IRL of all time. Of course we also talk about the slew of celebs who decided to enter the cooking show game including Selena Gomez and the brilliant joy that is Paris Hilton’s “Cooking With Paris”. Finally, we discuss why Top Chef is one of Bravo’s reigning champion shows that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon! @gailsimmonseats @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Introducing: Suspect
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A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It’s a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.  Listen to SUSPECT: http://wondery.fm/Suspect_VelvetRope  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
90210's Carol Potter (on playing Cindy Walsh, Shannen, Tori, Luke & More!) - II
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Carol Potter steps Behind The Rope. Cindy Walsh from the beloved and iconic Beverly Hills, 90210. We start at the beginning chatting about how Carol was cast, the buzz around town about Aaron Spelling's new teen drama, and just what life was like in the early days when all of its cast were virtual unknowns. Life was anything but stellar. We chat about the show premiered to blah ratings and how that one unprecedented decision to air new “Beverly Beach” episodes over the summer changed everything. Carol discusses what it was like when the relatively unknown cast skyrocketed to fame of epic proportions and answers all out nuanced questions about Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering. We talk about all the buzzed about topics from back in the day - Tori auditioning under a fake name, Shannen Doherty’s bad behavior, Shannen and Jennie’s physical altercation and Shannen’s cutting of her hair, despite warnings, which ultimately led to her firing. Carol recounts stories from the tension on set caused by Shannen and what is was like once she was replaced by Tiffani Thiessen who was then dating Brian Austin Green. We also discuss Oscar winner Hillary Swank’s role, how and why she was fired, and all our other favs Vanessa Marcil, Christine Elise, Kathleen Robertson, and Lindsay Price, to name a few. We pay homage to the reboot (AnnaLynne McCord shout out) before discussing what it is like to receive a call regarding the BH90210 Tori/Jennie produced “heightened version”of themselves show, to see the gang again and why she thinks it was so short lived and didn’t resonate with audiences. That heightened version of herself included played a “therapist” since, well, she is a licensed therapist in real life. On that note, Carol chats about her new book “When Your Child has a Chronic Medical Illness”, the untimely passing of Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty’s unfortunate battle with cancer, and what is next for the actress who was part of one of the most groundbreaking, revolutionary, classic, iconic, life changing shows in history. @carolpotter90210 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
90210's Carol Potter (on playing Cindy Walsh, Shannen, Tori, Luke & More!) - I
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Carol Potter steps Behind The Rope. Cindy Walsh from the beloved and iconic Beverly Hills, 90210. We start at the beginning chatting about how Carol was cast, the buzz around town about Aaron Spelling's new teen drama, and just what life was like in the early days when all of its cast were virtual unknowns. Life was anything but stellar. We chat about how the show premiered to blah ratings and how that one unprecedented decision to air new “Beverly Beach” episodes over the summer changed everything. Carol discusses what it was like when the relatively unknown cast was skyrocketed to fame of epic proportions and answers all our nuanced questions about Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering. We talk about all the buzzed about topics from back in the day - Tori auditioning under a fake name, Shannen Doherty’s bad behavior, Shannen and Jennie’s physical altercation and Shannen’s cutting of her hair, despite warnings, which ultimately led to her firing. Carol recounts stories from the tension on set caused by Shannen and what is was like once she was replaced by Tiffani Thiessen who was then dating Brian Austin Green. We also discuss Oscar winner Hillary Swank’s role, how and why she was fired, and all our other favs Vanessa Marcil, Christine Elise, Kathleen Robertson, and Lindsay Price, to name a few. We pay homage to the reboot (AnnaLynne McCord shout out) before discussing what it is like to receive a call regarding the BH90210 Tori/Jennie produced “heightened version”of themselves show, to see the gang again and why she thinks it was so short lived and didn’t resonate with audiences. That heightened version of herself included played a “therapist” since, well, she is a licensed therapist in real life. On that note, Carol chats about her new book “When Your Child has a Chronic Medical Illness”, the untimely passing of Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty’s unfortunate battle with cancer, and what is next for the actress who was part of one of the most groundbreaking, revolutionary, classic, iconic, life changing shows in history. @carolpotter90210 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Cary Deuber (on How, When, Where, & Why RHOD Ended & What's Next)
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Cary Deuber steps Behind The Rope. After five seasons, Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of Dallas is not returning. Cary is here to help us analyze exactly why the show is not coming back, where it all went wrong, which cast members contributed most to the show's demise and whether this is the final nail in the RHOD coffin or we can expect to see our fav Lone Star State Ladies in the future resurrected in some other format. Cary also reflects back on her very own RHOD career having been an OG cast member for three glorious seasons and “friend of” for an epic fourth - the highs, lows, regrets, fights, reunions and of course, friendships - some, not all, of which are intact today. Of course, we also address LeeAnne Locken’s infamous “Let Them Try Without Me” quote, and well, they tried. Being one of the most cosmopolitan Housewives to ever grace our TVs, we talk with Cary about her true love of fashion, her non-stop travel with husband Mark, their Deuber Table - yes they are culinary geniuses and last, but certainly not least, Lemmon Avenue Plastic Surgery because, well, we never met an injectable we did not like. Cary Deuber like you have never heard her before. Goodbye RHOD. You will be missed! @carydeuber @lemmonavenueplasticsurgery @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
JAY MANUEL (An Interview on Tyra, Americas Next Top Model, His Book & His Iconic Hair) - II
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Jay Manuel steps Behind The Rope. The Man, The Myth, The Legend. Checking in from his home in Connecticut, Jay is here to tell it all. Growing up, Jay was drawn to fashion at a young age. That led him to land in NYC, and the rest is history. Not so fast. Jay didn't take no for an answer during his early career in fashion, pounding the streets, portfolio in hand, which eventually landed him his first cosmetics campaign for Revlon. One day, Tyra’s makeup artist missed their flight to NYC and Jay got a call to do Tyra’s makeup last minute for the GQ Man of The Year Awards. He ran to her hotel room, she loved the way she looked, and voila, the two started working together consistently after that. Jay is no stranger to working with high profile clients and we discuss a few such as, oh we don’t know, Jennifer Lopez. Jay details, and we slow him down to miss nothing, how the idea for America’s Next Top Model came about and what his initial reaction was when Tyra ran the idea by him at 3am. We discuss casting and filming. Jay explains the evolution from Episode One when they were just figuring all out to his becoming the official Creative Director on the show, a transition which happened before our very eyes. Jay discusses what it was like to work with some of ANTM’s judges such as Janice Dickinson, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander. Ahh, Janice! Tune in now to our Part I sit down with Mr. Jay Manuel. He opens up about why he decided to leave the hit show in Cycle 8. He explains what his conversation with Tyra was like when he told her he wanted to leave the hit show and his fear that he may “never work in this town again”. Jay explains how he was convinced to stay after giving notice and the icy environment on set once he decided to stay for another cycle. Yes, Tyra Banks was not at all thrilled nor pleased. We discus the overall toxic environment on ANTM and what it was like to work in that environment for many many years. Jay chat about why he was really ready and really did leave in Cycle 18 of the show. Next, we discuss the book!!! The Wig, The Bitch & The Meltdown. We have so many questions, where to begin. Jay explains why he decided to write this book now and why he chose fiction as opposed to a memoir. We prod Jay to discuss what is fiction in this novel versus what is really, well, real on the set of Model Muse. We discuss some of the bigger issues in the book such as the attraction to fame, the cost of fame, and the abuse of power. Of course, we ask Jay if he has heard from Tyra since writing the book and, if so, what that conversation was like. We also discuss whether he has heard from Janice Dickinson, Miss J and Nigel Barker since the book hit the shelves. We discuss the creative process to writing a book and what Jay discovered about himself throughout the process. Finally, we discuss some of Jay’s many other accomplishments such as the E! Red Carpet, which Awards Shows are his favorite, who he would love to sit down and have lunch with and last, but certainly not least, his iconic silver hair.  @mrjaymanuel @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
THERESA CAPUTO (on "Long Island Medium", Her Gift, Celeb Clients / Spirits, & More!)
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Theresa Caputo steps Behind The Rope. Still residing in Hicksville, Long Island, where she was born and raised, Theresa is here to chat about how she went from humble beginnings to Long Island Medium to one of the most sought after names able connect with Spirits out there. First we chat with Theresa about her childhood, when she first realized she could correspond with Spirits from the other side, the range of emotions associated with that realization, and how she learned to use this gift to help millions of people worldwide heal through contact with their dearly departed. Of course, we needed details such as how, when, where, why, in what form, how often and many other questions answered surrounding Theresa’s process in dealing with Spirits. In other words, does she “see” dead people? We discuss the origins of her hit reality TV show, “Long Island Medium”, which is still going strong in its unprecedented fifteenth season. Theresa chats about Famous Celeb Spirits that have come though over the years, some of the most outrageous situations she has encountered and what still shocks her all these years later about “the other side”. Speaking of celebs, we chat with Theresa about some of her famous clients such as Countess Luann de Lesseps, Garcelle Beauvais, Dorit Kemsley, and last, but certainly not least, the off camera visit with the Royal Family of Reality TV, The Kardashians’ Kim and Khloe. Finally, we chat about Teresa’s stellar “Hey Spirit” Podcast and her current tour, “Theresa Caputo Live - The Platinum Tour” which extends through the beginning of 2022. Yup, tickets available now and a chance to bypass her epic wait list and get a reading in person!! Obviously, we could not help but ask The Long Island Medium, while we had her, if anyone was coming through for us. Tune in now to find out! @theresacaputo @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef www.theresacaputo.com BONIUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
LISA BLOOM - on Iconic Career (Janice Dickinson, Mischa Barton, Jeffrey Epstein etc.) & Britney, Erika Jayne, Etc.
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Lisa Bloom steps Behind The Rope. Famed attorney, one off the country’s most outspoken and effective fighters for justice, legal analyst as seen on many of our fav TV and News shows, daughter of Gloria Allred, the powerhouse behind many of the most well known cases that you have read and heard about over the last decade. Lisa is here today to chat about those cases and shed light onto the woman behind the myth and legend. Those cases involve a whose who of Hollywood elite. Lisa has secured victories for Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, Mischa Barton in her revenge porn case, and several victims of both Jeffrey Epstein and Bill O’Reilly. Lisa also famously worked for Harvey Weinstein in the early days of his now infamous legal troubles. Lisa opens up about this working relationship in detail, which she calls “The Colossal Mistake”. Lisa also had a very public breakup with Kathy Griffin after Kathy retained her services to mitigate the damage caused by her, now viral, bloody Trump head photo seen around the world. Who knew one press conference could go so wrong? While we have one of the best legal minds in the country at our disposal, we got Lisa’s hot takes on many of the current legal battles keeping us up at night - Britney Spears and her conservatorship, Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi Divorce, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Domestic Abuse Allegations, Kesha and Dr. Luke Rape Claims, Marilyn Manson Accusers, Megan Markle & The Tabloids, Kevin Spacey’s downfall, and last, but not least, Tristan Thompson’s current legal woes the opposing side of which is being represented by none other than her mother, Gloria Allred. Thank you Lisa, for your time, honestly, and brilliant legal mind. We are not worthy! @lisabloomesq @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
JAY MANUEL (on Tyra, America's Next Top Model, Life After & Iconic Hair) - I
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Jay Manuel steps Behind The Rope. The Man, The Myth, The Legend. Checking in from his home in Connecticut, Jay is here to tell it all. Growing up, Jay was drawn to fashion at a young age. That led him to land in NYC, and the rest is history. Not so fast. Jay didn't take no for an answer during his early career in fashion, pounding the streets, portfolio in hand, which eventually landed him his first cosmetics campaign for Revlon. One day, Tyra’s makeup artist missed their flight to NYC and Jay got a call to do Tyra’s makeup last minute for the GQ Man of The Year Awards. He ran to her hotel room, she loved the way she looked, and voila, the two started working together consistently after that. Jay is no stranger to working with high profile clients and we discuss a few such as, oh we don’t know, Jennifer Lopez. Jay details, and we slow him down to miss nothing, how the idea for America’s Next Top Model came about and what his initial reaction was when Tyra ran the idea by him at 3am. We discuss casting and filming. Jay explains the evolution from Episode One when they were just figuring all out to his becoming the official Creative Director on the show, a transition which happened before our very eyes. Jay discusses what it was like to work with some of ANTM’s judges such as Janice Dickinson, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander. Ahh, Janice! Tune in now to our Part I sit down with Mr. Jay Manuel. He opens up about why he decided to leave the hit show in Cycle 8. He explains what his conversation with Tyra was like when he told her he wanted to leave the hit show and his fear that he may “never work in this town again”. Jay explains how he was convinced to stay after giving notice and the icy environment on set once he decided to stay for another cycle. Yes, Tyra Banks was not at all thrilled nor pleased. We discus the overall toxic environment on ANTM and what it was like to work in that environment for many many years. Jay chat about why he was really ready and really did leave in Cycle 18 of the show. Next, we discuss the book!!! The Wig, The Bitch & The Meltdown. We have so many questions, where to begin. Jay explains why he decided to write this book now and why he chose fiction as opposed to a memoir. We prod Jay to discuss what is fiction in this novel versus what is really, well, real on the set of Model Muse. We discuss some of the bigger issues in the book such as the attraction to fame, the cost of fame, and the abuse of power. Of course, we ask Jay if he has heard from Tyra since writing the book and, if so, what that conversation was like. We also discuss whether he has heard from Janice Dickinson, Miss J and Nigel Barker since the book hit the shelves. We discuss the creative process to writing a book and what Jay discovered about himself throughout the process. Finally, we discuss some of Jay’s many other accomplishments such as the E! Red Carpet, which Awards Shows are his favorite, who he would love to sit down and have lunch with and last, but certainly not least, his iconic silver hair.  @mrjaymanuel @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
SUTTON STRACKE (on Leather Pants, Violations, Double Standards & "Owning It"!)
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Sutton Stracke - she’s back!!!! Sutton stops by to break down all that has been happening this epic season of RHOBH! First things first, we chat about how this season has been different for Sutton, her highs and lows, biggest challenges, what and who shocked her the most, who she grew closer to and father apart from, and the many instances which have caused her to shed a tear, or two, or three! Sutton opens up about bumping heads with Crystal - an initial run in with racial overtones, the meaning of the word violation, ugly leather pleated pants and a prank gone so wrong she may never drink a martini again (oh no!). We pay homage to the Icon that is Kathy Hilton and the many reasons why we are all so lucky she has joined this cast. Sutton chats about what filming was like in real time as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Cast made headlines heard around the world. We chat with Sutton about Rinna’s odd behavior of holding no one accountable this season, her recent statement on WWHL that she has learned from her past “mistakes” (Rinna’s word, not ours) towards Denise Richards (and LVP, we wonder?) and whether a leopard can really change its spots or is Lisa Rinna never going to not be able to ultimately urge her cast mates to “own it”. Yea, we went there. Finally, we chat with Sutton about her “rose” and “thorn” of the season and what is the one big thing she regrets. Once thing is for sure, Sutton sure has earned that diamond this season! @suttonstracke @behindvelvetrope @davidytontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Real Housewives Interviews (Behind The Scenes - Best / Worst / Strangest & More!)
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The episode you all have been asking for for months. Finally, the first in our series, of Behind The Scenes outtakes from The Rope’s many, many, many - almost 500!! - interviews comparing notes with the ladies from the “Access Hollywood Housewives Nightcap” Digital Series. We break down our fav, least fav, strangest Housewives’ Interviews and compare notes from behind the scenes off camera of who was nice and who was not so nice. We talk about some of the strangest calls, texts, emails from past Housewives and other celebs. While we are at it, we spilled on Real Life celeb runs ins, and some of Access Hollywood’s best and strangest red carpet interviews. Of course, after comparing war stories for well over an hour, the conversation turns to our ever changing “wish list” of who we want to interview most and why. For those wondering, yes, an epic chat with Miss Ramona Singer is part of this discussion as well! The episode you have all been asking for has finally arrived!  @emilyorozcotv @laurenherbert @accesshollywood @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef *** FULL EPISODE CAN BE HEARD AT: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54439448/edit See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2021
America's Next Top Model Eugena Washington (on Tyra, Producers, Judges & BTS Filming!) - Part II
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America’s Next Top Model Second Runner Up, Eugena Washington, steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in Los Angeles, California, Eugenia is here to tell it all and she DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK! One day, Eugena saw an “Apply Here” casting call on the CW Website for Cycle Seven of America’s Next Top Model. Always being called a Model in High School, she figured “why not” and sent her application in. That one click of a button led to an open casting call of over 2,000 Model Hopefuls. Over the course of two long days, those 2,000 were narrowed down to 50 and so on and so forth until Tyra Banks and The Executive Producers had their Cycle Seven cast chosen. Months later, she got the fateful call telling her to pack her bags and off to the infamous ANTM Model Apartment she went. As prepared as she thought she was, nothing could prepare Eugena for the reality of filming one of America’s notoriously most pressure filled reality shows. Pressure filled from the other models as well as pressure filled from Producers who Eugena is clear to point out, “were not our friends”. The 16 hour days with no sleep and cameras in your face the second you woke up certainly did not help at all. Eugena explains how she and the other Models were manipulated by Producers to bring the drama, how everything they said could and would be used against them, and how stressful the weekly eliminations were. Eugena also discusses famed Creative DIrector Jay Manuel as well as judges Janice Dickinson, Miss J, Nigel Barker and Twiggy. Finally, we discuss the woman, the myth, the diva, the legend, The One, The Only, Miss Tyra Banks! (Our Initial Chat with Eugena can be heard on out feed on July 13th, 2021) @eugenawashington @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Alexis Neiers Haines (on The Bling Ring, Drug Addiction, Kim Kardashian & Recovery) - II
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Alexis Neiers Haines steps Behind The Rope. If that name sounds familiar to you, it is probably because Alexis was one of the several teenagers who made up the “Bling Ring”, the infamous group of, rumored to be “fame obsessed”, teenagers who broke into several celebrities homes for clothes, shoes and other personal items. The celebrities whose homes were targeted included the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom. Alexis opens up about that time in her life - not only the how, what, where and, most importantly, why of the “Bling Ring” but what was it like to be caught and serve time behind bars. Alexis has struggled with addiction most of her typing adult life. She is very open and honest in this chat about that addiction, particularly to heroin, her dark times, her road to recovery and what it is like to “come out the other side”. While all this was going on, Alexis and her sisters were filming the classic E reality show “Pretty Wild”, no pun intended. We chat with her about that Iconic one season wonder and what is was like to be arrested while the “cameras were rolling”. David and Alexis chat about the “reality”, or lack thereof, in Reality TV, her “Life Reset Course” to help pay forward all she has learned in recovery, and whether celebrities like Kim Kardashian are “doing enough” with their platform to help those in need. They also chat about Sophia Coppola’s 2013 film “The Bling Ring” in which Emma Watson played her and Paris Hilton, a good sport, played herself. Alexis fills us in on her road to recovery, sobriety, and stellar Podcast aptly titled, “Recovering From Reality”. Thank you Alexis for being so forthcoming, open and honest in sharing your story with us. @itsalexishaines @recoveryfromreality @liferesetcourse @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
Alexis Neiers Haines (on The Bling Ring, Drug Addiction, Kim Kardashian & Recovery) - I
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Alexis Neiers Haines steps Behind The Rope. If that name sounds familiar to you, it is probably because Alexis was one of the several teenagers who made up the “Bling Ring”, the infamous group of, rumored to be “fame obsessed”, teenagers who broke into several celebrities homes for clothes, shoes and other personal items. The celebrities whose homes were targeted included the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom. Alexis opens up about that time in her life - not only the how, what, where and, most importantly, why of the “Bling Ring” but what was it like to be caught and serve time behind bars. Alexis has struggled with addiction most of her typing adult life. She is very open and honest in this chat about that addiction, particularly to heroin, her dark times, her road to recovery and what it is like to “come out the other side”. While all this was going on, Alexis and her sisters were filming the classic E reality show “Pretty Wild”, no pun intended. We chat with her about that Iconic one season wonder and what is was like to be arrested while the “cameras were rolling”. David and Alexis chat about the “reality”, or lack thereof, in Reality TV, her “Life Reset Course” to help pay forward all she has learned in recovery, and whether celebrities like Kim Kardashian are “doing enough” with their platform to help those in need. They also chat about Sophia Coppola’s 2013 film “The Bling Ring” in which Emma Watson played her and Paris Hilton, a good sport, played herself. Alexis fills us in on her road to recovery, sobriety, and stellar Podcast aptly titled, “Recovering From Reality”. Thank you Alexis for being so forthcoming, open and honest in sharing your story with us. @itsalexishaines @recoveryfromreality @liferesetcourse @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
DORINDA MEDLEY (on "Make It Nice", RHONY, Dorobics, & Life After Housewives) - II
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Dorinda Medley steps Behind The Rope. You have read that correctly. Miss Medley is here to “Make It Nice”. Not only is “Make It Nice” one of Dorinda's epic sayings that originated during her six year run on The Real Housewives of New York City, but it is the title of her brand new book out today. Checking in from her iconic home known as Blue Stone Manor, Dorinda is here to share what the process of writing this book was like, what, if anything, was too personal to include, and how she is forever changed as a person now that her baby is complete about to be birthed into the world. Dorinda opens up about some of the themes shared in the book - becoming a widow at a young age, battling anorexia and body dysmorphia, and picking oneself up to keep always moving forward. If you think you know Dorinda Medley, let us not forget she started on RHONY at nearly age 50 and has lived quite the life prior. In other current Dorinda news, we chat Dorobics, her new Bourbon line, and, of course, the status of her love life - is there a special man vying to become Mr. Medley? Finally, we check in with Dorinda about her future, the possibility of returning to TV and, last, but certainly not least, what she thinks of this current season of RHONY and all its Apple Holders. Dorinda Medley like you have never heard her before in this special two day event to celebrate the release of “Make It Nice”. ** For more information on where you can buy Dorinda’s stellar “Make It Nice” and possibly see her for live signings, go to https://www.dorindamedley.com or check your local book sellers everywhere! @dorindamedley @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
DORINDA MEDLEY (on "Make It Nice", RHONY, Dorobics, & Life After Housewives) - I
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Dorinda Medley steps Behind The Rope. You have read that correctly. Miss Medley is here to “Make It Nice”. Not only is “Make It Nice” one of Dorinda's epic sayings that originated during her six year run on The Real Housewives of New York City, but it is the title of her brand new book out tomorrow. Checking in from her iconic home known as Blue Stone Manor, Dorinda is here to share what the process of writing this book was like, what, if anything, was too personal to include, and how she is forever changed as a person now that her baby is complete about to be birthed into the world. Dorinda opens up about some of the themes shared in the book - becoming a widow at a young age, battling anorexia and body dysmorphia, and picking oneself up to keep always moving forward. If you think you know Dorinda Medley, let us not forget she started on RHONY at nearly age 50 and has lived quite the life prior. In other current Dorinda news, we chat Dorobics, her new Bourbon line, and, of course, the status of her love life - is there a special man vying to become Mr. Medley? Finally, we check in with Dorinda about her future, the possibility of returning to TV in a different format, what is the real likelihood she would ever go back to RHONY, and, last, but certainly not least, what she thinks of this current season of RHONY and all its Apple Holders. Dorinda Medley like you have never heard her before in this special two day event to celebrate the release of “Make It Nice”. ** For more information on where you can buy Dorinda’s stellar “Make It Nice” and possibly see her for live signings, go to https://www.dorindamedley.com or check your local book sellers everywhere! @dorindamedley @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by THIRDLOVE - http://www.thirdlove.com/velvet (20% Off First Purchase) Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
RHOP (How They Are Winning The Game This Season!)
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DJ Richie Skye steps Behind The Rope. There is no one more connected in the DMV than Mr. Skye and we could not think of anyone better to help break down all that is going on this season on The Real Housewives of Potomac than Richie Skye. First things first, we chat about how we think our fav ladies are doing this season. We discuss the current lives of Gizelle, Karen, Ashley, Candiace, Robyn, Wendy and newbie Mia. We chat about Wendy’s glow up, the disappearance of the professor, "Zen Wen” and Mia coming in hot. We break down exactly what a "Hot Box” is, a “Sing Sing” is and how The Grand Dame seems to be pulling a Lu de Lesseps and finding the humor in it, and herself, all these seasons later. Has anyone seen The Grand Dame’s appearance on WWHL this season? The award for Most Comedic goes to… Richie also weighs in on whether Robyn has her own identity outside of Gizelle - something Gizelle read us here at The Rope for asking a few weeks back during out little chat. Speaking of Gizelle, we discuss whether she is truly the cause of all the drama as one half of The Green-Eyed Bandits or is she just a girl’s girl trying to help her fellow friends and frenemies. We chat about how RHOP feels much lighter this season and whether we miss Miss Monique Samuels. As far as ratings go, RHOP is on the rise. We chat about why it has taken so long for RHOP to find an audience and how, out of all the Housewives this year, it may be the true leader that has come out on top. Looking ahead, we chat about whether this is the right cast and discuss any changes we should make next year. Too soon? Tune in as Richie (host of “Reality Talk” on Youtube & “Unfiltered” on Podcast One) helps us make sense of it all. #RHOP @djrichieskye @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef LISTEN TO FULL EPISODE AT:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/54577146 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2021
Princesses: Long Island's Amanda Bertoncini (on Princesses, The Public's Outcry, Cancellation, & Life After) - II
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Princesses: Long Island's Amanda Bertoncini steps Behind The Rope. Amanda Bertoncini is here to tell it all. Princesses: Long Island. Where to begin? Amanda explains how the concept for the show came about, how it was “cast” and how it ultimately found its way, after a brief journey, to Bravo as it's home. Amanda explains what growing up on Long Island’s North Shore was really like and why the timing for a show like Princesses: Long Island seemed right. Amanda discusses the concept of the show, a series of young women out of college for a short period of time who end up living back with their parents in well to do enclaves of Long Island, New York. We discuss the difference between how the show was marketed, portrayed and perceived as a series of rich young entitled Long Islanders versus the reality of the struggles, both financially and emotionally, most of the cast were facing on and off camera in real life. Amanda also opens up about how hard it is to film a reality show with a bunch of other woman with similar personalities and how it is almost impossible for many of those friendships to survive the strains of Reality TV. Yes, Amanda had drama with many of her cast mates before, during and after the filming of Princesses. No discussion of Princesses: Long Island would be complete without the origins of the shows' name and how Amanda and the rest of the cast felt when they were told this would be the name of the series. We discuss how and why, despite Bravo being the perfect home for this show, it was cancelled after just one short season due in large part to the public outcry of the negative stereotypes the show portrayed of Jewish Women. Amanda and David discuss why they think it will always live on as one of the classic Bravo favorites of all time. Finally, back in a simpler BravoVerse, Bravolebrities had more direct access to “Boss Man” Andy Cohen, and we needed ALL of Amanda’s first hand experiences with the man, the myth, the legend. Of course, there is also that time her appearance on Watch What Happens Live was cancelled! Yup, true story. Tune in now.  @therealamandab_ @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Marilu Henner (on Iconic Career, Andy Cohen, Celeb Apprentice, Rinna, DWTS, & Her Photographic Memory)
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Marilu Henner steps Behind The Rope. Actress (who has appeared in over 50 movies and TV shows), Broadway Thespian (who has appeared in over 7 Broadway Shows), NY Times Best Selling Author (of over 10 books), Producer, Reality TV Star (who has appeared in some of our favs), Former Talk Show Host, what hasn’t Marilu done? Marilu chats about how life changed forever due to her breakout role as Elaine O’Connor Nardo in the iconic “Taxi”. Marilu has worked with everyone - we talked fav movie, fav co-star, fav movie, best on and off screen kiss (Marilu did date both John Travolta and Tony Danza, after all!). Marliu talks about her talk show - the good and bad, the current landscape of talk shows - WWHL (yes, we chat about Daddy Cohen and Housewives!), The Drew Barrymore Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show and would she ever return to the format. Of course, we deep dive into her reality TV Career - a two season appearance on Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing With The Stars chatting about those experiences and some of her co-stars Lisa Rinna, Omarosa, Claudia Jordan, La Toya Jackson. One thing is for sure, Marilu will remember this appearance on the “Behind The Velvet Rope” Podcast for the REST of her life. That is right, she has a fascinating total recall memory where she can remember the details of what happened on specific dates and years!!! Can you even imagine? Finally, Marilu has a new Off Broadway Play currently in Bucks County, “The Marilu Henner Show” which has been selling out to rave reviews night after night. Might Marilu be headed back to Broadway in the near future? #staytuned @therealmarilu @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
Princesses: Long Island's Amanda Bertoncini (on Princesses, The Public's Outcry, Cancellation, & Life After) - I
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Princesses: Long Island's Amanda Bertoncini steps Behind The Rope. Amanda Bertoncini is here to tell it all. Princesses: Long Island. Where to begin? Amanda explains how the concept for the show came about, how it was “cast” and how it ultimately found its way, after a brief journey, to Bravo as it's home. Amanda explains what growing up on Long Island’s North Shore was really like and why the timing for a show like Princesses: Long Island seemed right. Amanda discusses the concept of the show, a series of young women out of college for a short period of time who end up living back with their parents in well to do enclaves of Long Island, New York. We discuss the difference between how the show was marketed, portrayed and perceived as a series of rich young entitled Long Islanders versus the reality of the struggles, both financially and emotionally, most of the cast were facing on and off camera in real life. Amanda also opens up about how hard it is to film a reality show with a bunch of other woman with similar personalities and how it is almost impossible for many of those friendships to survive the strains of Reality TV. Yes, Amanda had drama with many of her cast mates before, during and after the filming of Princesses. No discussion of Princesses: Long Island would be complete without the origins of the shows' name and how Amanda and the rest of the cast felt when they were told this would be the name of the series. We discuss how and why, despite Bravo being the perfect home for this show, it was cancelled after just one short season due in large part to the public outcry of the negative stereotypes the show portrayed of Jewish Women. Amanda and David discuss why they think it will always live on as one of the classic Bravo favorites of all time. Finally, back in a simpler BravoVerse, Bravolebrities had more direct access to “Boss Man” Andy Cohen, and we needed ALL of Amanda’s first hand experiences with the man, the myth, the legend. Of course, there is also that time her appearance on Watch What Happens Live was cancelled! Yup, true story. Tune in now.  @therealamandab_ @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
BARBARA KAVOVIT & ELYSE SLAINE (A RHONY "Friend Of" Extravaganza)! - Part II
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Barbara Kavovit steps Behind The Rope. Ok, you can call her Barbara K., as she is best known from her time on The Real Housewives of New York City. Joining us to help Barb break it all down from her time on RHONY is the first ever Behind The Velvet Rope Co-Host, Ms. Elyse Slaine. Elyse has appeared on Behind The Velvet Rope so many times at this point, we figured it was only appropriate to bestow upon her the much sought after coveted Co-Host title. It’s a RHONY “Friend Of” Extravaganza!! Taking her Co-Host duties very seriously, Elyse helps us chat with Barb about her upbringing as “Barbie from the Bronx” where her love of construction began, what it was like “back in the day” as a woman to enter a male dominated field, being hired to demolish Harvey Weinstein’s old office, her run for Mayor of NYC, and future political aspirations. We then turn the tables and chat with both Elyse and Barbara about the origins of their friendship, their respective experiences on RHONY, the ups and downs with various cast members such as Dorinda, Ramona, Luann, Bethenny and Sonja, and the status of each of those relationships today. We also chat with Elyse about her friendship with current “Friend Of” Bershan Shaw, contemplate Bershan’s likelihood of returning as this current season of RHONY chugs along and discuss the epic night in The Hamptons Barb recently had with Eboni K. Williams. Speaking of the Hamptons, this episode is coming to you on location from Ms. Slaine’s Southhampton Estate!  @msbarbarak @elyseslaine @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
BARBARA KAVOVIT & ELYSE SLAINE (A RHONY "Friend Of" Extravaganza)! - Part I
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Barbara Kavovit steps Behind The Rope. Ok, you can call her Barbara K., as she is best known from her time on The Real Housewives of New York City. Joining us to help Barb break it all down from her time on RHONY is the first ever Behind The Velvet Rope Co-Host, Ms. Elyse Slaine. Elyse has appeared on Behind The Velvet Rope so many times at this point, we figured it was only appropriate to bestow upon her the much sought after coveted Co-Host title. It’s a RHONY “Friend Of” Extravaganza!! Taking her Co-Host duties very seriously, Elyse helps us chat with Barb about her upbringing as “Barbie from the Bronx” where her love of construction began, what it was like “back in the day” as a woman to enter a male dominated field, being hired to demolish Harvey Weinstein’s old office, her run for Mayor of NYC, and future political aspirations. We then turn the tables and chat with both Elyse and Barbara about the origins of their friendship, their respective experiences on RHONY, the ups and downs with various cast members such as Dorinda, Ramona, Luann, Bethenny and Sonja, and the status of each of those relationships today. We also chat with Elyse about her friendship with current “Friend Of” Bershan Shaw, contemplate Bershan’s likelihood of returning as this current season of RHONY chugs along and discuss the epic night in The Hamptons Barb recently had with Eboni K. Williams. Speaking of the Hamptons, this episode is coming to you on location from Ms. Slaine’s Southhampton Estate!  @msbarbarak @elyseslaine @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
RHOBH (Erika Jayne's "Performance", Dorit / PK Headlines, Leather Pants & Icon Kathy Hilton!)
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Erika Jayne’s Performance. The time has come to break it all down. Joined by the only two people we know who chat with, meet, know and interview as many Housewives as us here Behind The Rope - the girls from the official Access Hollywood Digital Series "Housewives Nightcap”, Emily Orozco & Lauren Herbert. We discuss this season of RHOBH focusing on Erika’s story - do we believe all that we see, is she backtracking and purposely dropping false clues to cover her tracks and make her story believable, or is she truly a woman scorned trying to rebuild her life facing the newfound challenges of being on her own with Tiago. We chat about Tom's "car crash", Erika's new "small' digs coming in at just over 2000 sq. ft, and her recent on line behavior on Twitter and Instagram. In other RHOBH news, we chat about the recent headlines that Dorit and PK allegedly owe money in unpaid taxes, the use of the word “violation”, were Crystal’s leather, or pleather, pants really ugly, and the gift that is Icon Kathy Hilton.  @emilyorozcotv @laurenherbert @accesshollywood @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef *** FULL EPISODE CAN BE HEARD AT: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54433834/edit See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2021
Baylee Littrell (on The Backstreet Boys, New Music, Touring, Dad Brian, & John Mayer!)
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Baylee Littrell steps Behind The Rope. If that last name sounds familiar to you, that is because his Dad is one of the members of the Iconic Backstreet Boys. There is much more to Baylee though than his famous last name. Baylee knew from a young age music was in his blood. He started writing songs in his pre-teen years and made his Broadway debut at the young age of thirteen in “Disaster”. Baylee’s biggest musical influences are Tim McGraw, John Mayer and Florida Georgia Line. Baylee’s debut album, 770-Country, was released to rave reviews, the latest single “Some Guys” which just dropped. Baylee performed the majority of this album as an opening act for The Backstreet Boys on the North American leg of their sold out DNA World Tour. We chat life about what life on the road with one of the most Iconic Boy Bands in history is like and celeb run ins with the likes of Donnie Wahlberg, DJ Pauly D. and Keith Urban. We kiki with Baylee about the process of writing an album at such a young age, what his inspirations were for 770-Country, playing to sold out arenas night after night, life on the road, exactly what advice his Backstreet Boy Dad provided about the business, whether he would ever make a pop record a la The Backstreet Boys, and just what is next for this young musician already on his way to a career to rival his Dad’s.  @bayleelittrell_music @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
JANICE DICKINSON (& Friends) - a "Nothing Is Off Limits" Interview!
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Janice Dickinson steps back 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: 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. Thanks boys for all, especially for delivering Icon in the Flesh Miss Janice Dickinson Behind The Rope. (Our initial chat with Janice Dickinson aired March 4, 2021. Feel free to check it out). @janicedickinson @ritagency @jojoboy13 @twoguysfromhollywood @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Love Island's Narrator Matthew Hoffman (on Love Island, Interviewing Oprah / JLo & More!)
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Matthew Hoffman steps Behind The Rope. Wait what, that voice sounds familiar, very familiar to you? You are not alone. Yes, Matthew Hoffman is the always lovable, often snarky, far from boring, never wrong Narrator of the mega-hit Love Island. Matthew chats about how his early days in LA with dreams of becoming the next Rosie O’Donnell led to hosting gigs at Extra TV, The Grammys, Tonys, Spirit Awards and a spot on Fran Drescher’s short lived “Tawk Show”, to name a few. Matthew has interviewed everyone who is anyone and we get all his hot takes on a few of our favs - Oprah - yea, let us just start with the holly grail herself, JLO, Anna Wintour (whose daughter is a childhood friend), Ellen DeGeneres, and Kate Hudson. We chat best, worst, dream interview (is there anywhere to go after Oprah?). Of course, there was that one time Kiki Palmer recognized his voice as the Narrator of Love Island, a trend that is on the rise now that Love Island has become the bona fide blockbuster that it is. Matthew describes how he got the coveted role as Love Island’s Narrator, how one prepares for such a role, host Arielle Vandenberg, how he comes up with his Iconic analyses and one liners of the hotter than hell contestants, his true thoughts on such contestants and what, if anything, shocks him most about the Love Island experience!! @matthewhoffman.tv @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
Tito Jackson (on being a Jackson, Janet, Michael, La Toya, New Music & The Kardashians)
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Tito Jackson steps Behind The Rope. Music Royalty has arrived, people! Tito starts at the beginning discussing what it was like to grow up the third of ten children in a working class family in Gary, Indiana. A working class and musical family. Tito recalls the early days of playing in local talent shows with 4 of his brothers, which were ultimately signed to Motown under the moniker “The Jackson Five”. You may have heard of them. Tito chats about Jacksonmania at its height with mega hits like “ABC”, “I’ll Be There” and “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”. Of course we chat with Tito about his siblings Michael and Janet and what it was like when they took over the world with Global Domination and Superstardom - “Thriller”, ‘Control” “Off The Wall”, “Rhythm Nation”. Tito opens up about the loss of his bother Michael and reacts to the world outcry of sister Janet’s wardrobe malfunction. Tito also reflects back on his own career - the highs and lows, the misperceptions of the music business, the good and the bad. Tito has three sons who are carrying on the family tradition with their very own successful band 3T, whose debut album was a mega success. Speaking of music, Tito has new music in the form of a brilliant blues album “Under Your Spell” and new hit single “Love One Another”. We chat about that, the inspirations for this music, and guest appearance by the one and only Stevie Wonder. Finally, we address the biggest misperceptions of Tito and his famous family that the media has thrust on them over the past many decades and discuss just what is next for this music legend!! Did someone say full Jackson family tour including Janet?  @poppa3t @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
RHONY's Bershan Shaw (on RHONY, Her Castmates, Current Season Criticism, Becoming an Apple Holder!)
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RHONY’s Bershan Shaw steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in Harlem, New York, Bershan is here to chat about her freshman season on The Real Housewives of New York City and address it all! Bershan chats about how she got involved with the show, what filming was like, and how she feels now that she is watching herself back on TV with the rest of the world. Bershan breaks down her co-stars Luann de Lesseps, Leah McSweeney, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Eboni K. Williams - who she knew prior to RHONY, first impressions, most welcoming, most surprised by and much more! On a more serious note, we chat with Bershan about being part of a network and franchise that has made a significant effort regarding diversity and inclusion, the extent to which that factored into her decision to join RHONY, and how she thinks Eboni has been handling many of the situations that have arisen both on and off camera surrounding racial inequalities. We chat with Bershan about the many various headlines RHONY has been making recently, the social media outcry about this season, the fact that “fans” think it is “off”, and what she thinks of it all. Finally, Bershan opens up about being a Stage Four Cancer Survivor, the new App she developed, her day job as a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, and how her mantra of being a bad a$$ warrior gets her through each day. Grab those Apples and get ready for this RHONY extravaganza with the one and only Miss Bershan Shaw. With all the cast change talk a flutter, might we see Bershan holding an Apple next season? @berhshanshaw @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Nikki Haskell (on Studio 54, Kathy Hilton, Josh Flagg, The Perfect Selfie & More!)
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Nikki Haskell steps Behind The Rope. Living Legend, Icon, Socialite, Talk Show Host, Real Estate Savant, Entrepreneur, Stockbroker, Studio 54 Regular. Checking in from her home in Los Angeles, Nikki chats about her bi-coastal life where she splits her time between LA, where she grew up, and NYC, where she worked as one of the only female stockbrokers on Wall Street at the beginning of her career. Nikki may have been trading by day, but was a permanent fixture at night at the legendary Studio 54. Nikki chats about what those days were like, the Studio 54 myths and rumors versus what the club was really like behind the velvet ropes, and all those famous friends she hung out with inside - Cher, Brooke Shields, Diana Ross, Andy Warhol and the list goes on and on and on. Nikki’s nightlife status led to The Nikki Haskell show which was broadcast live from Studio 54 where Nikki interviewed all the A list celebs inside the famed halls of this Iconic establishment. Nikki also chats about her many inventions providing weight loss options to the rich and famous - think Star Cruncher - and her new Star Shooterz invention providing a new and unique way to take Selfies! Sign us up! We chat with Nikki about the effects her show had on the origins of Reality TV, what Reality TV she watches now and some of the friends she has that have appeared on Reality TV - Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton, Josh Flagg, Sonja Morgan, to name a few. Nikki knows EVERYONE and we mean everyone. We chat about that and her star studded series of Birthday Parties for her 80th earlier this year which read like a whose who of Hollywood elite. Finally, we chat with Nikki about her secret to looking and acting eternally young. One thing is for sure, Nikki is not slowing down anytime soon. @bignikbh @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
RALPH PITTMAN (on RHOA Freshman Season, Wife Drew Sidora, Tampa, FL, & Much More!)
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Ralph Pittman Jr. steps Behind The Rope. Mr. Real Housewives of Atlanta is here to chat about it all. Made in New Jersey, we knew we liked Ralph for a reason, Ralph chats about life off camera, some of which we have yet to see on our TV screens each week on Bravo’s highest rated of the Housewives’ Franchises - football (Go Rutgers University), music (“My Mind Music” Project, “The Preacher’s Son” Movie), and Fitness (‘Ripped With Ralph”, “Drop It With Drew and Ralph”), to name a few. Ralph breaks down how and where he met Mrs. Drew Sidora, what their first date was like, their whirlwind courtship, engagement, and ultimate wedding in 2014. Flash forward, and Ralph found himself a Real House Hubby on The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Thirteenth Installment thanks to his wife, Drew Sidora being given her Peach. We chat with Ralph about his Freshman Season on RHOA, what he has learned as a result of it, and what advice he got from fellow Peach House Hubbys Mike Hill and Todd Tucker. Ralph open’s up about some of last season’s highlights - disappearing for three days to Tampa, Florida - will he ever live that down?, the ups and downs of his marriage to Drew, and their unselfish decision to introduce their son Josiah to his biological father who wanted to re-establish a presence in the boy’s life after his incarceration. Of course, we needed Ralph’s opinion on the scandal that rocked the A-T-L these past few weeks, the engagement of RHOA’s Porsha William’s to ex-BFF Falynn Guobadia’s ex-husband Simon. With contracts about to go out for Season 14 of RHOA, we chat with Ralph about what he plans to do different once he and Drew sign on, c'mon as if they aren’t going to be asked, what he is looking forward to about next season, which wife he doesn’t want back, who from the RHOA he would like to see back, and just what is next for Ralph Pittman Jr and rest of the Pittman / Sidora clan. @ralphpittmanjr @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CHOPSAVER - https://www.chopsaver.com (15% Off - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Carolina Bermudez (Breaks Silence on RHONY Rumors & Chats Interviewing Madonna, Britney, Katy, Mariah, Ariana, Gaga)
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Carolina Bermudez steps Behind The Rope. First things first, Carolina addresses all of those many viral rumors that she was contacted by the The Real Housewives of New York City to join the RHONY franchise next Season, Season 14, as an Apple Holder. Of course, in true Rope fashion, you don’t think we let Ms. Bermudez off that easily. We discuss who she knows on the current cast, who she knows from casts past, what type of Real Housewife she would be, who she thinks she would befriend, who she has heard from in the RHONY and BravoVerse since this viral press, any reservations she would have in joining and last, but certainly not least, whether the fact that she would be the first Latina NYC Housewife would factor into her decision to join the once top rated franchise. Moving on, did we mention Carolina has had one epic career in the entertainment sector including stints as a Red Carpet Reporter, Senior Editor at In Touch Weekly, and even a recurring role on "One Life To Live”. The majority of Carolina’s career was spent at Z100 with Elvis Duran and currently at iHeart’s KTU where she hosts the “Carolina with Greg T” Morning Show. Carolina has interviewed EVERYONE. We discuss some of her most Iconic Chats - Madonna (one of her most difficult interviews from Dylan’s Candy Bar), Katy Perry (Carolina is the one responsible for “outing” Katy’s 25M Idol Salary), Britney (one of the last to interview her before her Conservatorship took place), JLO (there are makeup tips and Carolina shares a Bennifer update), Kelly Clarkson (who sung Carolina’s pregnancy announcement to the world), Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Adam Levine, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Sting and many many more. Caroline discusses the nice, the not so nice, and everything in between from behind the mic of each of these epic chats. Finally, we chat about her home life in Long Island - happily married to the love of her life with whom she just celebrated a 10 year wedding anniversary and two young boys who are too camera shy to take a pic with Sting and well behaved on an intercontinental flight from Costa Rica. Happily married with two young children. Now there is something we haven’t seen on The Real Housewives of New York City in quite a while. Can someone get Andy Cohen on the phone please? @therealcarolina @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CHOPSAVER - https://www.chopsaver.com (15% Off - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Audrey Landers (on Dallas, "Afton Cooper", A Chorus Line, & Ryan Murphy)
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Audrey Landers steps Behind The Rope. Yes, that Audrey Landers. Afton Cooper from the iconic, mega hit, fourteen year long run TV show, Dallas. After a brief chat about how Audrey ended up in LA to pursue her career in acting, we chat about how she got her role on Dallas. She chats about her early days on the hit TV show, who she felt most and least welcome by, and the challenges of coming into an already mega hit TV show with a cast that was tight. Speaking of a cast that was tight, mostly, Audrey opens up about all of her cast mates including, but not limited to, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, and Charlene Tilton. She also chats about Victoria Principal who notoriously was considered “an outsider” by the others and dissects the truth behind that rumor. Audrey chats about what she loved most, and least, about playing Afton Cooper and which storylines she thinks went too far. We discuss the rich storytelling of Dallas, how it was truly the leader that changed the game in the nighttime soap genre, how it invented the cliffhanger, and how Eighty Three Million People who watched, and asked all summer, “Who Shot J.R?” will never be recreated again. After four short seasons (yes, it wasn’t enough) playing Afton, Audrey left Dallas for a role in the hit movie “A Chorus Line”, where she got to show off her singing and dancing. That’s correct, Audrey has had an illustrious singing career. Flash forward and Audrey returned to Dallas to reprise her role as Afton in the original and then again in 2012 in the reboot of Dallas. We chat about what it’s like to play such an iconic role for so long, getting typecast in Hollywood, how far Hollywood has come, or not come, in offering interesting roles for women over forty, how far they still have to go, and the “me-too” movement and its affect on the industry. Of course, there is also her recent audition for Mr. Ryan Murphy! @audreylandersofficial @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CHOPSAVER - https://www.chopsaver.com (15% Off - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
GIZELLE BRYANT (on RHOP, Bravo's Chat Room, Her 'Hot Girl" Summer & Ramona Singer!)
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Gizelle Bryant steps Behind The Rope. The Real Housewives of Potomac, Season Six. How did we get here? Gizelle is here to answer that question and chat about all we can expect this season on RHOP. Gizelle first chats about how this season is different for her than the past five. Then we break down all of her co-stars - her current relationships with and storylines we can expect from Candiace Dillard, Wendy Osefo, Karen Huger, Robyn Dixon, Ashley Darby plus newcomer Mia Thornton. Gizelle addresses all the on-line chatter about her “always being at the center of the drama” and the on-line chatter that Robyn is loyal to her to a fault. Gizelle also explains the “lighter mood” on RHOP due to the absence of the central Season Five storyline involving Monique Samuels. Of course, we discuss her on-again, off-again, currently off relationship with Pastor Jamal Bryant. On that note, we chat about Gizelle’s self described “Hot Single Girl Summer”, her desire to date, current relationship status and “type” of man who would be ideal. Switching gears, we chat about “Bravo’s Chat Room” - what being part of that show was like, the current status of the show, Kate Chastain’s unclear exit from the show (especially since she was a Producer), and Kate Chastain’s comments that working with both Hannah Berner and Porsha Williams was less than desirable. Finally, Gizelle explains how she wants to be remembered from this current Season Six, chats about how RHOP is no longer the Housewives Franchise to be underestimated and describes just what is next for this RHOP Lady Boss who refuses to slow down! Oh, and in the last few minutes, Gizelle cannot let us go without a special "shout out" to Miss Ramona Singer! @gizellebryant @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CHOPSAVER - https://www.chopsaver.com (15% Off - Use Code “Velvet”)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
RHONY - State of Emergency Address
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We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you a special episode addressing the RHONY State of Emergency. Or is it? The RHONY Headlines this week will just not stop. “RHONY has gone woke - and it’s killing the show” (Page Six), "Ramona Singer Fears Eboni K. Williams Will Frame Her as Racist on RHONY Reunion” (TMZ), “RHONY insider says a cast shakeup is on the way but Ramona Singer ain’t going anywhere” (DailyMail), “Eboni K. Williams Racial Storylines Aren’t To Blame For Our Poor Ratings” and so on. RHONY has had its lowest ratings in history the past few weeks. Why have the RHONY ratings sunken so low? What will it take to fix this once top rated Housewives Show? The Sisters from The Pop Apologist Podcast, Lauren and Chanler Bledsoe, are here to help us break it all down. Who should stay? Who Should Go? Who should we bring back? Are the rumors about Bethenny Frankel coming back really true? These and many other pressing questions answered as we discuss how, where, when and why it all went wrong and how to get this show back on track. We break down which of the castings rumors are true, who is leaking what, why has the reunion been postponed til September and what happens next. The episode you have waited all week to hear! @popapologists @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Fernanda Rocha (on "Dating" Braunwyn Burke, RHOC, Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow & Her Fitness Empire!)
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Fernanda Rocha steps Behind The Rope. You have heard, read, and written so much about her, we here Behind The Rope figured it was time to sit down with the woman behind the on-line myths to discuss it all. Of course, at the forefront of that discussion is her current relationship with former The Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke that went viral when announced a few weeks back. Fernanda chats about meeting Braunwyn, how their relationship went from friendship to dating, the timeline of that relationship in regards to Fernanda’s divorce from her ex-wife, the public scrutiny their relationship has received, her “role” in the relationship as someone who has been an out lesbian for many years, and what she would like to say to the naysayers who claim their relationship has ulterior motives. Fernanda also chats about the recent RHOC cast changes, what it was really like for Braunwyn when she received the news that she wont be part of next season, and her thoughts on cast choices such as Heather Dubrow, Kelly Dodd, Shannon Beador and the rumored newbies / friends of Tamra Judge, Noella Bergener and Nicole James. She answers whether she would ever go back and chats “spin off” with Braunwyn. Of course, there is more to Fernanda than recent tabloid headlines and ties to the RHOC. Fernanda chats about her Laguna Beach Gym, “Art of Fitness”, discusses how to shed the Covid 15, dispels many fitness and nutrition myths, and chats fitness trends. Speaking of fitness, we couldn’t help but ask her thoughts about former fellow RHOC Tamra Judge’s infamous, “Cut Fitness” - answering the questions, did she ever see them as a real rival and is she shocked to see them closed. Are we being shady? In all seriousness, check out Fernanda’s “Art of Fitness” for all the work out motivation you need! @fernandarochafitness @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Constantine Maroulis (on RHONY, Lu/Ramona/Tins Update, Idol, Ariana Grande & New Radio Show!) - Part I I
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Constantine Maroulis steps Behind The Rope. Of course, we all know Constantine originally from American Idol. First, we reminisce with Constantine about Idol days of past - Randy, Paula, Simon and chat about Idol 2.0, whether singing competition shows like Idol still work, and test Constantine’s knowledge of whether he can name any of Idol's recent winners. Constantine drops a shocking bombshell of a revelation regarding his elimination and the circumstances surrounding his idol exit. As a Tony Nominated Artist for his work on Broadway, we chat with Constantine about the current state of Broadway, what we can expect once the Great White Way re-opens later this year, and his lifelong friendship with ex-Broadway songstress now global superstar Ariana Grande! For anyone who does not remember the last two times Constantine was here, all you need to do is Google “Constantine” and “Behind The Velvet Rope”. Seems our little chat regarding his “appearance” on RHONY, and by “appearance” we mean his “hidden identity” revealed as the man who has allegedly “been”, for lack of a better word, with three of our fav Apple Holders, Lu, Ramona and The Tins, had a viral moment. We chat with Constantine about the “fall out” from that chat, Countess Lu’s reaction, and whether he has heard from Ramona and The Tins as well. Of course we push for new and unrevealed details every step of the way! We also chat with Constantine about the current RHONY cast asking, of course, if he has ever met Leah and Eboni, just what are his thoughts on each and, well, okay, a whole lot more! Moving on from RHONY, Constantine has a new radio show “Cuz Saturday Rocks” where he will be playing hits and interviewing musicians from our favorite decades of music, The 80s and 90s. Having interviewed many 80s and 90s acts ourselves here Behind The Rope, we compare our favs from each decade, yes Madonna is included, as well as Britney, ’N Sync, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Finally, we chat about the current state of the music industry, chart topping favs and much more. Tune, no pun intended, in now! @constantinemaroulis @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
Constantine Maroulis (on RHONY, Lu/Ramona/Tins Update, Idol, Ariana Grande & New Radio Show!) - Part I
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Constantine Maroulis steps Behind The Rope. Of course, we all know Constantine originally from American Idol. First, we reminisce with Constantine about Idol days of past - Randy, Paula, Simon and chat about Idol 2.0, whether singing competition shows like Idol still work, and test Constantine’s knowledge of whether he can name any of Idol's recent winners. Constantine drops a shocking bombshell of a revelation regarding his elimination and the circumstances surrounding his idol exit. As a Tony Nominated Artist for his work on Broadway, we chat with Constantine about the current state of Broadway, what we can expect once the Great White Way re-opens later this year, and his lifelong friendship with ex-Broadway songstress now global superstar Ariana Grande! For anyone who does not remember the last two times Constantine was here, all you need to do is Google “Constantine” and “Behind The Velvet Rope”. Seems our little chat regarding his “appearance” on RHONY, and by “appearance” we mean his “hidden identity” revealed as the man who has allegedly “been”, for lack of a better word, with three of our fav Apple Holders, Lu, Ramona and The Tins, had a viral moment. We chat with Constantine about the “fall out” from that chat, Countess Lu’s reaction, and whether he has heard from Ramona and The Tins as well. Of course we push for new and unrevealed details every step of the way! We also chat with Constantine about the current RHONY cast asking, of course, if he has ever met Leah and Eboni, just what are his thoughts on each and, well, okay, a whole lot more! Moving on from RHONY, Constantine has a new radio show “Cuz Saturday Rocks” where he will be playing hits and interviewing musicians from our favorite decades of music, The 80s and 90s. Having interviewed many 80s and 90s acts ourselves here Behind The Rope, we compare our favs from each decade, yes Madonna is included, as well as Britney, ’N Sync, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Finally, we chat about the current state of the music industry, chart topping favs and much more. Tune, no pun intended, in now! @constantinemaroulis @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
LALA KENT (on Vanderpump Rules New Season & Cast, "Give Them Lala", Ocean, Rand, LVP & More!)
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Lala Kent steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Lala Kent from one of the best reality TV shows to ever exist, Vanderpump Rules. First things first, Lala chats about new daughter Ocean Kent Emmett - the “scare” she had during her pregnancy, how motherhood has forever changed her, the origins of Ocean’s name and how Rand is as a Dad. Lala chats about former Vanderpump Rules’ co-stars, and now fellow Moms, Stassi Schroeder and Brittany Cartwright - who is the strictest Mom, how do their mothering styles differ and what is it like knowing Ocean will grow up with Hartford Charlie Rose Clark and Cruz Cauchi. Of course, we chat about Lala’s book, “Give Them Lala” - all that was revealed therein, Randall’s reaction to the book, biggest misconceptions about her, what was “too personal” to include, what has shocked people the most from the book and just how is life as a National Best Selling Author. Lala chats about the effect motherhood has had on her relationship with Randall, the future for their family and will they possibly walk down the aisle before years end? Lala opens up about her on again - off again “relationships” with fellow Vanderpump Rules co-stars Scheana Shay and Ariana Madix, shares an update on the status of each today and how much we will see play out on the upcoming Season Nine of Vanderpump Rules, which is now filming. Lala shares updates about the current season, including new cast members, and just how different it is to be in the midst of filming without friends Stassi, Jax, and Brittany. Lala chats about why last season of VPR was “off” and where she thinks it all went wrong. Speaking of VPR, Lala chats about LVP and the evolution of their relationship from boss/employee to that of friends. Now 30 with a daughter in tow, we discuss Lala’s interest in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - does she watch, what type of Housewife would she be, who would she fight with and just how strong is her interest in joining the franchise. Finally, we discuss one of the most talked about couples these days which Lala and Randall had a hand in fixing up, Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly - will there be a wedding, children, what type of couple are they and just what does happen on a double date with those two hotties. Finally, Lala shares an update on her sobriety and her stellar Podcast, Give the Lala… with Randall. @lalakent @givethemlalabeauty @givethemlalaskin @givethemlalababy @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Dana Wilkey (on RHOBH of Yesteryear - LVP, Taylor Armstrong, The Richard Sisters, Brandi Glanville & 25,000 Sunglasses!)
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RHOBH’s Dana Wilkey stopped by for a chat a moment ago about all that is going on with Erika & Tom and many other current happenings these days in Bev Hills. That is what Ms. Wilkey now does best. After that chat,, we wanted to keep the conversation going to talk about her time on the show during the first few, now infamous, seasons of RHOBH. Yes, we got Miss $25,000 Sunglasses to talk about the Infamous Sunglasses, we had SO many questions about them, and a whole lot more. 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 - who she considers cold - and of course the beginning, middle and end of her friendship with Taylor Armstrong. We also chat about Brandi Glanville who joined the show the same season as Dana and in typical Dana fashion, she tells us what Brandi is really like not holding anything back. Of course, she also gives her opinions on the current cast, including her thoughts on newbies Crystal Kung Minkoff and Kathy Hilton.  Full Episode At: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53759952 @wilkey_dana  @behindvelvetrope  @davidyontef  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2021
Introducing Rich and Daily
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There's so much celebrity gossip that it's impossible to keep up. From the twists and turns of #FreeBritney to the latest Royal family dust-up, there’s a new podcast that has you covered. From Wondery, RICH AND DAILY delivers laughs and all the latest celebrity gossip. Hosts Brooke and Aricia are comedians, besties and the perfect guides to give you your daily dose of pop culture. They'll keep you up to speed on all of the secrets, scandals, and news in the entertainment world. Is that rumor you heard about Rihanna true? If it is, you better believe Brooke and Aricia will have something to say about it. This is just a preview of Rich and Daily,but you can listen to full episodes at https://www.wondery.fm/RD_BehindTheVelvet See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2021
Gossip Girl's Zuzanna Szadkowski (aka Fan Fav "Dorota") on The Original, The Reboot & Bravo's NYC Prep
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Hey Upper East Siders, this past weekend something we knew would happen, happened. The Reboot of Gossip Girl became HBO Max’s most watched original series trending on Twitter, TikTok and all other social media platforms. The original Gossip Girl, unlike Bravo’s NYC Prep, was a huge juggernaut which aired on the CW for 6 glorious seasons from 2007 to 2012 and helped launch the mega careers of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Taylor Momsen into the stratosphere. One key member of this brilliant ensemble cast was Zuzanna Szadkowski, who played fan favorite Dorota, Blair Waldorf’s loyal housekeeper. We are thrilled to have Zuzanna here today to chat about the behind the scenes of making this brilliant, classic TV show. We chat with Zuzanna about how she was cast and what filming Gossip Girl was really like. We also chat about those infamous scenes between her and Leighton Meester, some of which will go down as the best in TV history. We also chat about now mega star Blake Lively and what the set was like on the days that then boyfriend, now husband, Ryan Reynolds came by for a visit. We talk about the critics reception of Gossip Girl and the resulting outcry from parents once the show aired. Shooting for the entirely of its run in NYC, we chat with Zuzanna about her favorite things in NYC. Of course, we need Zuzanna’s thoughts on where Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass would be today and would Dorota still be working for them? Of course, we also pay homage to its reality sister, NYC Prep. Might we see a cameo by Dorota in the now trending Gossip Girl Reboot? Well, you will just have to listen to find out. @zuzannawanda @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
KEVIN O'LEARY (on Shark Tank, Being "Mr. Wonderful", Bethenny Frankel, Biz Advice & JLO)!
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Kevin O’Leary steps Behind The Rope. Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful! Let us start at the beginning. Kevin talks about how he initially became involved with Reality TV SuperGuru Mark Burnett and how Shark Tank found its way into our lives all those years ago. Kevin talks about being the King of Mean, Shark Tank’s Simon Cowell, or, in other words, just brutally honest about the potential entrepreneurs’ likelihood of success. Of course we pay homage to Mr. Wonderful’s epic catch phrases about being crushed like cockroaches, taken out behind the barn and shot, your dead to me (a personal fav) and of course, how all roads lead back to Mr. Wonderful! On a more serious note, we chat the biggest deal in Shark Tank History - it was Kevin’s, his best and worst deal based on ROI, the ones that got away and if there are ever any products in the tank that go on to success of massive proportions that he just doesn't understand. Tipsy Elves, Scrub Daddy, Squatty Potty - we are looking at you. Of course we also discuss Mr. Wonderful’s colleagues on Shark Tank - Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, and Damon John as well as guest judges Alex Rodriguez and last, but certainly not least, our very own Skinny Girl Mogul, Ms. Bethenny Frankel. We break down many of the analytics behind the scenes like how many deals don’t close once filming is over, who makes the most deals, and who does Kevin lose most deals to. While we have one of the most brilliant business minds with us, we discussed what qualities make for a good entrepreneur, what is the biggest misconception amongst entrepreneurs, the 24/7 work ethic required, the biggest mistakes most business owners make and just how important is the person versus the product. We discuss the one thing Mr. Wonderful loves the most. M-O-N-E-Y - what it stands for, why he loves it so much, and why are most people shy about saying, “ I love Money”!!! We sure do! Finally, we break down what being a public figure is like - red carpets, celeb run ins, people running down the street screaming “Mr. Wonderful” and what an amazing byproduct that is all from a little show which has turned into an international global blockbuster of a sensation, Shark Tank!!! @kevinolearytv @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
Kirsten Jordan (on Million Dollar Listing New York, NYC Real Estate, Real Housewives & More!)
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Kirsten Jordan steps Behind Rope. The newest cast member of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York is here to talk about what it’s like being the new kid on the block, the first woman for the NY franchise, and, what else, NYC Real Estate! Kirsten chats about her rise to the top, how Covid affected the market, the “joys” of virtual showings, fav areas in NYC and The Hamptons and what trends we can expect to see as 2021 plays out. Kirsten also chats about joining the “all boys club” on MDLNY, her first and current impressions of cast members Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant, Steve Gold and Tyler Whitman, who she would hire as her broker, the over the top open houses we have all become accustomed to each week on MDLNY, why looking at multi million dollar properties never gets old and some of the drama we can expect to see the rest of this brilliant season. On a more serious note, Kirsten chats about working with her husband Stefano Farsura, a successful NYC Real Estate Developer, both off and on camera and what being the “first woman broker” on MDLNY means to her. Finally, being a fan of Bravo before getting cast, Kirsten talks about the Bravolebrities she has met, who she wants to meet, upcoming BravoCon, and her west coast MDLLA colleagues. Two of our fav things - Bravo and Real Estate! Thanks for stopping by Kirsten! @kirsten.jordan @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
America's Next Top Model Eugena Washington (on Tyra, Producers, Judges & BTS Filming!) - Part I
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America’s Next Top Model Second Runner Up, Eugena Washington, steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her home in Los Angeles, California, Eugenia is here to tell it all and she DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK! One day, Eugena saw an “Apply Here” casting call on the CW Website for Cycle Seven of America’s Next Top Model. Always being called a Model in High School, she figured “why not” and sent her application in. That one click of a button led to an open casting call of over 2,000 Model Hopefuls. Over the course of two long days, those 2,000 were narrowed down to 50 and so on and so forth until Tyra Banks and The Executive Producers had their Cycle Seven cast chosen. Months later, she got the fateful call telling her to pack her bags and off to the infamous ANTM Model Apartment she went. As prepared as she thought she was, nothing could prepare Eugena for the reality of filming one of America’s notoriously most pressure filled reality shows. Pressure filled from the other models as well as pressure filled from Producers who Eugena is clear to point out, “were not our friends”. The 16 hour days with no sleep and cameras in your face the second you woke up certainly did not help at all. Eugena explains how she and the other Models were manipulated by Producers to bring the drama, how everything they said could and would be used against them, and how stressful the weekly eliminations were. Eugena also discusses famed Creative DIrector Jay Manuel as well as judges Janice Dickinson, Miss J, Nigel Barker and Twiggy. Finally, we discuss the woman, the myth, the diva, the legend, The One, The Only, Miss Tyra Banks! We are only getting started. Tune in now for Part I of our tell all sit down with Miss Eugena Washington. @eugenawashington @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
Elizabeth Vargas (on RHOC "One Season Wonder", RHOC Termination, The Cult, Heather Dubrow, Vargas Vodka & Braunwyn!)
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The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Elizabeth Vargas steps Behind The Rope. With all this talk about Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke being “out” of RHOC, has anyone stopped to think, or ask, “hey Elizabeth Vargas, how you doin’?” First things first, we chat with Elizabeth about how she is doing since receiving the news that she is no longer part of RHOC and will not be coming back for Season Sixteen. Then, we chat with Elizabeth about her RHOC experience - the good, the bad, the other - and what she will take away now joining the likes of Former Orange holder Peggy Sulahian and many others from various cities as part of the “One Season Wonder” Club. We address many fans’ criticism of ill fated Season 15 as “the worst in Housewives History” and break down exactly where and why it all went off the rails. We chat about how Elizabeth found out she was not continuing with Bravo, her shock level on a scale from one to ten about the decision, why she thinks the decision was made and her prior social media posts that she will definitely be back. Elizabeth also discusses her reaction to the fact that Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke will also not be back - how surprised was she to learn of her co-stars’ fate and why she thinks they too will no longer be holding an Orange. Of course, we break down the remaining current cast of Emily, Gina, and Shannon analyzing whether each was a good decision as well as the return of Heather Dubrow and just how much Heather’s return played a role in any of these many decisions. With the old saying “misery loves company”, we need to know just who Elizabeth has heard from from casts past - Megan King Edmonds, Gretchen Rossi, Jesus Juggs, Gina Keough, Lynne Curtin and so on and whether, somewhere, Miss Victoria Gunvalson is whooping it up with an extra Tequila, preferably at Andales, now that Braunwyn is “off her show” (hey, don’t shoot the messenger just doing our job). Yes, we address Tamara Judge rumors that she will be back as a “friend of” and break down just how true we feel those are. Finally, Elizabeth addresses the many misconceptions she feels viewers have about her, how she would like to be remembered from her one season, whether she will be the next “Jill Zarin” who talks about Housewives for decades to come or be able to adequately move on with her life and, for anyone who loves vodka as much as we do, explains why Vargas Vodka is some of the best out there.  @elizabethlynvargas @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef  BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Toni Basil (on "Mickey", Dance, Reese Witherspoon, Tina Turner, Bowie, Bette Midler, & Her Epic Career)!
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Oh Mickey, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind. Hey Mickey, Hey Mickey. You know the rest. Everyone knows the rest! Toni Basil steps Behind The Rope. Yup, THAT Toni Basil who broke many records with one of the biggest hits and most catchy songs, well, ever. Toni is here to chat about her entire career, a career that has spanned a whopping six decades and still going strong. A career that includes dancing, choreographing, singing, and acting. We start at the beginning, Toni was drawn to the business at a young age with parents who were entertainers, taking up dance and cheering while in High School. Toni’s passion for dance, she was one of the seven original Lockers, landed her premiere gigs as a choreographer working with musical icons like Tina Tuner and David Bowie. Toni opens up about what working with each was like and what music legends she would still like to work with. Toni has also choreographed many of our fav films including “My Best Friends Wedding” - we chat about what working with Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz was like - and “Legally Blond” - we chat about the joys of teaching Reese Witherspoon moves and the infamous “bend and snap”. One Icon Toni has, not only worked with, but became close lifelong friends with is Bette Midler. Toni chats about what working with Bette is like and what it is like to be BFF’s with one of the most recognized women in the world. Toni chats about how she went from choreographer behind the camera to singer with “Mickey”, a song that tops every Top 100 songs of the 80’s list ever made. Toni chats about what it was like to be a singer in the early 1980s when contemporaries like Madonna were rising up the musical scene as well. We discuss the influence of MTV in helping make a singer’s career in the early 80s and the concept, dance, and look - she wore her original high school cheerleading sweater - she created for “Mickey” which helped make it one of the most played videos in MTV’s early days. A triple threat, Toni has also starred in many movies and TV shows working with greats like Robert Downy, Jr. and Penny Marshall. Toni chats about how the business has changed over the years, what she thinks of current music, who she would like to play her in the movie of her life, and what is next for the woman who just doesn’t want to slow down. Finally, we need to know about the last time she hit the town with BFF Bette Midler and just what do these two lifelong friends do for a girls night out. (For Part I of our chat With Toni Basil, See Air Date June 25th, 2021). @officialtonibasil @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
Adela King (on Ladies of London, Hitting Rock Bottom, Recovery & "Run In" With Ghislaine Maxwell / Jeffrey Epstein)
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Adela King, from Ladies of London, steps Behind The Rope. Starting at the beginning, we chat about Adela’s background, how she got cast on Ladies of London and what being a part of the show was like. Adela explains what her friendship with Caroline Stanbury was like before, during and after the show. She explains how that relationship changed as a result of being on Ladies of London and what Adela thought of Caroline’s announcement of divorce and new hot man. She also explains her current relationships with the other women from Ladies of London, Sophie Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Caroline Fleming, Caprice Bourret, Juliet Montagu and Noelle Reno. Adela opens up about the “loss” of her children and very public end of her relationship with her ex-husband, both of which we saw play out on the hit Bravo show. Adela is also brutally honest about her addiction, what caused that, how she battled it for many years, what her rock bottom was and what it looked like and, finally, how she started to rebuild her life after hitting rock bottom. She is open when discussing that her rock bottom including trying to take her own like and explains what it takes to reach out for help and offers advice for anyone who needs it. Finally, we talk Ghislaine Maxwell. Adela explains how and where she met Ghislaine Maxwell, how that led to a meeting with Jeffrey Epstein, and how Adela is very fortunate to be able to discuss this all here today! WOW. An episode not to be missed. Thank you Adela.  ** We sat down with Adela in the past for the first part of an almost two hour chat. With all the DM’s we have been receiving asking if we could chat with Adela from Ladies of London, we are releasing the full unedited chat here today - the first part and the never before aired follow up. Yup, it is a Ladies of London extravaganza! @adelaking @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
Below Deck's Original Chief Stew Adrienne Gang (on Captain Lee, Kate Chastain, & Current Season Drama)
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Below Deck’s Adrienne Gang steps Behind The Rope. The original Kate Chastain, we mean Chief Stew, Below Deck, Season One. Adrienne shares how she originally got involved with one of Bravo’s top rated shows, what filming with Captain Lee was like, the real reasons why she did not come back for any future seasons, and what she thinks of her replacement, Kate Chastain. Adrienne shares an update on her current relationships with both Captain Lee and Kate Chastain as well as Chef Rachel, who she also knows in real life. Adrienne chats about who she has worked with in the real world from the Below Deck family and who she would never work with. Adrienne chats about the last season of Below Deck Med, the infamous termination of Hannah Ferrier, what she thinks of Captain Sandy and Malia White and the outpouring of on-line “hate” directed toward both. Speaking of Malia and Captain Sandy, both are back in the new season of Below Deck Med. We discuss both, Bravo’s decision to bring both back, the on-line petition to boycott watching, the new crew, some of whom Adrienne knows, and what we predict will happen as the season plays out. Adrienne has a brand new Below Deck Podcast, “Gangplank Report”. Feel free to check it out, after, you listen to this episode, of course! Is anyone else as excited as we are that the new season of Below Deck Med has begun? @adriennegang @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
TIFFANY (on New Music, New Tour, The 80s, Debbie Gibson, Madonna & More!)
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Tiffany steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Tiffany. No last name needed Tiffany. Checking in from the road from the North American Leg of her “Shadows” Tour, one thing is clear. Tiffany is thrilled to be back on the road performing songs from her 11th full length studio album “Shadows” as well as all her retro hits we have come to know and love so much. .Tiffany chats about what it was like to larger than life famous at the young age of 16, thanks, in large part to her catchy hit “I Think We’re Alone Now” as well as a ground breaking, now infamous, mall tour that took her across America. Tiffany chats about her almost four decade long music career which has included every genre of music - pop, punk, country, ballads, rock and the ups and downs she has faced in the music business along the way. We chat about some of those other Female Icons that ruled the charts at the time Tiffany came into her own - Madonna, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Paula Abdul, and Cyndi Lauper. We chat about her best celeb experiences - she really has met everyone - and how music has changed over the years. Tiffany discuses those other aspects of her career such as acting and reality TV - shows she has been involved in, the good, the bad, the other. Of course, we had to chat about her ties to Debbie Gibson, their friendship, their starring roles together in the SyFy classic “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (yes, it is as good as it sounds), and why the public always has associated and does and will associate each with the other. We talk about some of Tiffany’s recent tours with other acts we just can’t get enough of like NKOTB, Salt-N-Pepa, and Naughty By Nature. Tiffany reveals the current crop of musical chart topers she puts her stamp of approval on and how different being famous at a young age in the social media world of today is to her epic breakthrough in the 80’s. Finally, seeing as Music Biopics are all the rage (Elton John, Freddy Mercury, Cher), Tiffany reveals who she would love to play her in her very own life story and just what can we expect from a potential Tiffany “tell-all” book. Have we mentioned just how thrilled we are that Tiffany is back live with new music touring the states for the remainder of the year! @tiffany_tunes @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef @glitterbgirls ** Our chat with Tiffany is preceded by a musical breakdown of some of our fav rocking ladies of the 80’s (joined by our fav 80s ladies from the @glitterbgirls Podcast) BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
UB40 (on "Red Red Wine", Sharon Stone, Madonna, Sandra Bullock, Cher & New Music!)
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UB40 steps Behind the Rope. Robin Campbell and Jimmy Brown, two of the members of the iconic band, are here to chat about their rise from humble beginnings and first show in a local pub over five decades ago to national superstardom and global musical domination. Best know for their songs “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You”, UB40 chats about their musical inspirations, the ups and downs of the music business, the secret to success and longevity in this business, and intense appreciation they have to still be selling out arenas on their global worldwide tour which will commence later this year in support of their just released album. Of course, we chat about what the music scene was like when they were “up and coming” with colleagues / contemporaries such as Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and so on. Robin and Jimmy chat about that one time they “shunned” Sharon Stone from performing with them, their cameo in the underrated “Speed Two” with Sandra Bullock, what they think of Cher whose “I Got You Babe” they covered, the current state of music show competitions such as American Idol and America’s Got Talent, and the current state of the music industry today. One word, auto-tune. The boys now have a new album, “Bigga Baggariddim”, and are about to embark on a sold out stadium tour oversees. We look back, chat about the present and look ahead to what is next for this classic super group that just won’t slow down! @ub40official @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
Cristy Rice (The Real Housewives of Miami) - Part II
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Real Housewives of Miami Cristy Rice steps back Behind The Rope. (For everyone who missed it, our Part I sit down with Cristy is available on our feed! Feel free to check it out.). We get right into it today. Cristy talks about how her and Larsa were “set up” by Lea Black during a Watch What Happens Live Appearance. She discusses Andy Cohen’s role. Juicy Stuff. She also discusses fellow cast mates Lea Black and Adriana de Moura, how they changed as a result of fame and being in the public eye. Also, Cristy reminds us that the only live reunion in reunion history was the Season One reunion of The Real Housewives of Miami. We discuss what that was like, what went horribly wrong, and how Andy Cohen handled the situation. She also discusses the pressures to “create” fake story lines such as dating on camera and the other “non real” aspects of RHOM, a reality show. She explains the disconnect between presenting her real life versus what the producers wanted, how Bethenny Frankel influenced her decision to do the show, the reality of what the show turned out to be, and how she felt she was edited once the show came out. Cristy discusses who she keeps in touch with from her cast of RHOM, how Miami is a “small place” where you can’t help but run into her fellow cast mates, and who she wishes she never sees again. We discuss her friendship with Larsa Pippen during the height of the hit Bravo show, their falling out, Larsa’s involvement with the Kardashians, and the current state of their friendship today. Of course, we address the age old question, “Would you ever go back?” which now that the show has been Green Lit and is currently filming to come back, makes this question more relevant than ever! @cristyrice12 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
John Blizzard (on Puppygate, Erika Jayne/Tom Girardi Divorce, Boss Lisa Vanderpump, VPR, & RHOBH) - Part II
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John Blizzard steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT John Blizzard. The John Blizzard who sent those infamous text messages to Teddi Mellencamp that were at the focal point of “Puppygate” and Lucy Lucy Apple Juice’s adoption by Dorit Kemsley on the classic Bravo show that we all know and love so much, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Of course, we need a few things clarified about this situation and Mr. Blizzard is here to help. A wise choice if we must say so ourselves considering John Blizzard was at the center of this drama that we saw play out week after week on RHOBH. John opened up about what was going through his mind when these texts became a major storyline, when they, whether directly or indirectly ended a many year friendship between Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards, and ended his own “relationship”, whatever that may have been, with Teddi Mellencamp. John also gives us an update on the current state of affairs at Vanderpump Dogs and fills us in on what LVP and Ken Todd have been up to. We chat with John about this past season of RHOBH, newbies Crystal Kung Minkoff and Kathy Hilton and the changing by the day divorce between and alleged criminal investigation into Erika and Tom Girardi. Speaking of Bravo shows featuring LVP, John discusses the current state of filming for the new season of Vanderpump Rules, the terminations / exits of series regulars Stassi Schroeder, Jax Taylor, Kristen Doute and Brittany Cartwright, and the multitude of spin off and new VanderShows being pitched to Bravo and other networks. John chats with us about LVP’s reaction to the recent cast changes on Pump Rules and her thoughts on the matter. A Texas native, John is also close with many of our RHOD friends. You know what that means? We discuss the last season of The Real Housewives of Dallas, his own personal off camera relationships with D’Andra Simmons and the gang and share an update about OG LeeAnne Locken. Finally, we discuss the passing of Giggy Vanderpump, who as Andy Cohen recently tweeted, was the First Pet of Bravo. John fills us in on how Ken and Lisa are handling the situation considering Giggy was like a child to them and we chat about the BravoVerse’s outpouring of emotion for the beloved dog. Tune in now for this Part II explosive sit down with the one and only John Blizzard. @johnblizz @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
John Blizzard (on Puppygate, Erika Jayne/Tom Girardi Divorce, Boss Lisa Vanderpump, VPR, & RHOBH) - Part I
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John Blizzard steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT John Blizzard. The John Blizzard who sent those infamous text messages to Teddi Mellencamp that were at the focal point of “Puppygate” and Lucy Lucy Apple Juice’s adoption by Dorit Kemsley on the classic Bravo show that we all know and love so much, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Of course, we need a few things clarified about this situation and Mr. Blizzard is here to help. A wise choice if we must say so ourselves considering John Blizzard was at the center of this drama that we saw play out week after week on RHOBH. John opened up about what was going through his mind when these texts became a major storyline, when they, whether directly or indirectly ended a many year friendship between Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards, and ended his own “relationship”, whatever that may have been, with Teddi Mellencamp. John also gives us an update on the current state of affairs at Vanderpump Dogs and fills us in on what LVP and Ken Todd have been up to. We chat with John about this past season of RHOBH, newbies Crystal Kung Minkoff and Kathy Hilton and the changing by the day divorce between and alleged criminal investigation into Erika and Tom Girardi. Speaking of Bravo shows featuring LVP, John discusses the current state of filming for the new season of Vanderpump Rules, the terminations / exits of series regulars Stassi Schroeder, Jax Taylor, Kristen Doute and Brittany Cartwright, and the multitude of spin off and new VanderShows being pitched to Bravo and other networks. John chats with us about LVP’s reaction to the recent cast changes on Pump Rules and her thoughts on the matter. A Texas native, John is also close with many of our RHOD friends. You know what that means? We discuss the last season of The Real Housewives of Dallas, his own personal off camera relationships with D’Andra Simmons and the gang and share an update about OG LeeAnne Locken. Finally, we discuss the passing of Giggy Vanderpump, who as Andy Cohen recently tweeted, was the First Pet of Bravo. John fills us in on how Ken and Lisa are handling the situation considering Giggy was like a child to them and we chat about the BravoVerse’s outpouring of emotion for the beloved dog. Kids, we are just getting started. Tune in now for this Part I explosive sit down with the one and only John Blizzard. @johnblizz @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
ISAAC MIZRAHI (on Madonna & Sandra Bernhard, RHOBH / RHONY Fashion & Current Seasons, Sex And The City Reboot, SJP & More!)
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Isaac Mizrahi steps Behind The Rope. We have to stop meeting like this! Fashion Icon, Performer, Reality TV Star, Housewives Aficionado, Living Legend. Isaac and David get right into it breaking down some of Isaac’s forays in front of the camera such as “Unzipped”, his brilliant before its time Fashion Documentary, and his talk show which hosted a plethora of our fav celebs - Rosie O’Donnell, Belinda Carlisle, Debbie Harry, Queen Madonna, Project Runway All Stars and Bravo's The Fashion Show. Isaac talks about early life in NYC, acquiring his epic Greenwich Village Combo Apt, and the many wild nights out with Gal Pals Madonna and Sandra Bernhard. Of course, we needed all the details about what nights out looked liked for Isaac, Sandy B, and M back in the day. Think Burlesque, one famed East Side hotel, Dinner in Paris with Madonna Security, and Mr. Chow’s with, what else, a side of Naomi Campbell. Being a frequent guest on WWHL, Isaac knows all our fav Housewives. Isaac gives us his hot takes on Housewives fashion, these current seasons of RHONY and RHOBH, the ongoing debate of Dorit vs. Erica Jayne for “best dressed”, the every changing faces of the Housewives, and, being a cabaret star himself, Lu’s classic Countess Cabaret - coming back re-invented to a theater near you soon! Isaac chats about how fashion shows and red carpets have drastically changed over the past year, what he sees for the future of both as well as fashion and what we can expect from the upcoming Anna Wintour’s Met Ball - hosted by Timothée Chalamet and Billie Eilish. We also chat about the Sex In The City revival, the lack of Patricia Field’s involvement, and whether he has heard from BFF SJP about a potential role. Finally, it is June which can only mean one thing - Gay Pride Month and we could not think of a more quintessential gay New Yorker than Mr. Mizrahi to help break it all down.  @imisaacmizrahi @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by APPLE LEISURE GROUP - https://www.applevacations.com/BTVR ($75 Off Your Stay at Live Aqua in Cancun or Punta Cana - Enter Promo Code “SAND75”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Toni Basil (on "Mickey", Dance, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Tina Turner, Bowie, Bette Midler, & Epic Career)!
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Oh Mickey, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind. Hey Mickey, Hey Mickey. You know the rest. Everyone knows the rest! Toni Basil steps Behind The Rope. Yup, THAT Toni Basil who broke many records with one of the biggest hits and most catchy songs, well, ever. Toni is here to chat about her entire career, a career that has spanned a whopping six decades and still going strong. A career that includes dancing, choreographing, singing, and acting. We start at the beginning, Toni was drawn to the business at a young age with parents who were entertainers, taking up dance and cheering while in High School. Toni’s passion for dance, she was one of the seven original Lockers, landed her premiere gigs as a choreographer working with musical icons like Tina Tuner and David Bowie. Toni opens up about what working with each was like and what music legends she would still like to work with. Toni has also choreographed many of our fav films including “My Best Friends Wedding” - we chat about what working with Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz was like - and “Legally Blond” - we chat about the joys of teaching Reese Witherspoon moves and the infamous “bend and snap”. One Icon Toni has, not only worked with, but became close lifelong friends with is Bette Midler. Toni chats about what working with Bette is like and what it is like to be BFF’s with one of the most recognized women in the world. Toni chats about how she went from choreographer behind the camera to singer with “Mickey”, a song that tops every Top 100 songs of the 80’s list ever made. Toni chats about what it was like to be a singer in the early 1980s when contemporaries like Madonna were rising up the musical scene as well. We discuss the influence of MTV in helping make a singer’s career in the early 80s and the concept, dance, and look - she wore her original high school cheerleading sweater - she created for “Mickey” which helped make it one of the most played videos in MTV’s early days. A triple threat, Toni has also starred in many movies and TV shows working with greats like Robert Downy, Jr. and Penny Marshall. Toni chats about how the business has changed over the years, what she thinks of current music, who she would like to play her in the movie of her life, and what is next for the woman who just doesn’t want to slow down. Finally, we need to know about the last time she hit the town with BFF Bette Midler and just what do these two lifelong friends do for a girls night out. @officialtonibasil @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
Bobby Boyd on (MDLLA, Hubby Josh Flagg, RHOBH, & Becoming the Next Martha Stewart)
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Million Dollar Listing’s Bobby Boyd steps Behind The Rope. Mr. Josh Flagg. However, there is much more to Bobby Boyd than his husband. Coming from humble beginnings, Bobby became a male model at the young age of 14 in order to help pay for college. Even though Bobby had early success as a fashion model woking for major designers such as Versace and Calvin Klein, he set his sights on something else when he arrived in Los Angeles, Real Estate. Having a keen eye for style, architecture, design and a “personable” rather than “transactional” approach, Bobby’s first home sale was that of a $6.5 million dollar property, not bad, and a new career was born. Bobby then met a man who shared his interests and profession who happened to, not only be one of LA’s top real estate agents, but also one of the long standing members of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Bobby chats about meeting Josh, their instant chemistry and connection, his position working with Josh at Rodeo Realty, a flash mob proposal in Paris and wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel, both of which were filmed by Bravo. Bobby chats about that, Josh’s sometime over the top extravagant style, and what working with his spouse every day is like. When not busy with MDL-LA, Bobby can be seen on his very own Lifestyle You Tube Channel, “Bobby Boyd Living” or selling his brand new aprons which are stylish, edgy and fun (no really check out his on line store). Finally, Bobby also discusses MDLLA - how does his style differ from Josh’s, the Brtits, Altman, Tracy Tutor and Fredrik Eklund, the conflicts, those over the top open houses, celeb clients and last, but not least, when we can expect and what we can expect from the upcoming MDLLA Season Thirteen.  @bboydla @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
MADONNA'S Blond Ambition / Truth or Dare / Girlie Show Dancer - Carlton Wilborn (Part II)
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Madonna’s Blond Ambition & Girlie Show Tour Dancer, Carlton Wilborn, steps Behind The Rope. One of the Iconic Seven chosen by Madonna herself to be part of the Record Breaking Blond Ambition Tour and subsequent Game Changer Film (the Real World and “Reality TV” did not exist!), Truth or Dare. After a brief foray into Carlton’s early career in dance, where he attended classes with Michelle Obama, we get right into how he was hired as one of Madonna’s Seven Blond Ambition Tour Dancers - the audition process, the answering machine message from M, the wild night out with Madonna, and the ultimate tour offer. In true Madonna fashion, she was the first, not only in the “reality” format but the first to show gay men with full actualized lives on screen. Carlton reflects about the 1980s and 1990s Madonna of yesteryear, what the country was like at the time with the initial onset of AIDS, and how he was able to perform night after night living with his own secret of being HIV positive. He also discussed what it was like to be on a tour that the Pope tried to ban, that was one of the highest grossing tours at that point to date, and which Rolling Stone lists as one of the 50 greatest of all time. Carlton details all the late night talks with Madonna, the after parties, and her advice. He talks about the constant parade of Celebrities backstage coming to pay respects and bow to Queen M. Carlton describes how he heard from Madonna years later when it was time to go back out on the road for The Girlie Show Tour. Carlton discusses the differences in himself, the production, the choreography, the music, and last, but certainly not least, in Madonna from The Blond Ambition Tour in 1990 to The Girlie Show Tour in 1993. Carlton discusses his relationship with Madonna after the end of that tour and how in 2016 Hollywood came a knocking, this time in the form of the phenomenal documentary Strike A Pose about the lives of the 7 male dancers who joined Queen M on her Blond Ambition Tour. Carlton opens up about his other accomplishments, acting, author, current life coach and what he would say to Madonna if she walked into the room today! @carltonwilbornrising @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
MADONNA'S Blond Ambition / Truth or Dare / Girlie Show Dancer - Carlton Wilborn (PART I)
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Madonna’s Blond Ambition & Girlie Show Tour Dancer, Carlton Wilborn, steps Behind The Rope. One of the Iconic Seven chosen by Madonna herself to be part of the Record Breaking Blond Ambition Tour and subsequent Game Changer Film (the Real World and “Reality TV” did not exist!), Truth or Dare. After a brief foray into Carlton’s early career in dance, where he attended classes with Michelle Obama, we get right into how he was hired as one of Madonna’s Seven Blond Ambition Tour Dancers - the audition process, the answering machine message from M, the wild night out with Madonna, and the ultimate tour offer. In true Madonna fashion, she was the first, not only in the “reality” format but the first to show gay men with full actualized lives on screen. Carlton reflects about the 1980s and 1990s Madonna of yesteryear, what the country was like at the time with the initial onset of AIDS, and how he was able to perform night after night living with his own secret of being HIV positive. He also discussed what it was like to be on a tour that the Pope tried to ban, that was one of the highest grossing tours at that point to date, and which Rolling Stone lists as one of the 50 greatest of all time. Carlton details all the late night talks with Madonna, the after parties, and her advice. He talks about the constant parade of Celebrities backstage coming to pay respects and bow to Queen M. Carlton describes how he heard from Madonna years later when it was time to go back out on the road for The Girlie Show Tour. Carlton discusses the differences in himself, the production, the choreography, the music, and last, but certainly not least, in Madonna from The Blond Ambition Tour in 1990 to The Girlie Show Tour in 1993. Carlton discusses his relationship with Madonna after the end of that tour and how in 2016 Hollywood came a knocking, this time in the form of the phenomenal documentary Strike A Pose about the lives of the 7 male dancers who joined Queen M on her Blond Ambition Tour. Carlton opens up about his other accomplishments, acting, author, current life coach and what he would say to Madonna if she walked into the room today! @carltonwilbornrising @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
EBONI K. WILLIAMS (Checking In With Her on #RHONY Freshman Season!)
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Eboni K. Williams steps Behind The Rope. Welcome and welcome to The Real Housewives of New York City, Season 13. Eboni chats briefly about how she went from being a high powered attorney, news correspondent for CBS and Fox, author, and many other monikers, to an Apple holder this season on RHONY. Eboni chats about why she joined the franchise, her reservations in joining, who was the most / least welcoming, the ups and downs of her freshman season, and what it is like now that she is watching herself back on TV each week. We chat about co-stars Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Leah McSweeney - first impressions and the status of those relationships today. Eboni chats about how life had changed now that RHONY is airing, the best advice she has received from the cast and other Bravolebrities, and what she would have done differently. Of course, we talk about being “the first Black New York City Housewife” - what that means to her, any “pressures” that come along with it and the sorority she has formed with fellow Housewives in a similar situation, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Garcelle Beauvais, and Tiffany Moon. We chat about being “hazed” from the cast, the celebrities that have reached out since joining, and some of the seasons highlights - “The Help”, Sonja Morgan’s Diverse Koi Fish, The Need for Glam, and a little altercation with our fav Cabaret Star. Of course, we also catch up with Eboni on Dating And The City - current relationship status, dating war stories, dating Apps - Raya we are looking at you, and her type. Finally, we chat with Eboni about what we can expect from her the rest of this RHONY season and what she would like people to take away from the woman that is Eboni K. Williams as we eagerly watch on each week! @ebonikwilliams @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BOLL & BRANCH - https://www.bollandbranch.com (15% Off First Set of Sheets - Use Code “Velvet”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code “Velvet Rope") MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Fran Drescher's FranJam 2020 (to Support Cancer Schmancer)
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Fran Drescher will be hosting FranJam 2021, a free online concert in support of the fight against cancer that streams worldwide simultaneously on CancerSchmancer.org, Facebook Live, and YouTube.com/TheNanny at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 20, 2021. FranJam’s impressive talent lineup features Tina Arena, Jackson Browne, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Cynthia Erivo, Fiji Blue, David Foster, Katharine McPhee Foster, Debbie Gibson, Hoobastank, Cyndi Lauper, and Anthony Nunziata. The concert celebrates Fran’s 21 year anniversary of remaining cancer-free and all proceeds support her organization Cancer Schmancer. Viewers can lend their support to the fight against cancer by texting FRAN to 44-321 or donating at cancerschmancer.org/donate. Cancer Schmancer is the only nonprofit that saves lives by helping people connect the dots between lifestyle and health to prevent or even reverse life- threatening and chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. FranJam 2021 is sponsored by The Skinny Line and Quantum Nutrition Labs. It is also made possible by the support of Lauran Bromley, Brett & Rebecca Kelly, Mary Ellen Moschetti, Rudiin Family Foundations, and Evan Sacks. For more information, please visit https://www.CancerSchmancer.org   @officialfrandrescher http://www.cancerschmancer.org/donate https://www.YouTube.com/TheNanny See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2021
Donna Mills (on Knot's Landing, Being a Hollywood Legend, RHOBH, Reality TV & More!)
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Donna Mills steps Behind The Rope. One of the most recognized names in Nighttime Soaps, 80s Icon, Donna Mills. Donna is best known for her role as the scheming, manipulative vixen Abby Cunningham, or Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner to be exact, on Knots Landing, one of the longest running prime time soap operas in history. We are thrilled to have Donna here today to chat about her career, and life for that matter, in its entirety. We reminisce about all the glory that was, is, and will always be Abby Cunningham and Knot’s Landing including how Donna was cast, co-stars and real life best friends Joan Van Ark and Michelle Lee, the other recognizable faces that popped by the worlds most famous cul-de-sac such as Nicolette Sheridan and Alec Baldwin, and her decision to leave the show way before the world was done with Queen Abby. Moving on from Knots, Donna opens up about the evolution of women in Hollywood from the 1980s when shows like Knots were all the rage to present day, answering questions like how far have we come and how much farther do we have to go. We also chatted with Donna about some of our other favorite shows she has appeared on like Melrose Place, Nip/Tuck, and last, but not least, RuPaul’s Drag U (yes we think Mama Ru is a Knots fan!). Of course we had to chat with Donna about her thoughts on Reality TV and actresses like Lisa Rinna who have become Housewives throughout the years. Yes, Donna does know Rinna. Having posed for Playboy herself, Donna chats and shares stories from her illustrious frothy year career about the pressures of aging in Hollywood, the ever presence of plastic surgery amongst The Hollywood Elite, and the #MeToo Movement. Finally we chat with Donna about the current crop of television she has been binging, the current crop of “A List” actresses she puts her stamp of approval on and with reboots running rampant chat, hoping to will into existence, a Knot’s Landing Reboot. Ahh, a girl can dream, can’t she. Miss Mills, we are not worthy!  @thedonnamills @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef *** Special shout out to our friend Actor, Model, #RHONJ Kathy Wakile’s “Son”, Mr. Does It All Gregory Zarian for making this sit down with Miss Donna Mills come to life!! Gregory Appeared on our show Dec 29th, 2020, Jan 15th 2021, & April 23rd, 2021. BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”)  MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Juliet Angus (on Ladies of London, Dorit & PK, Paris & Nicole, & Bravo Days of Yesteryear!)
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Juliet Angus steps Behind The Rope. One thing became very clear within the first few seconds of speaking to Juliet, SHE - KNOWS - EVERYONE! We do not mean she has met everyone. We mean know - we mean had dinner with - partied with - traveled with. Dorit and PK. Dorinda. Cary Dueber. Tinsley Mortimer. Paris Hilton. Nicole Richie. Tracy Tutor. We discuss it all, including “The Simple Life” remake she wanted to pursue with the one and only Caroline Stanbury. Speaking of Caroline Stanbury, let us just pay homage to the BEST Bravo show no longer on the air, “Ladies of London”. Juliet explains how Ladies of London was originally supposed to be a sociological experiment of Americans assimilating into British culture. A nice happy cultural show with no drama. We all know how that turned out. We talk about her Ladies of London co-stars Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Caroline Fleming, Noelle Reno, Sophie Stanbury, Caprice Bourret, Adela King, and Juliet Montagu. We discuss who she knew before the show, which friendships were “tested” as a result of the show, and who she keeps in touch with today. We discuss her unapologetic friendship and loyalty to Caroline Stanbury and some of the most dramatic moments she remembers from being a cast member on the hit Bravo series. We discuss the evolution of the show and why it was such a huge cult classic in the states. We discuss the power of Bravo and what she thinks about a possible reunion. Finally, Juliet fills us in on her family life and her “Shop My Closet”. An episode not to be missed. @julietangus @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”)  MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
Michelle Collins (on Friend Andy Cohen, Countess Lu, The View, Housewives, BritBrit & her Sirius Show)!
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Michelle Collins steps Behind The Rope. Comedian, TV Host, Pop Culture Aficionado, BravoHolic, Michelle Collins. Michelle started her career working on the classic VH1 pop culture show, “Best Week Ever” as well as early appearances on various talk shows such as Chelsea Lately, The Tyra Banks Show and The View. It was those appearances on The View that led to a permanent co-host position. Michelle chats about her various View Co-Hosts Whoppi Goldberg, Candace Cameron Bure, and so on. We also address those constant alleged “toxic environment” rumors on set, the rumored “hazing” behind the scenes and her exit from The View. Ok let us recover from THAT! Life went on for Michelle after The View, and, um, in a big way. We chat about her coveted host position on “After Paradise”, the live after show for Bachelor in Paradise, and all things Bachelor Nation. Michelle discusses her current Sirius XM show, “The Michelle Collins Show”, podcast, “Midnight Snack”, and the best, worst and everything in between of the many celebrity guests she has had the honor of chatting with. Of course, all roads lead to Bravo and Michelle is a huge BravoHolic. We chat about her long standing friendship with Andy Cohen, her many Watch What Happens Live appearances, best / worst Housewives, Luann de Lesseps and her fountain of youth, Luann de Lesseps and her “Countess Cabaret” which Michelle was lucky to be a part of in many cities across the US, fav franchise and some of our fav Bravo shows of yesteryear - NYC Prep, Gallery Girls, Princesses: Long Island and Ladies of London. Finally, Michelle chats about her comedic inspirations - Joan Rivers we are looking at you, what talk show hosts she puts her stamp of approval on, and the current world of cancel culture which we all live in.  @michcoll @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”)  MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Ambyr Childers (on "You", All My Children & Much More!)
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Ambyr Childers steps Behind The Rope. Let us just start with the obvious. Ambyr was a cast member on one of the best TV shows to ever exist, “You”. Ambyr talks about her screen stealing performance as Candace Stone in “You”, her shocking return in Season Two (totally unexpected), what we can expect for Season Three (yes, they are filming) and answer the question, will Candace make a return once again? We discuss what working with Gossip Girl (Reboot, July 8 - whoo hoo!) alum Penn Badgley was like, the John Stamos Season Two Cameo role (shout out to the Iconic “Full House”), and how a move from Lifetime to Netflix turned “You” into a viral sensation. Ambyr discusses what it is like to be an actress in Hollywood these days, the “me too” movement and how she has an incredible knack for playing “crazy” and “psychotic” really well. Let us also not forget, she got her start on another classic TV show, “All My Children”. Yes, we deep dive into the world of daytime soaps, the “stigmas” attached to being an actress or actor in daytime TV, All My Children, all that she learned from her time in Pine Valley, how it was to live alone in New York City at only Seventeen years old, and La Lucci a.k.a. Icon Susan Lucci. We also discuss some of Ambyr’s other stand out roles such as her time on the hit TV show “Ray Donovan”, what working with Liev Schreiber was like, her current “Ambyr Childers Jewelry” Line, which actress Kate Bosworth was also involved in, and what is next for her as an actress and in life now that the world is opening up! All this plus more. Take a sip of that Pumptini, kick back and enjoy this non-stop chat with the one and only Ambyr Childers! @ambyrchilders_official @ambyrchilders @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”)  MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
SUTTON STRACKE - (An Interview on all things RHOBH)
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Sutton Stracke steps Behind The Rope. With the drama already well underway this Season Eleven of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Sutton is here to reflect back on her freshman year and look forward as to what is to come this season of RHOBH. Let us start with the obvious. Congrats Sutton!!! Now a Diamond Holder, in other words a full time cast member for those of you not well versed in your Bravo lingo, Sutton is here to dish it all. First things first, Sutton chats about all she has been up to in between her RHOBH seasons - renting Kyle Richards’ house, running “The Sutton Concept” and continuing her love of fashion, of course. Sutton chats about her brilliantly unique “Sutton Concept”, her fashion choices and styles, Dolce and Gabbana Crowns, her “hate” of leather pants, and why Dorit Kemsley and Erika Jayne are always thought of RHOBH’s resident fashion icons. Yes, Chrissy Teigen and Karen Huger, we are talking to you following your recent WWHL appearance. Sutton answers all our many questions about cast mates past, Brandi Glanville, Teddi Mellencamp, and, as she says, Denise Fu*king Richards and what it is like to no longer be the new kid on the block. Crystal Kung Minkoff and Kathy Hilton, we are now talking to you. On a more serious level, we chat with Sutton about how she has changed as a person as a result of Housewives, the best things to have come out of the RHOBH experience, the biggest misconceptions about Sutton Stracke, and what are some things we would be surprised to find out about her. Finally, we end with the one question on everyone’s mind, “just how different does it feel to be a Diamond Holder?” Well deserved Sutton. Well deserved!! @suttonstracke @thesuttonconcept @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NUTRAFOL - https://www.nutrafol.com ($15 Off 1st Month’s Subscription + Free Shipping on Every Order - Use Code “VELVET”) Brought to you by CREDIT KARMA - https://www.creditkarma.com/podcast (Or the Credit Karma App) - “Apply With Confidence” Today Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”)  MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
I Went to High School with Dorit Kemsley / I Filmed "The Housewife & The Hustler"
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Our fearless leader David Yontef went to High School with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Dorit Kemsley. Today, he finally breaks his silence to talk about what Miss Kemsley was like in High School. We have all seen the Year Book pictures circulating ‘round the web of the Dorit that existed before the 24/7 Louis Vuitton clad glamour puss we now see every week on our Bravo TV Screens. Pay special attention to the day David was “trapped at sea” with Miss Kemsley!  There is no one better to help David recount all the details, facts and looks of a High School Dorit Kemsley than former RHOBH “Friend Of”, $25,000 Sunglasses herself, Dana Wilkey. We welcome her Behind The Rope here today! Dana is a vital part of the epic new special, “The Housewife & The Hustler”, which details the real-life legal drama of Mr. Tom Girardi and Miss Erika Jayne. Dana explains how she got involved with the upcoming special, what filming was like, what she heard Behind The Scenes, what she knows in real life about Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi, and how Bravo feels about the fact that a rival “Network” is diving deep into what they planned to lay out throughout the remainder of the RHOBH season. Finally, we chat about the current RHOBH season, the rumors that by admitting she takes Zoloft on TV Erika waived the doctor-patient privilege, the additions of Kathy Hilton and Crystal Kung Minkoff, the return of Teddi Mellencamp, a Diamond Holding Sutton, and who is the MVP of the RHOBH season thus far.  @wilkey_dana @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef FULL EPISODE at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/52224722 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2021
Bravo's NYC Prep / Gossip Girl (A Deep Dive with UES Native Sydney Sadick)
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NYC Prep. One of the gone, but definitely not forgotten, classic Bravo TV shows. Born and raised on New York City’s Upper East Side, Sydney Sadick’s childhood “was” NYC Prep. She has lived the real life “Gossip Girl”. On that note, she stops by to help us break down the classic Bravo TV Show “NYC Prep” which aired for one season, nine episodes, in the summer of 2009. Being the same age as the cast of “NYC Prep”, Sydney remembers the buzz amongst the uptown private elite school system that a real life Gossip Girl was casting way back when. Sydney chats with us about which of the six "NYC Prep” cast members she grew up with and what she knows about each in real life. Next we discuss just how does a show chronicling the lives of six wealthy uptown teenagers get made when those teenagers are going out at night living their lives as if they are adults. We discuss the highs and lows of the show and the public's outcry once the show was aired. We also discuss the glaring lack of parental supervision shown in “NYC Prep” and Sydney breaks down just how accurate a portrayal of a wealthy uptown teenager’s life the show was. We discuss why the show did not make it and only lasted for one short lived season. Of course, we also pay homage to its West Coast sister, “The Hills” and its Scripted Cousin “Gossip Girl” discussing the similarities and differences and why both of those shows were huge mega hits as opposed to “NYC Prep”. Sydney tells us how both Chase Crawford and Ed Westwick used to hang out near her private, uniformed, all girls high school on the UES with questions about what really goes on inside the halls of one of New York City’s elite schools. Yes, we answer all questions regarding “where are they now” with many shocking updates you have to hear to believe! Finally, we discuss what Sydney’s own life was like growing up between NYC’s Upper East Side and The Hamptons with a Celeb Doctor for a Dad. If you are wondering where Sydney is now, she is a a National Broadcast Contributor who regularly appears on NBC’s Today, GMA, Good Day New York, E! and Inside Edition, to name a few. She is also a Lifestyle and Fashion Expert whose book “Aim High” is a must read to help style your life and achieve your goals. There is no one more equipped for a deep dive into Bravo’s “NYC Prep” and Gossip Girl than our very own Sydney Sadick.  @sydneysadick @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Norma Kamali (on being a Fashion Icon, Celeb Clients, Reality TV & New Book!)
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Norma Kamali steps Behind The Rope. Living Legend, Fashion Icon Norma Kamali. Norma is here to chat about her new book, “ I Am Invincible”, which chronicles her several decade long career in Fashion and the business and life wisdom she has gained throughout the years. Norma opens up about some of the highlights of her career such the Sleeping Bag Coat, the high heeled sneaker, the before its time eBay partnership and her CFDA Lifetime Achievement award. We also talk about her one piece red bathing suit worn by Farrah Fawcett in the iconic 1976 poster as well as the bathing suit worn by Whitney Houston on the back cover of her 1985 debut album. We break down the relationship between celebrity and designer, the celebs Norma has worked with, and who she would love to design for. Norma discusses her involvement with Bravo’s Project Runway, Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Tim Gunn, the show’s most notorious winner Christian Siriano, and whether shows like Project Runway “work” anymore. We analyze the changes in the fashion industry throughout the years, the current crop of Hollywood’s best and worst dressed, and the current crop of hot models such as Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. With Awards Season just wrapped, we chat about the current state of the red carpet, the decreased ratings across the board for Awards shows, and just what does Norma think about accepting an award in full glam and fashion in your living room. Finally, we chat about the future of fashion as well as Norma’s future - engaged at 75. As laid out in her stellar book, “I Am Invincible”, Norma explains how we are all on our own timeline, one size does not fit all, and just how she maintains her youthful looks and positive attitude no matter what decade in life she has been in. True words to live by!  @normakamali @behindvelvetrope  @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
Brenda K. Starr (on "Discovering"/Friendship w/ Mariah Carey, Tommy Mottola, Wendy Williams & New Music!)
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Brenda K. Starr steps Behind The Rope. Brenda chats with us about what it was like to find success and hit it big in the late 1980’s with her most well known song “I Still Believe”. We chat about some of her contemporaries at the time, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Paula Abdul, Tina Turner and Debbie Gibson. Speaking of contemporaries, a little known singer named Mariah Carey used to sing background for Brenda. One day Brenda handed a demo to Columbia Records Executive Tommy Mottola at a party on behalf of Mariah and, as they say in the biz, the rest is history. Brenda opens up about what Tommy was really like both as a person and as a Record Exec who helped launch her career. Brenda also discusses how she really feels about Mariah covering "I Still Believe”, which has now become one of her biggest hits, breaks down where Mariah’s “diva” and “difficult” reputation originates from, and discusses how true she feels those monikers are. She spares no detail in explaining exactly why her and Mariah no longer speak and what she would say if she crossed paths with her today. Why does it not shock us that the name Wendy Williams comes up in this conversation. There was also Mariah’s wedding and being seated at a table with both Gloria Estefan and Barbara Streisand. Of course, we delve deep into Mariah’s “The Meaning of Mariah” book which hit shelves last year - Brenda shares her thoughts, discusses what is accurate and what she would like to rebut, Mariah’s short lived reality docu series “Mariah’s World” - Stella, Bryan, Nick Cannon, and the many misconceptions in the media about Brenda’s relationship past and present with Mariah Carey. In other news, Brenda’s daughter made it to the Top Ten on American Idol and we needed all the back stage secrets and thoughts on Ryan Seacrest and JLO. Finally, Brenda chats about new projects, new music, her newfound success on TikTok, her love for and thoughts on Demi Lovato and her recent tell all documentary and all she has going on in life now. @officialbrendakstarr @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
Caroline D'Amore (The Hills, Mischa Barton, BFFS Kim Kardashian & Paris Hilton, & her Pizza Girl Empire!)
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The Hills’ newest resident, Caroline D’Amore, steps Behind The Rope. Caroline may be the newest cast member of The Hills: New Beginnings, but she is no stranger to this friend group. Having grown up in Los Angeles, Caroline has known many of our fav Hills cast members since childhood. She has also known many other household names, once dubbed Hollywood “It” Girl in the early 2000s due to her BFFs Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, ok, you get the idea. In addition to being a regular on the LA Club Scene with her famous Squad, her love of the nightlife and music eventually led to a successful career as a DJ which has taken her all over the world playing to sold out crowds of epic proportion. Caroline chats about her own past in reality TV prior to joining “The Hills” with appearances on “Keeping Up with The Kardashians”, “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, having walked in Kyle Richards’ Fall Runway show for her fashion line, Shahida Clayton. Caroline opens up about how she was cast this season as The Hills' "new girl", the filming processes, seeing her “friends” for the first time once the cameras started rolling, her highs and lows from her freshman season and, of course, the drama. That drama included Mischa Barton, who slammed Caroline as a potential replacement after being let go from her not so stellar least season appearance on The Hills. Caroline chats about that epic day, her response, her thoughts on Mischa, the secret scene she filmed at Kathy Hilton's house last season that was cut, Mischa's urging of the cast to ignore her last season and what she would say if she ran into Mischa today. Of course, we also discuss the advice members of the royal family, Kim, Kourtney and Kris, gave her on reality tv, social media and the press now that she is a bona fide reality TV star in her own right. She is also a hardworking member of the family business, D’Amore’s Pizza, which has locations throughout the LA area. In a full circle moment, after avoiding the fam business for a career in nightlife and DJ’ing growing up, Caroline has re-launched her brand new Organic Pizza Sauce called “Pizza Girl”, we discuss the origins of that sauce, the origins of the name "Pizza Girl", how a shift in her company caused her to say yes to The Hills, the 3 amazing flavors (The Vodka sauce is the best!), and of course, whether it is approved by Foodgod himself!! Cue music, “Starring at the blank page before you, Open up the dirty window… Feel the rain on your skin. No one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in...The rest is still unwritten." @carolinedamore @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”) Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH AVAILABLE at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Monique Samuels (on RHOP Last Season, Final Words, Moving On, & T'Challa)!
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Monique Samuels steps Behind The Rope. Monique is here to chat about ALL of the drama that went down last season on RHOP before putting it behind her, once and for all, and moving on with life. Monique chats about the physical altercation seen ‘round the world, the fall out on and off camera as a result of that altercation, the lawsuit, blogs, social media accounts and, well, you know the rest. We have been over it many times, have we not? What hasn’t been clearly discussed is just how did Monique feel in that moment, the involvement, or lack thereof by Bravo, and how that one event set the entire season in motion for one F of an epic reunion. Monique chats about her past cast mates Robyn, Karen, Gizelle, Ashley, Wendy and Candiace - and the status of all of those “relationships” today. Speaking of that epic reunion, Monique opens up about the exact moment she realized next season would be more of the same, the factors that led to that realization and the ultimate decision to resign from RHOP and walk away from Bravo. Of course, we cannot chat about the Season Five RHOP reunion without discussing Andy Cohen, the fans' opinions of his “supposed” favoritism of Candiace, how Monique felt during the reunion, Chris Samuels’ feelings during that reunion - which he expressed to Andy, and her epic iconic binder!. We discuss the short list Housewives who, like Monique, actually resigned and the addiction of fame and desire of most to stay on TV for as long as possible. We also chat about who Monique has heard from from other franchises showing support, both during the season and after she resigned, what she thinks of other current Bravo events such as Nene Leaks’ “Boycott Bravo”, and would she ever consider a return to reality TV. Remember we mentioned Monique moving on with her life? She has and in a big way. Moniqiue is busy enjoying the success of her “Drag Queens” Single and a brand new You Tube Show “Tea with Monique”. Finally, last but certainly not least, we pay homage to the one, the only, best Pet in the history of Bravo TV, Mr. T’Challa Samuels. @mrsmoniquesamuels @tchallasamuels @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by NOOM - http://www.noom.com/VELVET (Sign Up for Your Trial Today) Brought to you by UNIDRAGON - https://www.unidragon.com (10% Off First Purchase - Use Code “VELVETROPES”  Brought to you by BETTER HELP - https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Weekend At Alexis ("Jesus Jugs") Bellino's (#RHOC)
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A few months ago Heather Mariana, from Bravo's Tour Group - does anyone even remember this show? - and I spent the weekend at our friend Alexis Bellino's house. You know Alexis Bellino, some of you may refer to her as Jesus Jugs, a moniker given to her by her then co-star from The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge.  Alexis is a friend of ours. The weekend was full of fun, martinis and surprises. Of course, there were also RHOC Housewife cameos as well throughout the weekend Heather and I were recapping this weekend the other day and it hit me. Hold that thought, let me hit record, but of course, just for you Patreons!!!  In other news, are we anxiously awaiting the new cast announcement for RHOC or do we no longer care? I have two ideas on how this franchise can be fixed. What are yours? Or do we put it out to pasture? Would this franchise ever be "green lit" today? Enjoy - LOL! xoxoxo Full Episode at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51420223 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2021
Nikki Blonsky (on Hairspray, Broadway, Zac Efron, John Travolta & Coming Out)
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Nikki Blonsky steps Behind The Rope. We cannot help but to feel nostalgic with Nikki in the house. Nikki chats with us about what it was like to land the breakout role of Tracy Turnblad in the film version of the iconic Hairspray. Nikki talks about what life was like as a Long Island girl who went to see Hairspray on Broadway with her Mom and said “hey, I can do that”. Little did she know that years later she would be landing one of the most iconic parts in any Broadway musical. We chat about all the details from the audition process, to the mind of John Waters to how life changed after the film came out and made her a household name. Of course, we chat about some of Nikki’s Hairspray co-stars such as Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron (ok we need a moment to recover), Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta (whom she still calls “Mom”) and Queen Latifah. We also chat about some of the original film’s stars such as Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake & Divine. On a more serious note, we discuss the pressures of being type cast in Hollywood, how Nikki found it hard to find work after Hairspray, the pitfalls of fame and the best and worst parts about “the business”. Nikki was also on two of our fav shows, Ugly Betty and Smash which, of course, we love. Finally, Nikki came out via TikTok, of course, where would anyone else come out in these modern times in which we live, during the Pandemic last year to Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out”. Nikki chats about the details of that coming out, her love life since, why it is hard for “Tracy Turnblad” on the dating apps and just how Zac Efron seems to work his way into every date she has. @nikkiblonsky @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by STORYWORTH https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase)   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Tyler Whitman (on Million Dollar Listing New York's New Season #MDLNY)
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Million Dollar Listing New York’s Tyler Whitman steps Behind The Rope. After a brief chat with Tyler about his start in Real Estate in New York City and how he went from being the new kid on the block at Triplemint to the leader of The Whitman Team - #keeprealestateweird - we get into what y’all wanna talk about, how he became one of our favorite agents to root for every week on Bravo’s juggernaut, MDLNY. Season Nine. Here we are. Tyler chats about some of the big deals, famous names, and drama we will see this season. Of course, some of the drama comes from his co-stars Ryan, Fredrik, and Steve who we break down on a variety of factors - best broker, biggest deals, biggest ego - ok you get the idea. Tyler opens up about how this season is different than all the rest which includes, in part, virtual showings as the world closed down and our first ever female MDLNY cast member, Kirsten Jordan. This milestone isn’t lost on us, nor is the fact that Tyler isn’t the new kid on the block anymore, both of which need to be discussed. Tyler chat’s about his West Coast Counterparts, our favs from MDLLA Tracy Tutor, The Joshs Altman and Flagg and The Brits James and David. Tyler opens up about sharing his dramatic weight loss with the whole world a la MDLNY and with all of our agents in committed relationships with babies on the mind, just what is the status of Tyler’s personal life? Finally, Tyler chats about the current state of the NYC real estate market, the best things to have come from being on Bravo, the Bravolebs he works and plays with, and what is next for Mr. Tyler Whitman. @tylerwhitman @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by STORYWORTH https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase)   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Karen Gravano (on Mob Wives, Sammy The Bull, The "Boys", and Made in SI)
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Karen Gravano steps Behind The Rope. Welcome Karen. We get right into it. Karen explains how she got involved with Mob Wives back in the day. She explains how it was a show that no one wanted, at first, until a famous name got involved, Harvey Weinstein. Then there was a bidding war and the show ended up, as we all know, at VH1, and the rest is history. Karen talks about her costars Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo, and Drita D’Avanzo. She explains how each were cast by Renee’s Sister, Jen Graziano, how she was the last one cast, and how, as Sammy The Bull's daughter, she led credibility to the show as it tied to The Mob. She tells us who she knew before the show and who she met as a result of casting. We discuss the inevitable chemistry her and Drita had on screen, whether it be good or bad, and how and why the show was such a success. We discuss the fall outs of certain friendships, how, if at all, she thinks Mob Wives affected these relationships and the current status of her relationships with Renee, Jen, Carla, and Drita today. Karen opens up about how "The Boys” in the lifestyle felt about the show Mob Wives as it related to confidentiality and the way the women represented themselves on national TV. Flash Forward to current day, Karen discusses her last show on MTV, "Made In Staten Island” which aired last year. We talk about the other families involved in the show and what it was like to work with both her daughter Karina and her dad "Sammy The Bull”. Finally, Karen discusses her own Podcast, “The Sit Down” which she hosts with Carla Facciolo and “cousin” Ramona Rizzo. Karen holds nothing back. (For those who missed it, Karen Gravano was here prior on May 6th, 2020. Feel free to check it out). @karengravano @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by BETTER HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
John Sessa (on Vanderpump Dogs, LVP, RHOBH, & Vanderpump Rules)
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Dr. John Sessa steps Behind The Rope. Yes, That John Sessa. Executive Director of Vanderpump Dogs. John Sessa, as seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Season Nine. You remember that season, no? Thank you Lucy Lucy Apple Juice. Originally from a farm in Northwest Indiana, John never foresaw his current LA life of working with The Vanderpumps. Ok let us start at the beginning. John first met Lisa Vanderpump right after Giggy won “Reality TV’s Most Famous Dog” Award. It was during one of their first meetings that the idea for Vanderpump Pets was born. John explains how Vanderpump Pets, an idea which started with simple, ok its LVP so let's use the word simple loosely, dog collars grew into a real legitimate bona fide business. He also talks to us about how Vanderpump Dogs was eventually born out of Vanderpump Pets after Lisa Vanderpump became aware of the dog abuse taking place in Yulin, China. John discusses some of the current initiatives Vanderpump Dogs are working on, the process of how a dog gets “Vanderpuffed” once rescued and the infamous Vanderpump Dogs Annual Gala. Speaking of Vanderpump Dogs, John fills us in on the much anticipated “Vanderpump Dogs” Series and lets us know when we can expect to see the finished product online. We discuss who in the Vanderpump Rules cast he turned to for on camera reality TV advice and who in the Vanderpump Rules cast he is closest to. Of course, we discuss all things LVP from Villa Rosa, to what Lisa is like off camera, to what are the biggest misconceptions of Lisa and the rest of The Vanderpumps. Obviously, we asked John about "Lucy Lucy Apple Juice" and just where do these dogs' names come from? John talks about how The Vanderpumps are doing, when he last spoke to them, Lisa’s Podcast, the status of all of Lisa and Ken’s restaurants and what we can expect next from the great work that Vanderpump Dogs has been doing.  @drjohnsessa @vanderpumpdogs @vanderpumppets @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by STORYWORTH https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase)   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
Kim D. (RHONJ) & Dana Wilkey (RHOBH) - Dish On Just Finished RHONJ Season!!
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Kim. D and David made an appearance on “Dishing Drama with Dana” a few weeks back on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Dana Wilkey’s Podcast. Today, as a bonus episode - it is a holiday and all - BTVR shares that episode with you, our loyal listeners. Yes, thanks to our fearless leader David, RHONJ met RHOBH to dish about the just finished season of RHONJ and analyze all that has gone on. In true Behind The Rope fashion, Miss Kim D. came with receipts, as any good Housewife has learned to do throughout the years. Being one of New Jersey’s most connected residents, Kim is here to share all that she has heard and allegedly knows about many of our fav key players this season - Tre, Mel, Jackie, Margaret, Dolo, and, oh yea, that girl Jennifer. No one is spared and no stone is left unturned as Kim shares all with David and Dana, much of which has left them in disbelief.  @kimdposche @wilkey_dana @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef BONUS EPISODES Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by STORYWORTH https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase)   MERCH Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2021
Aja (on Drag Race, Queer Culture/Artistry, New Music, Prince & Kandy Muse)
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Aja steps Behind The Rope. Yes, we all know Aja from their appearance on Drag Race Season Nine and All Stars Season Three. There is much more to Aja than their appearance on our favorite Ru shows. Born and raised in Brooklyn, we knew we liked Aja for a reason, they got into drag at a young age by performing at the local New York City bars. That NYC training led to a coveted spot on both of the aforementioned Drag Race shows. Aja chats about what the experience was like being part of both blockbuster shows - the good, the bad, the other. Of course, we talk about Ru, the judges, and some of our fav guest judges during Aja’s tenure: Lady Gaga, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, and Naya Rivera. Aja opens up about life after Drag Race which, yes, includes a career in music. Being completely committed to the craft, Aja announced a few years back that they are no longer a “Drag Queen” but instead are a “Queer Artist”. Speaking of drag queens, Aja dishes on their favs from this current season of Drag Race, discusses whether they think RuPaul and Drag Race have adequately incorporated trans women, trans men, non-binary and all other contestants who deserve representation into the show, including the new catch phrase used this season, and opens up about their beef, fall out, and current status of their relationship with current season contestant Kandy Muse. Remember we mentioned Aja music? Well, Aja has new music in the form of a stellar CD, “Crown” featuring the first single “21 Roads”. Aja chats about their musical inspirations (one includes Prince and we are so here for it!), some of the overall themes heard on the album such as fame, race, gender, class, their fav track, what artist they would love to work with, and just how important is it to incorporate non-binary visibly and cultural representation in their music. @ajathekween @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
Frankie Grande (on Reality TV, RHOBH, Madonna, Broadway, & Living an Authentic Life!)
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Frankie Grande steps back Behind The Rope. We have to stop meeting like this! Although it has only been a few weeks, we cannot keep up with Frankie and he is here to share many new projects. First things first, we chat with Frankie about the fact that NYC’s Broadway is coming back and will be open and alive this fall. We also talk about his time on Big Brother, would he ever go back, consider other Reality Competition shows such as Survivor and Amazing Race, what are his guilty pleasure reality shows of yesteryear and today. We also dish the dirt on fav reality shows, thoughts on Real Housewives and other pleasures rooted in Pop Culture history. A forever advocate of the LGBTQIA community, Frankie chats about what that means to him and how important it is to live an authentic life, both in front of, and off camera. We revisit Frankie’s love of Madonna, having met her and all, and deep dive into his favorite era of Madonna - the music, fashion, the Madonna of it all. Speaking of Frankie’s new projects, congrats are in order as he is the new host of the SpongeBob Podcast for Nickelodeon. Of course he is because who better to host a SpongeBob Podcast than shine bright like a Frankie, Frankie Grande. With Pride just around the corner, we chat with Frankie about his upcoming “Rainbowthon”, next Thursday June 3rd where he and a few friends (JoJo Siwa, Jewel, Alexandra Billings, and many, many more) host a virtual performance, celebration and all out party in support of Los Angeles’ LGBT Center. Like last year, perhaps a certain family member will be making a guest appearance. Ya never know. Thanks for stopping by again Frankie!! Always a pleasure.  ** This Episode was recorded last week just prior to Singer Demi Lovato coming out as Nonbinary. Demi Lovato now goes by the pronouns They/Them.  Purchase Ticket’s to Frankie Grande’s Rainbowthon at http://www.rainbowthon.org/ Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
Kathy Wakile (#RHONJ - Catching Up!)
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Kathy Wakile steps Behind The Rope. Several months ago, before her daughter Victoria got married, Kathy sat down to chat about all that she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens. Born and raised in New Jersey, the fourth of five children, Kathy loved her first career as a Licensed Hairdresser helping make people beautiful one head at a time. One day, on her way to Florida, she met a man on a plane, who became her current husband, Rich Wakile. Family life is going well - so well, in fact, that she brought daughter Victoria with her. Oh hey there, Victoria. Did you know Victoria worked at Aydin Plastic Surgery for Bill Aydin. What a small RHONJ world it is. Speaking of RHONJ, Kathy thought she was in the mix to be cast on a new cooking / baking show during her casting process for RHONJ. Turns out, it was for Season Three of RHONJ and the rest is history. Kathy discusses what filming with her family, Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice was like plus the status of their relationships today. Plus, she shares her thoughts on and friendships with Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Jennifer Aydin, Dolores Catania, and last but not least, Margaret Josephs. Kathy and David discuss the “reality” of reality TV, the positives and negatives of being on a “Housewives” show, and how to transition back into the world when the party ends. Kathy seems to have done so quite well. P.S. Huge shout out to Pizza Love, Kathy's delicious, amazing Italian Palace in Wyckoff, NJ!!! @kathywakile @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2021
The Big Shot With Bethenny's Nicole Rosé Stillings (on Bethenny Frankel & BTS of "Big Shot")
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The Big Shot with Bethenny’s Nicole Rose Stillings steps Behind The Rope. Unarguably, THE breakout star of “Big Shot”, Nicole is here to dish it all now that the season has come to an end! A self proclaimed, as seen on TV with Ms. Frankel, DJ, Influencer, and Podcaster, Nicole can now add, “Reality TV Star” to her moniker. Nicole chats about how her dreams of DJ’ing have come true in a big way having worked with not only the the likes of Diana Ross and Noah Cyrus, but there was also that one time she DJ’d and appeared on Summer House during one of their epic finale parties. Yup, we discuss what filming an episode of Summer House was like and just what did Nicole observe from her DJ booth about some of our fav Bravolebs - Kyle, Carl, Lindsay and the rest of the gang. Nicole chats about leaving her career as a triple threat behind to pursue a position as VP, of Operations, billed as “second in command” to the one and only Bethenny Frankel. Nicole has already turned our heads, and that of the B herself, by wearing a crop top on day one, crying after being berated by Bethenny, and, well many other incidents which we discuss in full. In true Nicole fashion she - does - not - hold back when discussing what Bethenny was really like off camera behind the scenes, how “involved" producers of The Big Shot were in storyline, and her edit as the resident “loud mouth”. She also discusses some of her, now standout moments with the world as we watched back each week. She discusses whether Bethenny is bothered by her because she sees herself in her. Let us not forget Bethenny was once called the resident “loud mouth” by our good friend Martha Stewart. Finally, she chats about the epic involvement of Biggy and Smallz and just what she will take away from this experience with Ms. Frankel in the freshman season of her "Big Shot". @nicolestillings @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
TABATHA COFFEY (on Tabatha's Takeover, Shear Genius, Housewives, Being a Bravo Legend, & B*tch Reputation!!!)
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In a very rare Podcast appearance, Tabatha Coffey steps Behind The Rope!!!! Checking in from her home directly across the river in good ole’ New Jersey, Tabatha is here to - discuss - it - all!! Tabatha starts at the beginning - finishing third and winning “Fan Fav” on the freshman season of Shear Genius. In part due to her signature tell it like it is / hold nothing back approach to hair and life, Tabatha then got her own show, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, which became Tabatha’s Takeover in Season Four. We discuss what it was like to be a Bravolebrity at that time with colleagues such as Rachel Zoe, Jeff Lewis, Patti Stanger, Jackie Warner, Vicki Gunvalson and a singer you may have heard of by the name of Paula Abdul (“Hey Paula” fans rejoice!). Tabatha weighs in on how Bravo has changed over the years to become the network it is today - which also included her show a few years back, Relative Success with Tabatha, what Bravolebrities of past and present she calls friends, what Bravolebs and Hollywood A Listers have the best and worst hair and what she thinks of Celebs who ride or die by one signature hairstyle. Rinna, we are talking to you. Being from NJ, we discuss Tab’s neighbors Tre, Mel, Marge and the rest of the RHONJ, whether Tabatha would ever consider joining the franchise and whether, with all of Bravo’s efforts on diversity and inclusion, it is finally time for our first openly Lesbian or Trans Housewife (no, we are not counting RHOC’s Braunwyn). Of course, that means she would have to wear leopard which leads to a discussion on Tabatha’s signature all black ensemble. Tabatha gives us an update on her personal life, TV projects, hair, and answers just what is next. One next project is her upcoming B.I.T.C.H Camp, where Tabatha herself, plus her Camp Counselors, will help you put your life in order. If there is one person who can accomplish that goal, it is certainly one of the most outspoken, brutally honest Bravolebs in history, Miss Tabatha Coffey!! @tabathacoffey @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef http://www.tabathacoffey.com (tickets for B.I.T.C.H Camp Available!) Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Kim D. Shares Receipts (on RHONJ's Current Season's Biggest Dramas!)
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RHONJ’s Kim D. She’s baaackk. Kim has a LOT of opinions on this current season of RHONJ and has asked to come back to share them. Who are we to say no? First things first, let’s chat about the elephant in the room, Teresa and Jackie. Kim has a lot of opinions on the matter and in true Rope fashion, her opinions are based on what she has “heard” / allegedly knows from being a local NJ gal. We discuss where we think that rumor really started, whether we believe it is true, what were Teresa’s true intentions in mentioning this rumor on TV, and what is the status of their relationship today. Next, we chat about some of this RHONJ season’s other dramas. What other dramas, you ask? We chat about newbie “Friend Of” Michelle Pais claiming that Joey Gorga owes her husband money. We dissect this claim, the nuances behind it, and of course, do we think there is any validity to it. Speaking of Michelle Pais, she is no longer representing Teresa Giudice in the sale of her home. We answer the question “who is” Michelle Pais and what caused the fall out of her friendship with Tre and subsequent rapid disappearance from our TV screens. Speaking of Joey Gorga, we discuss Melissa and Joe’s “rumored” marital problems, and, well, yea, Kim has something to say about that. Marital and dating problems? Ok, yes, that leads us to Luis Ruelas, Teresa’s new man. Kim knows someone who knows someone… Well, why don’t you just listen to her chat about Luis and Tre. Then there is Jennifer Aydin. Oh, Jennifer. While we admit, the girl is hella funny, never before has a reference to a swan been so funny, David holds back on his own personal real life feelings on Jennifer, that is for another place and time, but Kim chats about how Jennifer was at her past Posche shows despite the fact that Jennifer announced on Watch What Happens Live she has never met Kim D and not know what Posche is. Yes, Kim has receipts. Yea, we will post it. Kim chats about what she has heard regarding this epic RHONJ season and reminisces on the past. Speaking of the past, has anyone been watching Danielle Staub’s weekly IG Live viewing of RHONJ. Should Kim do the same? Grab those cocktails and get ready to gasp. This one is a tell all and who better than the woman who knows everyone who is anyone in the Garden State, Miss Kim D is here to do what she does best, hold nothing back!  Full Episode out NOW TODAY: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51104327 @kimdposche @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2021
Married To Medicine's Kari Wells (on Current Season, Looking Back & What's Next)
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Married to Medicine’s Kari Wells steps Behind The Rope. The “Queen of Class”, a titled bestowed upon her by the one and only Daddy Andy Cohen, Kari is here to help us break it all down regarding the current season of Married to Medicine. After a brief chat about how she originally got involved with the show way back in Season One, her up and down relationships with her co-stars over the years, and all the changes in M2M during the past eight years, we waist no time in delving deep into the current season. Kari chats about her current relationships and what we can expect to see the rest of this season from some of our favorite Doctors and Doctors’ Wives - Dr. Jackie, Dr. Simone, Toya, Quad, Dr. Heavenly, and Dr. Contessa. Of course, we nudge Kari 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 newbie Anila Sajja and what we can expect from this firecracker as the season progresses. On a more serious note, we chat about the absence of series creator and one of the former Executive Producers, Mariah Huq and did that effect the mood in this friend group this season. Kari chats about some of her fellow ATL women, those Peach Holders over at The Real Housewives of Atlanta - who she knows, who she would like to know, and just who stood her up for dinner a few months back. Finally, we chat about all that Kari has done in life - model, actress, author, business owner and, of course, last but certainly not least, Doctor's Wife. Tune in as we break it all down, Married to Medicine style.  @kariwells_ @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
RANDY SPELLING (on Tori, Family, 90210, Legacy, TV, & Life Coaching)
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The One, The Only, Randy Spelling steps Behind The Rope. Yes THAT Randy Spelling. Before we get to his current “Randy Spelling Coaching” Business, let us start at the beginning. Spelling Manor. Randy is kind enough to entertain all of our questions about what it was like to grow up at Spelling Manor. Spelling Manor, the house with its own Wikipedia page. We discuss Mom Candy Spelling’s glamorous parties, the infamous gift wrapping room, the whose who of Hollywood who flowed through there, and how Randy felt when the Manor was sold in 2011. We discuss what it was like to grow up with Aaron Spelling as a Dad and what the legacy of such shows like “ Melrose Place”, “Charmed”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Dynasty”, “The Love Boat” and “Heart to Heart” means to him. We also discuss what is was like to be a high school student at the same time that 90210 exploded. Well there was that one time Randy went to school to everyone chanting “Donna Martin Graduates”, the night after a certain episode aired. Speaking of 90210, we discuss it all and by all, we mean, Shannen, Jason, Brian, Ian, Gabrielle, Jenni and Tori. Speaking of Tori, we discuss her own career both on 90210 as well as the plethora of reality TV she has done, such as Tori & Dean and True Tori and what it is like for Randy to watch some of these shows. Randy also opens up about what it was like to be caught in the middle of certain family dramas and it what it was like to have those played out in the media. On a larger note, we discuss topics such as the importance and value society improperly places on having versus not having money, the addiction of fame, why the media is so obsessed with “The Spellings” and some of the biggest misconceptions about himself, Tori and the rest of the family. Fear not, all of this has helped Randy get to where he is today, a devoted Husband and Dad living in Oregon with a successful life coaching business. No really, you can book him as a life coach, and if this sit down is any indication, sign us up!!! @randyspelling @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2021
Blow Out's Jonathan Antin - (on Andy Cohen, WWHL, Bravo Early Days, Tabatha Coffey, & Madonna)!
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Did everyone watch Watch What Happens Live last week with all our friends from the past including Mr. Jonathan Antin. Well, Jonathan Antin steps back Behind The Rope. We pick up right where we left off during our last sit down. Jonathan explains how he got hired as one of the lead judges on Bravo’s Shear Genius after Blow Out had ended. We discuss host Camila Alves and prior host Jaclyn Smith. We also discuss one of Shear Genius' contestants, Tabatha Coffey. Jonathan gives us his opinion of Tabatha, discusses whether he thinks she should have won her season, lets us know if her tough as nails persona is an act or real, and finally answers the question of whether she deserved her own show. Speaking of Bravolebrites, we discuss Jackie Warner’s appearance on Blow Out, what went wrong and the status of their relationship today. We also discuss all the other celebrities who appeared on Blow Out such as loyal clients Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin (they had other reality shows in the mix with Jonathan also - we discuss), Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, and, last but not least, sister Robin Antin, founder of The Pussycat Dolls. Jonathan tells some fun stories about his other Celeb clients, Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, Brad Pitt, Steven Tyler, Leo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and, way to bury the lead, Queen Madonna (Lourdes in Tow)! We discuss the pressures from Bravo for Jonathan to involve his family in the show and how Blow Out came to an end shortly after his lack of a desire to do so. Finally, Jonathan opens up about the early days of Bravo, the origins of WWHL, his relationship with Andy Cohen and what he thinks of how the network has evolved throughout the years. (If you haven’t heard our original chat with Jonathan, feel free to check it out. Airdate November 4, 2020). @jonathanantin @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
Eric Nies (The Real World New York & Homecoming)
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This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real…. The Real World. We sat down with Eric Nies a few months prior to MTV’s decision to bring the entire cast of the original real world back together to live in the same loft almost thirty years later. Mr. Eric Nies was part of the granddaddy of all of reality TV, the original Real World, New York, Season One. THE show that changed, introduced, formed and revolutionized Reality TV. Welcome Eric. We start at the beginning by asking the question, just how did Eric get cast on the first ever Real World in NYC and what was casting like 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. Eric discusses his hesitations to do certain things not knowing how the final product would turn out and the influence of producers and editing back then. He discusses how he was able to get used to cameras around 24/7 and what he thought of the finished product once aired. Eric discusses what MTV was like back in the day when it was the Chanel 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 multigernational blockbuster of supreme magnitude. We discuss his house mates Julie, Norman, Heather, Kevin, Becky and Andre and who he keeps in touch with today. He explains how once the Real World ended he was offered the gig as host of Club MTV, which led to MTV’s The Grind (also featuring a pre RHOBH Camille Grammer), which led to The Grind Workout Videos, which led to a long career as both a Competitor and Host of the classic MTV juggernaut The Challenge. He had movie offers, modeling offers and who could forget that Bruce Weber photoshoot book he was in with his brother (Google It). Being the hot commodity in town, no one said no. Money, fame, booze, drugs, women, anything at his fingertips that he wanted, Eric seemingly had it all. Until he didn't. With an addictive personality, Eric finally hit rock bottom and had his “aha" moment when he realized he needed to transform his life. He started working with Grandmasters and Shaman’s and currently runs a successful practice as a life, health, wellness, nutrition guide, spiritual guide and addiction rehabilitation facilitator for those in need. That is a long cry from the streets of New York and the height of fame. Eric and David discuss the aftermath of being in the spotlight, how fame is possibly the most addictive drug of all, the highs and lows of the entertainment business and how to navigate it successfully and come out the other side. A truly spectacular sit down you do not want to miss with The Real World New York’s Eric Nies.  @nies.eric @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
MARGARET JOSEPHS (A sit down chat!)
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Margaret Josephs steps Behind The Rope. Margaret is here to chat about her new book, “Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget: How to Survive in Business and Life”. Not so fast Marge, we love you and all, but first we gotta chat about all that was RHONJ Season 11 as we head into the reunion later this week. We chat with Margaret about the Evan “rumor” heard ‘round the world, Teresa and Jackie, the origins of that rumor, and will we get answers at the reunion as to who started this rumor? In other RHONJ news, Margaret weights in on Joe and Melissa - their marriage, how worried is she, or should we be, about their future, and the truth about those “divorce rumors” which seem to be circulating in the press, in part, by Melissa herself. We ask Margaret, "just what is it about Jennifer that annoys you so much (where to begin???), her current Twitter feud with her, and just where does one need to draw the line. Margaret opens up about the men in Teresa’s life, ex-husband Joe Giudice - who is still as much a part of the show as he was in Season One - as well as Luis Ruelas - has she met him, what does she think, has Tre changed as a result of meeting him, is Tre moving too fast, and is she worried based on the recent “press” of his alleged “past”. Of course, we have to address the elephant, or lack thereof, in the room, Danielle Staub and how different is this season without her. We pay homage to the past - The Manzos, Kathy Wakile, Jacqueline Laurita and so on and look ahead to the reunion - what issues is she coming in hot about and does the reunion solve or cause more issues for the RHONJ ladies. Speaking of “Caviar Dreams”, Margaret chats about how the book came about, the writing process and the decision to include topics such as her wild childhood with Marge Sr. as a mom and “sleeping” with her boss. Margaret’s stellar book also includes business advice of how she became “self made” and recovered from financial and legal setbacks to come out the other side, life highlights such as sleeping with a Rock Star and meeting Joan Rivers and just what is next for this Powerhouse In Pigtails. Get your copy now to find out. Until then, tune in and listen.  @therealmargaretjosephs @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
RHONJ's Amber Marchese on Current Season (Tre / Luis /The Gorgas / Joe Giudice etc)
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Last month we sat down with RHONJ's Amber Marchese to catch up on life, chat about the bullying she has received since appearing on Housewives, her very public fight with Lance Bass, Lance's Husband Michael Turchin and Andy Cohen, the current status of those relationships today and her infamous “Season Six” of RHONJ. Today, Amber stops back by to chat about this season of RHONJ as we head into the reunion. The rumor heard throughout New Jersey, and the world, all that has been and is going on between Tre and Jackie, The Gorgas, Luis Ruelas, Joe Giudice, Team Margaret or Team Jen and so on. Amber shares what she knows from being the boots on the ground across the river in NJ. Full Episode can be heard at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/49754577 @amber_marchese @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Corrine Olympios (on Bachelor Nation, Real Housewives, Colton Underwood & Podcast Life)
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Corrine Olympios steps Behind The Rope. One of the most talked about contestants in Bachelor Nation history. Corrine stops by to chat about all that has been going on in Bachelor Nation since the end of this past controversial “Matt James” season of The Bachelor. Of course, we chat about and question Chris Harrison’s discussion with Rachel Lindsay, and will and should Chris ever return, who should be a permanent replacement for Chris if he does not return and last, but certainly not least, Chris Harrison’s decision to hire the same high powered attorney Gabrielle Union employed when she was “let go” from “America’s Got Talent”. Hmm, the plot thickens. We also chat with Corrine about new Bachelorettes Katie Thurston and Michelle Young, new Bachelorette Hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe and would she herself would ever want to host. Of course, we chat about her own controversial Nick Viall season, the importance of a nap, the status of her nanny and how Bachelor In Paradise is forever changed after her star turn on the island. In true Corrine fashion, she does not hold back. Perhaps that is why she has her very own new Podcast, “Corrine Saves Us All” where she helps us solve all of life’s mysteries or at least loves mysteries. Corrine gives Host David tough love - did he listen? - and chats about her amazing Aura Sugar beaded products worm on all of our favorites such as Scheana Shay and Christine Quinn. Finally, Corrine opens up about her current life and relationship. Yup, her boyfriend Vince The Builder is about to appear on one of our fav Real Housewives franchises!!! @colympios @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
Bugsy Drake (on Below Deck, RHOBH, Meeting Justin Bieber & Tablescaping)
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Below Deck’s Bugsy Drake steps Behind The Rope. In true Bugsy fashion, she is an open book holding nothing back and is here for a fun time. Bugsy reminisces about the seasons she spent behind the Bravo cameras as a cast member on Below Deck Mediterranean. She shares stories from filming and real life charters that make us say whaaat? Bugsy breaks down the differences between filming a reality show like Below Deck and real world charters. Of course, we discussed her feelings on Malia White, Captain Sandy and Alex Radcliffe. Speaking of Alex, Bugsy has a new boyfriend and, ok reluctantly, but we have our ways, shares a few details on him!! Bugsy also chats about her brand new book, “The Art of Tablescaping”. The Queen of Theme talks about some of her fav themes, what goes into a “good table”, and why most people find good tablescaping just so damn hard (us included!). Off course, we chat about other Bravolebrities and Housewives she has met, wants to meet, and / or have “slipped into her DMs”. Bugsy chats about the new season of her fav Bravo show - RHOBH and that one time she ran into Justin Bieber in St. Barts. Looking ahead, we chat about her future, the future of Below Deck, and whether she would ever be “the next Kate Chastain”.  @bugsydrake @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Shaman Durek (on BFF Gwyneth Paltrow, Dating a Princess, Bling Empire & Living an Authentic Life!)
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Shaman Durek steps Behind The Rope. Bling Empire’s Scene stealing Shaman Durek. Of course, we discuss Shaman Durek’s involvement in Bling Empire after being “hired” by Kevin Kreider to help Kelly Mi Li work out her "relationship issues" with Andrew Gray or, in other words, one of the central storylines of this brilliant freshman Netflix Series (if you did not watch, what are you waiting for). Shaman Durek chats with us about how one becomes a Shaman, what exactly does a Shaman do (oh c’mon, like you know), how can a Shaman help each and every one of us in our daily lives, and what are the biggest misconceptions of a Shaman. We delve deep into topics like social media and fame obsession, how people are often their own worst enemies, the affect Reality TV has on us as a society, the use of outside stimulants such as sex, drugs, alcohol to help numb the pain of daily life and what is needed in order to gain complete peace of mind in the fast paced world we live in today. Deemed “Shaman to the Stars”, we discuss other famous clients, besides our favorite “Crazy Rich Asians” over on Bling Empire, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev, and Chord Overstreet. In fact, Gwyneth is one of Shaman Durek’s best friends, we chat about what that is like and how, although people are often used to and/or treated differently because they are a celebrity, at the end of the day, we are all just humans trying to live an authentic life. It is clear Shaman Durek is living an authentic life, even if that life involves dating a member of The Royal Family, The Princess of Norway. Finally, we ask Shaman Durek if he has picked up on any vibes from Behind The Rope during our time together and if he can advise us on how to live a happier, kinder, more peaceful life.  @shamandurek @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
TAWNY KITAEN... Looking Back (from What Is Likely Her Final Interview Ever)
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Approximately two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Tawny Kitaen in what I can only assume is one of her last interviews ever. Tawny was full of life, happy, generous, pleasant. We talked for almost two hours. She followed up after in a series of texts, as kind and sweet as can be. She lit up when she talked about her daughters which were clearly her greatest accomplishment in life. Tawny went to her first rock concert at age 14, saw how the singer’s girlfriend got full VIP access and treatment and decided, “hey, I want that.” Tawny went out and made that happen. A rocker gal by nature, Tawny dated the guitarist from Ratt while in high school. From there she graduated, and “graduated”, by marrying Whitesnake’s lead singer. Although they divorced years later, she is most notorious for being “that girl” in the Whitesnake video. With that career defining moment she went from “groupie” to wife and celebrity. Choreographer Paula Abdul took one look at Tawny’s moves on the set of the Whitesnake video shoot and said, “you don’t need my help” and left! Tawny graced our small screens with roles on many of our beloved shows including Seinfeld (who she also dated), Married...With Children and America’s Funniest People. Before it was the “cool” thing to do, Tawny transitioned from “actress” to reality star starring in VH1s “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”. Speaking of Reality TV, who could forget Tawny’s 2017 appearance on E’s mega-hit Botched with Doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif. Of course, there was also that star studded role with Tom Hanks in Bachelor Party. What follows is an unedited, almost two hour, chat with Tawny as she shares stories from a life well lived opening up about career and personal highs, some of which have never before been revealed. She discusses the book which she was working on because, as stated, “if I don't write my life story, somebody else is going to, and they're going to do it off of sound clips, that aren't true and aren't real about me. So it's really, really important that I get my book out.” Hopefully this interview can help accomplish that just a little. @tawnykitaenofficial @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
CLAUDIA JORDAN (On The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
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Claudia Jordan steps back Behind The Rope. Claudia is here today to chat about all things, what else, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She explains how she ran into a RHOA producer at a West Hollywood gay bar and from there, the wheels were in motion. Claudia chats about her prior friendship with Kenya Moore, her arrival in Atlanta and just how she went from “Friend Of” to “Official Peach Holder” on this highly rated Housewives franchise. One word: Nene. Remember that infamous cast trip? Claudia chats about how welcome, hint - not much - she felt by Nene, Nene’s refusing to film certain scenes and how Nene treated everyone on set. She also chats about the remainder of her co-stars Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss, and Cynthia Bailey - what working with each was like and the status of her friendship with each today. Speaking of Miss Linnethia Leakes, Claudia chats about Nene’s departure from RHOA this past season. On a larger scale, we discuss the concept of “everyone is replaceable” and how some times some people can be their own worst enemy. Claudia also discusses whether Nene’s current actions regarding Bravo and Andy Cohen have gone too far to “the place of no return” or can she still make a return to the network, or any other network for that matter, in the near future. Claudia is currently living in Dallas, Texas with her boyfriend and yes she knows some of our favorite Real Housewives of Dallas such LeeAnne Locken (they just had an epic day of drinks together), D’Andra Simmons (she thinks Claudia should be an RHOD) and Kary Brittingham (they have had recent real life beef). Finally, Claudia reflects on her time on the show and answers the age old question, would she ever go back. Claudia DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK!! If you haven’t heard our explosive initial chat with Claudia, check it out, October 14th, 2020). @claudiajordan @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
RHOD's Dog Behaviorist Brad Bevill (on clients Kam Westcott, MamaD, Braunwyn Burke, & Bravo Pets Giggy, Tiago Girardi & T'Challa Samuels!)
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RHOD’s Brad Bevill steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Fanci Westcott’s Dog Trainer. We have all seen Brad bring the “tough love” to Kameron Westcott’s adorable treadmill loving dog Fanci, but what is working with Kameron really like? Brad is here to answer that plus chat about his other RHOD connections - working with Mama Dee and Cary Deuber’s dogs. Brad chats about the hardest part of each of those jobs, the strangest requests, how he fell into this line of business, the psychology behind working with dogs, what he loves about his job so much and what he thinks about being now known for his RHOD appearances. He has also worked with Bachelor Nation’s JoJo Fletcher and former Bravolebrity, “Courtney Loves Dallas”, Courtney Kerr. There is also his newest Bravoleb client, Miss Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Of course, we needed to know what Brad really thinks about Sparkle Dog and will pink dog food ever become a thing. We also chat about other pressing Bravo Dogs / Pets: Giggy Vanderpump (is it good for a dog to be treated like a human being and / or travel the world never leaving its owner’s side?); Wacha Cohen (when is it time to give an “aggressive dog” away?), Tiago Jayne Girardi (how soon after an owner is “taken away” for an extended period of time does a dog start to suffer separation anxiety? Can a dog sense a change in it’s owner’s lifestyle, can a dog sense a change in household parties due to live altering events such as a divorce), Lucy Lucy Apple Juice Vanderpump then Kemsley then Vanderpump now unknown (is there ever such a thing as a “too silly” dog name?), and last but not least the best Bravo pet in the history of Bravo, T’Challa Samuels (will Brad ever branch out to Birds or other pets?). On a serious note, Brad talks about being an entrepreneur (running Bevill Dog Behavior), new upcoming Bevill Dog Behavior products and services, and would he ever consider starring in a reality show of his own? Listen to the Full Show - Available NOW at https://www.patreon.com/posts/50560546 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2021
Tan Mom & Adam Barta (on Being Regulars on Howard Stern & Other Fun Topics)
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Howard Stern fans rejoice!!! Tan Mom a.k.a. Patricia Marie Krentcil steps Behind the Rope. Tan Mom and BFF Adam Barta, that is. They are here to discuss it all. Both originally from the NYC area, now Florida residents, Adam and Tan Mom became fast BFFS upon first meeting several years ago through their joint publicist. How Hollywood. Adam Barta has written songs for all of the moms. No really, all of the Moms. Octomom, Teen Mom, Mama June and of course, Tan Mom (Free 2 Be Me). He has also written songs for many of our BFFS such as Margaret Josephs, Lisa Lampanelli and Margaret Cho. Adam explains how he never purported to be the next Miley Cyrus and explains the genius behind his viral music. Adam and David also bond over the reality show pilot they were a part of with Jersey Shore’s Angelina Pivarnick, RHONJs Dina Manzo, and Michael Lohan. Tan Mom takes us back to the beginning of when she brought her five year old daughter to a tanning salon. Immediately thereafter she was arrested for child endangerment. She was taken right from the salon to jail. Jail for seven days. She recounts what being in jail was like, and how scary a time that was. She then became an overnight sensation. Tan Mom tells us about her legal battles as a result of this day, the ridicule her children had to face in school, what is was like to have paparazzi hiding in her bushes 24 hours a day, and how caged she felt not be able to walk down the street as a result of this one act. Flash Forward and one day Tan Mom and Adam found themselves booked on The Howard Stern show to tell their story. Let us repeat slowly. The Howard Sten Show!!! They quickly found themselves fan favs and, even more important, a Howard fav. As a result, they became regular fixtures on The Stern Show, having had so many appearances that they lost count. Tan Mom was even in Howard Stern’s book and attended his 60th birthday party. We just cannot breathe. They spare no details, from what Howard’s Green Room is like, what Robin Quiver’s is like, who attended Howard’s Birthday party, and what does it feel like to get be considered part of Stern’s inner circle. On a more serious note, we talk about Tan Mom’s near death experience last year and what major announcement she has a result. Wow, is all we gotta say.  @realtanmom @adambarta @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
RHONJ's Frank Catania Sr., w/ Cameo by Dolores Catania (An Interview)!
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RHONJ’s Frank Catania Sr. (“Big Frank”) steps Behind The Rope. Hot off his Watch What Happens Live appearance with his Bros, Joe Gorga, Evan G., Bill Aydin and The Real Super Joe, Mr. Dolores Catania, as we like to call him, is here to discuss it all. This Real Housewives of New Jersey “House Husband” discusses growing up in NJ, how, where and when he met Dolores, their courtship, marriage, children (shout out to Gabby and Frankie Jr. - former BTVR Guest), ultimate dissolution of their marriage and road to the current “best friends” friendship they now have, as seen throughout the past several seasons on RHONJ. Frank is brutally honest about why their marriage ended, their divorce and how they became almost immediate friends thereafter. Speaking of RHONJ, Frank discusses how Dolores was cast, his own participation in the show and just what does he think of the drama and other cast mates Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga, Jackie Goldschneider and last, but certainly not least, Jennifer Aydin. We also chat with Frank about his Bromances with the Joeys Gorga and Benigno (The Real SuperJoe), Evan Goldschneider and Bill Aydin. On a personal note, Frank chats about his relationship with Dolores’ boyfriend, Doctor David, as well as with his own girlfriend - who knew?. Finally, we pump, no pun intended (yes he and Frankie Jr. are still weightlifting), Frank Sr. for spoilers from the rest of this already stellar RHONJ season. Tune in for this RHONJ extravaganza with Mr. Dolores Catania with special cameo by the one and only Dolores Catania!! @frank.catania.jr @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
Laguna Beach's Christina Schuller (on Laguna Beach, The Hills & Reality TV)
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Christina Schuller (now Sinclair), from Laguna Beach, steps Behind The Rope. One of the OG's of Laguna Beach. Season One! Originally from Laguna Beach, Christina tells us what it was like when MTV came a knockin’ to film one of the first ever Reality Shows. With The Real World being one of the only predecessors to compare it to, Christina sheds light on what filming was like when “no one knew what they were doing”. That “no one” included producers. We discussed the “Game of Thrones” casting process and competition amongst Laguna Beach’s High School Students to be one of chosen eight. We discuss how the original concept was supposed to be a True Life: Day In the Life of a Southern California High School Student versus the juggernaut viral sensation it became. With that viral sensation, came many perks like attending the VMA Awards, Diddy’s after party and all. That viral sensation also includes all of our favorite shows for years to come: The Hills, The City and now, currently, The Hills: New Beginnings (coming back soon!). Christina opens up about what life was like when she was thrust into the public eye overnight and how that changed life forever. She explains her unexpected ties to The Hills / The City star Whitney Port. We didn’t see that coming. We discuss what life was like after the flash bulbs faded and where she took her career after - acting, fitness, full time mom. Of course we discuss some of her Laguna Beach co-stars Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, Stephen Colletti, Lo Bosworth, Talan Torriero, Trey Phillips and Morgan Olsen. Speaking of those co-stars, Christina fills us in on all the details from the Season One full cast reunion that took place last year, the first time the cast has all been together in fourteen years. Tune in now to hear all that Christina has to share about this Granddaddy of reality shows. @christinasinclair @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS (An Interview)!
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Countess Luann de Lesseps steps Behind The Rope. Royalty people. Royalty, or at least the first person The Rope has had with an actual title. In anticipation of the premiere (tonight is the night!!) of what is arguably one of the best of the Franchise, Lu is here to break down what we can expect this coming Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New York City. First, Luann reflects back on an epic twelve RHONY seasons - being cool, not uncool, kissing pirates, making eggs a la francaise, falling in bushes, feelin’ Jovani, and sharing very personal private moments in her life. Seeing as Luann has done all of the aforementioned, and more, while holding her head high, it is clear why she is an OG, fan favorite, and still going strong thirteen seasons later. Luann divulges what we can expect for RHONY Season 13, how it is different than the prior twelve, what to expect from new apple holder Eboni K. Williams, and whether Ramona is, well, as Ramona as ever. Since life IS a cabaret, we chatted with Lu about adjusting to life “off” the road having to put her sold out nationwide tour on temporary hold and received a status update on her “Marry, F**k, Kill” show, including whether Ms. Morgan, and all her letters, will be a part of it. Luann opens up about the many headlines she has made off camera the past few months while filming RHONY - potentially joining Dancing With the Stars, posing for topless photos (“Claycation”!), and returning to her single status (farewell Garth). On that note, we discuss her type, who she is currently chillin with and whether she would ever join that other juggernaut show, “The Bachelorette”. Of course, we need all the details from Luann on the upcoming Crossover “All Stars Housewives House” series seeing as she was the first announced official cast member. Finally, Lu is kind enough to entertain our rapid round of RHONY “must knows” - who would you want back, who would you not want back, what NYC Celebrity would be a good fit, does Louis Vuitton really make mistakes, what were her roses and thorns of the past thirteen seasons, how has she changed as a person as a result of RHONY, how are Victoria and Noelle, and what advice would she give to season one “Baby Countess” as Countess Luann de Lesseps reflects back on twelve successful years and looks forward to one hell of a RHONY ride as we prepare for tonight’s Season 13 premiere!!! @countessluann @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)  Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2021
Princesses: Long Island's Chanel Omari (on Princesses, Early Bravo, BFF's Lindsay & Dina Lohan & Comedy Career)!
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In anticipation of her first ever Watch What Happens Appearance, tonight is the night, in what is to go down as one of the most historic weeks in WWHL history, Princesses: Long Island's Chanel Omari steps Behind The Rope. Taking a break from her thriving comedy career and hosting her own “Chanel In The City Podcast” (as featured last season on The Real Housewives of New York City), the woman whose friends call her Coco, Chanel Omari is here to tell it all. Having not seen each other since a Countess Luann and Friends Christmas show, Chanel and David quickly catch up.  Why not start with a review of the night and the Countess Christmas show way back when. We also need all the deets about Chanel’s two BFFS Lindsay and Dina Lohan. No really, she is close with both. Okay, now onto what everyone wants to talk about, Princesses: Long Island. Chanel takes us back to the beginning of Princesses: Long Island. She explains how the concept for the show came about, how it was “cast” and how it ultimately found its way, after a brief journey, to Bravo as a home. Chanel discusses the concept of the show, a series of Jewish Women out of college for a short period of time who end up living back with their parents in well to do enclaves of Long Island, New York. We discuss the difference between how the show was marketed, portrayed and perceived as a series of rich young entitled Long Islanders versus the reality of the struggles, both financially and emotionally, most of the cast were facing off camera in real life. Chanel also opens up about how hard it is to film a reality show with your real life friends and how it is almost impossible for many of those friendships to survive the strains of Reality TV. No discussion of Princesses: Long Island would be complete without the origins of the show’s name and how Chanel and the rest of the cast felt when they were told this would be the name of the series. We discuss how and why, despite Bravo being the perfect home for this show, it was cancelled after just one short season and why David and Chanel think it will always live on as one of the classic Bravo favorites of all time.  We know you are preparing for your WWHL appearance, but thanks for fitting us into your busy schedule Miss Omari. Perhaps you will be back soon. #staytuned @chanelomari @chanelinthecitypodcast @chanelinthe @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
Spill & Sip - Weekly Gossip Roundup
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In addition to all of our regular Patreon programming such as covering the Jen Shah Shahrested & Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi Divorce with top industry attorneys such as Emily D. Baker & Trisha LaFache, Deep Dives into Bravo shows of yesteryear like Gallery Girls and NYC Prep, and exclusive Bonus interviews with controversial Bravolebs such as RHONJ’s Kim D and RHOBH’s Dana Wilkey - to name a few, every Sunday on Patreon, we are joined by the Girl Why Podcast to break down the weeks Hot Topics.  Although this content is found only on Patreon, BTVR wanted to share a sample episode here for you. Enjoy, and if you like what you hear tune in every Sunday on Patreon. The Girl Why Pod is listed below too.  Spill and sip with David Yontef & Girl Why is back again with more tea! We’re talking about the  - Bravo Housewives vacation getaway that is not called “All Stars” FYI!  - Caitlyn is running for Governor of California and her kids are embarrassed and the Kardashians are not happy either.  -Did Tristan really cheat again? David has some valid points why this maybe a clout chaser story only.  - Can we all agree KRAVIS aka Kourtney & Travis are a match made in HEAVEN?!?!  - David is dropping some serious tea about his good friend Kim D and who is David having from before the RHONY season premier. Can you guess?  Y’all must listen to this and if you like what you hear head on over to https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope @girlwhypodcast @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2021
Vanderpump Rules' Max Boyens - Breaks His Silence!
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Max Boyens Breaks His Silence. Max joins us in this exclusive chat to discuss it all. Vanderpump Rules just announced it's cast for Season Nine and that filming will resume this month. As the BravoVerse knows, Max Boyens was terminated from the hit show early last year along with Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute and Brett Caprioni. Max stops by to break his silence about the circumstances surrounding that termination, a series of tweets from 2012 which resurfaced just after he was cast on the hit Bravo show. First things first, we NEED answers from Max and we GET answers from Max surrounding those tweets - how, what, where and why, for starters. We dive deeper into his actions and how that affected several minority groups chatting with Max about, not only the ramifications of his tweets, but how he now feels about those tweets and what, if anything, has he learned from this whole experience. After this difficult, but brutally honest and completely necessary conversation, we chat about the terminations of Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, Stassi’s “apology tour”, which included, but was not limited to, her now infamous appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, and her newly hired PR firm in an attempt at a, for lack of a better word, “comeback”. We also discuss the recent cast departures of Vanderpump Rules OG Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright answering the questions (1) were they fired and (2) if so, is it because of Jax’s actions regarding Faith Stowers. We discuss the future of VPR without Stassi, Jax, Kristen and Brittany, the many rumored Spin Offs (Think Babies, TomTom and VanderVegas) and the current state of restaurants SUR and TomTom as of today. Finally, we chat about Lisa Vanderpump’s involvement in this entire mess, when Max last heard from her, and where we all go from here. An episode not to be missed!! @issamaximillian @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Hear the FULL CHAT AT:https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2021
FRANKIE GRANDE (on Big Brother, Music Divas, Red Carpets, Social Media, & "Titanique")
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Frankie Grande steps Behind The Rope. Reality TV Star, Red Carpet Host, Influencer, Broadway Legend, LGBTQIA Advocate. Yes, he is also the brother to one of the world’s biggest Pop Stars of our generation, Ariana Grande for those living under a rock, but there is much much more to Frankie than his famous last name. Starting at the beginning, Frankie chats about being on Broadway at a young age - the many shows he was in, the pieces he produced and the many talented, many recognizable celebs he worked with. Frankie explains how and why he became a Social Media Influencer, before that was a thing, how he amassed his current following exceeding 2 Million IG followers, over 30 million You Tube Views, and TikTok stats that leave most speechless, the negative effects social media can have and what he foresees as the future of social. Of course, we chat about Frankie’s decision to temporarily leave all of that behind to enter the Big Brother house and play one of the best games in reality TV history, Big Brother. After Big Brother, Frankie Grande became a household name allowing him to continue his career by doing it all - more broadway, red carpet hosting, more reality TV and so on. What hasn’t Frankie Grande done? Now, he is back having just performed in an all-star studded revival of Rock of Ages as well as an upcoming brand new one night only live streaming musical (this Sunday May 2nd), “Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert”, a parody of Titanic set to, yup you guessed it, Celine Dion songs. Celine even makes an appearance as herself, kind of. Frankie chats about what it was like to play Victor Garber in Titanique and whether Celine Dion herself will be tuning in this Sunday night. Finally, we check in with Frankie on his fam - Sister, Mom, Nona and boyfriend Hale and, having met everyone and anyone, do a rapid fire round of Frankie’s hot takes on some of our favorite music divas, not the least of which is his number one (tied with Celine) Queen Madonna! Oh, fear not. For those wanting to get tickets to this Sunday night’s live streaming of “Titanique”, they are available (see link below)! @frankiejgrande @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef https://titaniquemusical.com/#company FrankieGrandeTickets.com Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Ben Higgins (Breaking It All Down!)
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Ben Higgins steps Behind The Rope. Mr. Former Bachelor Himself, steps by to chat about all that has been going on in Bachelor Nation since the end of this controversial “Matt James” season of The Bachelor. Ben shares his thoughts on how he thought Matt did, Matt’s choice to give his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell and the end of their relationship due, in large part, to her "racially insensitive” past actions. We also discuss Matt’s decision to delete any and all mention of Bachelor Nation on his Instagram answering questions such as what does this mean for Bachelor Nation, how must Matt be feeling right now as he attempts to rebuild his life and whether he should be given another shot, not that he is asking for it, at the lead role. Matt and Rachael were recently seen together in New York City. What does it all mean? Of course, we chat about and question Chris Harrison’s discussion with Rachel Lindsay, his decision to “step aside”, will and should Chris ever return, who should be a permanent replacement for Chris if he does not return and last, but certainly not least, Chris Harrison’s decision to hire the same high powered attorney Gabrielle Union employed when she was “let go” from “America’s Got Talent”. Hmm, the plot thickens. Looking ahead, we chat about the next two Bachelorettes, Katie Thurston and Michelle Young, as well as their hosts, Bachelor Nation’s Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Speaking of Bachelors and plots, we check in with Ben about his current engagement to Jessica Clarke, their decision to live apart until married, their ideal wedding, and when they plan on getting married. Ben also chats about his stellar new book “Alone in Plain Sight” and amazing Bachelor Nation Podcast “I Almost Famous Podcast”. Finally we need Ben’s expert opinion of other recent Bachelor Nation couples Tayshia and Zac and Clare and Dale. @higgins.ben @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
FRANKIE GRANDE (on Big Brother, Music Divas, Red Carpets, Social Media, & "Titanique")
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Frankie Grande steps Behind The Rope. Reality TV Star, Red Carpet Host, Influencer, Broadway Legend, LGBTQIA Advocate. Yes, he is also the brother to one of the world’s biggest Pop Stars of our generation, Ariana Grande for those living under a rock, but there is much much more to Frankie than his famous last name. Starting at the beginning, Frankie chats about being on Broadway at a young age - the many shows he was in, the pieces he produced and the many talented, many recognizable celebs he worked with. Frankie explains how and why he became a Social Media Influencer, before that was a thing, how he amassed his current following exceeding 2 Million IG followers, over 30 million You Tube Views, and TikTok stats that leave most speechless, the negative effects social media can have and what he foresees as the future of social. Of course, we chat about Frankie’s decision to temporarily leave all of that behind to enter the Big Brother house and play one of the best games in reality TV history, Big Brother. After Big Brother, Frankie Grande became a household name allowing him to continue his career by doing it all - more broadway, red carpet hosting, more reality TV and so on. What hasn’t Frankie Grande done? Now, he is back having just performed in an all-star studded revival of Rock of Ages as well as an upcoming brand new one night only live streaming musical (this Sunday May 2nd), “Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert”, a parody of Titanic set to, yup you guessed it, Celine Dion songs. Celine even makes an appearance as herself, kind of. Frankie chats about what it was like to play Victor Garber in Titanique and whether Celine Dion herself will be tuning in this Sunday night. Finally, we check in with Frankie on his fam - Sister, Mom, Nona and boyfriend Hale and, having met everyone and anyone, do a rapid fire round of Frankie’s hot takes on some of our favorite music divas, not the least of which is his number one (tied with Celine) Queen Madonna! Oh, fear not. For those wanting to get tickets to this Sunday night’s live streaming of “Titanique”, they are available (see link below)! @frankiejgrande @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef https://titaniquemusical.com/#company FrankieGrandeTickets.com Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
João Franco (on all things Below Deck Med / Below Deck Current & Past!)
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João Franco, from Below Deck Med, steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from his home in South Africa, birds chirping in the background, João stops by to fill us in on everything he has been up to since we last saw him on our TV sets and chat all things about two of Bravo’s highest rated shows, Below Deck Med and Below Deck. João explains how, although he was authentically himself, many of his cast mates and Below Deck Med Veterans ’tried” to make a TV show and were all too aware of their images and cameras. Veterans? Well that can only mean two people - Captain Sandy and Hannah Ferrier. Do tell? On that note, let us not forget João was at BravoCon with Colin Macy O’Toole, The Captains Sandy and Lee and Kate Chastain. We discuss BravoCon in detail and why there were some bumps in the road there between João and the rest of the gang. Now that João is a Captain of his own, he chats about whether, as seen on last seasons Below Deck Med, Malia was required to report Hannah’s Valium and discusses how he himself interprets Maritime Law in regards to bringing prescription mediation on board a vessel. Speaking of Hannah Ferrier, we discuss his current thoughts on Hannah and the status of their relationship today. João also opens up about his time filming with Captain Sandy, the ups and down in their relationship since filming, how social media has led to some of the “downs” in that relationship and how BravoCon led to a strange interaction between the two. João also gives us the real deal, holding nothing back, about just how accurate is Below Deck Med when compared to the Real World Yachting Industry and discusses which is more difficult, a Below Deck Charter or a Real World Charter. As far as Real World Charter’s, our mouths are agape when João describes particular charters he has been on with Presidents of Countries, Famous Actresses & Actors and Billionaires. Some of his stories have left The Rope speechless.  @joaograntfranco @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Kate Flannery (On The Office, Dancing With The Stars, Comedic Inspirations & New Movie)
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Kate Flannery steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Kate Flannery. Meredith Palmer. Kate shares her journey to becoming one of today’s top comedians. That journey began, in part, at Second City’s Improv Comedy Troupe. That Comedy Troupe was also the training ground for many of our other favorite funny ladies and gents which Kate is happy to chat about - such as Jane Lynch and Steve Carell. Speaking of Steve Carell, Kate entertains all of our many questions about The Office - how she was cast, which plot lines were her favorite, all the behind the scenes fun, what it was like to play fan favorite Meredith Palmer in all her glory, drinking problem and all, and where would Meredith be today, to name a few. We discuss how the ratings for the first season were less than stellar and then a little known movie called “The 40 Year Old Virgin” came into our lives and the rest is history. With the reboot trend not slowing down anytime soon, we chat Office reboot and what exactly that would look like. Kate also opens up about her participation in Dancing With The Stars discussing what dancing each week on national TV in America’s most famous ballroom was like and a few of our favorite of her fellow dancers, James Van Der Beek, Karamo Brown, Lamar Odom Bachelorette Hannah Brown. We also talk about some of Kate’s biggest inspirations that led her to pursue a career in comedy, the strangest Office fan encounter she has ever had, and how and why “being recognized” never gets old. Finally, we chat about her upcoming new movie about Women’s Arm Wrestling. sign us up, “Golden Arm” and that, we can't help but make the comparison, other brilliant Women's Wrestling show, Netflix's "Glow". @thekateflannery @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
TIFFANY MOON (on RHOD Current Season & Upcoming Reunion!)
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Tiffany Moon steps Behind The Rope. That's Doctor Tiffany Moon from The Real Housewives of Dallas who stops by to chat about all from her freshman year. Tiffany opens up about the difficulties of filming a reality show, raising two children and being a full time physician while filming a reality show. We chat about some of the seasons biggest dramas thus far as they related to Tiffany - the epic Austin vacation, being thrown in the pool and hazed to drink Tequila by Kary Brittingham, Kameron Westcott and her aversion to chicken feet, Brandi Redmond and her aversion to crickets, to name a few. Speaking of Brandi Redmond, Tiffany opens up about Brandi's “racially insensitive” viral video heard ‘round the world’, what it was like to confront Brandi on camera, and the status of their relationship today. We also discuss and dissect Brandi's recent statement of potential departure and hypothesize whether she is really leaving the franchise. We also chat about Tiffany’s own recent statement that she may only be “a one season wonder” and chat about our other fav RHODs D’Andra Simmons and Stephanie Hollman. With the reunion looming, Tiffany explains who she is most anxious to see, what issues she feels will be resolved, and those which she thinks are beyond repair. On a more serious note, we discuss the importance of Asian American representation on shows like RHOD and analyze how Tiffany has changed both on and off camera throughout the season as a result of being a part of the friendship group. Finally, we could NOT let Doctor Moon go without a deep dive into her infamous closet with Tiffany answering all of our burning questions regarding this already iconic Housewives’ masterpiece. Thanks for stopping by Dr. Moon. @tiffanymoonmd @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Gregory Zarian Returns (on RHONJ, Kathy Wakile, The "Biz", & 86 Melrose Avenue!)
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Gregory Zarian steps back Behind The Rope. We have to stop meeting like this. With his “Behind The Velvet Rope” coffee mug in hand - sorry Melissa Rivers, yours is on the way - let us not forget Gregory has been in many, and we mean many, of our favorite TV shows - Nip/Tuck, The OC (Queen Mischa), 90210, Revenge, Westworld, Criminal Minds, Bones and Castle. Let us also not forget his role as “fan fav” Julius on General Hospital. Gregory and David chat about “the business” - the highs and lows, the biggest misconceptions of what it means to be an actor, how he prepares for a role, how not to take everything personally, and the most difficult aspects of the business. On that note, Gregory opens up about the constant rejection any and all actors and actresses face, whether that ever gets easier and the advice he would give someone just starting out. We also chat about the, for better or worse, presence of social media in the entertainment business today and the role it plays. This brings up larger discussions such as why people pursue the craft of acting, bullying both IRL and on social media, cancel culture and just what is going on in this ever changing world on a daily basis. Wow. Who knew we were so serious. Speaking of bullying, Gregory chats about his role on the brilliant Venice: The Series, which dealt with issues of bullying, a role he is most proud of. On a lighter note, Gregory chats about his brand new movie, 86 Melrose Avenue, about a diverse group of people at a gallery opening taken hostage forcing them to confront their cultural differences, pasts and potential looming mortality as time ticks away. Of course, all roads lead back to Housewives. For anyone who remembers our past two chats with Gregory, if not, hey, go listen, Gregory calls Kathy Wakile “Mom”. He even has a T-shirt to prove it. We discuss our mutual family/friend Kathy, her daughter Victoria’s recent wedding, and all the goings on this season of RHONJ- team Jackie or Tre? As always, Gregory, love having you. Stop by anytime!  @gregoryzarian @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase) This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
MELISSA RIVERS (on Joan, Joining RHOBH, The Oscars & Mrs. Maisel)!!!
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Melissa Rivers steps back Behind The Rope!! Yup, she is baacck!! We could not think of anyone better to help us break down all the red carpets of this past awards season than the one and only Fashion Icon herself, Melissa Rivers. Melissa does know a thing or two about fashion having hosted and executive produced that little blockbuster of a hit show, “Fashion Police” for many years. Melissa opens up about what Fashion Police would look like in 2021 and would she really ever consider going back. We chat with Melissa about the red carpet fashion, or lack thereof, seen in the past few weeks and chat about her predictions for the upcoming Oscars, which will be held live (no Zooms allowed!). We discuss the best and worst dressed of this awards season, who we have our eye on, and what and who it would take to “fix” the current red carpet situation. The last time we chatted with Melissa Rivers, The Rope had a viral moment regarding Joan Rivers and what her thoughts on wearing a mask would be - Google It. To that extent, we followed up the only way we know how, by discussing what would Joan Rivers think and say about having one's entire glam team come over, spend hours and hours making you up, slipping on a way overpriced height of fashion dress, shoes and jewels to travel to your living room to sit in front of a computer and accept an Award. Or your kitchen? Or bedroom? Speaking of Joan Rivers, she was always honest about her feelings for Ellen. We ask Melissa about Ellen and the public scrutiny she has received over the past year for being a rumored “mean girl”. We chat about Cancel Culture, are comedians “exempt” by the very definition of the job, and how would Joan hold up in our current climate. Of course, we had to ask Melissa the obvious question, would she ever consider joining RHOBH? We chat about who she knows on the cast, what type of Housewife she would be, what type of Real Housewives Mom Joan Rivers would be, and finally what she thinks of our fav diamond holders’ fashion choices. With Housewives and TV on the mind, we chat with Melissa about her ex Fashion Police co-host Nene Leakes’ current “Boycott Bravo” petition and can one ever come back from going against a network, what family she thinks is prime to be the next royal family of E once the Kardashians step aside, and when will she start receiving royalties for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is so very obviously based on the life of the most Iconic Female Comedian to ever live, past, present, future til the end of all time, Miss Joan Rivers. @melissariversofficial @melissariversgrouptext @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase) This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
Michael Fishman (Tells All on Roseanne, The Conners and playing D.J.) - Part II
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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. @reelmfishman @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase) This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Alaska (on Drag Race, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, & New Comedy Special)
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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. Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase) This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Kary Brittingham (on RHOD Past, Present & Future!)
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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.  @karybritt @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase) This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
The Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces (Catching Up)!
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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.  Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope to listen to the full episode out today!! @anaqooks @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2021
Shuga Cain (RuPaul's Drag Race) - An Interview
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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! @missshugacain @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
Bethenny Ever After's "Coordinator of Chaos" - Julie Plake McMinn (Catching Up!)
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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.  @julieplakemcminn @thesolidbrandsessions @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Michael Fishman (Tells All on Roseanne, The Conners and playing D.J) - Part I
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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. @reelmfishman @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
The Real World: New York's / Homecoming's Andre Comeau (On First Season, Current Homecoming Season & Being a Reality TV OG)
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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. @andrecomeaumusic @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
RHONJ's Kim D. (on Teresa, Melissa, Joe Giudice, Current Cast/Season & the Legacy of RHONJ)
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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.  @kimdposche @poschebykimd @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Inside Jen Shah's Shahrested, Erika & Tom Girardi Divorce, Britney Conservatorship - w/ Attny Emily D. Baker
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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! Out TODAY on our Patreon account - so head on over to https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope @theemilydbaker @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2021
Yvie Oddly (on Winning Drag Race & So Much More!)
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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. @oddlyyvie @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef  Bonus Episodes Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
RHONJ's Amber Marchese (Catching Up With / Current RHONJ Season)
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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.  @amber_marchese @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Tiffany Rinehart - Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List Assistant (A Chat About It All!)
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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! @tiffanyhelzer @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Laguna Beach's Alex Murrel (on Laguna Beach, The Hills, Very Cavallari, RHOC) - Part II
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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.  @alexmurrel @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Rachel Uchitel (on Putting Her Past Behind Her, RHONY, Wendy Williams Appearance & Seeking)
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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. @racheluchitelnyc @seeking @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
SHAHRESTED!! (Breaking It Down w/ Former Federal Defense Atty Trisha LaFache)
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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.  Have the past few days been confusing to you trying to make sense of it all, decipher what is real versus fabricated? This is THE episode you have been waiting for all week.  FULL EPISODE AVAILABLE AT - https://www.patreon.com/posts/49536623 @trishalafache @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2021
Lisa D'Amato (America's Next Top Model - Tells All on Tyra, The Show, & Shark Tank) - Part II
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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. @lisa_damato @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
Ladies of London's Marissa Hermer (Catching Up!)
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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! @marissahermer @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef @olivetta @the_draycott @mavericksnacks Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Frank (Jr.) Catania - RHONJ (An Interview!)
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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. @frank.catania @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
Summer House's Danielle Olivera (A Fireside Chat)
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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.  @danielleolivera @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef  Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
RHOA's DeShawn Snow (on Season One, Current Season and Miss Nene Leakes)
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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. @deshawnsnow @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef  Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Louis York (on working with Britney Spears, Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, The Grammys, & Their New Music)
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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!!! @louisyorkmusic @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
JACKIE TOHN (on GLOW, American Idol, Howard Stern, Joan Rivers, The Nanny, & Best Leftovers Ever!)
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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.  @jackietohn @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef  Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
AMY PHILLIPS (Our Fav Bravo Impressionist & Some of her Bravo "Friends")
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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! @meetamyphillips @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
Chaz Dean (on Flipping Out - Jeff Lewis, Gage, Jenni Pulos & his Hair Empire!)
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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. @chazdean @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
RHODC's Mary Amons (on RHODC Reboot, Andy Cohen, Bravo & Current Dallas Housewives Season)
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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! @maryamons @hippychicaofficial @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
Bravo's Gallery Girls - (Gone but not Forgotten)
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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! Full Chat can be heard at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45467655 @jordanrossmeyers @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
Claudia Wells - (on her starring role in Back To The Future & More!
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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! @claudiawells @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
MIKE HILL (A.K.A - Mr. Cynthia Bailey) - A Sit Down Chat!
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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!). @itsmikehill @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
RHOD's Jennifer Davis (An Interview with RHOD's Newest Friend Of)
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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!). @jendavis @behindvelvetrope @davdiyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
Floribama Shore's Aimee Hall (A Sit Down Chat!)
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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.  @aimeeelizabethhall @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Meet Married to Medicine's Newest Resident - Anila Sajja
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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. @anilasajja @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef  Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Designer Koa Johnson - Breaks Silence on RHOSLC Jen Shah's Mistreatment
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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. FULL INTERVIEW CAN BE HEARD: https://www.patreon.com/posts/48518018 @designerkojo @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Fan Fav Connor Saeli (on His Season, Matt James & Next Bachelorette)
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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. @consaelaway @saelwellness @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
LEEANNE LOCKEN (An Interview)
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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. @leeannelocken @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Arden Myrin (Real Housewives, The Bachelor, & her starring role on Insatiable)
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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! @ardenmyrin @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
Below Deck Sailing Yacht's Chef Natasha De Bourg
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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! @living_vicarioulsy_through_me @behindvelvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Blake Horstmann (on Rachel Lindsay, Chris Harrison, Matt James, & His Own Journey)
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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. @balockaye.h @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
David Meister (on Lisa Rinna, Fashion Police, Project Runway, & His Best / Worst Dressed List)
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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.  @david_meister @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by HelloFresh  https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet  (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
JANICE DICKINSON (& Friends) - An Interview (Part I)
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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! @janicedickinson @rltagency @jojoboy13 @twoguysfromhollywood @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by HelloFresh  https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet  (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
D'Andra Simmons (RHOD - A Current Season Chat!!)
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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… @dandrasimmons @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Mike Johnson (on his Journey, Matt James, Current Season & Clare & Dale)
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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. @mike_johnson @talkingitoutbn @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Michael Garofola (on Chris Harrison, Cancel Culture, Recent Attack, Friend Clare & More)
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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. @michaelgarofola @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
Tessa Hartmann (on The Real Housewives of Jersey, Andy Cohen, Harry & Meghan)
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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! @tessahartmann1 @hartmannhousejsy @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Whitney Rose (On RHOSLC's Season One, The Explosive Reunion, & Season Two!) - Part II
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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! @whitneywildrose @irisandbeau @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
Whitney Rose (On RHOSLC's Season One, The Explosive Reunion, & Season Two!) - Part I
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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! @whitneywildrose @irisandbeau @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
Summer House's Luke Gulbranson (Checking In!)
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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.  @lukegulbranson @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
Bachelor Nation's Kendall Long (on Current Season, Chris Harrison "Stepping Aside", Rachael Kirkconnell & Matt James)
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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. @itskendalllong @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50)   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
The Real Housewives of Jersey's Ashley Cairney (on Freshman Season, RHOBH & Reality TV)
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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! @ashleycairneyjsy @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
Meredith & Brooks Marks (On RHOSLC Season One, The Reunion & Season Two Predictions)
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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.  @meredithmarks @brooksmarks @shopmeredithmarks @shopbrooksmarks @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
TRISTA SUTTER - The ORIGINAL Bachelorette! (An Interview)
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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. @tristasutter @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
Bling Empire's Andrew Gray (A Sit Down Chat!) - Part II
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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). @andrewgray @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
Jackie Siegel (on Below Deck, The Queen of Versailles & Housewives)
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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. @therealqueenofversailles @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetrope This Episode is brought to you by Better HELP betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
Oxygen's Killer Motive
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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! @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2021
Patti Stanger (Valentine's Advice for Bethenny, Teresa, Kenya, Joe Giudice & More) - Valentines Special
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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.  @pattistanger @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
ISAAC MIZRAHI - (A Sit Down Chat!)
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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.  @imisaacmizrahi @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef https://events.broadwayworld.com/event/isaaccafecarlyle-1-8-8-pm-et-on-demand/ Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE) Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
Elyse Slaine - Catching Up with RHONY's Fav "Friend Of"
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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. @elyseslaine @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
Bling Empire's Andrew Gray (A Sit Down Chat!) - Part I
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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! @andrewgray @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE) Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
Chaz Dean (on Lisa Rinna, RHOBH, Nicollette Sheridan, 90210 and his Hair Empire)
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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.  @chazdean @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.fiverr.com/business (use code VELVET) Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
The Bachelor's Lacey Mark (on Matt James, Current Season, & Clare / Dale )
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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. @laceymmark @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE)   Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
LISA BARLOW - (An Interview with RHOSL's Tequila & Sundance Queen)
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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. @lisabarlow14 @johnbarlow16 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef   Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE)   Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
Randall Emmett (Vanderpump Rules) - Part II
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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”!!! @randallemmett @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE)   Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Flipping Out's Megan Weaver (on Jeff Lewis, Flipping Out, and all her Housewife / Bravolebrity BFFs)
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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!  @megancatalina @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE)   Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
TRINITY "The Tuck" TAYLOR (An Interview with Drag Race Winner!) - Part II
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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.  @trinitythetuck @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by http://www.adamandeve.com (use code ROPE)   Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Lady Bunny (on Friends Andy Cohen & RuPaul, Drag Race, & Appearing on WWHL)
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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. @official_lady_bunny @behindthevelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/10velvet (Use code 10velvet for 10 FREE meals, including free shipping.) Brought to you by Word Forest! (a Super Lucky Game). Search Google or Apple Store for Trivia Star   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Jo De La Rosa (The Real Housewives of Orange County) - Catching Up
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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.  *** Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jo who lost her Dad earlier this Month due to Covid. @jodelarosaa @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/10velvet (Use code 10velvet for 10 FREE meals, including free shipping.) Brought to you by Word Forest! (a Super Lucky Game). Search Google or Apple Store for Trivia Star   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Odd Mom Out's Sean Kleier (takes us Behind The Scenes of the Classic Bravo Series)
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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!. @seankleier @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/10velvet (Use code 10velvet for 10 FREE meals, including free shipping.) Brought to you by Word Forest! (a Super Lucky Game). Search Google or Apple Store for Trivia Star   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
Below Deck's Bruno Duarte (on Kate Chastain, Captain Lee & The New Season) - Part II
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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. @bruknowsfit @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/10velvet (Use code 10velvet for 10 FREE meals, including free shipping.) Brought to you by Word Forest! (a Super Lucky Game). Search Google or Apple Store for Trivia Star   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
Project Runway's Suede (on The Judges, Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano & all things Runway!)
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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. @suedesays @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/10velvet (Use code 10velvet for 10 FREE meals, including free shipping.) Brought to you by Word Forest! (a Super Lucky Game). Search Google or Apple Store for Trivia Star   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Sirius XM's Jenny Hutt (on IRL friendships with Bethenny Frankel, Martha Stewart, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand & More)
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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. @justjennyhutt @bunnyeyez @behindvelvetrope  @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Trivia Star (a Super Lucky Game) - Download Trivia Star in Apple or Google Store   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
VICKI GUNVALSON (The OG of the OC) - Tells All!
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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? @vickigunvalson @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Trivia Star (a Super Lucky Game). Search Google or Apple Store for Trivia Star Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (The People's Couch) on Pump Rules, Housewives & More! - Part II
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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.  @mrjuliegoldman @peeweethepeoplescouch @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope Brought to you by Trivia Star (a Super Lucky Game) - Download Trivia Star in Apple or Google Store   Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
Lisa D'Amato (America's Next Top Model - Tells All on Tyra, The Show, & Shark Tank) - Part I
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