BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

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A Podcast dedicated to observing the chaos and insane times that ensue from “hanging out” with The Real Housewives and other Bravolebrities. A rare look into an otherwise unobtainable world. Find out what happens when the cameras stop rolling and Reality gets REAL. Hosted by David Yontef.



Past Guests have included, but not limited to, Tamra Judge, Scheana Shay, Jill Zarin, Melissa Rivers, Sutton Stracke, Heather & Terry Dubrow, Marlo Hampton, Peggy Sulahian, Harry Dubin, Marge Sr., Yovanna Momplaisir, Elyse Slaine, Peter Madrigal, Charli Burnett, Jai Rodriguez, Cary Deuber, Joyce Giraud, Tracy Tutor, Max Boyens, Karen Gravano, Luke Gulbranson, Randall Emmett and Brett Cap.



As featured in several publications, websites and television shows including, but not limited to, People, The Daily Mail, US Weekly, Perez Hilton, Access Hollywood, Fox News, USA Today, Just Jared, Life & Style Magazine, Watch What Happens Live, Entertainment Tonight Canada, The Sun, Yahoo, MSN, Bravo's The Daily Dish, Bravo TV, and The Blast.



Ranked in top 10 on iTunes Apple Podcast Chart. Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!



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Mexican Dynasties' Elan & Jenny Allende
57:40

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


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

Selling Sunset's Maya Vander Steps Behind the Rope. Checking in from Miami Florida, with a full house including a 6 week and 15 month old, Maya is here to chat about the new season of Selling Sunset. Originally from Israel, Maya fills us in what it is like to split her time between Miami and LA, where she works at the famed Oppenheim Group as seen in Seasons 1 and 2 of Selling Sunset, and the differences between selling real estate in the two markets. Maya explains how she was cast on Selling Sunset, what filming was like, and her feelings about how she was portrayed on the show. Maya is kind enough to answer our questions about her colleagues Christine, Chrishell, Mary, Heather, Amanza, Davina as well as Jason and Brett. We also discuss those other LA Agents, the boys and girls from Million Dollar Listing LA, and the differences between the two shows. Of course, we had to bring up Exec Producer Adam DiVello, who was also responsible for one of the Granddaddy’s of them all, The Hills and our love for that classic show. We also discuss the power of Netflix, how Covid probably helped blow up Season 2, and what to expect in Season 3 (for those who have yet streamed). Finally, with Maya in Miami a good chunk of the time, we talk about the possibility of a possible Miami spinoff in the near future. 


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


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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Plus, a few other important announcements!


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Aug 02, 2020
Real Housewives Of Potomac (Hot Takes & Real Life Experiences)
1:12:00
On the verge of the premiere of the new Season of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Maureen Hari from the Popular “Real Housewives Forever” Instagram account, steps Behind The Rope. Maureen is thrilled to discuss all of our favorite ladies from the DMV.  First, she reminds us where Season Four left off. Thank You, because it has been a hot minute. Then, Maureen reveals that she has been following the real life off camera drama between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard and she is here to - Break - It - Down - for us - Hunni! She also reveals that Ashley got Candiace banned from BravoCon. Say Whaaaat? Then Maureen lets us know what the rest of the Potomac cast has been up to off camera. #juicy Of course no RHOP discussion would be complete without that “other” Potomac Housewife, Michael Darby. David contributes by sharing his real life experiences with the Potomac women, except for the one he never met. GASP! The conversation somehow turns to where it all began, The Real Housewives of Orange County and one of Maureen’s favorite housewives, Peggy Knickerbocker. Well, hmm, we did not see that one a commin’. Tune in now for this special RHOP episode. Sunday is just days away!. 
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Jul 31, 2020
Cedric Martinez (LVP's "Permanent Houseguest") Part II
50:05
Welcome back Cedric Martinez. For everyone who has not listened to our Part I sit down with Cedric, feel free to do so (released yesterday). Now onto Part II. Cedric continues to bring us behind the rosé curtain to discuss what life was like living with Lisa Vanderpump and how that living arrangement ultimately came to an end. He explains what life was then like after his time at the mansion ended and how he, ultimately, was able to move on. We also discuss, in depth, his relationship with Lance Bass. Cedric explains how he met Lance Bass, their courting, dating, the highs, the lows, and the ultimate breakup. He also lets us know the last time he spoke to Lance (the answer is not what you would think) and what Lance used to say about fellow ’NSYNC members including Justin Timberlake. Finally, Cedric gives us a rare look into his current life in London and what he would say to Lisa, Ken and Lance if he ran into each of them today. An episode not to be missed as we conclude this special two part sit down with Cedric Martinez, Behind The Velvet Rope


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

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


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

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


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Jul 27, 2020
Martini Mike #RHONY
1:38

Welcome back Behind The Rope's Rope. Latest Patreon episode available now.


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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Jul 15, 2020
Colin Macy-O'Toole (Below Deck Med)
1:04:42
Colin Macy-O’Toole from Below Deck Med steps Behind The Rope. Colin discusses why he thinks the Below Deck Franchise (Below Deck, Below Deck Med and Sailing Yacht) is amongst the highest rated of all of Bravo’s shows. He then enlightens us on the reputation of the Below Deck series in the real life “yachting” industry and the differences between a real life charter and that which we see on TV. Of course, we need answers to some of life's most burning questions - the highest tip he has ever received, the best charter guest, the worst charter guest, Chef Adam or Chef Ben and the most outrageous demand a guest has ever made. We then discuss this current season of Below Deck Med and his relationships with both Captain Sandy and Hannah Ferrier. Colin explains how he got hired to work on the Below Deck yacht and cast on the Bravo juggernaut, which was supposed to originally be for a different season with Captain Lee. Colin also shares his thoughts on his relationships off camera with Below Deck past and present: Kate Chastain, Malia White, Joao Franco, and Anastasia Surmava. Colin lets us know how his Podcast “Radio Check” is going as well as his “booming” Rap Career. Finally, having been a Fire Island Ferry Captain he talks, with our prodding, about some of his famous guests such as Scar Jo, Jimmy Fallon, and Wanda Sykes. Of course, we also discuss one of Fire Island’s most famous Summer Residents, Andy Cohen, and that one time he and Colin met in a rather “compromising” situation. Pull up those anchors and listen in.

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Jul 13, 2020
JLL ZARIN (Checking In)
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Jul 12, 2020
Jeremy Madix - Vanderpump Rules
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Vanderpump Rules may be over for the season but Jeremy Madix Steps Behind The Rope. Taking time out of his busy work day running Madix cannabis, Jeremy chats about his day job, when not seen working at Sur on Vanderpump Rules. Jeremy is busier more now than ever with work. Ok, on to some Vanderpump Rules talk. What was it like being there in the beginning before the VanderWorld became as big as it now is? What is it like hanging with The Toms and rest of the cast? How did Jeremy end up living in Tom and Ariana’s old apartment? Does he think Tom and Ariana will ever tie the knot? What does his family think about Fancy AF Cocktails and all the success Ariana has achieved at such a young age? Jeremy's favorite drink at Sur and the most popular drink at Sur? These and other burning questions in the VanderVerse are answered. Thank you Jeremy. 

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Jul 10, 2020
Cary Deuber - Checking In (#RHOD)
57:00

With filming of the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Dallas resumed, Cary Deuber Steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from her closet (no really, she is Zooming from her closet), her brand new Maltese on her lap, Cary is here to tell it all. First off, Cary gives an update on the Deuber family Med Spa and home life with Mark. Ok, ok, now onto RHOD. Cary explains how she didn’t know she was in the mix for a Housewives show during casting, what filming was really like, and what she thought about the finished edited product once her first season finally aired. Cary talks about seasons past and addresses LeeAnne Locken’s infamous quote about what her husband ‘supposedly” did at The Round Up. Oh LeeAnne. Speaking of LeeAnne, Cary talks about the status of her current relationship with LeeAnne as well as the rest of RHOD’s cast members Kameron, Stephanie, Brandi, D’Andra and Kary. Plus, we ask her what info she knows about rumored new cast members Tiffany Moon and Jennifer Davis Long. A jam packed episode not to be missed. 


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Jul 09, 2020
Alex Radcliffe (Below Deck Med)
1:04:55
Beck Deck Mediterranean’s Alex Radcliffe steps Behind The Rope. Calling from his newly purchased house just outside Boston, Massachusetts, Alex is here to discuss all things new season of Below Deck Med. Having never worked on a private yacht before, nor having ever watched any of the Below Deck Franchise prior, Alex was thrown right into life at sea after stepping foot on board The Wellington to set sail for Bravo's hit reality show. Alex was “cast” from a former Below Deck Med cast member, true story, and the rest is history. The travel, constantly meeting new people, never knowing what the next day would bring, Alex realized early on, this lifestyle was a good fit for him. Alex is willing to discuss the challenges of life at sea plus the temptations presented by both ship colleagues as well as charter guests alike. Plus, what was his first meeting with Captain Sandy really like? Tune in now to find out.

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Jul 08, 2020
The People's Couch / Newlyweds: The First Year's Tina Sugandh
1:07:54

Tina Sugandh from Bravo’s Newlyweds: The First Year steps Behind The Rope. Did you know Newlyweds is the 9th highest ranked Bravo show to binge during Corona? Did you know, Tina was voted one of the top Bravolebrities to watch? How about her past with The Real Housewives of New York City? Calling from her car, with a bottle of wine in hand (where else is a mom of three supposed to escape to), Tina, one half of the infamous “Tina and Tarz”, tells all. Of course, let's not forget that the couple became fixtures on The People’s Couch shortly after Newlyweds, and David needs all his questions about that classic answered. Oh yea, there is also the fact that she played drums with Ringo Starr. Say whaaat? Grab your wine, start your engines and have a listen.


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Jul 06, 2020
Rori Sassoon (#RHONY)
1:03:51

As seen on last night’s The Real Housewives of New York City, Love Agent Rori Sassoon steps Behind The Rope. Rori explains how she became a love agent and established her successful New York City based matchmaking business Platinum Poire. After explaining how she became a love agent, we get right into what everyone wants to talk about, RHONY. Her first cast member friend, Carole Radziwill. Didn’t see that one coming. Rori was the one responsible for bringing “Red Scarf Guy” into our, and Bethenny Frankel’s, life (kinda). Red Scarf didn't chose Ramona, as we all saw play out on a season past. Fear not Ropers. Rori came back to the rescue on last nights The Real Housewives of New York City to try to find Ramona a better match. We discuss, Bethenny’s new man, what we think of their relationship, and her inevitable exit from RHONY. We also discuss Tinsley leaving RHONY and what we predict for her future with Scott. Plus, what type of guy does Rori recommend for Sonja, Luann, Dorinda and Ramona and who do we think will be the first one married out of them. Finally, we need her opinion on other famous Match Makers such as Patti Stanger and how she thinks she can help #RHONJ's Teresa and Dolores and Vanderpump Rules' Kirsten Doute. A jam packed episode not to be missed.



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Jul 03, 2020
Sophia D'Angelo - Camp Getaway
54:40
Our fireside chats with the Camp Getaway cast continue by welcoming Sophia D’Angelo, from the hit Bravo series, Behind The Rope. Taking time off from running her event planning business, which has transitioned for the time being to on line events, Sophia chats about the challenges of starting both a new job at Camp Getaway and the presence of cameras while doing so. Uncertain at first if being a reality show were the right fit for her, Sophia almost didn’t say yes to this opportunity and boy is she happy, (as are we) she did. Tune in to hear all about the ins and outs of working at Camp Getaway, filming with Bravo, and what we can expect as the rest of this fun filled season unfolds. Sophia is an avid Bravo Watcher and was more than eager to discuss her favorite show, Summer House. Thank you Sophia for sharing your favorite and least favorite Summer House roommate of all time. As most conversations Bravo related, all roads lead back to The Real Housewives - the favorites, not so favorites, and everything in between.  


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Jul 02, 2020
Craig Ramsay - (MJ BFF, Ex Lea Michele Colleague, Bravolebrity, Fitness Guru)
1:10:03
David welcomes Craig Ramsay from the hit Bravo TV shows Thintervention with Jackie Warner and Newlyweds: The First Year. Does everyone remember those classics? We do. Craig can also be seen with husband Brandon Liberati on Shahs of Sunset due to this close friendship with Mercedes Javid. #MJ. Originally from Canada, Craig came to the States to pursue his Broadway career. Speaking of Broadway, he worked with both Rosie O’Donnell - she was wonderful - and Lea Michele - if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Well Craig says it all and we say - THANK YOU CRAIG - about Lea Michele. He met his husband, Celebrity Hairstylist Brandon Liberati, right after he started filming Thintervention, at the gym. OG of the OC Jeana Keough told him he was going to marry Brandon. Flash forward and Brandon and Craig were navigating the first year of marriage as a same sex couple on national TV. In other news, Craig explains how he met MJ, the drama that unfolded between Reza and MJ this past season on Shah’s, what filming the explosive Shah’s season finale was like and what he thinks is yet to come for our famous Persian Los Angelenos. Craig also has strong IRL ties to Danielle Staub. Do tell. Finally, we should mention Craig is a Fitness Guru who has not only entertained us during quarantine with his home workouts (they include wine) but has trained the likes of Ariana & Jeremy Madix as well as Tom Sandoval. 

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Jul 01, 2020
PATREON - Behind The Rope's Rope
3:13
It's Official. Behind The Velvet Rope is on Patreon!!! For all of you Ropers who have been asking, we have listened. You can easily find us at https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope What will you get? Two bonus episodes per month, every month. These episodes contain opinions about how we REALLY feel regarding certain Real Housewives and Other Bravolebrities. You are part of a safe space where open opinions are shared and confidential stories revealed because all Bravo gossip is NOT for public consumption. We will also be answering questions asked in our DMs - NO question is off limits! So head on over to Patreon and sign up. Bonus episodes drop the 1st and the 15th of every month. When you are done signing up, send us those burning questions about what specific Housewives and Bravolebrities are REALLY like IRL or anything else keeping you up at night. It is time for some fun. Welcome Behind The Rope's Rope Enter at your own risk! https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope

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Jun 30, 2020
Jazmin Johnson - Married To Medicine LA
1:02:18
Jazmin Johnson from Bravo’s Married to Medicine LA steps Behind the Rope. Let's start at the beginning - growing up in California the daughter of a biracial couple, meeting her husband at the hospital she was interning at, and her early days of marriage, Jazmin shares it all. Of course, the conversation quickly turns to Married to Medicine LA. Jazmin chats about her Season One relationship with Dr. Imani, how that relationship has evolved in Season Two and the status of their friendship today. Jazmine also explains how she was cast, filming and her relationships, or lack thereof, with other costars, past and present. Besides being a Bravolebrity, Jazmin is also a Bravoholic. Her favorite shows on Bravo? The Real Housewives of Orange County, and Atlanta, and New York. A woman with great tastes. Oh, there are also those frequent run ins with Lisa Vanderpump who Jazmine says is “right down the street". Tune in now to catch up with Jazmin Johnson, learn more about her Lifestyle Concierge Business, and all things Married to Medicine LA and Bravo.  


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Jun 29, 2020
Marlo Hampton - RHOA (Bonus Episode)
1:03:58
With the recent announcement of the new RHOA cast, it is confirmed again Marlo Hampton will be an official "friend of". Originally from from Clearwater, Florida, Marlo was taught at an early age how to survive, growing up throughout the state “in the system”. After falling in with a “rough crowd” at home, Marlo moved to Atlanta 12 years ago for a fresh start. Rebranding herself a stylist, thanks to her flair for fashion, Marlo opened a boutique in the ATL and quickly met some of our favorite peach holders. Shortly thereafter, she was brought onto RHOA by Phaedra (bring Phaedra back) and the rest is history. Marlo, open and honest, is willing to discuss it all. No, she still doesn’t wanna date broke and yes, she considers Nene a loyal friend. “Discuss it all", of course, includes Kenya - her marriage, bringing the Cookie Lady to come for Tanya, her “acting” career, and many of her other fine moments during this past season. Arguably, Marlo has done as much for this franchise as any of the full time regulars and is just getting started. Hey Bravo, give her a damn peach already! Hello!! #realhousewivesofatlanta

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Jun 28, 2020
Keeping Up With The RHONY, The RHONJ and The Kardashians
1:11:28
David welcomes back, yet again, fan fav, Emmy Award winning producer, Just Joan. David lets her have a few minutes of rapid RHONJ fire questions, as it is her favorite franchise. David talks about a past sleep over at Marge Senior’s house in good ole’ Englewood, NJ, the Mother Teresa Patron Saint of the world, Dolores Catania and attending a drag queen competition in Asbury Park with Margaret Jospehs. The conversation then takes a sharp left turn to all things K. K as in the Kardashians. All things Kardashian, of course, includes Lord Disick and Caitlyn Jenner as well as all of our favorite sisters and Momager Kris. With RHONY currently in season on the air, The Rope has to pay homage to The Singer Stinger. After all, it has been a whole few weeks since she was last discussed. Finally, Joan cannot help but let the producer in her out as she discusses all the ways she sees David as a future RHONJ or RHONY, you choose, himself. A truly laugh out loud episode (just what the world needs right now) not to be missed

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Jun 26, 2020
Glen North - (Camp Getaway)
51:18
David welcomes Glen North from the hit Bravo show Camp Getaway. The show may be over but the Summer is just started and Glen stops by for a fun show. A really fun show. Checking in from his home in Virginia, Glen recaps both his experience of spending a summer at Camp Getaway and his experience in filming a reality television show. A classically trained actor, Glen has had many side hustles in life - server, personal trainer, go go boy. Ohh tell us about being a go go boy. Glen does. Growing up a camp boy, attending a performing arts choir camp, Glen had camp in his blood from the early days. Flash forward to Camp Getaway, Glen heard about the Social Coordinator position from a friend. He applied, got the job, had a trial weekend and soon was behind the cameras filming this past season of Camp Getaway. His favorite Bravo shows? Family Karma and Below Deck. Captain Lee or Captain Sandy? His obsession with and love of Kate Chastain? Yup, we discuss it all. Finally, being Pride month and all, Glen discusses how important it is for him to be an active member of the LGBTQIA Community and plans he has with fellow Bravolebrities regarding Pride. Throw on some glitter and give Glen a listen!


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Jun 25, 2020
Introducing Imani State of Mind
8:02
Imani State of Mind is a new podcast from Stitcher that demystifies mental health and wellness in an accessible and approachable way. Dr. Imani Walker (Bravo’s Married to Medicine LA) equips listeners with the right language and tools to normalize this stigmatized topic, in addition to finding laughter and light in navigating these struggles. Listen now in your favorite podcast app! Are you as excited as we are here Behind The Velvet Rope? You should be!!! This is a new podcast NOT to be missed! Introducing Imani State of Mind.

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Jun 25, 2020
Randall Emmett (Vanderpump Rules) - Part I
1:05:53
Randall Emmett steps Behind The Rope. Turtle in Entourage (kinda), Academy Award Nominee, Dad, Mark Wahlberg's Former Assistant. Those are all true, but let's focus on the one moniker we most wanna discuss. Lala Kent's Man, Fiancé, Love. Randall Emmett as seen on Vanderpump Rules. Ok, ok we talk to Randall about his early days in LA trying to raise money for his first movie as a producer and what working as Mark’s assistant was really like. Randall also shares what it was like to attend the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, his thoughts on Gotti and just what it took to get that Bobby De Niro sandwich pic for Jax. Alright, now on to what really matters. Randall explains how, where, and when he met Lala. We talk early days Vanderpump Rules and Randall's initial reactions to Jax, Stassi, The Toms and the rest of the cast. Randall discusses how he ended up finally agreeing to film Vanderpump Rules, what led to that decision and who was involved in the decision, Lala, The Producers, Lisa Vanderpump. He discusses important Pump milestones he attended both on and off camera such as Jax’s wedding, Schwartz and Katie’s second wedding, and James’ long overdue apology, as seen on the shocking season finale of this past seasons’ VPR. All this, plus Randall’s experience attending BravoCon as Lala’s plus one in this very special PART ONE sit down with Mr. Randall Emmett.


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Jun 24, 2020
Jai Rodriguez
1:13:20
Jai Rodriguez from the original Queer Eye For The Straight Guy steps Behind The Rope. Bonding over quarantine life, Jai and David share how they have been getting though the past few months during their time at home. Of course, the conversation quickly turns to Bravo and what it was like, in 2003, to be the very first reality show to ever exist on this now very famous network. Jai discusses how he was cast on Bravo’s original reality show, why he almost wasn't cast, and what working with Andy Cohen was really like. Once the show aired, Jai explains how life quickly changed as a result of this ratings blockbuster and the opportunities, or lack thereof, that followed when the show had ended. Those opportunities, in part, included a series regular role on Malibu Country with legends Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin plus parts of epic television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Grace & Frankie and The Rookie, to name a few. Jai discusses the challenges of transitioning from reality TV to scripted roles and how he was able to make that transition successfully. Speaking of Queer Eye, no conversation of the ground breaking series would be complete without a nod to the current Netflix “reboot”. Just in time for Pride month, David & Jai discuss the cultural significance of The Queer Eye Legacy and what is next for Jai in his career. Tune in now to hear all of this plus Jai’s current relationships with both Bravo and Netflix’s Queer Eye casts.

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Jun 22, 2020
Harry Dubin - The Man, The Myth, The Legend (Bonus Episode)
49:59
On the heels of the season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City, the man, the myth, the legend, Harry Dubin, steps Behind The Rope. Harry chats about, what else other than his real life, shall we say, “experiences” with the women behind #RHONY. Harry takes us back to his first, housewife that is, Miss Sonja Tremont. After a chance meeting at a bar in DC, with only a first name, Harry tracks down Sonja after hitting up no less than 10 hotels, for the beginning of a several decade on again, off again, “relationship”. Once on the New York scene, Harry set his sights in another direction, a leggy blonde he met on the Upper East Side, Aviva Drescher. When his marriage to Aviva ended, he spent his time passing the days with Sonja, who was now Sonja Morgan, soon to be of #RHONY. Through Sonja, he met Luann, who he said knew what she wanted, him, and got it. There was also Kelly Bensimon, yup her too and Ramona, who he describes as a great kisser. Dorinda thew a shoe at Harry at The Regency and then there is Tinsley, oh Tinsley. Of course, no Big Apple sit down would be complete without Bethenny, Jill & Heather. Finally, Harry is more than eager to play a NSFW version of who would you rather #RHONY edition.

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Jun 21, 2020
Sonja Morgan - Up All Night!
1:09:51
David was up til 4am in Atlantic City drinking vodka with Sonja Morgan. Let us just let that sink in for a hot second. Not so fast, before we get there, David chats with Audience Appreciation Listener Brian Carlos about the time they almost met at a Backstreet Boys concert or the time they actually did meet at a Countess Luann - where else? - Cabaret attended by Tre Giudice. Speaking of Tre Giudice, she had a "Celebrity Housewives" appearance in Atlantic City with Margaret Jospehs and Sonja Morgan. David was Margaret's plus one, along with Marge Sr. (they shared a room), there was a dinner after, a Paris Hilton sighting, and then yes, David and Sonja were the last two standing up til 4am drinking vodka (does this shock you?). The hilarity that ensues can only be captured in one way - by listening right here to the latest episode of Behind The Velvet Rope. 

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Jun 19, 2020
TAMRA JUDGE - Part Two
51:47
Part II of this very special sit down with The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge continues as we get into more details about cast past and present. Kelly Dodd, we are looking as you! Tamra explains how she thinks the franchise will fair without OG Vicki Gunvalson and herself and gets into more details regarding her departure from the show. We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of being on a franchise of the Real Housewives for twelve years, what she has learned, what would she do differently, if anything, and the “reality" of housewives versus what you see each week on TV. Tamra discusses what franchise she would most like to join, who her current favorite Housewife is, and what is next for her and Eddie in the world of reality TV as well as for the two of them in life after quarantine. Of course, we HAD to discuss Bravocon and what being a guest at Andy Cohen's Baby Shower was really like. Grab those oranges and enjoy this this Part 2 of this special sit down with the one and only Tamra Judge.

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Jun 18, 2020
TAMRA JUDGE - Part One
43:40
The Rope welcomes - THE one - THE only - Icon In the Flesh - Miss Tamra Judge! Raw and unfiltered, but do we know of Tamra Judge in any other way, method or manner. After twelve seasons of being a full time cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange Country, Tamra is here to look back, reflect upon the highs, there were many, the lows, just as many, and everything in between. We cover it all.  Tamra shares her feelings on co-stars past - Jesus Jugs, Miss Fancy Pants Heather Dubrow, Meghan King Edmonds, OG Jeana Keough, Lynne Curtain, Lydia McLaughlin, Peggy Sulahian and oh, so many more. Tamra dishes on current RHOC cast members - Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and yes, even Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Then, the discussion turns to Kelly Dodd, her behavior on the show and current Covid-19 statements. Has she gone too far? We discuss her partner in crime, the OG from the OC, Vicki Gunvalson, as well as the current status of her friendship with the third Tres Amigas, Shannon Beador. Tamra is very open about her departure from the show and the circumstances that surround that. Take a listen to PART 1 of this very special sit down with #RHOC's Tamra Judge.


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Jun 17, 2020
Peter Madrigal
58:31
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. 


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Jun 15, 2020
Anastasia Surmava - Below Deck Med (Checking In)
1:03:08
With Below Deck Mediterranean back on the air, it is definitely time to check in with the one and only Anastasia Surmava. Connecting all the way from Sri Lanka, Anastasia took time off from running her Yoga Studio & Cafe to chat with the Rope. We last saw Anastasia on the high seas, doing double duty as Third Stew and Chef. For all of those wondering, she has been putting her chef skills to good use during quarantine with her fabulous IG videos. That and spending time with her boyfriend. Anastasia opens up about the on line bullying she received after her time on Below Deck Med and the double standard of being a strong female presence as a Below Deck “Chef“. Of course, no below deck convo would be complete without a full on discussion of Kate Chastain, The Captains Lee and Sandy and the newest franchise, Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Ships Ahoy!!

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Jun 12, 2020
#RHONY's Martini Mike - In The Flesh
1:15:24
After the week we have had in the BravoVerse, thank you Vanderpump Rules, isn’t it time for a little light hearted fun? Perhaps some light hearted fun with a martini? Or two? Hells F’ing Yes!!! We welcome The One. The Only. Martini Mike (Michael Byrne) Behind The Rope. Hello People. Martini Mike from #RHONY. He has a freakin' Meme. Extending his 15 minutes, he is here to clarify and answer a few key questions for The Rope. Who are his favorite housewives? Who does he think are the best styled housewives? What day of the week did the infamous #RHONY episode film? What time did he get to the Cooke House that fateful evening? Who was he with? What was the name of the bartender serving him his drinks? Did he eat anything and, if so, what? What is Tinsley’ fav seat in the restaurant (hint it isn’t where the group was sitting that night), what is his drink of choice - ok we KNOW it's a martini - but gin or vodka, what kind and what garnish? Are his friends jealous of his “moment”? Did he get pics with the #RHONY cast? Was Luann drinking? How did he know who Leah and Elyse were? What are his plans in life now? Which #RHONY cast members DM’d him after the episode aired and which blew him off (the answers are NOT at all what you would expect)? And most important, just how many Martinis did he have that night?

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Jun 11, 2020
Charli Burnett - Vanderpump Rules
1:10:22
Vanderpump Rule’s newcomer, Charli Burnett, steps Behind The Rope. And what a week it has already been for the Vanderpump Rules cast. Starting out lightly, Charli explains which came first, her real life job as a server at SUR or a much coveted role as one of the “newbies” this season on Vanderpump Rules.  She explains which was more difficult - getting used to working at SUR or the presence of cameras while doing so. When she had difficult times during her freshman year of filming, because of a variety of factors (don’t worry you will find out), she turned to the one person all of us would love to turn to for advice, Lisa Vanderpump. Lucky Girl. Ok, enough of that. In yet another case of Vander foreshadowing, prior to yesterday’s terminations of Stassi and Kristen Doute, we discuss Charli’s relations with the OG cast, or lack thereof. Charli then wastes no time in explaining how the OG cast treated her, both on and off camera, and just how “welcoming” (Not) they were. If you didn’t think there was a division between the OG cast and the Newbies before this - well, hmm, you may want to take a listen to this episode. 


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Jun 10, 2020
Heather & Terry Dubrow
1:02:25
Checking in from Chateau Dubrow, in all its glory, Heather and Terry Dubrow, step Behind The Rope. Heather bonds with The Rope over the joyous role of being a successful Podcast Host a la Heather Dubrow’s world. We then get right into The Dubrow Diet, one of the most googled diets out there. Terry explains the science behind The Dubrow Diet (we paid attention, really), a keto fusion diet involving intermittent fasting. We got the Dubrow stamp of approval for a little vodka, a little caffeine and oh, the Dubrow Diet has anti aging effects. Sign us up!! The conversation eventually turns to Botched and the extra challenging cases Terry faced during this current Season 6. Before Botched there was The Swan, one of the best reality shows of all time (google it people), which Terry was a Doctor on. He informed us it is ranked as one of the worst reality shows of all time (we now love it just a little more).  We lasted a whole 40 minutes before finally bringing up, obviously The Real Housewives of Orange County. Heather was a true sport in entertaining ALL RHOC questions past and present. Fear not, Heather may soon be back on our TV screens. The Dubrow's have a new reality show they are working on together. Listen here for all those details and so much more. 

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Jun 08, 2020
Nicky Bondz - An Interview
36:03
Artist and Musician Nicky Bondz Steps Behind The Rope. Having worked on 12 songs, almost a full album during quarantine, Nicky takes time out of his busy day to chat with The Rope. Getting his PhD in Mental Health, Nicky has uniquely blended his doctorate schooling into his hit music by encouraging people to stay strong during this unprecedented tough time the world is facing. One of Nicky’s new singles called “HOME” is a feel-good song that’s a cross of pop with a little bit of EDM and hip hop. Of course, all roads Behind The Velvet Rope lead to Bravo. In this case, that would be Nicky’s recent appearance on Bravo's Hit Show, Blind Date. Find out what went on when the Blind Date cameras weren’t rolling and what Nicky really thought of his experience filming with Bravo, during this special chat with Nicky Behind The Velvet Rope.

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Jun 05, 2020
Randall Klein - Camp Getaway
1:14:54

Randall Klein from the freshman Bravo show Camp Getaway joins us Behind The Rope. Randall is Miss Camp. No really, she grew up going to camp, loving camp, did camp teen tours, and now works at Camp Getaway. She is also a huge Bravo fan and avid listener of Behind the Velvet Rope Podcast. The woman has good tastes. Randall takes us Behind the Ropes of the new hit Bravo show discussing how she got hired, her fellow social coordinators, the romances and love triangles, and some of what we can expect as the rest of the Camp Getaway season plays out. Part Below Deck, part Summer House, Randall and David break down the appeal of this fun summer indulgence and what really goes on behind the scenes at a weekend playground for adults. Of course Randal and David bond over Randall's favorite Bravo shows besides Camp Getaway - RHONY and discuss all the ins and outs of their favorites and not so favorites. Finally, they debate who is the hottest guy on Bravo. Hint - they actually agree!!


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Jun 04, 2020
Meeting Tom D'Agostino / Britney & Jax
56:15

Being a third wheel on a date with Harry Dubin? Why not. Whose says there is proper ettiequte and rules on RHONY’s ground zero, the UES. Meeting Tom D’Agostino at The Regency? Oh yes. A D’Agostino Dubin Sandwich Pic? Thank you Harry for making that happen. Further downtown, a run in with Jax & Brittney occurs. Feeling nostalgic, the convo quickly turns to past hang outs with the cast of 90210 and Melrose Place. Ah, nostalgia. (Audience Appreciation Day is alive and well with SaraSara.)



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Jun 03, 2020
Elyse Slaine (#RHONY) - Welcome Back!
57:26
Elyse Slaine - welcome back!! Wasting no time, Elyse gives us her take on the latest #RHONY Newport "Hurricane Leah" Vacation Episode and what watching herself on TV throughout the season has been like. Elyse opens up about how social media now plays a role in her life and the realization that anything she says on line can, may and probably will be used against her. Elyse discusses her one big regret from this past season, who was the hardest to get to know better and the current status of her relationships, or not, with the cast. Obviously, we had to bring up her unfollowing Ramona on social media and why an unlikely friendship formed between her and Leah. Of course, no RHONY sit down is complete without a full discussion of OGs Jill Zarin the Bethenny Frankel. Put that Apple down and listen in.

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Jun 01, 2020
Simon Waterson - Performance Coach
1:05:54
Performance Coach Simon Waterson Steps Behind The Rope.  Brought to The Rope's attention from across the pond by none other than Ladies of London's very own Adela King, welcome Simon. Lifestyle, Nutrition and Fitness Guru, Simon is here to help everyone stay sane with, hopefully the tail end of quarantine, and how to get our post quarantine bodies back in shape. Simon explains how to find the most efficient program with maximum results in the allotted time that each individual has for themselves. Of course, we also get all the details of his time in working with both Bonds Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig and what the current state of the film industry is for Lifestyle, Nutrition and Fitness coaches. What is it really like to be a Performance Coach on one of the biggest movie franchises in history? Simon gives us all the inside scoop on that plus a whole lot more in this episode! Put down those weights. You can work out later. Now it's time to take a listen to this special episode of Behind The Velvet Rope. 

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May 29, 2020
Ana Quincoces (Real Housewives of Miami) - Reunion Dress Auction
53:45
Real Housewives of Miami’s Ana Quincoces decided to donate her Emerald Green Season 2 Reunion Dress to raise money in assistance for front line heath care workers fighting Covid-19. That one decision quickly led to Real Housewives of Miami cast members Joanna Krupa, Karent Sierra and Adriana de Moura jumping on board. Denise Richards soon followed. Daily Mail picked up the story and voila, calling all Housewives, a donate your reunion dress or suit (Andy Cohen, thank you) was started. Ana talks to The Rope about what the process of wrangling and coordinating all of the involved housewives has been like, who donated what, who said they were going to donate but the dress seems to never have arrived, and last but not least, who just didn’t return Ana’s call. Also, we find out what her current relationship is with the other RHOM ladies. Cue that theme song music and… go!




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May 28, 2020
SCHEANA SHAY (Non Edited)
49:58
Right before now fired Vanderpump Rules editor Bri Dellinger caused a shockwave by admitting to unfavorable edits of Scheana Shay, the reality star sat down with us here Behind The Velvet Rope. Not knowing the scandal that was to come, Scheana discussed how she feels about her ongoing, season after season, edit as "Boy Crazy" Scheana. Foreshadowing Much? This is an episode not to be missed. Quarantined with her boyfriend at her Palm Springs house, Scheana is kind enough to answer all of life’s most pressing questions. Are Katie & Stassi really mean girls and what does Scheana think of how they treated Kristen this past season? What is Scheana’s current relationship with the three today? What about Lala? Team Sandoval or Jax? Who has changed the most since the beginning of the show? Whose relationship does she admire the most? What is Lance Bass really like as an wedding officiant? These and many more quandaries answered in this weeks episode with the one, the only, Miss Scheana Shay. No false editing here. We present Scheana Shay, Unfiltered.

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May 27, 2020
Brett Cap (Vanderpump Rules)
1:07:56
Vanderpump Rules’ newcomer, Brett Cap steps Behind the Rope. Welcome bro. Originally from NJ (go East Coast), Brett moved to LA because life is short and why not. Shortly thereafter, he met LVP, who was interested in personal training and Brett quickly found himself training our Queen. This training soon lead to a job at SUR which then led to a much coveted role on the juggernaut Vanderpump Rules. David & Brett deep dive into all things LVP from meeting Lisa for the first time, to Hanky & Panky to ending with a tour of the infamous Villa Rosa. Of course, David made sure to get the 411 on all of Brett's co stars - OGs and newbies alike - as well as his “special friendships” (Scheana? Dayna? - we are looking at you). Brett opens up about the filming process, behind the scenes and how life has “changed” since the show has aired. Before the next episode of Vanderpump Rules, tune in to get to know Brett just a little bit better.
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May 25, 2020
Mary Amons - The Real Housewives of DC
1:13:47

Take a break from the Real Housewives of DC Marathon (no really, its airing today on Bravo) to catch up with one of the five RHODC cast members, Mary Amons. Calling from her sprawling family farm in Southern Maryland, Mary takes time out of her busy quarantine to chat with The Rope about her time on the show. After discussing the current political atmosphere in DC, Mary explains that RHODC was originally supposed to be titled, “Inside Washington” and not part of the Housewives Franchise. Mary explains the difficulties in casting a show with wives in the political sector, the added layer of NDAs and confidential information and how the show ultimately morphed into a part of the Housewives franchise. Of course, the conversation turns to the infamous Salahi White House crash and the implications, not only for them, but the entire Real Housewives Of DC cast, franchise and Bravo as a network from this one event. Did you know RHODC production was shut down for several weeks while Congress and The White House launched a thorough investigation into this breach of US security. Luckily the show went on, bringing us 5 amazing women who have earned their place in Housewives history as one of the only Bravo shows ever involved in a nationwide political, for lack of a better word, scandal. This is an episode you don’t want to miss!!


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May 22, 2020
Marlo Hampton (RHOA)
1:03:58
Originally from from Clearwater, Florida, Marlo was taught at an early age how to survive, growing up throughout the state “in the system”. After falling in with a “rough crowd” at home, Marlo moved to Atlanta 12 years ago for a fresh start. Rebranding herself a stylist, thanks to her flair for fashion, Marlo opened a boutique in the ATL and quickly met some of our favorite peach holders. Shortly thereafter, she was brought onto RHOA by Phaedra (bring Phaedra back) and the rest is history. Marlo, open and honest, is willing to discuss it all. No, she still doesn’t wanna date broke and yes, she considers Nene a loyal friend. “Discuss it all", of course, includes Kenya - her marriage, bringing the Cookie Lady to come for Tanya, her “acting” career, and many of her other fine moments during this past season. Arguably, Marlo has done as much for this franchise as any of the full time regulars and is just getting started. Hey Bravo, give her a damn peach already! Hello!! #realhousewivesofatlanta

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May 20, 2020
Dr. Imani (Married to Medicine Los Angeles)
1:08:55

David welcomes Dr. Imani Walker, Married to Medicine LA, Behind The Rope. After bonding over their mutual love of Prince (Dr. Imani’s mom was very good friends with Prince) and NYC, where Dr Imani grew up, these two get right into it. Dr Imani pretty much always knew she wanted to do something with science. Flash forward to Dr. Imani, a Forensic Psychiatrist. Ok onto what everyone wants to talk about, Married to Medicine LA. David & Imani discuss the “pressures” and benefits of being a doctor on a reality TV show, the filming & production process, lessons learned from Season One and her M2MLA co-stars. Speaking of Season One, what is the real deal regarding the drama between Dr. Imani and Jazmin Johnson both on and off camera. Also, what can we expect in Season Two of the hit Bravo show? Until her future book and podcast come out, click play here for a listen regarding all things Imani and M2MLA.


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May 18, 2020
David Schreiber (Camp Getaway)
50:47

David welcomes David Schreiber, owner of Camp Getaway, Behind The Rope. Located in Kent, CT, Camp Getaway is the premier Summer Camp for Adults. Conveniently located a few mere hours outside NYC, Camp Getaway provides the perfect weekend escape for a little relaxation, fun, and, well, pretty much anything else you want. The weekend is what you make of it. That's all nice and great, but let's face it, David is Behind The Rope because now Camp Getaway is a show on Bravo. Part Summer House, part Below Deck, with a side of Vanderpump Rules thrown in, the show provides everything you want and need in a Bravo show. Hot young things running around, trying to make some $, interacting with over the top guests, drinking and well, we all know what possibly comes next. Have you ever watched Summer House? Below deck? Oooh also, the entire entire cast of The Princesses of Long Island (deep Bravo dive) attended Camp Getaway, producers included, kinda. Tune in now to hear all about this brand new Bravo show which is the perfect summer escape. 


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May 15, 2020
Ali Ashouri (Shahs of Sunset)
1:10:45

Shahs of Sunset’s Ali Ashouri, wine in hand (hey no judgments here), steps Behind The Rope. Ali, being at the epicenter of the drama between long time 30 year friends MJ and Reza, is one of the linchpins of Shahs of Sunset Season 8. Ali was first introduced to the group that we see on TV through Reza’s Husband Adam. Adam decided to take him on a trip to Palm Sprigs with Reza and MJ and that was the beginning. The beginning? Or the beginning of the end? With a potential Shahs Reunion looming (c’mom Bravo, what are we waiting for?), Ali assured us he has a lot to say. Ali was happy to oblige The Rope's thirst for opinions on the Shahs family. Shervin, Nema and Mona, they are are cool. MJ, friend for life. GG, Reza, Destiny and Adam? Let’s keep it classy here but, well, hmm, hmm, you will just have to take a listen. Time for another glass of that wine...


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May 13, 2020
Luke Gulbranson (Summer House)
1:01:18
Now that the Season Four Reunion is complete, Luke Gulbranson steps Behind The Rope to clarify all regarding his freshman year on Summer House. Far from the Hamptons and flannel clad, Luke is more than eager to take David on a tour of his currently being renovated lake house in Upstate Michigan. After discussing their mutual love of Prince (we wouldn’t expect anything less of a good Minnesotan), Luke's many talents and careers - hockey, modeling, acting, jewelry maker, business owner (whew!), David & Luke get right down to business. Having never summered in The Hamptons before, he said yes when buddy Kyle Cooke asked, “hey, wanna join a summer house”. The rest is history. First impressions of the Summer House Cast, the summer house parties, the enigma that is Jordan, all discussed. Luke’s first season summer wasn't without its share of drama - Carl asking Jules to leave the house, the ramifications that followed both on and off camera (as explained to Andy at the Reunion), Amanda and Paige’s opinions of him. Luke is ever so much the true gentlemen. It's all good man, he says. Then, of course, there is Hannah. Hannah, Hannah. Take a sip of that Loverboy and enjoy!!



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May 11, 2020
RHOA / Summer House - Reunion Looks Broken Down (Bonus Episode)
1:01:47

David welcomes back Style Expert Soneca Guadara (“Styled By Soneca”) for a Special Bonus episode. The two break down the Reunion Looks for both The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Summer House reunions. The ladies of RHOA all dressed in white, but not so fast. Soneca reveals her tip that Nene was almost going to wear black. Ahh, scandalous. The Summer House kids, well, we didn’t really see any theme there at all. Also, these two explore the ins and outs of a reunion via Zoom. Do we like? Not like? Best dressed? Worst dressed? Discuss amongst yourselves.


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May 10, 2020
RHONY, RHOD, RHOC - 3 Way!!
1:00:11
David welcomes back Newlyweds: The First Year's Blair Late. Hailing from Texas, Blair knows some of our fav RHOD from his early years and he and David are happy to compare notes on IRL experiences with Kameron Westcott, D’Andra Simmons and Cary Deuber. #RHODforever. The conversation soon turns to Vicki Gunvalson and a night in her hot tub at her house in the OC with Michael and Don. Yup. We went there. Jill Zarin and her forgetfulness to pay for services rendered. Confused? Kinda. We are too. Tune in to hear these stories and other #RHOD, #RHONY and #RHOC stories, in full, Behind The Rope.

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May 08, 2020
Karen Gravano (Part I)
58:48
In preparation for tomorrow's season finale of Families of the Mafia, David sits down for an exclusive one on one with the Series Co-Creator, Executive Producer & Star, Karen Gravano. Wasting no time, David & Karen delve right in to her childhood and the moment she realized her life was “different" than that of others based, in part, on a murder outside one of her father's, Sammy The Bull’s, nightclubs. Other than a few other factors which tipped Karen off to the fact that this wasn’t how many families lived, Karen discusses her “normal” (for lack of a better word) childhood - dating, friends, having a “cousin" whose family the Donnie Brasco movie was based on. After discussing the definition of important words such as “Mafia”, “Loyalty" and “Rat”, Karen and David talk about “The Gotti Tapes”, the domino effect fall out that thereafter followed, and the subsequent end of the relationship between Gotti and Sammy The Bull. David and Karen analyze the Mob lifestyle and all that comes along with it - the made guys, competing families and, at the end of the day, family togetherness and love. Tune in to Part 1 of Behind The Velvet Rope’s very special sit down with Karen Gravano.




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May 06, 2020
Max Boyens (Vanderpump Rules)
1:03:23

David welcomes Vanderpump Rules' new kid, Max Boyens. Originally from San Diego, Max moved to LA for a startup. After that failed, he found himself looking to re-enter the food and beverage industry, which led to a meeting with Ken Todd. That led to a job as the Assistant GM at Tom Tom. Which led to a GM position at Tom Tom and eventually a much coveted role on VR. The rest is history. Not so fast. David and Max discuss it all. All includes his "relationships" with Dayna, Scheana and Danica. All also includes OG's Stassi, Sandy, Schwartzy, Katie, Ariana and so on. And on. What does Max really think of all of his co-stars and the Queen herself, Lisa Vanderpump? Tune in now to learn more about Max and this everchanging season of VR. 


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May 04, 2020
Scheana & Tigers (King) & Gorga, Oh My!!
1:02:31
You guys have spoken. David listened. Fan Fav “Just Joan” is back!! Back in a simpler time, at the beginning of quarantine, David didn’t know what Tiger King was. Just Joan was happy to assist with a full on discussion of the big cat juggernaut. Joan can have her tigers, David has a different obsession, Bravo Super Fan Michael Rappaport’s IG and his incessant rants to “stay the F inside”. Really check it out, it's fun. Speaking of IG, Melissa Gorga is positing her frequent trips to the mailbox and Dr. Paul Nassif is giving tutorials on how to put on a mask properly. Speaking of Dr. Nassif, the new season of Botched has started. Oh, and David is having a DM affair with Scheana Shay. No really. These are real exciting times kids. Take a step Behind The Rope.

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May 01, 2020
Meet Sutton Stracke
1:06:19

Meet Sutton Stracke, one of RHOBH’s newest residents. Who is she, you ask? Born in Augusta Georgia, Sutton had a typical Southern upbringing, having not left the south until the age of 23. She spent some time in NYC as a ballet dancer and nanny (multitasking) before ultimately settling in the Beverly Hills area. Named one of the top party hosts in the Country, along with Michelle Obama and Oprah (good company), Sutton keeps busy with her “day job’, running a concept store, Sutton, where everything from the art work to the chair you are sitting on is for sale. A friend of Rinna’s, no first name needed, she was introduced to RHOBH producers and the rest is history. From being thrown in to filming without knowing what to expect to Denise Richards and Bravo Bravo Bravo, David & Sutton unravel the ins an outs of the current RHOBH season. Oh and did we mention she is BFFS with Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Tilly? Put your diamonds down darlings, pay attention and get to now Miss Sutton Stracke.


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Apr 29, 2020
Erika Jayne, The Singer Stinger and Oh, So Much More
1:15:32
David welcomes yet another trusted listener Behind The Rope for “Audience Appreciation Day” (Hey there, Mark LaFreniere ). They discuss their mutual love of The Singer Stinger, why RHONY is their fav franchise, and debate if that Giudice table flip is truly the most memorable moment in housewives history. An appearance backstage at WWHL with Erika Jayne and Aydin - let’s reflect on that combo for a moment - leads to a full on discussion about Erika Jayne in Chicago and how The Pretty Mess tour was a gay gift from above. David discusses that one time he “waited” for Julia Roberts in her hotel lobby for a few, ok many, hours. Finally, the conversation somehow turns to David's “past life” of when he lived in the same building as Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Keith Urban, Calvin Klein and Jean Georges. Yes, he did manage to get himself invited to Jackman’s infamous Xmas soiree. The two even find out they were at the same LVP Rose Bottle Signing. # smallworld
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Apr 27, 2020
Kristen Doute's Podcast Tour
1:14:22

David is on the move again (before Quarantine) for a quick overnight in Detroit, Michigan (yes, Detroit) to see Kristen Doute (Queen!) and Rachael O’Brien’s Live Podcast Comedy Show. There was a sighting of Jax’s sister and brother in law (as seen on Vanderpump Rules), Kristen’s sister and most important, avid Rope listeners (yea!). Of course, David is happy to share a full review of the show. In other news, David reminisces about life before quarantine: Erika Jayne’s star studded appearance in Chicago, Tom Tom sandwich pics in Atlantic City, almost elevator selfies with Daryl Hannah in Paris, run ins with Bruce Bozzi, and sharing a meal on the Upper East Side with Brooke Shields (kind of). Ah, the good 'ole days. (Listener appreciation day Whitney Ullman joins David Behind The Rope).

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Apr 24, 2020
RHOA's Yovanna Momplaisir - Sets The Record Straight
1:00:15
David sits down RHOA’s Yovanna (no last name needed but for your reference it is Momplaisir). Originally from San Franciso, Yovanna eventually settled in the ATL after winning an essay writing contest with her family (don’t ask, just listen). Being younger than the current cast (no shade, it's a fact), Yovanna never really watched RHOA before finding herself in front of the camera at Nene’s Boobs and Bourbon party in Season 11. Flash forward to the current season, Yovanna has been ba-ring-ing it. Of course, no sit down with Yovanna would be complete without a deep dive into Snake Gate. Nor would it be complete without an analysis of her friendship with Nene. What is the status of that friendship today? Is Yovanna the snake? Why does the world think she is? How are things between her and Cynthia today? So many questions, so little time. Tune in to to hear a no holds bar, totally honest chat with the woman herself, Miss Yovanna M.
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Apr 22, 2020
Meet Elyse Slaine (#RHONY)
1:10:16
After making her mark this past week during a much heated discussion with Sonja Morgan (“I was never a trophy wife”), Elyse Slaine comes all the way downtown for a chat about all things Elyse and RHONY. From her humble beginnings in Brooklyn, Elyse settled in NYC’s UES shortly after school and began a career in Mortgaged Back Securities and Financial Trading (yes, she is smart). Elyse sets the record straight about her google rich past - apartments, ex-boyfriends and housekeepers. Despite what you may have read in the press, hear the real story directly from Elyse herself. Of course, all roads lead back to RHONY. Elyse tells us how she was cast (by accident folks), her relationships with Apple holders past (Jill, Bethenny, Heather, Aviva), present (Dorinda, Sonja, Countess Lu) and how she feels about her Moniker, “Ramona’s Friend”. Take a bite out of that apple and listen in.
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Apr 20, 2020
Backstage at BravoCon's WWHL / Night out with LeeAnne Locken and Dolores Catania
1:03:19
David welcomes back Style Expert Soneca Guadara (“Styed by Soneca”), for a night out behind the rope with LeeAnne Locken and Dolores Catania. A Dallas - New Jersey Crossover! What could be better than that? Having LeeAnne talk about the season that just past? Well yes, she did bring it up. There was also an almost Cynthia Bailey sighting (yup, almost). Oh, did we mention Soneca was backstage in the green room at BravoCon’s WWHL? Whops, shoulda led with that. From selfies with Rinna, to a run in with Mercedes Javid, to a Married to Medicine House Husband, this is a green room we all wish we were in. Ahh, recent, but oh so distant, memories.
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Apr 17, 2020
The Cookie Lady - RHOA's Shiana White
58:52
David sits down with The Real Housewives of Attanta’s Shiana White, or as the world refers to her, “Cookie Lady”. THE Cookie Lady!!! Hailed from Los Angeles, Shiana turned to Atlanta as a place to rebuild her life after coming out of a horrible relationship. Starting over, Shiana had a short rope in order to figure out a means of support, and voila A Haute Cookie was born. Always a fan of RHOA, never in her wildest dreams did Shiana think she would be caught in the center of one of Season Twelve’s main catfights after Kenya let Tanya know that her husband was flirting with “Cookie Lady” that one fateful night in the ATL. Shiana clarifies what actually happened the night she met Tanya’s husband and the real life situation that played out, both on and off camera, thereafter. She discusses how producers played a role in the fall out between all parties involved and the social media effect that occurred shortly after. Finally, she dishes on where her current relationships are with the Peach Holders. Take a bite out of that peach, sit back and listen as Shiana sets the record straight about all things Season Twelve of RHOA. (@ahautecookie @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef)
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Apr 15, 2020
Bravo Happy Hour
1:04:20
Bravo Happy Hour’s Megan O’Donnell joins David Behind The Rope for a jam packed sit down. A Sandoval sighting at Sur, Kid’s School functions with Kristen Taekman, Jill Zarin and her rugs, Kristen Doute in all her queen status, and that is only the beginning. Yup, there is even that 5 course celeb chef dinner that David replaced The Singer Stinger for. Of course, what episode would be complete without an eventing of getting drunk with Zac Efron (so hot). Random! (@bravohappyhour)
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Apr 13, 2020
Countess Lu: A Review / VanderQueens
58:01
Back in a simpler time, David used to roam the NYC streets doing the “lords work”. With the new season of Vanderpump Rules back, he was lucky enough to have both of Pump’s Queens in NYC, Kirsten Doute (Queen 1) and Scheana Shay (Queen 2), back to back. Two days later, David runs into, who else, The Singer Stinger (NYC’s Upper East Side is really smaller than you think). With the new season of #RHONY back in full swing, David figured it was a good time to recount the end of last years’ Countess & Friends shows and all the guest appearances - Teresa Giudice, The Gorgas, Margaret Josephs, Marge Sr., Aydin - that went along with them. 
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Apr 10, 2020
Peggy Sulahian (Checking In with Bravo's 100th Housewife #RHOC)
1:00:13
A few months after The Real Housewives of Orange County finale, with production on the new season halted until further notice (thank you Corona), David checks in with the 100th Housewife, RHOC's Peggy Sulahian. From her early days in the OC, to her car loving husband Diko (Peggy is a Ferrari girl), to her double mastectomy, learn more about the real woman behind the facade of what the audience saw on Bravo. Of course, the conversation quickly turns to all things RHOC. Casting, production, filming, the epic Iceland vacation, nothing is off limits in this sit down with Peggy (she really is good at speaking her mind, people). As far as fellow cast mates go, there is the good (Vicki, Lydia), the not so good (everyone else?) and then there is that time Peggy physically closed Meghan King Edmonds' mouth because, well, she was talking too much. Grab your oranges and listen in!! 




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Apr 08, 2020
THE REGENCY
1:02:01

In honor of the return of #RHONY, David is finally ready to talk about his new Upper East Side life, or for those of you who aren’t familiar with New York City, ground zero for Housewives. Front and center, of course, is the Regency, David’s new regular watering hole. Re-introduced to the regency by the and only Laurie Cooper, yup Dorinda’s Realtor, David was thrilled to run into Harry Dubin on his second visit (the two shortly thereafter became and remain IRL BFFS - who would have ever predicted this). Although a nightly regular on the UES, David isn’t moving any time soon. He’s excited to, its about time, see downtown NYC properly represented on the #RHONY franchise, Leah McSweeney (she knows Peter F’in Gatien) as I have told you recently, heart you!!! (Listener Appeciation @jessheller re-joins David Behind The Rope)


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Apr 06, 2020
RHONY's Harry Dubin (The Man, The Myth, The Legend)
49:59
On the heels of the season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City, the man, the myth, the legend, Harry Dubin, steps Behind The Rope. Harry chats about, what else other than his real life, shall we say, “experiences” with the women behind #RHONY. Harry takes us back to his first, housewife that is, Miss Sonja Tremont. After a chance meeting at a bar in DC, with only a first name, Harry tracks down Sonja after hitting up no less than 10 hotels, for the beginning of a several decade on again, off again, “relationship”. Once on the New York scene, Harry set his sights in another direction, a leggy blonde he met on the Upper East Side, Aviva Drescher. When his marriage to Aviva ended, he spent his time passing the days with Sonja, who was now Sonja Morgan, soon to be of #RHONY. Through Sonja, he met Luann, who he said knew what she wanted, him, and got it. There was also Kelly Bensimon, yup her too and Ramona, who he describes as a great kisser. Dorinda thew a shoe at Harry at The Regency and then there is Tinsley, oh Tinsley. Of course, no Big Apple sit down would be complete without Bethenny, Jill & Heather. Finally, Harry is more than eager to play a NSFW version of who would you rather #RHONY edition.
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Apr 01, 2020
Special Bravo Coronavirus Episode
59:11
Special Coronavirus episode. Well, the Coronavirus as it relates to Bravo (let’s keep it light and take our minds off life for an hour, people!). In the face of the challenging new reality that we have all been forced into, David welcomes back Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, “Just Joan” to tackle all of the important questions. How long is Bravo filming closed down for and when will it commence? What will all our favorite Bravolebrities’ faces look like in several months (let’e hope we don’t get there). David sighs at all that he has had cancelled: Straight Up With Stassi, Kristen Doute & Rachael O’Brien’s Comedy Tour, Dorobics, Mrs. Ryan Serhant’s Children’s Book Signing, Hannah Berner’s East Coast Podcast appearances, 12 hours in Toronto with Scheana Shay, Mel Gorga’s B-Day party, Joey Gorga’s comedy tour, James Kennedy spinning, Glanville & Richards' (Kim) Blonds Tour and so on. Most important, we here Behind The Velvet Rope are here for you. Don’t lose hope and remember, we are all in this together!
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Mar 30, 2020
Special Bonus Episode!!! - Recording Artist Lovari chats with David Yontef
59:46
Special Bonus Episode!!! Chart topping Billboard Artist Lovari stops by to discuss the release of his new album, Moment of Love, featuring the hit single Wonderful, a remake of the Annie Lennox original. The conversation quickly turns to all things Bravo. David details the filming of the “No Day Like Today” video featuring himself, Lovari, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Marge Sr, Adam Barta, and, last but certainly not least, Drag Superstar Honey Davenport (RuPaul’s Drag Race). There was food, laughs and drama! These two do a deep dive into all their favorite divas - Madonna, Cyndi, Cher, Annie, need we go on? A good time was had by all. Perfect bonus episode to close out this #staysafe #stayhome week.
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Mar 27, 2020
MTV's Rich Girls' Jaime Gleicher (Steps Behind The Rope)
1:10:44
One of the pioneers of reality television, Jaime Gleicher, joins us Behind The Rope. Before there was Jax & Brit, Stassi & Beau, there was Ally (Hilfiger - yes daughter of Tommy) & Jaime, stars of the MTV reality Mega Hit, Rich Girls, which followed the lives of two wealthy New York City girls as they completed their final semester of high school before entering college and adulthood. Jaime, who is currently writing a book on her life, reflects upon her time on the show and what being thrust into the spotlight at a young age entailed. Jaime humors David in discussing the other reality juggernauts at the time Rich Girls began - The Osbournes, Newlyweds and Queer Eye. On a more serious note, Jaime is forthcoming about her real life struggles with an eating disorder and depression, which she hid from production during the filming of Rich Girls. These two dive into how Rich Girls came about, filming, editing, production and the promotion of the show. Jaime, now 35 and a Psychotherapist (a Barnard graduate, smarty pants), discusses the potential pitfalls of fame at an early age and how she "came out the other side". Until her book is published (300 pages and counting), listen here for an all access exclusive.
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Mar 25, 2020
Reunion Looks Broken Down
53:54
David welcomes back fashion expert Soneca Guadara for another installment of "Styled by Soneca" - Reunion Looks Dissected. If there is a reunion, there is fashion. If there is fashion, there are David & Soneca to tell you exactly what they think. On the close of Season 10 of #RHONJ (yes there is a full on Jerz moratorium after this episode), these two discuss the good (I can't believe I am saying this, Jen Aydin), the bad (no comment) and the color (thank you Margaret Josephs)!! In other news Behind the Rope, now that the new season of Summer House is in full swing, the NYC cast has come out of the woodworks for benefits, baseball games and press. Where there are Summer House kids, there is David. Yes Luke is hot AF and yes Hannah is David's favorite - we know, we know. Take your mind off all and tune in now!
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Mar 23, 2020
RHONJ EP Dorothy Toran - Thank You & Goodbye!
1:12:14
On the heels of her departure announcement from the franchise, David sits down with Real Housewives Of New Jersey's Executive Producer Dorothy Toran. From her beginnings in Liberia, Africa, to growing up in New York, to her career before #RHONJ (Oprah, The Obamas and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), David and Dorothy cover it all. Obviously all roads lead to Bravo and for Dorothy that meant Manzo'd with Children, her entree into the network. When that show came to an end, Dorothy was called in to helm the reigns of #RHONJ in a pivotal season of helping welcome Teresa home. David gets most of his "fangirl" questions answered (you can't force an EP to answer anything she doesn't want to) before signing off. Thank you Dorothy for making some amazing, salacious, entertaining, heartwarming, juicy, over the top, real, poignant, relevant, captivating TV. Best of luck in your future endeavors!!
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Mar 18, 2020
RHONJ (Finale Week) / RHONY (Almost Premiere Week) - Stories from the Week
1:05:55
In honor of RHONJ finale week (yes guys its over after this week and then we can move onto other topics), David welcomes Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, and Super Fan Listener, "Just Joan" Behind The Rope. Being the producer that she is, Joan immediately turns the tables on David making him address burning RHONJ questions such as Melissa or Tre, where in NJ would he live if cast as the first "Gay Housewife", and what really is the difference between a Kim G and a Kim D. Joan wants details about David's filming with RHONJ and RHONY. They do a deep dive into David's friendship and interactions with the two new RHONY kids on the block, Leah and Elyse and what we can expect (April 2nd is almost here). They discuss the importance of Bravo pets and how no one will ever follow in the footsteps of Giggy Vanderpump. Finally the conversation gets existential and a debate of fame versus money versus inner happiness arises. Phew. And that is only the beginning!!!
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Mar 16, 2020
Summer House's Stephen McGee (Steps Behind The Rope)
1:13:54
David sits down with Stephen McGee from Bravo’s Summer House. Stephen explains what filming Summer House was like, answering questions such as what is real versus not real and how “involved" the producers are in the editing of the show. Stephen doesn’t hold back in discussing which of his cast mates had legitimate drama during filming and who he considers to have created fake storylines. Stephen is brutally honest when telling us who he thinks made the show interesting and who he considers boring AF.  We discuss his tumultuous relationship with Carl Radke, as played out during Season Two of Summer House, and the current state of that relationship today. Finally David cannot control himself when hearing about Stephen's friendships with fellow Bravolebrities Kristen Doute, LeeAnne Locken, Jill Zarin, Vicki Gunvalson, Juliet Angus, Stassi no last name needed, Lauren Wirkus, and last, but certainly not least, Jax & Brittany. He went to the wedding, people!!!
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Mar 11, 2020
Karen Huger La'Dame Pop Up / Fredrik Eklund Vacation in Tulum
1:10:52
David boards the train to Long Island to spend the day with the Grande Dame herself, Real Housewives of Potomac's Karen Huger. There is a photoshoot, lots of laughs and of course, a bottle of La' Dame. What does it really smell like? Find out here. Next David welcomes "Listener Appreciation Day" guest J. Heller (@jessheller), who talks about running into Fredrik Eklund on vacation in Tulum. Without husband Derek intact, Jessica assumes a break up, and starts an international rumor which she is still convinced is true. David is more than eager to talk about his last week of hanging out with Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent (Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project), Eva Marcille, Tyra Banks, Ronan Farrow (yes, he was in Texas for 12 hours), Juliette Lewis and the cast of the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The conversation then turns to past run ins with Danielle Staub, the cast of Mob Wives, & Fran Drescher.
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Mar 09, 2020
Marge Sr. - #RHONJ (Steps Behind The Rope)
1:07:02
David welcomes BFF Marge Sr. Behind The Rope. Now that the 10th installment of RHONJ is over, hear all about this past season from David and Marge Sr., two people who were there for much of the seasons' filming. They discuss the good (Teresa being a potential single woman), the bad (Jennifer and her obsession with money) and the ugly (that hair pull, how it affected Margaret, and of course, everyones favorite topic, Danielle Staub). What else do these two talk about? Well, EVERYTHING. David's part time job working with Marge Sr., shopping, food, sleep overs at Marge Sr.'s and how David tries to avoid Freckles and Maxi, Marge Sr's two beloved felines. Finally, they talk about the upcoming Season 11 of RHONJ (yes, we are already there) before heading out for an evening cocktail. A comedy duo not to be missed.
Mar 04, 2020
Niagara Falls - Overnight with Dorinda, Teresa & Margaret
1:00:57
David is on the move again!! This time over the border - bring your passports - to Niagara Falls with Dorinda, Teresa & Margaret (no last names needed). They fly together. They hotel together. They greet fans together. Of course, they also eat dinner and drink together. In true Housewives fashion, the trip had its moments where the cameras should have been rolling. No fear, David was there to observe. Alls well that ends well, but getting there was one hell of a ride. (David welcomes @sbeagelman for the first of new series "Listener Appreciation Day". All listeners need apply)
Mar 02, 2020
Colin Hutzler from Bravo's Spy Games (Steps Behind The Rope)
1:05:57
David welcomes Colin Hutzler, one of the contestants of Bravo's Spy Games, a reality show competition where ten individuals compete to become the "ultimate spy" while living together in a house. Think The Mole meets Survivor meets Big Brother. #heaven. It's a good show, a really really good show complete with real life CIA, FBI and Secret Service packaged in a Bravo setting. David fan girls over the show as he and Colin discuss all things Colin, Spy Games, Bravo and Reality TV. Did we mention Colin has ties to the one and only Scheana Shay?? Of course, all roads lead back to Vanderpump Rules. An episode not to be missed.
Feb 26, 2020
New York Fashion Week - Hangin' With The Housewives
1:07:59
David welcomes Style Expert Soneca Guadara for the first of a new series “Styled by Soneca”. Where there are Housewives, there is Fashion. Where there is Fashion, there are Housewives. David and Soneca divide and conquer New York Fashion Week in search of housewives. From spending the day with Real Housewives of Dallas' D’Andra Simmons to a Toddlers & Tiaras Show with BFF Kim D, David and Soneca cover it all. There are sightings of Lisa Rinna, Kelly Bensimon, Kyle Richards and much more! Of course, these two do stray off topic into past experiences with Ladies of London’s very own Caroline Stanbury, Jessica Simpson and Justin Bieber. Can we say random?   
Feb 24, 2020
Bravolebrity / Newlyweds: The First Year's Blair Late (Steps Behind The Rope)
1:10:49
David sits down with Bravolebrity Blair Late from Bravo’s very own Newlyweds: The First Year. Blair is one half of former "first gay couple” to discuss marriage / get married on Reality TV. David and Blair discuss this ground breaking title held by Blair and all the pressure that came with living up to that. Of course, they also do a deep dive into the Bravo Casting process, discuss the ins and outs of dealing with Producers and filming Newlyweds: The First Year and what it was like to be a cast member on one of Bravo’s highest rated shows at the time. Blair opens up about his untimely divorce when filming ended, which played out on a Bravo Follow Up special. Also, did you know Blair was in a boy band called B3, went to theater camp and knew Mandy Moore, Lea Michelle, and Natalie Portman, and now has a booming career in the heart of New York City. 
Feb 19, 2020
Weekly Dose of BS Tour - With Stephanie & Brandi
1:00:30
Host David Yontef is on the move again - this time to Austin, Texas for less than 24 hours to attend the Opening Night of the Weekly Dose of BS Podcast Tour with Stephanie Hollman & Brandi Redmond. David falls off his chair when BFF D'andra Simmons makes a surprise appearance. The night continues after the show with all 3 Dallas Real Housewives for drinks, laugher and the usual shenanigans. David finally bids farewell at 5am just in time for him to catch his plane back home. Oh, and there is also a NYC sitting of Jax & Brittany!!
Feb 17, 2020
Dorinda's Realtor Laurie Cooper / Bitch Sesh, A Review!
1:05:24
RHONY's - Dorinda's Realtor - Laurie Cooper, a close personal friend of David's, sits down for a fire side chat!! Laurie and David discuss their mutual love of all things NYC, RHONY, Real Estate, Million Dollar Listing (Frederick, Ryan or Steve?), Housewives and much more. Finally, Laurie and David attend together a live taping of Bitch Sesh Podcast (Casey Wilson / Danielle Schneider) featuring special guests Andy Cohen, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Paley and ... Laurie Herself!!!
Feb 12, 2020
Celebrity Housewives / Dinner with Ramona Singer, Kelly Dodd, and Dolores Catania
52:36
David flys to Florida with Dolores Catania to attend a “Celebrity Housewives” Q&A with Ramona Singer and Kelly Dodd. While in Florida David gets to meet Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta... 3 times!!!! The real fun happens when David goes out to dinner after the show with The Singer Stinger, Miss Dodd and BFF Dolores. Oh, and did we mention Fiancé Rick Leventhal was there too!!
Jan 26, 2020