BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

By David Yontef

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A Real Housewives, Bravolebrity, and Pop Culture Podcast that interviews your favorite Real Housewives, Bravolebrities and other Pop Culture Icons 5 days a week. New Show M through F. With a relaxed, casual interview style, Host David Yontef gets to the bottom of all of Bravo, Reality TV and Pop Culture's most important questions!!



Past Guests have included, but not limited to, Tamra Judge, Scheana Shay, Jill Zarin, Perez Hilton, Sutton Stracke, Heather & Terry Dubrow, LeeAnne Locken, Marlo Hampton, Gizelle Bryant, Kristen Taekman, Melissa Rivers, Brad Goreski, Jason Wahler, Peggy Sulahian, Harry Dubin, Marge Sr., Captain Sandy, Mary Fitzgerald, Elyse Slaine, Peter Madrigal, Patti Stanger, Jai Rodriguez, Cary Deuber, Joyce Giraud, Tracy Tutor, Claudia Jordan, Sophia Hutchins, Peppermint, Karen Gravano, and Randall Emmett.



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



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



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Dr. Cat (Dr. 90210)
58:49

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Oct 04, 2020
Click Bait with Bachelor Nation
6:37

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Sep 07, 2020
BRAD GORESKI
10:22

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


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Sep 07, 2020
#RHONY
1:18

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


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Sep 06, 2020
Jared Lipscomb (Vanderpump Rules)
58:44
Vanderpump Rules Makeup artist Jared Lipscomb joins us Behind The Rope. Ok he’s much more than that, but isn’t Vanderpump Rules where all stories should begin? Actually, Jared started doing his own makeup through dressing in drag. Someone said hey you should try this on others - he did - and soon realized a career in makeup was his true calling. His first professional job with someone in the public eye was an Orange Is The New Black cast member. Not a bad way to start. He then met someone who worked at NBC Universal who asked him to help be a touch up artist for one of the Vanderpump Rules after shows. He said yes. Went. Met the entire VR cast. He bonded with Brittany and Kristen this day - they gave him their numbers and the rest is history. Well Vanderpump Rules history which, lets face it - is the only history that matters. Ariana, Stassi, Katie, Kristen, Brittany - he works on them all. Jared takes us on the trajectory from meeting our favorite Vanderwomen - to being there for major life milestones - home owners hello - to this past Season 8 of Vanderpump Rules. Which of the women takes the biggest risks with their makeup and allows Jared to do as he pleases, the answer may shock you. Oh and Jared has also worked on Kelly Dodd's Mom for filming RHOC. Random fact but we are living for it. He has also worked on Madonna’s Gd Control Video. O-M-F-G. What a fun sit down with the one and only Jared Lips. On a serious note, Jared was diagnosed with Leukemia this past year. It is truly heart warming how the cast of Vanderpump Rules stood by him. You know what they say, you find out who you true friends are in tough times. We are happy to report Jared is on the road to recovery and we at The Rope wish him nothing but good health and happiness, always!


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

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


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

Perez Hilton Steps Behind The Rope. Legend, The Original, Show Respect where Respect is Due, Perez Hilton. Born Mario Armando Lavandeira in Miami, the son of two Cuban Immigrants, we start at the beginning. Perez explains what childhood was like as an overweight closeted gay man obsessed with pop culture. He moved to NYC after high school to attend NYU and pursue a career in acting. 16 years ago, shortly after NYU, he started a "little Blog” called Perez Hilton. The blog quickly took off after he was the first to “out” Brad and Angelina and coin the term “Brangelina”. The Original Influencer, before influencers were influencers, prior to TMZ and most forms of social media that exist in the world today, Perez discusses what life what like after that initial explosion, what it is like to be hated by many, sued by a bunch, and left still standing all these years later. Perez discusses his love of celebrity and pop culture and how he coined his moniker thanks to Miss Paris Hilton. Speaking of Paris, we discuss her early career, Kim Kardashian, their friendship and every changing relationship, the influence of Kayne, and where he thinks each stand in the pop culture hall of fame. Perez opens up about the rise, height, and fall of his friendship with Lady Gaga. We discuss other legends like the Queen of the World Madonna, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Lopez . We discuss what he has learned throughout the years and how he handles being confronted by celebrities he has been mean to in the past such as Jennifer Anniston and their infamous parking garage run in. Finally, we touch upon Perez’s new forthcoming book, TMI: My Life In Scandal and what is next for the man behind the famous name.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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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!!!!


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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

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


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

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Jul 24, 2020
Real Housewives of Miami's Lauren Foster (On RHOM, RHOBH, RHONY)
1:06:56
Real Housewives of Miami’s Lauren Foster Steps Behind The Rope. Calling from her home in gorgeous Miami, Lauren tells it all. Originally from South Africa, Lauren moved to Miami around 18 years ago and it has been home ever since. Supermodel, Director, Trans Advocate, Actress, Author. What hasn’t Lauren accomplished? Let's focus on the moniker ya all wanna discuss, Official RHOM “Friend Of". Lauren is kind enough to entertain all of the Rope's questions on her former cast mates - Larsa Pippen, Marysol Patton, Joanna Krupa, Ana Quincoces, and last but certainly not least, Lea Black. Lauren explains how she may have been the first openly Trans Housewife should RHOM have been green lit for a Fourth Season and how, in today’s day and times, there isn’t a Trans 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
46:57
Jill Zarin. The Woman. The Myth. The Legend. Jill takes time out from a full house (Ally, Jill’s Dad and of course, Bossi Zarin, all make Cameos during this episode) in Florida, where she has been quarantining, to chat. First things first. Jill Zarin and Ally Shapiro started a mask business “Masks by Jill & Ally”, where one mask is donated for every one purchased. They are tie-dye, how fun and cool. Jill Zarin rugs is also thriving during these times. Mazel! Now onto what everyone wants to hear about - RHONY. Jill divulges her current relationship with Ramona and what she really thinks about Ramona's Corona “behavior". The OG of the NYC also gives us her thoughts on Tinsley getting married and leaving the show, newbie Leah McSweeney and what she thinks about this current season of The Real Housewives of New York City. Jill also discussed her current “relationships” with the other RHONY Luann and Dorinda. Finally we play a speed round with Jill on some of her other famous Bravo  friends - Patti Stanger, Cynthia Bailey, Vicki Gunvalson and Marysol Patton. Tune in for a full check in with Miss Jill Zarin!

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Jul 16, 2020
Landon Clements (Southern Charm)
1:02:24
We welcome Landon Clements from Southern Charm, Behind The Rope. Originally from St. Simons Island, 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
Jeremy Madix - Vanderpump Rules
36:51
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
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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)
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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)
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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
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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!
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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
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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