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

 


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

 


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

 


Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!

 


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Below Deck’s Bugsy Drake steps Behind The Rope. In true Bugsy fashion, she is an open book holding nothing back and is here for a fun time. Bugsy reminisces about the seasons she spent behind the Bravo cameras as a cast member on Below Deck Mediterranean. She shares stories from filming and real life charters that make us say whaaat? Bugsy breaks down the differences between filming a reality show like Below Deck and real world charters. Of course, we discussed her feelings on Malia White, Captain Sandy and Alex Radcliffe. Speaking of Alex, Bugsy has a new boyfriend and, ok reluctantly, but we have our ways, shares a few details on him!! Bugsy also chats about her brand new book, “The Art of Tablescaping”. The Queen of Theme talks about some of her fav themes, what goes into a “good table”, and why most people find good tablescaping just so damn hard (us included!). Off course, we chat about other Bravolebrities and Housewives she has met, wants to meet, and / or have “slipped into her DMs”. Bugsy chats about the new season of her fav Bravo show - RHOBH and that one time she ran into Justin Bieber in St. Barts. Looking ahead, we chat about her future, the future of Below Deck, and whether she would ever be “the next Kate Chastain”. @bugsydrake@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Shaman Durek steps Behind The Rope. Bling Empire’s Scene stealing Shaman Durek. Of course, we discuss Shaman Durek’s involvement in Bling Empire after being “hired” by Kevin Kreider to help Kelly Mi Li work out her "relationship issues" with Andrew Gray or, in other words, one of the central storylines of this brilliant freshman Netflix Series (if you did not watch, what are you waiting for). Shaman Durek chats with us about how one becomes a Shaman, what exactly does a Shaman do (oh c’mon, like you know), how can a Shaman help each and every one of us in our daily lives, and what are the biggest misconceptions of a Shaman. We delve deep into topics like social media and fame obsession, how people are often their own worst enemies, the affect Reality TV has on us as a society, the use of outside stimulants such as sex, drugs, alcohol to help numb the pain of daily life and what is needed in order to gain complete peace of mind in the fast paced world we live in today. Deemed “Shaman to the Stars”, we discuss other famous clients, besides our favorite “Crazy Rich Asians” over on Bling Empire, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev, and Chord Overstreet. In fact, Gwyneth is one of Shaman Durek’s best friends, we chat about what that is like and how, although people are often used to and/or treated differently because they are a celebrity, at the end of the day, we are all just humans trying to live an authentic life. It is clear Shaman Durek is living an authentic life, even if that life involves dating a member of The Royal Family, The Princess of Norway. Finally, we ask Shaman Durek if he has picked up on any vibes from Behind The Rope during our time together and if he can advise us on how to live a happier, kinder, more peaceful life. @shamandurek@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Approximately two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Tawny Kitaen in what I can only assume is one of her last interviews ever. Tawny was full of life, happy, generous, pleasant. We talked for almost two hours. She followed up after in a series of texts, as kind and sweet as can be. She lit up when she talked about her daughters which were clearly her greatest accomplishment in life.Tawny went to her first rock concert at age 14, saw how the singer’s girlfriend got full VIP access and treatment and decided, “hey, I want that.” Tawny went out and made that happen. A rocker gal by nature, Tawny dated the guitarist from Ratt while in high school. From there she graduated, and “graduated”, by marrying Whitesnake’s lead singer. Although they divorced years later, she is most notorious for being “that girl” in the Whitesnake video. With that career defining moment she went from “groupie” to wife and celebrity. Choreographer Paula Abdul took one look at Tawny’s moves on the set of the Whitesnake video shoot and said, “you don’t need my help” and left! Tawny graced our small screens with roles on many of our beloved shows including Seinfeld (who she also dated), Married...With Children and America’s Funniest People. Before it was the “cool” thing to do, Tawny transitioned from “actress” to reality star starring in VH1s “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”. Speaking of Reality TV, who could forget Tawny’s 2017 appearance on E’s mega-hit Botched with Doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif. Of course, there was also that star studded role with Tom Hanks in Bachelor Party.What follows is an unedited, almost two hour, chat with Tawny as she shares stories from a life well lived opening up about career and personal highs, some of which have never before been revealed. She discusses the book which she was working on because, as stated, “if I don't write my life story, somebody else is going to, and they're going to do it off of sound clips, that aren't true and aren't real about me. So it's really, really important that I get my book out.” Hopefully this interview can help accomplish that just a little.@tawnykitaenofficial@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Claudia Jordan steps back Behind The Rope. Claudia is here today to chat about all things, what else, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She explains how she ran into a RHOA producer at a West Hollywood gay bar and from there, the wheels were in motion. Claudia chats about her prior friendship with Kenya Moore, her arrival in Atlanta and just how she went from “Friend Of” to “Official Peach Holder” on this highly rated Housewives franchise. One word: Nene. Remember that infamous cast trip? Claudia chats about how welcome, hint - not much - she felt by Nene, Nene’s refusing to film certain scenes and how Nene treated everyone on set. She also chats about the remainder of her co-stars Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss, and Cynthia Bailey - what working with each was like and the status of her friendship with each today. Speaking of Miss Linnethia Leakes, Claudia chats about Nene’s departure from RHOA this past season. On a larger scale, we discuss the concept of “everyone is replaceable” and how some times some people can be their own worst enemy. Claudia also discusses whether Nene’s current actions regarding Bravo and Andy Cohen have gone too far to “the place of no return” or can she still make a return to the network, or any other network for that matter, in the near future. Claudia is currently living in Dallas, Texas with her boyfriend and yes she knows some of our favorite Real Housewives of Dallas such LeeAnne Locken (they just had an epic day of drinks together), D’Andra Simmons (she thinks Claudia should be an RHOD) and Kary Brittingham (they have had recent real life beef). Finally, Claudia reflects on her time on the show and answers the age old question, would she ever go back. Claudia DOES - NOT - HOLD - BACK!! If you haven’t heard our explosive initial chat with Claudia, check it out, October 14th, 2020).@claudiajordan@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope")Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
RHOD’s Brad Bevill steps Behind The Rope. Yes, Fanci Westcott’s Dog Trainer. We have all seen Brad bring the “tough love” to Kameron Westcott’s adorable treadmill loving dog Fanci, but what is working with Kameron really like? Brad is here to answer that plus chat about his other RHOD connections - working with Mama Dee and Cary Deuber’s dogs. Brad chats about the hardest part of each of those jobs, the strangest requests, how he fell into this line of business, the psychology behind working with dogs, what he loves about his job so much and what he thinks about being now known for his RHOD appearances. He has also worked with Bachelor Nation’s JoJo Fletcher and former Bravolebrity, “Courtney Loves Dallas”, Courtney Kerr. There is also his newest Bravoleb client, Miss Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Of course, we needed to know what Brad really thinks about Sparkle Dog and will pink dog food ever become a thing. We also chat about other pressing Bravo Dogs / Pets: Giggy Vanderpump (is it good for a dog to be treated like a human being and / or travel the world never leaving its owner’s side?); Wacha Cohen (when is it time to give an “aggressive dog” away?), Tiago Jayne Girardi (how soon after an owner is “taken away” for an extended period of time does a dog start to suffer separation anxiety? Can a dog sense a change in it’s owner’s lifestyle, can a dog sense a change in household parties due to live altering events such as a divorce), Lucy Lucy Apple Juice Vanderpump then Kemsley then Vanderpump now unknown (is there ever such a thing as a “too silly” dog name?), and last but not least the best Bravo pet in the history of Bravo, T’Challa Samuels (will Brad ever branch out to Birds or other pets?). On a serious note, Brad talks about being an entrepreneur (running Bevill Dog Behavior), new upcoming Bevill Dog Behavior products and services, and would he ever consider starring in a reality show of his own?Listen to the Full Show - Available NOW at https://www.patreon.com/posts/50560546 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Howard Stern fans rejoice!!! Tan Mom a.k.a. Patricia Marie Krentcil steps Behind the Rope. Tan Mom and BFF Adam Barta, that is. They are here to discuss it all. Both originally from the NYC area, now Florida residents, Adam and Tan Mom became fast BFFS upon first meeting several years ago through their joint publicist. How Hollywood. Adam Barta has written songs for all of the moms. No really, all of the Moms. Octomom, Teen Mom, Mama June and of course, Tan Mom (Free 2 Be Me). He has also written songs for many of our BFFS such as Margaret Josephs, Lisa Lampanelli and Margaret Cho. Adam explains how he never purported to be the next Miley Cyrus and explains the genius behind his viral music. Adam and David also bond over the reality show pilot they were a part of with Jersey Shore’s Angelina Pivarnick, RHONJs Dina Manzo, and Michael Lohan. Tan Mom takes us back to the beginning of when she brought her five year old daughter to a tanning salon. Immediately thereafter she was arrested for child endangerment. She was taken right from the salon to jail. Jail for seven days. She recounts what being in jail was like, and how scary a time that was. She then became an overnight sensation. Tan Mom tells us about her legal battles as a result of this day, the ridicule her children had to face in school, what is was like to have paparazzi hiding in her bushes 24 hours a day, and how caged she felt not be able to walk down the street as a result of this one act. Flash Forward and one day Tan Mom and Adam found themselves booked on The Howard Stern show to tell their story. Let us repeat slowly. The Howard Sten Show!!! They quickly found themselves fan favs and, even more important, a Howard fav. As a result, they became regular fixtures on The Stern Show, having had so many appearances that they lost count. Tan Mom was even in Howard Stern’s book and attended his 60th birthday party. We just cannot breathe. They spare no details, from what Howard’s Green Room is like, what Robin Quiver’s is like, who attended Howard’s Birthday party, and what does it feel like to get be considered part of Stern’s inner circle. On a more serious note, we talk about Tan Mom’s near death experience last year and what major announcement she has a result. Wow, is all we gotta say. @realtanmom@adambarta@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
RHONJ’s Frank Catania Sr. (“Big Frank”) steps Behind The Rope. Hot off his Watch What Happens Live appearance with his Bros, Joe Gorga, Evan G., Bill Aydin and The Real Super Joe, Mr. Dolores Catania, as we like to call him, is here to discuss it all. This Real Housewives of New Jersey “House Husband” discusses growing up in NJ, how, where and when he met Dolores, their courtship, marriage, children (shout out to Gabby and Frankie Jr. - former BTVR Guest), ultimate dissolution of their marriage and road to the current “best friends” friendship they now have, as seen throughout the past several seasons on RHONJ. Frank is brutally honest about why their marriage ended, their divorce and how they became almost immediate friends thereafter. Speaking of RHONJ, Frank discusses how Dolores was cast, his own participation in the show and just what does he think of the drama and other cast mates Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga, Jackie Goldschneider and last, but certainly not least, Jennifer Aydin. We also chat with Frank about his Bromances with the Joeys Gorga and Benigno (The Real SuperJoe), Evan Goldschneider and Bill Aydin. On a personal note, Frank chats about his relationship with Dolores’ boyfriend, Doctor David, as well as with his own girlfriend - who knew?. Finally, we pump, no pun intended (yes he and Frankie Jr. are still weightlifting), Frank Sr. for spoilers from the rest of this already stellar RHONJ season. Tune in for this RHONJ extravaganza with Mr. Dolores Catania with special cameo by the one and only Dolores Catania!!@frank.catania.jr@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Christina Schuller (now Sinclair), from Laguna Beach, steps Behind The Rope. One of the OG's of Laguna Beach. Season One! Originally from Laguna Beach, Christina tells us what it was like when MTV came a knockin’ to film one of the first ever Reality Shows. With The Real World being one of the only predecessors to compare it to, Christina sheds light on what filming was like when “no one knew what they were doing”. That “no one” included producers. We discussed the “Game of Thrones” casting process and competition amongst Laguna Beach’s High School Students to be one of chosen eight. We discuss how the original concept was supposed to be a True Life: Day In the Life of a Southern California High School Student versus the juggernaut viral sensation it became. With that viral sensation, came many perks like attending the VMA Awards, Diddy’s after party and all. That viral sensation also includes all of our favorite shows for years to come: The Hills, The City and now, currently, The Hills: New Beginnings (coming back soon!). Christina opens up about what life was like when she was thrust into the public eye overnight and how that changed life forever. She explains her unexpected ties to The Hills / The City star Whitney Port. We didn’t see that coming. We discuss what life was like after the flash bulbs faded and where she took her career after - acting, fitness, full time mom. Of course we discuss some of her Laguna Beach co-stars Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, Stephen Colletti, Lo Bosworth, Talan Torriero, Trey Phillips and Morgan Olsen. Speaking of those co-stars, Christina fills us in on all the details from the Season One full cast reunion that took place last year, the first time the cast has all been together in fourteen years. Tune in now to hear all that Christina has to share about this Granddaddy of reality shows.@christinasinclair@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Countess Luann de Lesseps steps Behind The Rope. Royalty people. Royalty, or at least the first person The Rope has had with an actual title. In anticipation of the premiere (tonight is the night!!) of what is arguably one of the best of the Franchise, Lu is here to break down what we can expect this coming Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New York City.  First, Luann reflects back on an epic twelve RHONY seasons - being cool, not uncool, kissing pirates, making eggs a la francaise, falling in bushes, feelin’ Jovani, and sharing very personal private moments in her life. Seeing as Luann has done all of the aforementioned, and more, while holding her head high, it is clear why she is an OG, fan favorite, and still going strong thirteen seasons later. Luann divulges what we can expect for RHONY Season 13, how it is different than the prior twelve, what to expect from new apple holder Eboni K. Williams, and whether Ramona is, well, as Ramona as ever. Since life IS a cabaret, we chatted with Lu about adjusting to life “off” the road having to put her sold out nationwide tour on temporary hold and received a status update on her “Marry, F**k, Kill” show, including whether Ms. Morgan, and all her letters, will be a part of it. Luann opens up about the many headlines she has made off camera the past few months while filming RHONY - potentially joining Dancing With the Stars, posing for topless photos (“Claycation”!), and returning to her single status (farewell Garth). On that note, we discuss her type, who she is currently chillin with and whether she would ever join that other juggernaut show, “The Bachelorette”. Of course, we need all the details from Luann on the upcoming Crossover “All Stars Housewives House” series seeing as she was the first announced official cast member. Finally, Lu is kind enough to entertain our rapid round of RHONY “must knows” - who would you want back, who would you not want back, what NYC Celebrity would be a good fit, does Louis Vuitton really make mistakes, what were her roses and thorns of the past thirteen seasons, how has she changed as a person as a result of RHONY, how are Victoria and Noelle, and what advice would she give to season one “Baby Countess” as Countess Luann de Lesseps reflects back on twelve successful years and looks forward to one hell of a RHONY ride as we prepare for tonight’s Season 13 premiere!!!@countessluann@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In anticipation of her first ever Watch What Happens Appearance, tonight is the night, in what is to go down as one of the most historic weeks in WWHL history, Princesses: Long Island's Chanel Omari steps Behind The Rope. Taking a break from her thriving comedy career and hosting her own “Chanel In The City Podcast” (as featured last season on The Real Housewives of New York City), the woman whose friends call her Coco, Chanel Omari is here to tell it all. Having not seen each other since a Countess Luann and Friends Christmas show, Chanel and David quickly catch up.  Why not start with a review of the night and the Countess Christmas show way back when. We also need all the deets about Chanel’s two BFFS Lindsay and Dina Lohan. No really, she is close with both. Okay, now onto what everyone wants to talk about, Princesses: Long Island. Chanel takes us back to the beginning of Princesses: Long Island. She explains how the concept for the show came about, how it was “cast” and how it ultimately found its way, after a brief journey, to Bravo as a home. Chanel discusses the concept of the show, a series of Jewish Women out of college for a short period of time who end up living back with their parents in well to do enclaves of Long Island, New York. We discuss the difference between how the show was marketed, portrayed and perceived as a series of rich young entitled Long Islanders versus the reality of the struggles, both financially and emotionally, most of the cast were facing off camera in real life. Chanel also opens up about how hard it is to film a reality show with your real life friends and how it is almost impossible for many of those friendships to survive the strains of Reality TV. No discussion of Princesses: Long Island would be complete without the origins of the show’s name and how Chanel and the rest of the cast felt when they were told this would be the name of the series. We discuss how and why, despite Bravo being the perfect home for this show, it was cancelled after just one short season and why David and Chanel think it will always live on as one of the classic Bravo favorites of all time.  We know you are preparing for your WWHL appearance, but thanks for fitting us into your busy schedule Miss Omari. Perhaps you will be back soon. #staytuned@chanelomari@chanelinthecitypodcast@chanelinthe@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit)Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In addition to all of our regular Patreon programming such as covering the Jen Shah Shahrested & Erika Jayne / Tom Girardi Divorce with top industry attorneys such as Emily D. Baker & Trisha LaFache, Deep Dives into Bravo shows of yesteryear like Gallery Girls and NYC Prep, and exclusive Bonus interviews with controversial Bravolebs such as RHONJ’s Kim D and RHOBH’s Dana Wilkey - to name a few, every Sunday on Patreon, we are joined by the Girl Why Podcast to break down the weeks Hot Topics. Although this content is found only on Patreon, BTVR wanted to share a sample episode here for you. Enjoy, and if you like what you hear tune in every Sunday on Patreon. The Girl Why Pod is listed below too. Spill and sip with David Yontef & Girl Why is back again with more tea! We’re talking about the - Bravo Housewives vacation getaway that is not called “All Stars” FYI! - Caitlyn is running for Governor of California and her kids are embarrassed and the Kardashians are not happy either. -Did Tristan really cheat again? David has some valid points why this maybe a clout chaser story only. - Can we all agree KRAVIS aka Kourtney & Travis are a match made in HEAVEN?!?! - David is dropping some serious tea about his good friend Kim D and who is David having from before the RHONY season premier. Can you guess? Y’all must listen to this and if you like what you hear head on over to https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope@girlwhypodcast@behindvelvetrope@davidyontef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Max Boyens Breaks His Silence. Max joins us in this exclusive chat to discuss it all. Vanderpump Rules just announced it's cast for Season Nine and that filming will resume this month. As the BravoVerse knows, Max Boyens was terminated from the hit show early last year along with Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute and Brett Caprioni. Max stops by to break his silence about the circumstances surrounding that termination, a series of tweets from 2012 which resurfaced just after he was cast on the hit Bravo show. First things first, we NEED answers from Max and we GET answers from Max surrounding those tweets - how, what, where and why, for starters. We dive deeper into his actions and how that affected several minority groups chatting with Max about, not only the ramifications of his tweets, but how he now feels about those tweets and what, if anything, has he learned from this whole experience. After this difficult, but brutally honest and completely necessary conversation, we chat about the terminations of Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, Stassi’s “apology tour”, which included, but was not limited to, her now infamous appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, and her newly hired PR firm in an attempt at a, for lack of a better word, “comeback”. We also discuss the recent cast departures of Vanderpump Rules OG Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright answering the questions (1) were they fired and (2) if so, is it because of Jax’s actions regarding Faith Stowers. We discuss the future of VPR without Stassi, Jax, Kristen and Brittany, the many rumored Spin Offs (Think Babies, TomTom and VanderVegas) and the current state of restaurants SUR and TomTom as of today. Finally, we chat about Lisa Vanderpump’s involvement in this entire mess, when Max last heard from her, and where we all go from here. An episode not to be missed!!@issamaximillian@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefHear the FULL CHAT AT:https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Frankie Grande steps Behind The Rope. Reality TV Star, Red Carpet Host, Influencer, Broadway Legend, LGBTQIA Advocate. Yes, he is also the brother to one of the world’s biggest Pop Stars of our generation, Ariana Grande for those living under a rock, but there is much much more to Frankie than his famous last name. Starting at the beginning, Frankie chats about being on Broadway at a young age - the many shows he was in, the pieces he produced and the many talented, many recognizable celebs he worked with. Frankie explains how and why he became a Social Media Influencer, before that was a thing, how he amassed his current following exceeding 2 Million IG followers, over 30 million You Tube Views, and TikTok stats that leave most speechless, the negative effects social media can have and what he foresees as the future of social. Of course, we chat about Frankie’s decision to temporarily leave all of that behind to enter the Big Brother house and play one of the best games in reality TV history, Big Brother. After Big Brother, Frankie Grande became a household name allowing him to continue his career by doing it all - more broadway, red carpet hosting, more reality TV and so on. What hasn’t Frankie Grande done? Now, he is back having just performed in an all-star studded revival of Rock of Ages as well as an upcoming brand new one night only live streaming musical (this Sunday May 2nd), “Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert”, a parody of Titanic set to, yup you guessed it, Celine Dion songs. Celine even makes an appearance as herself, kind of. Frankie chats about what it was like to play Victor Garber in Titanique and whether Celine Dion herself will be tuning in this Sunday night. Finally, we check in with Frankie on his fam - Sister, Mom, Nona and boyfriend Hale and, having met everyone and anyone, do a rapid fire round of Frankie’s hot takes on some of our favorite music divas, not the least of which is his number one (tied with Celine) Queen Madonna! Oh, fear not. For those wanting to get tickets to this Sunday night’s live streaming of “Titanique”, they are available (see link below)!@frankiejgrande@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefhttps://titaniquemusical.com/#companyFrankieGrandeTickets.comBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ben Higgins steps Behind The Rope. Mr. Former Bachelor Himself, steps by to chat about all that has been going on in Bachelor Nation since the end of this controversial “Matt James” season of The Bachelor. Ben shares his thoughts on how he thought Matt did, Matt’s choice to give his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell and the end of their relationship due, in large part, to her "racially insensitive” past actions. We also discuss Matt’s decision to delete any and all mention of Bachelor Nation on his Instagram answering questions such as what does this mean for Bachelor Nation, how must Matt be feeling right now as he attempts to rebuild his life and whether he should be given another shot, not that he is asking for it, at the lead role. Matt and Rachael were recently seen together in New York City. What does it all mean? Of course, we chat about and question Chris Harrison’s discussion with Rachel Lindsay, his decision to “step aside”, will and should Chris ever return, who should be a permanent replacement for Chris if he does not return and last, but certainly not least, Chris Harrison’s decision to hire the same high powered attorney Gabrielle Union employed when she was “let go” from “America’s Got Talent”. Hmm, the plot thickens. Looking ahead, we chat about the next two Bachelorettes, Katie Thurston and Michelle Young, as well as their hosts, Bachelor Nation’s Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Speaking of Bachelors and plots, we check in with Ben about his current engagement to Jessica Clarke, their decision to live apart until married, their ideal wedding, and when they plan on getting married. Ben also chats about his stellar new book “Alone in Plain Sight” and amazing Bachelor Nation Podcast “I Almost Famous Podcast”. Finally we need Ben’s expert opinion of other recent Bachelor Nation couples Tayshia and Zac and Clare and Dale.@higgins.ben@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Frankie Grande steps Behind The Rope. Reality TV Star, Red Carpet Host, Influencer, Broadway Legend, LGBTQIA Advocate. Yes, he is also the brother to one of the world’s biggest Pop Stars of our generation, Ariana Grande for those living under a rock, but there is much much more to Frankie than his famous last name. Starting at the beginning, Frankie chats about being on Broadway at a young age - the many shows he was in, the pieces he produced and the many talented, many recognizable celebs he worked with. Frankie explains how and why he became a Social Media Influencer, before that was a thing, how he amassed his current following exceeding 2 Million IG followers, over 30 million You Tube Views, and TikTok stats that leave most speechless, the negative effects social media can have and what he foresees as the future of social. Of course, we chat about Frankie’s decision to temporarily leave all of that behind to enter the Big Brother house and play one of the best games in reality TV history, Big Brother. After Big Brother, Frankie Grande became a household name allowing him to continue his career by doing it all - more broadway, red carpet hosting, more reality TV and so on. What hasn’t Frankie Grande done? Now, he is back having just performed in an all-star studded revival of Rock of Ages as well as an upcoming brand new one night only live streaming musical (this Sunday May 2nd), “Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert”, a parody of Titanic set to, yup you guessed it, Celine Dion songs. Celine even makes an appearance as herself, kind of. Frankie chats about what it was like to play Victor Garber in Titanique and whether Celine Dion herself will be tuning in this Sunday night. Finally, we check in with Frankie on his fam - Sister, Mom, Nona and boyfriend Hale and, having met everyone and anyone, do a rapid fire round of Frankie’s hot takes on some of our favorite music divas, not the least of which is his number one (tied with Celine) Queen Madonna! Oh, fear not. For those wanting to get tickets to this Sunday night’s live streaming of “Titanique”, they are available (see link below)!@frankiejgrande@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefhttps://titaniquemusical.com/#companyFrankieGrandeTickets.comBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
João Franco, from Below Deck Med, steps Behind The Rope. Checking in from his home in South Africa, birds chirping in the background, João stops by to fill us in on everything he has been up to since we last saw him on our TV sets and chat all things about two of Bravo’s highest rated shows, Below Deck Med and Below Deck. João explains how, although he was authentically himself, many of his cast mates and Below Deck Med Veterans ’tried” to make a TV show and were all too aware of their images and cameras. Veterans? Well that can only mean two people - Captain Sandy and Hannah Ferrier. Do tell? On that note, let us not forget João was at BravoCon with Colin Macy O’Toole, The Captains Sandy and Lee and Kate Chastain. We discuss BravoCon in detail and why there were some bumps in the road there between João and the rest of the gang. Now that João is a Captain of his own, he chats about whether, as seen on last seasons Below Deck Med, Malia was required to report Hannah’s Valium and discusses how he himself interprets Maritime Law in regards to bringing prescription mediation on board a vessel. Speaking of Hannah Ferrier, we discuss his current thoughts on Hannah and the status of their relationship today. João also opens up about his time filming with Captain Sandy, the ups and down in their relationship since filming, how social media has led to some of the “downs” in that relationship and how BravoCon led to a strange interaction between the two. João also gives us the real deal, holding nothing back, about just how accurate is Below Deck Med when compared to the Real World Yachting Industry and discusses which is more difficult, a Below Deck Charter or a Real World Charter. As far as Real World Charter’s, our mouths are agape when João describes particular charters he has been on with Presidents of Countries, Famous Actresses & Actors and Billionaires. Some of his stories have left The Rope speechless. @joaograntfranco@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Kate Flannery steps Behind The Rope. Yes, THAT Kate Flannery. Meredith Palmer. Kate shares her journey to becoming one of today’s top comedians. That journey began, in part, at Second City’s Improv Comedy Troupe. That Comedy Troupe was also the training ground for many of our other favorite funny ladies and gents which Kate is happy to chat about - such as Jane Lynch and Steve Carell. Speaking of Steve Carell, Kate entertains all of our many questions about The Office - how she was cast, which plot lines were her favorite, all the behind the scenes fun, what it was like to play fan favorite Meredith Palmer in all her glory, drinking problem and all, and where would Meredith be today, to name a few. We discuss how the ratings for the first season were less than stellar and then a little known movie called “The 40 Year Old Virgin” came into our lives and the rest is history. With the reboot trend not slowing down anytime soon, we chat Office reboot and what exactly that would look like. Kate also opens up about her participation in Dancing With The Stars discussing what dancing each week on national TV in America’s most famous ballroom was like and a few of our favorite of her fellow dancers, James Van Der Beek, Karamo Brown, Lamar Odom Bachelorette Hannah Brown. We also talk about some of Kate’s biggest inspirations that led her to pursue a career in comedy, the strangest Office fan encounter she has ever had, and how and why “being recognized” never gets old. Finally, we chat about her upcoming new movie about Women’s Arm Wrestling. sign us up, “Golden Arm” and that, we can't help but make the comparison, other brilliant Women's Wrestling show, Netflix's "Glow".@thekateflannery@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tiffany Moon steps Behind The Rope. That's Doctor Tiffany Moon from The Real Housewives of Dallas who stops by to chat about all from her freshman year. Tiffany opens up about the difficulties of filming a reality show, raising two children and being a full time physician while filming a reality show. We chat about some of the seasons biggest dramas thus far as they related to Tiffany - the epic Austin vacation, being thrown in the pool and hazed to drink Tequila by Kary Brittingham, Kameron Westcott and her aversion to chicken feet, Brandi Redmond and her aversion to crickets, to name a few. Speaking of Brandi Redmond, Tiffany opens up about Brandi's “racially insensitive” viral video heard ‘round the world’, what it was like to confront Brandi on camera, and the status of their relationship today. We also discuss and dissect Brandi's recent statement of potential departure and hypothesize whether she is really leaving the franchise. We also chat about Tiffany’s own recent statement that she may only be “a one season wonder” and chat about our other fav RHODs D’Andra Simmons and Stephanie Hollman. With the reunion looming, Tiffany explains who she is most anxious to see, what issues she feels will be resolved, and those which she thinks are beyond repair. On a more serious note, we discuss the importance of Asian American representation on shows like RHOD and analyze how Tiffany has changed both on and off camera throughout the season as a result of being a part of the friendship group. Finally, we could NOT let Doctor Moon go without a deep dive into her infamous closet with Tiffany answering all of our burning questions regarding this already iconic Housewives’ masterpiece. Thanks for stopping by Dr. Moon.@tiffanymoonmd@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetrope (10% Off First Month - Use Code "velvet rope") Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gregory Zarian steps back Behind The Rope. We have to stop meeting like this. With his “Behind The Velvet Rope” coffee mug in hand - sorry Melissa Rivers, yours is on the way - let us not forget Gregory has been in many, and we mean many, of our favorite TV shows - Nip/Tuck, The OC (Queen Mischa), 90210, Revenge, Westworld, Criminal Minds, Bones and Castle. Let us also not forget his role as “fan fav” Julius on General Hospital. Gregory and David chat about “the business” - the highs and lows, the biggest misconceptions of what it means to be an actor, how he prepares for a role, how not to take everything personally, and the most difficult aspects of the business. On that note, Gregory opens up about the constant rejection any and all actors and actresses face, whether that ever gets easier and the advice he would give someone just starting out. We also chat about the, for better or worse, presence of social media in the entertainment business today and the role it plays. This brings up larger discussions such as why people pursue the craft of acting, bullying both IRL and on social media, cancel culture and just what is going on in this ever changing world on a daily basis. Wow. Who knew we were so serious. Speaking of bullying, Gregory chats about his role on the brilliant Venice: The Series, which dealt with issues of bullying, a role he is most proud of. On a lighter note, Gregory chats about his brand new movie, 86 Melrose Avenue, about a diverse group of people at a gallery opening taken hostage forcing them to confront their cultural differences, pasts and potential looming mortality as time ticks away. Of course, all roads lead back to Housewives. For anyone who remembers our past two chats with Gregory, if not, hey, go listen, Gregory calls Kathy Wakile “Mom”. He even has a T-shirt to prove it. We discuss our mutual family/friend Kathy, her daughter Victoria’s recent wedding, and all the goings on this season of RHONJ- team Jackie or Tre? As always, Gregory, love having you. Stop by anytime! @gregoryzarian@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase)This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Melissa Rivers steps back Behind The Rope!! Yup, she is baacck!! We could not think of anyone better to help us break down all the red carpets of this past awards season than the one and only Fashion Icon herself, Melissa Rivers. Melissa does know a thing or two about fashion having hosted and executive produced that little blockbuster of a hit show, “Fashion Police” for many years. Melissa opens up about what Fashion Police would look like in 2021 and would she really ever consider going back. We chat with Melissa about the red carpet fashion, or lack thereof, seen in the past few weeks and chat about her predictions for the upcoming Oscars, which will be held live (no Zooms allowed!). We discuss the best and worst dressed of this awards season, who we have our eye on, and what and who it would take to “fix” the current red carpet situation. The last time we chatted with Melissa Rivers, The Rope had a viral moment regarding Joan Rivers and what her thoughts on wearing a mask would be - Google It. To that extent, we followed up the only way we know how, by discussing what would Joan Rivers think and say about having one's entire glam team come over, spend hours and hours making you up, slipping on a way overpriced height of fashion dress, shoes and jewels to travel to your living room to sit in front of a computer and accept an Award. Or your kitchen? Or bedroom? Speaking of Joan Rivers, she was always honest about her feelings for Ellen. We ask Melissa about Ellen and the public scrutiny she has received over the past year for being a rumored “mean girl”. We chat about Cancel Culture, are comedians “exempt” by the very definition of the job, and how would Joan hold up in our current climate. Of course, we had to ask Melissa the obvious question, would she ever consider joining RHOBH? We chat about who she knows on the cast, what type of Housewife she would be, what type of Real Housewives Mom Joan Rivers would be, and finally what she thinks of our fav diamond holders’ fashion choices. With Housewives and TV on the mind, we chat with Melissa about her ex Fashion Police co-host Nene Leakes’ current “Boycott Bravo” petition and can one ever come back from going against a network, what family she thinks is prime to be the next royal family of E once the Kardashians step aside, and when will she start receiving royalties for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is so very obviously based on the life of the most Iconic Female Comedian to ever live, past, present, future til the end of all time, Miss Joan Rivers.@melissariversofficial@melissariversgrouptext@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis episode is brought to you by https://www.storyworth.com/velvet ($10 off First Purchase)This Episode is brought to you by Apostrophe https://www.apostrophe.com/pod/VELVET/ ($15 off First Visit) Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Andrea Ceniceros

This was such an amazing podcast!! Shaman Durek is so great and dropped gems of wisdom that I will keep forever.

May 14th
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Andrea Ceniceros

so fun

May 12th
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Andrea Ceniceros

Another great episode with Frank!! absolutely love him on RHONJ...

May 6th
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Andrea Ceniceros

loved listening to Kary... it was a situation lol

Apr 27th
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Andrea Ceniceros

Always loved Melissa and her mom this what great to hear and see what she is up to

Apr 27th
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Andrea Ceniceros

I thought this was an amazing episode and so insightful and inspiring to be a better human.

Apr 27th
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Andrea Ceniceros

RHOSLC was such a great addition to the franchise and love some Whitney Rose!! I loved hearing about her first season

Apr 13th
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Andrea Ceniceros

loved me some Ladies of London ... this was so great to hear

Apr 13th
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Andrea Ceniceros

so great loved the interview

Apr 13th
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Andrea Ceniceros

This was a great episode can't wait for number 2

Apr 12th
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Cindy Prince

Good interview and story! The way she kept smacking her mouth.... ughhhhhhh

Apr 5th
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Anne Gee

Wow what a misleading podcast. If its just on patreon just post it there. I would love to support you on patreon but i simply can't afford it as i listen to a lot of podcasts. Would love to give you all money. Just don't think it was fair for you to do it this way.

Mar 14th
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Sabrina Aguiar

This is one of my few favorite podcast's! David if so hilarious, and such a great interviewer that his guests easily open up and spill tea, not to mention he's friends with so many of the bravolebs and knows so much behind the scenes that we don't. It's always a fun light way to start my morning! Highly recommend!!

Feb 23rd
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Astrid Vanderholland

I enjoy this podcasts especially the real housewives related content. I just wish the host didn't interrupt his guests as much and allow them to finish a story before jumping in and asking more questions.

Jan 28th
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C Bags

yes I love laguna beach cast!!I 🤩

Jan 13th
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Krista Miller

LANDUMB JUST SAID MORMONISM ON SALT LAKE HOUSEWIVES practice a POLYAMERous CULTlike life ...wow go the fuck away

Dec 2nd
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Krista Miller

oh no you DIDNT...LANDUMB??!! How is it that she gets interviewed at all..1. Nobdody cares about her thats the magic of them NOT being on the cast anymore WE DONT HAVE TO HEAR ABT HER Or Anyone off o shows.shes not on the show because WE DONT GAF.. AND 2. She literally just had an argument with herself about covid being a real thing ..lol..fycking go away bitch...you suck for interviewing her BEFORE REALCAST

Dec 2nd
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Anne Gee

My two favorite Podcasters together!! ❤️

Oct 13th
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Andrea Ceniceros

Loved this

Oct 4th
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Anne Gee

Love your podcast. I listen to a lot of podcast, yours number one in my top ten.

Sep 7th
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