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BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

Hosted by David Yontef

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
Latest Episode4/17/2021

The Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces (Catching Up)!

With all this talk about a Real Housewives of Miami Reboot, today we share our chat from a few months ago with RHOM's Ana Quincoces. Ana fills us in on all that she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens on the classic Bravo Show, The Real Housewives of Miami.Born and raised in Miami, of Cuban descent, Ana is here to tell it all.Ana and David bond over both being recovering lawyers and having moved on to other great careers.In Ana’s case, she has been running a legit business, Skinny Latina. Started in 2013, it is a marinate and sauces business, to help making cooking easier and to help make anything taste good.With a name like Skinny Latina, we have to ask, has she heard from Bethenny Frankel or her Skinny Girl team?The answer is not what you would expect.We also discuss her appearance on the "Food Network Star" and how her fellow contestants felt she got special treatment for being a former “Housewife”.Speaking of Housewives, Ana discusses how she originally got cast, why she said yes to the opportunity and how the producers really felt about her.Ana tells us all about her cast mates Lea Black, Adriana de Moura, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Lisa Hochstein, Karent Sierra and last, but certainly not least, Joanna Krupa and where her relationship with reach stands today.She explains what being on Watch What Happens Live was like and how her life changed as a result of being on the show.One career high was co-hosting The View - we discuss Barbara Walters, was the environment really as "toxic" as everyone says and what happened when two of her guests were RHONJ's very own Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita.Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope to listen to the full episode out today!!@anaqooks@behindvelvetrope@davidyontef
4/17/2021

The Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces (Catching Up)!

With all this talk about a Real Housewives of Miami Reboot, today we share our chat from a few months ago with RHOM's Ana Quincoces. Ana fills us in on all that she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens on the classic Bravo Show, The Real Housewives of Miami.Born and raised in Miami, of Cuban descent, Ana is here to tell it all.Ana and David bond over both being recovering lawyers and having moved on to other great careers.In Ana’s case, she has been running a legit business, Skinny Latina. Started in 2013, it is a marinate and sauces business, to help making cooking easier and to help make anything taste good.With a name like Skinny Latina, we have to ask, has she heard from Bethenny Frankel or her Skinny Girl team?The answer is not what you would expect.We also discuss her appearance on the "Food Network Star" and how her fellow contestants felt she got special treatment for being a former “Housewife”.Speaking of Housewives, Ana discusses how she originally got cast, why she said yes to the opportunity and how the producers really felt about her.Ana tells us all about her cast mates Lea Black, Adriana de Moura, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Lisa Hochstein, Karent Sierra and last, but certainly not least, Joanna Krupa and where her relationship with reach stands today.She explains what being on Watch What Happens Live was like and how her life changed as a result of being on the show.One career high was co-hosting The View - we discuss Barbara Walters, was the environment really as "toxic" as everyone says and what happened when two of her guests were RHONJ's very own Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita.Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope to listen to the full episode out today!!@anaqooks@behindvelvetrope@davidyontef
4/16/2021

Shuga Cain (RuPaul's Drag Race) - An Interview

Ep. 258
Shuga Cain steps Behind The Rope.Shuga is here to discuss it all!Of course, all includes RuPaul’s Drag Race and Shuga’s Season Eleven contribution to the brilliant show.Shuga takes us down the road of her journey from quitting a six figure a year job, to performing nightly in the legendary New York City nightlife club scene to eventually applying and being chosen for Drag Race.Shuga opens up about the positives and negatives of Drag Race, the judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as well as RuPaul herself.Shuga breaks down the best and hardest parts of Drag Race and lifts the curtain for a look into what filming the hit TV show is really like.We also chat about guest judges Miley Cyrus, Adam Rippon and last, but certainly not least, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss.Finally Shuga discusses her music, her epic card reading, she is an Empath after all and chats with The Rope about when we might possibly see her walk down the aisle with her current fiancé who she has been so happily quarantining with.What is next for Miss Shuga Cain? Tune in to find out!@missshugacain@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
4/15/2021

Bethenny Ever After's "Coordinator of Chaos" - Julie Plake McMinn (Catching Up!)

Ep. 257
With all of this nostalgia floating around the BravoVerse these days, we couldn't think of a better Bravolebrity to have join us than "Fan Favorite" Julie Plake McMinn.You know Julie Plake, The “Coordinator of Chaos" from the Iconic Bravo shows “Bethenny Getting Married” and “Bethenny Ever After.”Checking in from her home in Pittsburgh, PA, with husband and 3 kids in tow, Julie takes us back to the beginning.She moved to New York City basically overnight on a whim when she got a job offer to work at a series of famed New York City magazines.It was at one of those magazines, Hamptons Magazine, that she met Bethenny Frankel, who was hired to cook a brunch at Julie's boss' house. Julie was sent to be Bethenny’s Sous-chef for the day. In typical Bethenny fashion, Julie was thrown right into the job never having been asked by Bethenny of her qualifications or experience in the kitchen.They bonded.After that brunch, Julie said to Bethenny, (1) you are going to be famous and (2) when you are, call me and I will come work for you.News flash. Bethenny did become famous. Very famous. Another news flash. Julie did end up working for her, as seen on Bethenny’s two blockbuster Bravo shows.Julie takes us on her journey of working for Bethenny during the start, rise and sale of the Skinny Girl Empire. She bestows us with the wisdom she learned from Master B herself, what a typical work day looked like, what it was like to film a hit Bravo TV show, the decision to ultimately leave the B, and what that conversation looked like. Julie was also there for the beginning of Bethenny’s relationship with Jason Hoppy, which we dissect.We chat with Julie about recent developments in Bethenny’s life -a hit Podcast, brand new apprentice style show “Big Shot With Bethenny” and engagement - Paul Bernon we are looking at you, as well as in her own life - new business “The Learning Match” which helps connects parents to the educators they need and ongoing "JPM Branding and Consulting” where she shares the wisdom she learned from the best business man, woman, anything we know, Bethenny Frankel, with the rest of the world!!! Sign us up! Thank you Julie for stopping by and entertaining our many never ending questions on all things B!! An episode not to be missed.@julieplakemcminn@thesolidbrandsessions@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
4/14/2021

Michael Fishman (Tells All on Roseanne, The Conners and playing D.J) - Part I

Ep. 256
Roseanne’s / The Conners' Michael Fishman steps Behind The Rope. Little D.J. Conner all grown up. Let us start at the beginning. Cast at the young age of six, Michael began his acting career when Roseanne Barr herself fought for him to play D.J Conner despite any lack of formal training or experience. Michael discusses what it was like being the youngest on a set that included Roseanne, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson.Michael recalls the best and worst times during Roseanne’s original nine year run from 1988-1997, one of the worst being the death threats the cast received after Roseanne “performed” The National Anthem that was heard around the world. The “best" is the “family” that Michael inherited plus lots of fun guest stars such as Leo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Sandra Bernhard, Sharon Stone, and Bruce Willis, to name a few. Nostalgia at its best, Michael describes what it was like to be on a TV show that became a worldwide global hit overnight and had stellar ratings throughout the years. He also discusses the concept of fame and when he first became aware that he was and how “strange” it was as a child to be asked for your autograph. On a more serious note, Michael opens up about the misconceptions of being on one of America’s top rated and critically acclaimed television shows for nine years - that you are making tons of money and will never have to work again, that you can easily find work in another role when the party ends and that everyone in the “family” will keep in touch when the lights fade. Tune in to Part I of this very special two part sit down with one of TV’s permanent fixtures on our screens throughout the years, Michael Fishman.@reelmfishman@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
4/13/2021

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

Ep. 255
This is the true story…of seven strangers…picked to live in a house…(work together) and have their lives taped…to find out what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real… On that note, Andre Comeau from the original grandaddy of them all, The Real World: New York, steps Behind The Rope.THE show that changed, introduced, formed and revolutionized Reality TV. We start at the beginning by asking the question, just how did Andre get cast on the first ever Real World in NYC and what was casting like way back when. With no prior reality show to look to, we discuss how he knew what to do when the cameras started rolling - he didn’t.With no predecessor to look to, we discuss how this makes the Real World, New York, Season One possibly the most authentic reality TV show ever. Andre discusses what he thought the show could do for his up and coming rock band, how he was able to get used to cameras around 24/7, the influence of producers back then, and what he thought of his edit once the show aired.Andre discusses what MTV was like back in the day when it was the channel that played music all day and how he thought the Real World would maybe be a little show that a few people watched. On that note, we talk about how life suddenly changed once the show aired and became a multigenerational blockbuster of supreme magnitude. We discuss his house mates Eric, Julie, Norman, Heather, Kevin, and Becky and the groundbreaking issues they dealt with way ahead of “their time” such as racism, sexuality, The AIDS crisis.Andre opens up about the aftermath of being in the spotlight, the identity crisis he suffered, the highs and lows of the entertainment business and how to navigate it successfully and come out the other side.Flash forward 29 years, MTV comes a’ callin’ and Andre finds himself back in the same loft for an epic 6 episode arc, The Real World Homecoming: New York.Andre chats about how much has changed, how much has stayed the same, what it was like to see everyone again, the re-heated confrontation between Becky and Kevin over the issue of racism, and just how much the original holds up in the world we live in today.@andrecomeaumusic@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
4/12/2021

RHONJ's Kim D. (on Teresa, Melissa, Joe Giudice, Current Cast/Season & the Legacy of RHONJ)

Ep. 254
Kim D. steps Behind The Rope. Yes THAT Kim from The Real Housewives of New Jersey seasons past.She plays with the big boys and is here to tell us all about it.A close personal friend of David’s, Kim is here to chat about it all.Let us start at the beginning.Born and raised in New Jersey (is anyone shocked?), Kim opens up about her childhood and “the lifestyle” she was exposed to at a young age.Yes, we are talking about the M-O-B.Flash forward to Season Two of RHONJ and the world got to meet Kim D, not to be confused with that other Kim, Kim G, (yes that are often confused) and the world has never been the same since.Miss D reminisces about her time on the show.That time includes those iconic Posche Fashion shows which often ended in brawls, table flips, police, hair pulls and lawsuits.You know, just an average day in the Jerz.Of course, she chats about her on and off camera conflict with both Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga and the status of those two relationships today.What about that recent night David and Kim ran into Melissa and Joe Gorga out in Fort Lee, NJ?Say whaat?Kim also chats about her past and current relationships with some of RHONJ’s finest Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker, Kathy Wakile, Jaqueline Laurita, Danielle Staub, Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo.Speaking of Dina Manzo, Kim weighs in on the recent charges filed and ongoing case against Dina Manzo’s ex-husband’s and its alleged Mob Ties.Kim also weighs in on Joe Giudice’s new life in Italy, including his new girlfriend, and the current cast, we have a lot to say about you Jennifer Aydin, and season of RHONJ.We cannot even and we are only getting started.@kimdposche@poschebykimd@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Mint Mobile https://www.mintmobile.com/velvetropeBrought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
4/10/2021

Inside Jen Shah's Shahrested, Erika & Tom Girardi Divorce, Britney Conservatorship - w/ Attny Emily D. Baker

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