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BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

Hosted by David Yontef

A Real Housewives, Bravolebrity, and Pop Culture Podcast where Host David Yontef interviews all your favorite Real Housewives, Bravolebrities and other Pop Culture Icons 5 days a week.With his relaxed, casual interview s
Latest Episode1/15/2021

Gregory Zarian (on RHONJ, RHOBH, Revenge, Nip/Tuck, The OC & More!)

Ep. 192
Gregory Zarian steps back Behind The Rope (For everyone who hasn’t heard, our Part I sit down with Gregory Zarian aired December 29th, 2020.Feel free to check it out).Picking up right where we left off, Gregory chats about his Soap Opera career which started with “Days of Our Lives” and included fan fav role Julius on “General Hospital”.Speaking of daytime TV, Gregory chats about his recent Emmy nomination, for his role on “Venice the Series”, a role that deals with bullying, something near and dear to Gregory and David, having both grown up having been bullied.On the topic of TV, we need Gregory’s hot takes from his guest star roles on many of our favorites: Nip/Tuck, Revenge, 90210, The OC, and last, but certainly not least, Westworld.We discuss what it was like on set of each of those shows and, of course, in typical Rope fashion, we need all the juicy details.Ryan Murphy, Emily VanCamp, Evan Rachel Wood, Donna Mills… we discuss it all!We also discuss his recurring role on CSI as well as his dream role in ShondaLand on the juggernaut that is Grey’s Anatomy.Of course, all roads lead to Real Housewives.With the new season of RHONJ almost upon us, we chat with Gregory about the woman he calls “Mom”, the one, the only Kathy Wakile.Gregory recounts how he met Kathy, the New York Fashion fashion show they “attended” with Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (we told you we had Housewives fodder to discuss), and just how they became “family”.He also talks about some of his other east coast Jerz friends and run ins, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania and Danielle Staub.Heading west, let us not forget that Gregory lives in LA and travels in the same circles as the likes of Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards, Eileen Davidson.He also fills us in on the fact that his Dad, Larry Zarian, was BFFS with Robert Kardashian.Say whaaat? Way to burry the lead Gregory.A pop culture lovers dream when these two - David and Gregory - sit down to name drop it all.Tune in as Part II of our sit down with Gregory Zarian continues and concludes.@gregoryzarian@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/15/2021

Gregory Zarian (on RHONJ, RHOBH, Revenge, Nip/Tuck, The OC & More!)

Ep. 192
Gregory Zarian steps back Behind The Rope (For everyone who hasn’t heard, our Part I sit down with Gregory Zarian aired December 29th, 2020.Feel free to check it out).Picking up right where we left off, Gregory chats about his Soap Opera career which started with “Days of Our Lives” and included fan fav role Julius on “General Hospital”.Speaking of daytime TV, Gregory chats about his recent Emmy nomination, for his role on “Venice the Series”, a role that deals with bullying, something near and dear to Gregory and David, having both grown up having been bullied.On the topic of TV, we need Gregory’s hot takes from his guest star roles on many of our favorites: Nip/Tuck, Revenge, 90210, The OC, and last, but certainly not least, Westworld.We discuss what it was like on set of each of those shows and, of course, in typical Rope fashion, we need all the juicy details.Ryan Murphy, Emily VanCamp, Evan Rachel Wood, Donna Mills… we discuss it all!We also discuss his recurring role on CSI as well as his dream role in ShondaLand on the juggernaut that is Grey’s Anatomy.Of course, all roads lead to Real Housewives.With the new season of RHONJ almost upon us, we chat with Gregory about the woman he calls “Mom”, the one, the only Kathy Wakile.Gregory recounts how he met Kathy, the New York Fashion fashion show they “attended” with Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (we told you we had Housewives fodder to discuss), and just how they became “family”.He also talks about some of his other east coast Jerz friends and run ins, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania and Danielle Staub.Heading west, let us not forget that Gregory lives in LA and travels in the same circles as the likes of Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards, Eileen Davidson.He also fills us in on the fact that his Dad, Larry Zarian, was BFFS with Robert Kardashian.Say whaaat? Way to burry the lead Gregory.A pop culture lovers dream when these two - David and Gregory - sit down to name drop it all.Tune in as Part II of our sit down with Gregory Zarian continues and concludes.@gregoryzarian@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/14/2021

RHONY's HEATHER THOMSON (Checking In!)

Ep. 191
Heather Thomson steps Behind The Rope.Checking in from her Berkshires home, Heather is here to tell it all.Let us start at the beginning, Season Five of The Real Housewives of New York City.One day, Heather got a call from a casting agent and, well, the rest is history.Heather discusses what it was like back in the day in the groundbreaking season when the first ever major cast shake up took place seeing several OG’s be replaced by a new crop.Heather was one of these “new crop” Housewives, along with Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill.Heather chats about what it was like to film having never really watched the show and what it was like to be “inducted” by The Singer Stinger.Heather discusses just how far The Housewives Franchise has come from six years ago when we last saw her on our television sets as a full time cast member and how social media now plays a huge role, for better or worse, in the show and the drama that goes along with being a Real Housewife. Heather discusses some of the most iconic moments that took place during her tenure on RHONY such as “Take a Xanax”, “Be Cool, Don’t Be All Uncool”, and that infamous Le Cirque Leg Toss.We touch upon Heather’s final season as a cast member, the introduction of one Dorinda Medley and the return of one Bethenny Frankel.Heather opens up about how the presence of Bethenny Frankel on set changed the mood and vibe and how the women really reacted behind the scenes to her return. Speaking of Bethenny Frankel, Heather discusses her thoughts on the on-line “hate” Bethenny has received from having certain guests on her Podcast and the advice she has for Bethenny who, maybe, does “know it all”.Heather is happy to discuss her stellar new Podcast, “In My Heart”, no really, it is great, check it out and let's us know the last time she spoke to Diddy and the rest of the Bad Boy Fam. Finally, we discuss Heather’s much publicized lunch with Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer and Eboni Williams’ cryptic Instagram post to “meet” your RHONY Season 13 Cast, which happen to include a picture of Heather. Yes, we got to the bottom of that and will Heather be holding an apple when RHONY Season 13 premieres later this year. Holla, this Mama is back and ready to spill it all.@iamheathert@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/13/2021

Laguna Beach's Alex Murrel (on Laguna Beach, The Hills, RHOC, & Dating Nick Carter) - Part I

Ep. 190
Laguna Beach’s Alex Murrel Johnson, otherwise know as Alex M, Steps Behind The Rope.Yup, Laguna Beach.One of the granddaddy’s of them all, or as we like to say, one of the best reality shows to ever exist.Alex explains what it was like to be a student at Laguna Beach High School when MTV came knocking on its door with the concept for a reality show that followed the lives, and interrelationships, of some of Orange County’s more “interesting” students.We discuss the casting process, the reactions from students who were “left out”, the reaction from the school’s administration and what Alex’s parents thought about their daughter joining the cast.Alex explains what it was like to “film” with very few reality shows, other than shows like The Real World, existing at the time.She also discusses how she felt with her “bit*h” edit once she watched the show back as the season aired.Alex also discusses what it was like to gain instant fame overnight and how life changed once that fame, and money, started to roll in.Of course, we also discuss her Laguna Beach colleagues Lauren Conrad, Jason Wahler, Stephen Colletti and Kristin Cavallari.We discuss what our fav Laguna Beach students were like way back when, and the status of each of these relationships today.Alex discusses what life was like once her time on the show ended and she moved to LA, where she initially spent a lot of time hanging out in the clubs with other friends, including some of our favorite Hill’s cast members, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Brody Jenner and Spencer Pratt.During her time in Los Angeles she also partied with Celebs like Paris Hilton and Aaron Carter.Speaking of Aaron Carter, she briefly dated Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Say whaaaat? Being a fan of Reality TV herself, Alex & David discuss just how much reality TV has changed since the early days of MTV.Finally, we answer the age old question, just how “real” was Laguna Beach / The Hills.Tune in now to our Part I chat with Alex Murrel.@alexmurrel@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/12/2021

Izzy Wouters (on Below Deck Current Season & her Viral Coming Out!!) - Part II

Ep. 189
Below Deck’s Izzy Wouters steps back Behind The Rope (if you haven’t heard our Part I, feel free to check it out, airdate January 5th, 2021).Current Season Eight Deckhand, Izzy Wouters.Picking up right where we left off, Izzy breaks down many of situations we have seen play out all season on Below Deck and gives us her opinion on whether they were handled correctly or not.Of course, she also gives us her opinion on her other fellow cast mates Elizabeth Frankini, Rachel Hargrove, James Hough, Ashling Lorger, Sunshine Shane (shout out to Sustainability) and last, but certainly not least, Captain Lee.In recent news, if you have not heard, Izzy recently “came out”!After welcoming her to The Family, we chat about what that process was like, answer the question why now, discuss whether the fact that Below Deck is now airing affected her decision regarding timing, chat about whether she confided in anyone from the Below Deck cast during or after filming, the public’s reaction both in the media and in her DMs and who from the BravoVerse she has heard from since the big announcement.Sorry, we are excited.Moving on, Izzy opens up about how she feels the season went, the best and worst parts of working aboard Valor and filming the Below Deck TV show, who she regularly keeps in touch with from past and current cast and what is the first thing she plans to do once the world opens back up.Tune in now as our Part II chat with Izzy Wouters continues and concludes.@izzywouters@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/11/2021

Bob The Drag Queen (Drag Race Winner tells all)

Ep. 188
Bob The Drag Queen steps Behind The Rope.Season Eight Winner.Yes, THAT Bob The Drag Queen.Originally from the South, the son of a Mom who owned a Drag Bar (yup, we are completely jealous), Bob is here to tell it all.We start at the beginning - just how did Bob come up with the Iconic “Bob The Drag Queen” name.We discuss the legendary New York City Drag Scene where Bob got his start (shout out to Barracuda Lounge) coming up the ranks alongside fellow NYC and RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Peppermint and Bianca Del Rio.Bob fills us in on how and why he decided to join Drag Race, what his season was like, fellow Season Eight Queens, RuPaul, and who his favorite judge was - Carson, Michelle or Ross.Bob also discusses Drag Race Guest Judges Nicole Richie, Gigi Hadid, Debbie Harry, Marc Jacobs and Vivica A. Fox.Do tell.Bob does.Bob opens up about what winning Drag Race meant and how life changed as a result thereafter.How life changed includes many many projects confirming that Bob has had, and is having, a MAJOR moment since Drag Race ended.These projects include the phenomenal MTV Show “Drag My Dad”, The “Sibling Rivalry” Podcast with BFF and Drag Race All Stars Winner Monet X. Change, HBO’s First Ever NonScripted - and Emmy Nominated - Series “We’re Here” (Yup, it was just green lit for a second season) and the brand new comedy special Bob The Drag Queen: Live at Carolines.@bobthedragqueen@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/8/2021

Peaches Christ (on Showgirls, Elizabeth Berkley, Madonna, & Reality TV) - Part II

Ep. 187
Peaches Christ steps back Behind The Rope.Legendary Drag Performer, Peaches Christ, that is.(if you have not heard our original chat with Peaches Christ on December 22, 2020, feel free to check it out).We have one word - SHOWGIRLS. Yes, that classic mess of a movie or classic brilliant masterpiece, depending upon which side of the fence you fall.Wait, before we get to that and “You Don’t Nomi”, the documentary that analyzes the making of Showgirls, the movie itself, the public’s reaction, and how it remains a cult classic all these years later, Peaches chats more with us about her life and career that has spanned several decades on the San Francisco, and world, drag scene.Peaches has been producing full blown Midnight Movie drag extravaganzas for years, one of which was Showgirls. The other of which is Purple Rain.Yes, we have yet another Prince fan in the house to discuss one of the biggest musical geniuses of our, or any, generation.We also discuss Peaches’ “Spin The Bottle”, a drag-umentary send up of Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” chronicling life behind the scenes at Midnight Movie Mass.Speaking of Madonna, Peaches analyzes current day Madonna, her “interesting” social media behavior, and whether she has “lost her way”.On the subject of train wrecks like Showgirls that we just cannot look away from, Peaches chats our favorite subject, Reality TV and all its glory.In other current event news, Peaches discusses, yes we are on an Elizabeth Berkley kick, the just released Saved By The Bell Reboot.Finally, we talk about other “so bad they are good” movies such as Grease 2 and Xanadu, to name a few. Tune in now as our two part sit down with the one and only Peaches Christ continues and comes to a conclusion.@thepeacheschrist@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELPhttps://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
1/7/2021

Caprice Bourret (Ladies of London)

Ep. 186
Ladies of London’s Caprice Bourret steps Behind The Rope.Calling from her closet, no really she is in her expansive, white closet, from across the pond, Caprice is here to tell it all.Originally from California, Caprice moved to London when she was in her early 20s. As an aspiring model, she deemed London a good place to launch her career. Within six months of arriving, she was on the cover of every UK magazine, newspaper and so on. 350 magazine covers to be exact, and counting.Even though it all happened so fast and Caprice skyrocketed to the top of the modeling world, she always knew it could be a a flash in the pan, and thus startedBy Caprice Home Products. Smart Biscuit.When her agents didn’t think she was right to play Maureen in Rent, she queued in line like everyone else and proved them all wrong, landing the part to rave reviews once the show opened in the West End.Ok thats all fine, sweet and good, but lets get to it - LADIES - OF LONDON!!!!! Caprice explains how he show was originally supposed to be a sociological study in the assimilations of Americans living abroad in London and not a dramatic “housewives type” show.Well that isn’t exactly what happened, now is it?Not that we are complaining.Caprice discusses her time on the show, casting, filming, editing, and how the final product was not at all what she expected. We talk about her Ladies of London costars, Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Noelle Reno, and Juliet Montagu, who she knew before the show, which friendships were “tested” as a result of the show, and who she keeps in touch with today.She was also on The Surreal Life and Celebrity Big Brother, two of the best reality shows, outside of Bravo of course, to ever exist.@capricebourret@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available On Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeThis Episode is brought to you by Better HELP https://www.betterhelp.com/velvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198