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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
10/15/2021

Kristen Taekman (on RHONY Past, Present, Future & BFF Brandi Glanville!)

#kristentaekman #RHONY #bethennyfrankel #andycohen #bravotv #luanndelessepsFULL INTERVIEW ON:APPLE: https://apple.co/3BN0z7jSPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/3yepEpGWith all this talk about an “off season” of RHONY and all the cries to bring back the good ‘ole days, we figured it was the perfect Flashback Friday to share another one of our favs, this chat with Kristen Taekman about the good ole days of RHONY! 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!!!@kristentaekman@behindvelvetrope@davidyontef
10/10/2021

Jai Rodriguez (on Queer Eye, Early Days of Bravo, Andy Cohen & The Reboot)

Today we share one of our fav chats from our vintage vault - Bravo's very own Jai Rodriguez!!! Enjoy!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 MalibuCountry with legends Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin plus parts of epic television shows such asGrey’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 becomplete without a nod to the currentNetflix “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.@jairodriguez@behindvelvetrope@davidyontef
10/8/2021

Peter Madrigal (on Vanderpump Rules, LVP, Working at Sur & Cast Changes!)

My, my how quickly things change. Continuing with our plan to highlight certain back chats that stick out, we present to you an unedited version of our chat with Peter Madrigal.Who is watching Vanderpump Rules this season? Thoughts?So interesting to revisit this chat with Peter, now unedited, and see just how much things have changed in one short year.When we originally spoke to Peter - 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.@Peter_madrigal@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope
10/3/2021

Karen Gravano (on Mob Wives, The "Lifestyle" & More!) - Part II

Today we CONTINUE to highlight one of our favorite interviews from the past - an almost two hour chat with Karen Gravano. We cover it all (see below). Part II Below .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.Afterdiscussing the definition of important wordssuch as “Mafia”,“Loyalty" and“Rat”,Karen and David talk about“The Gotti Tapes”,the domino effect fall out that thereafter followed, and the subsequentend 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,familytogetherness and love.Tune in to Part 1 of Behind The Velvet Rope’s very special sit down with Karen Gravano.@karengravano@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefFULL INTERVIEW ON:APPLE: https://apple.co/3BN0z7jSPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/3yepEpG
10/3/2021

Karen Gravano (on Mob Wives, The "Lifestyle" & More!) - Part I

Today we highlight one of our favorite interviews from the past - an almost two hour chat with Karen Gravano. We cover it all (see below).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.Afterdiscussing the definition of important wordssuch as “Mafia”,“Loyalty" and“Rat”,Karen and David talk about“The Gotti Tapes”,the domino effect fall out that thereafter followed, and the subsequentend 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,familytogetherness and love.Tune in to Part 1 of Behind The Velvet Rope’s very special sit down with Karen Gravano.@karengravano@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefFULL INTERVIEW ON:APPLE: https://apple.co/3BN0z7jSPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/3yepEpG