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BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

Hosted by David Yontef

A Real Housewives, Bravolebrity, Pop Culture & Reality TV Podcast where Host David Yontef interviews all your favorites 5 days a week.With his relaxed, casual interview style, David gets to the bottom of all of life's mo
Latest Episode2/24/2021

Whitney Rose (On RHOSLC's Season One, The Explosive Reunion, & Season Two!) - Part I

Ep. 221
Whitney Rose steps Behind The Rope.In preparation for tonight’s conclusion to an epic 3 part reunion, Whitney is here to break down this freshman season of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.After a brief discussion of Whitney’s life prior to the show - yea we wanted to know more about the woman behind what ya all have seen on TV over the past few months - we get right into it.Whitney is more than happy to discuss, and does not hold back in discussing, her close friendships, mere acquaintances and not so close friendships with cast mates Mary Cosby, Jen Shah, Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay.We will let you figure out which is which.We delve deep into all the seasons dramas discussing which were necessary and valid and which Whitney would never like to speak of again.Speaking of drama, we break down the reunion, part by part, analyzing whether any closure was achieved or rather fresh wounds were opened.Now that Season Two has been green lit, Whitney discusses what she predicts will transpire amongst her cast mates, what she would like to see change, and what she plans to do differently. Spoiler Alert, we here Behind The Rope have already heard tidbits from Season Two filming which we, of course, do our best to get Whitney to comment on.Hey, we are good like that. Like we said, spoiler alert. You don’t wanna miss this one!@whitneywildrose@irisandbeau@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50)Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
2/24/2021

Whitney Rose (On RHOSLC's Season One, The Explosive Reunion, & Season Two!) - Part I

Ep. 221
Whitney Rose steps Behind The Rope.In preparation for tonight’s conclusion to an epic 3 part reunion, Whitney is here to break down this freshman season of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.After a brief discussion of Whitney’s life prior to the show - yea we wanted to know more about the woman behind what ya all have seen on TV over the past few months - we get right into it.Whitney is more than happy to discuss, and does not hold back in discussing, her close friendships, mere acquaintances and not so close friendships with cast mates Mary Cosby, Jen Shah, Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay.We will let you figure out which is which.We delve deep into all the seasons dramas discussing which were necessary and valid and which Whitney would never like to speak of again.Speaking of drama, we break down the reunion, part by part, analyzing whether any closure was achieved or rather fresh wounds were opened.Now that Season Two has been green lit, Whitney discusses what she predicts will transpire amongst her cast mates, what she would like to see change, and what she plans to do differently. Spoiler Alert, we here Behind The Rope have already heard tidbits from Season Two filming which we, of course, do our best to get Whitney to comment on.Hey, we are good like that. Like we said, spoiler alert. You don’t wanna miss this one!@whitneywildrose@irisandbeau@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50)Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
2/23/2021

Summer House's Luke Gulbranson (Checking In!)

Ep. 220
Luke Gulbranson, from Summer House, steps back Behind The Rope.Checking in from his Michigan Lake House, show shovel in hand, flannel clad, shoveling snow, Luke is here to fill us in on all since we last saw him on our TV screen during the Summer House Season Four Reunion.Well, almost all.Ok we did manage to sneak a few Summer House questions in there such as the what his real intentions were in his “relationship” with Hannah Berner, how Carl is really doing after losing his brother earlier this year, will Kyle and Amanda ever tie the knot and what really has been up with Danielle Olivera.Of course, we wanted to dish all about Summer House Season 5, or as we call it, Quarantine House.We picked Luke's brain about Ciara Miller, the new kid on the block, his “friend” who he brought into Summer House - what can we expect from her as the season progresses on and is she really the total package, Mother Teresa meets Naomi Campbell, as Paige so aptly pointed out.We needed to know how he thinks Ciara is handling herself in this crazy group, better than Jules we hope (yes we just made a Jules Daoud reference).Did everyone catch Luke in the HBO Drama “Flight Attendant” alongside Kaley Cuoco.Ooh, we needed all of our Big Bang Theory questions about Miss Kaley answered as well as Luke’s dream Actor and Actress Co-Stars.We also “went there” asking Luke if he were still single, what is his type and what celebrity / celebrities does he have a crush on?Luke opens up about one of his Bravolebrity BFFS, the one, the only Miss Dolores Catania and yes, this is a friendship we are here for. Do tell Luke! He does!!. We also chat with Luke about the status of his many business: currently making a ring for Summer House co-star Danielle Olivera, his new Men & Woman’s Fragrance Line, his upcoming Maple Syrup Line - no you did not read that wrong - as well as his upcoming Furniture Line.Finally, we chat with how Luke is enjoying splitting his time between Minnesota, New York City and The Hamptons and what we can expect next from the man with many talents.@lukegulbranson@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50)Merch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
2/22/2021

Bachelor Nation's Kendall Long (on Current Season, Chris Harrison "Stepping Aside", Rachael Kirkconnell & Matt James)

Ep. 219
Who isn’t watching the current 25th Season of ABC’s The Bachelor, one of the longest running Reality TV Shows in history.Who better than to help us break it all down than someone who has lived it first hand.This is the Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast after all and that is how we do it, first hand all day, every day. Enter Kendall Long, former Bachelor Season 22 and Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 contestant.First we catch up with Kendall finding out everything she has been up to since looking for love and roses on national TV.Speaking of looking for love on national TV, Kendall chats about former Bachelor Arie Luyendyk, Jr. who was supposed to be her“Knight In Shining Armor”, what being eliminated right before the Final Rose Ceremony was like, and discuses the likelihood of finding ever lasting love on aReality TV show. Kendall also opens up about ex-boyfriend, fellow Bachelor in Paradise cast mate, Joe Amabile - the good, the bad, the other.Kendall and David chat about their fav Bachelors and Bachelorettes of all time and the epic last season of The Bachelorette - Clare Crawley“blowing it up”, her supposedrumoredcommunication with Dale before the show, their breakup, and recent on line pics of their rumored makeup.Of course, we talk all things current season - how hot Matt James is, the drama that has alreadyoccurredamongst the women, thecringeworthy moments, Queen Victoria in all her glory and who will get that infamous final rose - supposedly Rachael Kirkconnell - and possible marriageproposal, mere weeks from now.On that note, we address Rachael’s past “alleged racial” actions and social media posts, Bachelor Nation’s response to those actions and posts, Chris Harrison’s chat with Rachel Lindsay which caused him to “step aside” from his role as host within Bachelor Nation, whether Chris should have stepped aside, the public’s reaction to Chris’ statement and, now, cancellation, the involvement and responsibility of ABC, whether Chris will and should be back and, if not, who should take over as the new host of Bachelor Nation.Like we said, there is a lot going on these days in Bachelor World and Kendall Long has arrived to help us make sense of it all.@itskendalllong@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at-https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by Care Of https://takecareof.com (Enter Code velvet50)Merch Available at-https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198
2/19/2021

The Real Housewives of Jersey's Ashley Cairney (on Freshman Season, RHOBH & Reality TV)

Ep. 218
The Real Housewives of Jersey’s Ashley Cairney steps Behind The Rope.Checking in from her home in the Channel Islands, Ashley is here to chat about it all now that the first season of Jersey has come to an end.We start with a little chat about how she was cast, what filming was like and how accurate, or inaccurate, she finds her edit to be now that the show has aired.Ashley fills us in on Housewives and Reality TV from across the pond and we discuss whether each are as big a deal over there as they are here in the States.On a larger note, we chat about Celebrity Culture in the modern day and age and whether we, as a world, have taken it too far.Being a huge fan of Reality TV before she was cast, we chat about one of her favorite shows, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and some of our favorite diamond holders, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne and Kyle Richards.Of course, we chat about the drama from Jersey this past season - hey some things are universal when it comes to Housewives no matter where in the world they are filmed.Ashley chats about Channel Island’s reaction to having a Housewives Franchise filmed there as well as the response, on the island, and social media, of viewers all over who have watched the first season.Ashley also opens up about being the youngest on the Jersey cast and, at only 31 years young, one of youngest Housewives of any franchise oversees and here in the states - Jo de la Rosa and Ashley Darby we are looking at you.What an education this has been!@ashleycairneyjsy@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
2/18/2021

Meredith & Brooks Marks (On RHOSLC Season One, The Reunion & Season Two Predictions)

Ep. 217
Meredith and Brooks Marks step Behind The Rope.Yes, in their first EVER Mother and Son Marks chat, Meredith and Brooks stop by to discuss all that has been going on this freshman season on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake. We chat with Meredith and Brooks about how they were cast, what filming was like, what reservations they had about joining the franchise, and how life has changed since RHOSLC has graced our TV screens for the past many weeks.Of course, we discuss all of Meredith’s cast mates in full getting both her and Brooks’ opinions on Jen Shah, Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Whitney Rose and last, but certainly not least, Mary Cosby.We chat about some of the dramas of the season - smelling like hospital, F’ing your Grandpa, and being traumatized by Jen Shah’s private parts - and where Meredith’s relationships with each of these women stands today.Yes, Brooks opens up about his “breakout star” / “fan fav” moniker but we needed to know who Meredith and Brooks think is the least favored by America and why, who changed the most, has let fame go to her head, and is not the same off camera as on. Man, are we being super shady today?We pay homage to both Meredith Marks Jewelry and Shop Brooks Marks and ask, beg, and plead for our very own Brooks Marks sweatsuit, every “drop” of which sold out online almost instantly- take that Salt Lake Fashion Week!Finally, we chat about what each has learned now that Season One has come to a close, what Meredith’s true thoughts on the reunion are, and what we can expect next week during its conclusion. Of course, now that Season Two has officially been Green Lit, we discuss how both Meredith and Brooks want to be remembered for this season and what they expect for the explosive Season Two to come.@meredithmarks@brooksmarks@shopmeredithmarks@shopbrooksmarks@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
2/17/2021

TRISTA SUTTER - The ORIGINAL Bachelorette! (An Interview)

Ep. 216
Trista Sutter, THE OriginalBachelorette, Steps Behind The Rope.Let us start at the beginning.Trista recalls what it was like when sheapplied to a not yet known TV show that promised thepossibility of meeting the love of your life.Ya right, she thought.How likely is it for someone to find love on TV?With little knownReality TV to compare it to (TheReal World and Survivor were two of the onlysuccessful Reality Showsaround at the time), Trista had no idea what to expect when she was cast and filmed Season One of The Bachelor.Trista explained what it felt like to be the Runner Up andsubsequently,very soon thereafter, be given her own show, the ubersuccessful Bachelorette.From a low low to a high high, Trista discusses that and all of the emotions in between.Trista chats about what it was, and is, like to find real love on National TV and the whirlwind that came after the Bachelorette finale - Oprah, Ellen, runs in with the likes of Elton John and Debra Messing.Oh yea, there was also that other first, being on the first ever season of Dancing With the Stars.On a more serious note, Trista opens up about thedifficulties ofkeeping their romance a secret as a freshman season of The Bachelorette played out for America, the pressures of dating Ryan with the whole world watching and what it was like to be the first ever Bachelorette in the“role reversal” spin-off. Trista chats about just how far the franchise has come creating an entire“Bachelor Nation” and howunbelievable it is that The Bachelor and Bachelorette have also given birth to Bachelor in Paradise,Bachelor Pad and The Bachelor:Listen to Your Heart.We discuss just how much the show has changed since its more innocent days to involve tons more over thetop drama and sex.Of course, wetouch upon all of theback lash “current” surrounding last season's Clare and Dale and this season with Matt as the story progresses. In true Bachelor Nation fashion, there is a never a dull moment now, is there? Finally, we discuss Trista’s stellar podcast“Better Etc. with Trista Sutter”, the pilotepisode of which Husband Ryan Sutter was a special guest.Trista brings years ofexperience to her new Podcast venture where she will be chatting withexperts and everyday betterabout how we can all be better versions of ourself. From one Podcast Host to another, welcome to the game Trista, and thanks for stopping by.@tristasutter@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
2/16/2021

Bling Empire's Andrew Gray (A Sit Down Chat!) - Part II

Ep. 215
Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray steps back Behind The Rope (Part I of our chat aired February 9th, 2021. If you haven't checked it out - feel free to do so.)Bling Empire is THE hottest show of the moment and we are LIVING for it.Andrew chats about how he got involved with Netflix’s break out 2021 hit show about a group of very wealthy, and we mean very very wealthy, Asian “friends” living in Los Angeles and what filming was like.Andrew is very forthcoming about his “role” as the shows “villain” (his words, not ours), when he knew he was going to be portrayed this way and how he feels about this edit.Speaking of his edit, we chat about the resulting public’s outcry about his on screen relationship with girlfriend Kelly Mi Li.Andrew opens up about having his behavior and relationship analyzedand called “toxic”, “abusive” and even that which should come with a “trigger warning” all across the world.A key crucial scene that led to much of this public disapproval came from the fateful Paris trip with Anna Shay.We discuss that trip, what was real versus “non-real” (imagine that a reality show not being 100% real), and how Kelly and he reacted to this scene when watching it back together.Of course, we discuss the evolution of his relationship with Kelly Mi Li - meeting, first date, when they fell in love, how filming a reality show affected their relationship, break ups, make ups and the current status of their relationship today.On a more serious note, we discuss how forthcoming Andrew and Kelly were to show it all on Bling Empire, including each of their own struggles with mental health.Finally, we chat about Andrew’s career, discuss what it is like for an actor to be more recognized because of a viral reality show than any past work, how life has changed since the show first aired and last, but certainly not least, what is it really like to be The Red Power Ranger (twice over).@andrewgray@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