BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

3/3/2021

D'Andra Simmons (RHOD - A Current Season Chat!!)

Ep. 226
The Real Housewives of Dallas’ D’Andra Simmons steps Behind The Rope.Checking in from her home office, D'Andra is here to tell it all. D’Andra starts with the obvious - how she is feeling since the world heard via viral media that she had Covid and was in the Hospital.Once we chat about that and which Housewives and Bravolebrities she heard from during this scary time, we get into what everyone wants to chat about.This current season of RHOD.This current season, of course, includes a full discussion of cast mates Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond, Kary Brittingham and Kameron Westcott.D’Andra explains who she thinks is having a hard season, who always gets by easy, how the season is going for her and what the status of each of these relationships is like today.We also chat about newbies Tiffany Moon and Jennifer Davis Long.D’Andra opens up about how and why she recommended Tiffany Moon and discusses the importance of minority representation on television.D’Andra discusses why Tiffany is a great addition to the cast and, on that note, what it takes to make a great housewife, the appeal of housewives in general and why people keep tuning in every week.We, once and for all, get a clear answer on what it means and takes to be a "society woman" in Dallas and just how important is a last name like Simmons in the Cowboy State.We also chat about Mama D, why America is so intrigued by their mother daughter relationship.D’Andra discusses who she knew before the show, the challenges of filming any reality show and the power of the edit. D'Andra discusses the allure of fame and who from RHOD she thinks is the most changed by the show.Of course, we get into the one thing missing from this current season of RHOD, LeeAnne Locken.D’Andra discusses how the show is doing without LeeAnne, how the women reacted to her departure, and how and why her departure has left its mark on this current season.Finally, we chat about upcoming “hints” of what is to come, this seasons’ feuds and what she expects will go down at the ever so close to be filmed Season Five reunion.All right, all right, we will stop rushing the rest of the season.Let’s just enjoy this chat with D’Andra for the moment and wait and see…@dandrasimmons@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping)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
3/2/2021

Bachelor Nation's Mike Johnson (on his Journey, Matt James, Current Season & Clare & Dale)

Ep. 225
Bachelor Nation Fan Fav, the one, the only Mike Johnson steps Behind The Rope.Yes, Mike is here to talk about his infamous Season 15 of The Bachelorette and time on Bachelor in Paradise.Bachelor Nation rejoice.Mike shares the full trajectory of his journey, his thoughts on Bachelorette Hannah Brown, what it was like to get so close and not be chosen, Paradise, and fellow Bachelorette contestant and also “fan fav” Tyler Cameron.Mike and David also chat about how likely is it to really find love on national TV, Mike's own love life, and the effect the Bachelorette had on that very love life.Speaking of Mike’s love life, we went there and had to bring up his rumored “relationship” with Pop Star and Icon Miss Demi Lovato.We also discuss Mike’s other relationship, his Bromance with now roommate, current Bachelor Nation bro, Connor Saeli.Connor even makes a cameo on this very Podcast here today! We would love to be a fly on the wall in that apartment, but this is definitely the next best thing.Mike opens up on what it is like to almost have been the “First Black Bachelor” and the emotional mind F of almost being chosen, to not being chosen, to the fans reactions, to what ABC explained as their reason for not being chosen.Of course, we discuss the current season of The Bachelor and give a full report of how we think our current heartthrob Matt James is doing.We also chat with Mike about how he felt when Matt James was chosen, instead of him, as the “First Black Bachelor” and how it is about time!Speaking of the current season of the ABC powerhouse reality show that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon, we discuss Matt James’ remaining three, Queen Victoria - is she for real or just looking for Instagram followers, and just who do we think will be asked to accept that fateful final rose.We also discuss the recent breakup, and now makeup (?), heard throughout Bachelor Nation of Dale Moss and Clare Crawley as well as Mike’s stellar Podcast “Talking It Out” with Bachelorette Winner Bryan Abasolo.@mike_johnson@talkingitoutbn@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by HelloFreshhttps://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet(Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping)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
3/1/2021

Bachelor Nation's Michael Garofola (on Chris Harrison, Cancel Culture, Recent Attack, Friend Clare & More)

Ep. 224
Bachelor Nation’s Michael Garofola steps Behind The Rope.First things first, we chat with Michael about his recent “run-in” with a security guard.Michael chats about how he was assaulted and "had his phone smashed” as a result of this run in.Michael opens up about the circumstances surrounding this run in - what caused it, how it played out, the resulting injuries and the charges he has since pressed as a result.Once we make sure Michael is alright, we delve deep into what ya all wanna chat about, Bachelor Nation.Michael chats about his experiences on the “often underrated” reason of the Bachelorette he was on with Desiree Hartsock.Proving that you can really find love on TV, she is still married to and has a child with final rose holder Chris Siegfried, Michael breaks down how he felt when he was eliminated by Desiree and chats about the behind the scenes shenanigans of being on a show in the Bachelor Nation empire. Those shows also include Bachelor In Paradise and Winter Games.We discuss both.Speaking of Winter Games, we chat about one of Michael’s co-stars, the one on everyone’s minds and lips, Clare Crawley.We discuss the breakup with Dale and the current pictures of the two of them back together (?) that recently surfaced on line.Of course, we could not let Michael escape our clutches without discussing our current Romeo, Matt James, and how his season is going.On that note, we address Rachael Kirkconnell’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 what the future looks like for Bachelor Nation.There is a lot going on these days in Bachelor World and Michael is here to help us make sense of it all.@michaelgarofola@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeBrought to you by HelloFresh https://www.HelloFresh.com/12velvet (Use code 12velvet for 12 FREE Meals, including free shipping)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
2/26/2021

Tessa Hartmann (on The Real Housewives of Jersey, Andy Cohen, Harry & Meghan)

Ep. 223
The Real Housewives of Jersey’s Tessa Hartmann steps Behind The Rope.Checking in from her home in the Channel Islands, Tessa is here to chat about it all now that the first season of Jersey has come to an end.Tessa chats about how she was cast, what filming was like, why she decided to join the cast of Jersey and how accurate, or inaccurate, she finds her edit to be now that the show has aired.Tessa 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.We cannot help but chat about what other Housewives she has heard from now that she is part of the legacy.We have two words for you - Lisa Rinna!We also discuss how many people across the world have reached out to her expecting to see her flipping tables with Teresa Giudice or throwing husbands in the pool with Margaret Josephs on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.Speaking of celebrity culture, we discuss Harry and Meghan - their move to the states, what Tessa and the rest of our friends oversees thought about that, and the “royal” perception of them now.We had to ask Tessa about her knowledge of the brilliantly classic Bravo series “Ladies of London” and her friendships with the cast in real life.We also had to ask about Daddy Andy Cohen and Tessa does not hold back in her message to him.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.What an education this has been!@tessahartmann1@hartmannhousejsy@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
2/25/2021

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

Ep. 222
Whitney Rose steps back Behind The Rope (if you haven't heard Part I which aired yesterday, feel free to check it out).Hot off 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