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BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE

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 has welcomed a wide variety of guests -- from Real Housewives, musicians, comedians, actors, reality stars, designers, Bravolebrities and more! Behind the Velvet Rope has been mentioned in publications and media like Vanity Fair, The Today Show, People, TMZ, Page Six, OK! Magazine, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, ExtraTV, Billboard Magazine, Telemundo, Marie Claire, the Wendy Williams Show, Life & Style, Access Hollywood, Perez Hilton, The Daily Mail, Radar Online, Bravo Daily Dish, E!, The Sun, Just Jared, InStyle, Watch What Happens Live, Architectural Digest, Fox News, Hollywood Life, Too Fab, Rolling Stone, USA Today, MSN, The Drew Barrymore Show, Yahoo Online, The Mirror, Women's Health and more! Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!FOR ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES - PLEASE CONTACT david@advertising-execs.comSubscribe to Behind the Velvet Rope on Patreon for special bonus episodes:https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope

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Meet Elyse Slaine (#RHONY)

After making her mark this past week during a much heated discussion with Sonja Morgan (“I was never a trophy wife”), Elyse Slaine comes all the way downtown for a chat about all things Elyse and RHONY. From her humble beginnings in Brooklyn, Elyse settled in NYC’s UES shortly after school and began a career in Mortgaged Back Securities and Financial Trading (yes, she is smart). Elyse sets the record straight about her google rich past - palatial apartments, hedge fund honcho ex-boyfriends and feisty housekeepers. Despite what you may have read in the press, hear the real story directly from Elyse herself. Of course, all roads lead back to RHONY. Elyse tells us how she was cast (by accident folks), her relationships with Apple holders past (Jill, Bethenny, Heather, Aviva), present (Dorinda, Sonja, Leah) and how she feels about her Moniker, “Ramona’s Friend”. Take a bite out of that apple and listen in.(@elyseslaine @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef)Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Summer House's Stephen McGee (Steps Behind The Rope)

David sits down with Stephen McGee from Bravo’s Summer House. Stephen explains what filming Summer House was like, answering questions such as what is real versus not real and how “involved" the producers are in the editing of the show. Stephen doesn’t hold back in discussing which of his cast mates had legitimate drama during filming and who he considers to have created fake storylines. Stephen is brutally honest when telling us who he thinks made the show interesting and who he considers boring AF. We discuss his tumultuous relationship with Carl Radke, as played out during Season Two of Summer House, and the current state of that relationship today. Finally David cannot control himself when hearing about Stephen's friendships with fellow Bravolebrities Kristen Doute, LeeAnne Locken, Jill Zarin, Vicki Gunvalson, Juliet Angus, Stassi no last name needed, Lauren Wirkus, and last, but certainly not least, Jax & Brittany. He went to the wedding, people!!!Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 20mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Niagara Falls - Overnight with Dorinda, Teresa & Margaret

David is on the move again!! This time over the border - bring your passports - to Niagara Falls with Dorinda, Teresa & Margaret (no last names needed). They fly together. They hotel together. They greet fans together. Of course, they also eat dinner and drink together. In true Housewives fashion, the trip had its moments where the cameras should have been rolling. No fear, David was there to observe. Alls well that ends well, but getting there was one hell of a ride. (David welcomes @sbeagelman for the first of new series "Listener Appreciation Day". All listeners need apply)https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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RHOA's Yovanna Momplaisir - Sets The Record Straight

David sits down RHOA’s Yovanna (no last name needed but for your reference it is Momplaisir). Originally from San Franciso, Yovanna eventually settled in the ATL after winning an essay writing contest with her family (don’t ask, just listen). Being younger than the current cast (no shade, it's a fact), Yovanna never really watched RHOA before finding herself in front of the camera at Nene’s Boobs and Bourbon party in Season 11. Flash forward to the current season, Yovanna has been ba-ring-ing it. Of course, no sit down with Yovanna would be complete without a deep dive into Snake Gate. Nor would it be complete without an analysis of her friendship with Nene. What is the status of that friendship today? Is Yovanna the snake? Why does the world think she is? How are things between her and Cynthia today? So many questions, so little time. Tune in to to hear a no holds bar, totally honest chat with the woman herself, Miss Yovanna M.@yovannamomplaisir @behindvelvetrope @davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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RHONY's Harry Dubin (The Man, The Myth, The Legend)

On the heels of the season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City, the man, the myth, the legend, Harry Dubin, steps Behind The Rope. Harry chats about, what else other than his real life, shall we say, “experiences” with the women behind #RHONY. Harry takes us back to his first, housewife that is, Miss Sonja Tremont. After a chance meeting at a bar in DC, with only a first name, Harry tracks down Sonja after hitting up no less than 10 hotels, for the beginning of a several decade on again, off again, “relationship”. Once on the New York scene, Harry set his sights in another direction, a leggy blonde he met on the Upper East Side, Aviva Drescher. When his marriage to Aviva ended, he spent his time passing the days with Sonja, who was now Sonja Morgan, soon to be of #RHONY. Through Sonja, he met Luann, who he said knew what she wanted, him, and got it. There was also Kelly Bensimon, yup her too and Ramona, who he describes as a great kisser. Dorinda thew a shoe at Harry at The Regency and then there is Tinsley, oh Tinsley. Of course, no Big Apple sit down would be complete without Bethenny, Jill & Heather. Finally, Harry is more than eager to play a NSFW version of who would you rather #RHONY edition.@harrydubin@behindvelvetrope@davidyontefhttps://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Kristen Doute's Podcast Tour

David is on the move again (before Quarantine) for a quick overnight in Detroit, Michigan (yes, Detroit) to see Kristen Doute (Queen!) and Rachael O’Brien’s Live Podcast Comedy Show. There was a sighting of Jax’s sister and brother in law (as seen on Vanderpump Rules), Kristen’s sister and most important, avid Rope listeners (yea!). Of course, David is happy to share a full review of the show. In other news, David reminisces about life before quarantine: Erika Jayne’s star studded appearance in Chicago, Tom Tom sandwich pics in Atlantic City, almost elevator selfies with Daryl Hannah in Paris, run ins with Bruce Bozzi, and sharing a meal on the Upper East Side with Brooke Shields (kind of). Ah, the good 'ole days. (Listener appreciation day Whitney Ullman joins David Behind The Rope).@gotowhitney @behindvelvetrope @davidyontefBonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 20mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Marge Sr. - #RHONJ (Steps Behind The Rope)

David welcomes BFF Marge Sr. Behind The Rope. Now that the 10th installment of RHONJ is over, hear all about this past season from David and Marge Sr., two people who were there for much of the seasons' filming. They discuss the good (Teresa being a potential single woman), the bad (Jennifer and her obsession with money) and the ugly (that hair pull, how it affected Margaret, and of course, everyones favorite topic, Danielle Staub). What else do these two talk about? Well, EVERYTHING. David's part time job working with Marge Sr., shopping, food, sleep overs at Marge Sr.'s and how David tries to avoid Freckles and Maxi, Marge Sr's two beloved felines. Finally, they talk about the upcoming Season 11 of RHONJ (yes, we are already there) before heading out for an evening cocktail. A comedy duo not to be missed.Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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MTV's Rich Girls' Jaime Gleicher (Steps Behind The Rope)

One of the pioneers of reality television, Jaime Gleicher, joins us Behind The Rope. Before there was Jax & Brit, Stassi & Beau, there was Ally (Hilfiger - yes daughter of Tommy) & Jaime, stars of the MTV reality Mega Hit, Rich Girls, which followed the lives of two wealthy New York City girls as they completed their final semester of high school before entering college and adulthood. Jaime, who is currently writing a book on her life, reflects upon her time on the show and what being thrust into the spotlight at a young age entailed. Jaime humors David in discussing the other reality juggernauts at the time Rich Girls began - The Osbournes, Newlyweds and Queer Eye. On a more serious note, Jaime is forthcoming about her real life struggles with an eating disorder and depression, which she hid from production during the filming of Rich Girls. These two dive into how Rich Girls came about, filming, editing, production and the promotion of the show. Jaime, now 35 and a Psychotherapist (a Barnard graduate, smarty pants), discusses the potential pitfalls of fame at an early age and how she "came out the other side". Until her book is published (300 pages and counting), listen here for an all access exclusive.https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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RHONJ (Finale Week) / RHONY (Almost Premiere Week) - Stories from the Week

In honor of RHONJ finale week (yes guys its over after this week and then we can move onto other topics), David welcomes Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, and Super Fan Listener, "Just Joan" Behind The Rope. Being the producer that she is, Joan immediately turns the tables on David making him address burning RHONJ questions such as Melissa or Tre, where in NJ would he live if cast as the first "Gay Housewife", and what really is the difference between a Kim G and a Kim D. Joan wants details about David's filming with RHONJ and RHONY. They do a deep dive into David's friendship and interactions with the two new RHONY kids on the block, Leah and Elyse and what we can expect (April 2nd is almost here). They discuss the importance of Bravo pets and how no one will ever follow in the footsteps of Giggy Vanderpump. Finally the conversation gets existential and a debate of fame versus money versus inner happiness arises. Phew. And that is only the beginning!!!https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Bravolebrity / Newlyweds: The First Year's Blair Late (Steps Behind The Rope)

David sits down with Bravolebrity Blair Late from Bravo’s very own Newlyweds: The First Year. Blair is one half of former "first gay couple” to discuss marriage / get married on Reality TV. David and Blair discuss this ground breaking title held by Blair and all the pressure that came with living up to that. Of course, they also do a deep dive into the Bravo Casting process, discuss the ins and outs of dealing with Producers and filming Newlyweds: The First Year and what it was like to be a cast member on one of Bravo’s highest rated shows at the time. Blair opens up about his untimely divorce when filming ended, which played out on a Bravo Follow Up special. Also, did you know Blair was in a boy band called B3, went to theater camp and knew Mandy Moore, Lea Michelle, and Natalie Portman, and now has a booming career in the heart of New York City. https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Special Bravo Coronavirus Episode

Special Coronavirus episode. Well, the Coronavirus as it relates to Bravo (let’s keep it light and take our minds off life for an hour, people!). In the face of the challenging new reality that we have all been forced into, David welcomes back Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, “Just Joan” to tackle all of the important questions. How long is Bravo filming closed down for and when will it commence? What will all our favorite Bravolebrities’ faces look like in several months (let’e hope we don’t get there). David sighs at all that he has had cancelled: Straight Up With Stassi, Kristen Doute & Rachael O’Brien’s Comedy Tour, Dorobics, Mrs. Ryan Serhant’s Children’s Book Signing, Hannah Berner’s East Coast Podcast appearances, 12 hours in Toronto with Scheana Shay, Mel Gorga’s B-Day party, Joey Gorga’s comedy tour, James Kennedy spinning, Glanville & Richards' (Kim) Blonds Tour and so on. Most important, we here Behind The Velvet Rope are here for you. Don’t lose hope and remember, we are all in this together!Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 5mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Backstage at BravoCon's WWHL / Night out with LeeAnne Locken and Dolores Catania

David welcomes back Style Expert Soneca Guadara (“Styled by Soneca”), for a night out behind the rope with LeeAnne Locken and Dolores Catania. A Dallas - New Jersey Crossover! What could be better than that? Having LeeAnne talk about the season that just past? Well yes, she did bring it up. There was also an almost Cynthia Bailey sighting (yup, almost). Oh, did we mention Soneca was backstage in the green room at BravoCon’s WWHL? Whops, shoulda led with that. From selfies with Rinna, to a run in with Mercedes Javid, to a Married to Medicine House Husband, this is a green room we all wish we were in. Ahh, recent, but oh so distant, memories.(@styledbysoneca @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef)https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Weekly Dose of BS Tour - With Stephanie & Brandi

Host David Yontef is on the move again - this time to Austin, Texas for less than 24 hours to attend the Opening Night of the Weekly Dose of BS Podcast Tour with Stephanie Hollman & Brandi Redmond. David falls off his chair when BFF D'andra Simmons makes a surprise appearance. The night continues after the show with all 3 Dallas Real Housewives for drinks, laugher and the usual shenanigans. David finally bids farewell at 5am just in time for him to catch his plane back home. Oh, and there is also a NYC sitting of Jax & Brittany!!https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Peggy Sulahian (Checking In with Bravo's 100th Housewife #RHOC)

A few months after The Real Housewives of Orange County finale, with production on the new season halted until further notice (thank you Corona), David checks in with the 100th Housewife, RHOC's Peggy Sulahian. From her early days in the OC, to her car loving husband Diko (Peggy is a Ferrari girl), to her double mastectomy, learn more about the real woman behind the facade of what the audience saw on Bravo. Of course, the conversation quickly turns to all things RHOC. Casting, production, filming, the epic Iceland vacation, nothing is off limits in this sit down with Peggy (she really is good at speaking her mind, people). As far as fellow cast mates go, there is the good (Vicki, Lydia), the not so good (everyone else?) and then there is that time Peggy physically closed Meghan King Edmonds' mouth because, well, she was talking too much. Grab your oranges and listen in!! https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Karen Huger La'Dame Pop Up / Fredrik Eklund Vacation in Tulum

David boards the train to Long Island to spend the day with the Grande Dame herself, Real Housewives of Potomac's Karen Huger. There is a photoshoot, lots of laughs and of course, a bottle of La' Dame. What does it really smell like? Find out here. Next David welcomes "Listener Appreciation Day" guest J. Heller (@jessheller), who talks about running into Fredrik Eklund on vacation in Tulum. Without husband Derek intact, Jessica assumes a break up, and starts an international rumor which she is still convinced is true. David is more than eager to talk about his last week of hanging out with Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent (Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project), Eva Marcille, Tyra Banks, Ronan Farrow (yes, he was in Texas for 12 hours), Juliette Lewis and the cast of the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The conversation then turns to past run ins with Danielle Staub, the cast of Mob Wives, & Fran Drescher.Bonus Episodes Available at - https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeMerch Available at - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/behind-the-velvet-rope?ref_id=13198 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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New York Fashion Week - Hangin' With The Housewives

David welcomes Style Expert Soneca Guadara for the first of a new series “Styled by Soneca”. Where there are Housewives, there is Fashion. Where there is Fashion, there are Housewives. David and Soneca divide and conquer New York Fashion Week in search of housewives. From spending the day with Real Housewives of Dallas' D’Andra Simmons to a Toddlers & Tiaras Show with BFF Kim D, David and Soneca cover it all. There are sightings of Lisa Rinna, Kelly Bensimon, Kyle Richards and much more! Of course, these two do stray off topic into past experiences with Ladies of London’s very own Caroline Stanbury, Jessica Simpson and Justin Bieber. Can we say random?  https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Reunion Looks Broken Down

David welcomes back fashion expert Soneca Guadara for another installment of "Styled by Soneca" - Reunion Looks Dissected. If there is a reunion, there is fashion. If there is fashion, there are David & Soneca to tell you exactly what they think. On the close of Season 10 of #RHONJ (yes there is a full on Jerz moratorium after this episode), these two discuss the good (I can't believe I am saying this, Jen Aydin), the bad (no comment) and the color (thank you Margaret Josephs)!! In other news Behind the Rope, now that the new season of Summer House is in full swing, the NYC cast has come out of the woodworks for benefits, baseball games and press. Where there are Summer House kids, there is David. Yes Luke is hot AF and yes Hannah is David's favorite - we know, we know. Take your mind off all and tune in now!https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

23 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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RHONJ EP Dorothy Toran - Thank You & Goodbye!

On the heels of her departure announcement from the franchise, David sits down with Real Housewives Of New Jersey's Executive Producer Dorothy Toran. From her beginnings in Liberia, Africa, to growing up in New York, to her career before #RHONJ (Oprah, The Obamas and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), David and Dorothy cover it all. Obviously all roads lead to Bravo and for Dorothy that meant Manzo'd with Children, her entree into the network. When that show came to an end, Dorothy was called in to helm the reigns of #RHONJ in a pivotal season of helping welcome Teresa home. David gets most of his "fangirl" questions answered (you can't force an EP to answer anything she doesn't want to) before signing off. Thank you Dorothy for making some amazing, salacious, entertaining, heartwarming, juicy, over the top, real, poignant, relevant, captivating TV. Best of luck in your future endeavors!!@behindvelvetrope https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Colin Hutzler from Bravo's Spy Games (Steps Behind The Rope)

David welcomes Colin Hutzler, one of the contestants of Bravo's Spy Games, a reality show competition where ten individuals compete to become the "ultimate spy" while living together in a house. Think The Mole meets Survivor meets Big Brother. #heaven. It's a good show, a really really good show complete with real life CIA, FBI and Secret Service packaged in a Bravo setting. David fan girls over the show as he and Colin discuss all things Colin, Spy Games, Bravo and Reality TV. Did we mention Colin has ties to the one and only Scheana Shay?? Of course, all roads lead back to Vanderpump Rules. An episode not to be missed.https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetropeSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #19