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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 featured in publications and media like Vanity Fair, People, TMZ, Page Six, OK! Magazine, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, ExtraTV, Marie Claire, the Wendy Williams Show, Life & Style, Access Hollywood, Perez Hilton, The Daily Mail, Bravo Daily Dish, E!, The Sun, Just Jared, InStyle, Watch What Happens Live, Architectural Digest, Fox News, Hollywood Life, Rolling Stone and more! 
 
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    • 4.7 • 9 Ratings

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 featured in publications and media like Vanity Fair, People, TMZ, Page Six, OK! Magazine, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, ExtraTV, Marie Claire, the Wendy Williams Show, Life & Style, Access Hollywood, Perez Hilton, The Daily Mail, Bravo Daily Dish, E!, The Sun, Just Jared, InStyle, Watch What Happens Live, Architectural Digest, Fox News, Hollywood Life, Rolling Stone and more! 
 
Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!
 
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    MADONNA'S Blond Ambition / Truth or Dare / Girlie Show Dancer - Carlton Wilborn (Part II)

    MADONNA'S Blond Ambition / Truth or Dare / Girlie Show Dancer - Carlton Wilborn (Part II)

    Madonna’s Blond Ambition & Girlie Show Tour Dancer, Carlton Wilborn, steps Behind The Rope. One of the Iconic Seven chosen by Madonna herself to be part of the Record Breaking Blond Ambition Tour and subsequent Game Changer Film (the Real World and “Reality TV” did not exist!), Truth or Dare. After a brief foray into Carlton’s early career in dance, where he attended classes with Michelle Obama, we get right into how he was hired as one of Madonna’s Seven Blond Ambition Tour Dancers - the audition process, the answering machine message from M, the wild night out with Madonna, and the ultimate tour offer. In true Madonna fashion, she was the first, not only in the “reality” format but the first to show gay men with full actualized lives on screen. Carlton reflects about the 1980s and 1990s Madonna of yesteryear, what the country was like at the time with the initial onset of AIDS, and how he was able to perform night after night living with his own secret of being HIV positive. He also discussed what it was like to be on a tour that the Pope tried to ban, that was one of the highest grossing tours at that point to date, and which Rolling Stone lists as one of the 50 greatest of all time. Carlton details all the late night talks with Madonna, the after parties, and her advice. He talks about the constant parade of Celebrities backstage coming to pay respects and bow to Queen M. Carlton describes how he heard from Madonna years later when it was time to go back out on the road for The Girlie Show Tour. Carlton discusses the differences in himself, the production, the choreography, the music, and last, but certainly not least, in Madonna from The Blond Ambition Tour in 1990 to The Girlie Show Tour in 1993. Carlton discusses his relationship with Madonna after the end of that tour and how in 2016 Hollywood came a knocking, this time in the form of the phenomenal documentary Strike A Pose about the lives of the 7 male dancers who joined Queen M on her Blond Ambition Tour. Carlton opens up about his other accomplishments, acting, author, current life coach and what he would say to Madonna if she walked into the room today!
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    MADONNA'S Blond Ambition / Truth or Dare / Girlie Show Dancer - Carlton Wilborn (PART I)

    MADONNA'S Blond Ambition / Truth or Dare / Girlie Show Dancer - Carlton Wilborn (PART I)

    Madonna’s Blond Ambition & Girlie Show Tour Dancer, Carlton Wilborn, steps Behind The Rope. One of the Iconic Seven chosen by Madonna herself to be part of the Record Breaking Blond Ambition Tour and subsequent Game Changer Film (the Real World and “Reality TV” did not exist!), Truth or Dare. After a brief foray into Carlton’s early career in dance, where he attended classes with Michelle Obama, we get right into how he was hired as one of Madonna’s Seven Blond Ambition Tour Dancers - the audition process, the answering machine message from M, the wild night out with Madonna, and the ultimate tour offer. In true Madonna fashion, she was the first, not only in the “reality” format but the first to show gay men with full actualized lives on screen. Carlton reflects about the 1980s and 1990s Madonna of yesteryear, what the country was like at the time with the initial onset of AIDS, and how he was able to perform night after night living with his own secret of being HIV positive. He also discussed what it was like to be on a tour that the Pope tried to ban, that was one of the highest grossing tours at that point to date, and which Rolling Stone lists as one of the 50 greatest of all time. Carlton details all the late night talks with Madonna, the after parties, and her advice. He talks about the constant parade of Celebrities backstage coming to pay respects and bow to Queen M. Carlton describes how he heard from Madonna years later when it was time to go back out on the road for The Girlie Show Tour. Carlton discusses the differences in himself, the production, the choreography, the music, and last, but certainly not least, in Madonna from The Blond Ambition Tour in 1990 to The Girlie Show Tour in 1993. Carlton discusses his relationship with Madonna after the end of that tour and how in 2016 Hollywood came a knocking, this time in the form of the phenomenal documentary Strike A Pose about the lives of the 7 male dancers who joined Queen M on her Blond Ambition Tour. Carlton opens up about his other accomplishments, acting, author, current life coach and what he would say to Madonna if she walked into the room today!
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    EBONI K. WILLIAMS (Checking In With Her on #RHONY Freshman Season!)

    EBONI K. WILLIAMS (Checking In With Her on #RHONY Freshman Season!)

    Eboni K. Williams steps Behind The Rope. Welcome and welcome to The Real Housewives of New York City, Season 13. Eboni chats briefly about how she went from being a high powered attorney, news correspondent for CBS and Fox, author, and many other monikers, to an Apple holder this season on RHONY. Eboni chats about why she joined the franchise, her reservations in joining, who was the most / least welcoming, the ups and downs of her freshman season, and what it is like now that she is watching herself back on TV each week. We chat about co-stars Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Leah McSweeney - first impressions and the status of those relationships today. Eboni chats about how life had changed now that RHONY is airing, the best advice she has received from the cast and other Bravolebrities, and what she would have done differently. Of course, we talk about being “the first Black New York City Housewife” - what that means to her, any “pressures” that come along with it and the sorority she has formed with fellow Housewives in a similar situation, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Garcelle Beauvais, and Tiffany Moon. We chat about being “hazed” from the cast, the celebrities that have reached out since joining, and some of the seasons highlights - “The Help”, Sonja Morgan’s Diverse Koi Fish, The Need for Glam, and a little altercation with our fav Cabaret Star. Of course, we also catch up with Eboni on Dating And The City - current relationship status, dating war stories, dating Apps - Raya we are looking at you, and her type. Finally, we chat with Eboni about what we can expect from her the rest of this RHONY season and what she would like people to take away from the woman that is Eboni K. Williams as we eagerly watch on each week!

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    • 39 min
    Fran Drescher's FranJam 2020 (to Support Cancer Schmancer)

    Fran Drescher's FranJam 2020 (to Support Cancer Schmancer)

    Fran Drescher will be hosting FranJam 2021, a free online concert in support of the fight against cancer that streams worldwide simultaneously on CancerSchmancer.org, Facebook Live, and YouTube.com/TheNanny at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 20, 2021.
    FranJam’s impressive talent lineup features Tina Arena, Jackson Browne, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Cynthia Erivo, Fiji Blue, David Foster, Katharine McPhee Foster, Debbie Gibson, Hoobastank, Cyndi Lauper, and Anthony Nunziata. The concert celebrates Fran’s 21 year anniversary of remaining cancer-free and all proceeds support her organization Cancer Schmancer.

    Viewers can lend their support to the fight against cancer by texting FRAN to 44-321 or donating at cancerschmancer.org/donate. Cancer Schmancer is the only nonprofit that saves lives by helping people connect the dots between lifestyle and health to prevent or even reverse life- threatening and chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
    FranJam 2021 is sponsored by The Skinny Line and Quantum Nutrition Labs. It is also made possible by the support of Lauran Bromley, Brett & Rebecca Kelly, Mary Ellen Moschetti, Rudiin Family Foundations, and Evan Sacks.

    For more information, please visit https://www.CancerSchmancer.org
     
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    • 4 min
    Donna Mills (on Knot's Landing, Being a Hollywood Legend, RHOBH, Reality TV & More!)

    Donna Mills (on Knot's Landing, Being a Hollywood Legend, RHOBH, Reality TV & More!)

    Donna Mills steps Behind The Rope. One of the most recognized names in Nighttime Soaps, 80s Icon, Donna Mills. Donna is best known for her role as the scheming, manipulative vixen Abby Cunningham, or Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner to be exact, on Knots Landing, one of the longest running prime time soap operas in history. We are thrilled to have Donna here today to chat about her career, and life for that matter, in its entirety. We reminisce about all the glory that was, is, and will always be Abby Cunningham and Knot’s Landing including how Donna was cast, co-stars and real life best friends Joan Van Ark and Michelle Lee, the other recognizable faces that popped by the worlds most famous cul-de-sac such as Nicolette Sheridan and Alec Baldwin, and her decision to leave the show way before the world was done with Queen Abby. Moving on from Knots, Donna opens up about the evolution of women in Hollywood from the 1980s when shows like Knots were all the rage to present day, answering questions like how far have we come and how much farther do we have to go. We also chatted with Donna about some of our other favorite shows she has appeared on like Melrose Place, Nip/Tuck, and last, but not least, RuPaul’s Drag U (yes we think Mama Ru is a Knots fan!). Of course we had to chat with Donna about her thoughts on Reality TV and actresses like Lisa Rinna who have become Housewives throughout the years. Yes, Donna does know Rinna. Having posed for Playboy herself, Donna chats and shares stories from her illustrious frothy year career about the pressures of aging in Hollywood, the ever presence of plastic surgery amongst The Hollywood Elite, and the #MeToo Movement. Finally we chat with Donna about the current crop of television she has been binging, the current crop of “A List” actresses she puts her stamp of approval on and with reboots running rampant chat, hoping to will into existence, a Knot’s Landing Reboot. Ahh, a girl can dream, can’t she. Miss Mills, we are not worthy! 

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    *** Special shout out to our friend Actor, Model, #RHONJ Kathy Wakile’s “Son”, Mr. Does It All Gregory Zarian for making this sit down with Miss Donna Mills come to life!! Gregory Appeared on our show Dec 29th, 2020, Jan 15th 2021, & April 23rd, 2021.

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Juliet Angus (on Ladies of London, Dorit & PK, Paris & Nicole, & Bravo Days of Yesteryear!)

    Juliet Angus (on Ladies of London, Dorit & PK, Paris & Nicole, & Bravo Days of Yesteryear!)

    Juliet Angus steps Behind The Rope. One thing became very clear within the first few seconds of speaking to Juliet, SHE - KNOWS - EVERYONE! We do not mean she has met everyone. We mean know - we mean had dinner with - partied with - traveled with. Dorit and PK. Dorinda. Cary Dueber. Tinsley Mortimer. Paris Hilton. Nicole Richie. Tracy Tutor. We discuss it all, including “The Simple Life” remake she wanted to pursue with the one and only Caroline Stanbury. Speaking of Caroline Stanbury, let us just pay homage to the BEST Bravo show no longer on the air, “Ladies of London”. Juliet explains how Ladies of London was originally supposed to be a sociological experiment of Americans assimilating into British culture. A nice happy cultural show with no drama. We all know how that turned out. We talk about her Ladies of London co-stars Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Caroline Fleming, Noelle Reno, Sophie Stanbury, Caprice Bourret, Adela King, and Juliet Montagu. We discuss who she knew before the show, which friendships were “tested” as a result of the show, and who she keeps in touch with today. We discuss her unapologetic friendship and loyalty to Caroline Stanbury and some of the most dramatic moments she remembers from being a cast member on the hit Bravo series. We discuss the evolution of the show and why it was such a huge cult classic in the states. We discuss the power of Bravo and what she thinks about a possible reunion. Finally, Juliet fills us in on her family life and her “Shop My Closet”. An episode not to be missed.

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    • 53 min

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The BEST podcast

Being an avid Bravo fan, I found this podcast during covid and because I work from home it has kept be entertained every single day because David has so much content. Honestly great work David and keep it up. I subscribe to your Patreon also and it is well worth the couple of dollars!

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I just discovered this Podcast and it’s amazing!! 🤩 David shares soooo many good stories about the real housewives! I especially love the one where Sonjas old intern comes on and spills the tea 👀☕️ would highly recommend!!

Graham16 ,

Top Tier Podcast

Recently discovered this podcast and it is 5*. If you are a Real Housewives lover like myself, it’s definitely worth a listen. David’s interviews and stories are like no other, he asks all the questions you really wanna know. The first episode of his dinner with Ramona is HILARIOUS. The fact that he is so close with Dolores (the best real housewife of all) brings another layer of kick to the Podcast✌🏼🇮🇪

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