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A Real Housewives, Bravolebrity, and Pop Culture Podcast where Host David Yontef interviews all your favorite Real Housewives, Bravolebrities and other Pop Culture Icons 5 days a week. With his relaxed, casual interview style, Host David Yontef gets to the bottom of all of Bravo, Reality TV and Pop Culture's most important and pressing questions. He GOES there!!

Past Guests have included, but not limited to, Tamra Judge, Scheana Shay, Jill Zarin, Perez Hilton, Sutton Stracke, Heather & Terry Dubrow, LeeAnne Locken, Heather Thomson, Gizelle Bryant, Marlo Hampton, Kristen Taekman, Melissa Rivers, Brad Goreski, Jason Wahler, Jenni Pulos, Jonathan Antin, Candiace Dillard, Peggy Sulahian, Harry Dubin, Dana Wilkey, Marge Sr., Captain Sandy, Mary Fitzgerald, Elyse Slaine, Peter Madrigal, Patti Stanger, Jai Rodriguez, Cary Deuber, Joyce Giraud, Tracy Tutor, Claudia Jordan, Sophia Hutchins, Peppermint, Karen Gravano, Jeana Keough and Randall Emmett.

As featured in several publications, websites and television shows including, but not limited to, People, TMZ, The Daily Mail, US Weekly, E News, Perez Hilton, Access Hollywood, OK! Magazine, Fox News, USA Today, Just Jared, Marie Claire, Life & Style Magazine, Watch What Happens Live, Entertainment Tonight Canada, The Sun, Yahoo, MSN, TooFab, E's Daily Pop, Page Six / NY Post, Bravo's The Daily Dish, The Mirror, Hollywood Life and Bravo TV.

Ranked in top 10 on iTunes Apple Podcast Chart. Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!

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BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE David Yontef

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A Real Housewives, Bravolebrity, and Pop Culture Podcast where Host David Yontef interviews all your favorite Real Housewives, Bravolebrities and other Pop Culture Icons 5 days a week. With his relaxed, casual interview style, Host David Yontef gets to the bottom of all of Bravo, Reality TV and Pop Culture's most important and pressing questions. He GOES there!!

Past Guests have included, but not limited to, Tamra Judge, Scheana Shay, Jill Zarin, Perez Hilton, Sutton Stracke, Heather & Terry Dubrow, LeeAnne Locken, Heather Thomson, Gizelle Bryant, Marlo Hampton, Kristen Taekman, Melissa Rivers, Brad Goreski, Jason Wahler, Jenni Pulos, Jonathan Antin, Candiace Dillard, Peggy Sulahian, Harry Dubin, Dana Wilkey, Marge Sr., Captain Sandy, Mary Fitzgerald, Elyse Slaine, Peter Madrigal, Patti Stanger, Jai Rodriguez, Cary Deuber, Joyce Giraud, Tracy Tutor, Claudia Jordan, Sophia Hutchins, Peppermint, Karen Gravano, Jeana Keough and Randall Emmett.

As featured in several publications, websites and television shows including, but not limited to, People, TMZ, The Daily Mail, US Weekly, E News, Perez Hilton, Access Hollywood, OK! Magazine, Fox News, USA Today, Just Jared, Marie Claire, Life & Style Magazine, Watch What Happens Live, Entertainment Tonight Canada, The Sun, Yahoo, MSN, TooFab, E's Daily Pop, Page Six / NY Post, Bravo's The Daily Dish, The Mirror, Hollywood Life and Bravo TV.

Ranked in top 10 on iTunes Apple Podcast Chart. Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed!

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    Sirius XM's Jenny Hutt (on IRL friendships with Bethenny Frankel, Martha Stewart, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand & More)

    Sirius XM's Jenny Hutt (on IRL friendships with Bethenny Frankel, Martha Stewart, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand & More)

    Jenny Hutt steps Behind The Rope. Let us start at the beginning. Jenny was born in Roslyn, Long Island to Charles & Bunny Koppelman. A “big wig” in the record industry, her Dad knew them all. By all, we mean he worked with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Vanilla Ice. Jenny grew up going on vacations with Barbara Streisand and “hanging out” with Dolly Parton. Obsessed with Rap Music at a young age, RUN DMC played at her Sweet Sixteen Party and The Beastie Boys were also in attendance. Remember the MTV Show “My Super Sweet 16”? Ok, you get the idea. After college Jenny went to Law School, before accepting a position as her Dad’s executive assistant for his newly found position as Chairman and Right Hand Man to Martha Stewart at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It was at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia that Martha’s daughter Alexis befriended her and decided, hey, we are going to have a radio show together. For the next several years, Jenny and Alexis hosted “Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer” at SiriusXM. That Radio show led to a TV Show on the Hallmark Chanel of the same name where they interviewed a variety of guests such as national treasure Paula Abdul. It was also during this time that Martha and Jenny’s Dad starred on a little known reality show called “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart”. Jenny couldn’t believe her eyes when one of her college friends was a contestant on the show, Miss Bethenny Frankel. Jenny enlightens us with what Bethenny was like in college and how even way back when, she was determined to know and have it all. Jenny has a funny story about Bethenny selling motorcycles in Europe. Yup, always the hustler, even back then. Regarding the radio show, one day Alexis was “over it” and the show ended, leaving Jenny to form her own stellar SiriusXM Radio Show “Just Jenny”. Jenny talks to us about some of her favorite guests such as Kerry Washington, Rob Lowe and, oh yea, she was able to connect with childhood “friend” Dolly Parton for a formal sit down interview. Finally, we discuss her brilliant invention, Bunny Eyez, the flippable, tiltable, wearable reading glasses, discuss whether she would ever take that invention on Shark Tank and of course, discuss once of life’s most important questions, which shark would you chose to invest. An episode not to be missed.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    VICKI GUNVALSON (The OG of the OC) - Tells All!

    VICKI GUNVALSON (The OG of the OC) - Tells All!

    The OG of the OC Miss Vicki Gunvalson steps Behind The Rope. First Vicki fills us all in on what she has been up to since we last saw her on our TV screens. For those of you who don’t know, she bought a house in Mexico, had a stellar Whoop It Up Podcast (which BTVR appeared on), has been running Coto Insurance, and has just been enjoying time with her family (Steve, Michael, Brianna, Ryan & The Boys). Vicki and David discuss the trajectory of being a Housewife - the beginning (so hopeful), the middle (save your $), the inevitable end (Cue The Five Stages of grief). We discuss the concept of resigning and quitting versus being fired and let go. Vicki lets us know what advice she would give, not only to Season One Vicki, but other Housewives starting out and what she has learned throughout the years during her tenure on the hit Bravo show. Speaking of the beginning, Vicki and David discuss how much the show has changed since the beginning - the salaries, the vacations, the women, the drama! We discuss the involvement of producers and editing throughout the years and the concept of “reality” as it exists, or lack thereof, in any reality TV show these days. Vicki opens up about her highs and lows during her fourteen years on the show. We discuss the evolution of her relationships that we saw play out on national TV - Don, Brooks, Steve. Vicki discusses her relationships with Kelly Dodd (where she thinks it all went wrong), Tamra Judge (going strong), Shannon Beador (can it be repaired?) as well as RHOC past Jeana Keough, Meghan King Edmonds, Heather Durbrow and Alexis (“Jesus Jugs”) Bellino. Vicki is honest about what she misses the most about Housewives and answers the age old question, would you ever go back? Finally, no sit down with The OG of the OC would be complete without a trip down memory lane regarding some of Vicki’s most iconic moments - the State of Oklahoma. Slade Smiley’s infamous comment and her plastic surgeries throughout the years, Lauri Peterson’s Ski Slope “multiple partners” and of course, last but certainly not least, just how many people can you fit into a family van?
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (The People's Couch) on Pump Rules, Housewives & More! - Part II

    Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (The People's Couch) on Pump Rules, Housewives & More! - Part II

    Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard from Bravo’s The People’s Couch step back Behind The Rope (Part I of our sit down aired December 8, 2020 - feel free to check it out). Julie and Brandy get right into it. They talk about how they went from being cast members on The People Couch to official hosts of The Vanderpump Rules After Show. Of course we needed all the details on the many Pump Rules guests on their show - Jax, James, Kristen, Brittany, Lala and of course, the Queen herself, LVP. They discuss how you prepare to interview LVP and Giggy and what the set was like the days Lisa & Giggy were there. They also explain what it was like to hang with the Pump kids in a social setting. Do tell. They do. They discuss their multiple appearances on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen plus their appearances on Radio Andy. There was also this one time prior to all this that they attended an Andy Cohen book signing! On a more serious note, Brandy opens up about the dark period she fell into after The People’s Couch ended and how her and Julie reinvented themselves as the hosts of the Dumb Gay Politics Podcast, a podcast for people who know nothing about politics, aka politics made fun. To start their podcast, they did what any other self respecting host of The Vanderpump Rules After Show would do. They reached out to Stassi to ask her advice on how to Podcast (I guess we weren’t available). Finally, us Bravo aficionados talk about the evolution of Bravo throughout the years and how the network we know and love today has come a long way since the Bravo of yesteryear. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Lisa D'Amato (America's Next Top Model - Tells All on Tyra, The Show, & Shark Tank) - Part I

    Lisa D'Amato (America's Next Top Model - Tells All on Tyra, The Show, & Shark Tank) - Part I

    Lisa D’Amato, from America’s Next Top Model, steps Behind The Rope. Holding nothing back, Lisa is here to tell it all. Starting her modeling career at the young age of twelve, Lisa learned many of the tricks of the trade, which would later help her when she applied to America’s Next Top Model on a dare. That worked out well and Lisa soon found herself on Cycle Five of the hit Reality Show, competing for the affection and approval of one Miss Tyra Banks. Lisa chats about what living in the model house was really like, the competitiveness of her fellow model contestants and the pressure she felt from producers while filming. She chats about ANTM judges Miss J, Nigel Barker, Twiggy and last, but certainly not least, Janice Dickinson as well as about Creative Director Jay Manuel. Lisa confirms and debunks many of the vicious rumors heard over the years about the tension on the set and the “my way or the highway” rumored attitude of Tyra Banks. Leaving no detailed spared, Lisa explains how she felt she was treated by Tyra and Producers, the good, the bad, the other. There was a lot of bad and a lot of other. We discuss! She chats about her status as “fan favorite” once the show aired, largely in part due to her outspoken nature. That outspoken nature found her back on ANTM, this time "All Stars”, Cycle Seventeen, which she won. She chats abut how life changed as a result of winning ANTM and what came next. That next eventually included her Dare-U-Go! product pitch on Shark Tank, where she got a deal with the one and only Miss Barbara Corcoran. She takes us behind the scenes of Shark Tank and all the shenanigans taking place behind the scenes off camera.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Vicky Vox (on Drag Race, RuPaul, Real Housewives and Filming with Patti Stanger) - Part II

    Vicky Vox (on Drag Race, RuPaul, Real Housewives and Filming with Patti Stanger) - Part II

    Vicky Vox steps Back Behind The Rope (Part I of our sit down aired on December 4th, 2020. Feel free to check it out. Vicky came directly from Kelly Osbourne’s birthday party, a little hungover, to dish it all!). Vicky originally decided to do Drag because she needed the $50 pay day that came along with the job. She got herself some clothes and heels, picked her name, and the rest is history. Quickly adopted, shortly thereafter, by Drag Mother Detox, the two have been fast friends ever since. That friendship saw Detox through her star turn on RuPaul’s Drag Race. That friendship also saw Detox, one fateful night, as she was the lucky bidder of the infamous nightly several thousand dollar Madonna Madame X Polaroid. Congrats Detox. Vicky discusses the pressure Drag Queens feel today to participate as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and how the “younger generation” of Drag wannabes grow up knowing no other world. Vicky also discusses RuPaul, her history and origins and place in the Drag Community today. Vicky opens up about a career high when she was nominated in the same category as Broadway Legend Patti LuPone for her role as Audrey II in the hit West End production of Little Shop of Horrors. Vicky also shares a love of all things Real Housewives. Being a proper LA girl, she is eager to discuss real life experiences with and thoughts on Lisa Vanderpump, her restaurants and the Sur staff. Vicky also discusses her favorite Housewife Cities, one of her namesakes Miss Victoria Gunvalson, the current state of affairs in Potomac, and that one time she filmed an episode of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” with Patti Stanger. Listen in as our Part II sit down with Vicky Vox comes to a conclusion.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Gregory Zarian (on RHONJ, RHOBH, Revenge, Nip/Tuck, The OC & More!)

    Gregory Zarian (on RHONJ, RHOBH, Revenge, Nip/Tuck, The OC & More!)

    Gregory Zarian steps back Behind The Rope (For everyone who hasn’t heard, our Part I sit down with Gregory Zarian aired December 29th, 2020. Feel free to check it out). Picking up right where we left off, Gregory chats about his Soap Opera career which started with “Days of Our Lives” and included fan fav role Julius on “General Hospital”. Speaking of daytime TV, Gregory chats about his recent Emmy nomination, for his role on “Venice the Series”, a role that deals with bullying, something near and dear to Gregory and David, having both grown up having been bullied. On the topic of TV, we need Gregory’s hot takes from his guest star roles on many of our favorites: Nip/Tuck, Revenge, 90210, The OC, and last, but certainly not least, Westworld. We discuss what it was like on set of each of those shows and, of course, in typical Rope fashion, we need all the juicy details. Ryan Murphy, Emily VanCamp, Evan Rachel Wood, Donna Mills… we discuss it all! We also discuss his recurring role on CSI as well as his dream role in ShondaLand on the juggernaut that is Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, all roads lead to Real Housewives. With the new season of RHONJ almost upon us, we chat with Gregory about the woman he calls “Mom”, the one, the only Kathy Wakile. Gregory recounts how he met Kathy, the New York Fashion fashion show they “attended” with Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (we told you we had Housewives fodder to discuss), and just how they became “family”. He also talks about some of his other east coast Jerz friends and run ins, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania and Danielle Staub. Heading west, let us not forget that Gregory lives in LA and travels in the same circles as the likes of Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards, Eileen Davidson. He also fills us in on the fact that his Dad, Larry Zarian, was BFFS with Robert Kardashian. Say whaaat? Way to burry the lead Gregory. A pop culture lovers dream when these two - David and Gregory - sit down to name drop it all. Tune in as Part II of our sit down with Gregory Zarian continues and concludes. 

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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

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emcat206 ,

Vicki is PAINFUL

Gross. Get a life Vicki. YOU DID NOT START THE REAL HOUSEWIVES. Stop acting like all the ladies owe you something. And stop calling yourself “charitable” because you bought your kids’ houses. Read the room.

Malmiller.geb ,

Expectations Exceeded

The best part about this podcast is the genuine interest David has toward the subject matter. I could literally talk about anything Bravo for hours so it’s nice to just listen for a change. Great content! Great tea! Great guests!

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David loves to give you guys the tea and works so hard!

Hi you guys,

It’s $25,000 glasses Dana here... David loves bringing you the tea! He works so hard for you all. I just wanted you to know. I hope you like the episodes we did for you together xo

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