It’s no secret that Amir has previously dubbed Erika a “nightmare” to work with, but now he’s revealing what the reality star did to earn such a title.
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“I was a publicist and was the assistant to the manager, but I was also a publicist,” Yass tells Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “So basically Diana Madison is this host, and I was working with her PR team. She was interviewing Erika Jayne, but she couldn’t go to the live taping of the show so she was like, ‘Can you go? Make sure she gets on live TV and basically be her PR rep for the day.’”
According to Yass, he got the cold shoulder from Erika the moment he arrived on set.
“When I got there, Erika was sitting in the corner with her friends,” he says. “I went over, and I was like, ‘On behalf of Diana Madison, my name is Amir. I work for the PR team.’ And she didn’t respond or even look at me.”
Yass says he knew Erika’s makeup artist, so the chatted while Erika finished getting ready.
“Her makeup artist comes over, and he’s like, ‘I just did Meghan Trainor’s makeup, and it looks really bad, I want to show you,’” Yass recounts.
The two were talking about Meghan’s makeup when Erika inserted herself in the middle of their conversation.
“She literally stands up in between us and was like, ‘Don’t talk about your clients with this stranger!’” Yass says. “I’m like, ‘Well we just met 30 minutes ago.’ She’s like, ‘Doesn’t matter!’ I think she kind of got offended that we were talking about Meghan Trainor’s makeup. I didn’t say anything. But she got really upset.”
“[Erika] kept giving me dirty looks the whole day, and I hadn’t known what I had done,” Yass insists. “Like was I not supposed to approach her? But I work for you.”
Yass says he could see Erika was irritated, so he just ended the conversation and moved on; however, he claims Erika became increasingly difficult when it was time to go on live TV.
He says producers began urging him to get Erika on stage, but she refused to be rushed and continued to take her time.
“I’m like, ‘Erika you have to go right now,’” he says. “She’s like, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’ I’ve been a publicist for years, so I’m like this is my job, ‘Get up. You have to get up.’ The producer and the assistants from Fox were yelling and sending me messages because it’s also a five-minute walk to the studio from the green room.”
Later Yass and his boss, Diana Madison, visited Erika at her offices for an interview. Madison re-introduced Yass to Erika and gushed at what a great employee he was; however, Erika didn’t seem to agree.
Erika said, “‘We’ve already met’” Yass recounted. “‘I know who he is.’ It was really aggressive. And my boss kind of looked at me like, ‘What the f**k?’”
“They do their interview, and it’s very cold; Erika is super annoyed like doesn’t want to answer questions,” he continues. “We’re leaving the office, and my boss is like, ‘What happened? She seemed really upset and annoyed.’ So I told her what happened and she was like, ‘Alright.’”
“So fast forward three hours later, apparently [Jayne] called Diana’s boss and was ‘Amir is a nightmare,’” he says. “By the way, she called from a private plane, flying to Vegas. And I’m like, ‘Girl you care this much about me?’”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.