Fans are getting a look Behind the Velvet Rope of how Bravo producers decide which Real Housewives will return for another season of drama.
Podcast host and Housewife friend David Yontef is revealing the significant role the reunions play in determining who’s in and who’s out for the next season of Real Housewives.
“When you go to the reunion, the reunion is not your closure for the season,” David revealed during a Patreon episode of his Behind The Velvet Rope podcast. “It is your audition for next season.”
“The consumer of reality TV loves to see [a] change from season to season,” he continued. “That is the only way to keep it interesting. When I say change, I don’t mean change in the cast; I mean change, personal growth, life evolution.”
David explained that the show and its cast have to evolve and grow for the storyline to progress forward naturally.
“If a Housewife was a demure wallflower that season, the viewer would love to see her break out of her shell the next and come in with a bang,” he said. “If a Housewife had a really harsh season and was a terror, coming to the reunion to double down is the worst thing you could do.”
He continued. “It shows no personal growth like you sat there and watched yourself back all season and now are not sorry and have not changed?”
“How much fun is that going to be for an audience to watch next season,” he questioned. “It will just be more of the same.”
David adds that other factors beyond the reunion do come into play when it comes to who stays and who goes.
“Like there are things where it is clear,” he said. “Leah [McSweeney from The Real Housewives of New York City] could have shown up at the reunion and short of bringing a gun; she’s coming back. But the majority of people go, and it’s like this is your make or break [moment].”
He went on to explain that the cast of any Real Housewives franchise needs to work cohesively and balance each other out.
“Look, I don’t work for Bravo, and I am not a producer, but the thing every Housewife should remember is this is an ensemble show,” he said. “The sum of the whole is greater than its parts.”
“Everyone keeps asking me if Dorinda [Medley from The Real Housewives of New York City] was let go or left on her own,” he remarked. “I am not privy to that information. You would have to call Andy Cohen and the powers that be at Bravo. I do think though that any time a particular Housewife overpowers the show, and it’s all about her, and I am not saying this as it relates to Dorinda, I am saying this in general for any franchise, you are at risk to be let go.”
“I think that is a crucial mistake that a lot of Housewives make,” he added. “You need to bring the drama and have opinions and something to say. But when you hijack the show, so it’s about you all day, every day, and overpower it, you are too much drama, especially in the world we are living in now. It a red flag sign that you will probably be on the chopping block. That’s when it brings down the overall quality of the show, and it goes from being fun and salacious to watch to this is kinda uncomfortable.”
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