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Following a stint on Watch What Happens Live that left host Andy Cohen visibly disgusted in response to her homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks, things are getting worse for former reality star Patti Stanger!

Now one of Patti’s former clients (who left the club after being dissatisfied with the service she received) is speaking out about the behind the scenes workings of The Millionaire Matchmaker. And surprise, surprise – Patti is just as abrasive off camera!

Bryce Gruber, who appeared on the show as a Millionairess in season four, shares her experience working with Patti and the club. According to Bryce, Patti (who is Jewish, herself) insulted the Jewish-American founder of The Luxury Spot.com, by telling her she looked “too Jewish.” Um… seriously?

“She mentioned several times that my curly hair was ‘too Jewish,’” Bryce continues. “And asked me why I didn’t get my nose fixed for my Bat Mitzvah.”

In addition to basically calling her unattractive, Patti described Bryce – who if you remember from the show was very reticent on her date – as “uptight” during her most recent appearance on WWHL.

And as for Bryce’s match – guess what?! It wasn’t successful! “She didn’t listen to me when I said what I wanted,” Bryce relays of Patti’s matchmaking skills. “She got upset with me when I said I didn’t like any of the men she picked and, off-camera, she pulled me aside and said, ‘If you want to look like a sweetheart to America, you’ll pick the teacher.’ She coerced me.” Wow! Patti is losing credibility (if she ever had any to begin with) by the minute!

Patti’s former assistant of eight years, Chelsea Autumn, is also giving her opinion about working with Patti! Chelsea, who left what she previously called the “claws of Stanger” in 2010 to start her own matchmaking service, Queen of Hearts, explains of Patti’s attitude and behavior: “I think she has a lot of deeper issues that she’s never really dealt with.”

And This isn’t the first time drama concerning Patti’s treatment of others is making headlines! Shortly after leaving the show, Chelsea’s rep gave a very harsh statement about the “constant abuse” associated with working with Patti, which was corroborated when TMZ featured a recorded conversation of Patti berating a stylist!

“I don’t think she loves herself, and if you don’t love yourself, no one else is going to be able to love you,” Chelsea describes, painting a sad picture of the woman who claims she can help anyone find love.

Are you shocked that Patti’s treatment of her clients is even worse behind the scenes?! Do you think Chelsea’s description of Patti is accurate or does she have an ulterior motive? Do you expect there to be another season of The Millionaire Matchmaker?

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Tonight marks the 4th season premiere of Bravo’s hit show – The Millionaire Matchmaker!

So what can we expect tonight? Well, we will get to see the matchmaker herself, Patti Stanger, as she sets up her office in New York City, following her move from Los Angeles. Also on the season opener, Patti will attempt to find perfect matches for Derek, 40, a proud “butt man,” and Bryce, 26, an uptight heiress who demands a Jewish version of George Clooney. In usual Patti fashion, she will have some harsh words for both bachelor(ettes).

When asked about the biggest difference between her LA and NYC clients, Patti states “L.A. millionaires are snotty on the looks, and New York millionaires are snotty on the intelligence.” As for her widely reported break-up with fiance Andy Friedman, it will not be featured on the show this season as taping had already ended before it happened. Excerpts from Patti’s interview with TV Squad below -

Chris Manzo, the son of Caroline Manzo from ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ is going to be on the second episode of this season. Is he actually a millionaire?
He is called the “M.I.T. Millionaire in training.”

That’s great. Is his brother Albie on the show, too?
They’re both on. They’re different in that Chris is a workaholic who has one day a week to date, and Albie only attracts the fame whores.

How about Danielle Staub from ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey?’ Would you set her up?
She’s already asked me.

Would you do it?
Well, you know, Caroline would probably have a hit out on me. I can’t go against Caroline. I’m in the Manzo family now. I’m a meek little Jew. I don’t hurt anyone. I said to Danielle, “I’m really sorry, but I’m friends with Caroline, so I can’t.” Caroline would be really mad at me.

Are Bill Brandes & Heidi Cornell, the two millionaires, still together?
They had a torrid two-year affair. They broke my club rules on the first date when they slept together.

Why isn’t Chelsea, the VP of matchmaking, on the show this season?
We no longer have her in the company. I can’t discuss it under advice from my lawyer.

And when it comes to her low success rate on the Bravo show, Patti claims her success rate in real life is 99% and that it’s lower on the show because Bravo controls the casting and not her. “My real members [Stanger runs a dating service called Millionaire's Club] are on the Forbes List, and they would never go on camera,” adds Patti. Riight.

In other news, when the show premieres tonight, one person who will be missing is Chelsea Autumn, who had appeared on the previous 3 seasons of the show as Patti’s VP of Matchmaking.

While Patti declined to comment on Chelsea’s departure in the above interview, Chelsea’s rep confirms to the TooFab website that she left the show following 8 years of “constant abuse, hard work with little credit and enough crazy crazy Stanger stories to fill a phone book,” adding that she was was ready to leave the “claws of Stanger.”

Chelsea’s story is believable as a leaked conversation of a raving Patti was leaked by TMZ months ago during which Patti could be heard going completely ballistic on a stylist. In reply to the leaked audio of Patti, Chelsea posted the following on her facebook – “Now everyone can see why I quit..lol”

Chelsea has now launched her own competing matchmaking company called Queen of Hearts.

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She is baaack! Bravo has announced the all new fourth season of The Millionaire Matchmaker will return on October 19 at 9pm ET/PT.

Even better, in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Albie Manzo, 24 and Chris Manzo, 21 will appear on the show this season, as Patti Stanger will attempt to fix them up. A source told the NYPost back in June that the boys were interested in “brunette, Italian-Catholic girls.” No word yet on if mama bear Caroline Manzo will make a special appearance.

The fourth season of the show marks the big move from Los Angeles to New York City. The always crude Patti mentioned in a previous interview that the toughest part of filming in NYC was “finding hot girls” in the city. Patti is also pulling out all the stops this season, as she will be introducing a few new tricks including a spy camera, lie detector test and hiring a make-up specialist from “Saturday Night Live.”

According to Bravo, we can expect the most over-the-top bachelors and bachelorettes yet, including a Wall Street to beach bum, Judith Regan – the queen of all media, and Freddie Mitchell – ex-wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Patti’s recent break-up with ex-fiance Andy Friedman will likely not be a topic this season, as the filming for the show had ended before it happened. Returning alongside Patti is Chief Operating Officer Destin Pfaff, and newly promoted Rachel Federoff, now the VP of Matching.

UPDATE - Thanks to our reader Valerie, it seems Chelsea Autumn is no longer on the show. According to Chelsea’s facebook page, she now works as the head matchmaker for a company called Queen of Hearts, Inc. Wonder what led to Chelsea’s departure…

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She’s baaack! The 3rd season of Bravo’s hit show – The Millionaire Matchmaker is set to premier tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Returning this season is the matchmaker herself Patti Stanger, along with Vice President of Matching, Chelsea Autumn and her Chief Operating Officer, Destin Pfaff. Also back is Destin’s fiancée, Rachel, as the first time parents head into season three.

This season will focus on Patti’s matchmaking of course but it will also showcase Patti’s recent engagement, as well as the return of some of Patti’s most memorable clients such as Shauna Raisch from season 2. Patti will also take on more gay clients this season.

More about the show’s 3rd season is below -

Bravo and Patti Stanger are back together and going strong for a third season of the hit docu-series The Millionaire Matchmaker, premiering Tuesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Stanger will stop at nothing to build her matchmaking empire – her business is flourishing, she has a successful book under her belt and is now hosting her own radio advice show. But after years of helping others find love, Stanger herself finally seals the deal. She and her longtime love, Andy Friedman, are engaged at last.

In the third season, Stanger once again takes on a selection of millionairesses and gay clients. Plus, millionaires past will come back to haunt Stanger, notably Shauna Raisch who caused a stir last season due to a very tense and uncomfortable exchange with the matchmaker. But Stanger remains unfazed by it all, whipping her millionaires into shape even with a full plate of her own as she makes plans for her upcoming nuptials.

Next to Big Brother, Millionaire Matchmaker is probably my 2nd favorite reality show. I love Patti’s honesty and abrasiveness. The clueless millionaires and sometimes desperate gold diggers women on the show makes it all the more entertaining.

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Patti Stanger

Patti Stanger’s Millionaire Matchmaker will return to Bravo for a third season on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. Patti Stanger founded the Beverly Hills based “Millionaire’s Club” in 2000 to cater for men who claim to be millionaires looking for partners. The reality show follows these millionaires as they try to find true love.

On the 3rd season, you can look forward to seeing Patti plan her upcoming nuptials to fiance Andy Friedman. The couple got engaged earlier this year. Patti once again takes on a selection of millionairesses and gay clients. Plus some memorable past millionaires will come back to haunt Patti, notably Shauna Raisch who caused a stir last season due to a very tense and uncomfortable exchange with the matchmaker.

Returning this 3rd season is Patti’s Vice President of Matching, Chelsea Autumn and her CEO, Destin Pfaff. Also returning is Destin’s fiance, Rachel, the Millionaire’s Club’s Director of Registration, who is expecting a baby with Destin.

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