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We were able to catch up with Josh to talk about the current season of MDL, why he decided to pen his memoir at a young age, the growing popularity of his grandma Edith, and whether or not he plans to return next season. “I haven’t the slightest idea,” says Josh, though he expects MDL to return for a season five.
Not too many people pen their memoirs at age 25, which brings the question why now? Well, Josh credits a special person in his life for pushing him to write his book. “My grandmother suggested I write about myself and after careful thought, I realized I do have a pretty interesting story to tell,” Josh tells Reality Tea. “In fact, we had so much that we had to censor a lot and take things OUT. Believe me, there was more than enough material to go with.”
Josh believes fans of the show will get a better insight into the person he is by reading Million Dollar Agent, which also serves as an inspirational how-to book for making it in the dog-eat-dog world of real estate. “I am a very private person on camera, so I think the book will help people understand who I really am,” says Josh. “It is also a fabulous tool for someone who wants to get somewhere but does not know where to start.”
So is his granny Edith Flagg aware of her popularity with fans of the show? “She is aware. She does not understand the fascination,” Josh says, adding that she does “get a kick out” of being recognized on the streets and fans coming up to ask for pictures with her. Josh also reveals he is still working with the twins from the show, Marissa and Julianna Stoap.
And of course, we had to touch on the whole coming out issue as Josh officially came out as a gay man on the last episode of MDL. When asked what the response has been like from fans, Josh makes it clear the whole ordeal wasn’t a big deal to him. “People make such a big deal out of it like it was a life changing experience for me,” he says. “Yes I am a gay man… so is every other “hetero” in Hollywood.”
On that note, the finale of Million Dollar Listing airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. You can keep up with Josh via his twitter page at @JoshFlagg1.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE MILLION DOLLAR LISTING FINALE?
While all of the stars on the show, including former cast member Chad Rodgers, had allowed their love lives to be a part of the show, Josh was the only one to keep that part of his life private.
Well, that all changes tonight as Josh makes the revelation both on the show and in his new memoir Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream, which also comes out today.
According to Josh, 25, he is very pleased with the way he chose to come out. “You know my sexuality does not define me, it is not who I am, but rather it is part of me, and I did not ever want people to think of me as “the gay real estate guy,” I did not want that to be the only demographic that was watching me on TV or the only demographic to associate with me,” said Josh in an interview with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
“I am very glad I did things the way I did because I feel I eased people into it and I made people comfortable with ME, and then kind of just dropped the fact that I like guys instead of girls. Many people knew, many had no idea,” he added.
And how does Josh feel about his costar Madison Hildebrand, who also came out on the show, beating him to the punch? “Madison did not beat me to the punch. Madison just decided to come out on national television before I did, but as far as I know, I was out to the people I wanted to be out to well before Madison was. At the rate we are going, we might have to change the title of the show to “Two Homos and the Straight Dude.”" joked Josh adding that though he respects Madison’s approach, he chose to take “a different approach, a more subtle approach, and I kind of like the way Bravo did it … slowly revealing my life, because for the most part no one knows anything about my life other than what they can read on the Internet or what they see on the show with my family, but my private life was always kind of a mystery.”
Josh also reveals that his fellow castmate Josh Altman has been supportive. “He is a great guy and a good friend of mine and we have gotten closer since filming the show,” said Josh. “We do some business together and we get along real well. I have nothing bad to say about Josh Altman whatsoever.”
Josh is currently in a relationship with long term boyfriend Colton Thorn. Photos of Josh and Colton below. MDL airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. A preview clip is below -
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOSH’S COMING OUT? AND ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
Season three of Million Dollar Listing continues tonight on Bravo following a new move to Tuesdays at 9/8c.
On the 5th episode of the show this season titled ‘Billionaire Buyer,’ Josh Altman must find a posh property in less than two days for a billionaire client. Elsewhere, Josh Flagg has difficulty finding a buyer for a Victorian home; and Madison contends with a fiery client.
There have also been some questions regarding Josh Flagg and his love life, something he has kept private from the show (the only cast member to do so). Well, following last week’s episode, Madison had something interesting to say in his Bravo blog. An excerpt is below -
“I am glad Josh Flagg struck a deal with the lovely Candis Cayne. That was a colorful bunch — and I think Josh Flagg is starting to show his true colors. “
Very interesting comment. Will let you draw your own conclusions at that. And finally, some fans of the show are wondering if Josh Altman and Madison’s assistant Heather Bilyeu are still dating, and while there isn’t a concrete answer to that question, Heather was present at Josh’s premiere party for the show back on January 30. Missing from that party where Josh F. and Madison.
Heather even took some photos with Josh and his mom, and those photos are below. Also below is a video preview of tonight’s episode -
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH MDL & TONIGHT’S EPISODE? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE MAURICIO ON THE SHOW?
UPDATE - A look at Josh Flagg’s personal facebook page has him in a relationship with a guy named Colton Thorn so that should answer the question about Josh’s love life. Thanks to our reader Cleveland girl for pointing this out.
Tonight marks the return of Bravo’s real estate show Million Dollar Listing.
Following a successful 3rd season, the boys are back to give us an inside look into the wheelings and dealings of high end real estate in California. Though as you can see from the above photo, one notable cast member from the previous three seasons is missing.
Yes, Chad Rogers is no longer on the show. Replacing Chad is Josh Altman, a 31-year-old successful real estate agent who specializes in the Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills luxury housing market. Joining Josh this season are returning alums Madison Hildebrand and Josh Flagg.
As for the reason Chad left the show, he states it was “due to a career decision,” making it clear it was his choice to walk away.
On tonight’s season opener titled ‘Bad Market For Mansions,’ cast member Josh A. tangles with an angry seller trying to market his chic home, Madison seeks a party pad for a big-bucks entrepreneur, and Josh F. works for an eccentric seller with overly high expectations.
The episode airs at 9/8c on Bravo. A preview clip is below -
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NEW GUY JOSH & TONIGHT’S PREMIERE?
The boys are back! The California real estate gurus of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing are set to return on Tuesday, February 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Joining regulars Josh Flagg and Madison Hildebrand will be Josh Altman, who is described as “one of the most successful real estate agents in the Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills luxury housing market.” Josh’s clientèle reportedly consists mostly of entertainers, athletes and high net worth individuals from all over the world. Over the past year, he has sold over $38,000,000 and has another $50,000,000 in current listings.
And as you may have noticed from the above photo, Chad Rogers and his hair will not be returning to the show for reasons unknown. What we do know is that both Bravo and Chad’s reps confirm that it was Chad’s decision to leave the show. We are going to guess money/contract issues. Chad also tweeted recently that he is no longer with his girlfriend from the show.
The 4th season promises to explore Madison’s professional life as well as his much talked about love life, and exploring his newfound sexuality with some surprising twists and turns. As for Josh Flagg, the season will also focus on him as he pens his own memoirs and writes an inspirational how-to book for making it in the dog-eat-dog world of real estate. Does this mean we still won’t get to see a glimpse of Josh’s love life?
In other MDL news, Bravo is also looking to expand the show beyond California. The NY Post reported earlier this month that filming has began on a NYC spin-off, which is being described as more of a Bravo Housewives series due to all the drama.
The characters in the New York version will include Fredrik Eklund, a Swedish, gay ex-porn star turned Manhattan real estate hottie, and his business partner John Gomes. Also included will be Caroline Grane, described as a as “pretty and personable” Swedish bombshell, with the fourth cast member being Michael Lorber, a soft-spoken, smart, eligible bachelor on the show.
A preview clip of Million Dollar Listing season 4 is below -
TELL US – ARE YOU A FAN OF THIS SHOW? EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON?
UPDATE – According to Chad’s website, he left the show “due to a career decision.”