It is so strange to think about Luis D. Ortiz leaving his real estate career behind. Not only is it what he has been known for, but it is obviously a major factor that allowed him to be a part of the Million Dollar Listing New York cast. So I am sure that it was very hard for him to quit both his day job and his career as a reality star.
If you watch the show, you know that saying this was a tough decision for him is definitely an understatement, but now that some time has passed since the season was filmed, Luis has had even more to say about the big choice that he has had to make.
Earlier this year, Ryanshared, “We’re doing it on an island, off an island, off an island. It’s going to be very, very pretty, and elaborate. It took us a year and a half to put it together. But like I told her after the proposal, ‘Listen, I’m only ever doing this once in my life. So we’re gonna do this once. It’s going to be awesome and you’re just gonna have to kill me because I can’t afford to do this ever again.’ Same thing for the wedding.”
Bravo was present for the wedding (of course!) so we’ll get to see it this fall on the Million Dollar Listing New York Ryan’s Wedding special. Because of the special, wedding photos my be hard to come by, but we’ll keep looking. For now, we have gathered up the (amazing!) pre-wedding pictures Ryan, Emilia, and Luis D. Ortiz have shared from Corfu, Greece, for your viewing pleasure.
Fredrik Eklund never slows down! The Million Dollar Listing New York star has a crazy successful real estate business, just bought a new house, and a new apartment and now he’s launching a new web series for Bravo, “Ka-Ching!”
Fredrik is hosting 12 mini episodes (each one is under 2 minutes) for the digital series, which will feature stories of insane wealth and luxury – like $20,000 first class flights, $500,000 dog collars, million dollar shoes, $250,000 manicures and so much more.
The first question from a viewer asks why Carole won’t accept Luann’s apology? “She didn’t apologize and this scene was eight months after she said lots of really nasty stuff, crazy misogynistic stuff.” Andy asks Carole if she said nasty stuff, too? “I didn’t. With these women you need evidence, I wish I had brought all of her Tweets and interviews. It’s one thing to say you don’t like my boyfriend or something but she was age-shaming, she was female-bashing. That kind of misogynistic bullshit. You don’t need to hear it from not only a woman, but someone you considered a friend.”
If you haven’t watched last night’s premiere of Million Dollar Listing New York yet, make sure you grab some tissues for the opening scenes. Fredrik Eklund and Derek Kaplan shared back in September that the surrogate carrying their twins had suffered a miscarriage and Fredrik made the courageous decision to talk about their loss on this season of the show.
He blogged about making this painful decision, “I’m known for my happy spirit and tough business manners. You know me as ‘the closer and the listing machine.’ I do deals, I negotiate, and I move mountains for my clients. My entire life, when I look back at it, has gone pretty much according to plan. Not all the time, perhaps, but for the most-part, yes. Of course, I’ve had my fair share of failures in business, I was single for years before meeting Derek, and I’ve felt a lot of guilt over the years for leaving my family behind in Sweden. I’m not perfect in any way, but I’ve never been really sad or down for long periods of time. Whenever there is a challenge, I go head-to-head with it until it is solved. When there is personal drama, I fix it or move past it. I like to take the higher road and lift myself up whenever possible. I’ve even written a book on the topic of finding yourself and sharing that self in an honest way with the world.”
Tonight’s episode of Watch What Happens Live featured a pretty laid back Sonja Morgan and an always adorable Fredrik Eklund. Amy Schumer was originally scheduled to be there with Ramona, but Amy had a throat issue and is hoping to make an appearance next week, where Ramona is now scheduled.
They jump right in with questions. Is Sonja helping Luann de Lessepsplan her wedding? “We do spend a lot of time talking about it. She is over the moon excited.” Andy mentions that Sonja dated Lu’s guy, “That’s right, so I know both very well.” And she confirms that Ramona dated him, too. “It’s going to be very interesting, you’ll have to watch.”
Fredrik Eklund‘s career is soaring higher than a NYC skyscraper. The Million Dollar Lising: New York star has had a meteoric month which included moving to a new apartment, buying a country home, wrapping filming for season 5, and doing one of biggest deals of his career. Whew – and I thought I was busy … HA!
Somewhere… Ryan Serhant is bashing his head against a wall… (sarcasm) while Fredrik is high kicking all the way to the bank!
Last year Fredrik and his husband Derek Kaplan had several ups and downs and apparently decided it was time for new beginnings.
I’m easy to please, but Bravo’s spring line-up seems like it was created with just me in mind. I never realized just how much Andy Cohen loved me until now! 😉 Obviously, Andy has no clue who I am and Bravo is just appeasing the masses with the shows we love to watch, but I can’t help but think it’s a bit tailored to suit my binge-viewing. That’s right, folks! Get ready for some real estate porn, Manhattan style, courtesy of Ryan Serhant, Fredrik Eklund, and Luis D. Ortiz.
The multi-million dollar property peddling, Big Apple realtors are returning to Bravo! The fifth season of the Emmy-nominated Million Dollar Listing: New York is back with a super-sized 90-minute premiere on Thursday, April 21st at 9 PM ET/PT. As someone who works in real estate, this series is especially near and dear to my heart. I could look at listings all day long. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that two years ago I got to tout the show with an interview with Ryan (it may seem like a shameless plug, but I was so incredibly starstruck and he was nothing but kind and humble…the antithesis of his reality persona) where he revealed he was in love with the woman who is now his fiance.