Bravolebrities are a delightful microcosm of reality TV stars. Whether your distraction of choice is one of the Real Housewives series or a Below Deck spinoff, the Bravo channel is a self-sustaining entertainment community. Fan favorites from different shows get screen time on Watch What Happens Live, where they mix and mingle with Andy Cohen.
It’s a good environment for cross-cast friendships to develop. Maybe a little flirting as well. Take Alex Radcliffe and Heather Gay. The Real Housewife of Salt Lake City star was on WWHL with the Below Deck Mediterranean deck hand for the holiday episode. It was filmed virtually, but the two seem to have breached the screen barrier and hit it off. Maybe it was the sight of Alex in a Santa suit. More on that later.
On the latest episode of Southern Charm, Austen Kroll came to the realization that Madison LeCroy was having problems letting go of their relationship. On the one hand, she didn’t want to date him, but on the other hand she made it clear she wouldn’t want him to see other people.
It’s so toxic that other cast members are getting involved. Craig Conover blatantly asked Madison to cut herself out of Austen’s life. Rather than take the advice, Madison chose to display her frustrations with Austen in a very public way. The reverb from their interaction at the beach party is still being felt within the cast, and newbie John Pringle warns viewers that it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
Patricia Altschul did all she could to make John Pringle and Madison LeCroy an item. The Southern Charm matriarch made it clear that she thought Austen Kroll was beneath dating her favorite hair stylist. In an attempt to set Madison up with a man more befitting her, Patricia plied Pringle with martinis and the idea of pursuing Madison.
It worked at first. Pringle and Madison hung out while their kids played baseball together, and by gosh there was some flirting going on. Pringle made his intentions known to both Madison, and laughably, Austen too. But after seeing Madison’s interaction with Austen during what was supposed to be his birthday party, Pringle’s opinion of Madison seemed to have changed. And this odd love triangle turned more into a bro-mance than a new Southern Charm power couple.
Jen Shah is bringing the drama to the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Arguably, she is doing the work for the entire cast, because without the regular interactions between her and Mary Cosby, there isn’t a ton of conflict. It’s as if these ladies are actually respectful and caring toward one another.
After last week’s disastrous meltdown at Sharrieff Shah’s birthday, questions were raised as to whether Jen is turning up the histrionics for the cameras. Whitney Rose already insinuated that Jen modifies her character when in the company of her husband. So, the question remains. Who is the real Jen Shah?
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan first appeared on 90 Day Fiance Season 5. At first glance, they seemed like the stereotypical couple on the show. You know, the ones that fans assume won’t work out because of age and cultural differences.
But after dealing with difficult issues such as David’s drinking and lack of income, these two are still going strong. David calls Annie his queen, and she isn’t shy about how much she enjoys their “boom boom” together. They appeared on 90 Day Fiance Pillow Talk, 90 Day Fiance Happily Ever After, and are featured on a five episode spinoff. It was on the latest episode that David revealed just a little too much information about a mishap he had with his veneers.
Kate Chastain has had to make a life on land for herself after quitting Below Deck last season. The original chief stew that regaled us for years with her pithy, dry sarcasm is the queen of Bravo talk shows now. She co-hosts Bravo’s Chat Room with Gizelle Bryant, Porsha Williams, and Hannah Berner. Kate also appeared on Galley Talk with other Below Deck Alums.
Recently, Kate was looking for some new artwork to adorn her wall for the show. She attempted to purchase a piece, but found that her supposed clout from Below Deck did not transfer to negotiating a sale with an in demand artist.
Whitney Rose racked up a lot of conflict with her Real Housewives of Salt Lake City costars. In the latest episode, Whitney picked Sharrieff Shah’s birthday as the ideal venue to relay some gossip to Jen Shah. The origin of the gossip was Jen’s arch nemesis Mary Cosby and pitted Jen against her friends Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow. By the end of it, the ladies had turned against Whitney.
But it was Whitney’s interaction with Sara McArthur Pierce that has created more calamitous issues for her. Sara is a friend to the housewives. She has a penchant for confusing their birthdays and serving paltry snacks to her house guests. Sliced apple and pecans? All joking aside, it’s a potential guilt by association that Whitney is trying to distance herself from.
Rachel Hargrove made waves as the first successful female chef on the Below Deck franchise. The word “successful” is used strategically as Mila Kolomeitseva deserves mention, but only in disgrace over her steak-licking and plated nachos.
Not only does she know how to cook, but this girl brings the quirky personality that makes for entertaining viewing. Maybe Rachel knows how to bring it for reality TV, because Below Deck was not her first stint on the medium.