Patti Stanger from Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker admits she misses being on the network and would love to join a Housewives franchise if she had the opportunity.
Stanger made this revelation while talking to Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gunvalson hosted Stanger on her podcast, Whoop It Up with Vicki and Stanger could tell Gunvalson was still mourning the series. Gunvalson was a trailblazing original cast member, who felt discarded by the network. She was demoted to “friend” last season and not hired to appear again.
“You are grieving a death,” Stanger told Gunvalson. “You are the original Housewife of Bravo. What happened to you at Bravo is grief. It’s heavy on your heart, heavy on Tamra’s [Judge] heart.”
Patti Stanger says she regrets leaving Bravo
Stanger reflected on when she left Bravo. She insists she was not fired by the network but left to expand her show. However, she too grieved when she left. “I had the same thing when I left,” she says. “I didn’t get fired but I left and now I kind of regret it.”
“I’ve told Bravo this,” she continues. “I regret it. I loved Mark the president of WeTV, but it was not the right choice for me at that network. And I regret it and I had grief over it that I shouldn’t have left Bravo because it was our … because we were the original network for reality.”
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Although they both miss the network, Gunvalson later tells Stanger once you leave Bravo, there is no turning back. “When they’re done with you, they’re done with you,” she says. “There’s no how are you doing? They cut you, you’re done.”
Stanger would love to return to Bravo as a ‘Housewife’
Rather than re-launching her series, Stanger would love to return to Bravo as a Housewife. She isn’t the only one thinking she’d be perfect for the franchise. She told Gunvalson that’s usually the first question she gets when she does press.
“And I said, ‘Yes!’” she exclaimed. “They would go, ‘You would actually step down from your show?’ I said, ‘Yes!’ Because I’ve never been in an ensemble show and I think it would be fun.” Although Stanger thinks doing the series would be fun, Gunvalson had a warning about doing the series.
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“But you know Patti, it went down a slippery slope,” Gunvalson said. “And it got more conflict, more aggravation. Just really dark.” However, Stanger says the trajectory of reality television has changed. “Look at what Stassi [Schroeder] did,” Stanger said. “I think what they did was reprehensible, Bravo did the right thing and Jax [Taylor] is now under scrutiny and Kelly [Dodd] is under scrutiny. Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules was fired from the network for past racist actions against another cast member.
“They did the right thing, but it’s a slippery slope,” Stanger continued. “In the cancel culture, you gotta do the right thing. You still realize you are not the boss. They are the boss. They get to tell you what to do. And it’s very hard especially when you are on a team.
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