Fans weren’t sure how to react to “Selling Sunset” when it debuted on Netflix in 2019. Oppenheim Group realtors Christine Quinn, Mary Fitzgerald, Chrishell Stause, Maya Vander, Heather Rae Young, Amanza Smith, and Davina Potratz became household names as a result of their immersion in the world of luxury real estate;
Emma Hernan, Vanessa Villela, and Chelsea Lazkani joined the cast in more recent seasons. According to People, Nicole Young and Bre Tiesi, two newcomers, will appear in the upcoming sixth season.
Some viewers had concerns about the show’s high-end transactions right away. In Season 1, were Quinn and Stause actually pitted against one another by a client? What about that $75 million property that Potratz was adamant about listing despite Jason Oppenheim, the company’s owner, being against it?
30 minutes till the launch of #SellingSunset 🥰🥰enjoy the new season and all of its 5,000 fake storylines! 💰 💅
— Christine Quinn (@XtineQuinn) April 22, 2022
Additionally, some viewers questioned whether the women on the show were actually realtors, especially Stause, who was best known for her work as a soap opera actress on “Days of Our Lives” and “All My Children.”
It turns out that you need to be both licensed and attractive to be a “Selling Sunset” seller. Oppenheim confirmed that the cast’s real estate licenses are the real deal. He revealed to People in 2020 that “Mary, Heather, Maya, and Christine were licensed and prosperous real estate agents at The Oppenheim Group many years prior to filming our show.”
“Many years before “Selling Sunset” was filmed, Chrishell was an active agent at another brokerage. Before joining the group in 2018, Davina had worked as a licensed agent and completed a number of deals.”
Even so, some viewers might be curious as to whether other elements of “Selling Sunset” were staged, despite the fact that staging homes for sale are a common practice.
Oppenheim says it’s all real, but one ex-cast member claims some aspects are staged
There is no denying that “Selling Sunset” actually features real estate sales. According to Us Weekly, Davina Potratz and Mary Fitzgerald have each received commissions totaling more than $1 million, including sales that were highlighted on the program.
However, according to Jason Oppenheim, the show is not scripted, according to Metro UK. Although agents are occasionally requested to hold meetings in front of cameras, he continued, “That most definitely wasn’t planned.
We are never told what to say or do.” On her Instagram story, Chrishell Stause reiterated the sentiment. According to Cosmopolitan, she stated in 2020 that “the show isn’t scripted.” “They may occasionally prod us to speak up, but what we say belongs to us alone.”
Christine Quinn, who announced her departure from the show after Season 5, provided a different account, according to E! News. She asserted that her first meeting with her future husband, Christian Richard, was staged for the cameras during an appearance on “This Morning” with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (via Digital Spy).
Mary [Fitzgerald] spun this story that he was a client, but I actually met him through a girlfriend of mine,” she claimed. No, we dated for three months before buying a house together, but watching TV is enjoyable.
More recently, Quinn tweeted an audacious assertion in advance of the fifth season of the show. Enjoy the 5,000 fake storylines in the new season, she wrote. On a reality show, you “have to talk about things that you wouldn’t necessarily even give an s— about in real life,” Quinn further explained to Page Six. So, she joked, “we all tried to make a good season out of it.”