Exclusive Interview with Slade Smiley
by Guest Blogger – Real Mr. Housewife
A Conversation With Slade Smiley
Speaking with Slade Smiley was a pleasure. He was very open, honest, and had a lot of fun and interesting things to say, both housewives and not. I am very excited for him with his radio venture that is going extremely well. Please make sure to tune into it at Playlist 92.7 (you can listen online as well!) Here is our interview below:
MRH: How was your radio show today?
Slade: You know, it’s a lot of fun, actually. You haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet?
MRH: I tried to listen to it on my iphone and couldn’t find an app to listen to it on.
Slade: The app to download is on our website. Playlist927.com
MRH: Specifically for iphone?
Slade: Yeah. You can also stream us live. Go to playlist927.com. There’s a listen live option, you can stream us live under that. If you go to my page you can hear some of my shows and some of my previous interviews that we have posted.
MRH: I tried to do that before and it said traffic on your site was too high.
Slade: We’ve shut the server down a couple of times. We’ve been pretty lucky because a lot of people are tuning in. It’s getting bigger and bigger so it’s pretty cool… It’s a busy time.
MRH: So how did the whole radio thing come about?
Slade: The opportunity to do radio presented itself after my improv show. Gretchen and I toured around and we played three or four different improve venues. We also hosted Gotham Comedy Club in NYC when we were up there. One of the radio station managers had been to one of the radio shows and said “we’re looking to hire a mid-day drive, we were interested in potentially hiring a comedian so I’d love for you to come and audition for the part.” [this led to the radio show]… We’ve been named the highest rated hour of the day for the radio station. We’ve got consecutive growth week after week. The show keeps getting bigger and bigger. The radio station is thrilled. The advertisers are happy and I’m enjoying producing the content.
MRH: So I’m guessing there’s a lot more to that improv you mentioned than what we saw on TV?
Slade: (laughs) So much more! It’s very interesting because we sold out on a Tuesday night which is difficult to do at an improv. It was a very fun and entertaining show. There were 4 other comedians, so Gretchen and I were doing our variety act in between each of the comedians. One of the people in the audience that night was Robert Hartman, He is the principal owner of the Improv and Levity comedy clubs around the country. He offered to manage me and continue our Improv show and put us out on tour because of the quality of the show. Bravo is… making the soap opera so they don’t really have time to show everything that happens. We were a bit frustrated because they cut off the laughter. When you see us doing the… jokes then no laughs it made it almost uncomfortable to watch. What Bravo forgot to do was… did you watch our reunion show? There was footage of me doing my comedy act in the reunion show. They do a flashback of it and they show the content, but they forget to edit it, and you see the laughter an all the people applauding in the background.
MRH: I’m not surprised. When I talked to Sarah Winchester, who I’m friends with, she seemed to feel Bravo chooses what they want to show.
Slade: I’ll give you the statistic- about 75 hours of filming equals one usable hour. Of that hour- because we’re an ensemble cast- the girls get eight minutes a week. Of that eight minutes the guys are typically ancillary, you’re in the background, you might get a minute or two. There’s no possible way for them to tell the whole story so you get bits and pieces of what happened that gets put together…. how those pieces are put together and people’s perception can be very different from seeing everything that went down.
MRH: I feel you have been misrepresented a lot on the show. It seems like you’ve gotten that “Housewife Hunter” label (Slade laughs) which I think is kind of ridiculous. From being a viewer for all the seasons it seems like you just have happened to be there but then a lot of the women, especially Vicki, seem to spin it a certain way.
Slade: Of course.
MRH: So what are your thoughts about that? One of my follow up questions is that Vicki and you seemed decently close in season one and then there seemed to be a paradigm shift?
Slade: That’s multi-layered, your question. I wasn’t so much affected by the term “Housewife Hunter,” I thought that was kind of funny. I was more affected by the deadbeat Dad stuff that Vicki and even Tamra at that time were putting out there. If you watch the first couple of seasons, all I was concerned about was my kids… the whole point in me ending my relationship with Jo is because she wanted to party and my primary focus was the kids. To suddenly be shifted from the doting father to the deadbeat was pretty frustrating. Unfortunately, people believe what they see last and they don’t always remember back to the beginning. I kind of feel that Tamra and Vicki- at that time- were busy pointing fingers at me, and the reality they are the ones that were going through their own indiscretions. I think smart people call that deflection. Putting the bad things you do on to other people to take the focus of them. It has just recently come out that Vicki has had many relationships with other men since day one. We’ve all known it, we’ve talked about it outside the show, but Bravo has never really focused on it or chosen to air any of that content. Vicki’s the one that’s been unfaithful to Don their entire marriage, not the other way around. The women are very hypocritical, but I suppose that’s why Bravo puts them on TV. In Tamra’s defense, Tamra has apologized multiple times on camera and off. She said, “Look, I was given misinformation. The mistake I made was believing it and putting it out there in such a public manner.” She said “I apologize for smearing your name, I should have never done that.” Tamra has lived up to her word since she apologized. She’s been very friendly and supportive. Vicki has apologized and then goes right back out there and stirs crap back up again pointer her finger at everyone else. Then she apologizes and then does it again. It’s like Ground Hog day with this this woman. We’ve just learned that she can’t be trusted and I don’t know what Vicki’s deal is, but we chosen to just really associate with her at this point.
MRH: There’s a spreecast on Wednesday nights… there were so many people talking negatively about Brooks…. This guy came on to basically defend Brooks and what a wonderful person he was and how wonderful Vicki and him were. It seemed like such a hypocritical move on Vicki to insult you for the last few years, but then date somebody who has public records of being the “deadbeat Dad.”
Slade: Sure. Right. It’s very true. Here’s the thing- I have no ill will towards Brooks at all because I really don’t know the guy. He certainly has a bit of a checkered past. He was certainly involved with Vicki while she was married, which I think is a bit shady to begin with. Her own daughter even confirmed that while she was doing her phony renewal of her vows two years ago with Don on the beach, Brooks was busy texting her at that time. She has already cheated on Brooks with a guy in Cabo. She admitted to it off camera then denies on camera. You never know what to believe. They’re really just kind of odd people. Gretchen and I don’t have the same beliefs system. Again, I don’t know Brooks… In my opinion, I think Brooks is enamored by Vicki because she’s on television. Obviously the 20/20 piece that was done on him was pretty brutal and when we’re with him he seems like a very nice guy, but he seems very salesman-y. He constantly repeats the same sales pitch and lines. He has what he believes to be a well thought out saying for every situation. We always feel like we’re being sold a bill of goods. When they did the 20/20 piece on him, his baby mama- I guess he’s got four kids with three moms or something like that- she said that Brooks hasn’t seen the child since the child was two months old. She had the same greeting cards that he had given to Vicki with the exact same thing writing in them- He says the exact same lines to his baby mama’s as he says to Vicki. People are saying he is a one trick pony.
MRH: His lines, as a viewer seem…
Slade: He recycles his lines depending on which woman he’s with, which is kind of weird and cheesy, and you know Vicki seems to buy into that and she likes it. Whatever. They’re just not people we would choose to associate with.
MRH: As I mentioned, I’ve become friends with Sarah.
Slade: Sarah Winchester?
MRH: Yes, I interviewed her and we’ve developed a friendly relationship. We talk a few times a week now. You seemed pretty respectful that night at the party when you walked her out. What are your thoughts in the way she was represented? She speaks very highly of Gretchen and you.
Slade: Sarah is a very, very sweet girl. Gretchen and I have known her socially for several years. Just so people understand the back story. She was approached to do housewives. We were asked about giving Sarah’s and her boyfriend (Kurt’s) name and number to production. We declined to do that. I said “I don’t feel right about doing that until I’ve had a chance to sit down and talk with her and Kurt about what it means to be part of Housewives.” It’s not an easy path to take. People will be digging up your past. People can be making accusations about you that may not be true and you’re never gonna get your opportunity to voice the truth. It’s about this – they’re making a soap opera, there is not always resolution. And I just want you (Sarah) to be clear that you’re a single mother with an amazing kid and I don’t want your involvement in this television series to affect that. Gretchen and I did have a sit down conversation with her and tried to explain the pitfalls – are you really sure you want this? I said, look, if you get yourself in a situation, I’m gonna remove you from the situation, because it’s the only way I can really protect you. The longer you stay there and continue to spiral down, the more content you’re giving them to use against you. My biggest concern was how it’s gonna affect Sarah and her son… he’s an amazing kid. Unbeknownst to me, Peggy had already given her name and phone number to production and they were busy already speaking with her about coming on the show. She didn’t fare well on the show and I don’t know if it’s because she was nervous and happened to be drinking or if they just caught her at those weaker moments we all have. There’s a couple of times where you see me exit her and I’m like, look Sarah, you have to go. It’s the best thing to do right now. You’re not gonna recover from this. It’s gonna make you look really bad. The best thing to do is just cut it off and walk away.
MRH: I noticed at that party you walked her out of there. She’s honestly one of the sweetest people I’ve ever talked to and I’ve gotten a lot of hate tweets from people screaming at me about her and the interview I did with her. I’m like, get to know a person before you judge them.
Slade: She’s a very sweet girl. I don’t know if I would necessarily condone her behavior because I know the Dubrows were quite upset. I have to tell you, she doesn’t like the Dubrows and it’s unfortunate, because they really are good people- they’re kind people. Sarah is basing her opinion on them from heresay and listening to what other people have told her about them, because she doesn’t truly know them either. That’s the only mistake Sarah made, I told her this, I said- if you’re talking to an ex-employee of the Dubrows who is making accusations and talking about them, you have to realize they’re a disgruntled employee. They don’t work there anymore for a reason. Because they fired her, because she was inappropriate or because she got caught stealing something, you shouldn’t believe what strangers tell you and you making accusations against people like Terry and Heather based on limited information is not good for anyone involved. From everything we’ve seen they’re great people. She’s been involved in a conflict with them for a long time and I think it’s since ended, but it was spinning out of control. They were all kind of swinging things back and forth to each other and it just didn’t make sense to me.
Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the interview with Slade by Real Mr. Housewife.
Top Chef Masters – Thai One On
And then there were six; Patricia, Lorena, Art, Chris, Kerry and Takashi. When the chefs come into the Top Chef kitchen, they notice the ingredients on the tables are known aphrodisiac foods. For the quick fire challenge, the chefs must create a sexy dish using these ingredients. Dita Von Teese (American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, and actress) is the judge for this challenge.
Kerry makes a tuna dish with fennel. Takashi is using oysters. Chris is making a foie gras dish with figs. Patricia makes a warm custard she describes as creamy and seductive. Art makes a desert using chocolate. They go to the observation room to watch Dita sample the dishes.
Dita likes the texture of Art’s dish. She could dive into a vat of it naked. Lorena’s tuna with cilantro dish is not sexy to Dita. She thinks Takashi’s dish is slippery and sexy. She likes Chris’s fig dish. She’s borderline sexually excited by Kerry’s dish. She also likes Patricia’s dish. Everything Dita says about the dishes has a sexual connotation. She even embarrasses Curtis a couple of times. Dita’s least favorite dishes were made by Lorena and Art. Her favorites were prepared by Kerry (who is drooling over Dita); and Takashi’s oyster dish. She tells Takashi she thought it felt good sliding down her throat. Takashi may need a cold shower and his wife isn’t going to be happy. The winner is Takashi (again). He wins $5,000 (which brings the total for his charity to $20,000) and immunity for the elimination challenge.
For the elimination challenge, the chefs will be celebrating the Thai flavors of the legendary Nevada Culinary landmark restaurant, Lotus of Siam. Lorena is immediately intimidated, Art wants to know why they can’t have a Southern cooking challenge, and Patricia announces she lived in Thailand for two years. The chefs will be opening their own Thai restaurant right in the Top Chef kitchens. They will be operating as one team and have to present the whole spectrum of the restaurant, operating the front, the service and the kitchen. They all go to The Lotus of Siam for lunch to get acquainted with Thai food. They meet with the head chef and owner, Saipin Chutima, and her daughter (there to translate). While they are eating the exquisite dishes, they think about what dishes they want to make for the challenge.
Kerry, Art and Lorena go to one store, and Patricia, Chris and Takashi go to another. Some of the chefs in one store have to call some of the chefs in the other store to get ingredients their store doesn’t have. When they get back to the kitchen, things are still chaotic. Patricia and Kerry have opened restaurants before. Patricia kind of takes the lead and tells Lorena and Art they should work the front of the house, Kerry should be the expediter, and the others should be line cooks. Lorena is a little put out because she has lots of experience as a line cook and wants to be in the back making her dish.
Patricia is making a duck dish. Kerry is making a braised pork belly with Thai spices. Art is making a Thai inspired crusted chicken dish with an Asian salad. Chris is making a sirloin tartare, and Lorena is making soup. Takashi makes a yellow curry with noodles (remember he has immunity).
Patricia chastises Lorena for taking up so much space in the kitchen and rudely tells her to get out of her way. They get into it and Lorena tells Patricia she’s not the boss and to chill out. Art tells Lorena to calm down and she becomes offended and stomps out of the kitchen. Once the diners start arriving, Lorena knows she has to keep a smile on her face. Kerry seems a little flustered expediting the orders from the front to the kitchen. Chris and Patricia aren’t too happy about it. The front of the house is very calm and the kitchen is a little tense.
Chef Chutima and her daughter Penny arrive with the other judges, Curtis, James, Francis and food editor Alan Sytsma. Lorena’s soup and Chris’ tartare are up first. They seem to like Lorena’s soup but not the garnish; Chris’ dish is delicious, but not that Thai. Francis loves it. Service is a little slow and the diners are getting a little impatient. Art and Takashi are next with their dishes. Takashi’s dish is a noodle curry and Art’s is the chicken dish. They don’t think Art’s dish was that flavorful. Chef Chutima likes Takashi’s yellow curry “a little bit.”
Kerry and Patricia are next and Chris becomes the expediter. Patricia wishes Chris had been the expediter all along. Kerry is holding everything up with his dish and Patricia’s duck overcooks and she has to start over. Once Kerry’s dish is ready, Patricia’s is not, but she sends it out anyway. She knows her duck is too rare. James sends his rare duck back and Patricia is frustrated with Kerry’s lack of communication. The judges love Kerry’s pork dish. Chef Chutima thinks it’s the closest to a Thai dish. Back in the kitchen, Patricia tells Kerry thanks a lot for making her wait for him. Chef Chutima is not sure she would dine at this restaurant if she wants Thai food.
After service, Kerry is mortified about Patricia possibly going home because of him, because she helped him so much on this challenge. Patricia hugs him and tells him not to worry about it.
All the chefs are called before the critics. Patricia tells them the kitchen was very stressful and that she and Lorena had meltdowns. Curtis tells them a lot of the diners thought the food was fabulous. Chris and Kerry had the favorite dishes of the night. Patricia’s face drops because she is supposed to be the Thai expert. The winning dish belongs to Chris. He gets $10,000 for his charity, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The least favorite dishes were Lorena, Art and Patricia’s. Art’s dish was bland and boring. The problem with Lorena’s dish was the garnish; it should have been cut up into the soup instead of on the side. Patricia’s dish was adventurous but the duck was undercooked.
Patricia tells the critics there were reasons it was like that but she won’t explain why, it was her decision to send it out like that. Curtis wants her to explain what happened and Patricia gets a little teary eyed while Kerry starts explaining what happened and she finishes the explanation. Patricia didn’t want to throw anyone under the bus. The chefs go back to the kitchen while the critics discuss who should go home.
Lorena’s soup was good, but the execution and garnish wasn’t the best. The judges think Patricia was an inch from having the best dish of the night except for the duck. Art had the most trouble translating his dish into a Thai dish. The judges appreciate what he did, but the dish was bland. I don’t see Patricia going home. Back in the kitchen, Patricia tells Kerry to wipe the crestfallen look off his face.
The critics decide to eliminate Art. He knows his dish just wasn’t Thai enough. James really doesn’t want to see Art go, and Art says he’s really going to miss Lorena. He predicts they will open a restaurant together one day and they both say they will be friends for life.
Next week Sugar Ray Leonard will be the guest judge.
The show this week opens with the veto competition. As a reminder, Ian won the Golden Ball Veto in a special game last episode, and another veto is up for grabs. Dan and Danielle are on the block – but in the BB house – everything changes with veto.
Brit has a plan to win the veto and take Dan off the block – and have Ian use the other veto to take Danielle off the block – thereby keeping their alliance safe – since they’ll control the votes. Of course, Jenn ruins the plan by winning the veto. Apparently Jenn has woken up and is now playing the game – and decides to align with Frank and keep the nominations the same.
Part of playing for the veto was having to accept some pretty strange punishments to win points. Dan accepted solitary confinement for a day. When he comes out – he gives an emotional goodbye speech. He says nice things to everyone … until Danielle – when he said this: “
“The last time I played this game, I learned a lot tough lessons early on. I learned that you have to find one person and put 100% of your trust in them. I thought when I picked you that you would have similar qualities to Memphis Garrett. And through my own fault,” Dan says, “I was wrong. We don’t need to get into it now,” Dan says, “but in this game, you’ll never get my trust back…”
Then we find out that Dan is pretending to be all emotional and crazy; in reality it’s game play. After his speech he heads into the HOH with Frank, immediately throws Ian under the bus, and suggests that they put up Britney as a replacement nominee. Frank is delighted to finally have someone to work with and agrees, and because Jenn has the veto they pull her in.
Dan then goes to find Danielle and fills her in on the plan. He tells her he humiliated her to make it look like she was alone – so that the house would keep her.
Next up is the veto ceremony. Everything has happened so quickly, that they are caught off guard when Jenn uses the veto to take Dan off the block. Frank makes it clear to Ian that he would have been the replacement nominee if he hadn’t been holding the veto – and he’s putting Britney up instead because she’s he’s closest ally.
The show ends with Dan amazed that he’s pulled it off. Tomorrow we find out who gets evicted; it could go either way. I tip my hat to Dan.
Daily Dose of Housewife News
Thanks BB and Boston for sniffing out the scoop
Karen Zolciak sues Kim over visitation rights to her grand children Always the source for insider information in Atlanta, Tamara Tattles has discovered that Karen Zolciak has sued her own daughter Kim. According to Tamara’s source:
“ Plaintiff is seeking the right to regularly see her granddaughters, who are the daughters of Kim Zolciak Biermann, who is a star on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The girls live such a crazy, abnormal life being on T.V., they need a normal haven to relax and unwind and just be kids. Plaintiff was portrayed as a bad person on defendant’s show Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding which featured defendant’s wedding to Kroy Bierrman. In addition, plaintiff claims she has not seen defendant’s new baby since he was born.”
Something tells me that they’ll have lots of material for a spin off.
Gretchen and Alexis Twitter War – In what has to be the stupidest attempt at getting attention ever, Gretchen and Alexis are in some sort of fight – over a hair cut. You heard that right – I guess Gretchen cut her hair a few weeks ago – and Alexis just cut her hair – and immediately had to defend herself that she wasn’t a stalker. You read that right. Gretchen wrote – single – white – female – on her twitter feed. Seriously – the OC ladies are kittens compared to the NJ tigers.
Ramona thinks Boston’s Spoof Photos are funny – After yours truly made a shameless plug for the blog yesterday – Ramona retweeted
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“@nmdlynnfam: @ramonasinger @realmrhousewife at Lynn’s Family – Spoof Photos wp.me/p2FHcY-7V” rt spoof on Luann what’s ur fav one?
Ramona might just be my all time favorite housewife!
LuAnn Begged Producers to not show the Pirate’s Walk of Shame
This story just keeps getting better and better. According to Radar Online, ”
“LuAnn begged Bravo execs to not air footage of the Captain Sparrow look alike leaving the vacation house in the very early morning hours. LuAnn was absolutely beside herself at the prospect of the man leaving the house in the same clothes he was wearing the night before being seen on television, especially by her boyfriend, Jacques Azoulay,” a source close to the situation tells us.
“Bravo agreed to not air the footage of the walk of shame by her new friend that she made on the trip, but drew the line at any other requests LuAnn made in regards to the Johnny Depp twin,” the insider added.”
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of me rolling on the floor laughing. What a fool to think she could get away with this.
Joe Guidice’s Trial is Delayed. Is it just me, or is this the most drawn out trial in history. Wetpaint is reporting that Joe’s trial might no be until 2013. I would have thought he’d want to be in jail so he wouldn’t have to face T when the footage aired of him calling her a b^^ch and c**t.
“Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay McCann told Celebuzz this morning that Joe’s trial over his fraudulently obtained driver’s license, originally set for October 1, could be delayed into 2013. “
Melissa Defends Caroline Wetpaint is reporting that Melissa is coming out in the defense of Caroline – saying the Teresa has finally been exposed for her lies that she wasn’t paid for the tabloid stories. It feels strange typing this when the article above is talking about real things like Joe going to jail for 10 years.
Teresa Thanks Fans for Support In another article about nothing – Teresa’s tweets thanking fans for their support made headline news. There seem to be a lot of articles about nothing lately. I’ve never noticed that before.
Tamra is still in Hospital
5am hospital is quiet. Pain is intense even with meds. Can someone take my mind off of it?
Taylor Armstrong Speaks Out About Camille’s Marriage Taylor Armstrong, along with the rest of the world, think’s something is fishy about Kelsey Grammer’s interview with Oprah – where he calls his marriage to Camille a self-imposed prison sentence. I remember Kelsey having to take time off Frasier to go to rehab as he entered a downward spiral – and Camille was his rock that helped him get sober. Perhaps he’s trying to say that he felt he owed her – and stayed with her even though he’d have rather traded her in for a newer model. Whatever the case – he’s an ass. Taylor’s video is here if you can stomach to watch her.
LeAnn Rimes checked into Rehab for Anxiety and Stress
Special thanks to our new/returning Guest Contributor Real Mr. Housewife for sharing his interview with Slade on the site. In the second half of the interview Slade opens up even more.
Also thanks to all our regulars. You all rock! As the fall season starts I’ll post an updated list of who is blogging what. Thank you, thank you, thank you!