SELLING Sunset has been caught up in a ‘fakery’ row amid claims the glam stars are not even real estate agents.
The Netflix show, which became a huge hit in the UK during lockdown, gives viewers a look behind the gates of LA’s most desirable homes.
It stars a small army of glamorous young saleswomen swinging £10,000 Hermes handbags in top-dollar designer minidresses.
But an investigation by the Mail on Sunday suggests several of them are models or actors, saying records show they have sold suspiciously few homes.
Chrissy Teigan, the model and reality TV fanatic, was among the first to raise questions about the show on Twitter.
She wrote: “I look at LA real estate a lot and have never seen any of these people, neither have our agents who I have obsessively asked.”
The Mail investigation reported that some stars, including Chrishell Stause and Amanza Smith, only got their estate agent licenses shortly before the show started filming.
And it seems some of the onscreen favourites had sold as little as one house each.
One estate agent told the paper: “The figures seem to suggest the show may be relying on the women to add drama and beauty rather than cold, hard sales.”
And, in true reality TV style, much of the action focuses around the back-biting and drama rather than the cold-hard business of selling bricks.
A Selling Sunset insider added: ‘The show portrays the cast as people who have been in the world of real estate for ever.
“While that is true for some of the women, others were brought on board simply for their looks and acting ability.
“But, hey, this is Hollywood. It’s all smoke and mirrors. When you have the number one show, that is all that counts. No one is hurting anyone.”
However, Jason Oppenheim, president and founder of the Oppenheim Group agency featured in the show said: “All of the women who work out of the Oppenheim group are licensed and successful real estate agents.”