Selling Sunset boss Jason Oppeheim has responded to claims that the Netflix show is fake. "Any insinuation that the agents on our show are not experienced, successful or licensed, evidences a complete disregard for the facts," the 43-year-old told the U.S. Sun.
"Mary Fitzgerald, Heather Rae Young, and Christine Quinn were licensed and successful real estate agents at the Oppenheim group many years prior to filming our show," he added. "Amanza Smith Brown worked with us as a designer and has been a close friend of Mary’s and mine for many years. Chrishell Stause was a practicing agent at another brokerage many years previous to Selling Sunset."
"As a licensed agent, Davina Potratz had transacted many deals before joining the team in 2018," the businessman shared. "Even a superficial investigation would identify team photos, hundreds of millions of transacted sales, and more than 50 years of combined licensed real estate experience from these agents."
Oppenheim wasn’t the only one to set the record straight about the reality series. Fitzgerald and her husband, Romain Bonnet — who were married on screen — also disapproved of the claims that stated that their marriage was just for the cameras.
“Mary and Romain had a civil union a couple of months before the show began filming in June of 2018, but they chose not to tell any of their friends or family, as they were still trying to see if their relationship would work out in the long term,” a representative for Fitzgerald told PEOPLE.
The blonde beauty "has been in tears" and is "deeply upset" over the headlines about her nuptials, a source told the outlet. "The conversations on camera were real and the emotions too, they had not told their friends and family about the union. They always saw their screen marriage as their real wedding day."
The insider also cleared the air about reports which said the cast is not actually real estate brokers, and they are "models or actresses." "Anyone that knows Los Angeles is aware that the real estate industry here is made up of the most glamorous, attractive and smart personnel — this is Hollywood after all," they said.
The source went on to add that any sort of negative coverage towards the show was a result of “jealousy for the show's global success.”
"It is sad that people are trying to badmouth the show and make all these false claims," the insider said. "There is definitely a sense of jealousy from some quarters, but Jason wants to rise above it all and stay on higher ground."