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Hot Takes & Deep Dives

154 EpisodesProduced by Jess RothschildWebsite

Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on LGBT pop iconography & NYC culture. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Fran Drescher, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jackie Warner, … read more

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Top 5 Formative Queer Movies (w/ Damian Bellino Anne Rodeman)

June 28th, 2022

1:09:02
Jess is joined by Damian Bellino & Anne Rodeman (You Might Know Her From), to discourse on the films that defined our young gay  cultural …

Introducing: Queen of Hearts

June 22nd, 2022

2:57

Introducing QUEEN OF HEARTS: a new kind of blind dating game show, hosted by Jujubee (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragnificent). The Queen of our hearts …

Michael Musto on Village Voice, Gossip, Andy Warhol

June 20th, 2022

50:13
Jess is joined by legendary Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto! Musto discusses the origin of outing, psychology of blind items, how an …

Matt Rogers on Fire Island, Las Culturistas Housewives

June 13th, 2022

1:02:55
Jess is joined by Fire Island scene stealer and leading man of Las Culturistas, Long Island's own Matt Rogers! Jess and Matt discuss growing up on …

Real World New Orleans Roundtable (w/ Ryan Bailey Jamie Stein)

June 6th, 2022

1:10:12
Jess is joined by Ryan Bailey (So Bad It’s Good) and Jamie Stein (empath/intuitive AND former Assoc. Editor on four seasons of The Real World), for the final act of our NoLa Homecoming trilogy! Jess, Ryan & Jamie …

Fran Drescher - The Flashy Nanny From Flushing!

May 31st, 2022

37:39
Jess is joined by the flashy girl from Flushing... FRAN DRESCHER! Fran chats about her best friendship with Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie using The Nanny's opening credit animation for her talk show, The Nanny's campy gay …

Danny Roberts Returns! Real World New Orleans Homecoming Behind the Scenes

May 23rd, 2022

1:32:43
Jess is joined by Danny Roberts (Real World: New Orleans instant MTV icon) for his second appearance! This time Danny spills all the behind the …

Inside NYC’s Cult Fitness Scene - SoulCycle, Barry’s Bootcamp

May 16th, 2022

57:17
Jess is a joined by a career fitness professional to go inside the culture of his former cycling studio employer, while Jess shares her personal …

Jill Zarin Dishes Dating Relationship Advice (feat. Ally Shapiro)

May 4th, 2022

53:11
Jess is joined by the OG of RHONY, Jill Zarin (and daughter Ally!), for a Mother's Day Special in which Jill doles out advice, Secrets of a Jewish …

Gary Janetti on Writing Will Grace, Family Guy Brad Goreski

May 2nd, 2022

51:43
Jess is joined by Gary Janetti, best known for writing/producing Will & Grace, Family Guy and being married to Brad Goreski! Gary discusses …

Real World New Orleans Melissa Beck — MTV Contracts, Homecoming more

April 25th, 2022

1:00:06
Jess is joined by Real World: New Orleans' breakout fave, Melissa Beck! Melissa chats about her journey through the MTV machine from auditioning, filming for five months (OG show), paid just $5,000 total. Post-MTV, …

Bethenny Talk Show Deep Dive (w/ Zack Peter)

April 18th, 2022

54:50
Jess is joined by Zack Peter for a deep dive into the waters of Bethenny’s one season talk show. We review her episodes with Kim Richards, Ramona stealing the dress, Luann, Tracy Anderson, Andy Cohen as well as bizarre …

Comedian Judy Gold on Writing Rosie's Talk Show, Baby Lourdes Leon more!

April 11th, 2022

45:14
Jess is joined by JUDY GOLD, Emmy-winning writer/producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and NYC stand-up fixture over the last two decades. Judy chats about Joan Rivers, Janeane Garofalo and Rosie’s talk show vs. Ellen. …

RHONY's Leah McSweeney on Britney, Bethenny, Club Kids Psych Wards

April 4th, 2022

47:21
Jess is joined by RHONY's Leah McSweeney (aka LeahMob)!! Leah chats about everything including growing up in Chelsea club-kid culture, sex with girls …

Reaction to A Tale of Two RHONY's (w/ Melody Kamali Carolyn Bergier)

March 28th, 2022

46:28
Wow, RHONY, Wow. Jess is joined by writer/comedians (and co-hosts of the pod Dyking Out), Melody Kamali & Carolyn Bergier, to react to the …

Margaret Cho on Joan Rivers, Fire Island, Provincetown, '90s Diet Pills

March 21st, 2022

51:00
Jess is joined by queer comedy icon MARGARET CHO! We chat about Margaret’s incredibly prolific career, including her stand-up specials and iconic TV …

SNL’s Cheri Oteri on Barbara Walters, Lorne Michaels, Larry David more

March 14th, 2022

51:42
Jess is joined by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE character queen CHERI OTERI! Cheri recounts being discovered at The Groundlings, alongside Lisa Kudrow, Kathy …

Evan Ross Katz on Kim Cattrall, SJP, State of Housewives, Buffy Survivor

March 7th, 2022

1:07:10
Jess is joined by the king of all culture vultures, EVAN ROSS KATZ, on the heels of his first book dedicated to the cultural impact of BUFFY THE …

Isaac Mizrahi Returns! Madonna Love Triangle, RuPaul, Unzipped + AJLT Review

February 28th, 2022

51:31
ISAAC MIZRAHI returns for his second appearance! Jess and Isaac discuss why he never attempted drag, his friendship w/ RUPAUL and the idea of him being a permanent judge on DRAG RACE. Isaac also confirms the truth …

Bevy Smith — Harlem Fashion Queen Bevelations

February 21st, 2022

45:09
Jess is joined by the star of SiriusXM's BEVELATIONS and Fashion Queens, BEVY SMITH! Bevy Smith is a quintessential Harlem girl and life-long New …

Relationships of Summer House, RHOSLC, RHONJ, James Kennedy (w/ Jamie Stein)

February 14th, 2022

1:06:06
Housewives empath & intuitive Jamie Stein returns to burn through a plethora of Bravo Hot Topics. We go deep on Lindsay Hubbard & Carl …

Sex and the City Exec. Producer Writer Jenny Bicks

February 7th, 2022

1:02:45
Jess is joined by Emmy-winning exec. producer and writer on ALL SIX SEASONS of SEX AND THE CITY, Jenny Bicks! Jenny reveals how Samantha’s cancer storyline was based on her own experience beating breast cancer and how …

Behind the Scenes of And Just Like That - Filming Insider Tells All

January 24th, 2022

53:34
Did you know our friend Stefan from MLVC (the Madonna podcast) spent the summer working as a background actor for And Just Like That!? Well, Stefan is here and ready to SPILL on... the scenes he filmed, experiencing Che …

Queer as Folk w/ Peter Paige (Emmett) Scott Lowell (Ted)!

January 18th, 2022

1:04:51
Jess welcomes TWO of the stars of the groundbreaking Showtime series Queer as Folk: Peter Paige & Scott Lowell (aka: Emmett Honeycutt & Ted …

Housewives Homes Design Style Deep Dive (w/ Interior Designer Dale Saylor)

January 10th, 2022

57:45

Ever wonder how a professional interior designer would feel about the furniture, lighting and other questionable choices of our Housewives? Jess …

Jackie Warner (Work Out) Returns! DUI Ambien Arrest, Jillian Michaels, Faking Reality TV

January 3rd, 2022

1:00:37
Bravo's "Work Out" star Jackie Warner returns for her third appearance! For the first time, Jackie discusses her ambien-induced car accident that led to her arrest at gunpoint by the LAPD. Jackie reveals how the …

And Just Like That - Sex and the City Review (w/ Damian Bellino Anne Rodeman)

December 27th, 2021

1:02:16
Jess is joined by L Word historians and co-hosts of “You Might Know Her From,” Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman to finally let loose on And Just Like That and BOY do we have feelings. We discuss Jess’ run-in with SATC …

Sandra Bernhard (!) on Madonna, Letterman, Roseanne more, Honey!

December 20th, 2021

43:51
Jess is finally joined by our showbiz glamour muse... star of stage, screen and radio... Ms. Sandra Bernhard! Sandy reflects on her iconic Letterman appearances, her friendship with Madonna, playing Nancy on Roseanne …

Working for WWHL, SNL Kardashian Kontinuity (w/ Mariah Smith)

December 13th, 2021

52:15
Jess is joined by writer/comedian and star of SiriusXM’s Smith Sisters Live, Mariah Smith! Mariah Smith rose to internet prominence with her insanely …

Countess Luann DeLesseps on LGBT RHONY, Housewives Crimes more

December 6th, 2021

35:07
We are joined by a RHONY OG and cabaret royalty — Countess Luann! We get into everything, including how production on Ultimate Girls Trip differed from a typical season, Eboni leaking info about the Ramona investigation …

Lea DeLaria on Orange is the New Black, First Wives Club, Cubbyhole more!

November 29th, 2021

1:05:50
Jess welcomes the best butch in showbiz — comedian, jazz singer & Orange is the New Black’s “Big Boo” — Lea DeLaria! Lea discusses her big break performing as the first openly gay comic on TV in America (on …

RHOSLC, Jen Shah, Ultimate Girls Trip Taylor Swift (w/ Melody Kamali)

November 22nd, 2021

53:38
Jess is joined by writer/comedian Melody Kamali to recover from the whiplash of the Jen Shah arrest spectacular on Salt Lake City and the Ultimate …

Lilith Fair — Soundtrack to Our Baby Gay ‘90s Lives (w/ Tony Trius)

November 15th, 2021

37:53
On the heels of our Melissa Etheridge interview, Jess is joined by Tony Trius, co-host of MLVC (the Madonna podcast) to go deeper on the female singer-songwriters who defined the ‘90s Lilith Fair era and whose lyrics …

Interview w/ Melissa Etheridge — Sex, Love Behind the Music

November 8th, 2021

33:25
Jess is joined by bonafide rock icon Melissa Etheridge! We mention it all, including her early Hollywood friendships with Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen and …

Not All Diamonds Rosé, Winter House + Hey Paula (Abdul) (w/ PetShopBoy)

November 1st, 2021

45:18
We are joined by return friend PetShopBoy for a culture catchup, featuring a review of the Housewives oral history book, Not All Diamonds & Rosé, …

Real World Boston’s Genesis Moss on a Reunion, Montana, Sean Duffy more!

October 18th, 2021

50:23
Dream guest alert! We are FINALLY joined by Genesis Moss, your host’s “gay root” (aka most formative lesbian) and star of The Real World: Boston! …

Inside Flipping Out, MTV Diary Selling Sunset (w/ Exec Producer Billy Taylor)

October 11th, 2021

58:07
Jess is joined by Billy Taylor, highly revered docu-series executive producer with credits spanning MTV (Diary, True Life) and Bravo (Flipping Out, …

Candis Cayne on Legacy as #1 Trans Nightlife Performer, Caitlyn Jenner more

October 4th, 2021

38:06
Jess is joined by trailblazing New York City dancer~actress~performer Candis Cayne! Candis chats about her journey from initially coming out as gay, to building a career as a drag performer to eventually making her …

Bethenny on Howard Stern + Inside Howard’s Staff Meeting (w/ Ryan Bailey Jacques Peterson)

September 27th, 2021

1:11:21
Jess is joined by fellow Howard Stern superfans, Ryan Bailey (So Bad It’s Good) and Jacques Peterson (Unpopular), to unearth a 2006 pre-Housewives …

John Arthur Hill on Andy Cohen, Producing WWHL, Kathy Griffin D-List more!

September 20th, 2021

37:19
Jess is joined by John Arthur Hill, Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM co-host, go-to producer and noted ex-boyfriend. We discuss their meet-cute origin story while John was starring in Hairspray on Broadway and how they've …

Kathy Hilton, Kyle Kim Richards: House of Hilton (w/ Jamie Stein)

September 13th, 2021

1:04:06
Jess is joined by Jamie Stein for a deep dive on House of Hilton, the 2006 tell-all about the Hilton dynasty, heavily featuring the backstories of Kathy Hilton, Kyle & Kim Richards and their mother, Big Kathy. We …

The L Word Deep Dive (w/ Damian Bellino Anne Rodeman)

September 7th, 2021

1:16:13
Jess is joined by comedians, L Word historians and co-hosts of “You Might Know Her From,” Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman, for The L Word deep dive of our dreams. We share our L Word origin stories, review the reboot …

Dorinda Medley on Blue Stone Manor, Real Estate, SoulCycle, Money more!

August 24th, 2021

40:10
Jess is joined by RHONY fave Dorinda Medley! Dorinda goes deep about renovating Blue Stone Manor to be “Frankenstein meets Marilyn Monroe,” working as both a real estate agent (where she met Richard Medley) and an …

It’s Madonna’s Birthday, B*tch: Astrology of Our Leo Queen (w/ Andy Bellatti)

August 16th, 2021

1:07:09
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti, astrologer to the Housewives and the pop divas, this time to celebrate Madonna’s birthday — our Leo Queen. Madonna …

Fire Island — Cherry Grove The Pines (w/ Ben Rimalower)

August 9th, 2021

1:15:03

Jess is joined by Ben Rimalower (aka Countess Luann’s cabaret director) for the Fire Island deep dive of our dreams. Ben and Jess share an intense …

America’s Next Top Model’s Kim Stolz — NYC Gay Bar Owner MTV VJ

August 3rd, 2021

51:04
Jess catches up with the first openly gay contestant on America’s Next Top Model, fellow New Yorker Kim Stolz. Kim Stolz was one of the most …

Erika Jayne’s Performance + RHONY Intervention (w/ Jacques Peterson Zack Peter)

July 26th, 2021

1:07:45
Jess is joined by two of the most unfiltered and knowledgable Bravo pundits in the game, returning friends Zack Peter (No Filter) & Jacques …

Interview w/ Mikey Minden: The Man Behind Erika Jayne

July 19th, 2021

48:04

Jess is joined by the man, the myth, the DSLs: Mikey Minden. As Erika Jayne’s creative director & choreographer Mikey Minden is responsible for the looks, moves, lighting, makeup & general artistry in her music …

Sandra Bernhard Showbiz Glamour Hour (w/ Tony Trius)

July 12th, 2021

1:02:08
Jess is joined by Madonna MLVC pod co-host Tony Trius in his third appearance, this time for our official Sandra Bernhard Showbiz Glamour Power Hour. We share our Sandy origin stories, New York City run-ins, nights at …

RuPaul’s Drag Race: A How-To Binge Guide (w/ Andy Bellatti)

July 6th, 2021

1:02:11
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti (aka Astrology with Andy), who in addition to our astrologer to the Housewives and pop queens, is also our resident …

POSE Ballroom Culture Deep Dive (w/ POSE creator/writer Steven Canals)

June 28th, 2021

51:53
Jess is joined by the co-creator / writer / director of the FX series POSE, Steven Canals! Canals discusses the series’ inspiration via the landmark documentary Paris Is Burning, his initial screenplay and how Ryan …

Taylor Armstrong on RHOBH Origin Story, Russell Armstrong Housewives Skeletons

June 21st, 2021

45:37
Jess is joined by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills OG Taylor Armstrong for a deep dive into one of the darkest Housewives storylines to play out on the show.  Taylor describes the initial casting for RHOBH, with …

Comedian Gina Yashere: British Nigerian on Rise to US Stardom Housewives Diversity

June 14th, 2021

44:24
Jess is joined by comedian Gina Yashere, star of three Netflix stand-up specials and the co-creator and star of the CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola.” …

Page Hurwitz — Writer/Producer for Tiffany Haddish, Wanda Sykes, Rosie O'Donnell Oprah OWN Show more

June 7th, 2021

1:00:20
Jess is joined by television writer, producer and director Page Hurwitz, exec. producer of Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy specials starring Tiffany Haddish, Fortune Feimster and Michelle Buteau. Hurwitz discusses …

Tabatha Coffey on Shear Genius, Tabatha Takes Over Early Days of Bravo

June 1st, 2021

51:44
Jess is joined by Tabatha Coffey, the Australian hairstylist, salon owner and badass star of Shear Genius and Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha reminisces about her audition for the Shear Genius hairstyling competition show, …

Big Shot with Bethenny + RHONY/RHOBH Unpopular Opinions (w/ Jacques Peterson)

May 25th, 2021

56:30
Jess is joined by contrarian king Jacques Peterson (live from Sydney, Australia) to finally let loose on our Big Shot with Bethenny journeys. We discuss behind the scenes of casting & production, the winner and …

Brian Moylan Wrote the Book (+1000 Recaps) on Housewives

May 20th, 2021

1:06:35
Jess is joined by the man who has written more words about the Housewives than anyone — Vulture’s Brian Moylan — now publishing a book on how the …

Saving Sex and the City (w/ Lara Marie Schoenhals) + Gay Generation Gap (w/ Semajh Bludson)

May 17th, 2021

1:05:36
Jess is joined by Sexy Unique Podcast’s Lara Marie Schoenhals (@larzmarie) to unpack our feelings re: the forthcoming Sex and the City revival titled “And Just Like That.” Lara Marie Schoenhals also hosts the podcast …

Ben Rimalower (Luann's Cabaret Director) on RHONY Nights w/ Bethenny, Producing Teresa Giudice’s Audiobook more!

May 10th, 2021

56:49
Jess is joined by Ben Rimalower, career theatre writer/director known to RHONY fans as Countess Luann’s long-suffering cabaret director. Ben shares stories of producing audiobooks for both Bethenny AND Teresa Giudice, …

Isaac Mizrahi on NYC Real Estate, Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Housewives Hot Takes more!

May 3rd, 2021

1:00:37
Jess is joined by fashion designer, performer and quintessential New Yorker — Isaac Mizrahi! Jess and Isaac break the sh*t down, including: Isaac’s wild nights with Madonna and Sandra Bernhard, his talk show which …

Kara DioGuardi (American Idol): Songwriter for Kelly Clarkson, XTina, Pink, Britney Ashlee

April 26th, 2021

1:01:28
Jess is joined by American Idol judge and legendary songwriter Kara DioGuardi to reflect on her incredible contributions to pop music throughout the …

Lindsay Hubbard on Sex, Love Hannah Berner as Summer House’s Villain

April 19th, 2021

1:00:29
Jess welcomes the one true queen of Summer House — Lindsay Hubbard! We go deep on everything, including Summer House’s entry into the canon via …

RHOBH Trailer Reaction + Jen Shah Hot Take (w/ Zack Peter)

April 14th, 2021

40:18
Jess is joined by friend of the show and our hometown hero in Beverly Hills, host of #NoFilter, Zack Peter! Together, Zack and Jess react to the freshly dropped Real Housewives of Beverly Hills trailer and compare our …

NYC Prep - Deep Dive (w/ Ryan Bailey)

April 12th, 2021

1:09:18
Wow, NYC Prep, wow! We are joined by husband to the pod, Ryan Bailey, for Jess’ virgin viewing (and Ryan’s hundredth) of Bravo’s one-season wonder, …

Real World San Fran’s Mohammed Bilal on Pedro’s Legacy, MTV Contracts Racial Inclusion

April 5th, 2021

55:23
Jess welcomes Mohammed Bilal — the musician, poet and voice of reason on the groundbreaking third season of The Real World: San Francisco. Back in 1994, while Friends and Reality Bites were depicting Gen X as lazy …

Inside Britney + Tom Girardi’s Conservatorships Court Docs (w/ Emily D. Baker, Esq)

March 29th, 2021

1:05:23
Jess welcomes back former LA prosecutor Emily D. Baker, Esq to understand the parallels between the Britney Spears and Tom Girardi conservatorships. We dig into: recent Britney court hearings & documents, risks of …

ROSIE O'DONNELL (!!!) on Britney, Madonna, The Rosie Show, The View more!

March 22nd, 2021

1:03:57
Jess is joined by fellow Long Islander ROSIE O’DONNELL for the kiki of our dreams. Rosie discusses the inception of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, the infamous episode where Whitney Houston no-showed, her experiences with …

Survivor’s Jerri Manthey: OG Villainess of Reality TV

March 15th, 2021

1:06:09
Jess is joined by iconic Survivor castaway Jerri Manthey, known for her three season arc (spanning 15 years) appearing on The Australian Outback (season 2), All Stars and Heroes vs. Villains. Dubbed “The Black Widow” …

Housewives Empath Jamie Stein Deep Dives Summer House

March 9th, 2021

1:15:16
Jess welcomes Housewives Empath Jamie Stein back to the pod, this time to dissect the unconscious fears and desires of the Summer House cast. Jamie goes deep on the personal journeys and interpersonal relationships of …

Housewives All Stars, Real World Nostalgia Clubhouse App (w/ Kate Casey)

March 4th, 2021

31:39

Jess is joined by friend of the show Kate Casey for some predictions on Housewives All Stars (aka Mash-Up) and what to watch this week (Real World New York) + (It's a Sin, HBOMax). Kate also shares a story about the …

Finding Prince Charming’s (Logo’s Gay Bachelor Show) Brandon Justin

March 1st, 2021

54:20
We finally get to bask in the glory of a deep dive on Logo’s gay bachelor show, Finding Prince Charming. We are joined by TWO of our fave suitors: Brandon Kneefel and Justin Roisom. We go behind the scenes of casting …

Gina Gershon on Showgirls, Bound Being a Gay Icon

February 22nd, 2021

49:56
Jess is joined by the one... the only... Gina Gershon!! Gina Gershon is a legitimate gay icon for her back-to-back iconic roles as Cristal Connors in …

Madonna Deep Cuts Debate! (w/ MLVC’s Tony Stefan)

February 15th, 2021

1:00:55
Jess is joined by Tony Trius and Stefan Mreczko, hosts of MLVC - The Madonna Podcast - for the deep dive of your dreams. Together, we pour through each of Madonna’s albums and reveal our fave “deep cuts” from each. We …

H'wives Unpopular Opinions + Wendy Williams (w/ PetShopBoy)

February 8th, 2021

45:27
Jess welcomes back PetShopBoy, aka “B,” to review the four-hour Wendy Williams extravaganza on Lifetime. We also discuss Ramona Singer’s jaunts to St. Barth and Mar-a-lago while Sonja Morgan is home recovering from …

Actress/Singer Jackie Tohn on Glow, American Idol, The Nanny more

February 1st, 2021

50:56
Jess is joined by her high school classmate: actress, singer, performer Jackie Tohn! Jackie Tohn moved to LA at 18 to pursue her Hollywood dreams …

Interview w/ Bob the Drag Queen: Drag Race’s Reigning Stand-Up Comedian

January 25th, 2021

44:30
Jess is joined by stand-up comedian and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8, Bob the Drag Queen! Bob tells stories about actress Kathy Najimy …

Princesses Long Island Deep Dive (w/ Emerson Collins of The People’s Couch)

January 19th, 2021

55:12
Jess is joined by friend of the pod and The People’s Couch fave Emerson Collins for an epic re-watch of Bravo's one-season wonder Princesses: Long …

RHONJ Trailer Reaction + GaysOverCovid (w/ Anthony Lario)

January 14th, 2021

42:40
Jess is joined by New Jersey’s own Anthony Lario to gauge our reactions to the RHONJ trailer which dropped today. We also discuss the psychology …

Moving to NYC, State of Housewives, The View Wendy Williams (w/ Grants Rants)

January 11th, 2021

1:00:30
Let the ranting begin… Jess is joined by veteran Housewives podcaster Grant Rutter of "Grants Rants" to go deep on his recent move from West …

Jackie Warner (Work Out) Returns! Sex, Love SoulCycle

January 4th, 2021

1:03:14
Bravo's "Work Out" star Jackie Warner returns to the pod! In her second appearance, Jackie chats about training A-listers including Alanis Morissette and Pink at her iconic Beverly Hills gym “Sky Sport & Spa.” …

Erika Jayne Tom Girardi Legal Deep Dive (w/ Emily D. Baker, Esq)

December 28th, 2020

57:17
Jess is joined by Emily D. Baker, Esq, former LA prosecutor and current Housewives fan to help us understand the specifics of the federal lawsuit and criminal investigation currently underway regarding Erika Jayne and …

Interview w/ Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Co-writer Walter Afanasieff

December 21st, 2020

1:03:53
Jess interviews Walter Afanasieff, the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer responsible for co-writing and producing the majority of Mariah Carey’s ‘90s hits, including “Anytime You Need a Friend,” “My All,” “Hero,” …

Housewives Empath Jamie Stein Channels RHOP, RHOSLC, Erika Jayne Divorce, Braunwyn

December 15th, 2020

1:15:11
Jess welcomes Housewives Empath Jamie Stein back to the pod for a deep dive into the subconscious psychology surrounding the Erika Jayne / Tom …

Reaction to Jax Taylor Firing, Fate of Vanderpump Rules (w/ Zack Peter)

December 11th, 2020

46:31
Jess is joined by our buddy Zack Peter, gossip king and host of #NoFilter to understand what the hell is going on with Vanderpump Rules. Together, we …

Bravo Retrospective Power Hour (w/ Ryan Bailey)

December 7th, 2020

1:38:00
Jess welcomes back the host of So Bad It’s Good - Ryan Bailey! Jess & Ryan hunker down for a good ole Bravo retrospective where we revisit the …

It’s Britney’s Birthday, B*tch! Astrology of Britney’s Life Career (w/ Andy Bellatti)

December 2nd, 2020

57:53
In honor of Britney’s 39th birthday today, Andy Bellatti (@astrologywithandy) is here to take you through the milestones in Britney’s life and …

RHOSLC, RHOP + New Miley Cyrus Ariana Grande Albums (w/ Sasha Morfaw)

November 30th, 2020

55:52
Jess is joined by actress Sasha Morfaw from @thebravobreakdown to break down where we stand with Real Housewives of Salt Lake City & Potomac. We dive into Heather Gay, Mary Cosby, Meredith Marks and the rest, as …

Jill Kargman (Bravo’s Odd Mom Out) on SoulCycle, UES Mom Culture more

November 23rd, 2020

1:07:55
Jess welcomes back writer/actress Jill Kargman! Jill was born and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, creating the perfect setting and inspiration for her novel Momzillas, which was eventually adapted into the …

Rachel Dratch on SNL, 30 Rock, Housewives, Wine Country more!

November 16th, 2020

1:04:59
Jess is joined by the one and only RACHEL DRATCH, known for her 7 seasons on SNL, beloved for the Boston Teens (w/ Jimmy Fallon) and bringing the …

Interview w/ Drag Race’s Peppermint: First Openly Trans Woman on Drag Race, Broadway

November 12th, 2020

51:06
Jess is joined by performer, activist and runner-up of Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Miss Peppermint! Peppermint shares her story as a theatre kid …

Inside MTV’s The Real World Edit Bay w/ Assoc. Editor Jamie Stein

November 9th, 2020

1:00:28
We all know Jamie Stein as the Housewives empath / intuitive, but back in his early Hollywood days he had the unique job of working as an Associate …

But Now We Said It: Unpopular Opinions Part 2! (w/ FacesByBravo)

November 2nd, 2020

46:34
This is PART TWO of “But Now We Said It” with @FacesByBravo (Steve), where we confess our Unpopular Opinions on every single Housewives franchise + …

But Now We Said It: Unpopular Opinions Pt 1 (w/ FacesByBravo) + RHOA Trailer Reaction

October 30th, 2020

52:08

Jess is joined by FacesByBravo aka Steve to react to the freshly dropped RHOA season 13 trailer. We then settle in for an epic “but now we said it,” …

Inside the Rise Fall of Gawker (w/ Rich Juzwiak)

October 27th, 2020

1:11:37
Jess interviews journalist Rich Juzwiak, senior writer at Jezebel and advice columnist at Slate. Rich takes us inside the culture at GAWKER, the …

Showgirls Doc “You Don’t Nomi” Deep Dive (w/ Peaches Christ)

October 22nd, 2020

50:12
Jess is joined by legendary drag performer Peaches Christ to analyze the legacy of the cult classic SHOWGIRLS.  “You Don’t Nomi” is a new documentary …

Below Deck Med Colin Macy O’Toole’s Hot Takes on This Season

October 19th, 2020

45:20
Jess catches up with our favorite yachtie — Below Deck Med's Colin Macy O’Toole — to get his hot takes on this hot mess of a season. We mention it …

Mariah Carey Book Review + Top 10 Songs (w/ Andy Bellatti)

October 13th, 2020

1:12:08
Jess is back with Andy Bellatti, the #1 Lamb in this fam! Jess and Andy hunkered down over the last week and consumed both the audiobook and written word in order to properly review The Meaning of Mariah Carey. We also …

Real World Boston’s Kameelah Phillips on Housemates (Genesis, Syrus) H'wives

October 5th, 2020

41:26
Jess is joined by Kameelah Phillips, fave Real World alum from season six: Boston! Kameelah chats about auditioning when she was a 19-year-old …

Astrology of RHOP (Potomac) Cast (w/ Andy Bellatti)

September 29th, 2020

48:34
The time has come for Astrology with Andy... Potomac Edition! Jess welcomes back our resident astrologer to the Housewives, Andy Bellatti, this time …

Madonna Tell-All by Brother Christopher Ciccone: A Deep Dive (w/ Tony Trius)

September 24th, 2020

1:20:19
Jess is joined by Madonna podcast “MLVC” producer/co-host Tony Trius to deconstruct the 2008 tell-all “Life With My Sister Madonna,” written by her …

Flipping Out’s Megan Weaver on Jeff Lewis, Teddi Mellencamp’s All In more

September 22nd, 2020

46:10
Jess is joined by Flipping Out interior designer Megan Weaver! Megan chats about first meeting Jeff Lewis in a restaurant bathroom which eventually led to filming 7 seasons of Flipping Out on Bravo. We discuss: her work …

Big Gay Culture Power Hour w/ Danny Pellegrino

September 17th, 2020

1:18:08
Jess has an epic kiki with Mr. Everything Iconic himself, Danny Pellegrino!! Together, Danny & Jess hunker down and go deep about the formative …

RHOSLC RHOC Predictions, Class Action Park The Vow (w/ Kate Casey)

September 14th, 2020

52:15
Jess is joined by Kate Casey (Reality Life) to gather their hot takes and gauge anticipation for the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, new season of RHOC, react to Denise Richards leaving Beverly Hills & touch on …

Christina Aguilera Top 10 Songs Debate (w/ Andy Bellatti)

September 10th, 2020

53:08
The time has come! In honor of Bionic’s 10 year anniversary + “Reflection,” Jess welcomes back Andy Bellatti (@astrologywithandy) to go head to head …

Behind the Scenes of RHONY: Leah’s Mob Party Luann’s Rehearsal

September 7th, 2020

37:03
Jess attended two RHONY tapings that aired in this season’s penultimate & final episodes: Leah’s 15th anniversary of Married to the Mob party + …

Blocked by Kelly Dodd, RHOBH finale Madonna’s Biopic (w/ PetShopBoy)

September 1st, 2020

47:04
Jess is joined by PetShopBoy aka “B” and very quickly learns why he was recently blocked by Kelly Dodd (despite meeting on Fire Island). We chat about casting on RHONY in Dorinda’s wake, unnecessary fourth-wall breaking …

Reaction to Dorinda Leaving RHONY (w/ Anthony Lario)

August 26th, 2020

44:36

Jess summons Anthony Lario back to the pod to react to the breaking news that Dorinda Medley is leaving RHONY after 6 seasons. We discuss firing vs. quitting and muse on why this announcement came before the season's …

MTV’s Dave Holmes on Britney, The Real World, Jesse Camp Being A Gay VJ

August 24th, 2020

1:08:02
Jess chats with iconic MTV VJ Dave Holmes! Dave was the “runner-up” in the infamous Wanna Be a VJ contest who turned his “loss” to Jesse Camp into a …

Interview w/ Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List Assistant Tiffany Rinehart!

August 20th, 2020

48:58
Jess catches up with Tiffany Rinehart — Kathy Griffin’s long-time assistant as featured on My Life on the D-List!  Tiffany now works for Google, but we do a deep dive on her time with Kathy including: getting the gig …

Top 10 RHOP (Potomac) Episodes feat. Mixing with Mani

August 13th, 2020

1:14:05
Jess hangs with "Mixing with Mani" host (and DC/Potomac area native) Mani to present the Top 10 Episodes of Real Housewives of Potomac you must watch to get up to speed. We cover Monique & Candiace’s entrances, the …

Vulture’s Brian Moylan on RHOP, RHOBH, RHONY, Fire Island, Ellen more!

August 10th, 2020

1:02:11
Jess hangs with Brian Moylan — King of the Housewives Recaps, Erika Jayne co-author, Vulture writer & Gawker alum — for his State of Bravo …

Jonathan Antin (Blow Out) on Styling the Iconic Hair of Madonna, Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, Lisa Rinna more!

August 7th, 2020

1:07:42

Jess catches up with Jonathan Antin, once referred to as a “scissors-wielding lunatic,” and star of Bravo’s Blow Out which aired from 2004-2006. Jonathan chats about growing up in Beverly Hills with his sister Robin …

Bethenny Ever After Deep Dive (w/ Ryan Bailey)

August 4th, 2020

1:03:41
Jess hunkers down with Ryan Bailey, host of So Bad It’s Good, for an epic deep dive of Bethenny Ever After, finally streaming for free on PeacockTV.com. We review episodes including Bethenny’s 40th Birthday featuring …

Working for the Housewives + RHOBH + RHONY Analysis (w/ Anthony Lario)

July 30th, 2020

1:03:42
Jess is joined by social media brander & Housewives Whisperer Anthony Lario to chat about his experience working on set during the filming of RHONY this year. We also discuss his HOT take on the Denise & Brandi …

Orange is the New Black’s Vicci Martinez Emily Tarver on Falling in Love, The Voice more

July 23rd, 2020

47:48
Jess sits down with actors / musicians / co-stars & couple Vicci Martinez & Emily Tarver from Orange is the New Black! Vicci Martinez is best known for playing Daddy on OITNB as well as her big break on Season 1 …

Interview w/ Bruce Bozzi: The Real House-husband of Beverly Hills ( Andy Cohen’s BFF)

July 21st, 2020

58:06
Jess kikis with the one and only Bruce Bozzi, king of the The Palm restaurant & Andy Cohen’s #1 Guy in the Group. We chat about Bruce’s experiences at SNL & Letterman as an NBC page, his friendship with Madonna, …

Work Out’s Jackie Warner on Dating Jillian Michaels, Early Days of Bravo, Leaving LA more!

July 15th, 2020

1:09:27
Jess catches up with Work Out queen JACKIE WARNER to learn how she opened her high profile gym Sky Sport & Spa in Beverly Hills that served as the backdrop for drama on Bravo’s Work Out. Jackie chats about dating in …

Behind the Scenes of WWHL The Tonight Show w/ T.KYLE (feat. Britney, Gaga, XTina)

July 13th, 2020

1:01:52
Jess hangs with T.Kyle, co-host of Legends Only & It’s Britney, Bitch! We kiki about his career in digital media at MTV, Watch What Happens Live and currently The Tonight Show. We also discuss how both reality & …

Empath Intuitive Jamie Stein Channels Denise Richards, Stassi Schroeder, Leah McSweeney, Lisa Rinna more

July 9th, 2020

1:05:44
Jess welcomes back empath & intuitive Jamie Stein! Jamie is therapeutically trained, with an ability to channel (feel, see and hear) what is going on inside of an individual on an unconscious level. This time he …

Kiki w/ Carson Kressley on '90s NYC Nightlife, Housewives Hot Takes, Drag Race more!

July 6th, 2020

55:01
Jess has a glorious kiki with Queer Eye OG Carson Kressley where we go deep on his relationship to the Housewives (including filming WWHL w/ Alex McCord) & his fave franchises.  We chat about his days & nights …

Astrology of Denise Richards, Leah McSweeney, Stassi Schroeder Erika Jayne (w/ Andy Bellatti)

July 1st, 2020

48:46
Our very own Astrologer to the Housewives — Andy Bellatti aka @AstrologyWithAndy — is back! This time we dissect the birth charts and astrological …

Selling Sunset, Tinsley Mortimer’s RHONY Finale, Psych of a Housewife more (w/ Kate Casey)

June 29th, 2020

45:45
Jess has a freewheelin' kiki with true OC insider (and Reality Life host) Kate Casey to touch down on the Netflix pseudo-reality real estate show …

Watch What Crappens' Ben Mandelker: Behind the Scenes of the #1 Bravo Podcast

June 26th, 2020

1:01:03
Jess is joined by Watch What Crappens co-host Ben Mandelker and we go DEEP into the Bravo podcasting rabbit hole. We chat about the origins of Watch …

Dissecting How Madonna’s Most Iconic Songs Were Written Recorded (w/ BBC’s Edward Russell)

June 26th, 2020

49:24
Jess sits down with Edward Russell, host of the popular podcast “Inside the Groove,” in which each episode focuses on one Madonna’s most iconic …

Real World New Orleans’ Danny Roberts on Being an MTV Gay Icon, Living with HIV more

June 23rd, 2020

1:01:50
Jess chats with Danny Roberts, the breakout star of one of the greatest seasons of MTV’s The Real World — New Orleans. Back in 2000, Danny became the face of the war against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, due to his …

Las Culturistas Matt Rogers Goes Deep About SNL Bowen Yang; Kiki Housewives Pop Queens

June 19th, 2020

1:01:59
Jess hangs with Matt Rogers of Las Culturistas to talk about Housewives, The View, Bethenny vs. Carole, and of course his podcast Las Culturistas w/ …

Black Bravo’d: Hot Take Mic Pass on Jax, Stassi, Kelly Dodd more (w/ Semajh Bludson)

June 18th, 2020

27:02
Jess welcomes Semajh Bludson (@semajwithanh) to provide his hot takes on the racist state of affairs at Bravo, specifically relating to VPR, Stassi, Jax & Kelly Dodd. Semajh shares his own experience as a young, …

Queer Eye’s Jai Rodriguez on Playing Angel in RENT, NYC Nightlife Culture more

June 16th, 2020

47:37
Jess welcomes an actor/singer/performer she has admired and loved for nearly twenty years — Jai Rodriguez — well-known as the Culture Guru on the OG …

Reaction to Firings of Stassi Schroeder Kristen Doute (w/ Sexy Unique Podcast’s Lara Marie Schoenhals)

June 12th, 2020

50:17
Jess has an emergency kiki with Lara Marie Schoenhals (Sexy Unique Podcast) to process their thoughts & feelings around the sudden firings of Stassi Schroeder & Kristen Doute this week. We discuss their blatant …

Bravo Lea Michelle (BLM) + RHONY, RHOBH Pump Rules Predictions (w/ Ryan Bailey)

June 10th, 2020

1:07:15
Jess has an epic kiki with Ryan Bailey (So Bad It’s Good) to break down Bravo’s responsibility within the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the long-coming backlash against Lea Michelle. We go deep on how to …

Gaga’s Chromatica Review + Top 10 Lady Gaga Songs Debate (w/ ClubAli)

June 8th, 2020

1:08:32
The time has come! Jess sits down for a deep dive Chromatica review with the #1 Gaga fan in her life, @ClubAli. We then go head to head to debate our Top 10 Gaga songs of all time. Look out for the deep cuts... the …

Emerson Collins of The People’s Couch on Housewives, Below Deck, Pump Rules His Time on Bravo

June 4th, 2020

1:11:48
Jess chats with Emerson Collins of The People’s Couch and gets his hot takes on the disastrous Below Deck reunion, the loss of Kate Chastain, …

Patti Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker) on Early Days of Bravo, Denise/Brandi, Bethenny/Jill Zarin Dating in Quarantine

June 4th, 2020

1:06:57
Jess welcomes the Millionaire Matchmaker herself, Patti Stanger, to deep dive back to the golden era of Bravo in 2008. We chat about how she became …

Interview w/ Bethenny Ever After Therapist Dr. Amador: Lost at Sea, Jason Hoppy more

June 1st, 2020

36:18
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Jess welcomes Dr. Amador, widely recognized as Bethenny Frankel’s therapist on her spinoffs Bethenny Getting Married, …

Isaac Boots on Training Kelly Ripa, Lisa Rinna, Gwyneth Paltrow more! (Interview w/ Torch'd Creator Isaac Calpito)

May 28th, 2020

49:07
Jess welcomes superstar fitness instructor Isaac Calpito aka @IsaacBoots to trace his trajectory from growing up in Hawaii, to moving to New York City to dance on Broadway to eventually training celebrities including …

Top 10 Britney Spears Songs Debate: Ranking Our Faves (w/ Andy Bellatti)

May 26th, 2020

48:14

Jess welcomes back Andy Bellatti (@astrologywithandy), our resident Astrologer to the Housewives, this time to go head to head on our Top 10 Britney …

Pump Rules’ Peter Madrigal on His SUR Origin Story, Reaction to Editor Scandal, Racist Tweets more

May 20th, 2020

44:51
Jess welcomes Vanderpump Rules OG Peter Madrigal to chat about the trials & tribulations of perhaps the only man truly working at SUR. Peter …

Empath Intuitive Jamie Stein Channels the Housewives Pump Rules Cast

May 15th, 2020

1:00:45
Jamie Stein is a therapeutically trained empath & intuitive with an ability to channel (feel, see and hear) what is going on inside of an individual on an unconscious level. He is also a Bravo superfan and loves …

Deep Dives on Pump Rules, Summer House, RHONY High Society (w/ Sexy Unique Podcast‘s Lara Marie Schoenhals)

May 14th, 2020

1:03:21
Jess chats with Sexy Unique Podcast's Lara Marie Schoenhals to figure out how to save Vanderpump Rules while also getting Summer House to the Next …

Reaction to Vanderpump Editor Bri Dellinger / Scheana Shay Scandal

May 14th, 2020

39:44
Jess summons Emerson Collins (The People’s Couch) back to the pod for a kiki regarding the Scheana Shay vs. VPR editor Bri Dellinger scandal. Bri is …

Behind the Scenes Filming RHONY Anti-Bullying Comedy Event (w/ Gibson Johns)

May 11th, 2020

54:22

Jess welcomes back Gibson Johns to go behind the scenes of the "anti-bullying comedy" event in which she "performed" on this week's RHONY. It was a …

Summer House’s Kyle Cooke Brainstorms Ideas for Filming This Summer Amid Coronavirus

May 4th, 2020

57:45

Jess sits down with Summer House OG and Loverboy in Charge, Kyle Cooke. They immediately get to the question on everyone's mind: will they be able to …

Astrology of RHONY + Jax/Brittany + Tom/Ariana (w/ Astrologer Andy Bellatti)

May 1st, 2020

1:01:25
Jess is joined by friend of the show Andy Bellatti - our very own Astrologer to the Housewives! Andy & Jess hunker down to understand & …

Interview w/ Pump Rules’ Ariana Madix on her Road to SUR, the Sprawling Cast, Denise Richards/Brandi Glanville more

April 6th, 2020

58:20
Jess chats with Ariana Madix about her life in NYC before moving to LA, how her friendship with Tom Sandoval evolved into a long-term relationship …

RHONY Matchmaker Rori Sassoon on Ramona, Leah, Khloe Kardashian, Patti Stanger more

April 6th, 2020

49:03
Jess sits down with Rori Sassoon, the New York City-based matchmaker behind the season 10 RHONY speed dating event that spurred the Bethenny & …

Interview w/ Perez Hilton on Gaga’s New Era, Britney, Madonna Building his Gossip Empire

March 31st, 2020

33:42

Jess sits down with celebrity gossip columnist extraordinaire PEREZ HILTON for a wild ride of an interview. Perez is the original celebrity social …

RHOBH Trailer Reaction (w/ Emerson Collins of The People’s Couch)

March 18th, 2020

44:36
Jess hunkers down in quarantine w/ Emerson Collins (The People’s Couch) to go deep on the big drop of the week - the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills …

RHONY Trailer Reaction + Valentine’s w/ Margaret Josephs, Carole Radziwill D'Andra Simmons (w/ Gibson Johns)

February 13th, 2020

52:48
Jess is joined by AOL Entertainment Editor & Host Gibson Johns for an emergency broadcast in which we batten the hatches and digest the season 12 RHONY trailer that dropped today. We explore the new worlds of Leah …

Power Couple Ariel Padilla Dave Mizzoni Re-Cast “Lady Marmalade,” Deep Dive Housewives, Britney, JLo more

February 10th, 2020

55:53
Jess hangs with two of her favorite boys, power pop culture couple Ariel Padilla (star SoulCycle instructor) & comedian Dave Mizzoni to break …

Brian Moylan is the King of Housewives Recaps (Interview w/ Vulture’s Brian Moylan)

December 23rd, 2019

57:28
Jess sits down with renowned Housewives recap writer, Brian Moylan from Gawker & NY Mag’s Vulture in this delicious convo. We dig into his tenure …

Deep Dives on RHOA, RHONJ in the Hamptons, Pump Rules The L Word (w/ Damian Bellino)

December 17th, 2019

1:17:17
Jess sits down with VH1 Senior Digital Producer & Bravo super-fan Damian Bellino to go DEEP about the current seasons of Atlanta, Jersey & …

Bravo NDAs, Housewives Retreats Working w/ Jenny McCarthy (ft. Pink Shade’s Erin Martin)

December 11th, 2019

45:04
Jess hangs with Erin Martin (Pink Shade podcast & Jenny McCarthy Show) to chat about the further implications of the Vanderpump editor scandal as …

Melissa Joe Gorga at Envy, Teresa Giudice at Luann’s Xmas Show, RHOD Reunion more

December 10th, 2019

57:19
Jess is joined by pop culture fiend & NYC real estate broker Sumi Vatsa (@team.mouse.nyc) to recap their Christmas/New Years in the city. Jess …

Review of Erika Jayne in Chicago, Bitch Sesh Live, Jessica Simpson's Memoir more

November 18th, 2019

48:08
Jess is joined by friend of the show Sumi Vatsa (@team.mouse.nyc) and wife of the show HH (@hiladoesinsta) to kiki about the JLo/Shakira Halftime Show and decide how it stacks up against the recent Gaga & Beyonce …
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